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Exclusive: Justin shares photography tips, tricks and more with Amvona

This is the last part of our interview with Justin Kraemer, winner of Bing photography contest 2009-2010. Justin likes shooting ‘surreal architectural landscapes’. And it’s true his landscapes are very unique and dreamlike. He loves shooting HDR photos of cities and aims to learn more so that he can build on and expand his photographic skills.

He lists many talented photographers as his favorite – most of them have a portfolio on Flickr. In our Q & A session when asked who his favorite photographer was, Justin exclaimed that,”I don’t really have a favorite big named “pro” photographer. I do however follow the work of several very creative and talented people on Flickr. Aaron Reed, Jeff Engelhardt, Clay.Wells, Surrealize, Doug Van Kampen, and Fresnatic are a few of my favorites.” These people are definitely very talented. You can view their portfolios by clicking on their names. Justin uses Photomatix, Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Lightroom to edit and combine his photographs. When asked about his favorite editing software he stated that,”Because I shoot a lot of HDR photographs, I use a program named Photomatix to process and combine the images. I also use Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Lightroom to make adjustments during the post processing of all of my photos.”

Justin lists the following 3 photographs as his favorite from his portfolio:

“This one of the Mukilteo Lighthouse in Mukilteo Washington is both a personal and fan favorite. It is my most purchased photo, and I always like looking at it because it contains the Lighthouse, the ferry, and the beautiful colors of the sunset.(Justin Kraemer 2010)

“I also really like this one of Bell Harbor on Seattle’s Waterfront. The rooftop balcony at Pier 66 in Seattle is a great place to take photos, because it offers a tremendous view of downtown Seattle, the waterfront area, and the Port of Seattle.” (Justin Kraemer 2010)

“I also really like this one of Snoqualmie Falls taken this winter during a really cold stretch that lasted about two weeks. During this two week stretch, the temperatures never got above freezing and a big section of the waterfalls froze creating this very cool icy look on the rocks surrounding the falls.” (Justin Kraemer 2010)

To see more amazing work by Justin check out his portfolio and his Flickr page

Images courtesy Justin Kraemer

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Exclusive: Justin shares his experience of winning the Bing contest

This is part 2 of our Exclusive interview with Photographer Justin Kraemer. His photo has been published on the Bing Homepage today. He took the photograph on March 29, 2009. The image portrays a unique view of Seattle. When thinking about Seattle one expects to see the mad rush and dreary weather but instead we see gorgeous buildings with an amazing view of the sky.

The buildings appear to be magical and are very disneyified. The Bing Homepage today looks like a clip from a Disney Fairytale. Justins image displays a great degree of eloquence and simplicity. It highlights the beauty of Seattle which is often ignored in the mad traffic rush. Justin in his interview with us shared his excitement over winning the Bing contest.

When asked to highlight the experience of winning the contest he stated, “The Bing contest was something I never expected to win. I saw the ad for the photo contest and figured I might as well enter a few just for fun. So I picked out four shots that I thought fit the theme of a “hometown” and submitted them. I pretty much forgot about the contest, and did not even vote while the first few rounds of voting were open. Then one day out of the blue I got an email from one of the people at Bing letting me know that one of my photos was selected as one of the 10 finalists and that I should tell my friends to vote. So I did, the first time I checked the standings, about an hour later, my photo was in 3rd place, the next time I checked, about an hour after that, my photo was in 1st and it stayed that way throughout the rest of the contest.”

The winning photograph

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Exclusive: Interview with Bing photography contest winner Justin Kraemer

We have been bringing to you the latest updates on the Bing ‘Home Sweet Home’ photo contest. Today, Justin’s photograph of the Seattle skyline went live on the Bing Homepage.  Earlier this week I interviewed Justin to highlight his experience of winning the photo competition, his skills in photography, his favorite photographs and to get details of the techniques he adopts to shoot such classic photos.

Justin is a self taught photographer. He bought his first camera in May 2007 and has been taking amazing photographs ever since. His first camera was a Canon Rebel XT and he has been adding to his collection of photo gear ever since. Currently he uses a Canon 7D, with an assortment of lenses: Canon, Sigma, Tokina and Tamron and a few Black and White filters. He is the 2009/2010 winner of the Bing photo contest. Through our interview with Justin we learned a lot about him. He is a young aspiring photographer, to put it in years he is 26 years old. He is based in Seattle. He graduated in 2001 and loves sports. He is very passionate about sports and photography. Other than taking breathtaking photographs he also works as the “Athletic Director at a local Boys and Girls Club” in Seattle. To take his passion of sports forward Justin is also a Masters student in Sports Administration and Leadership at Seattle University.

This interview will be published on the Amvona Blog in 3 parts.

Lighthouses by Justin
Nature by Justin
Posted under Nature by Justin

Images courtesy Justin Kraemer

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And the Bing photo contest winner is…

Justin Kraemer!!! Yes, ladies and gentlemen Seattle based photographer Justin Kraemer won the 2009 Bing Home Sweet Home Photo contest. Bing released the name of the winner last night. Justin is an aspiring photographer based in Seattle, Washington. He likes shooting landscapes and cities. And he has recently become very fond of HDR photography. His amazing photograph of the Seattle skyline won the most user votes in the 2009 contest and will be put up on the Bing Homepage on January 6th 2010.

The photograph was taken on March 29, 2009. The Bing blog explains Justin’s technique and states that, ‘Justin had just purchased a new lens, the Sigma 30mm F/1.4 and this was one of the first images that he captured with it. The photo is a 3 exposure HDR that was tone mapped in Photomatix and then processed in Photoshop Cs3.’ The photo is very magical. It completely changes the Seattle landscape into something out of a sci fi movie or a fairy tale. The buildings could almost be substituted with castles. We really like this photo and want to congratualte Justin on winning the competition.

The top 10 entries in the contest included photos from US, France, Spain and New Zealand. There were some photos selected by the Bing editors that didn’t make it to the Top10 but stood out. These entries are showcased on the Bing Facebook page. We have also added them below for you to see.

Chris Gin
Nikhil Jain
John Cruz

More on the Bing Facebook page.

You can also view more photos by Justin on his website

Images from the Bing Photo contest Facebook page.

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