Lock Down

These are strange times, as we keep on telling ourselves and our friends over the phone. We can’t meet, have to keep a distance, can’t leave the house unless we have a justified reason…

So it’s time to cheer up that house of yours, make some changes, and why not consider one of my works as suitable for decorating your interior?

I have finally had the time to update my website, tweak it a bit, and made most of my images available for online sale. Feel free to have a good look, klick to make your choice and order! Of course you can always contact me if you need other sizes, if you have questions or comments, or if you just want to have a talk!

I look forward to hearing from you!

PS click on the ‘back to website tab’ and go to portfolio

Capital Federal, also known as Buenos Aires

For months I had been planning my trip to Buenos Aires to do a photographic project. I have lived there for 8 years, and it is the place where I decided to become a professional photographer and where I spend 3 years in the class room.

I have a zillion photos of Buenos Aires, but didn’t develop my own style until later, after I had moved back to Belgium. So that’s when I decided I needed to go back and finish what I had started. I blocked the whole month of March and the month of November (in case I couldn’t finish in 1 month) and started planning.

Argentines are a bit paranoid when it comes to safety, and it is absolutely impossible to get into buildings or rooftops without special authorisation by the owner of boss. So I did the necessary research and contacted the people in charge. Armed with a list of locations and permissions it was time to leave.

Apart from lists and permissions, an other very important factor is of course, the weather. For a start, I am not a blue skies and good weather photographer, and there are only a couple of moments a day that are perfect to shoot. So besides some occasional trial shots, I spend most of my first week getting extra permissions, making appointments and getting new contacts through my friends.

A trial photo, I was supposed to go back when it was cloudy…

I was ready to get really started by week 2, when the weather became more interesting. That is also when Corona alias Covid-19 started sneaking into the country.

Immediately many places were closed down. Buildings where I wanted to go inside were no longer accessible. People who had invited me to shoot from their terrace didn’t want anyone coming close. Fear was starting to get a grip on every thing I wanted to do.

By the end of week 2 the country went into a complete lock down, we ‘ran off’ to the province, and my photographic project was put on hold…

Extremely frustrated at first, I had no other choice but to accept my defeat. I will not be able to get 20 top photos of my beloved Capital any time soon. But then our priorities changed, when we realised getting home would be the next huge challenge. Our flight home being canceled 9 times until all the commercial flights out of Argentina were put to a halt, and with the help of the Belgian Embassy we got onto a French Repatriation flight home.

With only a few great images on my laptop, the biggest question was yet to come : will I be able to go back in November to finish what I started? These are strange times indeed…

Workshop : NABEWERKING voor beginners

Je vakantie zit er op, je hebt een heleboel foto’s, maar wat doe je daar nu allemaal mee?

Laat je ze gewoon op je kaartje of op je gsm staan? Laad je ze op in je pc om er nooit meer naar te kijken? Of kijk je er niet meer naar omdat je ze niet mooi vindt? Of wil je gewoon meer halen uit je genomen foto’s?

Dan is deze workshop is voor u!

We beginnen met het downloaden van een eenvoudige software voor het organiseren van je foto’s op een logische manier, én voor nabewerking ervan. Ik je leer je je foto’s, door enkel aan een paar knopjes te schuiven, te tweaken van iets ‘gewoontjes’ naar iets dat echt de moeite waard is. We vertrekken dus van een goede foto en geven hem een “Wow” effect. Daarna maken we een selectie van de foto’s door de betere van de mindere te onderscheiden en brengen we die via online software samen in een ‘ouderwets’ foto album.

Deze workshop gaat door net na de vakantie, op zaterdag 7 september van 10 tot 16u in mijn studio in Zwijnaarde, in kleine groepjes van maximum 8 personen.

Kostprijs :

  • workshop €80
  • software kan je gratis downloaden om ze 30 dagen te proberen, na eenmalige betaling online van 70€ kan je er dan onbeperkt gebruik van maken.
  • broodjes inbegrepen
  • facultatief : de prijs van de fotoalbum (hangt af van de door jou gekozen maat en aantal het pagina’s) rechtstreeks te betalen op de betreffende websites.

Voor zij die het wensen kom ik je ook bij je thuis de knepen van het vak leren, dan doen we net hetzelfde als in de workshop maar dan individueel, one on one. Dan kunnen we het in 3 uurtjes klaren en kost het je €250.

