Post 365 - 1.1.12

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You know that you have friends if you return home from a short trip to a neighbour village and they (Martin and Peter) are sitting in our livingroom with a grin.
Peter and Martin are running the foto© thing with me - and we meet every second week to learn to light and shoot (Basel Strobists). They are my honest critics (I hope…) and push and support me as I do them. They have made this awesome poster for me (A0 Size) with all my pictures on it and braught a champagne - I am so touched, you guys! I didn't even know you could be so sweet :-)))
Thank you for following all my ideas and plans and so on.

I am very open for more noce things to hapen after this 365 project has ended and will post relating things happening here.

And I planed to do a 365 + 1 fotography, just to give it one extra.

Light: Look into the bottle - SB26 at 14mm, 1/8 power through a shoot through umbrella, skyport.


31.12.11 by
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Good buy everybody.
Thank you for following me and helping me get over this year. My brain is full of new projects, but I will try to hold it back until a few days have passed. Jumping of joy and not looking back.

Light: SB26/SB24 full power from 12:00 and obove my head. Skyports.


30.12.11 by
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Big lights on me - I am 1 day from finishing my 365 project and I am proud of myself - I had no clue if I would make it when I started. Lights have been with me all the way and I baught some new ones on my way to here. Actually, I have more lightformers than flashes (5!) at the moment, the apollo softbox, several snoots and strawgrids and the lumiquest III are missing as are some lightstands and a DIY california sunbounce (and not speaking about the beauty dish, which should be on the way to me from china…). I think I can get quit involved in things like this :-)
So for this picture I dicided to get a lot of my gear performing (I almost forgot about this octa, which was in the guest room the whole year I think) incl. a strong boom. And yes Bettina, I am wearing shoes in the kitchen, slippers just don't look very professional;-).

Making of here.

Light: SB26 in a 50cm Ezybox copy, 1/16 infront of me, SB 26 at 1/16 in a flash2softbox 50 x 70cm on my right,
SB24 at 1/8 in a 90cm octa behind me, 430EX at 1/8 in a 75cm lastolite Ezybox on my left, 580EX at 1/8 in a DIY Minibeautydish on my lap, SB26 optical triggered, other three skyports


29.12.11 by
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Uli - my 84 year old father-in-law, who lives just next door with Vera (see 1.7.11). He was not pictured yet in my 365 project, so it is 3 to 365 to catch up with that. I wanted to do a McNally inspired photography and received his new book today. I understood the concept of the windy portrait but how stupid can I be after a year of daily strobist work? - McNally did a slow exposure (1/8th of a sec) to catch the wind moving the hair. It was windy and I did the same (1/8th), but it was night - no ambient to show the wind moven hair - got it? I got it. Therefore I put some clouds in the background from an earlier shot today and will have to definitely learn photoshop or gimp or something, masking this hair out with PSE 6 was a pain and I am not satisfied with the result, but maybe there would have been a better way and somebody can tell me how?

Light: SB26 ¼ power, 24mm in a 60cm gridded Ezybox at 8:00 turned a tag away from subject,
SB26 bare 85mm, 1/64 power from 1,5m behind his head, Skyports


28.12.11 by
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The three kings find the christmas crib with the help of my new iPad (and the map app).

Light: 580EX ¼ power, 24mm, in a 60cm gridded softbox pointing straight ahead 20cm above the table, 8:00, skyport, long exposure for the iPad picture (made with a handheld lumiquest III on a ETTL wire from 8:00, -1ev), Skyport


27.12.11 by
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It is good to have a guardian angel looking after you and your family. Mybe a icecooled or a little develish one.

Light: 580EX on a ETTL cable with ¼ CTS, -1,6 ev, from 45° right, SB26 at 1/16 with red gel and just the glas ice cube left open, gaffer tape flagging the rest and the shadow wing, optical trigger (glascube lying on the flash)


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As often I start writing my christmas cards after christmas. Of course it is strobist card of our family. The time before christmas is often full of stress. So now I have time (holidays) and wish everybody relaxing holidays.

