Saturday, March 26, 2011

Pic(k) of the week 13: Aviation overdose?

If all goes as planned, in 12 hours time, I should be on the upper-deck of one of the Emirates Airbus A380's, on my way to New York JFK

2011 Pic(k) of the week 13: Aviation overdose
Flying as a passenger, I plan on connecting with a JetBlue flight to Orlando, Florida, where I'll be attending the yearly "Spring Break for pilots". 

Sun 'n Fun 2011 at the Lakeland airport 1 hour west of Orlando, is the worlds second largest annual fly-inn (after Air Venture at Oshkosh, Wisconsin). It completes my bucket list as the last of the three major "must see US aviation events", after Air Venture and the Reno Air races in Nevada.

Image details:
Nikon P7000
ISO 100, f3.5, 55mm, 1/2000s
Raw development in LR3

Beside my 3 day attendance to Sun 'n Fun, I plan on visiting the Kissimmee Air MuseumFantasy of Flight and plan on getting a quick seaplane ride at the Jack Brown's Seaplane Base; "Aviation overdose" for Aviation Photography!

Expect on location Facebook and Twitter updates and more aviation photography blogposts once I get back to Dubai.

Till then,
Fly safe and click that shutter,
BJORN

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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Pic(k) of the week 12: Dubai Marina mall sky dome

Still on the subject of Black and White Architectural photography, I shot this image of a light dome at the Dubai Marina Mall last week. Always carrying some kind of camera, pays off! Yes, this was shot with my Compact Nikon P7000.

2011 Pic(k) of the week 12: Dubai Marina Mall sky dome


I like how the light comes in from the top right and follows the diagonal in the image...

Image details:
Nikon P7000
ISO 100, 38mm, f4, 1/160s
RAW file development with Lightroom 3
SilverEfex for Black and White conversion

Remember, the best camera is the one with you!

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BJORN

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Monday, March 21, 2011

Burj Khalifa B&W mini-series

If you follow my Architectural work, you probably know that I really enjoy shooting high contrast Black and White (B&W) images.

Last week I made the following mini-series at Burj Khalifa, the worlds highest tower in Dubai.

Arabic couple statue near Burj Khalifa



Burj Khalifa Black & White series



Burj Khalifa Black & White series



Burj Khalifa Black & White series



Burj Khalifa Black & White series

More of my Black and White Architectural photography can be found here.

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BJORN

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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Pic(k) of the week 11: Old Venice

If it wasn't for the "modern" boats in the image, one could easily think it was made in 1855! 


Pic(k) of the week 11: Old Venice
Well, it obviously was not... While I was in Venice for the 2011 Carnival last week, I made the image above of Piazza San Marco from one of the Vaporetta.


Originally shot in color, I  then applied an antique look in post-processing using Nik Software SilverEfex Pro. I'm pretty happy with the old feel of the image, largely due to the amount of film grain in the photograph.


Image details:
Nikon D700, Nikkor 70-200 2.8
ISO 200, 155mm, f 9.0, 1/200s
RAW developed with Lightroom 3
Nik SilverEfex Pro for the Black & White conversion


Over the years, I have collected quite a few travel images of the amazing city of Venice and its neighboring islands. These can be found here.


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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Carnevale di Venezia- 2011 - Venice Carnival

The Venice Carnival is the largest and most important of the Venetian festivals; a cocktail of tradition, entertainment and history, of a unique city in Northern Italy.

Venice Carnival 2011
Every year the festival celebrates the passage from winter to summer and attracts thousands of visitors from all over the world. The official start, dates back to 1296, when the most humble of the classes became the most powerful by wearing masks during the Carnival time. After an interruption of almost two centuries the festival was relaunched in 1980 and has since been held annually. 

Venice Carnival 2011
Internet research told me that shooting the masks with thousands of surrounding tourists would not be an easy thing. 

Venice Carnival 2011
In order to get clean images, the participants get together at specific places and times. Pro and semi-pro photographers can then shoot them interrupted after which business cards are exchanged so the images can then be send out after the event. A great solution for both parties!

Venice Carnival 2011
The first spot for a sunset shoot, was on a small island opposite San Marco. Since the masks (people who wear masks) are not supposed the speak, the quietness makes for a very serene and special atmosphere! Just across the water one could see the hustle and bustle of the thousands of visitors making their way through the narrow Venice streets. What a contrast!

Venice Carnival 2011
On most masks the eyes are hidden quite deeply. So shooting with speed-lights (flash) is a must.  
Venice Carnival 2011
The next morning I was up before dawn (5am). After a 15 min walk, a 15 min bus ride and a 20 mins boat-trip, I arrived at San Marco square where I found about 20 photographers shooting even more masks in the pre-sunset light. And the best thing of all; not a single tourist around. My internet research really paid off!  

Venice Carnival 2011
The sun peeking above the horizon just before 7am, made for some amazing early morning light.

Venice Carnival 2011

Venice Carnival 2011
Unfortunately about one hour after sunrise, the first tourists started showing up. By then shooting up from ground level was pretty much the only option. Just before 9am I packed my gear and headed back to the hotel. Just in time for breakfast!

Venice Carnival 2011
cEven though it was my first visit to the Carnival, it surely will not be my last one. If one can avoid the massive crowds, it truly is a unique experience as a photographer!

After I came home with over 800 images, I now finished the editing and have uploaded about 90 to my Venice Carnival gallery.

Venice Carnival 2011
The coming days, I will start emailing the participants images which they so well deserve... 

You all made my day(s)!

I've also made a 5 minute slideshow-video, which can be found on Vimeo here. While you are there feel free to check-out some other BMP videos at the new BMP Vimeo channel.

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BJORN

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Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Pic(k) of the week 10: Silencio

This weeks Pic(k) is a bit of a teaser... Last weekend I shot at the 2011 Venice Carnival and had a blast!

Pic(k) of the week 10: Silencio
The teaser image above is one of the 800 images shot. More in a separate blogpost within the next 36hrs!

Image details:
Nikon D700 with Nikkor 24-70 2.8 lens
ISO 200, 165mm, f7.1, 1/200s
RAW developing in Lightroom 3

Back to editing...

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Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Pic(k) of the week 9: A mosque with a view

My day (night) job has really kept me busy lately... Earlier this week, I did however find a few hours to dust off my DSLR and make some new Architectural images.

Mosque at Umm Suqeim near Burj al Arab hotel 
Just behind the world famous 7-star hotel "Burj al Arab" is a very nice Mosque. I had been there before, but was never really 100% happy with the images I got. I might still be missing a few percent of personal satisfaction but feel like I'm coming closer... Some clouds might do the job, next time around!

Image details:
Nikon D700 with Nikkor 70-200 VR2 2.8 lens
ISO 200, 78mm, f9, 5sec
RAW file processing with Lightroom 3

Over 100 of my other Architectural images shot in Dubai can be found here

Last but not least, I'm finalizing the planning on an upcoming aviation shoot over 12000km away end of the month... more soon!

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BJORN

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