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Here, you will find news, tutorials and reviews of some gears. I will also give the idea behind selected pictures.


Mai 2018


This month is dedicated to my work in Chicago.

Chicago is one of the biggest town in the USA. Located in the Illinois state and lying on the Michigan lake, Chicago displays a full variety of culture, art and style. It is a town worth a visit of a few days. The purpose of my work there was about architecture and lines. Between skycrappers and the aerial metro (the L), everything is a subject in itself. I did some really interesting new projects about shadows, back2black and visual concepts projects. I am so excited to show you here my work.

Check regularly the Gallery new releases for update. Stay tuned.

Mathieu


April 2018


The best picture of the month of April is "The right spot". As always, it is displayed in the caroussel or here.

This photography has been taken in the south of Vietnam in Ben Tré district which belongs to the Mekong delta. Me and my guide were on a small boat looking for sunset in between palm trees. Unfortunatly, there were not any good direction for the sun. As we exit some small canals, the sun was right outside on the west. I shoot then a riffle of 10 pictures to get it right between the wood pillars.

As  always in photography, even when all seems to be done, keep always your gear out or at short distance.

Mathieu


Just cameback from Vietnam. This travel was focus for the first time to the South and the famous Mekong Delta. This region is very fertile and produce the majority of the rice in Vietnam. Among Palm trees, small rivers and the discover of a few park like TraSu jungle and Tram Chim forest, this trip was vast. The trip went from HoChiMinh City (Saigon) to BenTré-TraVing-CanTho then to ChauDoc and Sam Mount (near Cambodia). First pictures were posted here and here.

Stay tuned for more pictures.

Mathieu



February 2018


This month, it was the time to discover some places in Europe. I decided to check the well known Lake district in England. Located in the North West of the city of Manchester, this national park is known for its lakes and mountains. It is a veryy nice place for families and also to make some good photographies :)

For that trip, I have work with Tom Hutton (see on my Facebook page)

who usually does Bike tours but he knows well the place. It was a great experience over a small week. Between mountains, hiking, mist, rain and even some sunshine,

we did a god work. I did some great fineart pictures.

I will post some in some galleries in a few moment. All prints are available, see the section about my services and prestations at the top of the page.


[News] The recent picture that attracted attention was "Dark times" which represents the reflexion of the top of a church in UK.

The "Dark times" picture can be found as always in the carousel above and also here in social network. This picture was taken in Manchester behing the Ryan Library. At the end of the street, there was this very old church I wanted to take a picture of. On my left, there was the entrance of the Ryan Library with a glass wall. There was a good reflexion of the church top in the glass. I took a long objectif and focus on the direct image and the reflexion.

Note :

For those who look at my 500px account, i will only dedicate that account to some Black & White pictures.

All the best


Mathieu



January 2018


HAPPY NEW YEAR 2018


I would like to thank everyone for your support. May this year be fruitfull of good things for you all. As for us, here, the year ended under some snow in NewYork City.

First time for me to be in the city with snow. It was lovely, a bit cold and great memories.

All the city filled in snow looks so great, walking in central park under the snow

and see children playing with snow ball in between horses feels so great.

Even some ponds where frozen like the one in Bryant park.

Let the pictures speak by themself.


Have all a great 2018 !

Mathieu





December 2017


The last month of the year is busy as ever. Several pictures have been selected and got  lot of attention. I have also some professional appointments with printers for the distribution of my books. I have created for 2018 small magazines called "Plaisir Visuel" that deals with different subjects.

The recently selected picture is called "Marina by night" and is an original picture

of the Marina bay in Singapore took by night. The marina is well in Asia

for all he colors by night. Lots of asian are wihing to go to Singapore

because it represents money and work.


The new magazine "Plaisir Visuel" is composed of 24 pages and costs less than 10$/magazine and is comming in 2018 and is a trimestrial magazine (only 4 numbers by year). Contact me for more information.



November 2017


[NEWS] The first version of the magazine about the north of Vietnam is achieved. it can be bought here.

If you need more information, you can send a message with pleasure (price, info...) using the contact form.


