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Where does the life of a photo start? In the mind of the photographer when he thinks about a specific situation, place or simply the moment he press the shutter and you hear the click of the mirror going up, which allows the light to be captured.
The pixel information go from the sensor to the memory card, assuming it’s a digital camera. Later the data/photo will be transferred to a computer where she will be deleted or selected to be edited. Some edits take a few minutes and some take a day or more.
Most of them end up being parked on some online archive/website. For many photos the online archive or photographer website is like a public library. They stay there forever and from time to time someone will come and have a look and maybe she will be downloaded and being published in a magazine or so.
Sometimes life is different, it happens more and more with my photos. The terms of a specific photo is defined already before the click with contract a kind of birth-certificate, the creator is defined and so the ownership rights etc. Those are the lucky photos, as we say in Italian “nato con la camicia”.
The editing normally takes more than just a few minutes, it takes hours and sometimes days. Not talking about the contract/birth certificate negotiations.
Let me introduce you to one of my photos which is one of them. The photo is in display right now twice 6 meters long retro illuminated in the Zurich Airport on gate B in the Schengen area.
It’s a composition of twelve 36 megapixel vertical photos taken with the Nikon D800, on a Manfrotto panorama head from Profot in Zurich. The 12 photos where then stitched together to a very large panorama photo. Lot’s of details can be seen in the photo all the buildings, streets, the Limmat etc… Enjoy the special light at that moment when the mirror went up.
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Thank you Juliette, Philipe and Bernard
Fast jeder Segler auf der Welt kennt sein Name, wenn es auf dem Mond auch Segler gäbe würden sie davon träumen so gut wie er zu sein. Er weiss immer oder fast immer zu Voraus was passieren wird. Ist meist etwas ruhig, hält sich zurück mit einem Hauch von Überlegenheit, vielleicht ein wenig schelmisch oder ein Pokerface?
Natürlich gehört der Cup aber nicht nur zu seinem Leben. Vor dem Shooting tranken wir gemeinsam ein Café an der Bar. Design der Boote, Speed, Risiko, Zukunft vom Cup waren das Thema aber auch der “Greed” Geiz einzelner Segler und was aus ihnen wurde.
Für mich war es ein Traum Ihn zu portraitieren.
Am Mittwoch kommt das neue Wave Magazin raus dann lüften wir das Geheimnis.
Wer ist es? Erkennt Ihr Ihn?
Shooting out in the nature is complex, the light is not always as you would like to have it, the studio work should be simpler. You can adjust the light as you like as you have it in mind, the stylist prepare the model with as you discuss, the eyes, cheeks etc. Seems easy but it’s not. The light is something witch require patience and then you have it but the make-up part is a challenge. What if the model think the eyes should be less or more retouched? The time is flying, retouching, adjusting the light etc. and you are still looking for different positions.
Another very interesting point is how powerful the cameras became today. Just a few months ago it was impossible to get a 36 megapixel image with a DSLR camera. Today with the Nikon D800 it’s possible, amazing details crispy clear images.
The studio work is cool really like it and the winter is a good time to work on this. Looking forward to the next shooting in the studio.
It’s quite some time ago since the last cover on Skippers magazine, and finally with a bit of a surprise here we have one. The magazine is the December – March issue. Took the photo in Zurich during the 2012 Volvo Match Race Cup. Right before the start of the race a was on-board with the CicaCER team. A few maneuvers to warm up every body in the crew was a great chance to get some really close action photos.
The surprise is right during the event I didn’t realized the power of this photo. Back home several weeks after when Brice the chief editor called me that he is looking for a cover image with the girls team I finally found it. As always selection of the photos is as difficult as shooting, it’s so easy to miss a good photo.
PS: Click here or on the photo to see the original photo
mit jungen Fotofachhändler/innen und einem Nikon Team. Mich hat das tief beeindruckt wie sich die Jungen Zeit nahmen um viel über die neuen Kameras und Funktionen zu lernen als gäbe es nichts besseres zu tun an einem sonnigen Sonntag.
