My submission to the Lens Culture Emerging Talents Award 2017

Awakening moments

When I take pictures, I feel one with the world. I enter a state of peace and mindfulness from which I create.

Dubai achète une licence pour utiliser une photo de l'Alma Tower

C’est avec joie que je vous annonce que Dubai Multi Commodities Centre (DMCC) vient d’acheter une licence pour l’utilisation de ma photo de l’Alma Tower dans le magazine fDI, une publication du Financial Times. Ce magazine est une publication bimensuelle de nouvelles et d’investissements directs étrangers de langue anglaise qui propose un bilan actualisé des activités d’investissement dans le monde. Alma Tower est située dans l’arrondissement Jumeirah Lake Towers à Dubai et est le siège social du DMCC. Le DMCC a été créée en 2002 par le gouvernement de Dubaï pour fournir l'infrastructure matérielle, commerciale et financière nécessaire à la création d'une plaque tournante du commerce mondial des produits de base. La photo sera publiée en pleine page en quatrième de couverture de l’édition Octobre/Novembre 2017 du magazine fDI.

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12 steps to shoot a stunning sunset

Missisquoi Bay, Venise-en-Québec, Canada

Missisquoi Bay, Venise-en-Québec, Canada

  1. Plan your photo shoot - Plan your outdoor photo shoot ahead of time. Use an app to help you find the perfect light conditions, time and location. 

  2. Visit the location - Visit the location during the day to find the spot that will give you the winning composition.

  3. Arrive early - Get on the site at least 30 minutes before sunset. 

  4. Prepare your camera - Now it is time to set your camera. Read the steps below (6 and above).

  5. Stick to your location - Resist the temptation to change places. Relax and stay where you are. The sun will go down fast.

  6. Shoot in Raw - Set your camera to shoot in RAW format or in RAW+JPG. I generally shoot in RAW and process my files in Lightroom. For more information on the difference between RAW and JPG, read this article.

  7. Aperture Priority - Forget the manual mode. Make it simple: use the "Aperture Priority" mode and adjust the aperture to f/8 which is a safe value to get the whole scene in focus.

  8. ISO - Select a low ISO value from 100 to 200. Higher ISO values are unnecessary since you face the sun. Select a higher ISO if you need need higher speed values.

  9. Shutter speed - In "Aperture Priority" mode, the camera will adjust the shutter speed itself. Generally speaking, the shutter speed shall not be less than 1/60 sec to avoid blurry shots. If this is the case, gain speed by increasing ISO.

  10. Tripod? - You don't necessarily need a tripod but if you have then use it. If you don't, that's not a problem. You will have enough light to photograph the sunset handheld but check your shutter speed and keep it above 1/60 sec or higher if you zoom in.

  11. Exposure compensation - The most important point: OVEREXPOSE. Facing the sun, the camera will be fooled by so much light and will automatically underexpose. You must balance by overexposing intentionally. Use the exposure compensation dial to overexpose by 1 or 2 stops (check your user guide). You van learn more on exposure compensation here.

  12. Shoot and check the histogram - Check your camera histogram each time you take a picture. It will show you if your shots are correctly exposed. If you are serious, the histogram is a tool that you must learn to use. I do check the histogram each time I take a picture to find the optimum exposure settings. To learn more about the histogram, check your manual and read these articles here and there.

Sunset in Costa Rica

Sunset in Costa Rica

My submissions to the London 2017 Monovisions Awards (Singles)

This post was originally posted on Jun 11, 2017.

Update: Winning Entries / Honorable mentions

20 août 2017 - Je viens de recevoir une très belle nouvelle du concours international de photographie noir et blanc "London Monovisions Awards 2017"! Parmi les 4 000 participants au concours, le jury me décerne 2 mentions honorables mes photos "A Bedouin in Wadi Rum" (catégorie Voyage) et "Stormy night in Dubai Marina" (catégorie Paysages). Cette dernière photo trône d'ailleurs fièrement sur le mur de mon salon en version 24"x36" sur aluminum brossé.

August 20th 2017 - I have just received very exciting news from the international black and white photography contest " London Monovisions Awards 2017 "! Among the 4 000 participants, the jury awards me 2 honorable mentions for my photos " A Bedouin in wadi rum " (Travel Category) and " Stormy night in Dubai Marina " (Landscape Category).

