Tuesday, February 23, 2010

The Inexistent Movie

This is not so much about photography as about some missing facility that we photographers are deprived with it is.

The name of the game is anamorphic lens which is often used in filmmaking. The concept of action of the tool is compressing image horizontally while shooting, and then decompressing it either via 'anti'-anamorphic lens on a projection device or by stretching the picture horizontally in Photoshop.

It would be ok these lenses are unavailable for any kind of photo camera, if it hadn't had a special bokeh character that makes a movie more movie. On a closer view one can see that back and foreground is measurably 'verticalized'. Along with that it's exactly the a-lens that produces bluish stripes from a rear spot-light source which is also a special effect rather than an optical flaw.

Of course, it's not a major casualty for the world of photography. All I'm saying is that none of photo industry juggernauts offers any. And that is sad forasmuch as I'd really like to have the whole range of possible facilities and it's me to decide which one would be my favorite.

Here follows a session taken with Nikon D700, Nikkor 70-200 2,8ED with anamorphic projection attachment. I tried to do my best to make these pictures look like movie frames.

To see more - watch the YouTube Video
Backstage video is right here.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

"Who's driving that car?!"

After the registration ceremony I was told to follow a black Range Rover where the couple would sit in.

I must say that was not a "follow", that was a wild chase. That's when my two and a half liters turbo totally paid off. It was a sheer blockbuster with a great drama - a photog persuing newly-weds, and a little special effect in it - dainteth and spirituelle bride's visualization. One of the greatest dress, hairstyle and make-up I've happened to shoot.

Scarcely we arived to the first venue to have some shoot than I came up to the couple and asked:
- Who's that crazy driver, I need to talk to him!
- I am, - the groom responded.
- Whoops...

Ok, that adrenaline didn't rub off on the shots. :-)
And here they are.

Friday, July 10, 2009

"Just three of us"

I know lots of them only come to the registration office to register their marrige without any festivity, but this was my first experience of such kind. None of white gowns, groom suits and (which is very fascinating news) - no guests at all.

After registration ceremony we three left to have an undisturbed session against park and urban surroundings. I wish all the weddings would be that thin :-) A dreamboat of a wedding photographer...

Pics from workshop in Kyev

This time the topic was using avaliable light only. No strobes, no light discs or panels, no umbrellas. Just an "online" search of interesting beams of light within given location.

There's always such a spot and such an angle where surrounding light turns isolated, directional and evidently dominating, forming a sole stream of main light. The very trouble of a photoartist is to discern it and utilize it most efficiently.

Несоклько картинок с киевского мастер-класса, проведенного совместно с Екатериной Алешинской на тему "Только имеющийся свет".