Sebleu is a 35 year old photographer originally from France, currently living in Hua Hin, 250 km south of Thailand's capital - Bangkok. He prefers using a pseudonym because he believes authors are secondary to their work and their photographs should speak by themselves. He considers himself a 'world citizen', having lived in several parts of the world, including French Polynesia, before settling in Thailand ten years ago. He is a professional diver and loves the sea and the outdoors. After spending his days in Tahiti in the water from 5am to 6pm, he believes he's become part fish. To find out more about Sebleu and see the stunning Thai seascapes he has chosen to share with us, we recommend reading the interview below.
Sebleu talked to us about his love of water and the unexpected beginning of his passion for photography in a short interview:
How did you get into photography?
Because of my wife! She really wanted a DSLR camera, and eventually we got one back in 2010. It was the beginning of my passion. After spending tons of hours in front of YouTube tutorials, reviews and specialty forums on the web, I kept learning more and more about techniques and editing processes, looking at professionals in the field, such as the team Photo Cascadia. In the end, I fell in love with landscape photography two years ago and found my way.
As a landscape photographer, I'm mainly inspired by nature's beauty, especially during the golden hours, these moments of the day that last only a few minutes, because they are the rarest and it's more challenging to capture them as they don't appear often. So you have to be prepared, find the perfect location, and wait, some days without success, others with memorable results. I'm often alone when I witness these moments and I feel blessed by nature itself when I can capture them. My favorite subject is water: lakes, seas, rivers, waterfalls, it's a great source of inspiration and creativity, that's why most of my portfolio includes water in some form.
What type of camera do you use and what sort of post-processing software?
I'm using a Canon 5D Mark II and a 6D for night photography (stars and the Milky Way especially), with different Canon L lenses and a Samyang 14mm lens. But the best of all are my filters (Lee & Singhray)! My work has changed for the better since I started using them as I don't really enjoy spending much time on image processing. I prefer by far to be in the field rather than in front of a screen. For editing I mainly use Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop for specific processes.
What do you think was the biggest influence in your photography?
I was always attracted by art as far as I can remember: painting, sculpture, anything that needed creativity. It 's a way for me to escape the routine of life, that's why photography fulfills me. The way you see the world through your camera, just a moment, once in a lifetime, each photograph is unique and can't be reproduced. We can't stop life from continuing, but we can pause some instants forever, it's a kind of magic.
Which photograph that you've taken are you most proud of and why?
The next one probably, you always expect to get something special each time, it's a long search sometimes, the right place, the right moment, waiting for the suitable weather conditions, a quest that never ends!
But if I have to choose one today, it is XLight. This image surprised me, as I didn't take it during the blue hour. Normally, I avoid taking photos between 8am and 6pm as the light isn't at its best, but in this case the long exposure brought on the mood!
I have a destination at the top of my list - New Zealand, the southern island, amazing landscapes, a heaven. Maybe next year.
What are your plans with photography from here on out?
I would like to become a full time landscape photographer, continue to improve, travel as much as possible to bring back some visual gems, do some timelapse photography as good as TSO photography, and never stop being fascinated by our Earth's beauty.
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Sebleu has chosen to share with us some of his amazing Thai seascapes, captured during the most beautiful times of day and night.
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