vrijdag 31 mei 2013

Up close and personal

It is Monday morning and my girlfriend tels me she took a day off to spend with her kids, and if I would be interested to come and spend some time with them...

I bought my new Nikon D4 Saturday so I have been testing for two day's now just a little playing with the new buttons and positions of those buttons that makes the camera worth a lot more so I was told.
The video possabillity is an overwhelming featcher that makes me want to try this new world of capturing, not just frames but intire movements, like little story's waiting to be told.
A very fast capture and freezing a single moment or what we call a photo is something else than capturing everything that went on before or after the photo without recognising where within all those frames the actual picture you wanted to make went!
Not mentioning yet everything that is captured without wanting it to be displayed or heard in the backgound... like trembeling or unexpected sounds that enter your video extavaganza?!

When I was in LA I had the groovy opportunity to have an interesting conversation with Charles Lucima about the quality of video and how it could very well be the future of photography.
We contemplated that when taking that perfect shot right before or right after the shot made there might have been an even better shot, but in all fairness we would never know this unles we shoot in bursts of 3 shots for instance, but then who is to say that right after these bursts or before there might have been another perfect shot or the best shot of them all…
There is just no way of knowing this unless video becomes such a good quality that a single shot you take out of a video you created is a large enough format usable in your photographic work, so that you can slowly work your way through the length of the video until you bump into that moment of delight.
Needless to say the quality is not yet what it would have to be at this moment but the future might be closer than we think, and handling the D4 gives me a very exiting sensation when I see the quality of the film produced, and wonder about the talk we had in LA.

Anyway since I love portrait photography, my girlfriend’s kids would be the next specimen to place in front of my lens.
I decided to use a tele/macro Sigma lens 70/300, just a very old lens I bought a long time ago when the price of the lens was still very much an issue, and even though the lens is a reasonable 5.6 it is great for outdoors working with a lot of sun and fast photography. 
Her kids are 5 and 8 and the smallest is always everywhere and at the same time, very explosive, I needed to be ready for that one moment she would be or, one moment focused on something else or far enough to be able to focus on her face and close enough to be able to let the macro do its thing…

And then it happened, she let her guard down when mom asked to do her finger nails (red) and I moved backward to try and focus on her face, being less than 2feet away from her it was not an easy task and I practically fell over the railing leaning back but I could see the moment happening as I moved slowly away from her and…there she was!

vrijdag 10 mei 2013

Vrouwenpolder take two


Blogging... not easy when doing 4 jobs...but here go's
When looking at the photos from Vrouwenpolder I can’t help wondering how that light comes about, it is late in the afternoon and gives, what I can only describe as a misty glow even though the sun is out and there is no mist to see anywhere at all!
However the way the lens catches this soft light makes me ecstatic when composing the next shot.
I can’t seem to stop shooting as every shot from here might be the perfect one...it feels as if you are running and catch your second breath, you just have to go on now there is no way you can stop.
This warm feeling of creativity overwhelms me and I know the result will be everything I expect it to be.
And even though I'm never completely satisfied, I'm happy with the result of the light.
I read in a blog I believe from Jan Scholz, who is a master in using soft light in he's work, where he said that the way soft light is captured on film it can never be done digitally.
Naturally I am such a stubborn person I don't take anyone's word for it unless I get to figure this out for myself...
And so I have been testing with the craziest things to try and get this effect, I red in a magazine that in the old day's photographers used Vaseline on the lens to get a blurry or soft light effect.
I don't have to tell you this is by all means not an easy task to preform nor is it very professional when you get out the Vaseline during a shoot, and start smearing Vaseline over your very expensive lens!
A lens that becomes all of a sudden very adhesive towards sand, dust and even plumage from a wondering pidgin that was interested in the shoot as well :-/
Covering your lens with Vaseline will not leave out your also very expensive camera with greasy finger spots all over its body.
To make a long story short, it is not a good idea, so I started looking at products that could be used in the same way, and as an orthopedic we use a lot of plastics and adhesive see through latex that don't harm your lens, nor camera in any way.
And so this digital soft light was born...
I'll keep on testing untill I'm happy with the result.