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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.

Tim Wallace working with a Hasselblad

I thought I’d share an excellent video with you, which was shot by my work colleagues Rob and Paul. The video features the excellent photographer Tim Wallace, who was recently a Hasselblad photgrapher of the month. Tim has done many roadshows for Calumet around the country and his shows are always well attended and very popular. He is extremely highly regarded in the industry and his work proves why. He uses Profoto lights and shoots all his work with a Hasselblad. Here’s a link to his website. http://www.ambientlife.co.uk/

Rob shot all the footage on a Canon Eos 5D MK2 with a variety of lenses. He also used a glide track, Zacuto Rig and a helicopter ! Nice !

Enjoy the video, especially as the weather is so cold here in the UK at the moment !
And a big well done to Tim, Rob and Paul.

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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…..

The Tour de France by Brent Humphreys

The Tour de France has started this week and I came across this amazing set of images by Brent Humphreys. It’s a wonderful body of work and is some of the best documentary photography I’ve seen in a while. Reading his blog is a real insight into the planning, equipment used and the execution of the project. Top notch ! Here is the link to the full set of images

http://www.projectletour.com/

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A wedding photographer takes the plunge !

Here’s an utterly classic photography clip from you tube. I know that a wedding photographers job is difficult but this is simply hilarious. Enjoy and have a little bit of sympathy.

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.

Tim Simmons Photography

One of the best photographers based in London at the moment is Tim Simmons. I’ve been watching his work for a while and I’m staggered at how beautiful his images are.

There is a real dreamlike quality to the imagery yet they are magnificently composed, lit and super sharp.

His work reminds me of Gregory Crewdson but without the people. Sometimes you don’t need a strong narrative to create innovative work. Enjoy.

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This one is called “Tucson Palm Wall 2004” from the Arizona Series.

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“Leaplish Wood Path 2004” from the Northumberland Series.

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“Norfolk Crop Square 2005” from the Norfolk Series.

You can find more of Tim’s work at http://www.timsimmons.co.uk