Tuesday, December 3, 2013

New kid in town.

This guy decided yesterday to join our doggy family. I adapted the Minolta MC Rokkor 1:1.2 f=58mm to the Nikon mount, losing infinity focus, but gaining a great lens. This shot, wide open.

Het Meisje met de Parel

We had our try at the "Girl with a Pearl Earring", a full family project for a winter evening, and we're quite satisfied with the result. Lightwise, the big PLM with the white diffuser, very close to the face, at camera left.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Shiny Trojan Horse

I could not resist but to drive out of the main road and get some pictures of this brilliant and shiny Trojan Horse. The full circus was lovely and impeccable, circovazquez.com.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Summer portraits

These came out quite nice, f/11 at 1/250 with a polarizer filter for the background, an Ezybox at camera right, very close to the face, with the Quadra at full power. Some tweaking of the shadows with curves, raising blues and greens, and ready to go.


Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Eye contact

Nothing adds more strength to a portrait that good eye contact. These cats know how to look at the camera. In fact, I think they are looking right at the one behind the camera. Luckily, it all ended with just the camera shot.

Monday, June 24, 2013

Dog with the LEICA NOCTILUX-M 50mm f/0.95 ASPH

Focus and framing here by pure trial & error, just lowering the hand and trying to aim at the correct distance.

Sunday, June 23, 2013

More with the Voigtlander Nokton Aspherical 35mm f/1.2 II Lens

With a 3 stops ND filter, I could use the lens wide open. It's a pity I had not a ND filter for myself, sun hits hard in Abu Dhabi.

Friday, June 14, 2013

Rider and her mare

We took this picture a few months ago, on a cloudy afternoon. The main and only light is high and right to the camera. With the focused beam that the PLM provides, the rider is in the hotspot, and fades out quickly.

I am very low on the ground, so I can have the horizon line covering some buildings behind. This usually would create a perspective distortion, that I'm fixing on-camera with the 45mm PC-E lens.

Friday, June 7, 2013

Scouting on pairs

These warriors go scouting in pairs, and here we have the second.

Delicate horses

A proud owner of a sporting mare, who had just been treated with a few stitches from a very minor injury on her right hind leg. PLM on camera left, overexposing the sun, which was at my back. The side-lighting makes the horse shine, and gives her that nice catchlight on her eye.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Warrior on time

I saw this warrior wearing his "warbonnet", and he was kind to allow me snapping a couple of pictures. If he was to start a war, I'm sure he will not be late to the fight, with the help of that nice digital watch.

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Sweet f/16

In a sunny day you have the f/16 rule, meaning you get a decent exposure at f/16 with a shutter speed of 1/(your iso). With a 6 stops ND filter, and a f/2 lens, I am then at the comfort zone to play with the shutter speed and use flash outdoors. The following picture has a flash at camera right, using a big PLM at f/16, sun to the camera left. The face is light evenly between both, and the shallow depth of field gives a nice look.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Dangerous couple

This pair are terrific and understand well each other. We were setting the flash (Elinchrom Quadra on a PLM at camera left) as rain started, but luckily the heavy cloud above us moved to the right, leaving room to the nice ambient light of the second picture.

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Happy face

We had time this weekend to do a studio session, as always the Beauty Dish cuts to the chase. On the second picture I had to fill with a PLM at camera right, just a tad to retrieve the body from the shadow.


This is one of the most rainy March I can remember, and the forecast is not clear ahead yet ...
In any case, any brief sunshine is a good time to go outside. These two quickies have diagonal composition elements in common, in the first picture the background, and a diagonal in the foreground for the latter.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Panning, and panning with flash

Panning captures movement by visually isolating the moving and in focus subject surrounded by the blurry fixed background. The technique needs a few try and see shutter speed adjustments, and a good result is always a matter or luck, as shown in the following picture.

One way to increase the chances of having the main subject well defined is to introduce a flash. The flash will draw the lighten area at a high speed, fixing it regardless of the lens panning movement and shutter speed. One caveat, though, is that the subject should be under-exposed without considering the flash, otherwise you can have a double drawing of it, a blurred one provided by the ambient light, and a fixed drawing provided by the flash.

In the following example, the photo is underexposed two stops in regards to the ambient light, and the driver lit by a flash.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Engineer at focus

The best transport engineering company, www.triaingenieria.es/en, is driven by the best CEO industry can find. They have technology, a great team, and capacity to deliver worldwide. But their CEO did not have a decent portrait, so we had a nice and relaxed session to try to fill that gap. I think now they have it all, and they are ready to complete their conquering of the world.

Gridded beauty at camera left, fill and background light with a PLM at camera right.

Monday, February 4, 2013

Horses for courses

Style defined by the lens, or lens chosen to match the style? In any case, the impact of the lens is fundamental in the photographic style. See here two examples of quite different lenses, and complete different results. The crispy Carl Zeiss Distagon 35mm at f/11 and the painterly Leica NOCTILUX-M 50 mm f/0.95 ASPH wide open.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Playing with a Neutral Density Filter

My two cameras have a limited flash sync speed of 1/320 and 1/180, respectively, which means you need to close the diaphragm when shooting outdoors, moreover if you try to underexpose the ambient light.

To have limited depth of field outdoors (i.e. an open diaphragm), and still use flash (i.e. relative slow shutter speed), I have added two Neutral Density (ND) filters to my arsenal, one of three stops, and the second of six stops. With the six stops ND, and a f/2 setting, flash has to be measured to f/16, quite achievable, as in the following picture. I will use the three stops ND filter on a f/2.8 lens, which requires a flash measure of f/8.