Sunday, May 6, 2012

Stealthing your camera

Today I would like to spend a few minutes on stealthing your camera. Why would you and how would you do it?

Let's not be all politically correct and start talking about keeping your camera secure for theft and or that the branding might alert the subject hence you not being able to take the shot... let's not, let's just start with an honest answer. IT JUST LOOKS DARN COOL!



Sure it does. My Leica M6 with a pieces of black duck tape on the trademark icons now looks like a dark lord of Leicadome! Sure as Leitz looks like a completely black MP now.

But there are obviously other reasons why one would cover their precious Leica branding and type indicators with black tape. One of the most mentioned reasons is that the white and red on the camera certainly does alert the subject that you have a camera pointed at them and there goes your shot. Hence the name "stealthing" your camera.

Also and definitely not less valid is the reason that, since Leica, or Canon 5DmkIII e.g., is quite the expensive tool you own, thieves and robbers have their eyes on any camera with a white incription and or a red dot. The camera you're holding and which you are aiming at people around you, might just be the target of these hooligans. Especially with the white branding and red dots! You want to keep your camera as low key as possible? Stealth your camera.

Last but not least there is this. Other photographers that look up or talk down on you because you don't own the latest very expensive edition of the brand that you use, 5DmkIII e.g. or the M6 for Leica owners. Do you really really care? No! But does it get annoying if you just want to shoot and another smart ass comes up to you and says "Oh it's the markII.. nice but I own the markIII, you should get that".... uuuuh first of all, the best camera out there is the one that you are holding! Secondly, go eat babydoodoo bro, let me just shoot!

Although all of the above mentioned reasons are valid and definitely worthy of considering stealthing your camera... I did it because it looks so frikking cool ;)

How to:

Get a piece of duck tape, make sure it's not all thready and wrinkled, because that doesn't look cool. Make sure you cut the pieces in very straight lines. Best actually is to put a tiny piece of paper underneath the tape so that when you pull off the tape in the future, the branding incription paint doesn't stick to the tape and vanishes from your camera.

Happy stealthing!

Rick

Rick @ Alpha Male
Leica M6 Zeiss Planar 50mm f2
Kodak Tmax100 and Kodak Tx400




Julia

Leica M6 / Zeiss Planar 50f2 / TX400 



(Julia @ Fresh Model Management)

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Nalden.net

Today I've got some cool news! Mr. Nalden has featured my series of Catherine on his blog!
Right next to legendary Anton Corbijn a.o. no less! 

For those who don't know who Nalden is; one of THE major worldwide bloggers ruling to blogosphere TODAY - ANNDDD - founder of Wetransfer.com the ONLY really fast and stable filetransfer site out there!

Check out the Nalden.net bio;

Nalden is all about lifestyle for digital natives. Both the blog and iPad app work like an online desktop and includes stories supported by audio, video, photo galleries and shop. It's not about trends. It's a collection of curated observations. 

Hailing from Amsterdam, this creative outlet allows me to share everything I like with likeminded people around the world. A discovery of music, design, fashion & tech with my own approach to distribution and content, resulting in a stream based upon the best ideas, energy & enthusiasm. 

Besides living this blog, I'm the co-founder of WeTransfer, an easy file-transfer service, and Kuvva. A platform that offers the best wallpapers from illustrators & photographers.

Today, both the blog and iPad app are a daily source of inspiration for thousands of people from around the world who love to live in the present plus. Don't hesitate to get in touch if you have something worth sharing.


Ain't that something!? Click here to go directly to my feature on Nalden.net


Saturday, April 21, 2012

Catherine

Catherine owns a bikini label and designs her entire line herself. She's not only one hell of a lady but gorgeous at that. I did this shoot for her PR and website.. and must say that I'm really impressed how she handled herself infront of the camera.. as this was her very first time!

Shot with a Leica M6, Fuji Neopan Acros 100 shot on iso400 pushed in Tmax Pro Developer.. 









Friday, April 20, 2012

A picture a day.

Today I would like to share a preview of the session I did yesterday with Catherine. It's my first session with my new Leica M6. I used Fuji Neopan Acros 100 and shot it at iso400! A little development pushing technique and this is the result.

Leica M6 / Zeiss Planar ZM 50mm f2 / 1/125 / f2.8


Thursday, April 19, 2012

My new Leica M6

Finally, after so many years of wanting and desiring ,I can finally say I own a Leica M6!! BAM!

