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Meet Alex Greenshpun

Sun Mar 29, 2015, 7:00 AM
Meet  Alex Greenshpun, known on DeviantArt as alexgphoto. She's a photographer based in Israel and has an absolutely amazing gallery. Describing herself as a Visual Poetess, Alex creates magical images with beautiful colours and vibrant backgrounds. Alex is a self taught fine art photographer and the main focus of her work is natural close ups and animal photography. She has recently published a photobook featuring some of her best nature-related works. You can find alexgphoto here on DeviantArt or over at her website Alex Greenshpun or on Facebook.


The Bio...


I'm a self-taught fine-art photographer, currently based in Israel. Photography appeared in my life in a serendipitous way back in 2012. Nature is filled with magic just waiting to be discovered. There are fairy tales behind every leaf; each petal, seed and the tiniest of dewdrops have something to tell us. So many stories are hiding in plain sight. It is my wish to make these stories seen.

The Gear...


Until recently I used to work with a Canon 60D, but now I've switched to a Canon 6D. Most of my nature macros are shot with a Canon 100mm macro lens, sometimes with an addition of a Raynox DCR-250. My workflow involves both Lightroom and Photoshop, as I always shoot RAW. Editing usually includes color correction; curves; white balance; etc. It's important for me to create and present each image from a personal, artistic perspective.
The Garden Gnome by alexgphoto


Whatever image I am working on, it has to be perfect in-camera before clicking the shutter. It is very important for me to check that the subject is shot from an interesting angle; that there is nothing distracting in the background; the light has to be flawless; and of course, the frame must be well composed. For me, this often means staying with the same subject for a long period, sometimes more than an hour, to get that one frame just the way I had envisioned it.


Where does your vision come from? Where do you get the ideas from that we see within your Gallery?


Much of my ideas and inspiration come by simply being out in nature. To me, photography feels as a constant exploration of new worlds. There's this sensation of wonder whenever I look closely at a certain subject and suddenly find something beautiful and unexpected, like an intricate pattern. Sometimes, I discover fairy tales and stories in leaves, dewdrops and seeds. This feeling of surprise and wonder creates a vision in my mind that is usually intuitive and quite instant, and this gives me the inspiration and ideas on how to best represent the subject in a photograph.

The Dream Weaver by alexgphotoWinds of Summer by alexgphoto


You have some incredible animal captures within your gallery. What's your secret for getting cuties like this to pose?


House of Furballs by alexgphoto

In May last year, my partner and I have found five nursing kittens, abandoned in a cardboard box. We took them in and took care of them until they were ready for adoption. Two of the kittens found a home together, another one was adopted by a friend (she's hiding at the back so doesn't appear in this photo), and we ended up keeping the other two (the one sleeping in the middle and the curious blue-eyed tabby on the right). We simply fell in love with them.

That photo was taken a day or two after we'd found them. We had a kitty-house that belonged to our cat when he was younger, which he didn't use; the five girls, however, quickly cuddled inside. They all just squeezed in together and so I grabbed my camera and even though it took a while for them to settle down, I got my shot at the end.

Do you have any tips for creating clear, crisp bokeh like you have in the image below?


Liquid Luck by alexgphoto

In general, I'd recommend a depth of field at least f/2.8 for smoother bokeh. If you're focusing on a specific subject such as a blade of grass or a flower, make sure there's a relatively good distance between it and whatever remains in the background. Check for stems or leaves coming up closely behind your subject. Not only would any such object be a distraction from your main subject, but they could also ruin the smoothness of your background. As a general rule of thumb: highlights in the background can help create a nice bokeh. So, it's often a good idea to try and play with the direction of the light, such as backlight for example.

One of the best opportunities to get lovely bokeh is early in the morning when the grass is filled with dew. If you shoot with a shallow DOF against the sun, from a relatively low angle, you'll find the sunlight reflected in the dew creates a beautiful effect. Below are some more examples...

Dewlicious Morning by alexgphotoSymphony of Light by alexgphoto


What does Israel have to offer you in terms of photographic opportunities?


