Travel Photographer Of The Year 2015 – VII by MarselvanOosten

Last month I won the overall title Travel Photographer Of The Year 2015 (www.tpoty.com) with two black and white portfolios – a landscape portfolio and a wildlife portfolio. Here’s the third image from the wildlife portfolio. Don’t worry, there’s only one image left after this one 🙂

All four images in this portfolio were shot on our Namibia Untamed tour earlier this year. Two years ago we decided to add a surprise boat cruise off the coast of Walvis Bay. This is a great opportunity to photograph thousands of seals, dolphins and pelicans. My personal highlight of this boat cruise is the pelicans – amazing creatures and very photogenic. This year we had a couple that landed on our boat and I was able to get very close with my wide angle lens. I’ve got plenty of pelicans in flight shots, so I was interested in creating something different. I decided to turn my pelican shoot into a study of shape and light, creating very graphic images.

After a while, the pelicans got so used to my presence, that I was able to move in closer and closer. So close actually, that depth of field was turning into a problem – I had to stop down quite a bit to keep everything in focus, especially with some of the other shots in this series that I will show later.

The processing was pretty straightforward, apart from the conversion to black and white. Black and white is so much more difficult than colour photography, because you don’t have those pretty colors that people like so much, and colors are helpful to separate shapes. Without colour, certain shapes that were separated from each other in the colour version, will suddenly merge in a black and white version. Good black and white images are therefore often created on location – that’s when you can already see what is needed for a good bw image.

If you would like to join us to Namibia, then you’re out of luck for 2016 as we’re fully booked. Even our 2017 tour is already fully booked, but we opened a second tour for 2017 that is going to be led by amazing landscape photographer Ryan Dyar. It will take place from 17 June to 1 July 2017.

If you want to visit Namibia, look no further. There is no better organized Namibia tour out there. We were the first company to offer photo tours to Namibia, the first to do night photography in Deadvlei, and we are still the only one that offers microlight flights over the famous Namibian sand dunes – the best and most exciting way to do aerial photography.

If you’re interested in joining Ryan to Namibia, please check out our website for more information, images, video clips, and a very detailed tour PDF: http://www.squiver.com

Marsel

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Travel Photographer Of The Year 2015 – VII by MarselvanOosten

Last month I won the overall title Travel Photographer Of The Year 2015 (www.tpoty.com) with two black and white portfolios – a landscape portfolio and a wildlife portfolio. Here’s the third image from the wildlife portfolio. Don’t worry, there’s only one image left after this one 🙂

All four images in this portfolio were shot on our Namibia Untamed tour earlier this year. Two years ago we decided to add a surprise boat cruise off the coast of Walvis Bay. This is a great opportunity to photograph thousands of seals, dolphins and pelicans. My personal highlight of this boat cruise is the pelicans – amazing creatures and very photogenic. This year we had a couple that landed on our boat and I was able to get very close with my wide angle lens. I’ve got plenty of pelicans in flight shots, so I was interested in creating something different. I decided to turn my pelican shoot into a study of shape and light, creating very graphic images.

After a while, the pelicans got so used to my presence, that I was able to move in closer and closer. So close actually, that depth of field was turning into a problem – I had to stop down quite a bit to keep everything in focus, especially with some of the other shots in this series that I will show later.

The processing was pretty straightforward, apart from the conversion to black and white. Black and white is so much more difficult than colour photography, because you don’t have those pretty colors that people like so much, and colors are helpful to separate shapes. Without colour, certain shapes that were separated from each other in the colour version, will suddenly merge in a black and white version. Good black and white images are therefore often created on location – that’s when you can already see what is needed for a good bw image.

If you would like to join us to Namibia, then you’re out of luck for 2016 as we’re fully booked. Even our 2017 tour is already fully booked, but we opened a second tour for 2017 that is going to be led by amazing landscape photographer Ryan Dyar. It will take place from 17 June to 1 July 2017.

If you want to visit Namibia, look no further. There is no better organized Namibia tour out there. We were the first company to offer photo tours to Namibia, the first to do night photography in Deadvlei, and we are still the only one that offers microlight flights over the famous Namibian sand dunes – the best and most exciting way to do aerial photography.

