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Winner of the month Photographer: Ruslan Bolgov (Lithuania)
Tell us something about yourself
And How and when did you get into photography?
Born in 1974 in Klaipeda, Lithuania (those times USSR). Generally my way to photography statred early in end of 1980s with some trials to shoot on film with my first Zenit ET. But all those attempts remained on amateur level. After graduating from St.Petersburg University of Economics and Finance, photography was almost completely forgotten, until finally about 4 years ago I have got my first *Full Frame* Canon 5D Mark II and started to train skills shooting landscapes and trying to find my own style and colors. Luckily I live (still at Klaipeda) at Baltic Sea coast, so seascapes still what I’m shooting quite regularly. I guess I always wanted to paint the world like I see it, but unfortunately haven’t got such natural skill from God. Luckily there is Photoshop, which probably implemented by the Devil J
Then after 1-2 years I have tried to shoot few woman portrait sessions with quite good results and this lead finally to combination of nature and female beauty.
What does photography mean to you?
While I’m still full time employed (top manager at sea port enterprise), photography become a major part of my life, But actually still remains as hobby. For me, it is the way to show the watchers how I see the beauty of this world, it is the way to get some relax at the seaside while shooting landscape of get some good company during some other photo shoots
Please briefly describe your photography style for our readers.
So main directions are still landscape/seascape photography and beauty, as well combining both of them. The beauty of Nature and the beauty of Woman. Nothing esle can inspire more feelings J
Where do you get inspiration from?
What has been the biggest source of inspiration in your work?
Often browsing major photo webs like 35photo.ru, 1x.com, 500px.com and some dedicated Facebook groups as well
Think you in advance what you want in the picture?
Always there is *main idea* with some examples what have to be done. Collecting necessary accessories, dresses and so on, planning right location, etc
Studio, on location or both?
Both. Ideas just different. For some it is necessary outdoors, some can be done at studio only
Would you consider yourself a hobbyist or a paid professional?
As already mentioned, mainly it’s a hobby
What has been your most memorable session and why?
Once was caught by big wave while shooting at port gates during heavy storm. All wet, luckily managed to hide camera J From the recent ones, is beauty photoshoot at St.Hillarion temple at Norther Cyprus at the height of 1200meters above the sea. Stunning view
Nikon or Canon? Favorite lens?
Canon and Leica. Fav lens Canon 85/F1.2
What is one piece of advice you would like to offer a new photographer looking to start their own business?
I never count myself as business photographer. Well I have a job and can afford to do what I want and when. So this allows me to concenrtate more on artistic part of photography. If you want to run business, thats a different story and you have to fulfill client requests and so on.
What do you think of our new magazine?
Keep it up J