My Photo "In The Center" Wins the 8th Place in the Contest ‘Resting’

Follow me on Facebook • Google+ • Bloglovin’ On March 22nd post, I wrote about my participation in the contest “Resting” organized by Photocrowd. The contest, judged and voted, ended and before four days the winners were announced. And, I think that this was my greater “photo-moment” until now for 2015!  My photo “In the center” wins the 8th place in the expert vote among 598 photos from all over the world! © ioanna papanikolaou It’s officially in the Top Ten Expert Choices of the contest and gains a place among the photos that appear in the first page of the site! That’s so amazing and … Continue reading My Photo "In The Center" Wins the 8th Place in the Contest ‘Resting’

Photo Diary 100/365 • Photography, Our Soul and The Best Of Us

Follow me on Facebook • Google+ • Bloglovin’ It’s one of my childhood memory; our mother to dress us with our best clothes and make our hair pretty in order to go to the photography store and take a good family photo. It was the time that our camera Zenit couldn’t replace the abilities of a professional camera in the hands of a professional photographer. Despite the digital revolution, I believe neither now can do it. But this practice to get ready for a good photo, our childish eyes couldn’t understand. Why lose time from our game in order to be photographed like ‘nerds’? That … Continue reading Photo Diary 100/365 • Photography, Our Soul and The Best Of Us

Four Photo Contests To Enter During April 2015

Follow me on Facebook • Google+ • Bloglovin’ In the search of photo contests I came across several competition that their submissions close during April. As March ends, I find it useful to gather them in one post in order to keep a track of them. I’m already take part in some of them and I’m going to participate in the rest as soon as possible. I include deadline date and links to submit your work. They have several themes and their entry is either free, or they have a small entry fee.  © ioanna papanikolaou ○○○ Standing On The Edge Photo Contest on ViewBug.com Submit photos showing people … Continue reading Four Photo Contests To Enter During April 2015

Photo Diary 86/365 • In The Search of A Standpoint and A Creative Point Of View

Follow me on Facebook • Google+ • Bloglovin’ The definition for the point of view is simple to be described, but it becomes more complicated when you have to apply it. The point of view is a standpoint and could include many things.It’s a specified or stated manner of consideration or appraisal; it’s an opinion, judgement, attitude; and it’s the position of the narrator in relation to the story, as indicated by the narrator outlook from which the events are depicted and by the attitude toward the characters.  Black and white Stairs On A Hill by Papanikolaou Joanna on 500px In photography the POV (point of … Continue reading Photo Diary 86/365 • In The Search of A Standpoint and A Creative Point Of View

Photography Contest : People Resting • March 2015

Follow me on Facebook • Google+ • Bloglovin’ It is a bit awkward the week to start with people resting. Monday is the first day of the week and we all usually run to catch up work, obligations and tasks. I must admit that one of my bad habits is always to leave anything stressful for Tuesday if I can, because I guess that there will be a stressful “Monday” madness gathered everywhere and in everyone. Of course, this guessing it’s not always right and thanks God I sometimes overpass the unreasonable assumption and get things done from Monday! © ioanna papanikolaou Back in the theme of … Continue reading Photography Contest : People Resting • March 2015

Photo & Notes. Choosing Black And White Photography

Follow me on Facebook • Google+ • Bloglovin’ Photographer Paul Outerbridge, well-known for his early use and experiment in color photography, had mentioned the difference between monochromatic and color photography; black and white imply a suggestion, but the color makes a statement. Others, like photographer Robert Frank, had seen in black and white photography symbols like hope and despair, a reflection of real life. In the search of what makes a black and white photo stunning and how to achieve it, these questions are hard to be answered. Autumn Bridge in BW by Papanikolaou Joanna on 500px I feel that some photos are meant to be black and … Continue reading Photo & Notes. Choosing Black And White Photography

