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Comments on this portfolio:

Johannes Felten , June 05, 2004; 06:49 P.M.

Your porfolio is very good. Especially your fantasy work deserves the highest rating for originality. Your rating of 3 for my "The Big Blue" is a little mean, considering that there are hardly any underwater photos on pn at all, to start with. Does this mean I should rate your landscapes and trees and sunsets with 2 or 1? After all, even though they are very beautiful, we've seen everything, right? Sunsets and trees and birds etc. by the thousands!

Joe Reilly , June 11, 2004; 06:16 P.M.

trees

I agree with above comment. Oh Hum, another tree, but different. Keep up the good work It is very pleasing, as far as trees go.

Ugur Atila , June 18, 2004; 10:14 P.M.

selam bi fotografima rating kullanmissin vakit ayirdigin icin cok tesekkkurler. ortalama bi ratng kullanmissin (4)hatta en dusuk rating i veren sensin. bende cok iyi bi fotograf oldugu kanisinda degilim. iyi olmayan gozune carpan seyleri de coment yazarsan cok memnun olurum.(tercihen ingilizce yazarsan digerleri de anlayabilir) portfolion gercekten guzel tabrikler. mail atmadm buraya yazd?m kusura bakma sen okuduktan sonra silecegim. iyi calismalar. sevgiler.

A Monty , June 27, 2004; 05:23 P.M.

Please quantify anything 3 or below with a supportive comment

that is just manners my friend.

Mehmet Ozgur , June 29, 2004; 11:45 A.M.

Ratings

I realized that many PN members were offended by my ratings, which is not really a surprise, but it has NOT been my intention. Let me first say that I rate the pictures based on my photographic experience and my overall artistic taste not based on other expectations or personal ties.

I am a new member of the PN community but have been following its progress for a long time.

During this time, I've observed the ratings go higher and higher without apparent increase in quality of pictures. Noone seems to admit but there is an expectation that you buy good/bad rating by a good/bad rating.

I am not sure what this rating game is good for?

If you'll accept only the good ratings but not the bad ones, then you are taking the ratings TOO seriously. In grand scheme of things, If your work is really good, the law of large numbers will determine the true value of your work, not the single number rendered by me.

I am not a good photographer. I do not pretend to be a good photographer, if you are offended by my ratings you can simply blame me as an ignorant and mean person. Hope that relieves the pain somewhat.

However, please do not get your hopes high or low with the ratings game, especially if the number of ratings is "statistically insignificant".

Erik Adams , July 26, 2004; 01:55 P.M.

A very nice portfolio. Some of these images are stunning in their composition and color. Where can I find some trained birds like that? Just kidding. What I'd really like is to able to compose pictures this well. Can this be learned, or do you "have it" or not?

Mehmet Ozgur , July 26, 2004; 09:27 P.M.

Can this be learned?

Thank you Erik. I'd not dare to claim that I know the basis of "shared tastes and values". IMHO, some of key principles of composition can be taught, but it is up to the person to follow these leads.

The beauty is truly in the eye of the beholder. It is good to see folks that have similar eyes.

Alec Ee , August 02, 2004; 11:38 A.M.

Unique

Mehmet, you don't have to play the ratings game. Your pictures stand out by itself. Congratulations.

Emilie Kac , November 02, 2004; 08:45 A.M.

7/7 ! ;o)

Beautiful indeed!!

Christopher Knittel , November 16, 2004; 02:27 P.M.

Great portfolio!

Thanks for sharing. chris

Charlotte Lewis , December 12, 2004; 01:44 P.M.

Fabulous

I love your black and whites.

Aykan ÖZENER , December 21, 2004; 10:30 A.M.

Bravo!!!!

EXCELLENT PORTFOLIO!!!

F. Monteiro , January 14, 2005; 11:52 A.M.

Fantastic B&W's, excellent portfolio! Congrats.

Biliana Rakocevic , January 25, 2005; 11:19 A.M.

Brillant PortofolioS

My compliments for such Beauties in your PortofolioS! My respects, Biliana

Mehmet Tüzün , April 23, 2005; 03:25 A.M.

Cok guzel bir portfolyo. Burada olmaniz sevindirici. Paylasiminiz icin tesekkurler. Selam ve sevgiler.

Alin Cinca , May 07, 2005; 10:46 A.M.

WOW.... You got the most amaizing gallery I've ever seen. I'm speachless

abdiel waheed , June 07, 2005; 04:45 A.M.

Glad to find you. Shall come back soon again. Thanks for sharing.

Guillermo Aguirre-Condit , July 07, 2005; 08:19 P.M.

Great!

I like your photos, almost paintings, your are very creative.

Gustavo Orensztajn , July 08, 2005; 01:31 A.M.

I take my hat, this is one of the best portfolos I've seen here. Excellent creativity and beatiful photos. Excellent work!

Bill Foster , July 12, 2005; 01:41 P.M.

This is a great portfolio, Mehmet. I've seen a lot of PS work here an Photonet, but this is some of the best. You combine a great original shot with really good digital work. Good job!

Mark Anthony Kathurima , July 26, 2005; 01:22 A.M.

Wonderful!

Mehmet, your work is truly outstanding! I'm just starting out, so it's great for me to see such high quality work so I can really push myself photographically. As for ratings, I agree about the statistics of it. I personally would much rather prefer a rating with a comment on possible improvements.

Best regards from Kenya, Mark

www.photo.net/photos/mk-pixology

Roberto Roseano , July 27, 2005; 03:16 P.M.

VIP

Very Impactful Portfolio. Bravo. mandi, Roberto

James Wages , August 11, 2005; 11:35 P.M.

Unique and fresh

I enjoy very much the work that you have done.

F.J. Sarmiento , August 15, 2005; 06:55 P.M.

WOWZA!

I am in absolute AWE of your masterpieces! Definitely adding you to my INTERESTING list! Congratulations!

