jeudi 30 mai 2013

A finnish doctor in south of France...

Being a pro photographer also means you must be as versatile as a swiss knife. One day shooting sport, the other day shooting a luxury boat, or this time working for a medical magazine from Finland... Don't ask how I got this job, I don't really know myself.

This magazine wanted to compare french and finnish healthcare systems, so they sent a journalist to investigate, and together we met a finnish doctor working in France. Yes, I swear, this is true. After all, Europe is like one big country, with nearly free circulation of goods and workers too. So I should not be so surprised.

So Dr. L (I'll keep her name private) was the perfect person for this study. She's working with 2 french colleagues in a little village in South of France, and she also visits old persons in a public geriatric. This giving her a wide knowledge of how our system works. We followed her during her morning visits to patients, to the regular job at her office in the afternoon, and more than often night... The number of general doctors in France is getting really low in some rural places, and that makes hard and long days of work for all of them. Hopefully they are here to take care of us.

This was a nice photo journalist job, something I don't do a lot, even if we try to shoot our sport lifestyle stuff in the same way. After all, it's just trying to make our pictures as meaningful as possible. The only big difference was the subject, trying to be as less intrusive as possible, with old persons sometimes in really good shape, or sometimes in their really late days. A strong remembrance that you have to enjoy every day of your daily life...

© Stef. Cande - No use of these pictures is allowed on any media without permission.

jeudi 9 mai 2013

Sea Diamond, pure jewel...

Once or twice a year I have assignments in the luxury business, and this time I had to shoot a very beautiful ship, a 105 feet Mangusta if you're a boat aficionado. The job was to shoot her inside out, to create all the documents to market this boat. With a hefty bit of money, you'll be able to rent her for luxury week-ends around Cannes and wherever you may want to go in the Mediterranean Sea... The perfect Mare Nostrum wanderer.

Usually you have to shoot boats from a helicopter, to make the boat look as long as possible, get a clear view from all the decks, and give the perfect impression of speed. Slow shutter speed can also be an option. But the client said otherwise so no chopper, just a tiny boat to turn around the ship and get all angles. I decided to go with no polarizer, as modern software allow for any highlight and shadow recovery, and to keep some cool reflections on the water. And anyway, it was slightly overcast, so it would have been useless. And polarizers are so past, no ?

Hopefully, the morning light was low enough to give some shadows, and as usual I went shooting backlit for most of my pictures, a habit I'll never get rid of... for the best of it, I sincerely believe. Some pics are just gorgeous. You may be more into sailboat, but this is starting to be a serious ship with a history, from a well known italian maker and talented hancrafters. You tend to respect that, not its price.