It was a harsh year

Posted by on Dec 31, 2020 in Blog

It was a harsh year

I think nobody will argue with it. For me, it was so difficult that I think without my wonderful wife’s financial support I would have already returned to sales and worked in some pitiful store at best. Moreover, in the first half of the year, we were planning to move to another country. Obviously, we couldn’t make it due to the COVID-19. Another dream crashed. Best of all it could be described by the amazing song “Nothing Left To Say” by Imagine Dragons. Every word is just like my life and feelings during this no simple year. http://www.denischurin.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/Imagine-Dragons-Nothing-Left-To-Say-kissvk.com_.mp3 2020 also took several greatly talented people who were the landmarks in their spheres. One of them is Sean Connery (I won’t mention the others because they were Russians and you unlikely know them). But as for the creative side of my life, it was a great year. The best so far. I not only took part in an exhibition and got to the final in three photo contests but also have grown very much as a photographer. I compare my photographs taken a year ago to my latest ones and can see an enormous difference. I can even say that I got to the next level. And even more. Exactly this year, I launched my YouTube channel and started to do videography much more seriously. It was a year of immensely huge progress for me. And to walk this year off, I traditionally summing up with nine best photographs. Just like the last year, it is two nines but this time no commercial works at all. All of them were published during the year (but it doesn’t mean all were taken in 2020). The first group is the most liked on my Instagram account (I didn’t even consider Facebook because my photographs have too little attention there). The second one are the best photographs in my opinion. And as always, I believe that all the best is ahead! Thanks to everyone who follows me and liked my photographs! A special, most warm gratitude to those who commented on photographs, watched my videos, rated, and wrote comments on them! You have been really helping and supporting me! Happy New Year and Merry Christmas to everyone, my friends! Take care of yourself and your beloved ones. See you next year! Follow me on YouTube, Instagram, and Facebook. If you want to SUPPORT my YouTube channel or me personally, you can do it here: for the World, for...

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Duck tales

Posted by on Dec 2, 2020 in Blog

Duck tales

Recently, I have uploaded quite an interesting video on my YouTube channel. Actually, it called “Near The Old Fortress” because it was filmed not far from our local (Leningrad region, Russia) landmark called Krepost’ Oresheck or also known as Shlisselburg Fortress. That’s an ancient Russian stronghold placed on the island in Ladoga lake near the Neva river head. But although this fortress appears in the video and it really looks great, the main and most interesting part of the film to my mind is duck tales caught in the frame. It’s not only a sort of mallard yoga exercises but also a small confrontation between two types of ducks. You can check it by yourself: It was a real pleasure to me to work on this short story and, frankly speaking, I assess it as one of my best videos so far. Therefore, I really hope that you like it either. Follow me on YouTube, Instagram, and Facebook. If you want to SUPPORT my YouTube channel or me personally, you can do it here: for the World, for...

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Another photo contest finalist

Posted by on Nov 4, 2020 in Blog

Another photo contest finalist

About an hour ago, I suddenly found out that in September this year I became a finalist of an all-Russian photo contest called “Water of Russia is the water of Victory” which was dedicated to the 75-year anniversary of victory in The Great Patriotic War (in case you don’t know this is a part of World War II which started after the Nazi troops crossed the Soviet Union border in 22nd June 1941 and lasted until Nazi surrender in 8th May 1945). I have participated with my photo of the Osinovetsky lighthouse which is on the Ladoga lakeshore not far from one of the former points of The Road of Life (again, in case you don’t know: The Road of Life was the path for the boats in summer, late spring, and early autumn, and for lorries during winter by which food, medicine, and ammo were delivered to besieged Leningrad, and civil people and wounded soldiers in the opposite direction). Of course, now this place looks absolutely peaceful and even philistine. But if you read any book or watch any movie or footage about the blockade of Leningrad (since 1991 it’s again called Saint-Petersburg), you can clearly imagine all the severity of that time the witness of which was this lighthouse. Follow me on YouTube, Instagram, and Facebook. If you want to SUPPORT my YouTube channel or me personally, you can do it here: for the World, for...

