Port of Antwerp Giants vs Okapi Aalstar – High(er) resolution panorama

Here’s a high resolution image of the game between Port of Antwerp Giants and Okapi Aalstar that took place in the Antwerp Sportpaleis on the 6th April 2013.
With an attendance of 15500, the most popular Basketball game in Belgium to date.

If you were there, zoom in, have a scroll around and see if you can spot yourself  :)

The image was stitched together from 66 individual images. Here is a link for mobile device viewing
For fullscreen desk/laptop viewing you can use this link

 

Dedolight and photography

Dedolight is a name that has been known in the film and TV industry for some time now but lesser known in the stills photography world. I certainly hadn’t really heard of them or paid any attention until a couple of months ago when I first saw the Dedolights in action on the Luxillag stand at a trade show here in Belgium.

When I’ve used  constant lighting for photography lately I’ve only used daylight HMI lighting for flood lighting and that’s it. Usually very heavy uncontrollable light sources with huge power consumptions and on/off switches, no dimmer. It didn’t really cross my mind that there would be a viable ‘hot’ light system that would suit me.

The Dedolight DLH4 is the light system I tried out last week. A super compact 24v light system fully dim-able via the transformer. The dimmer is just the tip of the iceberg of the versatility the Dedolight system . There are multitude of accessories to help modify the light. Iris controls, lenses to focus the light, projectors, barn doors, shutter blades, gobos, etc, etc. The list goes on. The versatility opens up doors for photographers that have been used to using flash or softening everything with huge softboxes or diffusers. A controlled bundle of constant light can provide effects that are very hard to create with the lights I’d usually use.
Another advantage of working with constant light is that you see what you are going to get. Light setup is fast and with a camera setup on live view, you’re pretty much shooting exactly what you see.

Below are a few experiment images that I created with the Dedolights. Under those images are a couple of shots for a recent assignment.
I’ll have more images and a more in depth review and explanation of the Dedolight system very soon! Stay tuned for more info on the Dedolight system. Some of my colleagues have expressed interest so I’ll have more demo material very soon so people can have some real hands on testing themselves.

As for the Dedolight DLh4 itself. Here’s a 360 rotatable photo of the basic light unit.

This is shot with the optional shutter blade system added to the DLH4 unit. The line of light can be precisely controlled, literally by the millimetre. The light can be focused to have sharp edges or blurred to have a softer feel.

Below is with the shutter blades opened wider and blurred to create a softer effect.
Again, a very tight line of light used to just define the profile. One of the strong points of the Dedolight system is the light bundle has no spill. This is with the iris control ring fitted to the DLH4. A precise aperture can be set and again, focused to a tight sharp edge or blurred to a soft edge.One of the shots from a recent assignment, Shot with strong backlight I needed some light in the foreground to illuminate the label and the fruit. The shutter blades were fitted to one lamp to light the bottle, the other lamp had the iris control ring fitted to fill in the fruit.In this shot I wanted to accentuate the bottles but keep the warm feel of the distillery scene. Ambient light in the room was daylight. I exposed darker than I needed and then used the Dedolights to point out the details.

Fujifilm Belgium Instax campaign

At the end of last summer I was asked by Fujifilm Belgium to cover a promotional event and provide images and studio packshots that could be used in the campaign to promote the Instax cameras with flyers, Point of sale, and packaging.
Of course I needed to use Fujifilm equipment for the event . I used the X-Pro1 and flashed where needed with the tiny EF-X20 flash units. One on the camera and one as wireless remote slave held by an assistant.
Although not the best conditions for the X-Pro1 and the tiny flashes, I was surprised how well it coped. Since the shoot the X-Pro1 firmware has been upgraded to make focussing easier in these types of conditions.

The idea of the event was to use the Instax Mini to shoot willing members of the public with the Fujifilm Airways flight crew. The instant photos were given to the people too. Many of course asked if we could mail the photos to them too which of course lead to the explanation that the Instax is an instant image, a one-off photo. That is the charm of it, there is no copy, no digital backup, no direct online share option. Instant photography is back ‘in’ and people in the crowd were loving rediscovering the instant photo idea.

Below are some images of the final flyers, packaging, and promotional material containing some of the images I shot.
Ikon Communications handled the layouts and production of the project, they too made these 3 ‘packshots’ of the final products.

And a few extra shots that were made and used for other parts of the campaign.

Sint-Annatunnel

Probably one of the most familiar features of Antwerp is the pedestrian tunnel under the river Schelde that connects Antwerp city with the ‘Linkeroever’
The tunnel was started in 1931 and completed in 1933. The 572 metre long tunnel is 31.57 metres underground.

Accessed by wooden escalators or a lift that can carry 40 passengers at a time, the tunnel is part of the daily commute for many inhabitants of the city.

MickMarch 16, 2013 - 00:04

Do..do I hear water dripping?

This is a bad place for an attack of claustrophobia.

Inside the box

There’s a rather old and used saying that is:  ‘thinking outside the box’  A pretty worn out saying and a bit of a cliche. However, it’s often used as a term for experimenting, being creative or seeing how far things can go, finding limits. I wanted to push myself a little so thought up a simple idea offer an alternative and fun 360 panorama presentation.  This is what I came up with as a first experiment. It took some head scratching and can be improved but the image below links to what is inside the box.

It is HTML5 only, as opposed to most of my panoramas that run comfortably in FLASH or HTML. So if your browser runs HTML5 smoothly, have a peek. Let me know what you think:)