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Murray Fredericks capturing Vanity with the Phase One XF Camera System

Capturing Vanity with Phase One

Patience, passion, and dedication. It’s no surprise these are the makings of great photographs, and you’ll find an excess of all three in Murray Fredericks Vanity. A body of work like Vanity doesn’t happen overnight, and Murray’s passion for the project started in earnest over 15 years ago. Murray’s dedication to Vanity required over 20 individual trips to Kati-Thanda-Lake Eyre National Park in South Australia. The patience necessary to spend weeks on end with nothing more than a tent, bicycle, and camera is overshadowed only by Murray’s desire to ply his craft with the highest quality camera equipment available, ensuring the vision of Vanity is dutifully portrayed. Viewing on Vanity Vanity aims to explore the human condition in our current age. The images offer a humbling look into the vastness of Lake Eyre landscape and make humans seem insignificant. The striking simplicity of the images forces the viewer to engage in the dialogue of Vanity. The mirror, being a symbol of self-reflection, is instead used to redirect the viewers gaze away from themselves and into the immense …

Bastiaan Woudt travels the world with his XF Camera System complemented by the Schneider Kreauznach 80mm f/2.8, 110mm f/2.8, and 150mm f/3.5 lenses.

Exploring the world with a compact lens kit

Bastiaan Woudt works in a wide range of photographic disciplines: landscape, still life, and portrait. He travels the world with his XF Camera System complemented by the Schneider Kreuznach 80mm f/2.8, 110mm f/2.8, and 150mm f/3.5 lenses. We caught up with him between assignments to ask a few questions about his inspiration, tools, and his minimalist lens approach. The right lens for the moment “Having the right lens is essential to my work. When a photographer starts to determine their signature style and workflow, they will start to find their favorite focal lengths to work with. In many cases, the choice of focal length and lens can really define the style of the photographer. For me, it doesn’t matter what my subject is. Landscapes, still life, or people, they all combine to form my body of work. “I love to shoot portraits and work with people, but I don’t like to be labeled as a portrait photographer.” A unique expression with a compact lens kit “The focal length of the Schneider Kreuznach 80mm f/2.8 gives …

We spoke with photographer, Ausra Babiedaite to get an insider’s perspective on capturing natual colors with the IQ3 100MP Trichromatic Digital Back.

The beauty of skin tones, captured in pure color

We spoke with photographer Ausra Babiedaite to get an insider’s perspective on capturing natural colors with the IQ3 100MP Trichromatic Digital Back. Capturing natural colors “I loved the concept itself. To photograph models with different skin tones and to use the IQ3 100MP Trichromatic Digital Back that is capable of replicating colors as close as the human eye sees it. The beauty of different skin tones, captured in pure color. Together with Stylist Lotte Sindahl, we decided on a very neutral styling for this shoot. Various beige color nuances dominate the clothing choices together with some warmth of the color brown and some of the coolness of the color white. Beige is neutral, calm, and relaxing. It is a very flexible color that works beautifully with earthy tones.” “The risk in choosing such an unvaried palette is obvious, the image can easily become relatively plain. With IQ3 100MP Trichromatic, however, the result I find to be quite the opposite. The system provided me the ability to emphasize the subtle and varied beauty of not only the …

Paloma Rincon used the Phase One XF 100MP Trichromatic Camera System to capture her Broken Heart project

The Technical Elegance of Broken Heart

Paloma Rincon is a creative still life photographer based in Madrid, Spain. Her latest creation, the mesmerizingly chaotic Broken Heart, combines high-speed photography with frozen flowers to create explosively elegant images. We’ve asked Paloma a few questions about her inspiration, workflow and the unique challenges of this exciting project. Broken Heart was shot using the Phase One XF 100MP Trichromatic Camera System. Tell us a little about yourself and your sources of inspiration “I am a still life photographer based out of Madrid, and you could say I’m known for my graphic, playful and contemporary approach. My work spans a wide variety of international projects for advertising and editorial, and more experimental personal projects, like Broken Heart.” “Inspiration for my projects comes from the unexpected moments that materialize in everyday life and from trying to see the extraordinary in the ordinary. That can be the colors that surround me, the beautiful designs of nature, the texture in certain materials, or simply the interactions of light in the physical world.” What inspired the Broken Heart project? …