Spring Amateur Photo Contest • March 2015

Follow me on Facebook • Google+ • Bloglovin’ Sping is all around us spreading its blossoms, colors and aromas. There’s no doubt about it despite wheather’s playful turns. Trees and flowers are in bloom and they are definitely one of my favourite themes to photograph. I never get bored of capturing the freshness and the beauty of every new flower I see. Most of the times neither the flower nor the conditions are the same. Viburnum Blossoms Close-up by Papanikolaou Joanna on 500px One of my commitments for this year is to participate in many photo contests; as many as I can. So, in the … Continue reading Spring Amateur Photo Contest • March 2015

Photos & Notes. Tilted horizon and 45 degrees for Dutch angle

Follow me on Facebook • Google+ • Bloglovin’ There are many names to describe 45 degrees angle by a tilted camera: Dutch angle, Dutch tilt, canted angle, oblique angle, German angle, jaunty angle. All these terms describe the same thing; a shot from a camera rotated relative to the horizon or vertical lines in the shot.  Straightening the Umbrellas by Papanikolaou Joanna on 500px ○○○ cinema The primary use of oblique angles was to make the viewer feel unease, disoriented and stressful. Firstly appeared in the movies of German expressionism in 1920′ and 30′ (The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, Man with a Movie Camera) as an attempt to visualise madness and social … Continue reading Photos & Notes. Tilted horizon and 45 degrees for Dutch angle

Macro Photography Contest • March 2015

Follow me on Facebook • Google+ • Bloglovin’ Image Credit: Pixabay Do you love photography and do you love macro shots? There is a Worldwide Macro Contest running on Photocrowd until March 27th, 2015. Photocrowd is a place on the web where photographers, proffessionals and amateurs, can participate in contests and assignments and expose their portfolio. The entry is free and each participant can submit two photos. You can see the contest, participate and vote here: http://www.photocrowd.com/contests/171-macro/ Winners will be judjed and voted. There are different prizes for the expert and the crowd vote winner. And, both winning images will be printed in Digital Camera magazine, one of the leadings photography publication. You can read … Continue reading Macro Photography Contest • March 2015

Photo Diary 64/365 The Power of Lines In Photography And What They Express

Follow me on Facebook • Google+ • Bloglovin’ Lines are not only dots out for walk, as the painter Paul Klee had mentioned, but also one of the basic and significant elements of every visual composition. Lines arrange and divide the subject’s space, guide the viewer’s eyes and create different senses with their forms and qualities. They can be obvious or suggested and they can be categorized to horizontal, vertical, oblique and curved.  invincible summer by Papanikolaou Joanna on 500px One of the first things I try to define when I have a potential photo composition in me is lines. And, lines are one of … Continue reading Photo Diary 64/365 The Power of Lines In Photography And What They Express

Photo Diary 56/365 • Selective Coloring • Sin Or Useful Tool for Photographers?

Follow me on Facebook • Google+ • Bloglovin’ While reading different articles and opinions about selective coloring in photography sites and forums, this super famous song came to my mind, “It’s a sin” by Pet Shop Boys. Is selective coloring a ‘photographic sin’? Then I’m definitely a ‘sinner’, since I’ve used it many times in the past and I will use it again in the future! small daisies on a bench by Papanikolaou Joanna on 500px If you take a small survey on the internet, you will find two main categories; the one that presents stunning examples of this effect, trying to convince us optically … Continue reading Photo Diary 56/365 • Selective Coloring • Sin Or Useful Tool for Photographers?

Photo diary 50/365 Sunset Photography … Cliche or Essential

Follow me on Facebook • Google+ • Bloglovin sunset on a dry anthriscus sylvestris by Papanikolaou Joanna on 500px If there was a possibility of counting sunset and sunrise photos since photography beginning and add in them all the known paintings with the same theme, surely the result would have many zeros behind it. The forty-four sunsets that the Little Prince had counted in one day in the famous book of Antoine de Saint-Exupery is something that happens to us every day through art and photography… Sunsets and sunrises are one of the most common subjects in art and photography.  Urban Sunset behind High Voltage Pole by Papanikolaou … Continue reading Photo diary 50/365 Sunset Photography … Cliche or Essential