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10 Years of Performing Arts Photography in Basel – Ismael Lorenzo


Specialized in Performing Arts Photography Ismael Lorenzo is a Cuban photographer who lives in Basel, Switzerland. Most of his work is focused on action, his photography is about ephemeral and imperceptible moments, it is about motion, it is about dance.

To work on location I really like powerful, lightweight and portable equipment. A short flash duration and a quick recycling time are key technical aspects for my work and all this I have found in the Broncolor Move 1200 which combined with the Para 133 light shaping system makes the perfect lighting equipment for me. I love the portability and the lightweight design of this power pack, the speedy recycling time and short flash duration. The 1200 J with about 200 flashes at full power and the asymmetrical control for two lamps is very useful for backlight controls even in dark or on a bright sunny day.

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It was my first test-shooting on location with this equipment and now I am ready to benefit from the full potential of the broncolor Move 1200 L.To fully show my way of working I decided to do a photographic journey in one day through different locations with different styles of Dance.

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We built a studio-stage in the main hall of the Theater Basel where I did a shooting-performance, combining flashes with constant lights. The models who were classical dancers improvised to 30 minutes of music in front of the audience while I froze their movements.

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The other locations were around the same theater, a fountain with sculptures by the Swiss artist Jean Tinguely, another enormous sculpture from the famous sculptor Richard Serra and an architectural space with glass pyramids, where I arranged to work with dancers and Parkour freerunners. Despite the level of improvisation and at one point the rain which forced us to use umbrellas, the result was a very gratifying day and we all went home happy under the same umbrellas that appear in the Pictures.

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broncolor Move 1200 L     speed mode 7.0   1/3250s Hasselblad H4D   f/ 2.8 1/500
Canon Mark III f/ 2.8 1/250
On Location “Photo Art event Basel Switzerland“ Dance & Parkour:
Kihako Narisawa
Timo Paris
Kevin Hediger
Silvio Stoll

On stage-studio “Dance Performance Theater Basel, Switzerland“ Dance: Ballet dancers from the ballet school, Theater Basel, Switzerland

Website
http://www.ilphotography.com/de/

Downhill Rider in Action – Improve the Scene with Light

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The brief was simple: I was to shoot some lovely photographs of a downhill rider in action. The challenge was, however, not quite that simple. The weather did not really co-operate and the downhill trail was optically not particularly spectacular and also many kilometres long. For this reason, the equipment was especially important, because the whole atmosphere of the image is created by the light.

As it is impossible to get even close to the Uetliberg Trail by car, the equipment also had to be easily portable, since I had to actually be able to move around the trail and, as already mentioned, this was not particularly short! All the same, I didn’t want to have to limit myself and wanted to retain my flexibility so that I could deal with every lighting situation. This is why I opted for the following equipment:

– Move Kit 1200 L with the eminently suitable trolley backpack
– Light shaper Para 133
– Speedlite
– Camera + Zoom Objective

As you can see, I kept it to a minimum. I packed the camera with the lens and the Speedlite together with the Move 1200L in the trolley – thus I was able to transport all the equipment without any problems at all. When I was moving around the trail, I carried the trolley like a backpack and I was able to easily collapse the Para 133 and carry it under my arm – thus, I was able to be very flexible the whole time.

In addition, I was able to be super-flexible with the light as, with the Para 133, I had practically all the light formers in one. I can focus it, defocus it, limit the angle with the grid or use it as a big Softbox with the diffuser. This is why I knew right from the beginning that, regardless of the conditions, I would have the appropriate light.

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In case you are curious as to why I also took the Speedlite with me, I will tell you. As these downhill riders race down these trails at quite a speed, I needed a quick shutter speed/exposure time in order to get a sharp picture. To achieve this, one needs to use the high-speed synchronisation technique. I have actually already written about how this works in my blog contribution at: http://news.broncolor.com/tutorials/hypersync-easily-explained-by-fabio-gloor-part-1/ 

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So, I now ensured that I have a sharp picture and, thanks to the right equipment, I can create a wonderful light, too. Thus, simply put, all I needed to do is to catching the right Moment :-)

As always, I am looking forward to getting your feedback on my blog contribution and, should you have any questions, you are welcome to email me at fabio@gloorious.com. I would like to thank everyone who responded to my last contribution and to everyone else for reading.