Making of here.

Light: 580EX with ¼ CTS, 24mm, ¼ power, 60cm ezybox with grid, 5:00, 1,7m high, pointing straight down, skyport
2 SB26 with DIY striplight at 3:00 and 9:00 with flags towards camera, optical triggered


25.12.11 by
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Xmasday with Bettinas parents for dinner, after my sisters family had sleped over night at our place. So there was quite a bit of cooking etc to be done today. An old lady (my former business landlord) gave me this music dose for the kids - we parents never liked it and wanted to throw it away several times. So I had to build it into todays shot. I wanted to see the tree in it upside down or something, but no refelctions. So I shot a low lux shot (everything was shot with candle lite) and did some vintage film effects on it.
Happy Christmas everybody.

Ligh: 1 Candle (=1 lux?) 8:00 of music dose, candles on the tree


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Our traditional christmas singing has changed over the last few years. Nowadays the children (my sisters children Yanik and Benjamin and our boys Simon and Lias) have taken over the lead with oboe, recorder, electric piano etc. - and as usual the grand parents have to applaud.

Light: 580EX with ¾ CTS, manual camera, ETTL flash - 1ev, black foamy thing flagging the subjects, bouncing the flash from on camera over the wall at 8:00


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I met an angel today - Luzia (what a name for an angel…). My two sons (Simon and Lias) and I where lost in a shopping mall today. Instead of a short food shooping around the corner we ended up spending our afternoon in different shops in this overheated mall. The heat made us feel feeverish - do you know that effect? I saw Luzia, who was painting faces for free in this practical working clothes with wings and everything (dispite it beeing white anyway). She probably had been doing that all afternoon and was still white. She was so polite to model for me and put some lipstick on extra for this shoot - it turned out that she knows what she is doing, because she sometimes returns to earth as a visagiste. Thank you for helping me  and eight more to go. I feel the preasure to perform miracles infront of the finishing line but don't want to ruine family christmas by doing so… and need some ideas to pop up aswell.

Light: 430EX going up to the high ceiling with +0.67ev, ETTL and a hand as better bounce card, triggering a SB26 optically with a ¼ CTS, 1/16 power, 24mm handheld by Simon at 3:00


22.12.11 by
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On my way home after a nice xmas business dinner. I had no tripod with my and no triggers, so a walked around and built my tripod with a table and a unfoldable plastic box (which collapsed once - gladly the 5D is pro design and survived the crash with the table from 50cm).
The flash is triggered with a on camera flash, which is dialed way down and half snooted with the foamy black thing.

Light: 430EX on camera, 1/64, 105mm, foamy black thing shilding it away from me, SB26 optical triggered, 1/32, 24mm, white balance on 3800K.


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Be aware that a 365 project can keep you up late at night - and you may end up going to bed alone. This has become a routine and I am looking forward to the end of the 365 in that aspect.
I am so tired I will leave the blown whites in this shot as they are. Good night to you people out there.

Light: SB26 ¼ power, 85 mm on the nighttable 9:00, SB26 in a ultrabounce (like a plastic cup) lying on the floor below me to light the door, 1/8 power, 24mm, skyports


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I am working on my todo lists (see 18.12.11) - and it is getting late latly. So you get a quicker shot without a cookie (related to light), they are homemade by us.

Light: Cookies are lying on a lumiquest III, SB26 at 1/16 power in it, conturing light is coming from 10:00 from a SB26 with CTO (do you see the purple rims on the bear? - camera is on tungsten…), 1/16 power, 85mm, handheld, Skyport


19.12.11 by
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Ready to dive into christmas.
This is the front garden of a neighbor a few houses away. I was shooting when Diana (the neighbor) arrived home - and I quickly hid my snokel and diving mask - feeling, that it would be quite hard to understand what I am doing in her front garden with it in a cold night like this.
Yes, we have very little snow now. And yes, a diving mask warms the face, if you wear it in these kind of conditions.

