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Two Silly Fishermen

I'm not a full time professional photographer but take on 2-3 paid jobs per month. It keeps me sharp and I find it rewarding to work with other professionals on a specific task.

My latest assignment was to shoot a video for a 20 second commercial, that will run on regional TV in January 2014 (my 2nd TV-commercial). Some stills where also required for printed adds. I won't be doing the final retouching of the raw files, but the photo above is my post processing.

The two aspiring models (Philip Stangebye to the left & Alexander Behrang Keshtkar to the right) where really nice to work with. They required nearly no instructions and fell quite naturally into the role as "silly fishermen". Thanks guys!

On the technical side I faced a small set-back when setting up the Speedlights.  The PocketWizard Mini TT1 had run out of battery power. So without my trusted PocketWizards for light control, I had to revert back to standard Nikon Commander mode and IR-control the two S…

Photographing in rain has several benefits

1/4 sec at f/6.3, ISO 100, -1/3 EV
First are foremost you are alone. For me photographing is a reflective process where I focus on the image and think abstract thoughts - letting my mind flow. While in this state there is nothing more disturbing that other human beings. So when the sky is all grey and its raining softly, then its time to grab your photo gear and head for the forrest, beach or open landscape to escape the every day life.

An all grey sky (the lords big soft box) and a bit of rain is perfect conditions for shooting black and white photos. With me today I had the following equipment:

Nikon D800Nikon Coolpix AAF-S Nikkor 28mm f/1.8GNikon MC-36 remote cord releaseVelbon GEO N830 tripod and QHD-72Q BallheadCrumpler backpackHolebrook WP sweaterStetson Herringbone Hatteras
The AF-S 28mm f/1.8G lens is a nice and not so heavy lens that fits perfectly on a D800. It is sharp and delivers a soft bokeh wide open. A bit of vignetting, radial distortion and green CA is visible wide op…