martes, 6 de diciembre de 2011

Going both to school

Since about a month I am experimenting a lot with my Nikon f2.8/70-200mm VRII using various iso’s and just existing light. I say existing because the term ‘available light’ is a bit of a misconception since any sort of light, including flashes, is available light when it is within your reach. Pulling out your speedlight out of your bag is using available light right? (sorry can’t come up with the name of the photographer who actually said this)


 Anyway, starting my career in the studio made me bring in lights all the time when shooting portraits in and outside. Looking outside voor nice directional light for a portrait without bringing tons of flashes, or just one for that matter, is and has always been a challenge for me and taking my continously developing journalistic approach in account it was about time to do something about that.


Shooting in not always the best light conditions due to different schedules of events and such AND sometimes not being allowed to use flash as well made me push myself in trying to work without a flash; just using existing light, higher iso’s and making use of natural reflections of walls and the floor for example. I can tell you, just carrying a camera and a lens and not worrying about the flash is liberating. This is what usually happens:…test…check LCD….changing settings a bit…..shoot again…..moment lost. TTL is a great solution but does not always work in your favor giving different circumstances. This is fine (up to ‘shoot again’) in a fixed and predictable situation but not in a rapidly changing and unpredictable one. So while walking Marcos to school yesterday morning I slung my camera with the 70-200mm over my shoulder and went to school as well. Keeping the morning sun behind Marcos or from behind to the side. Iso was varied between 800 and 1000 and camera mode was Aperture Priority and the aperture was set at f2.8 to keep the background out of focus Marcos is pretty used to being photographed and always wants to check the pic on the back of the camera afterwards. A bit of a hassle but its good to talk to about it ;P – V

lunes, 5 de diciembre de 2011


Judith, my wife, went for her work to Slovakia. She had a good time, working hard and having a bit of heart and body warming drinks at night, sort of a tea she claimed. (Taking a girl from Andalucia to lower temperatures is pretty much a torture). My love decided I would like the drink so she brought me home a bottle of ‘Tatratea’ from the highlands of Tatra. Does it taste like Tea, you ask? well…once your throat and esophagus are doused from severe burns in the 3rd degree it sort of resemblance the taste of Nestea (can’t define if its peach or lemon dashed). I had one and a half glass (you gotta make sure) and decided it’s better to photograph the bottle, which is a beauty in itself I think… Techtalk: Backdrop is an (dirty) oven-plate with a gridded sb-800, Softbox over camera, 2 stops under for fill. Main light is a diy striplight made of an umbrella box with multiple layers of the Lee’ frost-filter, highlighting the logo and text…. Have a great

¡Feliz Cumpleaños! Adoracion

Amigos de Fiesta

La Tia con su Sobrino 
Algo para Beber
Algo para Fumar
Otra Copa
Sos Gardel!
Torta de Cumpleaños
Con Miel de Caña

Party People

lunes, 28 de noviembre de 2011

AIA Group Exhibition in Estepona

As members of the group Andalusian International Artists, Phil Magee and Gordon Haslett recently showed their work at the Palacio de Exposiciones y Congresos in Estepona.

Photo: Roger Cummiskey

Photo: Roger Cummiskey

lunes, 21 de noviembre de 2011

Opening and Installation of the Exhibition, Dos Calles

Dos Calles opened about 3 weeks ago with lots of great reactions from the visitors. Here are some pictures taken from the opening and the installation. The exhibition is showing at the Ateneo in Malaga until the end of November.

Photo: Marion Regitko

Photo: Marion Regitko

Photo: Roger Cummiskey

Photo: Grupo Andaluz

Photo: Grupo Andaluz

Photo: Grupo Andaluz

viernes, 18 de noviembre de 2011

Home in Ronda

Dear friends of mine build their own house in Ronda, Andalucia. With the help of a stylist they designed the house themselves. Its surrounded by an olive yard and it's got amazing views over the valley and surrounding mountains. When we met up with them a few weeks ago to see their new home, I decided it had to be photographed. So last Wednesday I headed out there again and thought it was a great idea to try out some new stuff and revive the Hosemaster (lightpainting machine from the filmdays). Instead of using the actual Hosemaster I used a single flash, remotely controlled. I made a whole range of exposures from before to after sunset to have a leeway of base- exposure and sky. After sunset I started to 'paint' with my flashlight. Every flash is a new frame and both my flash and camera are fired remotely. In the studio I loaded the frames I needed in photoshop, and made al my adjustments. And slowed down my computer that much that I could go shopping and wash the car while the file was saving. Little did I know that the file was going to be enormous. I ended up with 5GB! At the end, since a Tiff-file cannot be larger then 4GB, I had to devide my file into 3 pieces and save them separately. I think the result is really nice though. Soon I am going to shoot the interior....

-- Vincent

sábado, 22 de octubre de 2011

Exposición: "Dos Calles"

Queremos invitarlos a la inauguración de la exposición fotografica 'Dos Calles', el dia 4 de noviembre a las 21:00 horas en El Ateneo de Málaga.
We would like to invite you to the opening of the photographic exhibition 'Dos Calles' at 21:00h on Friday 4th November in the Ateneo de Malaga.

Fechas y horario de la exposición: Dates and times of the exhibition:
04.11.2011 - 29.11.2011, lunes a viernes, 18:00 - 21:30
04.11.2011 - 29.11.2011, Monday - Friday, 18:00 - 21:30

Dirección: Location:
Ateneo de Málaga, C/Compañía 2, 29008 Málaga, T 952 224 002

Philip Magee (IRE), fotos en color (colour photos)
Gordon Haslett (GB), fotos en blanco negro (black & white photos)
Paul Trevor (GB), editor de la exposición (exhibition editor)

Dos Calles es una exposición de imágenes de Málaga realizada por los fotógrafos, Philip Magee y Gordon Haslett. Aunque ellos tienen estilos y técnicas diferentes, su tema es el mismo: su fascinación por las calles de la ciudad.
'Dos Calles' (Two Streets) is an exhibition of images of Malaga made by two photographers, Philip Magee and Gordon Haslett. Although they use contrasting styles and techniques their theme is the same, their fascination for the streets of the city.

martes, 18 de octubre de 2011