January 2020 the correspondent of the famous Internet Magazine Bird-In-Flight went with us to the Optimistic cave. It took him almost six months to recover from horror, but finally he pulled himself together and wrote this article. Read about a thousand buckets of clay, the delight of the discoverer, a week without sunshine here.
– Viktor, do you have a photograph of the bottom by chance? (a question in the messenger)
– Of course, I have! Bottom is my level!
And here’s a photo of the White sea Bottom on the cover of Ogoniok magazine #28, 2020. Ogoniok is one of the oldest weekly illustrated magazines in Russia, its first issue is dated of 1899.
Photographer Viktor Lyagushkin captured in the photograph not an abstract wall painting by a crazy artist, but sylvinite mines from the Urals, located in the city of Berezniki, Perm region. From the mineral sylvinite, which is mined here, potash fertilizers are produced, thereby providing a stable harvest for almost half of the globe.
On July 24, Nikon Ambassador Viktor Lyagushkin gave a lecture live on Nikon Ukraine Facebook. At a meeting with fans of the brand, he spoke about his current project in Optimistic Cave – the longest cave of the continent, which is located in the Ternopil region.
Victor revealed the secrets of organizing large projects, the peculiarities of shooting underground, answered questions about the new Nikon mirrorless cameras of Z series and optics for them.
Yesterday, June 23, 2020, Viktor Lyagushkin gave an online lecture on Nikon Russia Instagram about shooting with Nikon Z-series mirrorless cameras in the Optimistic Cave and answered questions from the audience. The lecture aroused keen interest, gathered about one and a half thousand listeners in total.
Online portal “Takie Dela” congratulated its readers on the World Day of Whales and Dolphins by publishing the article “Being a Dolphin” with photographs by Viktor Lyagushkin and text by Bogdana Vashchenko (that’s me:) ) about the Black Sea bottlenose dolphins.
On this day, 23 July 1982, International Whaling Commission voted to end the commercial harvest of whales and dolphins.
Our chief and ideological inspirer Viktor Lyagushkin joined the jury of the Golden Turtle international competition as an expert in ethical treatment of animals.
On May 5, 2020, Viktor Lyagushkin gave an open lecture on Zoom. He told his listeners how to take pictures in caves. The master shared with us the secrets of photo shooting in complete darkness: how many and what kind of light sources are needed, how to choose the location of shooting, how to devide fore- and backgrounds, what kind of light sources are needed in which situations, and so on, so forth.
The lecture is available on YouTube on the link here.
Radio “Komsomolskaya Pravda” released a program from the cycle “Club of Famous Travelers” in which the presenter Yevgeny Sazonov interviewed photographer Viktor Lyagushkin. The conversation was about the secrets of shooting underwater caves and sea animals and about photography as a way of life.
The program is available on the link.
Dear friends!Фотографика and Фонд помощи взрослым “Живой” hold a charity auction in support of Russian doctors where you can buy wonderful photos by 138 photographers on it. Money from the auction will go to purchase the necessary stuff for Russian doctors.
Among the photographs “Swan” by Viktor Lyagushkin is presented. It is on archive paper, with a signature. A unique chance to purchase a collection photo, to help doctors who are working hard at this difficult time, and, possibly, save someone’s life.