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 photographed him but he never looked straight into the camera. Walken would only look to the camera if I called him by saying “Hey Chris!”. At the time, I found this strange but later realized that he was reacting, which gave authentic expressions. This portrait of him laughing with his hands up was shot when I asked him to bring his hands to his face, which he found amusing. It worked!” – Rick Wenner
Taken with the XF Body, IQ3 50MP Digital Back, Schneider 80mm LS lens.
Celebrating the year of the world’s first 101MP Achromatic Digital Back in 2017 with Joel Tjintjelaar
“By working in black and white you’re one step away from reality, and that is considered to be an important element of aesthetics. It says a lot about how the artist sees the world… Black and white is seeing and working in luminance values or contrasts only, about working in visual depth, and seeing a world that’s different from the objective real world.” – Joel Tjintjelaar
The eyes behind the Blue Ring lens by Ken Hermann
“Not much to say. I just love the new Blue Ring lenses…” – Ken Hermann
A play on period pictures by Alexia Sinclair
“This is “The Broken Compass”. In an age of sea power, the 18th Century tells a twisted tale of naval rivalry between Great Britain and France. Both sides saw victory and defeat, and success largely depended on which side could afford more warships. Their battles were formed from a contest of economies, rather than a clash of societies. Both sides protecting their colonial interests, each attempting to humiliate the other in an age-old battle.
When Louis XVI acceded the throne, the young king’s disastrous inheritance amounted to a suffering country whose diminished colonial territories were now in the control of Britain. Though the king successfully rebuilt his military and defeated the British in the American War of Independence, the cost of doing so crippled France and directly lead to the downfall of the monarchy in the French Revolution.
During his reign, court fashions at Versailles were often politically motivated and women expressed their views through their clothing and ornamentation. Following a victorious naval clash, Marie Antoinette famously wore a miniature French frigate in her hair in support of her husband, Louis XVI. Despite this, she was criticised for associating with the rival nation by introducing English fashion and outlawed muslins into court. Though the two countries continued to clash, Queen Charlotte of England always kept a bed made up for Marie Antoinette, though the two queens never got the chance to meet. The artwork places Marie Antoinette at the centre of a naval clash. As she navigates troubled waters, she cups a broken compass in her hand.” – Alexia Sinclair
Series: Rococo using the Phase One IQ2 80MP Digital Back, Schneider Kreuznach LS 80mm f2.8
IMAGE © ALEXIA SINCLAIR, THE BROKEN COMPASS, 2017
The Enchanted Women by Bella Kotak
Fine art and fashion photographer Bella Kotak whisks us into her feminine fairy-tale world bursting with blossoming flowers, captured with the Phase One XF 100MP Camera System. Prepare to be awed by the glistening beauty and magic she creates of nature and womanhood as Bella speaks with us about her work, inspiration, and the tools she uses to make her images.
“The detail and sharpness of a Phase One image file bring a level of sophistication that truly makes it a pleasure to edit with. I can honestly say that it’s taking my work and attention to detail to another level, and I think that growth is reflected those who are interested in my work – both clients and collectors. As a photographer, you do feel like you’ve “leveled up” when working with a medium format, high-quality camera. And that quality is palpable in the work” – Bella Kotak
Timo Lieber’s love for aerial landscapes
“So here is an image from a personal project. For sixteen days – June 18 through July 3, 2016 – Italy’s Lake Iseo was reimagined with 100,000 square meters of shimmering yellow fabric, carried by a modular floating dock system of 220,000 high-density polyethylene cubes. Every day, about one hundred thousand people visited – it was a sensational experience!” – Timo Lieber
Expressive black and white landscape photography by Steven Gosling
At this year’s International Black and White Spider Awards, 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
This is ‘Standing Proud’ (Llyn Padarn, Snowdonia, North Wales):
“Taken on the same trip to North Wales as the dawn image. This tree has been photographed many times before by hundreds of photographers but I’d never previously been there. I don’t overly worry about or get influenced by how much a place has been photographed in the past – I simply want to capture my response to it at that specific point in time. I liked the feeling that in spite of being battered by the elements (the water eroding the soil around its roots, the wind bending its branches etc) the tree was hanging on there, resisting the forces of nature. The evening light and the scudding clouds helped me recreate the mood I was after.
Taken with Phase One A-series camera with 35mm Rodenstock lens, Phase One IQ3 50MP Digital Back, Lee Filters, Gitzo tripod, and Arca Swiss head.” – Steve Gosling
The architectural photographer’s tools by Toon Grobet
“You’ll see that I work with the XF body and Blue Ring lenses and with Arca Swiss technical cameras. In a matter of seconds, I can switch my IQ3 100MP between both systems. Super-efficient without having to compromise on quality.
I use the XF 100MP Camera System in circumstances where the lens shift is not required or where the special features of the camera come in handy like automatic bracketing, focus stacking, time lapse, the waist viewfinder, and remote Wi-Fi control via Capture Pilot. I also use it to make details of architecture with Blue Ring tele lenses.” – Toon Grobet
Todd Antony documents “Dekotora”
The new IQ3 100MP Trichromatic Digital Back meets vintage Dekotora (decorated trucks):
“Color contributes a massive amount of emotional impact to my photography. Obviously light itself is the very thing photography depends on to exist, and the quality and tone of that light are of the utmost importance. But the color of that light comes in a close second. A color, or in most cases a combination of colors, has the power to evoke an emotional response in a viewer, and on occasion tell its part of the story in an image. It’s why as humans we react so emotionally to an amazing sunrise or sunset as the sky that wraps around us changes through a multitude of hues as it goes down.” – Todd Antony