Go Back   Rangefinderforum.com > Cameras / Gear / Photography > Coffee With Mentors > Simon Says -- SimonSawSunlight Photo Technique

Simon Says -- SimonSawSunlight Photo Technique From time to time its been suggested that RFF have a mentor Photography help section in terms of Technique - how to shoot this or that. 1st of all I had to find someone whose work I really like. 2ndly that photog had to be willing help others. That's the catch: so many excellent photogs just are not wiling to make the time for that, or just as likely, simply don't give a damn about helping others. SimonSawSunlight is an excellent up and coming photog whose work seems to go well beyond his 24 years.

You can view Simon's work at http://www.simonbephotography.com/  and www.facebook.com/simonbphotography Simon has been published in in FAZ (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung), LFI (Leica Fotografie International) and more recently in Radiate Magazine. He also recently had a large solo-exhibition in Berlin. Not too Shabby! So, let us begin this adventure and see where it goes. Thank for taking this on Simon!


Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes

finally, a "proper" website..
Old 06-12-2014   #1
SimonSawSunlight
userabuser
 
SimonSawSunlight's Avatar
 
SimonSawSunlight is offline
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Berlin / Istanbul
Age: 28
Posts: 2,883
finally, a "proper" website..

for those interested, i eventually got around to putting this together.

http://www.simonbephotography.com/

i realise that it's not perfect yet, and that some people will hate some things about it and others will love the exact same things, still i am open for suggestions / feedback. some things will get updated or slightly changed over time anyway.

thanks for your time and attention!

ps: for those who don't like people looking like savages in their "profile picture", i will try and update it with a more civil looking one if i can get my hands on one of the rare acceptable photos of my mug.
  Reply With Quote

Old 06-12-2014   #2
Jamie Pillers
Skeptic
 
Jamie Pillers's Avatar
 
Jamie Pillers is offline
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Oakland, California
Posts: 3,786
Simon, I like the site a lot. Simple, straight-forward representation of your work. And I like how all the images are strong... nicely edited so that I don't feel like I'm wasting my time wading through a lot of weak images to find the 'keepers'. I think the site will provide good inspiration for anyone thinking of building their own website.
  Reply With Quote

Old 06-12-2014   #3
helenhill
a Click in Time...
 
helenhill's Avatar
 
helenhill is offline
Join Date: May 2008
Location: New Yawk
Posts: 5,113
Simplicity, Clean Edge, Informative Menu, B&W & Colour,
and a 'Junku' too .... Splendid !

Congrats ... At Last standing Tall
__________________
Flickr.

"A thing of Beauty is a Joy forever" ... Keats
  Reply With Quote

Old 06-12-2014   #4
SimonSawSunlight
userabuser
 
SimonSawSunlight's Avatar
 
SimonSawSunlight is offline
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Berlin / Istanbul
Age: 28
Posts: 2,883
thanks helen and jamie
  Reply With Quote

Old 06-12-2014   #5
tom.w.bn
Registered User
 
tom.w.bn is offline
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Germany
Posts: 2,606
I like the clean design of the page. Do you already have an idea how the site might look with more galleries?
  Reply With Quote

Old 06-12-2014   #6
mfogiel
Registered User
 
mfogiel's Avatar
 
mfogiel is offline
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Monaco
Posts: 4,669
There is some interesting stuff there. It is good, that you've started. My first impression was one of confusion. It is to be expected, because it is hard to edit your own work, and because you are young, so it is natural, that you are confused. I would try to limit the mixing of images. Wait till you develop a bigger body of work on a theme, and then make it a category, In the meantime, show single photos in a blog, just like I do (www.mondoinbiancoenero.com), write what makes you tick, this can clarify some ideas. On a technical note, I've found many images that were plainly too dark. The world has never been more interesting - brighten them up a bit.
  Reply With Quote

Old 06-12-2014   #7
Sparrow
Registered User
 
Sparrow's Avatar
 
Sparrow is offline
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Perfidious Albion
Age: 64
Posts: 12,478
... what Helen said
__________________
Regards Stewart

Stewart McBride

RIP 2015



You’re only young once, but one can always be immature.

