Presenting Monstera, Diurna, Tulipa and Ocularia Solaria. Just to name a few!
But what is it really you might wonder and I must admit that it’s not more than just a concept! It takes a camera on manual and a freaking expensive lens and some dramatic tweaks to the image in Lightroom! On top of a wide variety of daily objects and some important contrast and light settings. It’s the kind of project that you fiddle with during a world that’s devastated by a virus, restrictions. Enough said about that!
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Abstract Observations is turning into much more but for now, I will just keep posting abstracts as they develop and let you decide which pictures that should be exhibited later. I believe that I can count who clicked on which pictures the most! They are then going to form the final curation – hence this way you can have a footprint on my work how about that?
I had to do something to pimp it even more up, right? I have decided that it need to be black and white! Also that it needs to be hard to guess what kind of object that’s in front of the camera. By giving the picture a cryptic Latin name I want to make it harder but help out to solve the quest. But did it work? Let me know in the comments.
The idea is to document 50 to 70 great observations and then chose 12-16 for an exhibition later this year.
From a technical standpoint, this series is to be printed on Epson Archival Matte – all images will be captured on my Nikon D850 with a Nikkor 60 mm 2.8 Macro lens – at the lowest possible aperture.
If you feel inspired to do something similar please feel free to use the hashtag #abstractobservation so we can gather a whole bunch of examples as a fun mutual project. So get to it!
By the way – maybe you wanted to buy a framed print in +A3. But the first edition is already sold out! Let me know in the comments if you like to be put on the waiting list for the second edition.
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As a sidekick to the Blue Blooded Portfolio, Thomas from Denimhunters and I in association with Bluezone Munich. Visit Bluezone Munich and get inspired. Bluezone is an International renowned textile and fabric trends exhibition and trade show. We proudly kickstarted a family album called Bluezone Family. An album stuffed with cool people from the denim industry, see for your self!
Bluezone Munich is happening twice a year and we’ll be back in September 2020 to develop further on the Bluezone Family concept.
The setup is 100% photobooth oriented, meaning quick in and out. The connection between myself and the subject have to be immediate. Because of my high expectation of own skills I want to have the perfect pick within 6 pictures. Because if I don’t get it right, I’ll disappoint my sit and perhaps lose the later opportunity to develop the connection and add to the overarching story.
The Bluezone Family is a range of people in and around the industry. From passionate bloggers and magazine editors to denim designers and industry creatives. Some are very passionate about their style and presentation others more subtle in choice of uniform. The lovely people come from all corners of the planet and that history alone is well worth preserving for generations to come. We were happy to get about 40 great portraits during our one and a half-day at the fair.
During the following weeks, we’ll present the portrait here in a larger format and more creative framing. Whereas on the Bluezone Munich’s website/Instagram feed and on Denimhunters the Portrait will stand alone but framed by a more thorough storyline. Don’t hesitate to ask for your picture because even though your photo is next up, we know and appreciate that you are eager to see the final result.
We will post portraits here on a weekly bases
The Blue Blooded Portfolio is our humble attempt to promote the Individual passionate people in denim, Retailers and overall Industry.
We are at the Burg und Schild afterparty during the Fashion Week in Berlin https://www.burgundschild.com
The store is packed with cool people dressed like only too few dares to do. The buzz is authentic, the music just right for the occasion – beer and rum seem to be a mandatory part of the celebration. I like that! This is the perfect spot to kickstart a project like The Blue Blooded Portfolio! WHAT A CROWD!
We’ll upload new pictures every week – if you are not up yet rest assure it will get up on the wall eventually! All pictures have been uploaded in website format and size. Feel free to reach out to me for a larger format – hence better quality!
We have some 72 perfect portraits with us home from Berlin – and we hope to post new portraits every week!
We create a photobooth like situation in one of the fittings rooms – simple setup. Backdrop from Indigo People, one light and a wobbly stool. I not here to do the portrait! I’m here to do my interpretation of every girl or guy willing to participate. I have less than 5 frames to get it right because I don’t want to spoil the party – you know! It’s in situations like this a master in phycology comes in handy. Because I need to get close – some struggle when having a portrait taken – but not with me. We as photographers need to give back immediately and long before the final picture has been processed. I try to give back times a thousand not afraid to show my appreciation to whoever is in front of the camera. I hope you can see what the effect is below!
In the end, I collected 72 rad people on the sd card – which now is the backbone and the best possible kickstart to The Blue Blooded Portfolio. Every fantastic face will be up here over the coming weeks. I can already promise you’ll amazing picture, in fact, I did very little honestly and I’m very humbled to even be part of this crowd on this specific night.
To me, it is very simple! I was not allowed to wear denim as a kid I truly think this is the essence. If for any other reason I think Thomas from Denimhunters said it so wisely in his book BlueBlooded –
The Blue Blooded Portfolio is about passionate people. People with a passion for denim in combination with either a military/workwear/biker look – the creativity is enormous and yet very controlled. It’s about style and the very opposite of fast fashion.