Ali B. Sufyan , August 16, 2005; 06:33 A.M.

hello

I am not sure if I like your photo's more or your opinion about ratings. ingilizcesi iyi olmad� ama umar�m anlatabilmisimdir :) regards

Kamran Efendiev , August 19, 2005; 12:27 A.M.


Sayin Mehmet bey, fotograflarinizi begenmemek mumkun degil. Ilk basta dumura ugradim 'WOW mukemmel fotograflar!' diye. Fakat iki gun sonra farkettim ki fotograflarinizda asiri teknoloji kokusu var. Fotograflar hala guzel fakat keske teknolojiden bukadar fazla yararlanmamis olsaydiniz diyorum. Mesela su iki fotografiniza bakilirsa farkli manzaralar ama bulutlar ayni...

Mehmet Ozgur , August 19, 2005; 10:14 A.M.

Image-making or picture-taking ?

Dear Kamran, I made no secret that I use PS in my images. As I repeatedly wrote and declared, it is not very productive to try to define what photography is or should be. Personally, I find "purist" approaches, which limits the manipulations to photographs to varying degrees, too restrictive, especially in this digital age. Creativity should not and must NOT end with a click of a shutter. Creativity should not and must not end with what can be done in analog ways. (having said this, I can make very similar analog prints to two images you pointed in traditional darkroom too. I spent far too long in the darkroom to appreciate what the new age has brought.) At the same time, I am NOT for senseless digital manipulations for the sake of art.

I am NOT trying to mislead, or fool anybody. I do use PS to create some of my images. When I do, I do state as such. You may view such manipulations as cheap tricks to get noticed, yet, I feel this is the next logical step in the "art" of photography, to explore far reaches of the imagination. Again, I'll be quick to admit that I'm not as good as pros or others on the PN, in digital manipulations, nevertheless, it hurts me to see comments that suggest as if I am trying to hide something for no clear benefit to me or anybody else.

Mehmed Aziz , September 06, 2005; 06:06 P.M.

harika foftograflariniz var!elinize saglik!

Robert Semnic , September 07, 2005; 03:33 A.M.

panorama, landscape, smoke - great

David Kenedy , September 07, 2005; 08:49 P.M.

Blown Away

Well you're difinately well on your way to be a very successful visual artist by the looks of your outstanding portfolio here. My favorite part is the "smoke works". Simply amazing. I've tried taking good pictures of smoke in the past but never seemed to get the lighting right and lost intrest to other subjects. You've got it down and it shows, PS or not. I am wondering how you were able to manipulate the smoke in such a way, it looks like a long exposure, or is it just digital effects? I suppose it could be a little of both.

One thing I would like to see is an invert image; white background, black smoke. Just an artistic opinion, of course.

Thanks for sharing your work! I will be checking back on your progress.

Giuseppe Circhetta , September 08, 2005; 06:52 A.M.

Great colors,

nice composition and great PS skills. I'd like to know more about the smoke picture. Email me if you have time.Thanks!

Emrah Icten , September 08, 2005; 07:40 A.M.

sevgili mehmet cok iyi bir portfolyo islerin cok basarili ...

ulkemizden boyle yetenekli sanatcilar ciktikca seviniyorum ...

tebrikler ...

saygilarimla...

Emad abdulmotaleb , September 08, 2005; 07:14 P.M.

i don't know how much time u spend there with ur ps ....' not short for sure" but what i like is that u are able to use ur art to say what 's on ur mind...that is so visionary and inspiring

Pooya Nabei , September 09, 2005; 04:25 A.M.

WoW

That's all i can say!

Anam Vaughn , September 14, 2005; 11:54 P.M.

Transcendental

Your work reaches beyond the human eye and into the human psyche. It's like meditating with the soul through the eyes. Just beautiful work. I wanted others to see so used one of your photos and linked this page. I hope it's okay.

Kamran Efendiev , September 15, 2005; 10:58 A.M.

Dear Mehmet

Dear Mehmet, First I have to apologize for misunderstanding, I've just read my comment again and I guess I didn't congratulate u at first thus leading to such a conflict. Offcourse it is not easy to make such a portfolio and offcourse you should have a certain ability to work with the digital. I didn't mean to blame the one for using PS, instead I was just dissapointed, cause at first I thought these were originals! That's the only thing I was trying to mention. Keep good work. Take Care

Carola Onkamo (former Lundmark) , September 28, 2005; 02:39 A.M.

Incredible Portfolio !!

You?re photos take my breath away!!
Inspirating.

Batu Kilinch , September 28, 2005; 08:56 P.M.

Portfolio so profound! Bravo. Tebrikler. Keep up the excellent work.

Vitaly Kovalevich , September 29, 2005; 08:41 A.M.

Your BW pixs are wonderfull. Great! I am very much impressed!

Emrah Icten , October 01, 2005; 05:13 P.M.

perfect photo ...

i saw your Portfolio digital photo ...

congats ...

Mert Onengut , October 18, 2005; 09:02 P.M.

Awesome

Dear Mehmet; Excellent portfolio,very creative&powerfull.BRAVO.

manolya cooper , October 22, 2005; 11:41 P.M.

dear photographer,

ingilizce yazmak isterdim ve diger yabanci uyruklu arkadaslarin anlamasi icin ama insanin kendi dili ile guzel sozler yazmasi daha guzel ,ve bende ana dilim kadar ingilizce konusamadigim icin turkce yazmakda sakinca olmaz umarim ,resimleriniz birbirinden guzel bizlerle guzel olan hobbynizi paylasmaniz cok guzel ,manzara resimleri kendinize ait oldugunu biliyorum ama manzara resimleri kendinizmi cekiyorsunuz oyle ise zor olmuyormu guzel manzaralari yakalamaniz mevsimine gore, yada boyle guzel manzaralari tekrar bizlerle paylasdiginiz icin tesekkurler yeni resinleriniz geldigi zaman yazicagimdan emin olun.gercekden hepsi cok guzel ....size ve yorum yazici arkadaslara HAYIRLI RAMAZANLAR .....