flickr stuff
  Reply With Quote

Old 06-12-2014   #8
SimonSawSunlight
userabuser
 
SimonSawSunlight's Avatar
 
SimonSawSunlight is offline
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Berlin / Istanbul
Age: 28
Posts: 2,883
Quote:
Originally Posted by tom.w.bn View Post
I like the clean design of the page. Do you already have an idea how the site might look with more galleries?
i don't really want to add more at this point. there are plenty of pictures that show some of the different aspects of what i do. but i might change things if i have newer or better projects to add of course. the edits of the galleries as they are now may also be changed, i am not sure if i am happy with the istanbul series, for instance.
  Reply With Quote

Old 06-12-2014   #9
Michael Markey
Registered User
 
Michael Markey's Avatar
 
Michael Markey is offline
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Blackpool ,England
Age: 66
Posts: 3,327
Nice one Simon.
  Reply With Quote

Old 06-12-2014   #10
SimonSawSunlight
userabuser
 
SimonSawSunlight's Avatar
 
SimonSawSunlight is offline
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Berlin / Istanbul
Age: 28
Posts: 2,883
thanks everyone...
  Reply With Quote

Old 06-12-2014   #11
Brian Atherton
Registered User
 
Brian Atherton's Avatar
 
Brian Atherton is offline
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Based in Blighty
Posts: 388
What the others said: simple, clean, uncluttered.

It works for me simply because of the images, and their emotive power.

Love it.
__________________
Brian

"Maintenant, mon ami !"
http://www.asingulareye.wordpress.com
  Reply With Quote

website
Old 06-12-2014   #12
tajart
Registered User
 
tajart's Avatar
 
tajart is offline
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: pac nw
Posts: 407
website

one feature i enjoy is how on the home page, when you scroll over an image, information comes up. seems like this could be an interesting feature on all images as a way to show title, date, dimensions, etc etc.

are you using wordpress, and one of their themes?

beautiful images.
  Reply With Quote

Old 06-12-2014   #13
bobbyrab
Registered User
 
bobbyrab is offline
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: London
Posts: 650
Really nice Simon, clean and simple as it should be, great images, and the best I've seen them displayed and nice to see a broader selection. Nothing that looked too dark to me on my iPad. So must be Mfogiels preference for lighter and brighter.
  Reply With Quote

Old 06-12-2014   #14
Vincent.G
平和、愛、喜び
 
Vincent.G's Avatar
 
Vincent.G is offline
Join Date: Sep 2009
Age: 38
Posts: 1,319
I like Gezi Park Protests and Punctum series.

Great effort Simon. Keep going.
Looking forward to more.
Your web page has been bookmarked by ME!
__________________
My Flickr
  Reply With Quote

Old 06-12-2014   #15
SausalitoDog
Registered User
 
SausalitoDog's Avatar
 
SausalitoDog is offline
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Sausalito, CA
Posts: 589
Very nice site...love the clean feeling

Tom
__________________
Tom O'Connell

“Dogs are friendly animals. They are very much like people with hair. But they don’t complain and don’t ask for money or a copy of the print.”
- Elliott Erwitt
  Reply With Quote

Old 06-12-2014   #16
Darshan
Registered User
 
Darshan's Avatar
 
Darshan is offline
Join Date: Jun 2010
Posts: 899
like it a lot, simple and lets the photos speak for themselves
__________________
"Discussion is an exchange of knowledge; argument an exchange of ignorance." - Robert Quillen

flickr
  Reply With Quote

Old 06-12-2014   #17
gb hill
Registered User
 
gb hill's Avatar
 
gb hill is offline
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: North Carolina
Age: 57
Posts: 5,727
Simon I really like the Instanbul Dissection II photo's on your blog. Fine work.
__________________
Greg
flickr
instagram
  Reply With Quote

Old 06-12-2014   #18
Rick Waldroup
Registered User
 
Rick Waldroup's Avatar
 
Rick Waldroup is offline
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Texas
Posts: 900
Nice, clean and crisp website. Easy to navigate and populated with top notch documentary photography. Great stuff. I put a link to it on my Links page on my website. Excellent work, Simon.
__________________
Rick Waldroup Photography
  Reply With Quote

