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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.


All boxed up and ready to be shipped.



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 !

Architecture in Edinburgh, Scotland

I recently spent a few days up in Edinburgh, Scotland and was amazed at some of the wonderful architecture. I particularly liked the combination of old and modern but was really impressed with the modern architecture. My favourite piece of modern architecture was the new Scottish Parliament building in Holyrood, which was designed by the Catalan Enric Miralles, who unfortunately died before its completion. Here are some of my images from this photogenic building.

The other building that I liked was a combination of old & modern architecture used at Usher Hall in the city centre. Here are a couple of my images.

Here are some more images of this beautiful city.

It really was a marvellous short break and this wonderful city is well worth a visit.

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.

In the new Hasselblad Studio

I had a lot of fun last week in the new Hasselblad Studio, which is based in Hoxton, London. Hoxton is a great area to have a studio. The area is full of life and has a wonderfully artistic feel. It helps that the White Cube gallery is nearby and Hoxton Square is crammed with restaurants and pubs. The studio has everything that a photographer needs for a shoot and is backed by the leading photographic suppliers including Profoto, Broncolor, Eizo, Epson, Wacom, OnOne Software, Sandisk and The Printspace. Full details of the studio can be found at http://www.hasselbladstudio.com
The event was a Hands on a Hasselblad Day and details of future events can be found at http://www.handsonahasselblad.com
The events are well worth going to and allow you to have a full play with all the latest equipment and best of all, it’s absolutely free !
Here are three of the images I took of the model, Zoe, who was excellent again. She had to work so hard but was faultless in the way she dealt with the many photographers that attended.
I used the Hasselblad H4D 60 with a HC 120mm. An excellent combo !

Canon 5D and 7D for video.

I have recently done my first video work with the Canon 5D. Video has become a massive growth area for Canon and their range of cameras. Colleagues and clients have been waxing lyrically about the capabilities of the 5D and 7D, and after using the 5D and seeing the results, I couldn’t agree more. The quality is fantastic and the cameras are very easy to use. I was pleased to be able to help out my good friends Simon McComb and Chris Whitehead on a short video for The Macmillian Trust. Simon directed, filmed and edited, and Chris produced for the project. I helped out with the filming along with Robin from the Pro Centre and another friend of Chris’s called Ian. I mounted the 5D on a figrig and shot with lenses 85mm 1.2, 50mm 1.2 and the 35mm 1.4. The lenses proved to be the right choice although I could have done with a longer lens. We had to capture the atmosphere and fun of the Brick Lane Takeover, a music event in East London that was being sponsered by Macmillian. The figrig proved to be an inspired choice as it allowed a bit more freedom than a tripod. Basically the figrig is a steering wheel but it provides a solid base with which to film. The only drawback is its tricky to use follow focus with it. Still it did the job. The whole evening was a success, however it was quieter than we’d have liked due to a clash with the World Cup. Simon spend about three weeks editing the video and we are all pleased with the results. Here is the video and I hope you enjoy it.

H4D 60 Test Shots

I’ve been playing with Hasselblad’s newly released H4D 60. I didn’t get long to test it, about 20 minutes, but managed to get a few shots, which I thought I’d post. I used the camera at 50 ISO, shutter speed of 250/1 and at f19. I arranged some Profoto D1 1000w heads ( three ) and went for a modern, blown out highlights effect. I changed the overall look with Phocus software and finished off with a tiny bit of photoshop. The camera was easy to use, like all of the H series of cameras. I was pleased with the images although with a bit more time I could have got slightly better imagery. This is more to do with the photographer than the camera !! I’m not convinced I like the over filtered effect which is currently in vogue. It all looks a bit cold and lacks a bit of depth.
The camera was fantastic and the quality of the files awesome. This is just what I’d expect from such a high end camera. Faultless. I’m lucky to be able to play with such a wonderful camera and look forward to having another play soon !
Many thanks to my models Steve, David and Dom from the Pro Centre, although if Cameron Diaz is still in the country…..

Experimental photography

When you are supplying stock agencies or editorial clients, you get very little creative license. Alamy, who I supply, prefer standard stock imagery as opposed to artistic or creative images. It can stifle the artist within you unless you dedicate time to being creative. Some stock agencies notably Millennium welcome “off the wall” images and I’ll be looking to supply to them soon. The Getty Flickr collection is equally diverse and is showing signs of real variety and a unique market position. I like to experiment with photography and hope to develop an artistic style as well as the conventional style that currently runs though my work. I think I’ve just got bored with taking standard pictures. I want some excitement and to produce something very different.

I scanned a couple of images today and played with reversing them, changing the colours, contrasts and much more. let me know what you think !

They are certainly different !

Hasselblad H4D 40 and H4D 50 Launch at The Pro Centre, London.

On Wednesday the 10th of February, Hasselblad launched their new range of cameras at 50 locations worldwide. I attended the launch at The Procentre, one of London’s largest rental companies and was immediately impressed with the new range of cameras. The launch was very well attended and everything was laid on to have an enjoyable and informative session. The build quality of the cameras was everything you would expect from Hasselblad. There were no noticeable differences between the H4D 40 and the H4D 50 and they both handled equally as well. The main new feature of the cameras was the True Focus button which is situated near the shutter button. Hasselblad’s revolutionary “True Focus” has made the camera much easier to handle and the focusing was as fast as a top of the range DSLR but obviously the picture quality is twice as impressive due to the sensor being twice the size. I love working with the large files that medium format digital provides. The ability to crop into an image, without rendering your file too small for stock library submission, is a major plus point. I’ve done most of my stock work on a Nikon D2X but I’m unable to crop satisfactory, due to stock submission guidelines and image quality. Serious stock shooters will be looking towards medium format digital in increasing numbers I believe.

Below are some of the example’s of images I took at the launch. A couple of the images have been cropped heavily and all have been slightly tweaked in the Phocus software that Hasselblad provided. Phocus has also improved and is becoming one of my favorite pieces of software. You very rarely need to use Photoshop now, which is testament to how good Phocus has become.

This still life was with the H4D 50

This was with the H4D 40.

The following set of images were of the model, Zoe Cornwall, who was excellent to work with. It must be very daunting for a model to perform at an event where there are so many photographers but Zoe was at ease immediately and proved to be a fantastic model for the day.

All the model shots were on the Hasselblad H4D 40. The H4D 50 was in great demand elsewhere !

Hasselblad will be staging further “hands on days” in the future and I’d advise all photographers to have a play with these great cameras.

A 20 minute stroll with a Hasselblad H3D 50

Today I managed to get out and play with a Hasselblad H3D 50 camera. I only had about 20 minutes but I got some nice images, which I thought I’d post. The H3D is easy to use with all the functions you’d expect from a high end medium format digital. The file sizes are huge. I saved mine as jpegs and the file size was 149meg. You can save your 3F files as jpegs,tiffs and many other. The quality was awesome. I’m going to be using this camera more in the near future so I’ll keep you updated.
The word show.

Neon mini cabs sign

A red neon mini cabs sign

A closed job centre in east London

State of the Nation.

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