Francesco Ces , November 09, 2005; 09:45 A.M.

Just my two cents on two things: 1. Digital Manipulation.. 2. Your photos

So, 1. Manipulation (debate is and will remain for a while now - open) it starts from the moment you put your eye on the viewfinder - you censor what the others will see...you chose what to show me , what yu live out, the angle, perspective, approach, expression, copmposition...then you use filters...neutral, coolers, warmers, polarizers, graduals whatnot...then you change my perception through "distorsions" via optics , you show me the world compressed through a telephoto or streched through a widelens or really distorted through fish eye...all this to say that your photos dear Mehmet are wonderfully mastered! Your "clean" stile, your powerful expression and penetrating perspectives dazzle me. If you are a fake, talk about Dali... I agree there is a kind of manipulation that it is deceptive, not yours. YOU PROVED YOU ARE JUST AS GOOD IN CLASSICAL photo. your trees series are just amazing, captivating and you need to continue sharing your work with us. I see people being bothered by your ratings (just the low ones) without comment. You might want to address that by leaving a short comment along..it would (i guess) really help them. Congrats, look forward to more... FrancescoM

Todd Kuhns , November 09, 2005; 11:48 A.M.

I don't stop at many photographers work anymore in wonder, impressed with every image. I did with your work. Very nice. The smoke stuff is intriging.

Wei Liu , November 10, 2005; 04:05 P.M.

Wonderful gallery, very inspring and interesting work.

mohamad itani , November 22, 2005; 08:12 A.M.

hi

your portfolio is very inspiring great work

Tuhin Saha , November 23, 2005; 07:24 A.M.

A Visual Feast ..

Great artist and I like your no fuss attitude ; would love to interact and learn something from you :) ..

Warm rgds and best wishes .

Mehmet Ali Akgun , November 23, 2005; 11:52 P.M.

All of your pictures are great but

I loved looking at your paintings or should I say "photoshoppings" but as far as I am concerned, they are not "photographs". We probably should find another word and definition for what you are doing 'cuz like I said, I just can't bring myself to call them photographs.

Mario Spalla , November 24, 2005; 06:43 A.M.

WOOOOOW!!

YOU're A mASTER!!! My Best CONgraTS!!

Carlo Ottaviano Casana , November 25, 2005; 04:14 A.M.

Outstanding portfolio! Perfect PS technique! Brilliant eye!

Major Black , November 26, 2005; 02:29 P.M.

I am a harsh critic. That said, I really like your work. You are right to explore PS techniques. To not do so is limiting. It is an artists duty to explore, to go beyond, if they are able. The smoke series is interesting. I hope that you continue with it. It's something that I have planned to do but now that you've done it so well, I'll explore a different path. The "flop technique" is an interesting and simple one that certainly can be done without PS for those who condemn such things. You have much talent! Keep going!

Mehmet Ozgur , December 01, 2005; 04:18 P.M.

This I believe

A photographer's manifesto

I believe that the beauty is in the eye of the beholder. There is no universal beauty encoded in our DNAs. There are many group of people that enjoy different kind of beauty. Nevertheless, I do believe that the beauty is part of all human-beings. We get the same universal pleasure when we see something we like.

I believe that a photograph, alone, does not have a meaning. A lone picture is like a single note in a symphony, or a single frame in a movie. Viewers are likely to create personal contexts wrapped around pictures and attribute deep meanings to them. However good or bad this may be for a picture, noone should assume that these assigned attributes are universal.

I believe in the "state of the art", defined as the highest level of development, as of device, technique, or scientific field, achieved at a particular time. Accordingly, the art I love is unique, aesthetic presentation of technical skills and new ideas.

A photograph may or may not be a piece of art. I believe there are billions of photographs that do not meet the stated criteria of "art". The art photographs are rare and far in between.I believe it is not the rarity of art but the triteness of majority of photographic works that makes real art so precious.

I believe I am in an everlasting competition with one thousand really good photographers with their top-of-the-line cameras, lenses and other toys. They wake up earlier, know all the best spots and models. They are bigger, smarter, stronger and most importantly luckier. They see everything I see.

I believe a photographer, however alone he or she may be, if he cannot feel the urge to compete with one thousand other photographers, and does not look for the best angle, does not wait for the best light, does not force himself for the best presentation, ultimately cannot elevate his work above those who do these things.

I believe a picture can be extremely simple, yet very powerfull piece of art. These are the most difficult, and rarest pieces of art, as they crystalize years of experience to few bits, and take geniuses to see, to create.

I believe, "idea" speaks louder than any single part of the work. Idea makes the photography personal. Idea is the invisible signature of the photographer that can make the work visible through the ages.

I thank the great masters that inspired me and countless others. I thank J. Uelsmann, G. Rowell, A. Wolfe, J. Shaw, JP Caponigro, B. Barnbaum, A. Adams, H. Hirler, B. Kim, T. Herbrich, H. Kuztler, S. Salgado, J. Nachtwey and F. Kuan.

Davide Tizzoni , December 14, 2005; 08:33 A.M.

Great Portfolio, fantastic works...bravo!!

Rick Denney , December 14, 2005; 05:44 P.M.

Definition of "Photograph" that might help you fend off complaints

I am as impressed by your words as your images, and as a veteran in other forums concerning what is and isn't a photograph, I propose the following definition:

A photograph is an image made by projecting light onto a sensitized surface.

Subsequent manipulation doesn't make it any less so, even when things are rearranged (which as you say, we have always done in the darkroom when it suited our artistic objective). Nothing in the image is "drawn" or "painted".

But even if details are drawn or painted, it's still a photograph, just as a retouched or hand-colored photograph of old is still a photograph.

Your panoramic landscape work reminds me of the paintings of Frederick Church in many ways. They have so much scope to them that they invite getting lost in the details.

