One of the most popular online photography contest, Digital Camera 2009 had just finished and the overall winners are now published at PhotoRadar.
Overall winner of ‘Photographer of The Year 2009′ POTY 2009, Partners by Bragi J. Ingibergsson from Iceland.
Taken with Canon EOS 5D with Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM lens at 24mm; ISO 125; 1/400 sec at f/8
You may see all winners on each category at Photo Radar. Here are some of my picks purely based on how I love the way it captured..
New Year’s Frost by Gary McParland, UK
This is Britain :
British Day Out by Russell Francis, UK
Peoples & Portraits category :
Fearless by Janet Shui Kee Yim, Hong Kong
Canon EOS 30D with Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM lens at 100mm; ISO 160; 1/200 sec at f/5.6
Man Made :
Bladerunner by Brian Stevenson, UK
World in Motion :
Goal by Janet Shui Kee Yim, Hong Kong
Canon EOS 1D Mark III with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS lens at 82mm; ISO 200; 1/400 sec at f/5.6
Planet Earth category :
OPTICAL by Laura Zinetti, Italy
Red Fashion by Eduard Stelmakh, Ukraine
Balck & White :
Don’t Give Up by Janet Shui Kee Yim, Hong Kong
Canon EOS 1D Mark III with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens at 24mm; ISO 500; 1/200 sec at f/4.5
Destination Everywhere :
Look Left by Mike Sabarre, Philippines
Digital version :
A Dali Dream by Karen Ilagan, Philippines
Below are the winners for Young Photographer of the Year 2009
10 years and under
Poverty’s Children by Nathan Brown, Cambodia
Canon EOS 300D with Canon EF 35-105mm f/3.5-5.6 lens at 105mm; ISO 800; 1/200 sec at f/5.6
11 to 14 years
Sea Through the Window by India Sparacia, UK
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ8 at 10.4mm; ISO 100; 1/250 sec at f/5
15 to 17 years
Breath It In by Tina Sun, New Zealand
Sony Alpha a200 with Sony DT 18-70mm f/3.5-5.6 lens at 50mm; ISO 400; 1/200 sec at f/5.6
Which one would be your picks?
About 57 years ago, there was a smart + compact camera which been built three times cheaper and better picture quality than other cameras on the market. The camera was actually built with half-frame format instead of the standard 35mm format which makes the depth of field more deeper and the focal length to be shorter and are great for manual focusing. With half-frame format and creative inner construction, allows the camera’s body to be built in smaller size. Again, with downsized camera body, the image circle become smaller and this will helps a lot to produce higher resolution images. The camera I was mentioned is none other than the first smallest + compact camera.. the Olympus - Pen which been first introduced in 1959 and later sold over 17 million units worldwide.
Today, the legend returns as the Olympus-Pen E P1 hit the market with highly smarter than a compact cameras while better then an slr.
Sensor : 12.3 million effective pixels
Image sizes (Still) : 4032 x 3024 / 3200 x 2400 / 2560 x 1920 / 1600 x 1200 / 1280 x 960 / 1024 x 768 / 640 x 480
Image sizes (Movie) : 1280 x 720 (HD) / 640 x 480
File formats : RAW / RAW + JPEG / JPEG (EXIF 2.2) / AVI Motion JPEG
Auto Focus : 11-area multiple AF
Focus modes : Single shot AF (S- AF) / Continuous AF (C-AF) / Manual focus (MF)
Sensitivity : ISO 200 - 3200 (Auto) / ISO 100 - 6400 (Manual)
Shutter speed : 60-1/4000 sec
Continuous : 3.0 fps / 10 frames max (Raw)
LCD monitor : 3.0″ HyperCrystal LCD with Anti-Reflective Coating / 230,000 pixels
Dimensions : 121mm (W) x 70mm (H) x 36mm (D) (excluding protrusions)
Weight : 335g (no batt)
Read more detail specs here!
Today, we’re going to have another interview for another great inspiration, this time I’m lucky that I’ve manage to have an interview with one self-taught designer coming from my country, Malaysia. I introduce to all.. the young talented Malaysian designer named Venn.
Briefly tell us little bit about yourself and what you do?
Hi, my name is Ee Venn Soh (1986b. Malaysia). I am a self-taught designer which I work under the creative identity of EIII. I just finished my university study in Computer Science and will be venturing into UX / Front-End, Interactive Designing and Software Development. At the moment, I will be doing an internship with a big advertising firm in KL and next year 2010, I will be working in one of New Zealand’s most reputable and high-awarded studio, Resn. Everything seems pretty smooth-sailing for me.
When you first started got interested into art and design?
I can’t really remember when I really start doing artworks.But I could remember I were inspired by the vast possibilities and imagination an artwork can bring to the audiences. I think it is really amazing how an artist can execute their ideas and concept within an image.
Describe to us briefly of what’s your typical day of work.