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My long-length YouTube videos

Posted by on Oct 2, 2020 in Blog

My long-length YouTube videos

If you watch my YouTube videos regularly, you may notice that some of them have been presented in several parts. I would like to explain why and gather the parts of such videos in this post. For your convenience. At some moment, I made sure that my videos that are longer than say 5 minutes have less percentage of viewing. I mean the longer the video is the fewer people watch it completely. Of course, it didn’t surprise me a lot. I just had a weird hope that this tendency around the World to prefer videos less than a minute in length won’t touch my ones because “these videos are about nature!” or something like that. Quite naively isn’t it? Frankly speaking, I still convinced that this tendency doesn’t affect the videos on middle-size and especially big channels. At least, not as substantially as it happens to small and tiny ones such as mine for instance. Therefore, I decided to divide my video called “Forest Flowers” that turned out about 7 minutes long into two parts. Here’s the first one: The good thing about this video is that it could be watched in both ways: as a whole story in two parts and as two separate stories. You can assess it by yourself watching the second part: My next video called “Field, Flowers, And Storm” turned out even longer. That’s why I divided it into even three parts! And if the story in the previous video was very simple (just a walk through the wonderful spring forest with its first flowers), this one is a bit more complex. It starts with the first part in which we can see quite usual events for my trip videos: I came to some location, look over it and then go photographing. But this time, the video ends with the sounds on the black screen. Sort of hint about what will happen in the second part. And the second part doesn’t deceive expectations: it shows the raging element, thunderstorm in all its terrifying beauty. Here I want to mention that I was caught by the thunderstorm in real and got completely wet, and at some moment was even scared a lot by the thunder that boomed exactly above me. So, according to the art laws, this is the climax of the story: The third part is a quite calm ending of the story. According to the laws, again. It shows nature after the thunderstorm: clean, green, and happy. But this part contains a little bit tense moment yet when I found a strange construction in the field and realize its purpose: Well, I hope this post was useful and interesting enough for you! Follow me on YouTube, Instagram, and Facebook. If you want to SUPPORT my channel, you can do it here: for the World, for...

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International photo contest finalist and exhibition participant

Posted by on Sep 19, 2020 in Blog

International photo contest finalist and exhibition participant

Yesterday, there were announced the results of the III World Eco Photo Contest by the Russian Union of Wildlife Photographers. More than 1000 participants from 56 countries took part in this contest. And I became one of the finalists in the Landscape nomination! Thus, this is my second final during this year. Plus, at the end of July, one of my photographs participated in the “Art Geography of the Leningrad region” exhibition which was placed in the exhibition center of Saint-Petersburg Union of Artists in the heart of the city. It means that this year is already the richest in achievements for me so far. Nevertheless, I, as usual, believe that the best events are still ahead! Follow me on YouTube, Instagram, and...

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A real short movie

Posted by on Aug 24, 2020 in Blog

A real short movie

Today, on 24th August, I published on my YouTube channel the result of my 4.5-months-long work. That’s a dedication to my passed away cat Odysseus. He died this day two years ago. It was and still one of my heaviest losses. Many people, I think, may say that this is nonsense to suffer about a cat. But to my mind, it doesn’t matter who is this soul which has connected to your one… Well, enough about that. I already told it all in my video by the visual language. And, of course, with the great help of music which I thoroughly selected for several days. Now, I want to talk about the artistic edge of this video. In fact, it was made according to all art laws of movies: it has a prologue with its musical theme (amazing “Filaments” by wonderfully talented Scott Buckley) which are simultaneously a counterpoint; it also has a fun main part with its joyful mood introducing a smart and cute cat to the viewers; it has a dramatic climax which is concurrent by its mood to the music; finally, it has a catharsis including acceptance and a logical completion with the suitable musical theme, again (great “Jamtastic” by no less wonderfully talented Alexander Nakarada). Further, I used color and monochrome parts to explain the mood: how pale and grey becomes life after a heavy loss; how still bright the recollections are in our memory and how color slightly returns to our life after we accept what’s happened. I also say with this video that nature is probably the greatest healer. Not time but nature. It doesn’t mean that pain is getting lighter. But it’s much easier to get used to the loss with the help of nature. Moreover, this film contains an interesting intersection: my figure looks at the completely white window in the prologue and climax and it turns clear why when we see a final photograph where the cat looks at the viewer from the similar white light surrounding him. That’s a visual hint about the place where all great creatures come after death. It’s like in Eric Clapton’s “Tears In Heaven”: Would you know my name If I saw you in heaven? Would it be the same If I saw you in heaven? I must be strong and carry on ‘Cause I know I don’t belong here in heaven. YouTube, Instagram, and...

