It’s my pleasure to introduce our newest guest contributor, the talented Alena Shminke.
Am I ready to see a beauty?
My name is Alena Shminke. I was born and lived most of my life in Russia, but over the last two years, I have moved to Estonia. Frankly speaking, I’m a newcomer to photography, and I can’t say I was always interested in photography. I graduated from medical university and worked as a clinical psychologist for several years. Although medicine is a far stretch from art I was always interested and tried my hand in different art forms.
When I moved to Tallinn I had a lot of free time and since I couldn’t find a job I started to think about getting an education in the field of art. I chose photography because creating visual images is the most interesting to me and I have a lot of ideas I wish to embody. I really enjoy analog photography. I like to shoot on film, to develop films and to make prints in a darkroom.
Because of my interest in film photography, a vital part of my work is monochrome.
Possibly the most typical genre for me is fine-art and the most of the images you can see on my blog are still life’s and emotional (self) portraits.The personal part of photography for me is the more I shoot the more I feel that photography is something stronger than me. It makes me stand up and act even when I feel broken.
You can see more of my work on my blog – here
You can see my blog at Charly Senall
More of my images can be seen
This I took during a break for ice-cream while driving through the New Forest in the south of England. This is where Donkeys, Ponies and the like can roam free and blag treats from tourists. They are quite tame as can be seen here.
I wanted to find an unusual angle for the shot, so I crept up behind this car to take a shot just as someone reached out. I was pleased with the result.
Leica Summilux-M-35 F/1.4 ASPH
PP in Silver Efex Pro II
More of my images can be seen at my own blog.
Quite often I roam around with my Dad’s old Leitz 21mm Super Angulon from 1963 on my Leica M-P 240. It’s a beautiful lens that has been CLA’d by Mr. Yi here in MA. Unfortunately or fortunately which ever way you look at it I only shoot in monochrome jpg with this lens because of the magenta fringing that happens on the edges of the frame. This is because the rear element is to close to the sensor. You can see in the image above the vignetting on the edges. This does not bother me that much as the image has an interesting look to it. I was thinking of William Eggleston’s image and felt it needed an update!
Ice coats everything along the shore of Lake Superior this time of year. If one is careful, you can creep around on the icy shoreline and rocks and find little treasures.
More of my photography can be seen at my Northern Visions blog.