Rick "who has made enough contrast masks, dodged and burned in enough, and who has filtered the padooey out of enough enlargements to know that digital manipulation is merely a new tool to accomplish an old task" Denney

Mehmet Ozgur , January 06, 2006; 07:26 P.M.

What is photography II ?

I resisted with no avail. I fear it won't be complete and I fear it will lose some of its magic. Yet, my biggest fear is misinterpretations of my views. Therefore, I must state this before I proceed: these are my humble views. Agreing or disagreeing with me will probably not change my views and I really do not expect to change your views either.

Following Rick's lead,and essentially the same as his definition, mein will be two-tier:.

First, "source photograph" is an image made by projecting light onto a sensitized surface.

Second, photograph is a new image created by analog or digital manipulations on one or more source photograph(s).

A photograph is not an ART, if it does not have an artistic vision.

I applaud the artist who can distill his/her vision into an image by any means, with or without traditional methods. It is more than the path taken, tools used, but the resulting image, that I really appreciate. Unlike many who say it is the process that they like, personally, beyond the process, I really do enjoy the result. The process itself has no source of happiness, if there is no results.

I do not limit the artistic vision to a release of the shutter, just because this has been the norm. Art of photography is more, much more than what a dumb sensor can capture, else, we would have seen almost everything there to see.

Enjoy life,

Bill Press , January 09, 2006; 09:32 P.M.

Extraordinary!

Mehmet, I spent a good deal of time going through your portfolio and I must say that it is amazing what i found. Your imagination, sense of perfection and creative vision are all over these images. Keep sharing your amazing photographic journey. There are a lot of us who could learn and follow your steps.

Eileen LL , January 18, 2006; 11:15 A.M.

Kudos

Dear Mehmet,

I started out by rating some of your recent photos but when I looked at your complete portfolio, I realized that my ratings don't make for any real sense. You have one of the most beautiful collection of photo-art I've ever come across in my very humble short beginnings in this "world". I do not claim to know when a photographer is a master or not but your photos have striked a chord in me, not to mention your views on this artform. Should you one day ever feel compelled to give me a rating or an honest critique (bad or good), I shall consider it an honour and a real compliment. I shall be looking out for more of your work. Thanks for sharing.

Eileen

Todd Bennett , January 21, 2006; 06:38 P.M.

Very impressive work.

Gözde Dinler , January 23, 2006; 07:24 A.M.

perfect / mukemmel

kusursuz bir yaraticilik tebriklerimle ...

duman serisi ozellikle bir harika ...

***

perfect portfolio of smokes ...

Ghiga 2 , January 24, 2006; 01:53 P.M.

A very strong and beautiful portfolio!

Dominick Clos , January 31, 2006; 01:25 P.M.

A lot of work in your port folio. Good works! But I personnally, prefers original pictures than computer work! I respect your work, you are a special effect artist.

Oktay Ýybar , February 04, 2006; 10:55 P.M.

Dear Mehmet ! Great and beaitiful portfolio.Nice works.Bravo.

J Perez , February 25, 2006; 01:55 A.M.

It has been said many times in these comments but I must say it again, WOW!!!

joakim johansson , March 15, 2006; 01:58 P.M.

You have a dream portfolio. Every single photo is Gorgeous good worke! /joakim

Marek Mengel , March 21, 2006; 01:53 A.M.

Wonderful landscapes, real art.

Dushan B. Hadnadjev , March 25, 2006; 01:01 A.M.

Greetings

Very nice portfolio!

Best Wishes, Dushan

d.

Dave Foster , March 31, 2006; 05:32 P.M.

Really quite impressive. I am particularly fond of the low-light panoramics. Awesome!

Isaac Madera , April 09, 2006; 02:41 P.M.

I found my new favorite photographer. Please take that as a complement because there are other amazing photographers that I have been following on this site.

C.H. Eldridge , May 07, 2006; 12:37 P.M.

Nice Computerography!

Seeing we've been back and forth on one shot, I thought it would be polite to check out all of your work. I tend to be more of a fan of "real life photography", but your work has given me a break from the norm, and has been stimulating to my brain, and I thank you for that. If this sort of work pleases you, then that's great. I choose to spend my time in the field looking for that one of a kind shot, than in front of the computer generating it. Individuality is a good thing! Regards, Charles

Malcolm Harrison , June 21, 2006; 10:29 A.M.

Some people take photographs and some people paint with a camera! Beautiful work Mehmet.

Thank you.

Malcolm

Jose A Gallego , June 28, 2006; 12:00 P.M.

Gran trabajo y buen gusto

Tienes una galeria magnifica, un buen gusto asombroso para los paisajes, y una gran tendencia a idealizar los lugares. Puede que esto ultimo haya gente que no le guste, pero lo cierto es que fabricas imagenes de gran calidad y que atrapan al que las mira. Enhorabuena por este trabajo. Un saludo

Recep Gulec , June 28, 2006; 07:21 P.M.

super/perfect

ingilizcem iyi olmadigi icin turkce yaziyorum. tek kelimeyle harika. basarilarinizin devamini dilerim.

Greg Scott , June 28, 2006; 09:08 P.M.

New Dimensions

I find these photographs very intriguing! I don't know if you've invented this genre, but you're definitely a master of it.

A.K. Sircar , June 29, 2006; 12:11 P.M.

Spellbound

I am amazed to view your excellent images,so original and creative art. You have mastered this medium very well. Best regards.

Katja Faith , June 30, 2006; 12:01 P.M.

Mehmet, all I can say is just : I've never seen anything like this!! Your pictures are like a fairy tale, they're so stunning!

Manuel Lao , July 14, 2006; 11:52 A.M.

Outstanding work!

You've got an incredible portfolio full of beauty :)

Giangiorgio Crisponi , July 15, 2006; 05:28 P.M.

bravo!!

Mehmet congratulations for your portfolio rich of very fine images, I appreciate your creativity, your fantasy worthy of a great artist as you are , bravo, bravo ciao Giangiorgio, thanks for sharing

sezer soylu , July 18, 2006; 07:32 P.M.