VietNam La grand boucle du Nord : entre montagnes, rizières et ethnies


"This book is a photography work that relates a big loop in the North of Vietnam. We will travel in this very rich region and discover the wide culture of the North road of this incredible country: between mountains, rice terraces and ethnies."


2017 / 17th November

[Social] The picture "SG architecture" had great reactions from the public and can be seen in my flickr account or IG.


About SG architecture (picture in the carousel above)

This picture was taken in 2016 in Singapore (SG). This place is famous in Asia for different reasons. In term of economic : second most richest city in all the world. In term of tourism: the city has grown very fast and the architecture is really modern with lots of illumination during the evening, amusement parks are also very attractive.

The picture was taken in the Garden by the bay in the marina in the back, you see the famous MBS (Marina Bay Sand) the most expensive and iconic hotel of the city. On the side, you can see a metallic structure called the supergrove trees which are trees (in metal) illuminated by thousands of LED.

Mathieu



October 2017


2017 / 27th October

This update to keep you informed. Travel to Vietnam is settled in 2018 : from the 7th of April to the 21rst of April in the following location :

- 7th to 13rd : Hanoi

- 13rd to 21th : south of Vietnam ; Saigon and the Mekong delta

Since last time, the pic of the week has a record more than 3.5k view and 160 likes on flickr. This picture can also be seen in the carousel above as always. The title is MuCangChai rice terraces.

Thanks to my friend Dung, we manage to catch real good images (send me an email for prints inquiries, we can organize a skype and i show you the images).The architecture of the rice terraces are unique and special to asia. The landscapes make some incredible images and the color change each seasons. These terraces are also beautiful filled with water during the rainy season.

This last days were also for me a new start of my big project i call "About ..." which is a cinematographic project with composition and small stories. More news soon.

Don't forget to follow me for day to day news on my socials (all links at the top of the page).

Thanks a lot for reading this blog. Have a great day.

Mathieu



2017 / 13th October

Fall is here in north Europe. Walking between the nice colors of Autumn is so fresh and cuddling. These last days, many travels in France to discover new places and try to catch these colors.

The colors of Autumn (yellow and red leaves are the best to photograpgh

and specially with the razing sun) I gives this special orange colors that everyone loves.

This week picture of the week is a Lotus picture lying on a small bath of water inside a temple. The picture is available here or in the Caroussel as always. It earns a lot of likes on my wall in 500px and a few retweets on Twitter.

The story behind the Lotus Picture.

I was visiting a small and really nice Village named Duong Lam with my fellow Dung in Noth Vietnam. We entered inside a nice shrine dedicated to Budha. The shrine was composed of a pre-room where we had a respectful Tea time with the Vietnamese man living here. Behing this entrance there were a small garden (patio) with a bath with "water lily" and some lotus flowers. The sky was grey so very good for nice reflection of the Lotus on the water. just turning around it by foot to catch the better angle and there it is : in the box !


(Be careful, I organize 500px so that my account doesn't contain more than 50 pictures, Flickr will have all picture as well as my Facebook).

Lately, I have been seen a lot by also some accounts like Nikon pro and all Nikon related accounts. Officially, I have my Professional license, so anyone can have contracts with me.


Last news. I want to update my blog sections to set links to some FREE TUTORIALS.

If anyone have ideas and wishes, you can send me a mail : mathieu@mathieuo-foto.com


Have a great week-end.

Mathieu





September 2017


2017 / 29th September

Last update of the month !

Autumn is here with some incredible red, orange and yellow colors. It is also the time to edit a lot. This week best rated picture was "Sapa summits" from Vietnam.

This picture was taken along with a good friend who guided me there : Dung. A lot happened, in Sapa and MuCangChai region between fall, motorcycle in some deep mud, climbing to get some nice spots for shooting.

This week was also the first time to be noticed by Nikon Pro, Fr and Europe. I hope they will notice more my work. That is a good start !

