Marloeshi is the first Interviewee for our series focusing on Photographers here on DeviantArt. She's twenty one years old and is a photographer based in The Netherlands in a small town near Eindhoven. She has been experimenting with Photography since she was around sixteen years old and got her first DSLR for her Birthday. Like many of us, she messed around (her words!) for the first few years and experimented to find her 'style' but in the last two or three years she nailed it and now has a gallery full of absolutely beautiful works. Marloeshi's work spans a wide range of sub-galleries here on DeviantArt including Still Life, Animals, Nature, Travel and Conceptual to name just a few. This interview will hopefully give you a little glimpse into her work, her processes and a few of her secrets for creating some of the awesome images that she has made.
Marloeshi's first camera was a D3000 DSLR which she still uses even now as a back up camera. She currently shoots mainly with a Nikon D7000 and her favourite lenses are:
Nikkor 50mm f1.4
Tamron 24 - 70mm f2.8
Tamron 90mm f2.8
Tokina 11 - 16 f2.8
Many thanks for agreeing to be interviewed Marloeshi! You create a lot of beautiful bokeh in your images, what technique do you use in particular to get the gorgeous heart shaped effects?
Most of the time I create the bokeh myself, but I'm willing to share my very well kept secret with you! Use christmas lights. Just a lot of christmas lights! Make sure you have enough distance between your subject and the lights. This will create more soft bokeh. It also helps to photograph close to your subject.
The heart shaped bokeh is very easy to create. In fact: you can create any figure you'd like to! You will need:
1. A piece of black paper/ thin cardboard
2. Make sure you cut the piece a little bigger than your lens
3. Cut a small figure out the middle of the paper
4. Put the black paper in front of your lens (press it against it, don't have distance between the paper and the lens)
6. Enjoy your shaped bokeh!
Are you inspired much by the surroundings you live in? Does The Netherlands offer any particular opportunity for a certain type of Photography?
It may sound cliché, but I'm inspired by a lot of things. Not only my surroundings, but also other people, what they say or what they do. Internet is also a great inspiration source for me.
It really depends on my mood though, when I'm in a good mood, I let more happy and positive things in. When I'm in a bad mood I'm more in my own world, photos get more dark or sad.
In The Netherlands we do have the landscape (very flat, wide view), our tulips and windmills. Maybe our forests are different when you compare them to other countries. Besides that I don't think The Netherlands has something unique to offer. If someone has a different opinion about that, please share! I'm curious to know what kind of beautiful things I'm missing in my own country.
We've seen an increase in pet photography lately, in particular guinea pigs who seem incredibly patient! How on earth did you manage to persuade yours to pose like she has done?
Well, first of all: I have the most sweet and patient guinea pig. Her name is Mieps and she is the cutest! I think with pet photography, you need to have a little luck. If you have a patient pet, it really helps to keep them still. Besides that, food is the solution to keep them still. I always give Mieps a small piece of lettuce. When she is eating and right after that, she sits very still. That's my oppertunity to shoot some photos! Sometimes she is very curious, walks around a little and plays with the objects. When I feel she isn't in the mood to 'model' I leave her alone. It's also important that the photographer has a little patient. Pets are pets and they kinda have their own will, so don't force them and just wait untill they do what you want them to do. Mieps has her own Instagram account! Find her by searching for @miepstheguineapig..
Talk us through one of your favourite images and how you managed to create it...?
The set up is (for me) a very important part of getting the right image. I have used paper boats in the past, so I didn't have to fold one. I grabbed a needle and a piece of thread. Attatched the wire to the boat and used a hanging rail to hang up the boat. I put the rail in front of the window, for the light. Behind that, outside, I put a lot of christmas lights in the trees.
Then it's shooting time! I tried different angles and settings. When I feel I got the shot, I stop photographing. Or else I can go on and on and on. While the shots are practically the same.
The post processing wasn't much. I lightened the darker parts, applyed a lens correction and added a little extra contrast. That's how I made this photo!
You have some beautiful city and nature captures in your gallery. Have you travelled far to expand your portfolio?
I took photos in a few cities recently. In Rotterdam and Gent. That's about a one and a half hour drive from where I live. So it's not very far. I went to the Speulderbos too! I love that forest! That is a one and a half hour drive as well. Nelleke shoots a lot of photos there. She really inspired me to go there too. Of course my photos aren't nearly as good as hers. But I enjoyed that trip, the forest is beautiful and really worth a visit.
For the Urban Exploring I do have to travel very far. For one location we have driven 5 hours (one way). Most of the time it is about a 3 hour drive. Every time it was totally worth it.
Finally, and just for fun... if you were given an all expenses paid holiday and had to take a writer, a singer and an actor/actress who would you take?
Actor; Ian Somerhalder Why? Because he is freakin' hot. I'd like to know how he handles all the attention. He seems like a cool big hearted person. So I'd love to meet him. I know he is an animal lover, so I think I'd bring Mieps too!
Singer; The singer I'd probaly take with me is Danny O'Donoghue or Hayley Williams. I like them both. I like the lyrics they write, so I'd like to just hang around with them and talk about their music.
Writer; The writer would be Alexandra Potter, I really love her books. When my mum visits my uncle in America, I always ask her to bring some books she wrote.