Tebriklerr

Cok guzel calismalar,umarim calismalariniz sergiliyorsunuzdur.

angeles naveiro , August 01, 2006; 11:48 A.M.

7/7 Perfect!

Really very nice portafolio.Love your work, is very motivate to me see works like yours. Thank you for sharing. Congratulations!

Georg Sandgren , August 04, 2006; 10:11 A.M.

Holy Smoke!

Inspiring photos and ps-work, indeed.

Regards! /Georg

Ebru Namli , August 08, 2006; 10:00 A.M.

amazing portfolio... excellent and artistic works... thank you for sharing your shots with us... congts. EN

Maria C , August 11, 2006; 09:58 P.M.

If there was a rating for PS work, I'd give you a 7. So little left of photography.

Salih Güler , September 18, 2006; 03:10 A.M.

.....

gurur duydum =)

Denise L , September 29, 2006; 01:32 P.M.

Inspiring

I'm a new photography and it was a pleasure to view your amazing work. Your words also make me question why I subject myself to ratings. I guess with the hope that a number,a comment,or a critique will help me to improve. It's a validation we all need or would we bother to submit our work ? Regards. Denise.

Wayne Pinkston , October 02, 2006; 10:06 A.M.

Wonderful portfolio.

Zara Sekerci , October 15, 2006; 11:02 P.M.

mükemmel

diecek hi砢i?i yok ba?ka

Stephen Smee , November 02, 2006; 09:46 P.M.

MEMS

Mehmet,

I'm impressed beyond words!

Hope life after graduate school has been good. Clearly the the photos have been.

Steve Smee

Andy Aungthwin , November 07, 2006; 02:07 A.M.

I honestly don't know what it is that people have against seeing something that is at the very least interesting, yet having to add "but".

Either you like it or you don't. If you like it, great; if you don't that's also cool.

If annoys me no end when someone looks at my work (as opposed to labelling them as photographs) and then say "did you use Photoshop?"

Can you build a house without a hammer? Well, yes. But why would you. The only thing that matters is the final product. My house looks great (after 6 years of hard work) and no one would be stupid enough to suggest that it only looks great because I used this and that tool.

So why are there so many who want to add "but"?

Mehmet, your work is outstanding. Thank you for sharing them with us all.

Micheal Kraml , November 07, 2006; 11:46 A.M.

Great photos. I find some of your panorama pics brilliant. Cheers, Micheal

Paul Maslanka , November 07, 2006; 12:38 P.M.

Excellent Work!

Mehmet, You indeed have a very impressive portfolio, keep up the good work. BTW, I agree with your rating methodology, that's probably why I seldom leave a rating! Paul

Eirik Holmøyvik , November 07, 2006; 04:07 P.M.

Congratulations with your smoke portfolio in Lenswork Magazine. It really looks good on print!

Best regards from a colleague in Lenswork #67.

Andreas Fischer , November 09, 2006; 01:02 P.M.

well done

dont know if i have written it already...but u have a great portfolio...well done

Paul Wegemann , November 11, 2006; 11:42 A.M.

Mehmet, Your work is amazing, and to me, inspirational. You are truly an artist. Best regards, Paul

Pavle Marjanovic , November 21, 2006; 09:05 A.M.

Bravo, maestro!

Chris Durnin , November 21, 2006; 10:42 A.M.

congrats

Also just wanted to say congratulations on the portfolio in the new Lenswork(for my money the best photography magazine being published). I have so much respect for this publication and for anyone who gets their work in it. Keep up the good work.

Best Regards, Chris

Daniel Beatty , December 20, 2006; 11:46 P.M.

Lenswork

Hey, new to PN and am surprised I found your work in here after just reading the Lenswork mag with your art in it. Blown away was the only way I could describe seeing some of your work. The orginality and dramatic composition in your smoke images is very impressive. I look forward to seeing more of your art.

Do you sell your work?

Daniel Beatty , December 21, 2006; 12:47 P.M.

Panoramics - Tripod

I would be interested to know how you approached your panoramic? Did you use a special tripod (panoramic tripod) , or just turn the lens on a normal tripod and shoot? Did the settings change for each photo or keep the same. Bracket? SOrry for the questions, new to panoramic and am interested in starting it.

Mehmet Ozgur , December 23, 2006; 05:57 P.M.

How to purchase prints of Mehmet Ozgur

I sell almost all the images seen above.

(Size)
High-aspect-ratio panoramas are only available in 10"-wide, others go up to 13"-wide. (Someday, when the printers improve, I'd like to offer larger versions as well.) In particular, images in the Smoke Works collection are available in 7" and 10" version only.

(Paper)
I'd like to print the monochrome images on matte finish, and color images on luster finish.

(Contact)
I dont have any galery representation, so interested parties should contact me directly here

Cheers,

-n.light.n-

Leszek Scholz , March 19, 2007; 05:56 A.M.

Mehmet - I am really impressed ! Pleasure to browse through your images.

Nihat Tekin , March 23, 2007; 08:30 A.M.

Tebrikler

Kardes resimler o bicim ! fakat cerceve yapmasan kanimca daha iyi olacak.

Photo Fun , April 03, 2007; 12:28 A.M.

Congrats.

Your portfolio it's a beautiful and fine piece of art.

Okan Metin , April 11, 2007; 05:51 A.M.

Tebrik ederim.

Marco Giardini , April 12, 2007; 03:31 P.M.

i'm fascinated by the beauty you have shared here. The smoke serie as well as the lower part of the portfolio are my favourite. Some shots are simply outstanding! bravo

.oesse.

Josh Schutz , April 19, 2007; 02:02 P.M.

nice portfolio. you have quite the hand in photoshop.

Ceylan Atuk , May 02, 2007; 04:44 P.M.


excellent and very creative portfolio, I am very impress...