Another picture was set in the asian gallery. This Black & White picture of a young girl was taken in a Hmong village in the mountains of Dong Van. This picture is titled "Waiting". This young child was sitting next to her older sister who was weaving linen. It was so rich in emotion and the young child was playing in front of my camera : it was really amazing.

For best result open this picture in large / full screen.


Don't forget to use the link for my social at the top of the page. Thanks for your support.

Mathieu



2017 / 22nd September

Back to work !

This week has been very busy as always for preparing new trips (already), preparing a book and with lots of contact.

I've been contacted and in relation with a musical group to some pictures related to an upcoming album (stay tuned for info). Another interresting project can also be related to the famous "Game of thrones". We will have to find some ideas and locations.

Appart from these upcomming projects, i have been invited once again to Vietnam (Hanoï and Saïgon) for April 2018. If you want info about photography and traveling, you can send an email to mathieu@mathieuo-foto.com

This week was also rich in term of pictures. New picture of the week and lots of contents from the north of Vietnam for :

"Vietnam : from war to culture, the north road""

The picture of the week was taken in a small french island, from a place under natural protection for birds. The picture "First lights" (link) was taken during the sunrise over a lake and was obtained in 60 seconds. It is inside the Carousel of this blog. The BTS can be found also here.

You can find some BTS (Behind the Scene) of my shootings on my IG accound here.


This is all for this week; stay tuned for updates (see all the link at the top of the page for my social networkd). Thanks a lot for reading.

Mathieu


2017 / 15th September

Back from north Vietnam!

During more than 3 weeks, I travelled through the north of Vietnam for photographic work.

Between exploration, discovery and seeking new places good for tours.

As seen on this map (link), We began our trip in Hanoi and then went south through NinhBinh province and HaLong Bay for beautiful landscapes and preserved areas.

After this first week, we went near the Chinese boarder (East) toward the north from MauSon (mountains landscapes toward the chinese boarder). This place is not really touristic and known but really worth the (long) trip. then to the famous waterfall of Ban Gioc near Cao Ban. On this long road, we stopped and encountered many Vietnamese ethnic tribes. The north part of Vietnam is reallly known from all the different ethnies (Tay, Thai, Hlong, Dao ...). Finally, we rested near the big lake of BaBé for a relaxing moment with Tay people.Heavy storm was approaching from the Typhoon Hato comming from HongKong. This part finished in the DonVan district with some high mountains and famous river in between mountain at the MaPiLeng.

The last week was through Sapa district and MuCang Chai mainly to seek for great view over the famous rice Terraces. These regions are really incredible for landscapes, the architecture of nature is amazing there. This place is also famous for trecking.


A book will come : "Vietnam : from war to culture"


Sailing under the sunset on HaLongBay


July 2017



2017 / 28th july

The picture of this week is a bit special. I will dedicate this week to two Vietnamese women Hương Hà and Huan. The picture can be see in the carrousel of this page or here.

In january 2017, I did my first trip to Vietnam and i had the chance to see the valley of Mai-Chau. I was welcome for a night inside their family. It was incredible to share a dinner within this family. This part is quite touristic but very nice to see. They belong to the white tribe of the Hmong. During the morning, i want to do a traditional picture (at the time, i just had my camera with no lights) with there traditional outfit. The result : plenty of colors and good "souvenir". Thanks again.

Now it is time to prepare for a new trip there, don't forget to follow my page here for daily news. Trip to North of Vietnam 15th august to 7th september. I will edit by the end of the year a book : "Vietnam: from war to culture"

Mathieu




2017 / 21st july

The picture of this week belongs to a picture of a sunset in manila. This is a farewell. This picture (here) was taken on the bay / harbour of Manila, the clouds wre playing with the sun and let the color turned in a blue orange style for the pleasure of the eye. This sunset is dedicated to a man who was dead and left a new born son called Nicolai, no explanation of that accident was given by the police to the family at the time: that is the realty of such poor countries. RIP to Ray on the 19th July 2015.

More to come next week about some trips and some travels in preparation :)


Mathieu


2017 / 14th July

This week, i tried to post everyday a picture in Black & White with different styles (Long Exposure, oversaturated, High Key, landscapes or urban). Each day, i change the location of the pictures as well as the main idea to put some news inside the timeline.