Well, Israel has a great natural diversity and there are many interesting places here to see. However, the one characteristic of Israel's nature that is relevant to me is its weather. Our winters are short, and usually resemble autumn with their rainstorms and winds. Summer and spring fill most of the year and the weather is quite warm. As a matter of fact, it's so warm that it's not unusual to see people bathing at the beach in the end of December and even January.
The great thing about macro photography though is that you don't actually have to travel far to find something interesting to shoot. For example, I often find subjects on my own balcony, or in parks close to where I live.

Voyage to Lilliput Continues by alexgphoto

How did you achieve the below image?


Dancing in the Rain by alexgphoto

This image is one of my Daily Deviations called Dancing in the rain.. Exif: Canon EOS 60D + Canon EF 100mm Macro f/2.8; 100mm; 1/320 s @ f/3.5; ISO 400...

While most of my works are taken outdoors, I like to collect beautiful natural things to later photograph at home. On one of my photo-walks I found some beautiful flower seeds and a big, curvy autumn leaf of red-orange coloration. At home, using two simple table-lamps I back-lit the leaf with one of them and sprinkled some water. I put several seeds on the leaf, but none of them were stable enough on their own. These two, however, stood quite nicely, leaning on each other. It immediately reminded me of a romantic couple dancing in the rain, hence the title. I used the second lamp for the fill-light and took the photo. The image was then processed with Lightroom 4 and Photoshop CS5: basic curves, color and sharpness corrections. There are many tutorials for Macro Photography within my gallery.

Ladybird by alexgphoto



Meet Alex Greenshpun
Here at CRPhotography we're carrying out regular interviews to highlight Photographers from around the world. Check out the latest interview featuring Alex Greenshpun (alexgphoto) and don't forget to :+fav: and share if you enjoyed it!
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Nom Nom 83 - Salami

Tue Mar 17, 2015, 9:00 AM
Salami is another one of those things that I think you either really like, or are not too bothered about, or hate! It's cured sausage which has been fermented and originates from a variety of animals. It's fragant, if you could call it that, often smelling quite a lot like garlic or pepper. My favourite type is Chorizo - so here's an awesome recipe you could try!

Chorizo Chicken with Potatoe Wedges


Ingredients;
:bulletblack: 2 large sweet potatoes peeled and cut into wedges
:bulletblack: 1 teaspoon of olive oil
:bulletblack: 1/2 tsp dried chilli flakes
:bulletblack: Thin slices of Chorizo
:bulletblack: 2 Skinless chicken breasts
:bulletblack: Thyme for seasoning (dried)

Method;
  1. Heat oven to 220C/fan 200C/gas 7. Place the sweet potatoes on a baking tray, then toss with the oil, chilli flakes and seasoning. Roast for 10 mins, then remove and reduce the oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6.
  2. Lay half the chorizo slices over each chicken breast, overlapping so the chicken is covered, then tuck the edges underneath to secure. Lift onto the baking tray next to the wedges, scatter the wedges with thyme leaves, then roast for 20 mins more, turning the chicken and wedges halfway until golden

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salami cheese and crackers by TavNymblewynd
Thin-Crusted Salami Pizza by nosugarjustangerSalami sandwiches by patchow

Strawberries | Cinnamon | Chicken | Apples | Chocolate | Brussel Sprouts | Cocktails | Ice Cream | Spaghetti | Raspberries | Pineapple | Bread | Rice | Blueberries | Cupcakes | Tea | Cherries | Toast | Cheesecake | Soup | Apple Pie | Casserole | Halloween | Sausage | Pie | Macaroons | Sushi | Christmas | Peppers | Chinese Food | Eggs | Ham | Garlic | Tomatoe | Cookies | Lollies | Drink | Grapes | Cross Sections | BBQ | Cereal | Lychee | Pizza | Coconut | Sweets | Lemon | Nutella | Peas | Sandwiches | Smoothies | Croissants | Marzipan. | CAEK | Prawns| Shortbread| Autumn| Green| Yorkshire Puddings | Malteasers | Crumpets | Mint| Pomegranate | Christmas | Chocolate Cake | Roast Potatoes | Jelly | Curry |Bagels. | Nom Nom #79 September: Birthday Cakes. | Nom Nom 78# August - Clams. | Nom Nom 76# Crayfish | Nom Nom 74# Cous Cous | Nom Nom 75# Lasagne.| Nom Nom 81 - Brie | Nom Nom 82 - Salmon