Have fun trying this out.

Photographer Fabio Gloor
http://www.gloorious.com/

Liquid Work with Scoro – “Colour in Motion” by David Lund

As a commercial photographer I invest a huge amount of time and resources into exploring and developing new techniques. Liquid is what I am best known for. It is a very exciting medium, endless creative opportunities. I find it fascinating as well as challenging. The biggest challenge is always in controlling the flow and shape of the liquid.

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The ‘Colour In Motion’ project took a number of weeks to discover the perfect formula for creating the liquid that could be coloured and still maintain the properties to create these smooth velvety tumbling forms of colour. You need a huge amount of patience. My assistant must have cleaned the tank more than 70 to 80 times. Every 10 times using glass polish to really ensure a crystal sharp clarity.

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Each time you set up the tank, water that has been left overnight in our large water purification set up is then poured into the glass tank. Allowing time for the bubbles to all surface. We have 5 glass tanks, all at different sizes, some considerably larger, and ideally a larger one should be used for this type of shoot. But the cleaning and emptying of water each time is a consideration. Our tanks are bespokely hand made with a special glass called  Otiwhite, it has a much lower level of lead than normal glass which increases the clarity. This along with the purified water gives us extreme clarity of images captured on the Hasselblad. The water is there to hold the form, you do not want to see it.

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Pouring the colour into the water is a art, different types of funnels create different shapes, all sorts are used, even the top of a drinks bottle. Using a syringe to speedily inject a second colour into the mix works very well.

The broncolor Scoro power packs are essential tools for all my liquid work, the clean light of the broncolor is stunning and the high speed option is essential for this type of work to ensure pin sharp images on the stills.

To see more of David Lund’s Liquids go to www.davidlund.co.uk

Freezing the 400 m Hurdle Champion Kariem Hussein with the Scoro

For some time now I was preparing this shoot with Kariem Hussein, European Champion of 400m hurdles. He is an amazing guy and really cool to work with.

It is obvious that we tried to capture his speed and especially his jumping over hurdles. But as always, I tried to do it differently.

Under the Ahtletic stadion in Zurich we found a perfect location for this shoot. There is a concrete tunnel with an indoor running track. We had different ideas of what we wanted to try out. One was to work with reflecting tape and reflective clothing. Another idea was to do something with mirrors and to finish, a classic, the all-in-one sequence.

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As always when I want to capture something fast, I use the broncolor Scoros. This power packs together with Pulso Twin heads works perfectly if you need a lot of power and you want to freeze motion. And because I shoot everything with my Hasselblad with their bigger chip, I need even faster flash duration. The only way to control this, is bron’s cut off technichnology which is unbeatable.

For the sequential goal I needed power packs, which can recharge super-fast but also a lot of power, because I wanted to close aperture as much as possible to freeze the motion. For these kind of ideas, the Scoros with Twin heads are the perfect solution. Superfast recharging time with a lot of power. I’m used to capture these all-in-one sequences from my time as a snowboard photographer with natural light, but now it is cool to do the same with flashes. It opens a lot of new possibilities and I can develop new ideas to create images.

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Gian Paul Lozza
“I’ve studied media and politics and taught myself photography, but I went through a lot of stages and worked a long time as an assistant for different photographers. I specialize in action and portraits, including music artists as well as athletes. From my home base in Zurich/Zizers, I work for clients like Nike, Head, Burton, Zimtstern, Sony, and Opel. I publish contributions regularly in magazines such as Pleasure, Swiss Magazine, Lodown, Snowboard UK, Snowsurf, and Word. My work has been exhibited in galleries and museums in Munich and Zurich.”

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Model Tests with Siros and bron Control App – Review on F-Stoppers

Model Testing with broncolor Siros. Photo: Lance Nicoll / @lancenicoll
Photographer Lance Nicoll recently used our broncolor Siros monolights for a quick model test. Check out his images and review on FStoppers!

Cross-Century Couture in a Magical, Fine-art Shoot at Belvoir Castle

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When we came across the magnificent Belvoir Castle, we knew we wanted to shoot something there. However, not in every grand location is it possible to do a full-on Shoot Experience affair with 25+ people. So, we got the budget together for a small private shoot for ourselves. I thought it would be interesting and insightful to share a behind the scenes on this blog.