From London, NewYork, Paris to the Philippines and Singapore, my pictures were quite well viewed.

These Black & White (B&W) pictures represent

the world through modern architecture, nature and composition.

From very contrasted to smooth B&W, these images represent

the diversity of our world.


In all these pictures and among all the different apps, two were very well viewed and commented :

- Fixed in Time (here) was taken in the lake of Annecy (France).

- Amazing country (here) was shot in Panglao (Bohol, Philippines) under the sunset.



BTS available for Fixed in time picture (here) It was a long exposure shot.

For this shot, 2 ideas were important :

1) the composition with the third rule,.

Rocks end around 1/3 lenght of the picture and the shore starts at the 2/3 of the image)

2) The long exposure of the water for the wave to be smoothed

combined with the lines and perspectives given by the wood spikes and the mountains.


That's all for this Blog. Never hesitate to share and ask questions and comment on social such as FB.

Thanks for reading; have a great week end :)

              Mathieu


2017 / 07th July

The Picture of the week is attributed to a picture of the Liberty Tower in NewYorkCity (here). I posted this picture the 4th of July for the Independance birthday of USA independance.

I choose this picture for its iconic symbol. You have 3 birds aligned which show a decomposition of their flight. They are positionned so that it seems they just go out of the Liberty tower. As for the tower itself it represent freedom against terrorists after the incident of the 9/11 disaster.

When you take a picture of a strong symbol, it is always best

to ad something special : people, animal, plant, or even some nice colors.

It gives this special taste and originality to your picture


Another picture have been awarded to be displayed in a specific group in Flickr (here) ; this picture display a bridge in the morning. This brdige link some island in France to the main land.

For composition, it is good to respcet the rule of the 3rd. Note on this picture (here). The ocean is at the third bottom and the bridge is at the third on the right. I did this way to create a dimension of infinity toward the horizon and to create deep perspective.


That's all for this week. Have a great week end.

Mathieu


June 2017


2017 / 30th June

This week picture of the week has been taken in Annecy (here). Annecy is a small town located in the Alpes. It is known for its preserved lake and located at the boarder of the mountains. The picture has been taken at the blue hour (just after the sunset). The city's light had just turned on. The picture has been taken on the famous bridge just in front of the lake. Because it was the begining of the night and the contrast was high, i choose to make 5 pictures to create an HDR.

HDR is a composition of several pictures with different

expositions (time or aperture)

It is very useful at night, in straight light or inside homes.

A small exposition will take details in high light and

a long exposure will create details in the shadow.


Another picture which was my favorite on socials has also been obtained by HDR: you can check it here. It is a shoot of the bones of an animal in the moutains. I saw the sun straight and i decidede to do an "american night" (for the blue color). To increase the oppression, i shoot at full angle (smallest focal in wideangle).

To conclude this week update, i updated the site with the picture "unleash" in the asia gallery (here). This HDR picture has been taken during a thunderstorm in Singapore. The storm was very intense.

To catch the thunder, I know i had to use a long exposure,

but i didnt had a tripod and aven't been prepared so

i put my camera on a bridge and did some shoot in automatic HDR.

Sometimes, you have to react fast so you can take shoots in good condition,

try all your camera configurations.


See you next week in July. Have all a great week.

 Mathieu                    


2017 / 23rd June

Hello everyone. These first day of summer are marked by an incredible heat in france. But this week was productive as well. The picture which won the best reviews is "Trails in misty woods" on 500px, it can also be found here. The story behind this incredible night is this one :

We were driving back home through a forest by late night

and we saw this mist just outside the corner. The fog was really thick.

I took my tripod and my camera with a remote for a bulb shoot of a few seconds.

I open the aperture at maximum. As the fog was too difficult to focus,

i put the manual focus at infinite. I waitted for cars to pass and i release the shutter.


