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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 …

Bela Raba is a fashion photographer shooting with Phase One IQ2 50MP Digital Back and 80mm, 55mm, and 35mm Schneider Kreuznach leaf shutter lenses

Fashion and advertising photography with medium format and DSLR

Bela Raba is a German-based photographer, specializing in fashion and advertising photography. She has worked around the globe for more than 20 years and has a studio in Munich. Bela’s father was a successful freelance fashion photographer in the 1970s. Inspired by him, she began taking pictures herself at the age of 15. By age 19, Bela had enrolled in a three-year photography course before working in the USA for a fashion catalogue photographer for some years. After which she followed up with a Master’s Grade in photography and proceeded to pursue her own work. In this series about why photographers opt to use medium format in addition to DSLR, we explore Bela Raba’s point of view. What’s in your camera bag and why that equipment choice?  My equipment consists of: Phase One IQ2 50MP Digital Back 80mm, 55mm, and 35mm Schneider Kreuznach leaf shutter lenses Canon EOS 1 X 24-70mm 2:8, 50mm 1:2, and 100mm macro lenses Profoto 7 series light equipment (7a, 7s, and 12 lamp heads) Profoto B2X “We all know 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 …

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 …

Timo Lieber shot the Atacama Lithium Mine project using the IQ3 100MP Trichromatic Digital Back on the XF Camera Body and Schneider Kreuznach 35mm LS f/3.5 Blue Ring lens.

The colors of an environmental perspective with Timo Lieber

We spoke with Timo about his latest project, “Atacama Lithium Mine,” and the significance and power of color in his photography. Timo Lieber is an aerial and landscape photographer with an environmental theme in his most recent works. An explorer of the world, he has documented the impact that humans have on our planet. His latest project, “Atacama Lithium Mine,” explores the world’s largest reserves of lithium which are extracted from enormous colorful brine pools at an accelerated rate owing to the move away from fossil fuels. Timo traveled to Chile to document this unique landscape in all its dazzling color, taking Phase One’s IQ3 100MP Trichromatic Digital Back to test its power to capture color as his eye saw the scene. Timo Lieber speaks about the Atacama Lithium Mine project “I am fascinated with altered landscapes and the impact we humans have on the environment. The Atacama project is focused on an area that is undergoing significant change because of one single metal: lithium. Lithium is a vital ingredient in modern rechargeable batteries that …

Carmine Arrichiello shooting with a XF Camera Body IQ3 100MP Digital Bac, Schneider Kreuznach 35mm LS lens and Schneider Kreuznach 120mm LS Macro lens

Underwater photography with Carmine Arrichiello

Carmine Arrichiello is an underwater photographer based in Italy. He developed a passion for photography at an early age. When an interest in sports took root, diving had a special appeal as a sport he could combine with his photography. Carmine uses Nimar Underwater Housing on his Phase One XF Camera System. Watch him in action in the video below. Shooting underwater photography “Personally, the most appealing thing about shooting underwater is being able to dive into a world without external sounds. The very moment in which the photographer is with his subject turns into a magical experience: unique and enchanting.”   “Personally, the most appealing thing about shooting underwater is being able to dive into a world without external sounds. “ “The essential thing when planning an underwater shoot is to first decide the subject of your project. Next, choose if you will take macro or landscape pictures and so prepare the lens and lens port you’ll need. When it comes to underwater housing, the most important characteristic is to be able to use …

Architecture photographer, Joel Tjintjelaar shooting with the 100MP Achromatic Digital Back

Architecture in Black and White with Joel Tjintjelaar

“There’s a quality to the black and white photos from this camera that feels like the beautiful analog photos from the past that I’ve never seen before in digital.” Award-winning black and white architectural photographer, Joel Tjintjelaar, took in hand Phase One’s 100MP Achromatic and spoke with us about his love of black and white photography. He explained how he uses an absence of color to add depth to his images. How would you describe yourself as a photographer? “I would describe myself as a photographer who aims to create art. Photography is just a medium to express myself emotionally and create beautiful things. I try to create art by moving away from reality as many steps as possible. I’ve always felt that moving away from reality is a way of creating aesthetics. One way is by working in black and white, since our real world is not a black and white world. I have other ways of moving away from reality, like working with long exposures and exaggerating the differences in luminance to create …

Automotive photographer Alex Bernstein using the Phase One XF Camera System with IQ3 100MP Digital Back and Schneider Kreuznach Blue Ring lenses.

High Octane Automotive Photography

When two passions merge, something incredible happens: which is precisely Alex Bernstein’s story. Fast cars and photography meet in Alex’s world, and the results are a thrilling visual experience for the photo-gazer, especially if you’re a car lover. Alex Bernstein’s photography seeks the smooth moulded metal lines of fast automobiles. Crisp automotive photography Alex speaks with Phase One about his inspiration and passion for capturing the sleek beauty found in sports cars, and the preferred equipment he uses to create his modern masterpieces. The Man Behind the Machines A graduate of journalism and photography from the University of Hartford, Alex worked for several years as an editor and photographer in prominent New York-based automotive magazines. As his passion for photography grew, Alex made the leap to professional photographer and now, based in L.A., he specializes in fast cars, and seeks out modern architecture and vast landscapes in his work. “I’ve been obsessed with fast cars since before I can remember. Back then, though, I had no idea I’d also fall in love with photography, and …

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 …

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: