All posts filed under: Portrait

Todd Antony shot the Dekotora series using the XF IQ3 100MP Trichromatic Camera System and Schneider Kreuznach 55mm LS f/2.8 lens.

Todd Antony documents “Dekotora” (デコトラ)

Renowned advertising photographer, Todd Antony spoke to Phase One about his latest project documenting sub-cultures around the world. His most recent series took him to Japan with the XF IQ3 100MP Trichromatic Camera System where he documented the lavishly decorated trucks, known as Dekotora. These ornate, dazzling vehicles were perfect subjects for the new Trichromatic Digital Back to capture this fascinating subculture’s wow factor in astonishingly accurate color. What is Dekotora (デコトラ)? “I’ve been researching various subcultures all over the world, but Japan just seemed like a great place to start the project as it is rife with different subcultures. The moment I came across ‘Dekotora,’ it jumped out at me, and I thought I have to go and shoot that. The Japanese word ‘Dekotora’ is an abbreviation for ‘decoration truck.’ The culture itself all stems from a 1975 series of ten movies called Torakku Yarō̄ (Truck Guys) that featured a trucker who drove his garishly decorated truck all over Japan. The series was a big hit, and ‘Dekotora’ popularity swept the country.” “The Japanese …

Tony Hewitt captures vaudeville acts in the Australian outback with the IQ3 100MP Trichromatic

Tony Hewitt Captures Emotions with the Trichromatic

Tony Hewitt is a multi-award winning Australian fine art photographer. We asked him to test the Phase One IQ3 100MP Trichromatic Digital Back to see how he reacted to the all-new color capabilities. “As a fine art photographer, I am always looking for ways to use color to evoke emotion, and stimulate a response from the viewer that echoes my own passion for my subjects. One that draws them in and invites a viewing experience that will take them beyond the literal.”  “… most importantly for me, was to try and get as close as possible to the ability to get color the way the human eye sees it.” What is the Trichromatic Digital Back? The new color technology, found in the IQ3 100MP Trichromatic Digital Back, has a completely re-designed sensor that can interpret color in a way that mimics how the human eye sees. What this means is that whatever hues and tones the photographer sees, the Trichromatic can more accurately capture, allowing them to convey all that the scene expressed to them …

Rick Wenner, who took the XF IQ3 100MP Achromatic Camera System and put it to the test, photographing a classic event in timeless black and white

101-megapixels pure achromatic power

Stripping away color with portrait photographer, Rick Wenner, who took the XF IQ3 100MP Achromatic Camera System and put it to the test, photographing a classic event in timeless black and white. Rick tells us about his experience shooting with the only 101-megapixel digital back dedicated to black and white photography.   Capturing a classic event “The Race of Gentlemen (TROG) is an annual drag racing event with pre-war era hot rods and motorcycles. Everyone is dressed in 1950’s and earlier period style to reflect the overall feel of the event.”   “I was inspired to go to and shoot in strictly black and white for many reasons. I love the old cars and bikes. They are art and simply beautiful pieces of machinery. I love the style that people present themselves in. “Most of my favorite photographs from this period are in black and white, which is one of the main reasons why I chose to shoot with the Phase One Achromatic system. I wanted to strip away color and focus solely on detail, …

Rick Wenner shoots using the Phase One XF Camera System with IQ3 50 MP Digital Back and Schneider Kreuznach 80mm and 55mm lenses.

Up Close and Personal with Rick Wenner’s Portrait Photography

New York-based editorial and portrait photographer, Rick Wenner, has been up close and personal with many famous faces, capturing a look with a style of his own. He often shoots in black and white, a format which he believes mirrors his preferred minimalist style by focusing on the subject without distraction. About Rick Wenner and his Photography “I am a New York based editorial and advertising portrait photographer. There’s something about capturing moments with the subject in a one-on-one environment. My personal work tends to focus on people that I find inspirational and are doing incredible things in the world. There is a recent portrait that I did with a model named Yves Mathieu who has about 90% (maybe more) of his body tattooed. I never met him before I went to his apartment in Brooklyn. In his Instagram posts Yves will always have positive things to say about humanity, his life experiences, and he’ll even tell stories about people who have taken their own lives due to bullying so to inform and inspire others …

Portrait photographer, Mark Seliger shooting with the IQ3 100MP Achromatic Digital Back

Mark Seliger: The Power of Black and White Photography

Portrait photographer, Mark Seliger, shared his thoughts on black and white photography. What the absence of color adds to his photography, and why he keeps returning to the form. The IQ3 100MP Achromatic was developed as a tribute to the art world. Phase One makes cameras, but the people behind our devices are the reason we do what we do. We wanted to create a camera system that captured the timelessness of black and white photography in never-before-seen detail. Thinking back to where photography began for you; was black and white always your passion? “My first start as a photographer was in 1972 in the darkroom when I was 13 at a Jewish Community Center. I took an introductory darkroom class in black and white. That’s where it all began for me.” What does black and white photography do for your images? “Black and white was always my passion in terms of print making, but I found my way into editorial from being able to shoot color. I keep going back to black and white, …

Emmanuel Bournot shoots using the IQ140 Digital Back mounted on a 645 DF. The lenses he uses include the Schneider Kreuznach LS 80mm f / 2.8 and Schneider Kreuznach LS 55mm f/2.8.

