vendredi 30 novembre 2012

November Jib Anniversary...

Action pictures rarely age well... That's why I take the risk to exhibit those pics before they get too old. A lot of them have been printed, or used on the web, even if not enough to my taste (I'm always complaining about not enough coverage... Photographers are like this by design...). Whatever, the heavy snowfall of these last days just reminded season is now definitely on, and those pics are just something to pump up your energy.

Anyway, that jib session happened 2 years ago, with a heavy snowfall covering very early all the low altitude parts of Rhône-Alpes, from Lyon, to Grenoble, Chambery... All around the Geneva lake it was pure magic, heavy white blanket of snow nearly stopping any human activity..

Except of course for a bunch of riders, who wanted to use as much of this white gold as possible. Jibbing the city, whatever the period of the year, is not so frequent, and no time had to be lost for the search of the perfect steel handrail.

As shootings almost always happen at night, it's time to play with flashes : from the sides or from the back (my favorite, no joke...), many of them. If you're not flashing in this occasion, better sell all your equipment. Unless you shoot with crazy guys from PVS movie production, bringing their own power generator everywhere, at night, in narrow streets... Enough light to shoot a Hollywood movie ! And believe it or not, we encountered no hassle from anyone, in the neighborhoods where we shot, who was exasperated by the NOISE ! That must have been our lucky star effect.

Enjoy those pics as much as I still enjoy them, it was a particularly good time for shooting and incredible actions. And no bones were broken for the whole week... Except Louis Josephe arm, of course !

jeudi 22 novembre 2012

Italia.... Can be just around the corner...

A few weeks back I had to shoot in an italian restaurant downtown Annecy, on the wrong side of the Alps if you want to hear the pizza cooking in the oven in its original language. The pics were to be used in the new version of the restaurant, due to a complete make over in the coming weeks. And as usual, time was short... Makes it even more difficult to try to shoot something with a good and happy fettucini mood.

What can save you when details are not spot on, is blur and black and white, of course. I had prepared a crazy flash set-up in the beginning, but everything was too sharp and in focus, so I turned my new cam up to 5000 iso, cranked the aperture down to 1.2 and started to shoot for good. Thanks 1Dx for the  performance.

One of the character was a 4 years old kid, who did not want to wear a hat at first, and I did not want to force him. He played with it a couple of times, though, and I think they're the best pics of the set.

One of the details was perfect, part the wonderful classy old school Vespa : check carefully and you'll see a Panerai watch on a model wrist. Can't be more classic Italian, and still goes smartly under the radar of bling addict. Cool stuff I want for my fifties, not a Rolex, OK Jacques ?