Study + Study + Study were what I have been doing before that. My formal education has greatly interfered with my learning. As a computer science student, a logical and analytical mind is a must. It is kind of hard to find a balance between computer science and my self-taught designing. However I do manage to squeeze some time for my passion. I will spend some time reading articles and design-related articles. Constantly absorbing what is happening around the industry and learning from the top leaders in the market. Once a while during the weekends, I will try my hand on some experimental pieces. But now university is over so do expect more works from me!
If you don’t mind telling, where do you usually source for good inspiration?
You may find these interesting.. ffffound, dropular, formfiftyfive, typeneu, typojungle, welcometohr, lovelypackage and butdoesitfloat
Can you tell us among many of your creative art piece, which are your most favorite one and why?
There aren’t any “most” or “less”. I love every single one equally. However, I could say the one that is pretty unique and fresh if compare with the rest - “Silver Maiden”. It is another collaboration between me and very talented Poland photographer Piotr. I tried to keep things small and minimal to prevent from overwhelming the main subject. I added the red lips to compensate the monotonous silver grey. It is always nice to work on nice photo. It gives me borderless creativity inputs.
Once you’re start working on a piece or design work, what’s your frequent working process like?
I would normally spend some time thinking and crafting my ideas for the piece. I will get the necessary resources needed for my execution. I start by cleaning up the photo and do some tones adjustments. Next, I will perform photo manipulations to get all my photo stocks in place. Followed by adding shapes, lights and colors around the piece. Lastly, with everything blend into place I will do some final detailed changes and an overall tone adjustment.
How did you improve your design work and techniques?
Constant experimenting and study across tons of different artworks with different styles and genres.
What are the softwares + hardwares you currently use to produce your such magnificent art?
Photoshop and illustrator. I am currently running on a 4GB ram, 256 mb graphics laptop. I will be getting another mobile monster soon with 8GB ram and 1 GB graphics laptop. I am a PC guy.
If you don’t mind telling us again, what are your coming projects? and what are your goals or future plans for your career?
Yup, as I mentioned earlier above I will be doing an internship in Malaysia and work in New Zealand. Preparing myself and dreaming of becoming the next digital superhero!
If you’re not a designer/illustrators, what will you possibly be now?
Most likely studying chemistry and become a chemist just like my dad and brother.
What sort of advice you can share to those young designers and illustrators out there that are just starting their carrier now?
Stay in love in with what you believe. Hold on to your ineffable feeling of affection towards arts. Stay hungry for knowledge.
Lastly, me at esharkdesign.com would like to say thank you very much again for this interview and wishing you all the best! to finalize, I leave the last words for you.
Thanks for the interview. “Being passionate in what you love.” It is the most powerful tool in everything and all aspects of life.
Those who interested to see more of Venn’s creative art piece, feel free to drop by at Venn’s Behance portfolio site, most of Venn’s artwork sure will break your jaw.. and wish you all having great time reading the interview.. more interviews coming soon. Those who missed previous interview with Ricardo Nobre, click here to read the full interview, those are newbie here, might just like to subscribe to my RSS Feed!..
There are 2 design contest goin on right now which I thought you guys might want to try your skills. If you are Deviants then you are eligible to enter, if you don’t know the term Deviants, then shame on YOU! Deviants is devoted DeviantArt.com talented + creative members, currently is one of the most visited online art gallery which consists of more than 11 million members with over 100 million submissions, and receives around 100,000 submissions per day since it fist launch in 2000 by Scott Jarkoff and his friends.
Below are the contest listing:
Darksiders : Your Last Days Contest :
Create a piece of artwork in any visual medium depicting a creative and personal interpretation of the last days of Earth during an ‘apocalypse’ and earn a chance to win amazing prizes! There will be 3 main winners and each of the 25 Semi-Finalists will receive a one month premium membership to deviantART! Entry has to be submitted by 11:59:59 PM (PT) on December 15, 2009
Love Unites - Print Remix Contest :
it’s YOUR turn to customize the “Love Unites” print and have Shepard Fairey judge your creation! For this contest, we’re asking you to remix and re-imagine the original “Love Unites” print. The winners of 1st, 2nd, and 3rd placing will get their designs printed on high quality, totally sweet 4″ × 6″ Sticker Robot stickers! These stickers will likely end up plastered all over cities around the world, so it’s a great way to get your work seen. Entry has to be submitted by 11:59:59 PM (PT) on December 15, 2009
Those who are not yet a Deviants, feel free to register your name as a member at DeviantArt and submit your best artworks.
It’s been a long time since I’ve uploaded my hand-drawn Self Caricature if you guys still can remember.. and I was always wondering on how to come up with something ‘extra ordinary’ for my self portrait, after a few tweaks here and there, so I come up first with the idea of having a flame all over my body which I though was cool but actually it was HOTTER.
Now I wanted to try something else, this time having gradient bokeh while posing with my Rebel XSi with yummy tones for my self portrait was not a bad idea anyway..
Shot taken with Canon EOS 5D Mark II.
Treatment: Adobe Lightroom + PS CS4