Another pictures that earned some nice likes was the "morning bridge" (here). It was taken in the summer of 2016. I always prefer to take picture in the morning. It can be hard to wake up but always great to have the picture you want. And, in the morning we are less annoyed and we can more focus without any disturbance. But be aware during summer of the water drops in the early morning :)

Finnally, i made some evolution of the website: i put a business section for people and projects going on. This link is limited to the people i work with.


2017 / 15th june

Bonjour à tous. This week was related to do some scouting for some projects and workshops.

One of the most popular picture of the day was on the lake of Annecy, you can find this picture here. The place was located around the lake of Annecy and i found it really promising for some future workshops. The perspective and the big lines going through the picture is really nice.

The horizon and lines are set to the third (third rules in photography)

help a lot to catch the eye.


My favorite picture is without any doubt the "bubbles on leaf" you can also find here. I love the tonality, the shape and all the lines on the leave. The bubbles make the impression of lenses. For this one, i used a flash and a micro objectif to be really near the subsject.

Finally, the site will evolve and propose some specific links for business in a few days.

Stay tuned :)

Mathieu



2017 / 9 june

Hello everyone. Here is the blog of the week. this week lots have happened as always.

Preparing my next move to Vietnam. The preparation is tight for a travel of a little more than three weeks. Between plains, mountains, rice terraces, Bay, it will bring a lot. The trip will take place only in the north. A book will surely come. For a preview, you can check some pictures here on the Asia gallery of my website or here on some social. The people are amazing :)

Worshops and photography travel  to Vietnam

will be organized soon (february maybe 2018).

Keep in touch


From a social point of view, this week brings two new links. A night shooting of a famous bridge in Lyon called "Pont Raymond barre" made a lot of impression on Twitter. For that picture i used a Manfrotto tripod. The only particular thing for this shot was the bridge where i was standing. I needed to put my camera above the water. So i turned the arm of the tripod at 90degrees.

Tip for tripod :

You can check if the the central column can be inclined to 90degrees.

It helps to shoot down for example or above the rail of a bridge


Finally, the most popular picture of this week on IG was a sunset on the famous lake of Annecy in France. This lake is really nice in between the french Alpes.


2017 / 2nd june

This week was the release of my website on the different social networks.

Since last week, i did a few travels in my country to prepare workshops.

I visited Annecy and the lake in the south part (Duingt castle). I find some places to share about LongExposure photography here. In that sense, you always can find on my IG account the behind the scene about the travels.

The post that made more likes in general was a morning sunrise above the skyline of NewYork which i called "What else ?" as a reference of the advertise of Nespresso. This picture can also be found there for a better definition. It has also made the cover (proof) of a groupe on Flickr about Panorama Wide-Angle City. The  idea, about this shoot i made in december 2016, was to have a good dynamic. I did 5 exposures and i merge them using Lightroom. I prefer the module HDR in LightRoom than Photoshop because it keep a more realistic image. I also used a tripod (Gitzo Traveler Kit). The sunsrise was really spectacular with lots of orange in the sky. The location was in the NewJerseyCity in front of the Hyatt Regency Hotel.

Don't forget to follow me on each social network (link accessible in the top of the page)


2017 / 1rst June

Offical launch over the other social media



May 2017


2017 / 26th May

This week was a bit busy as ever. My best social picture was seen on IG here. This shot was planned as following, i wanted to travel light so i took my camera and my smallest (which was my first) prime lens : a 50mm F/1.8. This lens is really worth : good for portrait, standard focal for lot of purpose and of course very bright because of the aperture.For this picture i choose to have long focus (deep focus) with small aperture (F/10). As i shot in front of the sun i choose to expose in between short not to over expose the sun and long to get a bit light in the dark. I did a bit adjustment in Lightroom (very easy, nearly all auto).In term of composition, i put the rails and the sun at nearly third (3rd rules in photography)


2017 / 18th May

I put a review (6th May 2017) of the Nikkor Lens 105mm micro f/2.8 on Nikon USA. You can read it here. This objectif is designed for micro with a magnification of 1:1.In summary : a great lens, easy to manipulate at a moderate price (900$ / 900€). Very few spherical abberration. No distorsion until f/16.


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