Nick Ulivieri Wins #CalumetGenContest!
Thank you to all of our participants in the Instagram contest #CalumetGenContest! The results are in and we had more than three hundred pictures participate on Instagram!
Congratulations to our winner, Nick Ulivieri from Chicago, IL for his image of the Milky Way in northern Wisconsin. Nick will win a Genesis 400 Lighting Kit, which comes with everything you need to get started with studio lighting. We had the chance to interview Nick about his image, his instagram, and his photography. Be sure to read his answers below, and don’t forget to check out his tutorial for creating your own Milky Way shots!
Here’s the winning Instagram shot:
How did you hear about Calumet’s Instagram contest? How will winning it and this new gear help your photography?
I saw it on the Calumet Photo Facebook page. Photography is all about the right light, and the Genesis light kit will give me more of it when I need it. If there’s one thing that’s for certain: You can never have too much light.
Where was this image taken?
This image was taken in the Northwoods of Wisconsin, about a six hour drive north of Chicago. More specifically, I was standing on a dock on Two Sisters Lake in Newbold, Wisconsin.
What type of gear did you use to achieve this shot?
Where are you from?
I’m from Chicago. I was raised in the suburbs, and moved into the city upon graduating college in 2007.
What was it like to shoot in the middle of the country after taking so many images in an urban environment?
It was totally relaxing; quiet, dark and easy going. This was the first time I saw the Milky Way in person. I’ve always been fascinated with astronomy and space, so to finally see it with my own two eyes was a pretty special experience. To be honest, I didn’t even plan to shoot the Milky Way because I just expect light pollution everywhere I go. It wasn’t until night fell about five hours into our drive that I realized just how dark it was up there, and that seeing the Milky Way was a distinct possibility.
This particular photo was taken on my second night of shooting, after I had gotten all of the typical Milky-Way-arcing-across-the-southern-sky type photos I could. I was just about ready to start packing up my gear to head back up the hill to rejoin the party, when I realized this landscape would make for an awesome photo if it came out how I envisioned. And it did.
What is your best advice to someone trying to capture a night scene similar to this?
A high-quality, sturdy tripod is your best friend. You could have the most expensive, high quality camera on the market, but if you put it on a flimsy tripod none of that matters when your photo is blurry.
I wrote a tutorial to shoot the Milky Way based on my findings on my blog which you can find here: http://www.nickulivieriphotography.com/blog/photo-tutorial-gallery-the-milky-way/
Here’s another shot that Nick submitted to our contest that we liked:
What is your favorite part about using Instagram to share your images? How long have you been using Instagram? Do you like it more for personal or professional photography?
I’ve been using Instagram since February of 2012, and I’ve really come to love the community. I’ve connected with some really cool people, been introduced to some great artwork, and taught techniques to novices who wanted to improve their photography skills. It really is just a fun place to be if you have a passion for photography.
I like to think I use Instagram mostly for pleasure, but as a commercial photographer, I feel like every photo I post is a reflection on the quality of my work. While I don’t actively push my services or try and sell artwork through Instagram, I’d be remiss if I didn’t hope that by posting quality imagery, clients or contract work might follow.