Scott Lieberman , May 13, 2007; 03:51 A.M.

Awsome

I chanced upon your portfolio, and i am glad. Your work is beautiful, creative and original. Your smoke works series is amazing, I would love more info on your technique.

Roger Sandgren , May 18, 2007; 10:16 A.M.

Very strong and beautiful portfolio! Congrats Best regards, Roger

Nedine O'Brien , May 26, 2007; 10:05 A.M.

It's All been said

Found your portfolio and am glad I did. You have some awesome work. I agree with your philosophy on ratings as well. I'll be applying it when I rate from now on. Thanks for sharing I'll be checking back soon. .

Mario Paper Martinez Caballero , May 26, 2007; 10:13 A.M.

Magnific.

Very amazing extraordinary . There es simply the best images I have seen because this work has a topic. Congratulations.

Tim Bowles , May 26, 2007; 10:32 A.M.

I have no idea how you did your smoke work, and manipulated or not, it's fantastic. Very original idea, and impressive exposures. This is definitely art. I'm not big on Photoshop, but I do very much respect your views on photography. In a world where cheesey overmanipulated images rule, your smoke works stand out as a "breath of fresh air" ;-)

Umit D , June 12, 2007; 03:46 A.M.

Superb portfolio

Creativity, aesthetics and perfect execution together. Tebrikler, calismalariniz bu sitedeki en iyilerden, devamini diliyorum.

Jerry Halberstadt , June 13, 2007; 06:06 P.M.

appreciation for good vision

Mehmet Ozgur has a terrific eye, a fantastic imagination, and good technical skills. I browsed his portfolio and was stunned by the beauty, range of images, and creativity. While many of the images are combined or generated in the computer, this is no different than the work of a painter except in the technology. Yet it does not seem artificial or pretentious. This is the kind of stuff that could also do well in the gallery world (for which I hold no brief) because it is imaginative and distinctive; and it is well done.

Nicholes Turner , June 18, 2007; 10:30 P.M.

Im not usually a big fan of digital alterations but I have to say you have some beautiful image's here. Love your work Cheers

Phuong Tran , August 05, 2007; 05:38 P.M.

exceptionally outstanding gallery. i've never seen anyone being good at so many categories

Raif Tulga , September 07, 2007; 12:29 P.M.

merhaba,

Impressive works...

Aylin Rafieva , September 27, 2007; 06:57 A.M.

Cok guzel

Yaptin isler cok guzel!!!!Seni tebrik ederim! Tamamile muhtesem fptoraflar yapmisin! Hengisi en guzel diyemem hepsi ayri bir guzelik ve enerciye saipler!!! Yine seni tebrik ederim cok iyi isler yapmisin hep boile devam et!!!

Sylvie Bélanger , September 29, 2007; 10:42 P.M.

Stunning work !

Congatulations for your beautiful work ... very artistic and creative ! I'm glad to have find your portfolio ... I'll be back !

Regards,

Sylvie

Janusz Taras , October 22, 2007; 10:00 A.M.

Excellent work Mahmed.Perfect individual style.Bravo.Regards.Janusz.

Carlos Quintana , November 11, 2007; 09:20 P.M.

Hola

Panoramix forever! Excellent sense of light, my friend. You should look for a job in the movies industry. Excellent with capital letters. Congratulations. Seriously... Best regards from Spain...

Andre Dufour , November 11, 2007; 10:02 P.M.

Unbelievably gorgeous portfolio!

Marc Epstein , December 23, 2007; 11:20 A.M.

Mehmet, really impressive imaging. I enjoyed looking at your great portfolio and will be returning to see more. /Marc

Josip Busljeta , January 04, 2008; 01:53 P.M.

I have just one word for your work RESPECT!!! I am gratefull for opportunity to see it!

Zoran Rosomanov , January 10, 2008; 06:28 P.M.

There are not enough words to describe the magnificence of your work perfectly...your style is unique, the overall portfolio is impressive, each photograph leaves you speechless! Not to mention the imaginative Smoke series....absolutely stunning! My sincerest compliments, Rosomanov

Andrea Montirosi , January 14, 2008; 03:33 A.M.

Your portfolio is really interesting, some panoramic shots are excellent for the composition and colors. You have captured world of beautiful places, come to visit your page certainly.

Ilze Lucero , January 15, 2008; 02:12 P.M.

excelent work...love your smoke works as well as simplicity in you snow scenes

Jan Emil Christiansen , January 15, 2008; 03:21 P.M.

Impressive photos

Süleyman Uçar , February 01, 2008; 09:44 A.M.

very successful portofolio...

very good pictures and very good works ... congratulations

regards Mehmet Bey :)

Keyifle gezdim elinize saglik, hem cekimleriniz, hem de islemeniz cok guzel fotograflari ... tebrikler

Daniel Rufer , February 03, 2008; 07:42 A.M.

Wonderful work! This is the most intriguing smoke-work I have ever seen. You really have a great imagination, talent and skill to put these into photographs!

Keep it up, you really have something here! Thanks for letting us see.

Daniel

Naseer Fedaee , February 14, 2008; 11:40 A.M.

TOP PORTFOLIO FOR ME

REALLY UR PORTFOLIO IS FULL OF AMAZING AND FANTASTIC PHOTO'S..I ENJOYED FROM UR PORTFOLIO AND I WANT TO SEE MORE FROM YOU......NASEER

Hasan Cakir , February 16, 2008; 07:00 A.M.

Photo-Graph

Ger祫ten g�zel 硬ismalar....Benim gibi kimi tutucu fotografcilar, teknik m�dahaleleri sevmese de, salt fotograf olarak degil photo-graph d�zenleme olarak m�kemmel tadlar yakalamissiniz...Devamini getirmek �zere ellerinize, y�reginize saglik....

Levent Dincman , February 26, 2008; 06:37 P.M.

Tebrik ederim.

