Carnival of Dreams: Wet plate artist Ian Ruhter and actor Gary Oldman visits Slab City

Written by Jens-Linus Lundgren-Widén on . Posted in Fine art photography, On location, Silver & light, Videos

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Last year Ian Ruther shared his journey to Slab City with us.  Now he returns to the mystical place to do a video documentary together actor Gary Oldman.

Carnival of Dreams is a short film based on the unforeseen events that transpired over a 48-hour period in a magical place called Slab City where the wet plate collodion artist Ian Ruhter and his wet plate technician Will Eichelberger set out to make the world’s largest Ambrotype.

 

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Rising light: Preston Ray Goes From Chasing the Light to Controlling the Light

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Rising Light is an article series highlighting promising photography students from all over the world. This month we introduce Preston Ray at School of Visual Communication at Ohio University.

The problem with growing up in Havre Montana is that despite an abundance of endless big skies and scenic landscapes, there’s a serious shortage of photography schools. Graphic design programs you can find. Photography departments? Zilch. Odd as it may sound if it wasn’t for the fact Preston Ray fell in love with a girl from Romania he might not have ever discovered the wonders of studio lighting.

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#ProfotoTakeover: Dayron Vera and “The VIII”

Written by Jens-Linus Lundgren-Widén on . Posted in #ProfotoTakeover, Fine art photography, Portrait photography

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Every month we feature a photographer on our global Instagram account for #ProfotoTakeover. The first week of January we dedicate to professional ballet dancer turned photographer Dayron Vera, who shot an artistic interpretation of Henry VIII, simply called “The VIII”.

Based in Barcelona, Dayron Vera’s focus on dance photography came naturally. Being a professional ballet dancer has given him an understanding of movement that enables him to capture his subjects with perfect timing. He started to shoot because of his urge to freeze movement and making it last forever, and at the same time transmit the feeling that the dancers in his images still keep on moving.

“I started with photography behind the stage, taking pictures of my mates. Soon I realized I that I needed to step up my game if I was going to really capture movement in the artistic way I wanted. That’s when I started shooting in studio with Profoto flashes.”

Besides ballet photography, Dayron has a great passion for portrait photography, which shines through in his portfolio. Following Dayron this week during the #ProfotoTakover you will see how he captures the essence of the people in front of my camera.

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Frozen fantasy: The only lighthouse in the Alps inspires a crazy idea

Written by Seth Chandler on . Posted in Behind the Scenes at Profoto, Off-camera flash, Sports photography, Videos

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When bad weather kept Christoph Jorda and his team from shooting what they had planned, a sightseeing trip provided the inspiration for an extraordinary photograph. Profoto B1 Off-Camera Flashes gave Christoph the flexibility—and reliability—for this once-in-a-lifetime shot.

Earlier this year, Christoph Jorda spent a week shooting with the Salomon Freeski Team in Andermatt, Switzerland. The goal was to shoot some epic big mountain freeride action, but bad weather and avalanche risk kept him and his team off the slopes. Rather than just sit around, they decided to hop on the train that runs from Andermatt to Zermatt to do some sightseeing.

 

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Rising light: East meets West

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Rising Light is an article series highlighting promising photography students from all over the world. This month we introduce Jonas Yuan at Academy of Arts University.

Some photographers are technicians, meaning they have the technique down pat but lack in the creative arena. Conversely, there are also a number of photographers who are creative but lack the technical skills required to take their imagery to higher levels.

Jonas Yuan is currently enrolled at the Academy of Arts University (AAU) in San Francisco, California. In a relatively short period of time Jonas Yuan has been able to fuse his skill sets as a technician with a keen sense of esthetics to create photographs that are well beyond the abilities of your average photo major. Then again, your average photo student didn’t sign up for classes because they needed to recharge their creative juices after shooting a sling of Blue Chip photography assignments in China.

 

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