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Finalist in the International contest of visual arts

Posted by on Jul 1, 2020 in Blog

Finalist in the International contest of visual arts

At the end of June, I became a finalist in the “RGB” international contest of visual arts by Moscow Government Culture Department. Both my photographs, “Quiet” and “Cold Dawn”, were qualified for the final. Therefore, I decided to share with you the small stories behind these photographs. This photo is called “Quiet” and it was taken in December 2019 when it was abnormally warm even for the territory near the Baltic Sea. I deliberately came to that forest because of the weather: rainy, foggy, quite warm (for winter), and cloudy sky. I’ve been waiting for such weather for several months and planned the trip. The only problem was to find a decent plot and catch it before dark due to very short daylight hours. Now, I tend to think that this very shot became one of the first which marked my transition to the next level as a photographer. The “Cold Dawn” photo was taken during my trip to the Ladoga lakeshore in January this year. Actually, I managed to tell the story behind this (and several others) photo in my “Sun, ice, and snow” video on my YouTube channel. You can watch it right here, below. And I can only add that this was a planned trip, again, and I had to wake up at 4:30 am in order to get to the spot, which is 150 km far from my home, before the sunrise. Although the temperature was just -15 degrees C it was very cold because of the strong and icy wind. Moreover, in one moment I suddenly fell through the ice so had to wander the most part of the day with my feet wet. In conclusion, I just want to say that if you want to support me and my channel, you can do it here: for the World, for Russia. You don’t need to spend a lot by the way! It would be a great help anyway! P.S.: Follow me on YouTube, Instagram, and...

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What my YouTube channel is about

Posted by on Jun 12, 2020 in Blog

What my YouTube channel is about

As you may already know, I launched my YouTube channel at the end of February. Is it so or not, you are unlikely one of my subscribers due to there is only 27 of them yet. Therefore, I decided to tell a bit what my channel is about and what I’m going to do there in the future. The first two types of videos with which I started my channel are the short films about a landscape photographer’s trips and slide shows of my best photographs shot before 2020. I’m hardly going to keep making slide show videos further because the idea was just to introduce my channel newcomers with my best previous photographs. To my mind, three of them are enough. As for the short films about my photographic trips, I’m going to proceed to make them especially considering that I already shot a small bunch of footage. Furthermore, now I think that it could be interesting to many people because I always try to show something special be it an interesting foreshortening or a whole story told in the video like it was, for example, in the “Escape From Home” short film: Besides, I already started to shoot the footage which will become a series of videos all connected with one general line. And this line will come to its climax and reveal the sense in a few months. To be clear, I made a welcome video that automatically shows on my channel’s main page. You can watch it here: Now about my future plans. Honestly, I already posted one video that I differ from photographic trip films. It differs not much actually. The point is that this type of video is not about photographer trips but about landscapes and wildlife. So, there’s no ugly me in the frame, only beautiful nature! Additionally, I’m going to start my tutorial video series. They won’t be about post-processing the images so far due to I don’t have the equipment to catch the screen, and I don’t plan to buy it for the time being. Of course, it would depend on my channel viewers’ requests first of all. If there’s enough to start, I will do it for sure. By now, that’s not so. Therefore, I will start with “in the field“ tutorials. I don’t want to make another obvious video about the rule of thirds, equipment for long exposure photography, etc. in addition to the tons of thousands similar ones already existing on YouTube. It makes no sense. Opposite, I’m going to talk about some simple tips and, maybe, reveal small secrets of landscape photography. About the things that I learned during the last 4.5 years that I’ve been doing photography daily, plus more than 7 years when I was doing it periodically. I want to make something different. I can’t tell when exactly I will post the first tutorial and what it’ll be about. For now, I only plan the first shooting, choose the necessary equipment, write the scenario, think over where to do it. That’s not as easy as I wish because I have not enough equipment and not much time but I firmly decided to try. Of course, that’s not all. I think about my channel development every day, so I will invent something else interesting....

