IGPOTY 2019

2nd place at the IGPOTY 2019 competition

I spent last Friday in London to attend the prizes award ceremony of the International Garden Photographer of the Year 2019 competition. I had sent in three images and my photograph “Secret Garden” had been selected as a finalist in the “Wildflower Landscapes” category. And I heard at the ceremony that I was awarded second place in that category! Unexpected but really nice!
“Secret Garden” will thus be part of the IGPOTY 2019 exhibitions and will also be included in the IGPOTY 2019 book. Continue Reading…

Finalist of the Namur International Nature Photo Contest 2017

Last week, I was informed that two of my submissions for the 2017 Namur International Nature Photo Contest have been accepted 🙂
One of them is a single photo in the Landscape category while the other one, in the mini-portfolio category includes four images.
I was nicely surprised to be selected twice for the final, among more than 6300 entries.
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Ordering at Zor.com - My plexiglass test print, finally completely out of its packaging

How I print my pictures (part 2)

As mentioned in part 1, this post has been in my drafts folder for some time already. So prices that are mentioned below have probably changed in the meantime.

After my previous post about printing my images at Authentic, I thought that it would be useful to describe my experience with a newcomer on the market for printing images in Belgium (and France). Zor.com is a new internet printer, specialized in direct printing on several types of boards in a relatively limited range of sizes. Where they differ from the many other printers available today on internet is their prices. Surprisingly low compared to their competition.
They print on Dibond, acrylic glass, forex, carboard, and canvas.
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Maroon Creek valley, near Aspen, CO - Details of the Dibond print

How I print my pictures (part 1)

I have written this post (and part 2) already some time ago but had not published them yet. Here it is at last. Be aware that prices that are mentioned might have changed in the meantime, of course.

It has been some time that I have wanted to write a post about my experience with printing my images for exhibitions. As I had promised recently that I would write more about testing some techniques or material, I thought that it would be interesting to start with this part of my workflow as it is the one that is the most visible to the final viewer of my images.
This is Part 1 and you can expect Part 2 very soon, with my test of another company for printing my images.

For my very first exhibition a few years ago (Les Intrigantes), I was still optimistic and thought that I could get away with printing my pictures at one of the many general public printers available on the Internet today. I was convinced that the price would be low and hoped that the quality would be sufficient to satisfy my need for the best possible result.
I should have known better… In the end, I needed to send my images in parallel to two different internet printers to get a result only approaching what I was expecting. Some prints were too red, others were too green, none were close to the colours I saw on my calibrated display at home. In the end, a very expensive exercise and very far away from the high quality I was striving for. So, I had to turn to a better quality printer to get what I wanted.
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Moebius Arch at sunrise, Alabama Hills, California

Exhibiting at the 2015 International Nature Festival in Namur

This year, I’m participating to the 2015 International Nature Festival in Namur with an exhibition.
I will show a series of pictures around the theme “When Nature plays Architect”.
The Festival runs from October 15 to 18 (2015) all around the city center of Namur, but my exhibition is located more specifically at the Brasserie François, place Saint Aubain, in the center of the city of Namur.
More details about the Festival here: Festival Nature Namur 2015 website

Moebius Arch at sunrise, Alabama Hills, California

Moebius Arch at sunrise, Alabama Hills, California

Le Géant Endormi

The Sleeping Giant (shown at the Festival Nature Namur 2014)

As announced in my previous post, one of my pictures has been selected by the 2014 International Namur Nature Photography Competition.
I wanted to wait to show the image here to keep the exclusivity for those of you who were going to visit the exhibition in Namur. The Festival has now ended so here is my picture.
I did not get the 1st prize in the Landscape category with it but is was still one of the few selected in this category. In total, 141 pictures have been selected in 13 categories, from 6200 submitted images. Not bad!
If you visited the exhibition of the Competition during the first week-end of the Festival, you would not have found my picture (as I experienced it myself). A problem seems to have occurred when printing my image and this led to a delay while a new print was produced. Anyway, it was finally visible during the rest of the exhibition. When I saw it, I was a bit surprised by its size, or rather its lack thereof! I’m so used to seeing in a very large print that I found the Competition standardized print length (80 cm) very short.
Some of you who had visited my latest exhibition in June might remember this image as I had shown it there too.