Nom Nom 83 - Salami
Nom Nom is a series of articles posted on a monthly basis which explores a food type and a recipe to go along with it! If you have a suggestion for a 'Nom' for next month please note Kaz-D. Don't forget to :+fav: the article and all of the images included within it! 
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I don't expect you to understand. Nor do I expect you to believe. I always believed in telling the truth unless I got myself confused in which case I would lie as convincingly as I can for as long as humanely possible. My propensity to begin this guide comes from years of staring at glossy picture perfect photographs of far away places. You know those kind of books, the backpackers guide to wherever.... The kind of books that you take for granted the author has seen and experienced the taste of Africa and the smell of China first hand. When in reality they could have wiki'd or google'd or found the information needed for a bestseller with some quick tickle of fingers.

You see, I stood on a bridge on a balmy summers evening with my back to the moon and my chest braced against the breeze. And then quite simply, I let go. I never expected the August wind to carry me, I had no hopes and no expectations. I had no need for any sort of guidance in that tiny numbing gap between life and death, I just knew quite simply, how I was meant to travel it.

Mere moments after I set foot in the afterlife, I was handed a book. No, it wasn't a high quality glossy covered guidebook. It was black and plain, simple. Before I got the chance to lift the cover and peruse the pages beneath its leather casing, they pulled me back. To say I was unhappy, is an understatement. I recall that my return to earth and the life in which I was expected to re-inhabit was a struggle. I kicked, I screamed, some say (to my shame) that I even bit a Nurse and bruised a Doctor. However the most important thing was that when I woke up, properly, I was gripping the book.

~

They tried to take the book from my bruised and battered hands, but I held on. Where on earth they thought I could have got it from, I don't know. It didn't seem important after a while and once I was stable again (a medical term, not psychological), they left me in peace. How many days, weeks or months had passed...I didn't know. All I knew was that in death, I had been given a piece of life. Something to cling on to through the journey that would cause incredible pain and untold misery. Something to get me through the dark days and even darker nights. Something that would leave me questioning not only my existence but the very existence of those around me. For the book told of a life that I had only dreamed of right up until the second I stepped off the parapet that August evening. It was a guidebook with no photographs and certainly couldn't be google'd or wiki'd. It didn't share the taste of Africa or the smell of China and offered no false promises about the quaintness of England or the vibrancy of Japan. Instead, it offered a portable magic - a transparent insight - into the Afterlife.

~

They tried to tell me that in my madness, my only resolution was to throw myself from a precipice. A thing that I had done time and time again when the going got tough. The psychologists told me that I lacked the tiny slice of sanity that most of us inhibited which made it so that instead of throwing ourselves off, we searched for those who could save us from ourselves. I told them I had been born without the tiny slice and instead had developed the singular big slice of ability to detest everyone and everything around me so much that I wished for nothing rather than a something I never had felt a part of. Socially isolated was the term they used to describe and define me over and over again during the road to my supposed recovery. Have you ever met a lonely person? Have you ever asked them why? It's not because they enjoy solitude that they opt for it. It's because they have tried, time and time again - over and over - to blend in with humanity. And countless times, endlessly, humanity has continued to disappoint them.

~

When I was eight years old, I witnessed death for the first time. We had been moving, my Mother and I, through staccato traffic for fifteen minutes in the growing dusk before she uttered a word at me.
"It's beautiful" she had said softly, her eyes settling on something caught in the headlight reflection bouncing back from the front window. I had leaned forward in my seat, craning my neck to see what had captured her attention and made her speak, a rare occurrence in our relationship. An opaque moth lay helplessly trapped beneath the wiper blades. I had touched the cold glass gently and I pleaded with her to set it free.

