Follow Michel D’Oultremont On The Trail Of Wild Bison

As you all know now, we, at iLHP, love wildlife photography and try to share with you interviews with great photographers in that field. You probably remember that we interviewed this fantastic young photographer (here), Michel D’Oultremont who had just won the Rising Star Award of the BBC Wildlife and the  Fritz Polking Nachwuchspreis. Michel is coming back, but this time, with a truly beautiful and meaningful video. Please see below the press release and the video. Enjoy!

“During the shoot luck wasn’t really on our side as the animals were very discreet. That’s also what makes wildlife photography so special; nothing is ever guaranteed. The final film is incredible and I think that phrase ‘the wait’ perfectly encompasses the tough conditions we were in.”

Photographer, Michel D’Oultremont

‘THE WAIT’ – FROM A LONDON GALLERY TO THE BIG SCREEN

FILMMAKERS FOLLOW YOUNG PHOTOGRAPHY TALENT ON THE TRAIL OF WILD BISON

In 2014, at just 22 years of age, the Belgian wildlife photographer Michel D’Oultremont made his name on the international scene by winning the ‘Rising Star’ award at the National History Museum’s annual ‘Wildlife Photographer of the Year’ exhibition.

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The Psychology of Colors

What could possibly influence our emotions in front of a movie or a photograph? The Color. It is through a short video that Lilly Mtz-Seara experiments color psychology and how the audience reactions are determined by the artistic directors of the film productions.

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Our emotions are “manipulated” by the color associated with the scene shown on the screen and this concept applies equally to the photography field.

No long speeches or complex explanation, Lilly Mtz-Seara tries here to makes us realize how much our unconscious is influencing our emotions. To highlight the research done on the theory of color psychology, she selected scenes from films she arranged according to major themes. What we see through the video, is that the color range of each scene assigned to a word is invariably the same.

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And What If The Gear Was Also What Makes… You a Better Photographer?

Of course, it’s the photographer who takes/makes the photograph. I’ve always said that but in the end, isn’t it a little demagogic. I know I’m not going to make a lot of friends saying this but, I do not completely agree when I hear that the equipment is not the photographer. Of course it is the photographer … at least partially! There are too many ingredients that makes that a photo will touch other people for us to exclude THIS reason. An 85mm f/1.4 is quite superior to a 28-70mm f3.5/5.6. And what if behind this “truth”, were hiding other feelings…

Photography is intimately linked to camera equipment. For a singer for instance, there is really no artifice. But a picture, it is different …

Talent is obviously above the material contingencies but with very good material it is better expressed if not simply expressed themselves. Cartier-Bresson worked with Leica, Vincent Munier, with the latest Nikkor telephoto lenses and Ussain Bolt does not beat his records with my sneakers! (Read our article about the favorite lenses of famous photographers)

Talent is obviously above the material contingencies but with very good material it is even better expressed!

So we all agree that these talented characters would still be very talented with low-end gear. But why be masochistic and work with cheap equipment just because we have talent? And why, if you have no talent – in one’s opinion – shouldn’t we use a wonderful lens? There, I think we will all agree.

What can this old saying be hiding in the back of our heads?

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I am aware that I therefore address a very tricky topic because often visceral. There are so many different ways to take photographs! With very simple equipment or very complex, very expensive or just very affordable, like your smartphone. Very pragmatic or artful, with or without talent …

So what about those who want this specific lens and, conversely, those who say that the material does not make you a better photographer. Here is what I think and here is my feeling about this: Continue reading And What If The Gear Was Also What Makes… You a Better Photographer?