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Exhibiting portraits in black and white

A black and white version of the Hunter is part of the “Unusual portraits” exhibition opened yesterday in Bucharest at GRAM Bistro.

Exhibiting portraits in black and white

Revista 22

The latest issue of Revista 22 (that’s a Romanian weekly print magazine) published a couple of my photos from the on-going anti-corruption protests in Bucharest, one is on the front page and the other on the back.

Revista 22

Back to White and Black

Having the honor to have one of my pictures included in the “Back to White and Black” photography exhibition.

Back to White and Black

Rain of feathers

How to be a photographer in the middle of the big pillow fight

rain of feathers


Daughter following in the daddy’s footsteps


Vintage girl

Vintage looking image with the girl playing with a vintage camera

vintage girl

SIAF 2015

I had the honor to have one my pictures accepted to the latest edition of the International Salon of Photographic Art of Romania, and even more, have it included in the exhibition that just opened in Bucharest the other day. A decent start of the year 🙂

siaf 2015

Xmas selfie under the mistletoe

Father and daughter having some Christmas fun

An X-masy Wiki

In an atmosphere where everybody is getting ready for the Christmas, last evening we opened the photo exhibition for Wiki Loves Monuments in Romania. There I didn’t have any picture, as I was one of the organizers and part of the jury. It was the time for other people’s pictures to shine.

an x-masy wiki

Some kind of hipster

Bored by the hipster kids taking pictures with their tablets? They are not alone any more.

some kind of hipster

Beach shooting session

When the two have their own beach shooting session, who is a photographer to dare and meddle?

beach shooting session

Flight into the Sun

Airshows are an useful opportunity for the photographer to take some spectacular pictures. More so in the evening program, when the pilots know well and drive their planes into the sun, to the delight of their audience. BIAS 2015.

flight into the sun
flight into the sun
flight into the sun

Expo in the street

Photo in the “Bucuresti – subiectiv prin obiectiv” at the Municipality Museum of Bucharest, near Piata Universitatii.

Expo in the street

Blog moved, everything stays the same

In a preemptive move to stay away from any possible censorship, the blog has moved internally (from to a self-hosted WordPress). For its readers, everything should stay the same, except maybe some added functionality.

Blog moved, everything stays the same

Strategy on picking photos

For a photographer, the ability to pick his “right” photos is a very important one, be it when satisfying a customer need, presenting a portfolio, entering a contest and such. Having good photos but making poor picks or having not so good photos but clever picks, this can make a difference.

We often face face this dilemma: which photos to pick? I want to share the inner of my mind on how my personal selection worked when submitting photos for the Dragobete photo contest and exhibition. Any such process is open for improvement, so it worth thinkering.

The rule was simple: submit up to 3 pictures fitting the theme, “Dragobete kisses the girls”, so kisses, nice gestures, love, relationships and such. I have quite a few of those, so in a first step I made a rough selection of over 20 photos vaguely fitting made in the past year (that’s not a contest rule, is may own, submit fresh stuff). Then in a second step I narrowed the selection to 5, which I felt are better. Just for fun, I added one more to this selection, to have 6, two full sets in the case I decide I have split personality and participate twice. Of course I am not split, so had to proceed to final 3 images selection.

I went with images very different in style, theme and technique. One of them is a sunrise, quite cheesy, but such images have usually a big impact with the general audience got decent scores on various photography websites. Another one was street photography in black and white, I knew a majority of the jury are street photographers, they may appreciate that or, by contrary, be more careful when judging it. And the other one was a “rural” one, selected knowing the exhibition take place at the Village Museum and Dragobete is a traditional holiday.

strategy on picking photos

Net result: the “rural” photo in the exhibition. Was my strategy successful? Well, I didn’t expect any prize, is highly unlikely one would win something two years in a row. Also, is highly unlikely one would have more than one picture accepted, considering the large number of participants (no one had this year). So, in a word: average.

On a positive note, I could note the placement. Whoever put the pictures on the walls, it happened for my photo to be front and center, at the entrance. Very hard not to be spotted, no matter what happens around. Also, the museum used it in a poster to advertise the exhibition on Facebook. Again, not a hard guess, since the photo was made inside the same museum.


For me, I was somewhat puzzled, I expected the sunrise to have a better score, it scored better in all the places I submitted it, and somewhat disappointed, since it required some advanced editing for which I could write an editing tutorial.

The real disappointment is I have for quite time a few good (I think) photographic ideas in my head for this theme but didn’t got yet to shoot them. Maybe next year. Or the year after. Or who knows…

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