Die neue Nikon Kamera D600 war eines der Themen, so die neuen Wireless Lösungen WT5, aber auch der Umgang mit Kunden und natürlich viel Erfahrungsaustausch zwischen allen Anwesenden.
In meinem Vortrag zeiget ich ein paar Bilder vom letzten America’s Cup, Audi Medcup, Heli-shooting mit klassischen Yachten, natürlich durften zwei Kurzfilme nicht fehlen: Swiss Sailing Team der mit der Nikon D7000 gedreht wurde und der Patrouille des Glacier Film/ Nikon D800.
Das nächste mal im Fotofachgeschäft erwarte ich nicht mehr die Online/Internetpreise, habe mehr davon das hart erarbeitete Wissen und Service der Jungen zu nutznen und zu schätzen. Schlussendlich hat ein Online Fehleinkauf den grösseren Einfluss auf mein Bankkonto als ein paar Prozent Rabatt.
Photo © Nikon Schweiz
The 2012 is full on, and so the production of spectacular images. This days we released 2 sailing videos, following the successful start of last years videos production.
I never thought that filming can be so interesting and specially such a excellent way to share the passion for sailing and outdoor sports. This year beside sailing we are planning the production of a spectacular short mountaineering video which will be produced in the Alps in high altitude and thin air.
The elements is water as on the sea and the lakes, just in a different state; ice and snow. Probably the most precious resource on earth helping us survive and enjoy our outdoor sports sea & mountain.
This year most of the activities are focused on the 2012 Olympic Games. The Pure Passion Tour is planned for the fall after the Olympic Games, the plan is to bring home images and the emotions and share them with you.
Please enjoy the 2 videos released in January.
This video has been played more than 4000 times in the first 6h since published.
It’s about 4 years I’m shooting sailing boats almost every week, and sometimes I wonder myself how many different ways can a sailing boat be photographed. Is there anything new we can do or are we almost done with it. Its there a limit in creativity? Once a friend told me, the secret of a good picture is “un certo che” like the Italians say. Do I have “un certo che” and once we have it, can we always get it, or does this “un certo che” disappear sometimes? Can we find a new “certo che” in case we loose it?
Since a bit more than year I’m experimenting with some new editing techniques, amazing effects, it’s like opening a new door to a new world. The angles how we shoot the boats may remain the same but the way we look at a picture will this change, is this a new “certo che”?
Der Start der 2011 Tour steht kurz vor der Tür. 9.1.2011 20:00 im Fotoforum der Photo10 der Maag Halle. In der 2011 Show finden wir Bilder vom letzten America’s Cup, Louis Vuitton Series, Audi MedCup 2010, Classic Yachten aus dem Heli Cannes & Saint Tropez, Starkwind Segeln mit dem Star und natürich das Highlight die 3D Selection.
Nach Zürich gibts eine Pause und im Frühling März/April gehte es auf Tournee zusammen mit den Cornércard als Hauptsponsor und die Partner Nikon und Rodenstock in die folgende Clubs:
Yacht Club Romanshorn
Zuger Yacht Club
Thuner Yacht Club
Circolo Velico lago di Lugano
Société Nautique de Genève
With support from Nikon Switzerland I have had a chance to test a brand new D3X from Nikon Singapore during Volvo Ocean Race Singapore stopover.
I felt honored to have this opportunity especially when I have learnt from Max Sim (Nikon Singapore) that there where only 2 cameras available for tests and I got one of them…that’s a good start.
Since the last Olympic Games I have been using Nikon D3 almost on a daily basis, so I was very curious to see what I can do with the new D3X. The look and feel are the same as those of D3; so are the buttons. In a nutshell, besides the logo there are no external differences.
