I couple of snaps from during yesterdays demo day for Studio VZW. I was showing some possibilities for photographers who are looking for a continuous light solution.
Together with Luxillag I had several lights with me, the classic Dedolight DLH4 Tungsten lights, the DLED4 system, Felloni Tecpro and the  Daylight Panaura 5.

There was a lot of interest amongst the colleagues who were looking for an efficient and fast way of lighting various situations.

One of the most common, and justified questions when demonstrating continuous light is, ‘how much light do the produce?’
Typically the reply is that if you want to photograph lively subjects you might run into trouble with these relatively low powered lights as they are primarily  aimed at video work. Having said that, check out the shutter speed of image 5. Below. This was shot in the same ambient light as image 3. Illuminated with one Felloni 15˚ bi-colour LED panel and exposed for the lightest part of the subject. If you want to get creative with light and see how your light is working before you even make a photo, have a look at Dedolights.

1:  A daylight and gridded Panaura 5 just illuminating the floor in front of it. A lovely soft wrap of light.
1/2400 – F1.4 – ISO800

DSCF9089_dedo_900px2: The Panaura 5 using the book as a reflector to bounce some light up onto the face.
1/480 – F1.4 – ISO500

DSCF9094_dedo_900px3: Hands on experimenting by some of the members.

DSCF9076_dedo_900px4 Mixing some ambient and mixed Bi-colour LED Felloni
1/140 – F2.8 – ISO500

DSCF9074_dedo_900px5: Jane.
1/3800 – F2.5 – ISO800

DSCF9083_dedo_900pxThis last crazy shot if of me at the spectacular location we had for the day. Not often I’m in a church, even less at the front! 😉
Thanks to Bert Stephani for making the snap. A friend and colleague who was demonstrating Elinchrom and off camera flash techniques for Servix

rob in church

I’m so pleased to be have been asked by Torsten Robbens to shoot the exclusive launch images of the full electric superbike built by the Saroléa Racing Team.
I had to keep all the images under wraps until the official unveiling which took place on the weekend of 26th April.
Below are some of the ‘teaser’ images I made for press releases and magazines as well as the complete bike image that was send out for the reveal.

What a machine it is too, I can’t wait to see it in action this year and continue to help out the team.

A little while ago I had to go to Rotterdam for an assignment and thought it’d be a great place to get some shots of a rather funky bicycle made by an Estonian company, Viks.
I had a buzz around the area on the bike during the couple of spare hours I had, I can assure you, it’s a head turner!

I don’t think I need to waste words on describing the bike I had with me, the pictures will show enough:)

At the end of 2013 we were asked to shoot a very short promotional video for a paintball event company based near Antwerp. Stafort operates out of a moated fort in Stabroek and as well as paintball, offers a wide range of activities for all ages groups.

This short clip by Frank and myself was shot 100% on GoPro cameras. Hero2, 3 black and 3+ black to be more exact.

Enjoy!

  • Paintball UK - Wow, what an awesome video, I love the slow mo bits it’s really well done. I went to Paintball UK and wanted to do a video with my go pro but was a bit concerned about it getting damaged, but after seeing your video I will be sure to go again taking my go pro this time. The game zone there are really awesome, some of the best I have seen, I will be sure to post my video.

  • Rob Mitchell - Go for it, it’s what the GoPro was made for :) Just give it a good wash after because that paint is sticky and messy.
    We just issued warnings NOT to shoot down the drones, oddly people listened 😉

People ask me regularly what sort of background education I had before I decided to become a full time photographer.

Basically, I started out as a model-maker. I made models of all sorts of things. From prototypes of toys, special effects models for advertising, TV or films and I even broke into the car modelling world at Ford. Learning how to model full sized cars in clay.

Clearing up my office I stumbled upon this video of a model I made as part of my final year at college. Commissioned by the late Hollywood actor Sam Wanamaker, this model was of his dream. A recreation of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. The dream became reality and is standing proud on the South-Bank – London.
3 of us worked on the model, each creating sections that came together as the final piece. Predominantly made of Western Red Cedar it was a work of passion and precision. I remember all too well the time it took to saw 1/2mm x 1/2mm sections of wood for window frames and planing the wood to create our own veneers.

As far as I know the model is still at the Globe. If you’re there, have a look or at least ask about it.

Of course, most of this model-making is now done with 3D computer graphics. Another part of my past that I might mention one day:)

The video is a bit poor, it’s old and ripped from a VHS. Anyway, enjoy!

Lots of sweat and tears went into this model. Not to mention a tiny little bit of blood every now and then!