The Visual Strength of Athletes

Emmanuel Bournot is a sports photographer. When he points his lens at athletes, he doesn’t just capture their figure; he sees works of art in their trained physiques and the drama of their sports careers. He spoke with Phase One about his career, his camera, and his passion for sports photography. The Fascination of Sports Photography “I am fascinated by sportspeople. The aesthetics in general and the photogenicity that emerges. Some athletes, including swimmers of very high level, have very harmonious bodies –you can see their very defined musculature. They are like works of art. Sport touches me. I find a lot of drama and emotion. It has become the focus of my career. I have the chance to understand the sport, which allows me to analyze the scenes of action without thinking, and to concentrate on the aesthetics of the fraction of a second that I will immortalize.” “When I look at a file at 100%, even raw, it does the same thing as when you put on glasses for the first time. We …

Bastiaan Woudt for Phase One shooting with Phase One XF 100MP Camera System and Schneider Kreuznach 80mm, 28mm, 110mm, and 150mm lenses.

The Meteoric Rise of Bastiaan Woudt

Bastiaan Woudt is a self-trained photographer, developing his craft and signature style through immersion in the history of photography, and studying the masters in museums and fairs. By immersing himself in the world of photobooks and exhibitions, Bastiaan developed from his early Pictorialist style into something wholly more abstract yet sharp, and with a strong focus on detail. His portraits and nudes transform the subject from mere humans into unreal (and ideal), giving a contemporary twist to the classical form. Origin and inspiration “I am always looking for things that draw my attention. People, objects, landscapes. I guess I’m not one kind of photographer. When my eldest son was born, I bought my first ‘real’ camera. From there my interest in the medium exploded and resulted in a career in photography. Much later I found out that in primary school, one of my first essays was on photography.” “My inspiration comes from many forms of art, but in particular, the old masters of photography. Irving Penn, Richard Avedon, Man Ray, Bill Brandt, all amazing minds …

Andrea took the photos in this series using the Phase One XF 100MP Camera System and Schneider-Kreuznach lenses.

The Woman Behind the Lens: Andrea Zvadova’s Shimmering Photography

To celebrate International Women’s Day on 8th March, Phase One is highlighting the work of fashion and beauty photographer, Andrea Zvadova. About Andrea Zvadova “I was born and lived in Slovakia until relatively recently. A couple of years ago I moved to London. I got interested in photography from quite a young age, and have grown with cameras since my teenage years. Back then I was still shooting on film. Through my interest in the modelling and fashion industry, I slowly transformed my work into fashion, portrait and beauty photography. Currently, my work focuses mostly on beauty photography.”   Have you any advice for women who are thinking about pursuing a career in the professional photography industry? “The presence of women in the photography industry is rising. And I think the professional industry reflects that already. If you want a great image, you don’t consider if the photographer is a man or a woman; you always look at the portfolio to get the best results. Women have been proving they are more than capable of …

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. Beginning a career with a Phase One camera “I invested in my first Phase One camera the day after I finished my education as a photographer. It was an easy decision to make because the quality of Phase One medium format is way beyond any other 35mm camera.” 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 …

Michael Wicander Phase One 'Hygge' competition

How do you Capture ‘Hygge’?

How do you capture ‘hygge’? We invited Phase One photographers to participate in a contest by capturing the essence of the Danish phenomena ‘hygge’. The Danish concept of ‘hygge’ loosely means a feeling of pure coziness and content. Needless to say, the entries were as different as the photographers themselves. Here are some of the pictures that we received from all over the world. Gustavo Marx captured a happy scene that radiates the warmth of the day and has a sense of carefree contentment. “The afternoon was magical. We had spent hours at the margin of a glistening lake in Brazil and were ready to wrap up and go home. This image almost shot itself without my intervention. One of those overpowering instinctive reactions one just can’t avoid. I’m just grateful for having captured this instant in time. ” Congratulations to Gustavo, who was the winner of our ‘Capture Hygge’ contest, who won a Schneider Kreuznach 35mm Blue Ring lens. “I wanted to capture a cold winter evening sitting inside making a warm cocktail to enjoy …

Jason Bell for Phase One shooting with the 100MP XF Camera System

Jason Bell on location for Vogue UK

“I wanted to shoot the Poldark cast on location, as an obvious reference to the show they are all starring in. But I didn’t want to have it look like the show, more a Vogue nod to the show.   Behind the Scenes for a VOGUE shoot “I knew there would be low light, and I love working with daylight as much as possible. It was a dull grey day and we were at times inside or in a forest, so there was not much available light. The higher ISOs you can you use with XF 100MP Camera System and still get crisp, noise-free images made it the obvious choice for me.” “When on location, I try to keep the setup as simple as possible so that we can concentrate on making images, not technical arrangements.” “Shooting directly to a laptop with Capture One on set is great, as it’s small and portable. It allows us to keep the subjects enthused in the process by occasionally (but not too often) showing them some of the …