[BIFFF] Predator

My subjects today are a bit frightening.

Predator cosplay

Predator Alexandre Lartaux

[PitsLamp-short] Portrait I.

It’s been a while, in the last 6 months lots of stuff happened in work, social and personal life. All of which stopped me from updating, all excuses I know, so here is a recent photo to make it up.

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Earlier this year, I got to test a sony A7 camera and I kinda fell in love with it. So after a busy summer, I purchased one and I also got some adaptors to use the vast collection of old lenses I have laying around. I tested this out in my studio last night and did a short portrait session with I.

I’ll be king promotion

King promotion

As you may know, our belgian king Albert II announced his abdication and he will be handing his crown to prince Filip. Coincidentally that happens to be my name, so to celebrate me becoming king, I launched the “I’ll be king promotion”.

You’ll get the following package for only 199 euro (incl. VAT), normal price is 399 euro (incl. VAT).

  • Portrait shoot on black and white film (portrait, family, boudoir, pet, engagement, pregnancy, etc)
  • 1 handmade wet print of 50×60 cm
  • 3 handmade wet prints of 24×30 cm
  • Digital scans of the photos

The promotion is valid until the 21st of july, when prince Filip will be king.

Book now via info@pitslamp.be, the contactform or call +32 486 36 29 61

[I shoot people] I.

Film noir: Detective

Yesterday I was shooting with I. for a upcoming project with the large format camera. We had some time left after the shoot and decided to do some fun stuff. Here are the results, enjoy.

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[PitsLamp-shorts] Portrait of strangers

Mamiya RB67 portrait in the streets of Ghent

In the beginning of april, I went out with Stijn to photograph some strangers, while Stijn used his digital camera, I took 2 photos, 1 polaroid to give to the people and one for myself on black and white film.

It was a test in efficiency, I wanted to capture the person in just one photo, nothing more, nothing less. It did not work out every time, but I love the result in the photo above.

Also read Stijn’s report of the day: Improve communication skills, shoot a stranger

All the portraits

Mamiya RB67 portrait in the streets of Ghent

Mamiya RB67 portrait in the streets of Ghent

Mamiya RB67 portrait in the streets of Ghent

Marathon portrait session in the snow

Portrait session Kristof

I got a request from the people behind UITpas to do a small Project 30303030 in the end of January. They asked if I wanted to shoot 8 portrait sessions with members of UITpas in one day.

So the 26th of January, a particular cold and snowy day in Aalst, I set out to do just that. Here are some of the results.

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Engagement shoot 1920’s style: Mattias and Adinda

Mattias en Adinda 1920&#039;s themed engagement shoot on film

A little over a month ago when I launched my second I shoot, you decide, I got contacted by Mattias and Adinda. They are getting married in August and wanted to have an engagement shoot with the resulting large print to fill a hole on their wall.

Their wedding will have a retro theme, so they asked if I could do a shoot in 1920’s style. I loved the idea and we started researching and preparing the shoot. (Thank you Pinterest)

Fast forward to last sunday, we all ended up in the Jazz club – café Minor Swing in Gent. Not only were Mattias, Adinda and I present, but we also had a lot of great help from stylist Linda Van Waesberge and my girlfriend Sara. I would like to thank them both for being there, because without the outfits and props of Linda and the assistance I got from Sara, the shoot would have been very different.

Some technical info: 1920’s means film and even film noir, so I used my Mamiya RB67 and some black and white Rollei Retro 80s film. I also needed some flashes and my newest addition a smoke machine. We didn’t manage to shoot a behind the scenes video, but I’m pretty sure that Sara will put some behind the scenes photos on her blog, later this week.

Monday I developed the rolls, because when I looked at the digital test photos, I knew it would be an awesome result. But I’ll let you jugde for yourself, don’t hesitate to give me some feedback in the comments.

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Large format camera experiment

Large format camera portrait, Filip Bunkens

When I got some expired large format (4×5 inch) Polaroid film from Helena, I immediately wanted to experiment with it. Sadly enough I don’t have a large format camera, but I know people that do.

After a bit of texting back and forth, I met up with Ian and his Toyo 4×5 large format camera. We set out to create some large format portraits in the city centre of Ghent. It took all our combined film photography knowledge, but we managed to get some usable portraits.

Large format camera portrait, Ellen

We wanted to have everything ready before we started taking portraits of passers by, so off course I had to be the subject, as you can see at the top of this article. After we got it all working, we started to ask strangers to pose for a portrait, Ellen was so kind to help us out. Although the print is a bit light, because of the unpredictable expired film, I still like it. It may well be that it’s only because it was my first time using a large format camera.

Anyway the experiment was a success and I have something new to add to my wishlist. I really want to have and use one of those cameras.

Although not yet with a large format camera, take your chance to book an analogue portrait shoot. You get a signed large darkroom print and decide afterwards what it’s worth to you: More info

[PitsLamp-shorts] Couple portrait Elke & Gerrit

Couple portrait Elke and Gerrit

Another portrait taken during the “I shoot, you decide” series in december. Elke and Gerrit asked for a couple portrait shoot.

Book your own portrait session with a big signed darkroom portrait print and decide yourself how much it’s worth: More info

[PitsLamp shorts] Portrait C.

I shoot, you decide: Portrait Caroline

During the first installment of the I shoot, you decide I photographed C. and this was the A4 photo she chose.

Book your own portrait session with a big signed darkroom portrait print and decide yourself how much it’s worth: More info