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Freitag, 15. Januar 2016

Tribal Theme Model Shoot

Members of the "ShutterbugsUniverse Photography" and "Bangkok Photographers Group" ask me to organize a Tribal Theme Model Shoot at the Queen Sirikit Dam in Uttaradit. It was my pleasure and we had great fun shooting with stunning results. Rob is the master of the light and brought his equipment along. Our professional model Khan Thongduang did an excellent job. Thanks a lot to everybody involved. Enjoy a look behind the scene...

Mittwoch, 23. September 2015

Sonntag, 15. Februar 2015

Taking Marco to the "GREAT LAKE"

Marco owns a house in Sukhothai. Any time he comes for a visit we meet for a coffee and a chat. I told him about the great lake about 60 km away from Sukhothai and of course he ask me to take him on a tour.

We went very early to be there when the sun will rise and I had a big boat organized.

To bad the boat driver did not show up. You can not rely on anybody in the countryside.

Luckily the water level was very low which had clear a path to a little peninsula and offered us happy shooting.

and that´s what Marco says:

"Following complaints from myself and Robert Collins that the "mountains"Andreas Minge takes you to when on a photoshoot around Sukhothai are not much more than bumps in a road, Andreas is scouting new locations and I must say I think he's come up with the goods here. Granted, we are not in the Himalayas, but for Thailand this ain't bad at all. The problem with shooting during this season is that the rice farmers burn the old fields and this creates a flat light haze that the best photoshopper can't penetrate. So we got up at 5am to get to this place and we managed to catch some reasonable light before the haze washed everything over again. If you want to know where these are taken get in touch with Andreas and he will be happy to take you there (for a well deserved fee obviously!)"

Freitag, 30. Januar 2015

Shooting EDELSTERN at Beelitz Heilstätten

Have a sneak peak behind the scene while I was shooting the german band EDELSTERN in Germany near Berlin.

Every year I am going to Germany I usually do a photo shoot with my brothers band. Before I went to settle down in Thailand I used to do a lot of photography on stage and concerts. Coming to Germany basically once a year the family is the main focus and it leaves me very little time for this kind of photography. The year before we worked hard for a single image with a great result for EDELSTERN. The location was the nostalgic freemasons Grand Landlodge in Berlin Dahlem.

We somehow wanted to tie up with this concept and organized the former Sanatorium Beelitzer Heilstätten near Berlin as the new location for the shooting this year. The band had decide to switch to color. Costumes where already ordered.

Built in 1898 the sanatorium became a military hospital for the Russian Red Army after World War II before it was shut down in 1994. The unique facilities are a great photo location even as a subject of its own.

Bastian Lee Jones did most of the motion picture capture. Thank you so much buddy. I just wish your camera would provide a better picture quality. Resolution is not everything...;) Anyway you did a great job to absorb the feeling at the set. We all appreciate your good work.

I also wish to thank my associate Antje Liepold who did a great job to support this shooting.

Not to forget the delicious catering provided by the Krenz family. Good food is so important indeed. Thank you so much.
Thanks a lot to the make up artist  Armin Otto who made everybody look good. Even if a single eyelash of the lead singer lady was not straight which has need to be fixed in Photoshop. Never mind Armin, I am pretty sure you are used to this kind of girls behavior ;)

We picked up the rental gear at Foto Hess in Berlin Charlottenburg and reached the location in the late morning.While the band got in the costumes and received a new face from the make up artist I had the time to inspect the location. Soon I figured the stage with its Gothic window in the background as the most impressive spot. There was an old piano abandonment in the hall. A prop I did not want to miss.

I was shooting with a fixed composition from my tripod and did one shot of the scene without people in addition. This gave me the opportunity to change persons ore faces from another captured frame of the same session. It ai´nt easy to get 4 people looking perfect at the same time.

For the group shot on stage as well for the portraits I changed my tactic. Free hand with the longer lens was more appropriate. Standing in a group everybody of the band members was busy to arrange its hair or straiten out the costume every once and a while. With the moving going on for this reason it would have been impossible to shot from a tripod and keep the approximate distance between each subject all the time.

The same applies for the portraits.

Since EDELSTERN has been working with photographers many times before they did a very professional job. It was my pleasure. We looking forward to our 2015 photo shoot at the middle of the year. A new concept is already worked out with several locations in mind and I am previously excited.

Contrary to our last year shooting the band was in need of more then just a single photograph. So it became a hard working session for everyone since we were shooting on 3 different sets.. Still we achieved great results again. With such a long session over the whole day quality suffers at the end. Nobodies fault but humans have their limits.

Finally I do not want to detain the final results. I would say: "great shots after such a jumbled day."

Donnerstag, 15. Januar 2015

Laos with Markus and Jimmi

It almost has become a habit to go on a tour somewhere in Asia with Markus once a year.

To go on a tour driving a 35 years old truck may be a different experience for someone to look at. Either fear the risk and possible loss of time while traveling on a tight schedule. Or love the adventure and master the challenge of such a trip.

I consider Laos a very unique country. Somehow a 20 years time travel back in history compared to Thailand. Supposedly this will not remain for too long. The roads where in very bad condition at some sections of our trip. The worst was a construction side with a 100 km length.

The weather in the mountains has been freezing cold. Temperature sometimes dropped down to 0° at night. Not only the farmer where burning there rice and sugar cane fields but every household was making a fire in the morning and evening. The pollution was terrible.

Laos is definitely a great country for landscape and people photography. But maybe not at this time of the year. I am really looking forward to go back alone on a motorbike to enter some remote spots in the mountains.