Would you mind introducing yourself? Hello! My name is Dmitry Pchelintsev. I’m a photography enthusiast, born, raised, and currently living in Moscow, Russia.
How would you describe your style of photography? Well, that’s a tough one. I’d like to consider myself a visual storyteller, so there is a mix of genres. I’m mostly focused on landscapes, documentaries, and something in between. I also do product photography for commissions, but that’s a different story.
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When did you first fall in love with taking photos? A very long time ago, from childhood! My father used to shoot family photos with a Soviet film camera. We also processed negatives at home together and produced hand-made prints with an enlarger. We went all the way from capturing moments to seeing pictures on paper. I often watched and assisted him during the process, so it influenced my photography base and the understanding of the photography essentials.
Do you have a favourite photography related memory, whether it be in front or behind the camera? There are so many, but for example, I have one, related to this photo of a wooden structure, resembling a lighthouse and a human figure (see image below). This is an installation in an architectural park, located about a hundred miles from Moscow. In 2017 my friend and I had an idea to make a photo, using light-painting with a wireless flashlight. We came up to this structure in the evening, hoping for a clear sky, full of stars. But, as soon as we were ready to start shooting, clouds began to gather and very soon we were in complete darkness. I mounted my camera on a tripod and then one of us went inside the structure with a flashlight and another one was standing right between him and the camera, which is quite challenging in darkness. The process was pretty funny. I pulled the trigger and asked my friend to give a shout. He shouted something and I ran to the sound of his voice, trying to find the right spot before the camera timer makes an exposure. Then my friend illuminated my back with a flashlight. It took about twenty attempts to get a satisfying result, and as soon as we got it, a heavy rain began. It was a great experience and a fun adventure.
Who/What inspires you to take these wonderful photographs? I’m lucky enough to learn from great masters, as many of them were kind enough to talk to me and even teach me. They and their works are my main sources of inspiration. Besides that, I love to be outside. Landscapes and cities are certainly very inspirational for me as well.
What kind of camera do you use? I love experimenting, so I shoot with different cameras. My favourite system, for now, is Nikon, as they haven’t changed their F-mount for decades and I can use the same awesome glass with my modern digital D810 and older film cameras, such as F100 and even N60. I also shoot with a Fujifilm x100t, which is a great pocket camera.
What is your editing process like? I use film cameras more and more, so my process is now mainly focused on scanning and extracting the right colours and contrast from scans. For digital photos, I use a bunch of software: RPP and Capture One Pro for RAW conversion and basic corrections, Photoshop for extensive editing and if I need to stitch a pano, I go to Ptgui app. If you're wondering what RPP is, it's a software that helps to achieve harmonious colours in your digital image. Give it a try!
Are there any tips you would like to give to anyone out there who would love to create similar style photos to yours? Look for similar subjects, travel to similar destinations. Also, try shooting film. Most of my pictures, including digital ones, are based on a colour palette of certain film stocks, such as Kodak Portra, Kodak Ektar, and Fujifilm Superia.
What are some of your passions/hobbies other than photography? I love all kinds of visual arts: from paintings to cinema. I try to visit museums regularly and watch good films. Travel is my another passion, I love to visit new places and revisit those which I liked. My job is another hobby. I’ve been in the Swiss watch industry for many years and it is a wonderful world of craftsmanship and amazing timepieces.
What would be your number one dream destination for a photography adventure? Iceland. And more Iceland.
Who are some of your favourite photographers? It’s a constantly changing list, cause there are so many talented people out there, and in the age of the internet, it’s easy to find them and to be impressed by their works. So I’ll try to name some people, that have inspired me for a long time: Michael Kenna is my favourite landscape photographer and Joey L is my favourite portrait photographer.
Are there any photographers here on Instagram that you love and wish more people knew about? Make sure to check @danielkordan, @morganerpicum, and @johnnypatience. They are doing a great job and have their own established style. If you’re interested in film photography, check out @pavelkosenko. I also recommend checking out the profile of my good friend @akchanov, who’s a very talented guy with an addiction to travel :-)
Anything extra you would like to share? I’d like to quote Steve Jobs: Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.
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