 

 

1 - Stormy night in Dubai Marina (single)

Black and white photograph of Dubai Marina taken on November 30, 2012 at 6:00 pm. 
I lived in Dubai from 2012 to 2015. From the balcony of my apartment, I had this wonderful view of Dubai Marina. In the center of the photo is the Dubai Marina Yacht Club and higher up in the sky, the sparkling antenna of the Diamond Tower located in the Jumeirah Lake Towers area, across the Sheikh Zayed Highway. It rarely rains in Dubai but at the approach of winter, the weather changes and sometimes brings rain and even thunderstorms. Capturing an electric storm in Dubai was a rare opportunity that I was quick to grasp.

2017 International Monovisions Awards in London - Winning Entry - Honorable Mention - "Stormy night in Dubai Marina".

2017 International Monovisions Awards in London - Winning Entry - Honorable Mention - "Stormy night in Dubai Marina".

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2 - A Bedouin in Wadi Rum (single)

Photograph taken on May 26, 2012 in Jordan. After visiting Petra, my wife and I went to visit the fantastic desert of Wadi Rum also known as The Valley of the Moon, where the famous movie "Lawrence of Arabia" by David Lean was filmed in 1962. I took this picture of our guide while he was browsing the fabulous scenery of Wadi Rum in search of the best route. The black and white beautifully renders all the beauty of this place.

2017 International Monovisions Awards in London - Winning Entry - Honorable Mention - "A Bedouin in Wadi Rum".

2017 International Monovisions Awards in London - Winning Entry - Honorable Mention - "A Bedouin in Wadi Rum".

 

3 - Dubai's Real Heroes (series)

I was fortunate to live in Dubai from 2012 to 2015. This was an extraordinary opportunity to study and teach photography. During these 3 years, I had time to discover Dubai and met dozens of low-paid migrant workers, most from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh, who came to Dubai to support their families. This series of 8 photos is a tribute to the courage of these anonymous workers.

My submissions to the 2017 International Photography Awards

In addition to my recent submissions to the Magnum Photography Awards and to the London Monovisions Black and White Photography Awards, I am now adding my participation in the 2017 International Photography Awards. In 2015, I won an IPA honorable mention for a photo of seaweed farmers in Bali. Two years later, I am trying my luck again with this picture of a giant spruce in British Columbia and with a series of five black and white photos of the majestic Wadi Rum desert of Jordan. The winners of these three competitions will be announced later towards the end of the summer.

En plus de mes participations récentes aux concours Magnum Photography Awards et Monovisions Black and White Photography Awards de Londres, voilà que j'ajoute ma participation à l'édition 2017 de l'International Photography Awards (IPA). En 2015, j'avais remporté une mention honorable de l'IPA pour une photo des cultivateurs d'algues à Bali. Deux ans plus tard, je tente à nouveau ma chance avec cette photo d'un épicéa géant prise en Colombie-Britannique et avec une série de cinq photos en noir et blanc du majestueux Wadi Rum de Jordanie. Les gagnants de ces trois concours seront annoncés plus tard vers la fin de l'été.


The Giant

While capturing video in British Columbia (Canada), my son Jeremie stood the pose at the foot of a giant. This giant spruce Sitca in Kitimat is more than 500 years old and one of the oldest living organism in the Northern Pacific Region.


Majestic Wadi Rum

In the majestic Wadi Rum, my wife and I have encountered the extraordinary bedouin tradition where lives evolve at the pace of the camels, tea cups, old 4x4 and tourist flow. In this immense landscape we can feel the silence and the stillness as if the time had stop at the time of the Nabatean people. We can even see the marks they left on these rocky walls…

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My submissions to the 2017 Magnum Photography Awards (Singles)

1 - The Golden Forest

Magic Forest of Canada where fairies and elves live (Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue, Québec).

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2 - Lost in the Enchanted Forest

My young son taking the pose for a magical photo under a centennial spruce in British Columbia, Canada.

 

3 - My retirement life as an actor

Portrait of a former clothing salesman living his retirement life as an actor.

 

4 - Help me or not

Young man begging for help in a subway station.

 

5 - Nightmare

Portrait of a young student of literature and drama performing as an actress on a film set.

My submissions to the 2017 Magnum Photography Awards (series)

Dubai's Real Heroes

I was fortunate to live in Dubai from 2012 to 2015. This was an extraordinary opportunity to study and teach photography. During these 3 years, I had time to discover Dubai and met dozens of low-paid migrant workers, most from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh, who came to Dubai to support their families. This series of 10 photos is a tribute to the courage of these anonymous workers.


1 - From my soul to your soul

Migrant construction workers lined up to board a bus which will take them back to their labour camp for the night.

