seconds.by.olaf

portrait of mia

For the first time I will show the same person in one post. Normally I would like to have at least some weeks before I make a ’double’. However, Mia astonished me with having a complete different look within two minutes. 

Sadly the second is not as sharp as I wished for since Mia had problems being still: as soon as the timer started, her face started to tremble. Funny. Both images window light plus my reflector.

4 seconds

3 seconds


portrait of kristina

While taking Kristina’s portrait I immediately noticed that her attitude changed while in front of the camera. A calmness appeared and she seemed incredibly relaxed. I’ve photographed many people, but I rarely so such a strong change. Funny.

Despite her calmness, she did not manage to sit still for six seconds. Obviously this is really tough (tougher than 120km ultra trail), and in the end the best photo lasted two seconds only. Window light and a reflector.


portrait of tamara

Today during lunch Tamara told me she wanted her portrait retaken. We did already a session before, but that was at the end of a hectic week when she was tired, so she wanted another one, being more fresh. So we did, four shots but the third one was the best. Two seconds, window light and my reflector.



portrait of hrvoje

Today Hrvoje walked in four or five times. Honestly, to me it was not very clear why, until I realized he actually wanted his portrait taken. Silly me. I should have realized that at once.

We did a session before and then we knew already we would do another shoot. Today was the day obviously. As with all my sessions, they are rather short and straight forward, but somehow Hrvoje managed to have three different poses within four images. 

I selected the one below, despite being the quickest one (only two seconds), I like how the pose is so contradictory of the first session we did. Window light and a reflector.



portrait of ivan

He thought it was not hard to sit still, but in the end it proofed hard for Ivan. He did not manage six seconds. As with most of my sitters, I take three tries only and with Ivan the third try was the sharpest though not perfect.

Window light, a reflector and two seconds only.


portrait of dina

Finally…” I would say. Finally I managed to get a portrait of Dina. Finally. Dina and I tried several sessions, but all the time the photo was blurred. Movement occurred. 

As some say, it is not easy to sit still for several seconds. Today we finally managed.

Dina works in our HR-department and we have regular meetings to see how things are developing. Today she entered our office and I convinced her for one more try. One more portrait. Happily she accepted.

Window light, my reflector and two (only) seconds.



portrait of edi

“Uf. This is harder than 120km …”

When I grow up, I wanna be like Edi. Edi runs long distance. With long I mean long; up to 100 miles and who knows may be even more. At the moment he is training for a race in June, 120km somewhere in Italy, a distance I can only dream about as the longest I will run this year is 42km. But may be, one day, when I grow up, I’ll run 120km as well. One day.

Anyway, I finally managed to get Edi in front of the camera. As he works in marketing, he normally works with pictures instead of being on it. When I explained him what I wanted, we took a shot: six seconds. It was than, after the first shot, that he admitted that running 120km is easier than posing for six seconds :).

In the end we had a two second exposure. Window light with reflector.

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