Wanted to thank Vistek, Elinchrom and AstroLab Studios Inc. for having me share my photographic journey. And a special thanks to everyone that came out to share their evening with me. The event was amazing, I was touched by all the Instagram messages.
My aim is always to inspire and I hope I achieved that. I can’t wait for my next opportunity share my love and passion for photography with you.
So as most of you know I shoot medium format when I’m not shooting with my Nikon D4, and have mainly shot with a Mamiya RZ67 Pro IID. When I first got the camera, I would take it along on my travels. Recently while doing some spring cleaning I came across some old exposed 6×7 film shot back in 2013. What I found on these rolls were just amazing.
In February I picked up a Nikon S2 Rangefinder – For those that do not know the history of this camera let me shed some light on it for you.
The Nikon S2 released in 1955 was one of the Japanese camera makers best-selling cameras selling over 56,000 pieces. Built like a tank the body is sturdy and works well in any weather conditions. This camera is completely mechanical so no batteries required – that also means no meter so there is definitely that learning curve to those that haven’t shot with older vintage cameras or film.
So enough about the camera and back to the fun stuff – shooting film. So last time I shot film was probably in the early 2000s, probably over 15 years ago, damn its been that long crazy. Well, let’s just say it wasn’t like riding a bike. I had to re-educate myself in regards to Hyper-focusing, Zone Focusing and Sunny 16 rule to get the right exposure. After a 2 weeks and 2 rolls of expired film, I finally dropped off my film to be developed. For those that live in Toronto – Toronto Image Works was amazing for both developing and providing digital scans of my shots.
I was surprised by the images that came – good to know I still got it few shots were underexposed but 80% or was spot on. There’s something about shooting film that digital definitely lacks, and that’s the surprise of seeing the shots you captured when you get it back from the lab.
A sample from my recent portrait session with Maylin Aguirre@fashionmodel.it from Milano, Italia. We have been trying to coordinate a shoot for over 4 years and finally the stars connected in 2018. Photographed with the NIKON D4 and lit by Elinchrom ELB400 w/ a Rotalux 100cm Octobox.
With the release of its 10 limited edition ALPA 12 XY, Alpa closes a chapter on yet another amazing camera. Created in 2006 the camera has become a favorite to architectural, automotive and landscape photographers.
“We had to develop a stable camera, being also able to rise and fall the front at the same time”, ALPA-Co-Owner André Oldani remembers. “All the manipulations, including stitching and shifting, had to be possible without taking the camera off the tripod.”… “It was probably the first camera with this wide but still highly precise range of settings”, Oldani says. “And weight was no real issue back then. But now we have to follow the general trends toward smaller and lighter cameras.”
Weighing only 4.3 kg and equipped with a bright dimmable LED modelling lamp, Elinchrom is promising these new flash heads will provide exceptional capabilities for both still photography and video.
As of now, no price has been announced the new ELB 1200 are promised to hit the stores early June 2017.
A Powerful Unit
1200 Ws, for only 3,2 kg (without battery)
Compact: 18 cm x 13 cm x 28 cm
Weather resistant design
Fast recycling times: 1.7s in FAST mode, 3s in DEFAULT mode
3 Flash Heads
Action, Pro and Hi-Sync heads
Aluminum housing and tilt head
Flash and/or continuous LED light (dimmable)
For both still photography and video
Battery Air (included): 1.1 kg
215 flashes / 80 min continuous LED light
Battery HD (optional): 1.5 kg
400 flashes / 120 min continuous LED light
USB output to charge mobile devices
A and B outlets
2:1 (66%:33%) asymmetry
1:1 (50%:50%) option
1.7s recycling time in FAST mode
3.0s recycling time in DEFAULT mode
Large OLED control display
LED illuminated outlets, show which head is active
Each head can be activated or deactivated separately
Flash duration display
Strobe, delay and sequence features
Precise colour consistency
Reliable flash duration consistency
USB input for firmware updates
Battery Air – 90 Wh
Designed to travel safe and light.
The battery Air offers 215 flashes at full power, or 80 min of continuous light at full LED power. An ELB 1200 unit with a battery Air is allowed as carry-on baggage for travelling by Air with one spare battery.
The battery Air is included with the ELB 1200.
Battery HD – 144 Wh
A power-house for studio and on-location use.
The battery HD offers 400 flashes at full power, or 120 min of continuous light at full LED power.
This item is not included in the set and has to be purchased separately.
Battery Air – 1.1 kg
Battery HD – 1.5 kg
Humidity and dust protected
Battery box cover for safe transportation
5V USB power output
Shipping mode for traveling
Battery charge level indicator
92 CRI dimmable daylight LED
Equivalent to 250w Halogen lamp
For both still photography and video
22.5 cm x 14 cm x 23 cm
Aluminum tilt head
7 mm and/or 8 mm umbrella tube
Silent video mode
Compatible with all full sized Elinchrom accessories