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2 - Express recycling

In Dubai Marina, a migrant worker gathers cardboard for recycling.

 

3 - The juice seller

A man selling fresh juice is staring at me through the window of his shop.

 

4 - The barber shop

A young man is sleeping at the entrance to a barber shop  for migrant workers.

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5 - The master of cooling

In the old part of Dubai, a man lets himself be photographed in front of his air conditioner repair shop.

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6 - Tea time in Karama

Carpet sellers enjoying some tea in front of their shop.

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7 - Proudness

The posture and the eyes of this worker leave no doubt about his pride. 

 

8 - The local tailor

Crouching in front of his shop, a man is waiting for customers. This posture is frequent among Asian migrant workers.

 

9 - Smile of the day

A young man gives me the gift of a broad smile at the end of his working day. Most of the workers I met were warm with me and eager to be photographed.  A worker even ran after me to be photographed.

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10 - Whose reality is this?

Working to build an inaccessible world.

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Parc Valois is sinking

Photographs taken on May 5th 2017 at Parc Valois in Vaudreuil. Snowmelt and heavy rains have swollen streams. In Rigaud, Hudson and Vaudreuil-Dorion, the Ottawa River and Lac Des Deux Montagnes overflow onto inhabited areas.

Photographies des inondations prisent au Parc Valois de Vaudreuil-Dorion le 5 mai 2017. La fonte des neiges et les pluies abondantes ont gonflé les cours d'eau. À Rigaud, Hudson et Vaudreuil-Dorion, la rivière des Outaouais et le lac Des Deux Montagnes débordent sur les zone habitées.

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O Linea - La somme

The Québec music band O Linea will soon launch a new music video to promote their latest song, "La somme". The filming as already took place in Henryville and Vaudreuil in March. The music video is produced by Roméo & Fils and directed by Jérémie Brochu Dufour. Here are some photographs taken on the set. I will add a link to the video as soon as it will be available.

Le groupe de musique québécois O Linea aura bientôt un nouveau vidéoclip pour sa chanson "La somme". Le tournage a eu lieu en mars à Henryville et à Vaudreuil. Le vidéoclip est produit par la boîte de production montréalaise Roméo & Fils et réalisé par Jérémie Brochu Dufour. Pour un avant-goût du vidéoclip, voici les meilleures photographies prisent lors du tournage. J'ajouterai un lien vers Youtube dès que le vidéoclip sera disponible.

Actors: Max Houle and Francine Casavant.

Actors: Max Houle and Francine Casavant.

Max Houle (left), Philippe Auger (Key Grip, center), Benoit Jones-Vallée (DOP) and Robin Rigault (DOP Assistant)

Max Houle (left), Philippe Auger (Key Grip, center), Benoit Jones-Vallée (DOP) and Robin Rigault (DOP Assistant)

Benoit Jones-Vallée, Robin Rigault, Jérémie Brochu Dufour and Cody Airth.

Benoit Jones-Vallée, Robin Rigault, Jérémie Brochu Dufour and Cody Airth.

Véronique Charbonneau (Film assistant director), Jérémie Brochu Dufour (Film director) and Max Houle.

Véronique Charbonneau (Film assistant director), Jérémie Brochu Dufour (Film director) and Max Houle.

Benoit Jones-Vallée (Director of Photography)

Benoit Jones-Vallée (Director of Photography)

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Virginie Tremblay (Production Director)

Virginie Tremblay (Production Director)

Film Director Jérémie Brochu-Dufour and the team of Romeo & Fils.

Film Director Jérémie Brochu-Dufour and the team of Romeo & Fils.

Film Director Jérémie Brochu-Dufour guiding Max Houle.

Film Director Jérémie Brochu-Dufour guiding Max Houle.

Sun Rising - Blood on her Hands

Sun Rising is a film project that my son Jeremie made as part of his studies in cinema at Concordia University in Montreal. The goal of the project was to make a short silent film of 30 seconds. The film was shot on a cold, gray morning in November 2016 in a container yard in Montreal, the perfect spot for the best dramatic effect.

The film features a horrified and bloody young woman who runs barefoot and in light clothing between piles of containers. The woman is played fairly by Sabrina Lagacé, a young student from Quebec City.

Jérémie Brochu-Dufour and Sabrina Lagacé

Jérémie Brochu-Dufour and Sabrina Lagacé

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Sabrina Lagacé

Sabrina Lagacé

Jérémie Brochu-Dufour

Jérémie Brochu-Dufour