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Using my iPhone in Berlin

I’m one of those photographers who is increasingly turning to my iPhone to catch those quick pictures. Instagram has revolutionised phone photography and I love the simplistic nature of using a phone instead of a DSLR. It’s just so easy to use and my shoulders don’t ache after carrying around all of that heavy equipment.

It’ll be interesting to see how this develops and I’m sure all camera manufacturers are exploring smaller capture devices. I’ve spoken to my bosses on a regular basis and keep mentioning the portability, ease of use and multi functioning features that I enjoy.

Great pictures can be taken with all cameras including phones and here are a selection of images I took on a recent trip to the fabulous city of Berlin.

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Inspiration for photographers from theatre.

Photographers find inspiration from many sources but one theatre company production has stayed with me ever since I first saw it. Four visits later and I was still finding inspiration from a multitude of set pieces.
The production was called “The Drowned Man, a Hollywood Fable” by the specialists in immersive theatre, Punchdrunk.
The show was based in an unused old Post Office sorting building in Paddington. Set over four floors the show told the tale of various characters based in the fading glory of Hollywood’s heyday.
The size and scale of the production was enormous. The detail of the sets was astounding and the acting was wondrous. The imagery from the show will stay with me for a very long time and its rare in this world to be blown away. Just brilliant.

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The Hasselblad H5D-50c

Really enjoyed using the new Hasselblad H5D-50c on these images.
The high ISO worked really well and most of the images were shot at 3200iso. The lens was also wide open and the quality remained consistent. It’s an impressive bit of kit.

The images were of the new pop up shop and diner in Hackney Road, London and has been organised by Secret Cinema’s showing of Back to the Future. Many thanks to them for allowing me to take these images.

For a full view of the images please check out my website.

http://neiljuggins.photoshelter.com/#!/index/G0000DNMo_IjEoC4/I0000LiAuIcpL_U0

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A visit to Broncolor in Switzerland

Due to the recent announcement that Hasselblad will be the importer into the UK of Broncolor lighting I was invited to the Broncolor studio and factory in Allschwil just 4 km from Basle in Switzerland. It’s going to be exciting stocking this new range of excellent products and I was interested in the production of the lighting systems. We arrived very early and had the day to ourselves on the Monday which was a bonus on a works trip !

The guys at Broncolor treated us to a wonderful 3 days and looked after us supremely well. Excellent training on their products, a guided tour of Basle, lovely food & drink and wonderful company. The range of lighting is amazing and is priced to suit all budgets. Broncolor have often been seen as expensive and too complicated to use but these issues have been addressed as extra products have been added to the range. Certainly the Scoro packs are expensive but on a par with their rivals and they out perform them especially in terms of colour temperature control and flash duration. Easy to use, the Scoro’s are top notch. Looking forward to playing with them in the UK. Their battery packs, called the Mobil A2L, are excellent too especially as they are light in weight due to the new lithium batteries and have an added bonus of being able to turn into LED lights with an adapter. This will interest photographers and film makers alike. There are many products in their range , the Grafit, the Senso,the Verso etc and you can view them all at http://www.bron.ch. Well worth a look.

The factory works like clockwork ( not surprising as it’s based in Switzerland ) and it employs 80 people. Every item is handcrafted, checked and re-checked. The procedures for quality control were very impressive indeed and you can see why Broncolor products are regarded as the most reliable in the business.

All in all a fantastic trip and many, many thanks to Urs, Urs 2, Gorden and especially Jacques & Claude Bron for making our visit interesting, educational and fun.

Here are some images from our visit.


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Making the Broncolor Para Reflector





Circuit boards and the Senso packs almost complete




Mark checking the circuit boards.


The factory floor



Dom and I playing with the Broncolor Balloon.


Dom enjoying himself and lit with a Scoro pack and Bron hardbox.


The Broncolor bunker ! Nearly all factories in Switzerland must have a bunker in case of nuclear attack or earthquakes. Quite an oddity !

The new Pro Centre.

After months of negotiations, many site visits, and a long weekend of shifting boxes the Pro Centre has moved to its new home at 14 Union Walk, London E2.

It’s certainly nicer to work in a building that isn’t crumbling around the edges and hopefully will be a huge success. The showroom is definitely a proper showcase for all the Hasselblad products and many new products that will be arriving soon.

Here are some of the first images of our new home and you must come and visit soon !

The Grimaldi Memorial Service 2011

Every year on the the first weekend in February, clowns from far and wide, attend a memorial service for the celebrated clown Joseph Grimaldi at Trinity Church, Dalston, London. I’ve been fascinated by Grimaldi since my first flat in Exmouth Market, London, was opposite to a property that Grimaldi had once lived in, some 200 years ago. I decided to go this year and get some images and took the family along. The whole service was delightful and we all enjoyed it, especially my son who loved seeing all the clowns. The service was even attended by the Speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow MP and his wife Sally, who was pictured in an infamous photo this week.
Here are some of my images of the day and they were all taken on a Nikon D3S in low light.

The Joys of Live Broadcasting !!

I heard about this today and on a drab, fairly lifeless Monday, it made me smile ! Naughtie, Naughtie !!
Warning !! The language may offend and amuse in equal measure.

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