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All photos by Einar Otto Stangvik. Used with permission.

“When shooting motion, which martial arts tend to bring, I figure you can go one of two ways: Show the motion as a blur, or freeze it entirely – stopping bodies in weirdly wonderful positions. Anything in-between, half frozen / half moving, tends to look sloppy. That’s my opinion, though, and others may disagree.” says photographer Einar Stangvik about his vision for a recent shoot he did featuring Aldiko practitioners. His work has been featured here before as we have showcased his liquid vortex imagery.

He describes it as beautiful, fluid motion that is fast paced and tough to capture. And his setup was quite intensive. It included:

  • One 420 watt/sec Elinchrom ELB-400, with a 150cm indirect octa as key light. Full power.
  • Two Nikon Speedlight SB-910 with a white reflective umbrella as fill light. 1/8th power.
  • One SB-910 with a diffusor hat for the background. 1/16th power.

Why this much light? Stopping fast motion partially has to do with a fast flash duration. What this means is that even if you set your camera to a two second shutter speed but fire the flash once and that flash has a fast duration, then it will freeze to speedy motion. It’s part of the idea behind the TriggerTrap flash adapter.

Einar states that timing the exposures was really simple to do despite the fast moving actiong happening so quickly. More of the images are after the jump.

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All photos by Nathan Wirth. Used with permission.

“I also don’t work on photography unless the weather is shitty.” says photographer Nathan Wirth, who was born and raised in San Francisco. He is a self-learned photographer that uses a variety of techniques— including long exposure and infrared— to express his unending wonder of the fundamental fact of existence by attempting to focus on the silence that we can sometimes perceive in between the incessant waves of sound that often dominate our perceptions of the world. This is partially the foundation for his project: Slices of Silence.

It also has a bit to do with Nathan’s recent studies involving Japanese traditions of Zen, rock gardens, and calligraphy– as well as the transience, impermanence, and imperfections of wabi-sabi. Nathan’s studies of calligraphy and Zen writings have led him to the practice of trying to achieve, while working on his photography, a mind of no-mind (mu-shin no shin), a mind not preoccupied with emotions and thought, one that can, as freely as possible, simply create.

This project features infrared landscape shot with a Sony camera–and while we think they’re quite dark and foreboding, Nathan personally does not.

We chatted with Nathan about his work for Slices of Silence and about how he almost didn’t become a photographer.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Portraits from Early Winter 2015 extras (17 of 21)ISO 4001-180 sec at f - 3.5

Every photographer starts out somewhere–and when you’re first starting out in portraiture, you probably can’t find or hire a stylist or make up artist (MUA). What you’ll begin to learn is that sometimes thing will go wrong on set. While models and people you photograph sometimes bring some of their own kits to help, it can be tougher if you’re photographing a couple for an engagement for example.

So to prevent any unwanted problem, here are items I’ve learned to have in my kit as a portrait photographer over the years with a brief reason as to why.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer The Perfect Camera bag (4 of 4)ISO 4001-100 sec at f - 2.8

On a consistent basis, I get pitched to review camera bags. There are always new ones that come out and some obviously suit my style more than others. A nice perk of the job of being an Editor-in-Chief though is that I usually get to keep the bags, but after a while, they tend to pile up. In my closet, I must have at least 10 different camera bags.

As time as progressed, I’ve found new brands, new designs and better products. Some of the absolute best come from Tenba, ZKin, Langly and Artist and Artisan. Why these brands? Because their designs don’t look like camera bags.

And that’s the best thing that any company could do for a photographer.

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All images by Tony Van Le. Used with permission.

Photographer Tony Van Le is one half of a collaborative project showcasing yoga in a much different way. Peruse Instagram, and you’ll find yoga specialists doing all sorts of crazy poses in some of the coolest and most extreme locations. That’s pretty much what Yogi a Islandi is about–and it showcases the work of Yogi Nadia Nasiri. Nadia and Tony have been friends for years and as they travelled together, they were inspired by awesome locations until they got the idea to combine her yoga work with his landscape photography.

We talked to Tony about the project and the logistics behind it all.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Tamron 45mm f1.8 Di VC product photos (3 of 4)ISO 1001-160 sec at f - 3.5

Today, Tamron is announcing a major update to their SP lineup of lenses–and it’s partially starting with the new 45mm f1.8 Di VC. Why not 50mm? In our meeting yesterday, Tamron stated that the original true normal focal length was around 43mm; so they wanted something a bit closer to that. Like the 35mm also announced, this lens is priced at $599 and aimed at the advanced amateur. It incorporates weather sealing, has a very close focusing distance, and is very lightweight.

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