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Guestblog : Rob van Esch Huge spaces

Today I welcome Rob van Esch to my blog.
Rob has some amazing shots of “huge” spaces and will show some of his work today, so enjoy….

 

Capturing Huge Spaces

 

You probably recognize the feeling. Standing in the middle of an enormous hall, beautifully decorated, a space which is a piece of art of itself. You grab your camera and start pointing. And then? How on earth can one capture that impressive space in one image? I love that challenge! During the last few years, I’ve been travelling to places where these immense spaces can be found. Objects that are covered are e.g. famous museums and train stations. Common characteristic of the images in this post is that they are all shot with an ultra wide lens, and that more than one image was needed to fully accomplish the challenge. I am using the Canon 17 mm TSE, a wonderful tilt-shift lens. As the huge spaces covered are mostly public spaces, it takes some preparation to start shooting. I cannot do without my tripod, and you know, the tripod police is everywhere in those places (:-). The solution of course is to ask permission in advance, and that has until now never been a problem (on the contrary, it seems to be really appreciated if you kindly explain what your intentions are.)

 

Enough said, let me show the images.

 

 

  1. British Museum, London

British Museum

 

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Guestblog DPC

Hi everyone, this is my second guest blog here at Frank’s website and this time I would like to introduce you to one of my favorite websites “DPChallenge”, which is short for “Digital Photography Challenge”.

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DPC has been around since 2002 and I have been a member since 2006. After more than 7 years of fun and building my photography skills through entering challenges and chatting with other members, I think you should know about this place as well… Becoming a registered user is free, and yearly membership costs only $25… with that, you can enter more challenges each week, join member-only discussions, get more space and have your own portfolio page.

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Guestblog Peter Gamba : Old Style

Today a guestblog by our friend Peter Gamba.
Peter (as many others now a days) has a passion for the older/vintage type of photography, and well that fits with what I also like :)
But also Peter points out that “knowing” the “old days” can immensely help you in your modern time photography. If find for myself that ever since I picked up film again my photography has grown.

 

Peter Gamba

My journey began in photography in 1968.  My first camera was a Minolta SRT 101.  I was living in Ecuador at the time.  I was a teenager living with my parents assigned by the U.S. State Department.  I began using color transparencies (Kodak Ektachrome, Kodak Kodachrome).  I had no real knowledge of light and film, nor any access to hand held light meters.   The only way I understood exposure was to take a picture, write down my settings, wait to get the slides back from the developer, then look at the results and read my corresponding notes.  A rather expensive way to learn, in my opinion.   The metering system on the Minolta used a variable needle that reflected the conditions and a static hard circle that the user could manipulate to dissect the needle.  One could then see how aperture and shutter speed worked together, but it wasn’t until one saw the results from the actual photographs that it began to make sense.

 

 

 

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Guest review : Olympus OM-D

Today a guest review from the Olympus OM-D camera.

 

Olympus OM-D Review

 

Hi,
My name is Ferry Knijn and I am a Dutch Dance and music Photograher. I mainly shoot dancers, musicians and sometimes more commercial work for advertisement and weddings. Currently the personal project I am working is the www.dutch-jazz-portraits.nl project. For of my work please look on www.55k-fotografie.nl or http://500px.com/FerryKnijn

 

For the past two weeks I had the Olymopus OM-D in combination  with the m.zuiko 12-50 f3.5-5.6 zoom lens (also the kit lens), the 45mm 1.8 and the 17m 1.8

 

During the 2013 Pro Imaging trade fair I first me the OM-D, I had it seen all ready in magazines, but on the exhibition it really caught my eye for the first time. Currently my main camera is a 5DmkII with a 24-70 2.8 and 70-200 2.8.

 

Currently I am looking for a small/light travel and street camera. I am getting more jobs for which I have to travel or shoot on in city’s or have to do a lot of walking, so not having to carry a lot of heavy gear can be nice for my back/shoulder. This is one of the reasons I got interested in the OM-D, it is like a mini sided DSLR.

 

I also have tried the Fuji X-E1, but I have the feeling the Fuji X-system isn’t complete enough yet. The amount of lenses isn’t all there and the support from software programs can be an issue. Which does not take away the Image quality is really great!!!

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Guestblog retouching and repair

Today a guestblog by one of our regular visitors RikerVP foto.
I think it makes a nice connection with the vintage series you have been reading on the blog the last few weeks, because this is something that happens a lot, in our studio people often bring in negatives/slides/old photos with the question “can you save it?” and luckily often I can, but sometimes it’s way more work than they think.

 

Zuid Holland Foto Studio – Rikervp Foto Retouching & Repair

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A little while ago, I had a gentleman bring me 10 extremely damaged 2.5 x.2.5 cm film negatives. These negatives were so badly damaged from water and mould, white spots with totally missing information. This man asked me to repair the images as best I could as these image were an important piece of history to him. The images you see before you were taken around 1961/2 during the 1961/2 Tour de France and featured the “ASPRO” automobile. Aspro was a well known aspirin manufacture / seller in Europe at that time period.

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Out of the 10 images I selected 7 images that had a chance of being reconstructed digitally. The other 3 were well beyond repair. Over the span of several weeks I would work perhaps 10 – 18 hours on each image, repairing it in sections, working in sections is vitally important when working on complex images, removing mould digitally, artefacts and in most cases blown out skies and  having to replace them with a natural looking sky . This was agreed to with the owner of the negatives and given the approval to make it so.

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Working on images like these you could never make a living on as they are so labour intensive and require an extreme amount of patience. If you are to do this and charged an hourly rate to do them.. people could and would not afford to have them done. You either like the work, like the challenge and or like preserving a piece of history. In reality working on images like these.. they do not really pay for themselves.. You just got to have a love of  doing them.
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Guestblog Morgana

You’ve already read some guestblogs by Morgana, and today she has something new to share for you guys.

Unique movie poster created for Frank Doorhof

Be your own Film Star
I have always been inspired by films and videos. And love trying to work out how a scene was lit, or a special effect achieved.  This has had a big influence on my photography, so I guess it was only a matter of time before I started creating movie posters of my own. We have all dreamt at one time or other of being in an actor or movie star. Sure this might remain a dream for a lot of us; but there is no reason why we can’t be up there larger than life in our very own movie poster!

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Interview Jimmy Beech Alienskin

Today the start of a new series you will find on my blog.
I’m always looking for new things to get the blog more interesting for you the readers, I know it’s always nice to see new images and read some tech tips but for myself I also always love to read interviews with people that I recon as being the experts in their area, so I decided to send out some interviews to people I think are very interesting for you guys and today the first in this series.

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It’s no secret I absolutely love Alien Skin Exposure. Actually almost all my images have some form of color treatment from Alien Skin Exposure or DxO film pack, so when I was thinking about a new series for the blog with interviews with industry professionals my first selection included Jimmy.

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