The speed of medium format with photographer Garret M. Clarke. He was recently selected to attend the Red Bull Photography Academy in Tokyo, Japan where he shot athletes in action. For this project, Garret used the Phase One XF 100MP Camera System and put it to the tes

The speed of medium format

Photographer Garret M. Clarke is a storyteller who uses imagery as his preferred mode of expression. He was recently selected to attend the Red Bull Photography Academy in Tokyo, Japan where he shot athletes in action. For this project, Garret used the Phase One XF 100MP Camera System and put it to the test. There is a perception out there that medium format is not suited to sports or action photography. So we asked Garret about his experience and the results he got using Phase One medium format in a high-speed sports shoot. Giving Phase One a go in Tokyo “I was recently very fortunate to be selected to attend the Red Bull Photography Academy in Tokyo. The night before the first shoot I took the Phase One out for a stroll on the streets of Shinjuku. I wanted to familiarize myself with the settings and controls, as well as see how it felt in my hands before shooting with it. While the fundamentals are easy to access on a Phase One, there are so …

the 'Deutsche Dokumentationszentrum für Kunstgeschichte - Bildarchiv Foto Marburg' (DDK, the German Documentation Centre for Art History – Marburg Picture Library) is one of the world's largest image archives. Phase One's XF Camera System is playing a crucial strategic role in the documentation and digitalization of their works, which are important pieces of art history.

Preserving Art History

As the home to around 1.7 million pictures, the ‘Deutsche Dokumentationszentrum für Kunstgeschichte – Bildarchiv Foto Marburg’ (DDK, the German Documentation Centre for Art History – Marburg Picture Library) is one of the world’s largest image archives. Phase One’s XF Camera System is playing a crucial strategic role in the documentation and digitalization of their works, which are important pieces of art history. 100% quality In June 2016, in the gallery building at the Herrenhausen Palace complex in Hanover with Thomas Scheidt, manager of DDK, and one of his colleague is on site with an Alpa 12 max camera, Rodenstock lens, and a Phase One IQ3 Digital Back. Their task is to photograph the gallery’s ballroom and capture all of the intricate ceiling decorations and elaborate wall frescoes of this space, which was designed and decorated by Venetian architect and court painter Tommaso Giusti at the end of the 17th century. The images are going to form part of a research project that will document baroque ceilings and wall paintings in Germany in their respective architectural …

The Red Sindrom edition, ‘There’s Still Life on Mars’ is a visual essay by photographer, Ausra Babiedaite using the Phase One XF Camera System

Red Sindrom: There’s Still Life on Mars

Sindroms is a print magazine released biannually. Founded in Copenhagen with the idea to create a world in which colors bring new perspectives to everyday life, Sindroms was designed by a team of five young women with distinct backgrounds, but a similar mindset. They describe themselves as “a journal of monochrome states of mind,” curating content based on specific colors, and investigating them across culture while immersing readers in the feelings and moods evoked by each color. Shooting the Red Sindrom edition, ‘There’s Still Life on Mars’ is a visual essay by photographer, Ausra Babiedaite, working together with creative director Miruna Sorescu. It is a world illustrated using only red hue, channeling the states of mind that the hue provokes. They use Scandinavian design objects and create an out-of-this-world, almost alien-like still life environment, transforming the ordinary, everyday objects into something extraordinary through color. A 100% crop of the picture above The entire series was shot using the XF 100MP Camera System. Phase One spoke with photographer, Ausra Babiedaite to get an insider’s perspective on …

Ken Hermann and Joel Tjintjelaar using the IQ3 100MP Achromatic, Schneider Kreuznach 45mm LS f/3.5 Blue Ring and XF Camera System to capture architecural and portrait photography

