Meet Me

As you maybe know I’m a member of Viewfinders photography club of Brussels.

Each month a member of the club presents itself and his motivations for being a photographer in the club’s newsletter. In January 2021 that was my turn. So just click to discover a little bit who I am and why I taking pictures.

Meet Philippe Clabots – Viewfinders Newsletter Jan 2021 – Page 8

I am Philippe Clabots, from Brussels. I am married and
have two kids and, since mid-2018, one grand-daughter.
I’m a club member since Sept 2012 and an associate
committee member since 2018. I think I’m one of the few
club members who’s native from Brussels.
I used to travel for my job, spending nearly two days a week
in Paris for 10 years, but now I’m, as most of us, a
teleworker.
I’ve always been attracted by photography but my passion
started in 2007-2008. In 2009 I’ve bought my first digital
SLR, a Canon 50D. Since then I’ve moved to full-frame with
a Canon 6D and then a Canon 6D Mark II. I’m buying good
Canon EF lenses for more than 10 years now, from 14mm to
400mm, and I’m not keen to through them away. So my
next move will be one of the Canon full-frame mirrorless
camera.
Self-taught, I was formed thanks to readings, Facebook
groups, perseverance, the will to improve myself and
thousands of photos.
I am nevertheless convinced that the essential element of
this progression, or rather initiatory journey, is the
encounters I made during these years. Meetings with photographers, who will recognise themselves, but also,
since 2014, with the public during the exhibitions in which I
have the unceasing pleasure of participating.
Initially centred on opportunistic photography, depending
on my daily life or my travels, I am moving more and more
towards coherent sequences of images with the aim of
telling a story, transmitting an emotion or bearing witness
to a moment in life.
In 2018, we are four photographers to have set up the
“Bruxelles Pixels” collective, joined late 2019 by Hélène, a
famous VF member. We’re currently starting the
preparation of our 4th exhibition that will take place late
2021.

Newsletter Viewfinders – Jan 2021 – Page 8

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My Current Workflow : Viewfinders Dec 2020 TTT

J’ai présenté lors de la réunion mensuelle de mon club photo la manière dont je gère mon flux photographique (workflow). Vous pouvez trouver la présentation utilisée ci-dessous en PDF ou la parcourir en ligne (MS Powerpoint Slideshow).

J’avais déjà abordé le sujet sur ce site en 2010 et 2018.

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Méthode Brenizer

La méthode Brenizer permet de dépasser les limites de votre objectif et de votre capteur pour créer une image ayant une profondeur de champ extrêmement courte rappelant les images effectuées avec un appareil moyen/grand format.

J’ai déjà publié deux articles consacrés à la méthode Brenizer en 2016.

En décembre 2018 j’ai eu le plaisir de présenter cette méthode lors d’une réunion de mon club photo Viewfinders.

Il vous suffit de cliquer l’image ci-dessous pour parcourir la présentation faite ce jour là. En espérant que la méthode vous inspire et que vous fassiez quelques essais de celle-ci. N’hésitez à publier ceux-ci en réaction à cet article sur ma page Facebook.

This is a very interesting method to overcome the physical limitations of your lens and create images (especially portraits), with an incredible shallow depth of field.
This technique, made popular by Ryan Brenizer, is based on a panoramic image stitching (in Photoshop and other image processing software) where several images of the subject and around the subject are digitally merged together to create a large file with a wideangle of view.

Viewfinders Newsletter Jan 2019
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Exposition “Borderline” Paul D’Haese

Galerie Hangar – Octobre 2020

J’ai été séduit par cette série et par la qualité des tirages, avec un rendu très particulier des couleurs parfaitement adapté au sujet. A voir si vous en avez l’occasion.

J’ai écrit un article en anglais au sujet de cette exposition pour l’édition de décembre 2020 de la newsletter (pg 12-13) de mon club photo Viewfinders.
Cette article s’inscrit dans la rubrique “Famous Photographers” de la newsletter.

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Challenge “Surprise”

Ma photo “L’Ombrière” a remporté le prix du public du challenge “Surprise” organisé par mon club photo Viewfinders”.

Ma deuxième photo “Yellow Bike and Pink Cab” a été classée seconde par le jury.

En savoir plus sur le club photo “Viewfinders” …
Nos club meetings continuent à se tenir 1x par mois grâce à des sessions en webconference.

Prix du Public – L’Ombrière – Marseille
2ième au choix du Jury – Yellow Bike and Pink Cab – London
Et un super bouquin de photos sur New York en récompense du choix du public
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Dust spots

From time to time, more often than you will, you will get small spots on your images, especially in flat areas of colour such as a sky or a plain wall. They will be much more visible on pictures taken with a small aperture (F8 and above). 

They will certainly ruin your picture and even more on a huge and expensive print.

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