We had crept forward, inching along the motorway and the traffic had grown either side of us lacing bored commuters with anxious grandparents and restless teens. People were looking up, pointing. There had been somebody stood on the bridge, an inky sillouhette against a blushing sky.
"Look Mum..." I had pointed but she was already tilting her neck to see the shadow looming above us. Her mouth was set in a grim line and we had both realised, at that moment, what we had missed before. The figure had never been stood on the bridge. Instead they were balancing on the railings that bordered it.

By this time, people had clambered from their cars, windows were wound down and the cool night air had hit my cheeks as we joined ranks. My Mother clenched the steering wheel tightly beneath her hands as the traffic pulled to a complete stop. The air around us had settled as the cars thickened and the collective gasps of the onlookers robbed the oxygen. Before I knew what was really happening, my Mother had reacted with lightning speed - one finger pressing the electric window button and the other hand slamming our car into reverse even though there was nowhere to go.

The figure had jumped. For a few seconds it was possible to make out long hair as limbs flailed and muscle contracted. It had seemed like minutes but it must have been less when the body hit metal, folding gently and sliding down with a soft thud between cars. Something liquid and dark hit the front window of our car and the autmoatic wiper blades kicked in.

I could think of nothing else as I leaned forward to examine the smeary glass, other than the shimmer of opaque colour. I could think only of the moth, the terribly fine wings and the gentle glitter of fairy dust smeared into blood.

~
The Anti Guidebook
Up until the last paragraph, this is unique and although I wrote it some months ago it hasn't been shared with anyone yet. The last 'chapter' as it were, is something that I posted on DeviantArt a long time ago but which seems to fit the direction that this short story is going. Maybe it has the potential to develop into something bigger - we shall see!
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I came to deviantART looking for an outlet to share my literature work. Imagine my surprise when I look back now and find myself, eight years later, a Photography Community Volunteer and an avid Photographer. In fact, I've just spent a year taking a handful of Photos every day as part of the 365 challenge. If you want to talk to me about motivation, inspiration, finding things to Photograph and general 'sticking at stuff' then do please give me a shout!

I started off three years ago as the Abstract and Surreal Photography CV, I then took on Conceptual as well and now I cover General Photography along with 3wyl. My every day work, like so many of us here, is unrelated to Art almost completely.

I'm about to embark on a career as a Care Manager for my local council. I just finished studying a degree in Social Policy and Criminology and I'm about to move into my first house with TouchedD! In my spare time (whenever that is) I like to explore the world with TouchedD, poke dead things with a stick and take my dog who has naughty feet, for walkies.
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Meet Alex Greenshpun

Sun Mar 29, 2015, 7:00 AM
Meet  Alex Greenshpun, known on DeviantArt as alexgphoto. She's a photographer based in Israel and has an absolutely amazing gallery. Describing herself as a Visual Poetess, Alex creates magical images with beautiful colours and vibrant backgrounds. Alex is a self taught fine art photographer and the main focus of her work is natural close ups and animal photography. She has recently published a photobook featuring some of her best nature-related works. You can find alexgphoto here on DeviantArt or over at her website Alex Greenshpun or on Facebook.


The Bio...


I'm a self-taught fine-art photographer, currently based in Israel. Photography appeared in my life in a serendipitous way back in 2012. Nature is filled with magic just waiting to be discovered. There are fairy tales behind every leaf; each petal, seed and the tiniest of dewdrops have something to tell us. So many stories are hiding in plain sight. It is my wish to make these stories seen.

The Gear...


Until recently I used to work with a Canon 60D, but now I've switched to a Canon 6D. Most of my nature macros are shot with a Canon 100mm macro lens, sometimes with an addition of a Raynox DCR-250. My workflow involves both Lightroom and Photoshop, as I always shoot RAW. Editing usually includes color correction; curves; white balance; etc. It's important for me to create and present each image from a personal, artistic perspective.
The Garden Gnome by alexgphoto


Whatever image I am working on, it has to be perfect in-camera before clicking the shutter. It is very important for me to check that the subject is shot from an interesting angle; that there is nothing distracting in the background; the light has to be flawless; and of course, the frame must be well composed. For me, this often means staying with the same subject for a long period, sometimes more than an hour, to get that one frame just the way I had envisioned it.


Where does your vision come from? Where do you get the ideas from that we see within your Gallery?