Wat heb je nodig? Foto’s! Uiteraard! Foto’s van een camera of van je smartphone, of beiden. Ben je op vakantie geweest breng dan die foto’s mee. En een laptop, tenzij je de workshop bij je thuis boekt. Check alvast deze link om te zien wat je zoal kan doen met deze software.

Boek snel! Aantal plaatsen is beperkt!

Ik gebruik de software Luminar 3 voor de organisatie van je foto’s en de nabewerking, en Albelli of Blurb voor de albums.

Ik wens je alvast een prettige vakantie toe met veel goede foto’s!

The Land of Volcanoes and Bears

It seems ages ago, it was ages ago, when I was actually traveling in the land of Volcanoes and bears, also known as Kamchatka.

“Kam-What?” Is what I heard all the time. Kamchatka is the name, the Russian Far East is the place. It is ‘the other side of the world’ for us, at least, the other side of our almost-neighbour Russia. A mere 10 hours time difference, about the same amount of flying hours, which makes it a lot further off than let’s say, New York.

The only people that generally know the name are Argentines. There is a country in a board game that is called that way, and there is an Argentine movie called Kamchatka.

So far so good. For all the other people in the world who don’t know it : it’s a peninsula the size of let’s say the UK, it’s a 1250km long. It is practically inhabited, about 320.000 people, of which 85% lives in the urban areas. The economy is based on fishing. There are few to no roads outside the urban areas. The further you drive from the capital Petropavlovsk, as can be expected, the worse the roads get. Best is to either take a huge 6×6 (larger, with much larger wheels then a large 4×4) to drive over all the debris, or a helicopter.

For years it has been closed to the public, as it was a military zone, and now that it’s open for ‘tourism’ it is slowly getting known internationally. ‘Tourism’ (between brackets), because there isn’t a lot of tourist accommodation. We did a cruise on a boat that would not be considered seaworthy in Europe, shared a cabin with 11 people and some had to eat standing up (lack of space). We slept in tents, and our most luxurious “hotel” was a cabin shared with 7 other women. And then I will not discuss the availability or condition of bathrooms…

So one must be a bit out of his mind to go there, you would think?

Well maybe. The beauty of the land totally makes up for the uncomfortable stay. The exhausting and sometimes dangerous climbing of volcanoes, I would sign up again without thinking, if I could. This land is unique. This land is amazing, this land is a dream!

It is situated on the “ring of fire”, the belt of volcanoes that goes from the Andes in Latin America over Russia, Japan, Indonesia, until New Zealand. It counts about 452 volcanoes, of which over a 100 are in Kamchatka, and of those 100, about 30 have been active during the last decades. So it is right to say that Kamchatka is the land of volcanoes. It is also considered UNESCO world heritage.

I had never seen so many volcanoes. They are high, much higher than the surrounding mountains, they have this beautiful cone shape, and are magnificent. All you can do is admire them. They are grand! I just could not get enough of looking at them. Taking pictures of them, again and again.

Apart from the wild, impressive and powerful nature, there is also an extensive wildlife, killer whales (we probably saw about 100 of them in a couple of hours), sea lions and seals, lots and lots of birds, but most famous are its bears.

The Kamchatka bears are similar to the Alaska bear, they are among the largest in the world (up to 3 meter), and live all around the peninsula. In many areas they are hunted for, with real guns, in order to kill them. We shot them with our cameras, in order to bring the images back…

Around Kurilskaye lake (a lake that originates from, yes, a volcanic eruption) there are about 1.000 bears living protected from hunters. It is where bear lovers go to see them, study them, take pictures.

The lake is also known as one of the biggest concentrations of spawning salmon in the summer season. The salmon that, after a few years living at sea, swim upstream to put their eggs in the lake (and then consequently die, if they have not been eaten by bears before that). Thousands, millions of them. This is of course a total feast for the bears!

This amazing experience I have just put together in my latest book, “Kamchatka, the land of volcanoes and bears”. Check it out and share the news! Now also available as e-book for your iPad or kindle. Feel free to add comments!

NIEUWE DATUM WORKSHOP! “Vakantiefoto’s : Haal meer uit je Camera”

Wegens succes werd er een extra datum ingevoerd!

VOOR WIE?

  • Neem je veel foto’s tijdens je vakantie maar ben je niet 100% tevreden van het resultaat?
  • Wil je je verbeteren maar heb je geen zin in wekelijkse avondlessen en intensieve cursussen?
  • Trek je automatisch of in ‘P’-stand?