The sleeping giant

The sleeping giant

This picture was taken in central Oregon, in the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument (Painted Hills Unit). I had seen pictures of this place before and I really wanted to see it by myself. I was based in Bend for a few days during my trip to Oregon a few years ago and getting to the Monument meant more than 2 hours drive. The weather when I arrived there was depressing, with low clouds and rain. I thought that I had not done this trip to go back empty handed so I started to explore the area and took a few pictures, mostly details to avoid the grey and sad sky. But just before I was going to leave at the end of the day, the sky finally cleared partially, just enough to let the end of the day sun illuminate the hills. The light was marvelous, with the sun low on the horizon bringing out all the details and colours of the ground still wet from the rain. And the dark grey clouds still present in the East gave me a nice backdrop. Even if the light was changing fast, I took the time to set up my tripod and take a series of several (vertical) images that I later combined with AutopanoPro to obtain this landscape image. Working this way allows me to print this image up to a large size with excellent quality. I had a ‘test print’ done at 180×60 cm, now hanging on a wall at home, and, each time I look at it, I still see new details that I had not noticed before.
If you want to see more images from this amazing place, have a look at my Oregon gallery.

Festival Nature Namur 2014

One of my pictures will be exhibited at the Nature Namur Festival 2014

You may not know the Festival Nature Namur ?
It has become a reference for nature movies and photography. This year, it is celebrating its 20th anniversary and takes place from October 10 to 19, in the belgian city of Namur.

Festival Nature Namur 2014

Festival Nature Namur 2014

And for my very first participation to the International Nature Photography Competition, organized during the Festival, one of my pictures has been selected in the Landscape category and will thus be shown during the Festival. Maybe I could even win a prize ? Who knows. Wait and see until October 17, when the awards are distributed.

If you love nature, if photography (or movies: a large part of the Festival is about nature documentaries) is of interest to you, or if you have children who love animals (the subject of most the exhibited pictures), I strongly advise you to go there and enjoy the beauty of the pictures that will be exhibited there. Mine include of course 🙂
And to help make it even better, access to all pictures exhibitions is free of charge.

The Festival takes place from October 10 to 19 in Acinapolis (Jambes, part of Namur) as well as in the city of Namur itself and a few neighbouring villages.
Practical details and full programme are available on the website of the festival (in French):
The full programme (pdf)
The names of the photographs selected for the International Nature Photography Competition of Namur
Access (large free car park)

Do not hesitate, go and visit it, it is really worth it!

My latest photography exhibition: Horizons Sylvestres

For the second time, I have participated to the Randonnée d’Artistes de Rixensart (could be translated by Artist’s Walk) and it has just ended. I spent two week-ends welcoming visitors attracted by my exhibition.
I must confess that I was quite impressed by the way visitors reacted to my pictures. I did not think that they could have so much success. Lesson learned!

To all of those who visited my exhibition, a big thank you for your comments, discussions, but also useful tips for preparing my future photographic trips in Belgium or abroad.

Horizons Sylvestres - exposition photo

My pictures shown during the Randonnée d’Artistes are now visible in my gallery.

You can also find below the catalogue/price list of the exhibition (in French).

While preparing this catalogue and doing my first steps with the page layout software Scribus (a free open source alternative to InDesign), I thought that it would be a good exercise to rapidly produce another catalogue with the pictures of my previous exhibition, showing mostly pictures from my “Intrigantes” series that I had presented during the Randonnée d’Artistes de Rixensart 2010.

One of my visitors, who is often documenting events in our town, has taken a few pictures during my exhibition. You can see them here. A big thank you to him to have highlighted me on his Rixensart Facebook page.

Many of the visitors who were also photographers wanted to know where I had had my prints done. It was at Authentic. They produced excellent direct prints of my pictures on Dibond. All visitors found the result excellent, giving a kind of smooth grain to the image, probably due to the ink used, and allowing to hang the picture on a wall without further need for a frame.
For photographers that might me interested, I will soon publish a post about my experience with various print types at Authentic.

Now, I need to start working on producing a book with the pictures from the exhibition and many others that could not be shown due to lack of space.