Coloratti Sandra Bartocha and Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition
by Brenda K. Hipsher – November 24th, 2012
Coloratti Sandra Bartocha is a travel, nature, landscape, and wildlife photographer based in Germany. Photography is in her blood. She’s the daughter of a photographer. She strives to evoke emotions in the viewer rather than just capturing the image. And her photographs certainly do evoke emotions both for their beauty and for their innovation. Welcome Clizia Capecchi, EMEA Marketing Coordinator, Media and Imaging for X-Rite based in Switzerland for her guest blog on Sandra Bartocha.
Light Show | Sandra Bartocha’s Soulful View of Life
by Clizia Capecchi
German Coloratti Sandra Bartocha has been included again amongst the successful photographers in the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition. Now in its 48th year, the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition is an international showcase for the very best nature photography from all over the world. The competition is owned by two UK institutions that pride themselves on revealing and championing the diversity of life on Earth – the Natural History Museum and BBC Worldwide. Wildlife photographers across the world aspire to be accepted into the competition. Each year, tens of thousands of entries are received and judged by an international jury of photography experts.
As the snow started to melt, a thick fog began to wrap itself around the forest near Sandra’s home in Potsdam, Germany. Envisaging the photographic potential, she grabbed her camera and went straight to the forest. The scene was even more beautiful than she’d expected. “The evening sun created a glow around the tall, wet trunks of the Scots pines,” she remembers. “It was breathtaking.” She experimented with several different focal planes and lenses to try to capture the effect. Eventually, she settled on a mirrorless camera with a tilt lens, allowing her to change the layers of sharpness from parallel to horizontal, so the unsharp areas were not in front but behind and below the main focus. She played around with the focus “to keep the warm, broken light at the top of the frame and the trunks below relatively sharp.” (Sony NEX-5 + Nikon 50mm f1.4 lens; 1/640 sec at f1.4; ISO 200; Lensbaby Tilt Transformer.)
Excerpts from an interview by Clizia with Sandra Bartocha –
CC: When did you first understand the importance of color to the photographic process?
SB: When I started being seriously involved in digital photography in 2002 I immediately recognized that reliable colours on my monitor and colour profiles for my printer are vital for great results.
CC: What is the most important aspect of color management that an aspiring photographer should know?
SB: One should have a good understanding of colour profiles and the way their own equipment is working with profiles. A good base is a solid screen that is calibrated.
CC: How is color management related to your artistic process?
SB: It’s the base. It starts with a calibrated screen. I do multi-media shows and it’s very important for me that colours are presented well on a large screen and for exhibitions … needless to say … I want colours reproduced best on a variety of papers.
CC: Do you see color management as an advantage for saving money?
SB: Especially when printing it’s a matter of not guessing how colours will appear in print. Guessing requires making a series of test prints. Large prints on expensive paper can be cost intensive so I need to make sure that I produce prints that are perfect from the start.
CC: How important are the latest color management tools in today’s industry? Why?
SB: If one keeps updated with new technology in terms of cameras and computers I believe one should also with calibrating devices. It’s just the whole line of image production.
CC: What does the (near) future hold for the photo industry, in your opinion? Do you think color management will be more or less important – why?
SB: I believe it will be as important as ever. More and more photographers are producing a range of products themselves and more and more options exist to reproduce existing images in a variety of ways. Showing images in print and displaying them digitally is very important and its absolutely vital that the audience is able to enjoy the same colours as the photographer intended. All of these have to be accurate in colour and the X-Rite has the range of products to accommodate these needs.
Be sure to visit Sandra Bartocha’s website at www.bartocha-photography.com to enjoy more of her beautiful photographs. Bartocha uses X-Rite ColorMunki Photo for profiling her monitor, projector, and printer. Special thanks to Cliza Capecchi for this insight into the working process of Coloratti Sandra Bartocha. You can Stop Guessing and Start Knowing your your digital color workflow with X-Rite. Visit www.xritephoto.com to learn about all the options available to you from X-Rite.
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