If you’re interested in joining Ryan to Namibia, please check out our website for more information, images, video clips, and a very detailed tour PDF: http://www.squiver.com

Marsel

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Primordial by MarselvanOosten

Very pleased that my image ‘Primordial’ is one of the winners in this year’s European Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition. The image was shot from a kayak on a misty morning on one of the many bayous of Louisiana last year, and I’m looking forward to our next visit there in just three days time.

We are currently setting up the world’s first Cypress Trees By Kayak photo tour in Louisiana and Texas, so if you would like to join us in October/November 2016 to photograph these amazing trees and swampscapes on a thrilling kayak adventure, drop us an email and we’ll put your name on the list. Frequent flyers on our tours (aka Squiverati) have priority. More details later!

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Kos island-Summer in Greece by GeorgePapapostolou

Greek photographer George Papapostolou was announced as the winner of the Greece National Award category in this year’s Sony World Photography Awards, one of the world’s leading photography competitions, showcasing the very best in international contemporary imagery.

The winning photograph of Mr. Papapostolou is entitled “Kos- summer in Greece” and was chosen as the best photograph from entries by Greek photographers that entered into the ten Open categories of the Sony World Photography Awards.

Mr. Papapostolou is a firefighter and passionate amateur photographer from Trikala, Thessaly.

As a National Award winner he received the latest Sony digital imaging equipment to help continue his photographic journeys. He will now travel to London to attend the 2015 Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition at Somerset House, which will run from April 24 until May 10.

Describing his winning photo, Mr. Papapostolou said: “This isle you see in the photograph is named Kastri and it is located near the village of Kefalos on the beautiful island of the Dodecanese, Kos.”

“Ο Έλληνας φωτογράφος Γιώργος Παπαποστόλου, από την Κω, αναδείχθηκε νικητής του Ελληνικού Βραβείου, στο πλαίσιο των Sony World Photography Awards 2015.

Η νικήτρια φωτογραφία του κ. Παπαποστόλου με τίτλο «Κως- καλοκαίρι στην Ελλάδα» επελέγη ως η μία και μοναδική, καλύτερη φωτογραφία Έλληνα φωτογράφου, την οποία υπέβαλε σε μία από τις δέκα κατηγορίες του Ανοιχτού Διαγωνισμού των Sony World Photography Awards 2015, το μεγαλύτερο διαγωνισμό φωτογραφίας.

Ο Γιώργος Παπαποστόλου, πυροσβέστης αλλά και παθιασμένος ερασιτέχνης φωτογράφος με καταγωγή από τα Τρίκαλα Θεσσαλίας, κέρδισε μια φωτογραφική μηχανή Sony α6000 και θα μεταβεί στο Λονδίνο για να παραστεί στο γκαλά της τελετής των Sony World Photography Awards 2015, ενώ η φωτογραφία του θα εκτεθεί στο Somerset House, στο Λονδίνο, μεταξύ 24 Απριλίου και 10 Μαΐου στο πλαίσιο της έκθεσης Sony World Photography Awards 2015.

Μιλώντας για τη νίκη του ο Γιώργος Παπαποστόλου δήλωσε: «Είμαι πολύ χαρούμενος που επιλέξατε η φωτογραφία μου να εκπροσωπήσει την Ελλάδα στο διαγωνισμό. Είναι σπουδαίο να βλέπεις έναν μεγάλο οργανισμό να επιβραβεύει τη σκληρή δουλειά σου. Τέτοια τιμή σου δίνει έναυσμα να προσπαθείς για το καλύτερο».

Περιγράφοντας τη φωτογραφία του, είπε τα εξής: «Το νησάκι αυτό που βλέπετε στη φωτογραφία λέγεται Καστρί και βρίσκεται κοντά στο χωριό Κέφαλος στο όμορφο νησί των Δωδεκανήσων, την Κω. Η λήψη έγινε με τη χρήση υποβρύχιου περιβλήματος στη φωτογραφική μηχανή».

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