Archive | February 2012

Snowboard Photography Practise

A few weeks ago I went to an indoor ski slope (Ice Mountain) with Tom (snowboarder) to test my new camera (7D). I also brought my flash and wireless flash transmitter (Cactus V4). Too bad the transmitters don’t work on my 7D (they might with some decent configuration, but they didn’t at the time, which sucked) so I used my old camera (5D). I don’t know if it was the cold or something, but they didn’t work properly at all, which was a shame because I missed some nice shots (I think). But in the end still managed to get some okay pictures with and without flash and learned a lot for next time (one of them: buy shit that works! :p)

Besides, in 2 weeks we’re going to try again, on some real mountains! I bought some Phottix Strato wireless transmitters which I hope will work flawlessly. I also bought an extra flash so I have some more room to play around with the light. I’m very excited be sure to post the result here!

If anyone knows some nice snowboard-photography websites/magazines be sure to share them, I am filling myself up with inspiration. 🙂

Anyway, pics!

Thanks to Tom for snowboarding his ass off for me and arranging a shoot in some real snow!

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The Hickey Deadsets

Last week I went to see two very good Belgian bands to practise my music-photography-skillz (that’s right, I wrote it with a Z, ’cause that’s what the cool kids do.) I’ve learned some things that I should remember for next time.

*For starters, I have to step back from the portrait-shots and try to take more wide-angle/full body pictures. That wasn’t possible this time because I hadn’t brought my wide-angle lens (stupidy, stupidy stupidy!)

*The second thing is about post-production, when I have lots of photos I tend to mess around a bit too much with colours/contrast/whatever in a different way on every picture, so the set tends to be incoherent. (You’ll see when you watch them). Need to work on that.

*Also, involving post-production, is being selective. I had the WORST time trying to select a good set. There’s still too many and I’m still very unsure about it.

Anyway, here’s the pictures. If when you’re looking at them you’re thinking “My heavens, what kind of crêpe (hehe) is this?!” You’re always welcome to tell me so I can work on it and show you a better example of my skillz next time.
Oh and before I forget, the two bands we saw were Deadsets (you can find them here: http://www.myspace.com/deadsets ) & The Hicky Underworld ( over here: http://www.thehickeyunderworld.com ). They were both awesome and I enjoyed them alot! Also great encore!

M. Otto, the bike.

Meet M. Otto, my golden pride.

M. Otto

 

And yes, there’s a bit of Photoshop…