[PitsLamp short] Smokey, the snail

Smoke and the baby snail

Sometimes everything comes together as if it is meant to be. I was researching small smoke machines on the internet when the baby snail showed up in one of our flowers inside the house. So I decided to test some things.

Baby snail and his smokey brother

And about an hour later, this happened, the smoke replicated the image of the baby snail.

Baby snail skidding

The photos were made with an iPhone as lighting and the smoke from an e-cigarette (no nicotine) on our coffee table.

Disclaimer: no baby snails were harmed in the making of these photos.

[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.

Polaroid photo booth: The broken circle breakdown

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Sunday night the Belgian film, The broken circle breakdown, was nominated and in running to receive an oscar. In Ghent the film festival of ghent organised a party in the Sandton Grand hotel Reylof to watch the award ceremony live on a big screen with the cast, Prince Laurent of Belgium and some more VIPS.

They’ve asked “In a moment”, the photo booth collective of me and my colleague Stijn Vandenbussche to setup a polaroid photo booth at the event. Stijn could not make it because he is currently enjoying carnival in Rio, so I asked my former intern Ilja to help me out. We set up the studio and shot polaroids during the whole evening. Below you can find some impressions of the evening and in this video which aired on cafe corsari, a belgian national television program, you can see me at work around the 2min45sec mark.

If you want to book us for a photo booth, go check out the website of inamoment.be

Polaroid photo booth drying line

Polaroid photo booth: picking your photo

Polaroid photo booth: Photographer

Polaroid photo booth: setup

[PitsLamp-short] Saturday packshots

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Every now and then, my girlfriend Sara asks me to take photos of the products she receives to review for her blog. Today I got my gear out and started experimenting with some new techniques for packshots.

This time it were packshots for cosmetic products including the brands Caudalie and Sleek MakeUP. Enjoy the results here, these shots are almost straight out of camera, I just made some small adjustments with the iPad.

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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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Workshop film photography and darkroom

Workshop film photography

Lately I get quite some questions about film photography, so I decided to start with some workshop on the topic.

22/06/2013: Workshop film photography: intro

In this workshop the topics will be:

  • Different types of film cameras
  • Different types of film
  • The relation between films, settings and surroundings
  • You got the ability to photograph with several of 60+ film cameras, ranging from half-frame till 4×5 inch large format cameras
  • You’ll learn to develop film, black/white and colour

Details

  • Location: Aalst
  • Datum: 22/06/2013 from 9 am till 5 pm
  • Limited number of seats, maximum 7 seats
  • All materials will be provided, but you can bring your own camera and film if you want (no E6-film)
  • Price: 129 euro (excl. VAT)

Subscribe by sending an e-mail to workshop@pitslamp.be

Workshop darkroom

06/07/2013: Workshop black and white darkroom printing: intro

This workshop requires a knowledge of film development and an developed black and white film. The topics of this workshop include:

  • How to build a darkroom and what to keep in mind
  • Difference between enlargers
  • The different material needed and why
  • Techniques and how to solve certain problems
  • You’ll print 1 of your own pictures and take it with you afterwards

Details

  • Location: Aalst
  • Datum: 06/07/2013 from 9 am till 5 pm
  • Limited number of seats, maximum 5 seats
  • All material will be provided, bring one developed black and white film yourself
  • Price: 199 euro (ex. VAT)

Subscribe by sending an e-mail to workshop@pitslamp.be

If you want to attend both workshop the price is only 299 euro (ex. VAT)

[PitsLamp shorts] iMinds advertising banner

iMinds advertising photo

In October the independent research facility IBBT changed it’s name to iMinds. They hired me to do some advertising photography for the resulting campaign.

This image was shot on a green key and extracted in Photoshop so it could be used in the design.

Don’t forget you can still book a portrait session with a big signed darkroom portrait print and decide yourself how much it’s worth: More info

Happy accident

Happy mistake: Tunde Fekete

Sometimes all you need to get great looking photos is a stupid mistake on your part. Let me explain that.

Last week, I was helping out a fellow photographer Gunther Frans during a portfolio shoot. As Gunther was working with a very experienced hungarian model, I asked if I could take some shots with my Mamiya RB67. I wanted to test some new film and try out the RB67 in a studio setting.

Happy Mistake: Tünde Fekete

After finishing the roll of Rollei Retro 80S I unloaded the camera, licked the paper closing strip and threw it in my bag. Apparently due to the high temperature in Gunther’s studio, the closing strip came lose and when I got home, the roll was partially unravelled. I should have put it in it’s container, taped it shut and only take it out of the container in my darkbag. Off course I presumed the roll would be ruined but just for the heck of it, I developed it anyway.

As expected most of the roll was overexposed, but I managed to recover 4 images, of which 2 turned out absolutely great. Now I need to figure out a way to get consistent results with this kind of light leaks.