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“One day, while Qīniáng was doing her chores, a crane landed nearby. Qīniáng tried to scare the bird off using a stick and the skills she had learned from her father, but whatever she did, the crane would counter.”

 

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Xiapu - République Populaire de Chine

Xiapu, Fujian province of China.

 

An all year round farming activities at this fishing village by the sea, Xiapu in Fujian Province.

Major economic activities, Kelps and seaweed farming as well as Oyster culture farming.

Where Dragons Roam

Photography workshop with Marsel van Oosten & Daniella Sibbing

30 March - 14 April 2017

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I am very happy to share that I’ve won 3 Silver awards in the 2016 One Eyeland Awards, as well as a Bronze award in the overall Photographer Of The Year ranking.

 

Most major nature photography competitions are judged by nature photographers, but at One Eyeland (and other likt the International Photography Awards) the jury consists primarily of art directors and creative directors from international ad agencies. These people have a completely different way of looking at things - and I know, because I used to be one of them :-) The work entered into this competition is not only nature related, so there is that difference as well, but overall I would say that the jury focuses more on aesthetics and visual effect, and less on story-telling and content, and there is zero interest in how the image was made. From an artistic point of view, I find this very refreshing, as most of you will know. Also, from the perspective of a professional photographer, it is a lot more beneficial to have a small army of art directors awarding your work than your peers - art directors may potentially hire you, your colleagues will not :-)

 

I won two Silver awards for two landscape series that I shot in China, one black and white and one colour, and one Silver award for a single image from Svalbard. I’ll start with the black and white series.

 

This first image is part of a series of four and it was shot in the Fujian province in China. There is a lot of aquaculture in this region, and it makes for very graphic photography. When I first saw an image from this area on the iPhone of a Chinese photographer on our scouting trip in China in 2015, I knew I had to go there. Next month we’ll be running our first official tour there, and I’m looking forward to getting some more of this stuff.

  

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If you’d like to get shots like this yourself, then why not join us to China next month. We have one last minute opening, so this is your one chance! More info here: ow.ly/2UY8100z2YU

  

Marsel

 

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Where Dragons Roam

Photo tour with Marsel van Oosten & Daniella Sibbing

30 March - 14 April 2017

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This is the fourth and final image from a series of four black and white photographs that won me a Silver award in the One Eyeland awards.

 

All images were shot in the Fujian province in China, and show the extremely graphic and surreal landscape that is the result from large scale aquaculture. Those sticks you see are massive bamboo poles, and they’re used to farm seaweed.

 

What’s particularly interesting with these landscapes, is that they’re greatly influenced by the tides. In the previous image you saw the landscape at low tide, and here you see the same landscape at medium high tide. When we first arrived here, it was still low tide and everything was dry except for that river where the boats are. That scene looked very nice as well and I got plenty of shots, but I decided to wait for the tide to rise to see what it would look like if there was water everywhere. I prefer the high tide version, because it’s more minimalistic - yeah, that’s a surprise.

 

Fujian - I

Fujian - II

Fujian - III

 

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If you’d like to get shots like this yourself, then why not join us to China next month? We have one last minute opening, so this is your chance! More info here: ow.ly/2UY8100z2YU

  

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Fujian - III

 

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Photography workshop with Marsel van Oosten & Daniella Sibbing

30 March - 14 April 2017

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This is the third image from a series of four black and white photographs that won me a Silver award last week in the One Eyeland awards. Here are the links to the first and second image that I posted earlier:

 

Fujian - I

Fujian - II

 

All images were shot in the Fujian province in China, and show the extremely graphic and surreal landscape that is the result from large scale aquaculture. Those sticks you see are massive bamboo poles, and they’re used to farm seaweed.

 

This particular image was shot on an early morning before sunrise at low tide. I knew that around this time of day there might be someone searching for clams, so I used my 400mm lens and systematically searched through the landscape for a human element.

 

I love the compressed perspective of the 400mm and how it makes the landscape very 2-dimensional. Once I found a person, I just followed it with my lens until it was in the perfect spot.

 

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If you’d like to get shots like this yourself, then why not join us to China next month? We have one last minute opening, so this is your chance! More info here: ow.ly/2UY8100z2YU

  

Marsel

 

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©2017 Marsel van Oosten, All Rights Reserved. This image is not available for use on websites, blogs or other media without the explicit written permission of the photographer.

A Fort encircling the city

Where Dragons Roam

Photography workshop with Marsel van Oosten & Daniella Sibbing

30 March - 14 April 2017

www.squiver.com

 

This is the second image from a series of four black and white photographs that won me a Silver award yesterday in the One Eyeland awards. Here’s a link to the first image that I posted yesterday: Fujian - I

 

All images were shot in the Fujian province in China, and show the extremely graphic and surreal landscape that is the result from large scale aquaculture. Those sticks you see are massive bamboo poles, and they’re used to farm seaweed.

 

This particular image was shot on an early morning before sunrise at low tide. The little figure in there may be tiny, but it’s an essential element for this image to work as it does.

 

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If you’d like to get shots like this yourself, then why not join us to China next month? We have one last minute opening, so this is your one chance! More info here: ow.ly/2UY8100z2YU

  

Marsel

 

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©2017 Marsel van Oosten, All Rights Reserved. This image is not available for use on websites, blogs or other media without the explicit written permission of the photographer.

Fujian Tulou have been inscribed in 2008 by UNESCO as World Heritage Site.

 

For more details: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fujian_Tulou

Lens - Fujian 35mm 1.4 "Toy"

 

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This province is known for their Tulou - a traditional communal residence usually build in a circular configuration.

Lens: Fujian 35mm 1.7

Xiamen, China

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