portraits.by.olaf


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.




portrait of vesna

Vesna changes her look on regular base. She would be a great subject for my ‘doubles’. Over the years that we worked together, she changed many times. Not only her look; she also took several different positions in the firm.

Window light, my reflector and 5 seconds.



i commute

To commute. It is such a strange word, at least it sounds strange to me, but then, I am not a native English speaker. It means nothing else then to travel from your home to work and backwards.

I commute. Daily somewhere between 60-65 kilometers depends on the route I take. Always by car, around 1,5 hours at least per day. I don’t mind it, am used to it, and used my time to handle work by phone and to sort out things in my head.

For almost 15 years I drive the same route every day. One might think it is boring, but it is not. My view is different every day. The route is the same, but surroundings are not.

As of this week, for one month, I’ll photograph the view from my windshield. For obviously reasons, I’ll only do so when waiting for the red light (or other obstacles), so you’ll mainly get crossings. Basically, it will look like the photo below, but then sharp and without filters. 

For photographers: the camera I’ll use is my wannabe Xpan: the DP0q in monochrome mode, format set to 21:9. RAW images processed to TIFF and then finished (border and eventually vignetting) in NIK software. No photoshop as I don’t have this.

Last but not least: the dust spots on my photos are not from my sensor (at least I hope so) but from my windshield. I should wash my car.

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