Merhabalar Mehmet bey, Portfolyonuzu hayranlikla izledim,gercekten mukemmel ve heyecan verici.Kutlarim. Levent Dincman

Theo De Jong , March 24, 2008; 02:46 P.M.

Hi mehmet

It is a dream your portfolio

Aleix Ventayol , April 05, 2008; 01:51 P.M.

Impressive

You've very good images. Your porfolio is impressive.

Zeev K , April 07, 2008; 04:51 P.M.

WoW

You are one of the best photographers I ever met

Pete Leong , April 08, 2008; 11:33 P.M.

this has to be one of the best portfolios on PN. im a big fan of your landscape shots as im sure many others are also. keep up the fantastic amazing work buddy!

cheers, Pete

Scott Jenkins , April 14, 2008; 01:39 A.M.

Mehmet,

Your craft continues to grow and is quite wonderful to watch. The artful eye you bring to composition and digital enhancements are especially skillful. I always enjoy looking at your latest works as a source of enjoyment and inspiration for my own work.

Continue to amaze, please.

Scott Jenkins

Cherene Kelly , May 08, 2008; 03:29 A.M.

BLOWN AWAY!

It has all been said. Cant wait for more. G&C

Eleanne Grey , May 17, 2008; 07:55 P.M.

:)

I'm really amazed by your smoke works! What an an imagination!!! All of your works are catchy and just beautiful!! - You know how to show people the real beauty of the world... and the ghosts in your mind are pretty impressive and friendly :)) I'll be watching you for more & more spectacular shots :)

Kindly, Eleanne

Carlos Rodriguez , May 30, 2008; 01:31 A.M.

Amazing

I think you have the most amazing collection of landscape on this site. Incrediblework

Mark Standley , June 14, 2008; 09:37 A.M.

Stunning work-often when I see work of the calibre of yours I wonder why I bother to pick up my own camera-but I love it so! I enjoyed reading your comment on Photoshop and the digital age too-I realize I need to let go of my 'purist' attitude and buy Photoshop myself and experiment more. Keep up the beautiful work-inspirational! Regards. Mark.

Gianluca Bottecchia , June 17, 2008; 08:20 P.M.

...please can I write here!!!...the portfolio it's simply amazing, it's a fortune for everyone can see your "photography" and learn...best regards, gianluca (p.s.: I haven't enough "seven" in my poket for your pictures :))

Nick Graham , June 18, 2008; 10:03 A.M.

Mehmet, you have wonderful taste for landscape. Not only do I think your images are beautiful, but I think you have a keen ability to find yourself in a stunning place. Well done.

Melahat Kizil , July 10, 2008; 10:29 A.M.

You have got very strong and amazing portfolio. Congratulations.

Ceylan Atuk , July 10, 2008; 05:05 P.M.


wow!! what a portfolio.....amazing..

Sasho Alushevski , July 18, 2008; 08:10 A.M.

aferin

your folio is so darn good

Gary Sadler , August 12, 2008; 10:57 P.M.

Mehmet

Congratulations Mehmet on an OUTSTANDING portfolio. You are so creative. Some of your images, like "seasons" I've wanted to do and planed to do for years. It's always, "oh I'll do that later" and it doesn't get done. Most of your images however, simple leave me gazing with awe and mumbling to myself things like, "How did he do that!" You are way outside the box Mehmet and that is where you should be for you have been blessed with a very different, creative vision that is priceless. Enjoy the gift and share the fruits of it.

Theophilos G. , September 02, 2008; 05:41 P.M.

great

Hello..I found your portfolio realy great...i like your work and i would like your opinion about my photos..thanks anyway !!

Dianne Owen , September 04, 2008; 01:25 P.M.

stunning

Your work is stunning! what more can I say.

Dianne

Casey Chinn , September 11, 2008; 01:03 A.M.

Amazing

Your smoke series is fabulous. I've never seen anything like it. Thanks so much for your contribution.

Alan Hadley , September 15, 2008; 10:17 A.M.

OMG

This is one of the most powerful collection of images I have ever seen. I have beens shooting for 25 years and this ranks up there with the best. A

Sally Delacruz , September 23, 2008; 02:43 P.M.

I enjoyed reading those you wrote above and the insight you have said. It's up to us how to express ourselves after a click of a shutter.I know some of us wanted to express our rendition to a certain composition. Just like getting dress for a party or for a picnic or to whatever it is. It's our expressions. That's how I felt about it and how you and others out there and me shout it out. It's the way we dressed it, our composition. Thanks to PS I do not have to be out there at dawn or late in the evening to click my shutters for a certain sunrise or sunset.

Your portfolios are worthwhile for the time I spent here and for my photographic growth too especially what it does to my thinking.

Thanks for sharing,

Sally

Stephen Buhagiar , October 08, 2008; 04:44 P.M.

Unique and original portfolio. Very interesting work. State of the art. Well done. Added you as one of my favourites

Salvador Ayala , October 12, 2008; 04:44 P.M.

WOW! seriously WOW! There are a lot of photographers out there that might have one or two brilliant images in an overall solid portfolio but few times when you see a photographer with such a show of consistent and brilliant use of skill and imagination. I am very impressed with your talents Mehmet. I especially love the smoke series but like I said, it's all brilliant!

Nurcan Arman , October 26, 2008; 05:17 P.M.

çok güzel

Congatulations for your beautiful works

Rob Wilson , November 02, 2008; 06:22 P.M.

This is a very impressive portfolio. I really enjoyed looking at what you have done with your work. I don't have the slightest problem that you use a large amount of digital manipulation. As long as the photographer does not try to cover it up and say that the picture is not manipulated then no problem, digital manipulation is all part of the game now. I really hope that you've managed to get yourself a gallery representation, I think you deserve it.

Well done indeed,

Rob

Carlos Quintana , November 16, 2008; 08:03 P.M.

YOU ARE AN ARTIST

Eddie Gunks , November 18, 2008; 11:09 A.M.

great work. i enjoyed viewing it. keep posting!