From portrait to architecture – versatility of the 45mm lens explained

Ken Hermann is a portrait photographer. Joel Tjintjelaar specializes in architecture photography. Two very different genres, yet both photographers prefer the same lens: the Schneider Kreuznach 45mm Leaf Shutter Blue Ring lens. This lens is an extremely high-quality wide-angle lens with an impressive flat-field performance. The focal length is perfect for almost any application with edge-to-edge performance and almost distortion-free results. These qualities ensure that the versatility of the 45mm lens is guaranteed. Read on to learn how and why a portrait and an architecture photographer use this lens in their work and what it adds to their photography. Architecture photography with the 45mm Blue Ring lens Joel Tjintjelaar explains how the 45mm lens benefits his photography: “Having the right lens can make all the difference. When it comes to architecture photography, the 45mm focal length is especially useful when you’re aiming to shoot skylines or want to focus on specific elements of architectural objects.” “I even used it for still life photographs. It is a very versatile lens, and the quality is beyond any …

Photographer, Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen is the partner and co-founder of Norm Architects, used the Phase One IQ3 100MP to capture "Close Contact" for Sørensen Leather with Kinfolk

Close Contact with Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen

Spheres are everywhere, a natural form that is omnipresent in the universe, from planets to the human eye, and in concepts like a circle of friends. Close Contact explores the human form and the sphere. It looks at how spherical shapes and the human body co-exist and intertwine on a conceptual level, captured in the physical on large print photographs. The texture of leather against skin Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen is the partner and co-founder of Norm Architects in addition to his work as a photographer. Together with the creative direction of Nathan Williams, co-founder of Kinfolk, they collaborated using spheres by Sørensen Leather to juxtapose the texture of leather against skin and explore the sphere-body concept. Big prints of the photo shoot The decision to use a 101-megapixel medium format camera system to make prints was a conscious decision. The camera needed be able to capture an extraordinary amount of detail not possible in other camera systems, since tactility of the subjects being photographed was at the heart of the project. The exhibition comprised of ten …

The Postal Museum in London using Phase One Cultural Heritage equipement such as Phase One XF Camera Systems combined with the IQ3 80MP Digital Back, the IQ3 100MP Digital Back, and a range of Schneider Kreuznach leaf shutter and Phase One lenses and Capture One to capture their images

Delivering historical letters in the digital age

The National Postal Museum first opened in 1966 at the GPO Headquarters, London. When that building closed in the 1990s, the museum was shut down and its collections placed in storage. In 2004, The Postal Heritage Trust was founded to manage the collections and the Royal Mail Archive with an ambition to find a new museum. That ambition was realised in 2017. And now, the Postal Museum’s purpose is to develop access to the world-class collection of objects and documents and show the depth of communications history. With over 318 years of postal history, postal communication is the world’s first social network. The Postal Museum The museum has the world’s foremost collection of British philatelic material. From the birth of the postage stamp in 1840, including over two linear miles (3.2km) of printed and manuscript documents, over 800 maps, and 10,000 posters. The museum’s collection ranges from motor vehicles and pillar boxes to badges and bicycles. The aim is to develop access to this world-class collection of objects and documents that both chart the history …

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 …

Ruben Terlou is a Dutch documentary photographer capturing China with the Phase One XF Camera System with the IQ3 100MP Digital Back

Documenting a documentary photographer

Documentary photography is a way of witnessing and capturing otherwise unknown people and places at a moment in time. Ruben Terlou is an award-winning Dutch photographer, a journalist, and medical doctor. He is known for his ability to seek out and capture special and secret places in the country that fascinates him more than any other – China. He has presented the highly acclaimed VPRO six-episode documentary, “Along the Banks of the Yangtze, China through the eyes of photographer, Ruben Terlou.” And in early 2018, he released a second documentary television series, “Through the heart of China.” Documentary photography Ruben’s fascination with China began at age 19 when he lived there studying Mandarin for almost two years with a dream of basing himself in China as a professional photographer. Although that dream was not realized and he returned home to study medicine, his passion for China remained. He channeled his passion into two documentary series for Dutch national television about contemporary Chinese life in which he combined his photography. “By stopping time, these photographs offer …