art, photography, Solar

We Are the Light

Spencer Tunick Bodo Bodyscape

Photo: Spencer Tunick

I have come across this kanji hieroglyph the other day – – which is pronounced ‘kō’ and means ‘light’ or ‘hikari,’ ‘to shine.’ The character literary depicts a person carrying light. If you switch imagination, then legs and a fire are quite visible.

That same day I have read about Spencer Tunick’s live photo installation above the Arctic Circle in Norway. Here are some more details about Bodø Bodyscape project.

People rose a tiny light fixture above their heads as if to help the Sun to do what cosmos prevents it from: shed more light in areas away from the star’s normal route. The Little  Sun Diamon fixture is a product developed by the Danish artist Olafur Eliasson.

little-sun-diamond

Photo: Little Sun Diamond by Olafur Eliasson

 

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art, friends, lighting, photography

Flashes underwater

Marie Davis casting her models 5 m under

Marie Davies casting her models 5 m under.

Although our conversation with Marie Davies took place on a dry terrace of a Dubai beachside bar, the topic we spoke of would not leave the deep-water, the Galapagos, the creatures and the strobes. Marie is an underwater cinematographer from Australia. Well actually, from UK, but one particular New Year’s Eve, she decided to see the Millennium in the land Down Under. She lived in Australia ever since. When Marie is not diving, she produces educational shows for children on ABC.

Taking photos under the sea is not only a physical challenge: buoyancy and currents, sea dwellers that refuse to stand still, time and tank capacity limitations. Lighting conditions, unpredictable visibility add to many a complexities. Backscatter — a reflection of particles caused by a flash or a strobe — could be a potential disaster for a beautiful shot.

Blairgowie (Jetty Dive, Victoria, Australia). Shot on Canon 100mm lens, Canon 5D Mark III f/18  1/80 ISO 100

Blairgowie (Jetty Dive, Victoria, Australia). Shot on Canon 100mm lens, Canon 5D Mark III f/18 1/80 ISO 100.

Marie tells us about how she always tries to focus on the eyes of her subjects, trying to light them up. The wee sea horse on the photo above as if amassed all the wisdom of the universe, and the scorpion fish below is clearly a politician, don’t you find?

Scorpion fish (Galapagos). Shot on Canon 100mm - Canon 5D Mark III f/18 1/80 ISO 100. Photo by Marie Davis.

Scorpion fish (Galapagos). Shot on Canon 100mm – Canon 5D Mark III f/18 1/80 ISO 100.

Peekaboo, false clownfish (Great Barrier Reef, Australia). Shot on Canon 50mm lens, EOS Canon 400D f/11  1/100 ISO 200. Photo by Marie Davis

Peekaboo, false clownfish (Great Barrier Reef, Australia). Shot on Canon 50mm lens, EOS Canon 400D f/11 1/100 ISO 200.

The sea world presents a diver with a perfect texture and colour, yet it takes an eye to concentrate on a subject and emphasise it. Manta rays are tricky to shoot. They are blank on top and white underneath, and the right exposure really defines a good photograph.

Manta Ray is a difficult type

Manta Ray is a difficult type

“I’m self taught, says Davies. I worked on a dive boat as a photo/video pro and had to teach underwater photography. When you dive 60 times per month shooting video and taking photographs you learn pretty quickly.”

P.S. All photos in this post are by Marie Davies, and Light Intelligence published them with her permission. Marie shared her settings for each shot, which you can see in the caption under the photo. The list of equipment used: 

Camera Canon 5D Mark iii with Nauticam housing, Canon lenses 17-40mm (W/A) and Canon 100mm f/2.8 IS USM macro. Strobes – 2 x INON z240

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finland, friends, lighting, photography, suomi

53 Weeks of Sunlight

Pirjo Collage Slide1

53 pictures, 53 weeks, a bit more than one year…

Is it enough time to observe all the subtle movements of sunlight, all the shadow play, all the colour change as the season go by, from the crystal white of snow to the tasty green of spring to the peony fire of summer and the final fade away of autumn? We were plunged into the midst of this feast (we nicknamed it Light & Nature and then it developed into something that is hard to embrace and therefore hard to find a name that could possibly carry all the beauty, all the connotations of it) thanks to our co-author and contributor, our friend and a brilliant photographer Pirjo Lindfors.

Pirjo Collage Slide2

Week by week, every Sunday there appeared a post on our Facebook page with an image that had been taken by Pirjo when she had been on a photo-hunt somewhere out there in the oh-so-distant and oh-so-beautiful Finland. And everytime it was a complete and utter surprise!

Pirjo Collage Slide3

Paying homage to our friend with those small quick collages and wishing her all the best and her book to be published soon (we are queuing for the autograph 🙂

Kiitoksia paljon Pirjo!

Originally posted on Lightintelligence.blogspot.com in Oct 2011

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