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How I became a photographer, pt.3

Posted by on May 12, 2020 in Blog

How I became a photographer, pt.3

[Read Part 1. The Beginning] [Read Part 2. Don’t Drown!] Fails And Hope Back then, in 2015, I suddenly realized, that there will be no other attempts to live. You can’t load the last successful saving and redo something that you didn’t like previously. Time is leaking out. And nobody shouts you about that, nobody shakes you, nobody force you to change something to finally become happy in what you’re doing. Maybe, only a couple of persons who really love you (and also smart and brave enough) can do it if you’re lucky. In my case, such a person became my wife. She made me stop for a second and think about what I really want to do in my life. In fact, it happened in 2012. Three years more we spent to invent the way of changing our lives, to prepare anything for this change, to make up our minds for this most important step, for doubts of course, and… to fail. But as it always shows in inspiring movies, we didn’t give up. We left our jobs and went to the countryside. I became a pro photographer. We tried to earn money as freelancers. And we failed again. That doesn’t mean we weren’t earning anything at all but we couldn’t make our living. And we slowly but surely spent our modest savings. On the other hand, that was a very useful period of time. We had a lot of time to think. We’ve strengthened our connection, we’ve learned to support each other in the best possible way. Finally, we have decided not to give up. Again. We had to step off our way for a while but we still kept our faith. We came back to the city, found new jobs (my one was in product photography), and were still searching for the possibilities. It’s been three and a half years since that moment. And we failed again. But about a couple of weeks ago, we suddenly found one more way, unexpected for us… I have no idea if we manage to make it in our way. Will it happen just like in mentioned inspiring movies? Or we’ll fail again just like it was so many times? Who knows? But even if we fail, we will know that made everything we could to change what we’re unsatisfied with. We will know that at least we tried. [Read Part 1. The Beginning] [Read Part 2. Don’t Drown!] P.S.: Follow me on YouTube,...

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How I became a photographer, pt.2

Posted by on Apr 3, 2020 in Blog

How I became a photographer, pt.2

[Read Part 1. The Beginning] Don’t Drown! In fact, I hadn’t really dived into photography till my 36. To my mind, that was that actual moment in life when you take a look back on years behind and realize that it’s about a half of an average lifetime has passed, and you still didn’t have enough time to enjoy what you’re doing. Because your job isn’t interesting you; on your weekends, you feel tired and too lazy to go out somewhere for shooting or even to stay at home and learn some processing technique; only on your vacation, you feel and notice a life, the taste and vision come back to you, and you shoot, shoot, shoot, and then come back home, and… return to your job and, again, have no time (actually, strength and wish!) to process all this bunch of RAW files. If you now are in such a situation, let me give you a bit of tiny advice. If you don’t mind. Just shoot in jpeg with the picture style you like. Then either show the best images you took to anyone you want or find and download free Lightroom presets, install Lightroom on your computer, learn its basics in one or two days, and get the result that won’t be looking dull and boring as unprocessed RAW files. That’s it! Eventually, the most important is to enjoy what you’re doing. If you don’t like to spend much time processing your images, so don’t do it! Don’t turn your favorite hobby into another dull work! Of course, you should understand that doing this way you won’t get outstanding results. Your photos won’t look like the best examples of the World’s best photographers. But they’re living with photography. Every single moment is in it. Even if they don’t photograph or process at the moment, they plan a forthcoming shooting and learn the location. If not so, they think over how exactly, where, and what to shoot. If not all that previous, they study a new technique or some unfamiliar equipment. Even if not all the mentioned, then they just look around and find the interesting object, the good foreshortening, probably simultaneously with some other activity be it just a walk with their dog or washing the dishes, whatever. For them, that’s not already a hobby. That’s their entire life. Read further: Part 3. Fails And Hope [Read Part 1. The Beginning] P.S.: Follow me on YouTube,...

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