Dancer

About A Photo : Joe McNally from thinkTank Photo on Vimeo.

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How would you shoot the most popular popstar with the richest guy on Earth ?

I would achieve some shots, but definitely not as good as this one!!!!
:-)

Here a BTS video I am glad to share with you guys!

more to come…

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To my dear German and Austrian buddies !

Hi Everyone or Grüß Gott !

Ok, I am a french guy living in Vienna, AT, so will write this post in English.

I have always wandered where I can get a C-Stand. I shoot a lot in studio and on location. And I always have concerns about the stability of my light stands. As soon as I use a big light modifier, I get nervous because of the wind or because of the weight hanging at the top of the boom… I never had any issue, but…

I searched the web and have found a retailer on Amazon. But he only had a kit and not many compatible tools like clamps or magic arms, etc…

So I wrote an email to Manfrotto. It went more or less like this : “Bonjourno! Why the FuXx do you sell C_stands in the US but it is impossible to get one in Vienna!!!” No answer.

Long story short, I have finally called a company in Köln named Avenger. They don’t ship to Austria these &$§L@#*y>, but they gave me that link (OK, peace now!) :

http://www.lightequip.de/e-shop/index.php?id_product=8450&controller=product

So If you need a pro-Source for your photographical needs, that’s the place to go!

:-)

More to come!

 

Miss J And the link between the pic and the topic of this post? Well, It could have been shot with a C-Stand ! :-)

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Mini Spot lite from Elinchrom

For years I have bought this piece of gear, a Mini Spot Lite from Elinchrom. To be honest, I might used only once or twice since I have been quite disapointed by the result. And, I can remember I had to use some editing in Photoshop to make the expected effect noticeable. Check the shadow of window behind the lady here to understand what I mean.

So I wanted to give it another try.

I wanted to shoot those flowers in a vase on our livingroom. And I thought I would give myself an assignement : Use the MSL again.

Not an easy thing to do and seeing the result, I would say I failed. Again. But failures are build the roads to success. It’s not that I don’t like the shot. It’s just, it is simply something 100% from what I was expecting. It’s very contrasty, very moody, very dramatic. I actually was going for a kind of wet-plate-shot style. As always, walking leads you to unknown places.

Dead Flowers II

So this light modifier is not a piece of gear I might use every day, but but when I go for something experimental, I think it makes sense to take it out of its box and make the shots.

More to come…

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A story…

To make my shots more interesting I need a story. The story is what makes you look at my picture longer than just the time you might need to click on the next one or turn the page of your magazine.

It does not have to be a very strange or elaborated one. Here it come because of the picture on TV: Is it the same? What’s this?…

Here I combined the rule of third, the TV-set which shows the same picture but with blur + noise + cold color filter. This, the TV version of the pic is where Photoshop came in action. Warm colors / cold colors and the dynamic comes from the triangle : lamps – TV – woman.

The format is 25 x 20. I love it.

The Villa at the Lake - Klagenfurt

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Selfies and Social Media, a post for teenagers

I have just heard selfies may harm your soul. The idea is you see your friends looking perfect and you compare yourself with the selfies from friends of yours made public thru Facebook or any other social media.

Can be.

Selfie

So, I have decided to make a few selfies, knowing I am just a normal, an average, and a little overweighted guy. A guy with a normal life : a 8 to 5 job, a divorce, a new marriage and a patchwork family. A 44 years old guy who loves photography.

I am not important. Not so important that my private life would interest other people. Yes I survived a huge car accident ten years ago. Yes I survived a helicopter crash when I was a student. But, who cares?… Give your privacy a chance!

I may be interesting, not for what I am, but for what I do. Maybe. Maybe not. If I succeed then yes. This is what this picture is about. My pictures may be interesting. I try to catch emotion somewhere and I deliver it to other guys in the form of a picture. That makes my process of photographing, if I succeed, interesting. Not me. Not the guy behind the cam. I only use Social Medias for my hobby : photography. That’s all. It’s like this blog : I write for me organize and structure my thoughts, to put down things I don’t want to forget. And if it helps someone else, that’s ok. But this isn’t my primary goal.

So teenagers, here is my message : do. Don’t present your life or pretend to be someone you’re not. Your friends are like you. They pretend they are what you would like to be. And in 20 years from now, who will care ?

more to come…

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9/11 – 10 Years Later – Faces of Ground Zero – Joe McNally

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Dancers

What I like about dancers is their control over their body.

It’s amazing. I can’t even touch my toes… The thing is the mix of a person + a shape + a light. And when on stage you can add music.

I am looking for models based in Vienna (TFP or Payjob if qualifications justify the costs) who can dance (ballet or modern) for shootings.

Joe McNally is a great photographer and he has shot many dancers. I have found a video in the internet with many of his pictures.

Enjoy!

More to come…

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Sport Photog’hero!!! Mister Dave Black!

Dave shows how to shoot motocross! Enjoy!

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Jean Turco

Looking for book about light in studio, I have discovered a french fine art photographer named Jean Turco. He is a master of BW nudes and portrait.

Check it out!

http://www.artmajeur.com/fr/artist/jeanturco/collections

More to come…

PS : sorry guys for not posting so much this week, but I have heavy cold since monday and had to go to work anyway since I am on business trip next week… I will do my best to catch up!

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