Much of my ideas and inspiration come by simply being out in nature. To me, photography feels as a constant exploration of new worlds. There's this sensation of wonder whenever I look closely at a certain subject and suddenly find something beautiful and unexpected, like an intricate pattern. Sometimes, I discover fairy tales and stories in leaves, dewdrops and seeds. This feeling of surprise and wonder creates a vision in my mind that is usually intuitive and quite instant, and this gives me the inspiration and ideas on how to best represent the subject in a photograph.

The Dream Weaver by alexgphotoWinds of Summer by alexgphoto


You have some incredible animal captures within your gallery. What's your secret for getting cuties like this to pose?


House of Furballs by alexgphoto

In May last year, my partner and I have found five nursing kittens, abandoned in a cardboard box. We took them in and took care of them until they were ready for adoption. Two of the kittens found a home together, another one was adopted by a friend (she's hiding at the back so doesn't appear in this photo), and we ended up keeping the other two (the one sleeping in the middle and the curious blue-eyed tabby on the right). We simply fell in love with them.

That photo was taken a day or two after we'd found them. We had a kitty-house that belonged to our cat when he was younger, which he didn't use; the five girls, however, quickly cuddled inside. They all just squeezed in together and so I grabbed my camera and even though it took a while for them to settle down, I got my shot at the end.

Do you have any tips for creating clear, crisp bokeh like you have in the image below?


Liquid Luck by alexgphoto

In general, I'd recommend a depth of field at least f/2.8 for smoother bokeh. If you're focusing on a specific subject such as a blade of grass or a flower, make sure there's a relatively good distance between it and whatever remains in the background. Check for stems or leaves coming up closely behind your subject. Not only would any such object be a distraction from your main subject, but they could also ruin the smoothness of your background. As a general rule of thumb: highlights in the background can help create a nice bokeh. So, it's often a good idea to try and play with the direction of the light, such as backlight for example.

One of the best opportunities to get lovely bokeh is early in the morning when the grass is filled with dew. If you shoot with a shallow DOF against the sun, from a relatively low angle, you'll find the sunlight reflected in the dew creates a beautiful effect. Below are some more examples...

Dewlicious Morning by alexgphotoSymphony of Light by alexgphoto


What does Israel have to offer you in terms of photographic opportunities?


Well, Israel has a great natural diversity and there are many interesting places here to see. However, the one characteristic of Israel's nature that is relevant to me is its weather. Our winters are short, and usually resemble autumn with their rainstorms and winds. Summer and spring fill most of the year and the weather is quite warm. As a matter of fact, it's so warm that it's not unusual to see people bathing at the beach in the end of December and even January.
The great thing about macro photography though is that you don't actually have to travel far to find something interesting to shoot. For example, I often find subjects on my own balcony, or in parks close to where I live.

Voyage to Lilliput Continues by alexgphoto

How did you achieve the below image?


Dancing in the Rain by alexgphoto

This image is one of my Daily Deviations called Dancing in the rain.. Exif: Canon EOS 60D + Canon EF 100mm Macro f/2.8; 100mm; 1/320 s @ f/3.5; ISO 400...

While most of my works are taken outdoors, I like to collect beautiful natural things to later photograph at home. On one of my photo-walks I found some beautiful flower seeds and a big, curvy autumn leaf of red-orange coloration. At home, using two simple table-lamps I back-lit the leaf with one of them and sprinkled some water. I put several seeds on the leaf, but none of them were stable enough on their own. These two, however, stood quite nicely, leaning on each other. It immediately reminded me of a romantic couple dancing in the rain, hence the title. I used the second lamp for the fill-light and took the photo. The image was then processed with Lightroom 4 and Photoshop CS5: basic curves, color and sharpness corrections. There are many tutorials for Macro Photography within my gallery.

Ladybird by alexgphoto



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Thanks for the DD! :wave:
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Thank you sooo much for the kind words and DD, Kaz! It really means a lot! :happybounce: 
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Thank you very much for the fav on my I'm in a Deserted Wasteland!! to the Suggestion Daily Deviations my friend!! :aww: Really appreciated.

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You are welcome :) love your work!
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