Month: January 2017

Portrait photographer, Ken Hermann shooting with the XF Camera system and I used the Blue Ring 35mm, 45mm, and 150mm Schneider Kreuznach Blue Ring Lenses

Ken Hermann’s atmospheric portraits

Ken Hermann’s images are pathways, connecting us to micro-worlds and challenging us to rethink ideas of photographic representation. He is passionate about individuals and their unique stories, and explores the fragile balance between people and their environment. His blending of documentary and cinematic portraiture, as well as his combination of artificial and natural lighting, results in dreamlike visions of everyday people. The Amber Project For his Amber Project, Ken wanted to tell the story of some ‘hunters’ of amber. “Within the last few years, the price of amber has gone up by 4-500%. This has caused an ‘amber fever’ and has made it a popular thing to hunt for. People are literally waking up at three in the morning to collect these pieces of ‘Nordic gold’. My goal with the Amber Project is to tell the story of some of these hunters. I used the Blue Ring 35mm, 45mm, and 150mm for the shoot.”   “Creating an atmosphere in a photo is as much about the lens as it is about the location. The unique qualities …

Stefan Schlumpf shooting extreme sports photography with the Schneider Kreuznach Blue Ring 35mm and 55mm lenses

Extreme sports photography with Stefan Schlumpf

Extreme sports photographer Stefan Schlumpf captured dare-devil world record holding highliner, Stephan Siegrist, in the unique location of Martinsloch in Switzerland. Watch the video documenting Stefan’s highline shoot for a dose of extreme sport inspiration.   Driving home from Zurich to Chur one day, Stefan thought about capturing the extreme in a unique location. Martinsloch is the biggest hole on a mountain-side in Switzerland. Twice a year the sun shines directly through the mountainside hole, onto the church of Elm. He wanted to break new grounds with extreme sports photography. For the shoot, he used the Phase One XF 100MP Camera System and Blue Ring lenses: “I used a 35mm and 55mm lens for the highline images. My own lenses are automatically identified by the system and the focus is calibrated specifically. As a result, you get outstanding overall sharpness and virtually distortion-free images.” Explore the products mentioned in this story: