I feel that there’s a word missing from our vocabulary, and this essay is the culmination of an effort to find such a word, to define it usefully, and to work through some of what it might mean.
When Nikon put a couple of SB-5000 speedlights on a drone for their launch of the D500, I was pretty impressed. I was also a little jealous. It was something I’d wanted to try myself, but didn’t have access to the kind of drones I’d need to lift them. Now, photographer David Robinson has upped the stakes by strapping an Elinchrom ELB 400 strobe to an octocopter.
Such a rig has the inherent advantage of being far higher than light stands could ever go. It’s probably the most reliable method of trying to simulate bright daylight with hard edged parallel shadows. Being a drone, it also has the advantage of being able to follow a moving subject. In this case, that moving subject is pro mountain biker Matt Jones.
Every once in awhile we stumble across a really cool time lapse. This is the case with Urbanique Chicago by Chris Biela.
This 4K timelapse was shot in Chicago for a little over 8 months, and has amassed quite an impressive amount of footage – 65k photos and 250 clips.
While you may think that the darkness and eerie locations were the main concern, it was actually balancing the project with a full-time job and a family:
Hello my name is Ben Cherry, I’m an environmental photojournalist and Fujifilm X-Photographer.
Currently I am midway through a groundbreaking conservation expedition called Flight of The Swans. The project is hoping to raise awareness of the Bewick’s swan, which has a declining European population, that all sounds pretty normal for a conservation project, but here’s the twist. Sacha Dench, a paramotorist and Wildfowl Wetlands Trust (WWT) employee, will fly the entire migratory route of the swans (over 7,000 kilometers), from their breeding grounds in arctic Russia back to the UK for overwintering. The purpose is to engage communities along the flyway and to work with partners across the 11 countries. To help build better action plans and awareness to conserve this charismatic species that first encouraged Sir Peter Scott to set up WWT in 1946.
Here’s a few reasons why having a story to tell is far better than when it isn’t.
1. Billy Goat curse set down upon the beloved Chicago Cubs. With that, MLB didn’t have to put a cent towards marketing this World Series.
2. Kyle Busch, making the ultimate comeback after a broken leg, goes for his first championship while Jeff Gordon, the face of NASCAR alongside Dale Earnhardt Jr., races his last race (or so we thought). 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship needed no marketing, everyone wanted to see if Jeff Gordon could walk off in his last race with one more championship.
This is one of my favourite subjects. I love teaching in my workshops as most people feel awkward about approaching people on the streets to photograph them.
Through experience, trial and error, I have had the pleasure to understand the psychology of approaching perfect strangers to ask them for a pic and the wonderful joy we receive by pushing ourselves out of our comfort zone.
These days, making a landscape appear as if it were inside a jar would typically be relegated to Photoshop. In the past, it was done by the use of double exposures. In a double exposure with analogue, you’re shooting twice without advancing the film. So, you’re basically adding one photograph on top of another (like Photoshop’s “Add” blending mode).
But there’s really no substitute for doing it in-camera. You can do this with modern DSLRs, but it’s a little more tricky than it was with film. In this video by Anders Lönnfeldt, photographer Christoffer Relander shows us how it’s done. Done well, it’s an amazing and fascinating technique. But, it is not one that’s easy to master.
Some of you might remember Kirill Neiezhmakov. He shot the timelapse sequence of the Dubai luxury hotel fire on New Year’s Eve. In that short, he mixed some real time footage with timelapse footage and zooms to great, but short, effect. Well, Kirill’s back with a new timelapse of Madrid, Spain and he’s taking those techniques up a notch.
Like the Dubai video, it contains a mix of shooting styles. These include normal real time video footage, timelapse and hyperlapse. The video also shows some great editing and post techniques, with interesting motion graphics. I don’t know if the few motion graphics it contains will be to everybody’s taste, but it’s a cool idea with great potential.
[editor’s note: I was surprised at how casually the athletes treated the fire. I mean, it has to hot, and that size of a flame up close can be quite intimidating. I asked Brandon about it and he told DIYP that: “The safety and comfortability of the athletes was priority in this shoot, so making them aware of the process and how we would handle everything was taken care of prior to the shoot. Along the way we made sure they were okay with whatever we asked them to do, and once they saw what came from the photos, they were much more excited to keep going!”]
We’ve all seen photographs before of light trails through various forms of light painting; cars passing by, flashlights, pixelsticks, wool spinning, etc.
How often do we usually see fire as a tool to create light trails? Or how about using fire inside a gym to create light trails?
This is how this shoot happened
Are you feeling a little bored with your instant photography? Looking for new things to try? Well, here comes the Cooperative of Photography with a few suggestions to spice things up a little.
Some of the techniques suggested in the video are common with digital photography, but not so much with analogue. Over the past couple of decades, we’ve seen a lot on the film to digital transition. How shooting on film has influenced digital, and so on. So, it’s interesting to see digital influencing analogue photography. I know for sure that shooting digital has pushed my film work.