Old 06-12-2014   #19
Thardy
Registered User
 
Thardy is offline
Join Date: Apr 2007
Posts: 2,179
It works very well. Easy to navigate, and "light on its feet".
__________________
Thomas

Flickr

Tumblr
  Reply With Quote

Old 06-12-2014   #20
randolph45
Registered User
 
randolph45's Avatar
 
randolph45 is offline
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Sacramento Calif
Posts: 1,061
Bookmarked your site
__________________
I finally realized why my photographs are so bad! It's not the equipment
  Reply With Quote

Old 06-13-2014   #21
johnwolf
Registered User
 
johnwolf's Avatar
 
johnwolf is offline
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Chicago
Posts: 1,098
Simon, I really enjoyed your photographs, and the site's simplicity and clarity shows them well. Your work reminds me of that of one of my favorite photographers -- Charles Harbutt.

I like your project organization very much, and the gallery captions page is a nice addition I don't recall seeing before.

I'm not sure about the question mark in the site subtitle. To me it unnecessarily raises an issue that seems irrelevant to your presentation. But that's just a personal observation.

FYI, on my iPad only the "spaces and artifacts" photo link works. Tapping the other home page photos does nothing.

And, FWIW, I find the capitalization on the gallery captions page to be distracting (i, vip, woodstock...). (Sorry, I'm a technical writer and can't help it.)

All in all I think the site and work are inspirational. Congrats on your fine efforts.

John
__________________
web site | blog | Latest project: The Wall
  Reply With Quote

Old 06-14-2014   #22
SimonSawSunlight
userabuser
 
SimonSawSunlight's Avatar
 
SimonSawSunlight is offline
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Berlin / Istanbul
Age: 28
Posts: 2,883
thanks everybody

by the way, for those who, unlike me, are active on facebook, i have this page thingy to spread links and news etc. regarding my photography:
http://www.facebook.com/simonbphotography
  Reply With Quote

Old 06-25-2014   #23
mickbenjamins
Registered User
 
mickbenjamins's Avatar
 
mickbenjamins is offline
Join Date: Jun 2014
Location: Berlin, Germany
Posts: 14
Quote:
Originally Posted by tajart View Post
are you using wordpress, and one of their themes?
No, it's a Squarespace website: http://squarespace.com/
  Reply With Quote

Old 06-25-2014   #24
k__43
Registered Film User
 
k__43's Avatar
 
k__43 is offline
Join Date: Nov 2011
Posts: 901
Cool! Looks professional - are you into wedding photography yet?
Seriously tho I need someone for this who doesn't suck
  Reply With Quote

Old 06-25-2014   #25
SimonSawSunlight
userabuser
 
SimonSawSunlight's Avatar
 
SimonSawSunlight is offline
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Berlin / Istanbul
Age: 28
Posts: 2,883
Quote:
Originally Posted by k__43 View Post
Cool! Looks professional - are you into wedding photography yet?
Seriously tho I need someone for this who doesn't suck
i don't generally do weddings, but write me an email or meet me for coffee / beer and we'll talk it through. i'll be away all of next week though.
  Reply With Quote

Old 06-25-2014   #26
mickbenjamins
Registered User
 
mickbenjamins's Avatar
 
mickbenjamins is offline
Join Date: Jun 2014
Location: Berlin, Germany
Posts: 14
And great shots Simon, I forgot to mention that in the previous post
  Reply With Quote

Old 06-25-2014   #27
Tom A
RFF Sponsor
 
Tom A's Avatar
 
Tom A is offline
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Vancouver, BC, Canada
Age: 73
Posts: 6,093
Simon, good set up and easy to navigate. Great shots - didn't expect anything but that anyway. Not enough pictures of Osama and Lara though! Thanks for guiding us around Berlin.
  Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -8. The time now is 01:46.


vBulletin skin developed by: eXtremepixels
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.6.8
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

All content on this site is Copyright Protected and owned by its respective owner. You may link to content on this site but you may not reproduce any of it in whole or part without written consent from its owner.