Thursday, December 31, 2009

Nissan GTR R34 V-Spec II Nur - Drooling...

My Friend Edwin recently purchased his dream car: the Nissan GTR R32 V-Spec II Nur. I couldn't wait to take pictures of it, so when the day arrived to drive down to the Fremantle docks, the least to say was that I was very excited. More images after the jump.

On-the-go lighting set-up

Merry Xmas (a bit late) and Happy New Year (a bit early)!

My partner and I drove North of Perth for Xmas, to the Pinnacles and Kalbarri to be precise. I was hoping that the unusual and beautiful landscapes along the way would give us an opportunity for nice portraits. Turns out that I didn't make so much use of the landscapes due to my strong emphasis on the models when shooting portraits, as usual. Nevertheless, we managed to pull some good shots at the Pinnacles. What is so special about these shots? They were all set up within minutes with a couple of lights. Here is how we did it.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Days With My Father

Found this on Twitter today. Professional Photographer Phillip Toledano writes a brilliant journal about the last days of his father. I am sharing this because the images are beautiful in their simplicity and instantly brought tears to me. I wished I could have done such a project with my own father before he died.

Days With My Father

Source: Petapixel (Twitter)

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Ricoh GXR - interchangeable lens AND sensor

Ok, now this is weird but it's kinda smart as well in some ways.
Ricoh will soon release a new compact with interchangeable lens and sensor. Basically, you don't just change lens, you change the lens and sensor that come into one block. The advantages are that you always get the most appropriate sensor for your lens and that the sensor doesn't get any dust since it's enclosed in the case. The body itself only contains the LCD, the pop-up flash and the controls. Apparently, it should be possible to connect a projector in place of a lens + sensor, or even a printer.
My feeling is that I don't think that LCD + controls + pop-up flash cost that much and at USD1,000 for a lens + sensor, it's like the same price as a whole compact camera of this caliber. And you cannot use the lens with another system either...

Source: Gizmodo

Monday, October 19, 2009

A week with the Vibram Five Fingers

As you may know, I am trying the Primal Blueprint way of life at the moment. Part of it includes going back to basics when it comes to running: going barefoot. Following the advice of my friend Boris, I purchased a pair of Vibram Five Fingers which would lead me as close as possible to barefoot running with a minimum of protection for my feet. I have been using them for a week and here is my review after the jump.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Snapixel: What flickr has been missing?

Snapixel is a new photosharing website but with a trick: it incorporates a stock photography marketplace for everyone to sell their pictures. The look and feel of the website is very close to Flickr: just change the colors and you could think you are using the Yahoo photo sharing service!

Source: TechCrunch

Monday, October 5, 2009

Concepts: Natural vs Controlled lighting (Part 2)

A few days ago, I told you about the concept of natural lighting vs controlled lighting. This discussion was illustrated by 2 photos (here and here) and I finally picked the controlled lighting option for this particular concept. As promised, I went back to Araluen Botanic Garden with my lovely model as well as an extra assistant. The result after the jump!