The menu is identical, so there is no big need to study the manual. It didn’t take me long to spot out the differences. However, ‘24 mega pixel resolution of D3X generates massive files. Max advised me at the very beginning not to expect the same ISO range as the one in D3. In fact, the range in D3X is only from 100 to 1600. Another difference between the two cameras is speed. The high continuous settings from the D3 give me up to 11 images per second and the D3X gives me only 7 images. Though, such difference makes sense as all the data has to be processed and it does take sometime. With D3X we are getting closer to the typical Hasselblad’s resolution and they don’t do 7 images per second.
If all other features remain at the level as this of D3, in addition to the amount of pixels that D3X gives, then D3X is a great tool.
I think we can achieve a good quality at ISO 1000 just like we can with the same setting of D3 for sport and action photography. Those that work in the studio, with plenty of light, will get even more out of the camera as those that normally work with daylight.
Since forever I’ve been missing the flexibility of 200 – 400mm. When shooting racing yachts, there are moments when you can’t get close enough to the object and then you dream about 100mm or more and greater cropping flexibility. The best solution, in my eyes, would be 200 – 400mm lens with 1.4 converter and the new D3X.
On the way to the media center of the Volvo Ocean Race, I had to make a decision regarding lenses. The question remained: “Should I go with 300 mm F2.8 and 1.4 converter on the D3X or maybe its better using the 70 – 200mm F2.8?” Considering the limited ISO range, I opted for 70 – 200mm. So, the long lens (300mm plus converter) was mounted on D3.
I picked up Nikon D3X in the morning and at 11am on that day I did my first shots during the practice race. Through the day, I have had the impression that the quality of images, taken at high ISO setting up to 800, is good. In fact, it’s a real pleasure to look at the screen that’s the same as the one of D3 and being able to zoom and zoom to check the focus of the shot. Here, I realized for the first time, the difference that higher resolution makes.
What I have felt during the shooting was the matter of speed. Before the boats come around the windward mark, I switch on continuous high. I have kept having the speed of the D3 in mind, but the camera in my hands was D3X with capability of 7 images per second. Slightly more images would not harm as all goes so fast, you just shoot and choose your image later. I was thinking “com’on baby, a bit faster”. On the other hand, considering a greater cropping flexibility, D3X is a much better camera.
When I returned to the media center, it was the moment of truth, but all turned out to be as expected. Though, I have to admit that it was the first day I used the JPEG files. Lightroom 2.2 is not reading RAW file of Nikon D3X and Nikon’s software, Capture NX 2 needed an upgrade right away on its latest version.
The next day I tested the camera at the Singapore Botanic Gardens with all the special orchids. My equipment included Nikon 105mm VR macro lens and SB 800. I encourage you to look at the images so you can notice the amount of details that is just impressive.
During the evening I went for a night skyline shooting, just to see how the camera performs at night. Believe or not, you can zoom so much that you really see what’s behind windows of those skyscrapers. It sure will be a great tool for secret services and detectives.
In the meantime, I got hold of the capture NX update and I could finally work on the raw file and ‘yes, you can watch right into the offices of the buildings’. With Nikon D3X, you can start to do landscape panorama shots and still have a good amount of pixel/data in your image after the crop.
Being a spoiled Nikon D3 user, my expectations for D3X were high and I have to say I am more than happy with this camera despite it’s high price. However, I’m not sure how many agencies will switch on to D3X at this time. Studio photographers working in different segments have a better chance to amortize such an investment and I believe this is the place where the cameras will be sold the most. My question would be ‘invest in camera or lenses?’ I would love to go for the camera, but an old rule says ‘invest in lenses first’, then in the camera.
The rate at which the amount of pixel increases is 20-40% and the size of the file doubles almost every year. Although this is in line with the principles of technological advancement, the question ‘what are we heading towards remains’? An even higher resolution? More colors, therefore more data? Speed or price reduction ? One thing is certain, once I return home I need to double my hard disk storage space in the archive , if I am to use Nikon D3X.
Now I’m jumping on the plane to Auckland, New Zealand to the next shooting, Louis Vuitton Pacific Series regatta. Who knows, it might be that by the end of this event I will start to miss higher resolution so much that I will consider buying D3X.
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