Sometimes bigger is better. Sometimes less is more. I decided to sell off some gear in order to finance my upgrade to medium format. As I am doing people only, I believe this is the right step to take. Following is for sale (in no specific order):
SIGMA DP0 Quattro almost as new, less than 1.000 clicks: 4.750kn
FUJI X100T almost as new, less than 2.000 clicks: 5.750kn
FUJI X-PRO1 + 50mm/f2.0 lens new, body used: 6.250kn
Anita helped me with holding the reflector while shooting the HR-photo for Tomislav. Of course, when already present in the room I asked her for a portrait as well.
Next to her work in our firm, Anita writes (and photographs) a delicious blog about food. You should have a look at her instagram page of you like cooking.
Five seconds, window light and a reflector.
Tomislav came to me and asked me for a normal portrait. He needed one for the HR department. Of course I was willing to do him a favor, but it would cost him: a multiple second portrait. We did this one first and the second (out of three) did it.
Window light, six seconds and a reflector.
I took a look at the images made from the other camera (a great one, the fuji x-pro, which I always carry) and then from my ‘special’ camera. The latter sees things I don’t even see. To me, the background (a whiteboard) is white. To the fuji as well.
The ‘special’ camera captures so much more detail, it is amazing and so look the prints. It is a shame I use this camera only for this project, but then I want it to remain special. For this project only. Call me silly.
At the end of the working week I found Katarina still being in the office. Most people had left already and I was preparing to go as well. That said, there is always time to create a portrait.
Being dressed in white, I thought it would be a great fit with her black hair and with my whiteboard (which obviously was not cleaned that well by me).
We did four images, this one lasting five seconds. Window light and my reflector.
My last series shot with the Sigma DP0 Quattro. Though a great camera, a great tool, it doesn’t fit my style. I do people and if possible from close.
The DP0 is simply to wide for me for this purpose. It is a great tool for story telling, for cinematic use. However not for me. I don’t need wide, I need medium format :)
The series below is a follow-up from this series. Patterns are every where. You just need to see them. Shot in monochrome mode, split-toned with NIK.
Patterns are a great subject to photograph in cinematic view (21:9), especially when done in black & white. Images below were shot with the Sigma DP0 Quattro, in monochrome mode.
Today was our last day together in the office. Martina started as a student in our firm but soon afterwards received a steady job. We worked together several times, basically all the time for the same department. Now the time has come that Martina explores a new future. Being young, that’s what she should do :)
We reshuffled our office / studio, so with that both my background and lightning approach changed. Background might be more interesting.
Though still window light, difference from window to subject is significant bigger. Reflector used to fill the shadows. Two seconds exposure as Martina could not manage anything longer.
Natalie does not work that long in the firm, around a year I guess. We meet sometimes in the hall and once or twice we had lunch together. This week she accepted my invitation to take a portrait.
She found it difficult to remain still for six seconds, actually she did not manage. Despite the ‘short’ exposure time, her look is rather intense.
Two seconds, window light and a reflector.
Ivana finally decided to let her portrait taken. She actually had to since I was pushing her for a while already. Sometimes I can be quite persistent.
People always ask me if they can smile and my reply normally is ‘just try, but it is hard’. Ivana managed, obviously she has a natural smile.
Window light, my reflector and three seconds.
As there was a conference in Belgrado most hotels were booked, so they put me in ’Mama’s Shelter’. Funny name for a hotel. So was the look: full of design and staff was extremely friendly as well.
Although I did not meet Mama herself, she left me many, many messages: in the elevator, my room, the ceiling and walls everywhere. Mama loves to write!
Last but not least, breakfast made me feel like a king: what a tables :)