I don’t believe in sustainability if the product is not good enough – but this crowd doesn’t have to think about being sustainable – because they have been sustainable since always!
The Blue Blooded Portfolio is a project we believe will go on many years forward. I for one look forward to follow the crowd and style everywhere we go, hereby collect a wide variety of situations where we meet the individuals. The denim crowd is about fading – this project is about following the beautiful fade of the individuals themselves.
Since we started the project already more than 100 people have accepted the challenge and hereby willingly took a sit to be a proud member of the portfolio – this makes Thomas and I very proud!
We started this project collecting pictures in the category ‘Portraits’. Over time we will widen the scope and embrace closeups of the fit, accessories, EDC (every day carry) and of course lots of full figure fashion portraits.
The atmosphere is always very cool and if not for a rather busy schedule one would easily spend an hour here. Getting a good cup of coffee or beer for that matter. Getting advice or being educated in everything from quality, the right fold or how to wash the perfect pair.
The store is located in an area known to this crowd. An area with a lot of similar retailers offering good quality products.
To whom that might be interested in the techniques, the setup for the first pictures is a one-light setup. The aim is to get a photo booth look to the batch of pictures and to get similar poses to secure a unified look.
The aim has been to capture 3 poses of every sit – and max 6 pictures of one single person. Some really know the poses, but most need to be directed.
The Aperture is 1.4 and ISO in 80 (natively) – I’m shooting on Nikon D850 with the Nikkor 85mm. The Speedlight is the Profoto A1. Later as the project develops I’ll start shooting on my Leica as well and I might even start shooting some series on a medium format film camera. More about this later.
Over the next year, I’ll start a similar project, collecting people and stories. If you are interested in this kind of work and what to hear more about how to develop a similar concept for your family, business, sport and something completely different don’t hesitate to reach out for more information or inspiration on firstname.lastname@example.org.
I commute twice a week and something happened on the bridge as spectacular as the iconic Bridge deliver a new experience at every visit. The bridge in itself is in so many ways an architectural masterpiece. But on this day the presentation was of a new level. Everything came together as I imagine only happened ones before – on the sketches when ‘Storebælts Broen’ was presented by the architects for the very first time.
On this day like any other, I would be on my way to several meetings in Jutland, Denmark. This day my schedule was changed and I decided to be delayed hence late for everything. My excuse I believe was perceived as rather odd…that’s how it goes when you excuse yourself starting the first sentence with something like ‘a ones in a lifetime photographic opportunity surfaced – littery out of the blue – I’ll be late!’.
So many time do I drive by something where you know you should stop the car and focus only on documenting this specific moment. So many times I just drive by, only to be disappointed in myself for lack of understanding and appreciation for the opportunity given to me. I’m sure you (the reader) have experienced something similar time and time again.
But to me, this opportunity was simply too good to miss out on and surprised myself and stopped to explore further.
Most pictures taken that day, showcase the bridge from other angles and this part of the bridge is only seldom in focus. But this morning I was never in doubt about the angle, only afraid not to work out all possibilities. The stories came to me as I worked the scene and boxed the pictures.
Back in the car, long before I had a real chance to understand, I had a feeling difficult to explain. A feeling of ‘did it’ knowing that I nailed it! It will be a moment and experience that will be with me for a long time.
Well, I wasn’t commissioned to do this ‘job’, that said, I got nicely paid for the effort afterwards by a client. I only had to reach out, which is less troublesome if you know that you have something extraordinary to offer. This taught me a thing or two about business opportunities.
Judge for yourself – would you had stopped? What story would you have told if not a similar story to mine?
If you want to know more about the bridge try here
If you what to know more about what gear I used try here
With all the new 2019 gear DUOTONE developed they also distribute gear out early to the local pros. I meet up with the pros for an intensive 3-day shoot. As always with this kind of shoots the weather and conditions play a vital role in getting the shoots. The weather developed just the right conditions.
First of all, the team is as always pumped up and ready to give everything, at least for the first hour or two! But with these guys, you really have to be in 100 % control otherwise you will have them hanging all over the place. So stewardship starts long before getting out in on the water. Meaning your guidens on sessions like these is vital to get the shots needed. But also because you want to give the guys a chance to shine from start to finish on very long days out on the water. So consequently you are no longer just the photographer. You have to act as creative director, setting the scene and manage to offer direction and motivation. In other words just like with anything photography, you want to stand prepare and bring a load of extra skills to any session.
Also with these guys, you really have to tell them what is expected of them because this is not a training session. Finally just because you’re the best kiteboarder in the world doesn’t mean that you are a pro model for the sport. So you also want to get the right expression whether on land or in water. As a result, everybody has an awesome session. The Duotone brand got want they needed. The pros had a blast and learned a thing or two.
If you want to know more about my way of coaching during such a session. In or out of the water, please just send me a mail at email@example.com – my advice comes free
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Final stuff from the session here