I have had an M4-2 for little over a month and was totally hooked on the Leica feeling. I knew the reputation of the M4-2 wasn't that great but I got it for a great deal along with a Zeiss ZM 50mm F2 Planar. Although I was really happy with this camera.. the yerning for an M6 just wouldn't cease. So.. today I finally went to my local photography genius shop "Foto Den Boer" in Amsterdam and got this 'in perfect condition, no scratches AT ALL - not even inside the door' black edition M6.

Call me a happy camper!


Monday, April 16, 2012

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Vive la Pureté: Eva

Yes we're back with another edition of Vive la Pureté! This is the book I'm working on and since not all the images will make it to the book I thought it would be nice to share the sessions here with you guys. 

Have a look at the natural jawdropping Eva! 













Vive la Pureté: 
I shoot models without make up, styling, etc in their purest form. This is my answer to the overcommercialized fashion and photography industry that pushes women to alter their true self to a predetermined ideal of beauty. This book wil contain 100 pages of the pure beauty of women without reservation whatsoever.




A picture a day.

Leica M4-2 / Planar ZM 2-50 / 1/250 f8 / 400TX


Thursday, April 12, 2012

"Disco"

Leica M4-2 / Planar ZM 2-50 / 1/125 f 4 / Ilford XP2 Super

Copyright: Jaimie Peeters

Using film in the studio part 1

When I work in the studio I use an Elinchrom 400W studioflash set to create hard light and inherently hard shadows. Most photographers will say that they will try to avoid hard shadows and will fill it in with a soft light to get the detail back of everything in that dark area. I don't. That's all I can say about it. I don't follow those rules too much, I only care for the feel of a picture, not the rules.

Here's an example shot with Fuji X100 (digital).

Copyrights: Jaimie Peeters

Now recently I took my Leica film camera for a first time run in the studio using the same set up as I have always done before. I used 1x 400W flash, placed this at an downward angle on the model. It did have a diffuser on and it was about 1 meter away from the model to create that hard shadows.

I developed the Fuji Acros 100 in AM74 1+19 for 8 minutes and used no stopbath but rinsed it with water for 3 minutes before fixing it with X89 for 3 minutes. The results were really bad. Too much contrast and almost all the hightlights were flushed away. Most likely I did something wrong in this proces of shooting and developing. I asked around and nobody had issues with using Acros in the studio with flash lights.

hmmm.. what could it be. Let's start at looking at the developing process and the difference of film. I had 1 roll of Acros left and 1 rol of Fomapan 100 (expired). Let's see what the results will be in comparison. I started this test with an exactly metered (Sekonic) setting and changed the F stop progressively.


On the top left you see that the image is pretty much flushed while the top right image shows a lot more depth in the black areas. Remember this was the exact metering with a handheld Sekonic meter. When testing this same setting with a Fuji X100 (digital) I get an exactly nicely balanced image.

As the test progresses you see that Across shows a big difference between F11 and F16 while Fompan nicely steps onto a darker level. Hmmm what can we make of this?

I went to Foto Den Boer (a wellknown photography specialty shop in Amsterdam) and asked for advice regarding film type, developer brand etc to get the best results in the studio. He sold me a Kodak Tmax 100 film and Tmax professional developer along with Tmax professional fixer and S10 stopbath.

As soon as I am able to test shoot that roll of film I will share the results with you and see if things improved. If you have any information or experience you'd like to share, please do so in the comment section.

- Jaimie Peeters -

Agfa Click

Agfa Click / Kodak Portra 400NC.

The only analog camera with 6x6 film that I use for street photography is the Agfa Click.
It's just the most simple machine made I guess, focus on infinity and shoot. Only downside is that that shutter speed is set to a '30 of a second. That's pretty hard for low-light situations, but can be fun too.

The weather is getting better, so I am going to load it up with some old films I have laying here soon again. Got a lot of expired films from my old work, dating from 70's/80's!

Always a surprise what the outcome will be :)

Gr. Sander van der Veen

Thursday, April 5, 2012

A picture a day.





A final edit of my 'natural' test session with Dieke


Camera: Fuji X100
Lights: Elinchrom 400w
Settings: 1/125 f11 iso200
Software: CS5 photoshop w/ NIK silver FX