Michel Bricteux

Michel Bricteux

Lives in Spain Madrid, Spain
Works as a Diplomat
Joined on Jan 1, 2009

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On Water droplets in the Water Drop! challenge (3 comments in total)

A lot of sandbagging here, affecting most of the top entries. Strange, isn't it?

Direct link | Posted on Feb 20, 2014 at 10:38 UTC as 1st comment
On balloons over Bagan in the Challenge of Challenges 2011 challenge (5 comments in total)
In reply to:

Orenski: much, much better without balloons.

I totally agree with you as the balloons look like stickers applied to an otherwise outstanding picture. Really kills the magic mood created by this misty landscape that would have been much better left alone.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 5, 2012 at 09:27 UTC
On Water droplet in the Challenge of Challenges 2011 challenge (4 comments in total)

Would love to hear from the voter who gave me a 0.5. ;-)

Direct link | Posted on Jan 2, 2012 at 21:10 UTC as 3rd comment | 1 reply
On The Last Drop in the Challenge of Challenges 2011 challenge (28 comments in total)

Congratulations!

Direct link | Posted on Jan 2, 2012 at 21:05 UTC as 11th comment
On Like a feather in the Challenge of Challenges 2011 challenge (18 comments in total)

Excellent composition! Was the bird alive when you shot it? How did you get the black background?

Direct link | Posted on Jan 2, 2012 at 21:04 UTC as 7th comment | 1 reply
On Snowbiker in the Challenge of Challenges 2011 challenge (18 comments in total)

Great composition! Congratulations !

Direct link | Posted on Jan 2, 2012 at 21:01 UTC as 7th comment
On Challenge of Challenges 2011 challenge (43 comments in total)

Woops! Two of my photos made it to the finals. Interesting and reassuring to see they are of different kinds : one is of the aesthetically-pleasing type, glossy, shiny and colorful (little PP though); the other is a street photo, instantaneous, spontaneous and candid.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 28, 2011 at 09:25 UTC as 5th comment
On Free Flight in the Birds of the air challenge (2 comments in total)

Shadow on the bird is not consistent with main light source (sun). Is this a photo composite?

Direct link | Posted on Jun 28, 2011 at 21:39 UTC as 2nd comment
On Water droplet in the Water challenge (8 comments in total)

Hello everyone,
To answer some of your interrogations, let me briefly explain the setup that allowed me to take this interesting shot :
1. take a glass dish and fill it with clear water
2. place a printout of a printer calibration chart underneath the glass dish so the color patches appear in transparence; make sure part of the printout is folded upward at a 90° angle, serving as vertical background.
3. place you camera (Nikon D3X in this case) fitted with a macro lens (Micro Nikkor 105mm f/2.8 VRII) on a tripod. Add a wireless remote trigger and a SU-800 flash remote commander. Select manual focusing and pre-focus on a point at the center of the dish and at the water surface.
4. Place 01 remote controlled flash on each side of the water-filled dish, manual power
5. Using a syringe, start releasing drops of water in the center of the dish (focus point) and press the trigger

This particular shot is just one in a series of 500 taken that day on my kitchen counter. As you see, it's a matter of patience .... and luck. But a rewarding exercise as this photo has taken several podium places in the past. The original out-of-camera file is 4000 X4000 pixels, leaving room for enlargement.

Cheers
As far as PP goes, I saturated the colors, increased the sharpening and contrast and did a bit of cleaning (dust and small particles on the surface water)

Direct link | Posted on Mar 25, 2011 at 17:07 UTC as 2nd comment

Why would you give this picture more exposure that it really deserves? It just illustrates the kind of situation No photographer wants to experience, i. e. blatant voyeurism. Adding insult to injury, the author felt the need to convert an old man reading into a street beggar. I really find it misplaced and disrepectful, to say the least.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 1, 2011 at 14:53 UTC as 1st comment
On Boy in the sky in the KIDS challenge (5 comments in total)

Hi Mark,

Is this a cutout placed on a sky background?

Direct link | Posted on Jan 17, 2011 at 08:29 UTC as 3rd comment
On Turn the Page in the Tilt-Shift challenge (3 comments in total)

Hello there,

I guess the reason is that the entire challenge - bar a few entries - revolved around the model-scale look achieved using the web-based Tiltshift Maker software. When you look at the vast majority of entries, this is what they try to illustrate. Very few actually took the tilt-shift to the word, i.e. using perspective controlled psecial lenses.

Great picture, by the way!
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Michel Bricteux

Direct link | Posted on Jan 14, 2011 at 15:03 UTC as 2nd comment
On San Telmo in the Street Artists challenge (4 comments in total)

There is something bothering me in this picture : did you apply artificial blur to the background to make the little musicians stand out?
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Michel Bricteux

Direct link | Posted on Dec 13, 2010 at 09:36 UTC as 3rd comment
On Close Encounter in the Macro challenge (2 comments in total)

> Incredible!!

Thank you! I do like the inquisitive wasp's stare as well as its expression of curiosity mixed with some defiance. The original file is 4000 X 4000 pixels, meaning only side sections have been cropped (sensor is 6000 X 4000). I printed it A3+ size and the details you get even at this magnification are stunning. Contrary to some entries in this challenge, this was truly 1:1 ratio. A little disappointed with the ranking though but I have to admit there is a lot of good stuff.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 25, 2010 at 17:19 UTC as 1st comment
On Stairs in the All star shoes everywhere! challenge (13 comments in total)

Yes, I guess you're right!
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Michel Bricteux

Direct link | Posted on Oct 17, 2010 at 09:41 UTC as 1st comment
On Stairs in the All star shoes everywhere! challenge (13 comments in total)

Go swim!
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Michel Bricteux

Direct link | Posted on Oct 14, 2010 at 21:43 UTC as 4th comment
On Stairs in the All star shoes everywhere! challenge (13 comments in total)

Hi Angela,

Thanks for sharing your thoughts, you maybe right about the not-so-obvious presence of the All*Star shoe. In my mind, photography is not meant to simply show what everybody sees but to reveal, to suggest, to confront and induce a process of reflection in the viewer's mind. Behind some photos, there is a story to be told or simply imagined. Those are the ones I cherish most.

Warmest regards

Direct link | Posted on Oct 14, 2010 at 21:32 UTC as 6th comment
On Stairs in the All star shoes everywhere! challenge (13 comments in total)

Creativity must be held back.... That's an interesting thought. "Only dead fish swim with the stream". Wonder what your notion of photography is, really. You're entitled to express your own opinion, of course, but let me respectfully disagree with your view. So long

Direct link | Posted on Oct 14, 2010 at 21:16 UTC as 7th comment
On Stairs in the All star shoes everywhere! challenge (13 comments in total)

>
> ...the "Additional rules" says:
>
> - *The shoe must be visible.*
>
> Where is the shoe in your image?
> --
> /Never forget that only dead fish swim with the stream./
> (Malcolm Muggeridge)

Upper right corner, in case you hadn't noticed. Sometimes it's worth thinking a little bit outside of the (shoe)box ;-) That's what creativity is all about! "Never forget that only dead fish swim with the stream" (Malcolm Muggeridge) Best regards

Direct link | Posted on Oct 14, 2010 at 15:02 UTC as 9th comment
On Spain in the Z Axis challenge (1 comment in total)

These are the Baths of Lady María de Padilla in the Real Alc'azar de Sevilla, right? This place is magical. IMO, you could have cropped off the right part to make it look perfectly symetrical as this is what this perspective is all about.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 14, 2010 at 05:42 UTC as 1st comment
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