Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Pic(k) of the week 14: URBAN BEATS AT THE BEACH - 24 HOUR PROJECT DUBAI

For me and for a lot of other fellow Street Photographers, April 1st was a day to remember. It was this time of the year when close to 4000 photographers documented Human life in more than 800 cities around the globe, all for a good cause; creating awareness for refugees all over the world and more specifically for @LesvosSolidarity in Greece. More info can be found in a blogpost of mine from last month; click here for more. 

I can proudly say that I've successfully completed the 24 hour project challenge beside 7 other Dubai photographers. Another 16 participated for part of the event with some of them coming very close to meeting the complete challenge, often being just a few images short. 

The image below was shot on a hot (37C) afternoon, after I had been shooting for about 17 hours. The scene is part of the "Urban Beats at The Beach" event; a free 3 day event bringing Xtreme sports, DJ spins and Graffiti artists together at the Dubai Marina beach. 

24 hour project Dubai

Image details:
  • Fujifilm X_T2 with the XF23mm f2 lens
  • ISO 400, f8, 1/1500s
  • Lightroom CC to develop RAW file using the Classic Chrome camera profile

Lately I been inspired a lot by the work of Magnum Street Photographer Alex Webb; who is often known to frame images in different layers; allowing the viewer to stay in the image and discover new things in the process. I hope the image above provides you with a similar viewing experience!

The 24 hour project has been challenging but also very rewarding! It is undoubtedly one of the more demanding things I've done photographically speaking. The fact that one has to meet 24 different deadlines, while being tired but also remaining creative, is not to be underestimated.

While a project like this is generally speaking not there to create award winning photographs, I'm quite happy with the 24 final images I came up with. Click here to check out the gallery set up for the event.

To me the main key to success was keeping the gear to the absolute minimum; I personally used a Fujifilm X-T2 with two small, lightweight lenses; the 23mm f2 and 35mm f2. Having built in Wifi was a huge advantage in order to get the images up on social media without loosing valuable time.

Remember: "THE ULTIMATE INSPIRATION IS THE DEADLINE" - Nolan Bushnell. 


BJORN



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