Month: December 2018

Capturing Antarctica with a Prototype IQ4 150MP Digital Back

This story was written by Peter Marshall, photographer and Phase One Certified Professional instructor. I was exceedingly lucky to get my hands on a very early prototype of the IQ4 150MP Digital Back to take on my travels over four weeks through Patagonia and Antarctica. Throughout this time, I was able to use this prototype both on a technical camera and on the Phase One XF. This really tested the equipment – pushing the limits of what you can capture, and where you can take this system; from hiking through the mountains in torrential rain and hurricane-strength winds, to the freezing temperatures of Antarctica. Starting in Patagonia, with long days of hiking where weight and space became the crucial factor when deciding what I would carry, I opted for the technical camera set up. The BSI sensor gives an amazing result with very little to no color cast – even from the wider lenses on the technical camera. And the color rendition is better than any IQ Digital Back I have tested. Due to the …

Figments – A visual story of one room through time and residents

Phase One asked¬†Gemmy Woud-Binnendijk to tell us the story behind her series titled Figments. Read her story below. The Figments project is a project that was on my wish list for a long time. It’s a story about one room through different time periods and with different residents. For this project, I started building a set in my studio based around a room with a window – inspired by the window Vermeer used in his paintings. Because I was financing everything myself, the set was completed with the help of a fellow photographer to keep the costs low. The pressure was tremendous due to the short amount of time I had to capture it all (3 days!), but there was a lot of fun on set. Figments is split into 3 chapters- Figments Aurum, Figments Alba and Figments Nigrum. Figments Aurum For the first chapter, the residents live in the present, and are a family with a little blonde girl who loves art, and is always in thought. I wanted to capture a daydream from …

Capturing the extreme detail of small bugs

Phase One sat down with Andrei Duman to find out about his inspiration, equipment and workflow for his recent project capturing the insect world. Why bugs? The insect world has always fascinated me. Growing up in communist Romania, my access to any magazines or articles that would explore some species in some far off land was limited. I wanted to know more about them, wanted to study them, and the more I researched, the more incredible they became to me. Another reason I was drawn to this micro world was because most people were scared of these creepy crawlers that have been villainized by books and movies, but I felt there was so much more to them. It is therefore no surprise that for many years I envisioned the concept of doing a photography project where I could capture the bug world in the most incredible detail. Because high quality photography of insects was limited, I wanted to showcase the specimens and show off how truly unique they all were. By seeing the claws of …