DAN IS DEZE WORKSHOP VOOR JOU!

In deze workshop leer je eenvoudig om te gaan met de manuele stand van je camera, zonder al te veel toeters en bellen, direct, ‘to the point’, en leer je creatieve foto’s nemen.

HOE GAAN WE TE WERK?

  • Na een korte theoretische basis vliegen we meteen in de praktijk, want ja, al doende leert men!
  • We oefenen eerst ter plaatse en gaan daarna op locatie
  • Ik sta je persoonlijk bij en alle vragen zijn welkom
  • kleine groepen van maximum 6 personen (minimum 4)
  • mogelijkheid tot korte opfrissing op een latere dag

NIEUWE DATUM!

  • net voor de vakantie begint : op zaterdag 6 juli, van 10 tot 5u.

PRIJS

€110, didactisch materiaal en broodmaaltijd inbegrepen

WAT BRENG JE MEE?

  • Je camera
  • de handleiding (op papier of op je gsm/tablet)

LOCATIE

regio Gent

Schrijf me in!

Workshop : Vakantiefotografie, haal meer uit je camera!

Voor wie?

  • Neem je veel foto’s tijdens je vakantie en vrije tijd maar ben je niet super tevreden van het resultaat?
  • Will je je verbeteren maar heb je geen zin in intensieve cursussen of wekelijkse avondschool?
  • Trek je automatisch of in ‘P’ stand?

Hier is het antwoord!

In deze workshop leer je eenvoudig om te gaan met de manuele stand van je camera, zonder al te veel toeters en bellen, direct, ‘to the point’, en leer je creatieve foto’s nemen.

WAT?

  • Na een korte theoretische basis vliegen we meteen in de praktijk, want ja, al doende leert men!
  • We oefenen eerst ter plaatse en gaan daarna op locatie
  • Ik sta je persoonlijk bij en alle vragen zijn welkom
  • kleine groepen van maximum 6 personen (minimum 4)
  • mogelijkheid tot korte opfrissing op een latere dag

Data

  • Zaterdag 18 mei van 10 tot 17u (volzet)
  • Zaterdag 15 Juni van 10 tot 17u (laatste plaatsen)

Prijs

€110 didactisch materiaal en broodjes inbegrepen.

Wat breng je mee?

  • je camera
  • de handleiding van je camera (in papier of op je GSM of iPad)

Locatie

Regio Gent

Beperkt aantal plaatsen : schrijf je nu in!

Teddy Bear

If you know how dangerous a bear is, you wonder why they give -of all animals!- stuffed bears, also called ‘Teddy Bears’, to kids and babies. But even though my brain says they are dangerous, I must agree that they look particularly cute. At least, if you look past the blood around their mouths, and discard the way they capture, skin alive and eat the salmon.

“Where did that fish go?”

“Let go of me!”

The Catch

Even so. They are unbelievably cute. So much that I would want to hug them. Even when they stand in front of you, really close, and gigantically tall.

I have stood in front of a bear (or rather, bears), several times, really close. Mostly the bear is not ‘standing’, but walking on his 4 legs, so the giganticness doesn’t strike you that much. Well , it does strike you, in a way. But still, they look cute.

If it wasn’t for the armed guards, one walking in the front, and one in the back, constantly urging us to stay close, and occasionally telling us to back off, we would have gotten close enough to actually touch them.

After he has caught and skinned his salmon, he goes looking for a quiet place to eat it.
Nap time.
Right after he duck after his salmon, which he obviously missed…
Catch me of you can! A salmon swimming by while the bear is to busy eating another one.

I have traveled a lot, and I have been to many interesting places, but not one was looked at with so much eager and enthusiasm by my friends and followers than this trip to bear country, Kamchatka.

Kamchatka, a far away land, also called the Far East of Russia. It is a long flight (from Moscow) and a huge time difference (11H), and as soon as you arrive you know you are in an extraordinary place. Especially when you land on the empty airport of Petropavlovsk in a Boeing 777, where you have to get off the plane, and into a bus, that drives you 15 meters further and drops you off at to the door of a tent where the luggage belt is (why can’t we walk?). There are only a few tourists like us, many locals, and a lot of Russians visiting from Moscow, arriving with their guns, ready to hunt some bears.

Yes, in Kamchatka they hunt for bears. Some with a gun, others, like me, with a camera. There are many, many bears in the Peninsula, some say too many. We Europeans wonder, can there ever be too many? (their cuteness must have something to do with that, and having to live with the constant risk of being attacked by one of those dangerous giants is something we tend to forget))

For many people, the bears are the only reason why they go to that place. For me it was one of many, but after 3 days of ‘hunting’ and shooting over 2000 bear photos, I have to admit that I have come to love them.

mmmmm Delicious!
Mother bear waiting for a fish to pass by (and be caught).
Same mother, now jumping after the fish (which she caught, by the way).

We went to a national park at Kurilskoye that is known for its bears. All day for 3 days we walked around the area, close to each other, looking for bears. One day we saw more then 70, all doing their thing. Mostly this is hunting for fish, call it fishing, often it is sleeping, or napping, or just walking towards good fishing spots. Bears are slow, or so it seems, calm, but when they accelerate they change into something quite different. You do not want to cross their path when they run (towards you).

Some bears are fishing champions, they catch one salmon after the other, others really suck at it, like that one bear the guards called ‘Jumper’, because he always jumps into the water but hardly ever catches something. As a result he is skinny. Some bears are constantly running after fish, others are standing at the shore looking down until an interesting one comes along, they then jump in, sometimes come out with a fish, sometimes they missed.

The salmon, still alive at this particular moment I am afraid…

It was extremely tempting to stay and watch a bear for hours, with cameras at hand, ready to shoot when they make a move, but very often they would stand there and look into the water and not move at all. But we knew, there are more bears further on. Kurilkoye is a bear crowded area. Here, buy the way, there is no place for hunters, and even the guards said they never had to shoot a bear. There had never been a dangerous situation during their guard…

This guy has just jumped and missed.
Waiting for fish…

Even though I don’t consider myself a wild life photographer, this bear shooting was a wonderful experience, so you should best keep on following me to see what else I will be doing in the future 😉

Have a great bear-day, give your friend a bear hug, and for our Flemish readers; ‘t was Beire goe!

Awarded Nominee

It is always a pleasure to be awarded in competitions! After the Spider Awards, the Chromatic awards, the Neutral density photography awards, it is the 4th nomination this season.

I have my second nomination in wildlife with an image of bears (photo above), taken in Kamchatka (Russia), which is quite something considering it was my first wildlife shoot. My work ‘the Game’ (see below) has been nominated for the 3th time in Fine Art.

Here you can read the press release.

12TH ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL COLOR AWARDS HONORS PHOTOGRAPHER Katti Borré FROM BELGIUM

LOS ANGELES March 12 – Professional photographer Katti Borré of Belgium was presented with the 12th Annual International Color Awards Nominee title in the category of both Fine art and wildlife at a prestigious Nomination & Winners Photoshow streamed Saturday, March 9, 2019.
The live online gala was attended by 11,829 photography fans around the globe who logged on to watch the climax of the industry’s most important event for color photography.
12th Annual Jury members included captains of the industry from Sotheby’s, New York; Benetton, Ponzano Veneto; The Art Channel, London; Kolle Rebbe, Hamburg; Droga5, New York; Preus Museum, Norway; Art Beatus, Hong Kong; Forsman & Bodenfors, Gothenburg; Wieden & Kennedy, Portland; Fox Broadcasting Network, Los Angeles; Gallery Kong, Seoul; and Phillips, New York who honored Color Masters with 761 title awards and 1,032 nominees in 37 categories.

“Winning awards is an endorsement that you are doing something right in your craft. I am delighted to win Merit of Excellence in the Food category and have another 8 nominations… a huge thank you to you and your support of photography,” said Hugh Johnson, 2nd Place Winner in Food. Leigh Miller, 1st Place Winner in Aerial added, “Wow, I’m over the moon with pride and joy at getting 1st place and honourable mention in the amateur Aerial category. I’m privileged to have my work showcased alongside such talented and creative people. Thank you International Color Awards for the chance to show our work on an international stage and big thanks to the judges for their time.”
“It is an incredible achievement to be selected among the best from the 7,241 entries we received this year,” said Basil O’Brien, the awards Creative Director. “Katti Borré’s “The Game” and “Cutie alarm” are exceptional images entered in the Fine art and Wildlife category, represents contemporary color photography at its finest, and we’re pleased to present her with the title of Nominee.”
INTERNATIONAL COLOR AWARDS is the leading international award honouring excellence in color photography. This celebrated event shines a spotlight on the best professional and amateur photographers worldwide and honours the finest images with the highest achievements in color photography.