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Exploring the beauty of black & white photography with the IQ4 150MP Achromatic

Why I photograph I photograph to have life experiences and to share them with family, friends and the rest of the world. My camera has taken me to dozens of countries and opened many doors. It has led me to strangers who invited me into their lives. Without photography, I simply would have missed out on many memorable, enjoyable and inspiring adventures. I believe that the journey is much more fascinating than the destination. You have to enjoy what you are doing, and when you do, photographs will find you. I do plan some projects and journeys beforehand, but as often as I can, I do enjoy just responding and reacting to what is presented in front of me. My aesthetic My photographic style is black & white, minimal, silent, fine art landscape and architecture photography. I’m interested in interpretation rather than representation of a given scene, subject and location. This is, in short, why I chose to work in black & white. I have been in love with it ever since I started seriously …

Refocusing life on a passion

Peter Wiederholt’s story is a remarkable one. He was a successful banker and real estate investor who took a leap and began to refocus his life on his true passion. It takes bravery to make such a life change, and sometimes it’s something you simply can’t help – a gnawing need to express the thing that’s in your heart. For some, that’s art. For others, it’s an obsession in finding fulfilment through mastering a craft. We talked to Peter about this fantastic journey, where it began, and where it has taken him. The start of the journey “Starting in the 1990’s, I had a Contax S2, a Leica M6 and then a Hasselblad 503CW. I initially liked the technical aspect of these mechanical instruments. My main objective at the time was to create pictures for my own walls of the cities (London, Frankfurt, NYC) where I had worked. I soon realized that 35mm did not give a good enough image quality for what I wanted to achieve. Back then, 6×6 was the right compromise of …

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 …

Timothy Wolcott photographing Antarctica with the IQ3 100MP Digital Back and the XF Camera Body

Tip of the iceberg: Timothy Wolcott photographing Antarctica

Professional photographer, Timothy Wolcott comes from a long line of photographers. He has continued the family tradition, specializing in landscape photography, for which he was twice awarded “World’s Best Landscape Photograph” by the Smithsonian. He shoots with Phase One, and we asked him about his inspiration for his Antarctica shoot and his techniques. Where do you find your inspiration? “I find my inspiration from looking at photography like I was a painter. I look at paintings, Japanese folding screens and drawing out my future photographs I hope to see in the wild. I try to capture the landscape in its most intimate form. I like to make them look like a fantasy by envisioning what light is needed to make the most amazing images. Then waiting and picking exactly the right height, angle space around the subject. I’m usually inspired by bits and pieces of things I’ve seen and I draw hoping to see them in the future.” How do you pick your locations for your photography? “Most of the time finding the right location is about finding …

Tom Lindboe is a US-based Danish advertising photographer, who has worked through many genres of photography, from fashion, beauty, architecture, interior, lifestyle, to industrial photography using Phase One XF IQ3 100MP Camera System

Using both DSLR and medium format

Tom Lindboe is a US-based Danish advertising photographer, who has worked through many genres of photography, from fashion, beauty, architecture, interior, lifestyle, to industrial photography. His clean, graphic Scandinavian style is the signature of his work. Like most photographers, his camera bag contains more than one camera. We sat down with Tom and asked him what’s behind his camera choices. What drives you and your photography?  “I think what drives me is a curiosity for photography and its impact, as well as the constant evolution of technology and self-development that lies in that craft. Trying to discover new areas of photography and getting out of my comfort zone is also extremely interesting to me. I have many clients that give me jobs I would not normally do, but they understand my image language and appreciate it, often wanting to have something different than they usually get. I have been shooting on Nikon, Canon, Mamiya, Sinar, Fuji, Leica, Hasselblad and Sony cameras, but it was only with the XF Camera System that I experienced upgrades that …

Drew Altdoerffer on the Schneider Kreuznach blue ring lenses

The Blue Ring Lens Family: The right lens for the right job

Phase One’s Product Manager, Drew Altdoerffer shares his point of view on our wide range of Blue Ring Lenses. Any image, no matter what features or tools the camera may provide, is only as good as the lens that captures it. Sure, there are subjective aesthetic qualities of certain lenses. However, objective qualities like sharpness, resolution, durability and versatility are all essential for professional photographic results. I hope we can all agree on that much. The specific lens you use, how you use it and why you use it, is certainly grounds for a discussion. In the vein of that discussion I have to be honest: my views are completely biased, as I’ve worked for Phase One for nearly 9 years. Nevertheless, even well before that time you could always find me with Phase One in my hands. As a Product Manager I have innumerable opportunities to use and test the Phase One equipment. This is not only taking place in a studio environment but under rather demanding conditions as well. Among other responsibilities here in Copenhagen, I manage the PODAS (Phase One …

Phase One top most-liked posts on Instagram 2017

Your favorite Instagram posts of 2017

2017 has been a year full of stunning pictures, incredible journeys, and stories that have entertained us all. We decided to get nostalgic and look back on 2017’s top 9 most-liked posts as a big thank-you to all you fantastic photographers and followers. We’re so grateful to you all for supporting us, liking our pictures, and engaging with our posts. Much more to come in 2018! Incredible portraits in medium format Your most-liked picture of the year is this portrait of Christopher Walken by Rick Wenner “This portrait of the incredible Christopher Walken is one of my all-time favorite images I’ve shot. I was assigned by Observer to go to Walken’s home in Connecticut and was told that I would get an hour of his time, which blew my mind as I am used to only getting a few minutes with celebrities. We had multiple setups ready to go when Chris (he let me call him Chris) was ready and we started with this seamless background set up. We had a nice conversation while I …

Andrei Duman explores extreme environments with medium format and the Phase One XF IQ3 100MP

Andrei Duman explores extreme environments with medium format

This week, Phase One photographer, Andrei Duman, takes over our Instagram feed. Andrei is an award winning Los Angeles based photographer with a huge thirst for travel, having already visited over 80 countries. He takes his Phase One XF IQ3 100MP to unique locations all over the world, including some of the harshest environments possible. Current planned trips include Bora Bora, the Grand Tetons, South Africa, Romania, JapanCa and Namibia. Below we share some of his takeover and the stories behind the captures. Power Lines (See featured image at the top of this post.) “One of my favorite types of photography is aerial and one of my favorite subjects to capture while being airborne are salt flats. I love the freedom that aerial photography provides, as your subjects and compositions are constantly changing. By a quick switch of your lens mid flight, your focus changes from a panoramic view to an abstract focus, where one can get into the details and create an almost alien-looking environment. I adore the variety and sometimes converging colors of …

Steven Friedman's intriguing landscapes with the XF IQ3 100MP

Steven Friedman shoots intriguing landscapes

What drives a photographer to branch out into landscape photography? We talk to Steven Friedman about how he made the leap into this genre and what inspires him. What is it about landscape photography that intrigues you? “Remote and inaccessible regions are my interest. I want to photograph unique intimate landscape and go to locations that are seldom visited exploring the wilderness. The best thing about landscape photography is the ability to be outside and experience the beauty of nature. Incredible light and colour in the remote landscape can be extraordinary and I never get tired of experiencing it. Just recently, I was standing in an aspen field and the sun rose in the back of the forest – it was quite a thrill to experience the magical colour and light and to photograph it.” What led you to become a landscape photographer? “I was hiking in late autumn in the Gatineau National Park in Canada and found a 35mm film camera at a viewpoint. Knowing someone must be missing it; I called the ranger …

Landscape photographer, Steve Gosling shooting the world’s first 100-megapixel Achromatic Digital Back.

Steve Gosling’s inspiring landscapes

At this year’s International Black and White Spider Awards, photographer Steve Gosling achieved six nominations and one Honourable Mention in three different categories (Architecture, Fine Art, and Nature) for his breathtaking pictures. Four of Steve’s pictures were shot with Phase One equipment. Below he shares the stories behind the captures. ‘Dragons Teeth’ (Dunmore Head, Ireland) “Taken at a beautiful spot on the west coast of Ireland looking out towards the Great Blasket Islands. It took me some time to refine the composition to my satisfaction to ensure that there was a clean flow of line and shape from the foreground to the islands in the distance. Having worked hard to successfully resolve the design of the image to my satisfaction it’s a photograph I’m very pleased with.” “Taken with an Alpa TC camera with Schneider 35mm lens, Phase One P20+ Digital Back, Lee Filters, Gitzo tripod, and head.” The Call of the Wild’ (Trotternish Penisula, Isle of Skye) “I was attracted by this remote telephone box for two reasons. Firstly, these traditional red boxes are …

Peter Cox shot this series using the XF IQ3 100MP Trichromatic Camera System and the Schneider Kreuznach 35mm LS f/3.5 lens. 

Natural landscape color with Peter Cox

The emotional depth of a scene in Trichromatic perfection. We spoke to Peter Cox, award-winning landscape photographer, to find out what color in his photography means to him. Peter has been using the IQ3 100MP Trichromatic on his XF Camera. We hear Peter’s reaction to the new technology and how it’s affected his landscape work. Peter took the Trichromatic on a landscape photography shoot in the Chilean Atacama Desert, a place that drew Peter over by the promise of the landscape’s unique color palette. Why landscape photography? “Beautiful landscapes were what made me want to make photographs in the first place. For me, photography is about sharing the emotion and experience of being in an amazing place at the ideal time with the viewer.”   “This visit to the Atacama was the first venture to a warm climate, but I went in winter. I love remote areas. For me, the high altitude and clear skies are a real draw as I had planned to do some astrophotography while there. During the daytime, the simplicity of …

Landscape photographer, Steve Gosling shooting the world’s first 100-megapixel Achromatic Digital Back.

Black and White landscape photography with Steve Gosling

To honor the photographers who dedicate themselves to the classic tradition of black and white photography, Phase One designed the world’s first 100-megapixel Achromatic Digital Back. Landscape photographer, Steve Gosling, kindly shared his thoughts on black and white photography, and we found out what makes him so passionate about the genre.   “I’ve been taking photographs since the age of seven, and when I started out, black and white film was the only realistic option (color film was expensive to buy and to process) so I grew up seeing the world as a black and white photograph. So, although I do occasionally shoot color, my default is to see the world in black and white. Learning to see in black and white requires the photographer to develop a new vision that reduces the landscape to interlocking shapes and tones. This requires practice and experience. “Personally, I like the fact that working in monochrome removes the distraction of color. There are times when color doesn’t add anything – or worse, just seems to get in the …