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I rarely publish my photographs online or in print form. A habit that I am trying to change.

Often it’s that I’m either not entirely happy with the photographs that I have taken, or that I believe they could have been better.  Before I publish anything I often spend more than 12 months letting the images “sink in”. Sometimes, this process of absorbing the images takes me a lot longer. The time allows me some distance so that I can approach the image more logically and from an unemotional perspective. I am not sure this is always wise though, it’s just an approach that I find easier in terms of editing. It is also useful to have another person check your selection. However, you may not always agree with them!

I have recently updated the site with a few images from a photo shoot in Monaco in April 2015. The city of Monaco is a great backdrop for all types of photography, including sport, street, fashion and architecture. It truly is a great place to visit. Even though I had never been to the city or country before, I had “driven” the streets hundreds of times in computer racing games, and seen virtually every Formula 1 race on television. Everything was new, yet strangely familiar, and it was a surreal experience to be able to put these virtual memories in a real world setting. We even managed to cycle a few laps around the Monaco street circuit which was already being prepared for the Grand Prix. A lot of the shots are from either the Japanese Garden or the Larvotto beach area, but there are a lot of backdrops and stunning scenery to photograph in Monaco.

If you are visiting, I would recommend cycling from Nice to Monaco as it takes you through some amazing properties and spectacular coastal panoramas. A highlight for us was the Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild. The gardens and the house are spectacular and a must-visit attraction in the area. There are beautiful properties throughout this area and Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat is only a short ride away from the Villa.

A difficult hill ride or a short car ride takes you above Monaco and towards Èze which is a great little village on the hillside.  The views are amazing from above Monaco. Èze has some great sheer cliff views, unfortunately, a cloud had moved in during our visit, though it was still good to get a drink in the Château de La Chèvre d’Or after the cycle ride.

Japanese garden

View 2, Promenades des Anglais, Nice
Blue Heart of Monaco and Clouds

How do you edit? Do you have to wait before editing?

When do you feel is the ideal time for editing or does it improve with more experience?

Please comment below, constructive criticism is always welcome.

The title image has been bought and used for commercial use by Diners Club International in a Twitter advertising campaign. Please get in touch if you particularly like an image or wish to purchase a digital copy or a print directly.

  1. Hi Ivo,

    Nice to see you updating your site. Congratulations on the sale, it’s not surprising, your stuff has a very aspirational, stock look. I really like the Blue Apartments, personally, I might have lost the bottom so it was just the block but it’s a nice shot anyway.

    As for editing, I tend to do it almost immediately. Mainly in LR but moving more to PS for some things. I virtually never spend more than a couple of minutes on editing. Then chuck them on Flickr, FB, maybe Twitter.

    Obviously skills, particularly with PS, etc. improve with experience. But looking at my older shots that I occasionally revisit, I rarely change them.

    But I guess my work/life balance is a bit different to yours so I have plenty of time to play about with them once I’ve taken the shots.

    Ultimately though, it’s whatever works for you.

    Cheers,
    Wayne

  2. Thanks for getting in touch Wayne!

    I’m glad you liked the Blue Apartments photo! I did think about losing the bottom of the photo but I quite liked the way the white concrete was layered in front of the apartments. I would have been an even better shot if I had a person in one of the balconies on the left!

    I often edit straight away like you. But selecting photos I find much more difficult; particularly if I take 1000-3000 photos on a trip.

    Thanks again for getting in touch.

    Ivo

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