Saturday, April 23, 2011

A Journey Down Under - photo book

I have created this book recently based on a business trip I did two years ago to Australia and Perth in particular. To me, books are the greatest way to showcase your work. I spend countless hours to select the pictures that will make a compelling story. Does it always work? Not really. I have been trying for many years and until recently did not really grasp how everything should fit together. There is still plenty of room for improvements but when compared with my earlier work, I am happy about the progression.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Using a 55mm under low light conditions

55mm, f/1.4, 1/40s
55mm, f/1.4, 1/60s
Low ambient lighting can be used to your advantage when shooting  portraits. I shot these pictures at my corporate Christmas party where everybody dress up to attend a very nice diner and an after party. That night, I decided to go with the smallest gear possible that would still make great pictures and chose my 55mm lense with a maximum aperture of f/1.4. 
I used a key moment when all my friends where listening to my CEO's speech. They listened well and therefore did not move much. It allowed me to increase the time for exposure while using the largest aperture. Everything is about light in photography and with low light conditions, it is vital to capture the most of it. Here the light temperature was great.