Welcome to Michel Bertrand Photography
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I have been a photographer since the early 70’s with a main interest in Landscape, Urban Art, and Photo composition. Born and raised in Montreal, I grew up surrounded by music, paintings, and my favorite expression of arts, photography. I carried on two generations of inherited artistry with a high influence for a continual change in perspective to allow closing the gap between generations. My philosophy and inspiration lie behind my photo images, portraying my feelings and emotions.
Architecture: Architectural images shouldn’t just be aesthetic and graphic; they should also provide dynamism and movement – so play with the lines, the light and the shadows to provide interest and consider the hierarchy of levels and areas. Architecture is built on the principle of symmetry, so capturing this symmetry will ultimately reinforce the subject matter and hopefully strengthen the composition. Discover the centre of the symmetry by placing your hand between your eye-line and construct your frame around this centre. Alternatively break free of the cold and sterile straight lines and rectilinear angles and follow the principles of nature by including curves and circles in the form of shadows or reflections can help to soften the structure.
Wedding photography: The term contemporary wedding photography is used to describe wedding photography that is not of a traditional nature. I emphasis in contemporary photography to capture the story and atmosphere from the day, so the viewer has an appreciation of what the wedding was like, rather than a series of pre-determined poses. The advent and advancement of digital cameras (and increased use of the internet) means that many people can offer their services as a wedding photographer, but contemporary wedding photography is more than taking informal photographs and involves the use of composition, lighting, and timing to capture photographs that have a strong visual appeal.
Urban Art photography: I’ve seen in multiple cities how street art can liven a neighbourhood. It has the power to give part of a city a feel, flair, and funk that wouldn’t otherwise be in that neighbourhood. It also gives a creative outlet to a city’s artists. There are obvious problems with not controlling it at all, but it’s good to see that it’s embraced in certain places. There’s, fortunately, plenty of locations in my city (Montreal) wher can go to find street art. The thing most people think of when they hear “graffiti” are the ugly tags that occasionally show up.
Photo composition: While you probably won’t want to break these rules in every photograph that you take – breaking them can bring about some fairly spectacular results. Surreal photo is basically displays of a rich imagination of subjects which then injected into real pictures. Most of these surreal pictures are captivating be it pleasant or not because it is not what we experience in our daily life hence it is out of norm. Given it is not an event we could not possibly experience, it leaves a huge dimension for viewers to interpret what does the designer was trying to convey through their work. This is what makes surreal photos a challenge for the designers and in the same time, an awesome adventure for the viewers. Yes, all of that in a picture.
Street Photography: Street photography uses the techniques of straight photography in that it shows a pure vision of something, like holding up a mirror to society. Street photography often tends to be ironic and can be distanced from its subject matter, and often concentrates on a single human moment, caught at a decisive or poignant moment. On the other hand, much street photography takes the opposite approach and provides a very literal and extremely personal rendering of the subject matter, giving the audience a more visceral experience of walks of life they might only be passingly familiar with. In the 20th century, street photographers have provided an exemplary and detailed record of street culture in Europe and North America.
International Photography: The San Francisco cable car system is the world’s last manually operated cable car system. An icon of San Francisco, California, the cable car system forms part of the intermodal urban transport network operated by the San Francisco Municipal Railway, or “Muni” as it is better known. Of the twenty-three lines established between 1873 and 1890,three remain (one of which combines parts of two earlier lines): two routes from downtown near Union Square to Fisherman’s Wharf, and a third route along California Street. While the cable cars are used to a certain extent by commuters, their small service area and premium fares for single rides make them more of a tourist attraction. They are among the most significant tourist sites in the city, along with Alcatraz Island and Fisherman’s Wharf. The cable cars are the only mobile National Monument in the world, and are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Portraits & Close-up: Over the years, I’ve learned that a lot of photography skills bleed into other areas. If you learn about action photography, it’ll help you learn how to take pictures of waterfalls. If you know how to photograph snow, you’ll probably be good at photographing sand. Another example is macro photography. Very few people know that macro photography is a primer for taking perfect portraits. How so? Here are a few reasons why.
Landscape & Nature: Your choice of focal length entirely depends on how you want to interpret a scene. It is true that if you put two photographers in front of a stunning scene, one will fit a wide-angle and move in closer and the other will fix a telephoto and take a few steps back. Basically, there is no right or wrong when it comes to lens choice so long as it has produced the image you imagined in the first instance.
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