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At Belvoir we gained permission to shoot in two very special rooms: the Elizabeth Room, in which fashion has never been shot before, and the Tapestry Room, in which stands the tallest bed I’ve ever seen. I had Tim Walker-esque visions as soon as I walked in there. It became apparent that I’d plan the model look for this room, and Matt would plan the look for the Elizabeth Room.Behind the Scenes - Set-up

The starting Point Every shoot has a starting point that the whole plan hinges on. Usually in commercial situations that would be the client’s brief. But with this fine-art shoot, the starting point was the location itself, from which we drew our inspiration. For example, the colours in the Elizabeth Room inspired the styling for the dress we put together. And for the Tapestry Room, Matt and I sat and thought about what would make an interesting idea within the space of the huge four-poster bed, and we thought of two: a fishing theme and a playing card concept.

Moving forward with moodboards Moodboards were the crucial engine in planning, communicating our ideas to the styling team. It was very important to Matt and I to achieve our visions successfully, especially as the shoot’s cost and purpose depended entirely on producing quality art images to sell. In order to achieve that, we wanted to control and dictate everything on styling, but we are also aware that we are not stylists, and wanted to be able to ‘hand over’ some reigns to those with the necessary expertise. Thus, there was a balance to maintain between dictation and delegation. [more…]

Catching the Light – A new educational Video Series featuring broncolor’s Siros

broncolor has always strived for providing not only the best lighting equipment in the industry, but also educating customers and newcomers alike about the possibilities of their products and photographic lighting in general.

“Catching the Light” is a new project dedicated to document various photo shoots from conception to completion. Presented by broncolor Photographer Jessica Keller and featuring the new Siros Monolight, the charismatic duo will guide the viewers through a series of four videos respectively, devoted to an overlying theme. This first series is all about “the four elements”, but not necessarily in their purest sense. Fire, Water, Earth and Air all play a role though in finding creative ideas for interesting shoots, which will hopefully not only teach about advanced lighting techniques, but also inspire photographers, experienced and beginners alike, to get out there and start shooting.

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The Team behind “Catching the Light”

Born in Zurich, Jessica spent five years in South Africa where the vast landscapes awakened her passion for photography. After her return to Switzerland, she assumed her position as a photographer and consultant at broncolor Headquarters in Allschwil.

“broncolor has definitely taught me a lot. Painting with controlled/studio light became very quickly one of my greatest passions in photography.”

When she was approached to host a series of Videos showcasing the abilities of the Siros, she jumped at the opportunity. It soon became apparent, that the best way for demonstration is in real-life scenarios of actual shoots, which made it all the more personal for Jessica since now it was not only about challenging the Siros but also herself.

“I’m always hungry for a challenge and willing to go the extra mile to achieve a masterpiece. I strongly believe that ability is what we are capable of doing, motivation determines what we do and attitude determines how well we do it.”

Having good tools at her side brought Jessica a big step closer to achieve her goal of the perfect image. About the Siros she has to say this:

“Siros is my miracle monolight. It is fast, simple, universal and at the same time powerful. A gear which impresses me every single time when either working on location or in the studio, Siros never lets me down. I’m able to create whatever is on my mind, put it into practice and capture with catching the light in my final image. ”

With the Internet becoming more and more important as a learning resource for artists from all kind of fields, broncolor is proud to provide this new source of inspiration for photographers eager to learn more about the endless possibilities of photographic lighting and hopefully help them grow their craft and realize their artistic vision.

“My hopes for my video tutorials is that people enjoy it, have fun and maybe learn a little something from it. I’m very excited for all the things, which are still in the pipeline and can’t wait to share my knowledge with the viewers in the near future and to create great art.”

In the first part titled “Fire”, Jessica is using the Siros to recreate a 1920’s Lounge Atmosphere including Candles.

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“Working with the Siros 400 S on location combined with candles turned out superb. Our Siros is a powerful monolight. You are able to actually create whatever you want. Is it a very atmospheric image or an action photograph? Siros can do it all. [more…]

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