Brian Denz , November 18, 2008; 02:04 P.M.

an awesome and inspirational portfolio. Truly artistic and beautiful, Rock On, and thanks for sharing your beautiful creations.

Longrider

Brie Mihai , November 18, 2008; 02:16 P.M.

very very nice!! u've got taste and style my friend.

cheers,

Gultekin Isiklar , November 20, 2008; 11:04 P.M.

Tebrikler

Tek kelimeyle mukemmel. Gordugum en guzel ve yaratici portfoliolardan bir tanesi.

Rob Lewis , November 27, 2008; 06:44 A.M.

Such a diversity of beautiful pictures and I love your B&W.

I came looking for you after a look back at Lenswork #78 and was suprised at your range of subjects and treatments.

I particularly liked the way you dealt with the light in Dante's reflection and Midway.

They reminded me of the work by the Australian Painter Hans Heysen and his outstanding painting "Droving into the Light"

But I digress. Beautiful work, no outstanding work. I look forward to seeing more of your work.

Rob

Marc Adamus , December 04, 2008; 11:52 A.M.

Fascinating, beautiful, imaginative work with an artistic flare that is distinctly your own. A truly wonderful collection here. I very much enjoyed looking.

Steve Lowther , December 09, 2008; 10:31 P.M.

Thank you for giving permission to use your images

I wanted to take the opportunity to thank you for your permission to use your images in the PowerPoint presentations on photographic composition. I have been very selective, being very careful that only the best images are used to demonstrate the particular composition principles. You are in the company of only the very best photographers.

If you ever need more information on my project, please click on my link. I have more information in my bio.

Mehmet Masum Süer , December 25, 2008; 10:10 A.M.

Mehmet Bey merhaba!

Yeni yılın size ve sevdiklerinize mutluluk, başarı ve sağlıklar getirmesini diliyorum. Selamlar, saygılar...

Marius Sabo , January 04, 2009; 12:00 P.M.

Hallo Mehmet,

I like your photos very much. You have a good feeling for a good light plus you can process an image with good taste in PS.

Have a nice light!

Charles Knowles , February 03, 2009; 05:04 P.M.

Balance

Mehmet, I have not visited your gallery before and I have to tell you that I am quite moved. You have a tremendous balance of light and subject matter. You have the kind of gallery here that I will think about the next time I am in the mountains of Idaho shooting the roulette of light. Thanks for sharing you talent. Charles

Jef Van den Houte , February 06, 2009; 05:46 A.M.

Mehmet

A great portoflio, full of strong images. And a photographer with a strong eye and vision, being very creative

Floris van Breugel , February 20, 2009; 02:17 P.M.

Incredible portfolio with a very clear artistic vision. I love the diversity in your work as well, keep it up, it's a great inspiration!

Barbaros Karagülmez , March 04, 2009; 02:34 P.M.

mükemmel portfolyo kıskandım emeklerinize sağllık

Senol Erdener , April 22, 2009; 03:43 P.M.

Hi Mehmet

Great portfolio ... Best Regards.

Michelle White , April 24, 2009; 08:00 A.M.

beautiful work. you've a wonderful eye for composition. regards, mmwhite

timothy prospero , April 25, 2009; 11:51 A.M.

Extraordinary works!!

I enjoy a lot to go trough your PF!!

Timo

paolo capelli , June 26, 2009; 04:11 A.M.

impressive works!! I don't care about how much you use photoshop or not... your style is a delight for eyes and an exemple to follow. greetings from italy.

Paolo

Kombizz Kashani , October 04, 2009; 05:31 A.M.

I enjoyed your artistic works in this beautiful portfolo.
Good luck
kombizz

Madeleine Calaido Weber , November 04, 2009; 03:45 A.M.

very creative and eyecatching images in your portfolio. your light vision is truly beautiful. the only suggestion is: the sharpness quality of the web images.

cheers Madeleine

George Trakakis , November 21, 2009; 07:03 A.M.

What can I say?!?! Amazing portfolio!!! Fantastic!!!! Best Regards, George

Art X , January 07, 2010; 12:35 A.M.

Hi Mehmet

clearly, one of the best portfolios I've seen in PN and certainly an example of your technical skill is evident within every photo. I look forward to watching and studying your work throughout 2010. my compliments

Eugenio Pastor Benjumeda , January 07, 2010; 06:12 A.M.

Great

Hello Mehmet. You have a stunning gallery. I really enjoy looking at your images and this is an important thing for me: they make me go on this beautiful way of creativity. Best regards from Eugenio.

Jonathan Santamaria , March 30, 2010; 04:31 P.M.

incredible!

your work is very beautiful; your panoramas, in particular, are inspiring.

Nitin Joshi , April 19, 2010; 03:03 P.M.

Awesome work

Images and words like these can only come from a clear mind and a deep interest in one's own work. Your smokework and landscapes are my favorite! Bravo!

Janice M , July 23, 2010; 02:59 P.M.

Beautiful!

They are all gorgeous!  WOW!  Really incredible - I'd be happy or lucky to shoot just ONE like that & you have dozens!  

Congratulations!  :)

Gail Harmer , January 11, 2011; 07:22 A.M.

I think this is the first I have seen your portfolio, which truly mystifies me.  But I will delight in studying it in the near future, Beautiful and skillful, very impressive. Respectfully yours, Gail

Olaf Hofmann , August 28, 2011; 01:35 A.M.

Great

Your portfolio is one of the best I have ever seen in the PN! I like it very much. Congratulations, Mehmet. Best wishes, Olaf

Veronica Hoskins , September 26, 2011; 05:25 P.M.

Wow

Wow...your shots are AMAZING!!! Would you care to give some hint on how you did it? :)

Toni Weidlich , November 09, 2011; 09:57 A.M.

Smoke Art

Bad self-esteem

Hi there!

Your works are absolutely stunning!!

I started smoke art photographing when i saw your work! :)

Toni Weidlich

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