Light: SB26 with CTO, 24mm, ¼ power in a 60cm Ezybox from 8:00, 1,5m high, pointing down on me, skyport


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To many to do lists - do you know that feeling? I am trying to sort out the important followed by the urgent tasks to do before xmas holidays and don't know how to get them done till christmas. At least they give me a picture.

Manual lens here: SMC Takumar 50mm, f1,4 at f 8 (don't believe all the EXIFS you see)

Light: 430EX at full power, 24mm, in a 76cm Ezybox (I fixed it today) with grid from 40cm above the lamps, 5:00, skyport


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We have this star hanging around during christmas time - I think it is handmade and Marc gave it to us as a souvenir from Barcelona (maybe I am completely wrong). I like it (it is a lightformer).
December is turining out to be realy tough idea, motivation and time wise. I am so close to the end (14 days) and it is getting heavier instead of lighter. But for tonight Bettina is my star. Thank you for supporting me so far.

Light: AL


16.12.11 by
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Alexandre saved me five to twelve. I was a day with hurrican force winds and rain and cold. I was standing at a unusual friday place at the tram station, because it has a roof. Nobody wanted to model and I was not very enthusiastic about it either. But at last I started to talk with Alexandre and he was so impressed with my stubborness to make a shot per day since 1.1.11 that he opted to stand in as my model today. We made four shots. Then I had to pack up to fetch Lias from athletics and he had to pic up his daughter from a retirement home (get that first…).
Thank you Alexandre (and send me a mail, if you want your picture), I thaught that this friday I woulden't find a model for the first time - and actually it was my last friday in Therwil - Lias training ended for this year.
Light setup sepecially choosen for a windy day.

Light: 580EX ¼ power, 105mm, ¼ CTS in a Orbis, SB26 with CTB and diffuser against black wall behind him, 1/8 power, 20mm, skyports


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foto©ooperation is trying a group setup here. Peter tried to eat his lenscap, Martin forgot to remove them (maybe Canon is to complicated for him ;-), and I mismatch my lensthrowing with the selftimer every time.

Light: SB26 at ¼ power in a 76cm ezybox from 5:00, 2.5m high, skyport


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Roxy, one of the last family members beeing portraied. It setup the camera on the floor, put the food in the bowl and let her in. In one hand I had the remote controle, in the other the skyported flash, letting it bonce of the wall at 4:00.

Light: 580EX, 105mm, 1/16 power, Skyport bouncing of a white wall at 4:00


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We often drink a tea together after the kids are in bed and the kitchen is done etc.
I think, this is a partnership - nuturing ritual, because we update each other upon the day we experienced. Thank you, my love, for still beeing interested in our exchange.
Manual lens here: SMC Takumar 50mm, f1,4 at f 7,2 (don't believe all the EXIFS)

Light: SB26 in a lumiquest III, boomed 50cm above our cups, 1/8 power, 24mm , skyport


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From time to time I try to do a iphone picture of the day. This is such a day. Hipstamatic iphone picture of a night scene near a trainstation abroad.

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Alternative picture - I lost my head today.
Iphone Hipstamatic photo.

light: AL


11.12.11 by
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Simon had this idea because snow is not in sight - what is quite usual in december - but everybody would like to have white christmas, wouldn't you?

It reminds me of this joke we used to tell: There are two professors walking threw the desert. One is carrying a heavy battering ram and the other a newpaper. "Why are you carrying a heavy battering arm with you?" one askes the other after two days of walking. "If I am chased by a lion" replies the other, "I can throw it away and run faster." "Hmm." They continue to walk for another two days. Then the other Professors asks "Why do you have this newspaper with you?" "If a Lions chases me" the professors replies, "I will climb a tree and tear the newspaper in small peaces and stray them onto the lion. He will think that it is snowing and will freeze!"

LIght: SB26 with snoot from 6:00, 1/8 power, slightly under Simons headlevel, SB26 from straight above, snoot, 1/8 power, skyports


10.12.11 by
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There is this creep who breakes into homes to annoy people by lighting their advent wreath candles early.
I setup a light sensor trap and managed to make a picture of this rare species lighting the third candle saturday evening instead of sunday morning.

