It’s all about Inspiration!
By Sebastien Chort
First I’d like to deliver a huge THANK YOU
I’ve been working for a long time in the so-called “graphic/animation/movie industry” therefore I’ve been dealing with picture composition, lighting, framing for years. But I mainly spent my time behind my computer creating images in 3D for animation studio or VFX companies. I always had an interest for photography but when digital cameras appeared my envy to snap pictures kind of vanished (IQ was disappointing) and I gave most of my energy toward my pro activity.
Eventually I started to feel frustrated with the long process it takes to create Computer Graphic images and I started to lurk again toward photography with the high expectation to create spontaneous pictures. Then while I was looking for a decent digital camera 2 years ago, I stumbled across your blog and it opened the Pandora box. The flow of great pictures and great reviews you share helped me a lot to find inspiration and to renew my interest toward photography.
I bought a GH2 which caught my interest for its movie capacities and later on I couldn’t resist the OMD EM5. I loved using the GH2 but the OMD is such a great tool I can’t thank you enough for advising it so loudly. I started to go mental with photography gear to be honest and bought a lot of lenses (C-Mount, Canon’s FD, and pretty much everything I could on Panasonic and Olympus MFT).
Finally I started to look back to some film camera as well and I’m the happy owner of a Hasselblad CM with 3 lenses, a Rolleiflex from 1928 and recently I acquired a Leica M3. This might sound like a G.A.S. issue, but I don’t feel that way. I’m experimenting a lot with all my cameras, I love to carry them, to shoot with them, those are just symptoms of an ongoing passionate story with a great medium to create pictures.
I mainly do portraits of my relatives or street photography, but I feel like I’m barely starting to discover how much fun I can get with photography, so it’s a permanent excitement to know I still have to learn about landscape, sport or studio photography.
So I think you have a large responsibility in my renewed passion for photography and I can’t thank you enough for that. I hope you’ll like the few pictures I’m sending and I wish you the best for the years to come
Thanks for reading me 😉
WebSite : http://sebastienchort.com
Flickr : http://www.flickr.com/photos/sebchort/
From Steve: Thanks so much Sebastien! I am glad that reading my site has inspired you but I must say that it is readers just like you that inspire ME in a day to day basis. Seeing so many great photographs helps to push me to get out there and shoot every week. So thank YOU!
Sebastien, I love reading Huffmeister’s Blog… Here I sit, reading article after article on ( FILM );
focusing on the Format, the Film, the Lenses ~ and then THIS ~ An EXPLOSION ~ an article on _THINKING_ ; and it hit me – – – . Boy, how many of us have absolutely lost our photographic way ? Your Clarity of Presentation has helped me immensely. I need to THINK about CREATIVITY, and that will lead to your idea of INSPIRATION. THAT is what this pursuit is all about. And honestly _ nothing leads us down that path better than the subject of PEOPLE . . . Beautiful !
Thank you Sebastien and Steve.
Very nice, Sebastien!
The pictures are a pure delight. Very nice.
Really lovely images, thank you. I’ll be very happy if I ever take pictures as good as these of my family!
Fantastic the photo of the boy and the pigeons! Your photos have soul and feelings! Trully inspire me.
Beautiful work. I often try to avoid extreme shallow DOF, but in this case has created compelling moods for the ‘swing’ and ‘birds’ images.
Nice set, my fav is the second one with the flapping beings
Very well done! Exceptional work – this is art! B e a u t i f u l .
Great inspiration, thanks for sharing!
Brilliant and inspiring photos! The photo of the pigeons in flight almost looks 3-D, and I love the sand dunes photo. Thanks for sharing.
These are wonderful shots. I like the variety of compositions and renderings. Just out of curiosity–which c mount lens did you use? Thanks for sharing.
the c mount I used the most is the cheapest one you can find on amazon 25mm 1.4, I used it on the third pic of the article above
not sure if I was lucky because my lens is really defective, but it provides a really nice circular blur at large aperture. The defaults of the lens (the blades shape are really off) makes it creative to use. Only issue is the center will sometime go blurry as well, leaving just a ring focused, but it’s really easy to work with.
another example : https://secure.flickr.com/photos/sebchort/8945549001/
Thanks for this. Maybe I’ll order one and try it out. It looks like fun.
Tremendous, thanks for the inspiration
Great photo series….very well done.
Love these! thanks for sharing
you know how to compose, and youre not a one trick pony either.
Thanks everyone for the cheerful comments, means a lot to me. And Steve once again a last thank for hosting my post and pics.
This is art!
Nice exciting work
Love the Hassy shot…makes me want to go grab my Rolleiflex and pop some film in from my refrigerator…just started processing my own film again, and I’ve been having a blast!
A real inspiration
Great inspiration! I have seen your work on Flickr and especially remember the stand out one with the skate boarding man and child from a few months back. Really really nice work! Bravo!
Amazing images, well done, and inspiring.
really nice shots!!
Beautiful photo’s Sebastian! Thanks for sharing.
The first 3 are my favorites.
Love the dunes!
very nice work, good eye