If you want to know what the chain of lights is made of, look at picture 7.12.11 and 17.11.11.

Making of here.

Light: MIni DIY beautydish from 7:00 pointing upwards in a 30° angle, with a Sb26, ¼ power, 24mm, 1 CTS in it and a SB26 with grid and snoot from 4:00, 1 CTB, 1/16,


9.12.11 by
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Funny day today - I had my usual fryday position and a interesting light set up - and then I found it tough to find a model. Florence, who is sitting behind my leg here, is a stanger who was willing to model but the bus came before I turned on the autofocus (it was turned of for this shot - go figure). So sorry Florence, no luck today. Anyway I find this shot interesting, can't realy tell you why, it has a out of the real life feeling although it is quite processed.

Light: SB26 in a mini beauty dish (DIY), ½ power, from above 6:00, 580EX at 1/16 in a Orbis kneehigh, 6:00, SB26 from 2m high 2:00, 1/64power, CTB, 85mm, Skyports.


8.12.11 by
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New light is shining in my eye.
I descided to order a lastolite ezybox, 76cm big as a kit with a high stand and a fabric grid - the cheap ebay one was not the quality build you want to use every day. First impression, good pro tool, but there is a velcro missing for the inner diffuser - how can they???
You can see the grided softbox as a reflection in my iris.
Skin exagerated with bleach bypass (nik).

Light: 580EX 24mm, ½ power in a 76cm ezybox from 9:00 and above, skyport


7.12.11 by
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I am just fascinated by the physialis in this stadium. The "skin" goes, the rips stay - but only on some of them.

Light: 580EX from 1.5m above, 105mm, 1/16power, slaved by 7D, white paper underneath and paper reflector from camera side - picture was turned 90° to the right.


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St.Nicholas was here and I am fighting with the last 25 pictures of the project. So here is a life picture without wanting to disturb the childrens special moments with falsh etc.
The exifs go wrong on this lens (with aperture), it is a Sigma 28mm f1.8

LIght: AL


5.12.11 by
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Product shots today - but the cool thing is, that these products are my photographys! I made them for a toolbox dealing with the task to sexual educate mentaly handicaped people. Each board shows a person from front and behind (you can flip them over - without the black bar of course).
Beeing in my office I improvised lightwise, taking what I had available and glad I had brought my lighttent.

Light: 580EX to the ceiling +1ev, halogen lamps left and right and from above, latter handheld by Jenny


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We did a christmas card foto shooting tonight which is always a sepcial actions an not always very christmaslike… But here you see Simon as a sit in model for the light - relaxed.
Lias ny the way had a very good Race (Klausenlauf in Allschwil) - he was 6th, but they scored him 8th - I am quit shure about that because I have a high speed series of shots of him overtaking the boy who was 6th 20m before the finishing line - the time keeping is difficult because the do it manualy, but whatever, he stood on the podium (the first 10) and 100s of children where behind him.

Light: 580 ½ CTS, ¼ power, 24mm, boomed overhead and with a conic snoot out of a big sheet of the black foamy thing, skyport


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This is my neighbor Lukas. He dressed him and his Harley up for a special St. Nicholas charity drive through Basel. He is one of 50 bikes…
I just saw him driving away and ran out with my camera.
I tried a different look on him as a change.

Light: AL (+ postwork)


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Patrick walked by and ask if I would take a picture of hime again. Shure. He has a new girlfriend and is flying high - congratulations! Also to the success as a cook. It is fun to spontaniously meet streetmodels from a half year back at the same spot - the friday bust station.

Light: SB26 24mm, ½ power in a reflecting umbrella from 8:00, skyport.


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Patrick and Adi are sewer rats. They pull a plastik thing in the sewer, blow it up and harden it with UV LIght.
It was 1 AM when I got out of my office with no picture yet. Patrick and Adi where standing right in fornt of my office and they even brought their own light. Thank you for beeing there, doing that job and letting me take your picture. Send me an Email to receive your pictures.

LIght: floodlight