Playing in the fading light of day

Rosedale Cross

Originally uploaded by bang*

Rosedale Cross

Rode by this spot a while ago and my creative mind went into meltdown. For two weeks my vision for this shot has been developing and maturing in my head. I knew that I’d be getting the sunset in the background, I wanted to bring along a strobe to light the cross so that it popped out of the background, giving it more prominance.
So yesterday I headed out with my vision in my head and a bag full of kit.
A couple of hours shooting and I knew I’d not only nailed my initial idea but also found a couple of other interesting shots.

I’ve been spending time learning more off camera flash work lately and It really helped me realise my vision in this shoot. I’m going to give props to Mr DuChemin for getting me back to working with my vision and to Mr Arias for helping me out with the knowledge to figure out that I could achieve this.

Playing with light

So I managed to make it through a brutal couple of weeks shooting and have decided to take some “me” time. As an avid user of natural light for portraits outdoors and big studio monoblocks for studio work, I decided that this summer i’m going to explore the world of strobes (as the photobloggers like to call them, we used to call them flash’s or flashguns, but hey) & off camera flash set ups. I refuse to shoot anything with a flash on top of my camera, it isn’t pretty and it shows a lack of invention. Okay maybe in a pinch i’ll put it on there but it’s going to be bounced off something.

I’ve dusted off my old strobe kit, found some new stuff, discovered some novel uses for existing kit and i’m generally having a hoot doing it. So going along with my man Chase, i’m creating and sharing my results.

Here’s a little something from the other evening, strobe info and such can be found by clicking through to my flickr stream.

Strobist portrait fun.

More info –

Day 12 – Just remember, there is no spoon

Day 12 / 365 Portrait Project – There is no spoon.

Day 12 - There is no spoon, Mark Ivkovic, York Photographer

Day 12 - There is no spoon, Mark Ivkovic, York Photographer

Linky to my 365 Project on Flickr

Um, busy day today, was on the receiving end of the photographing process twice today, bloomin press release things.
This is a portrait in an abstract style. Well that’s my story and I’m sticking to it.
Just remember there is no spoon!

Canon 5d Mark 2
EF 24- 105mm f4
iso 3200

Funkyness added.

The clever people may have noticed that this blog runs one day behind my uploads on Flickr, I will one day sort this out so that they run in sync once again. Not really sure when it happened but I have the best part of a year to sort it out I guess. Just as a little side note, next weeks posts are going to be very out of sync, work obligations mean being away so expect a multiple post at the end of the week. I have some good ideas for next week, the focus of my idea doesn’t know it yet but we’ll sort that out later.

Day 11 – Lady returns

Day 11 / 365 Portrait Project.

Day 11 - She's back - Mark Ivkovic, York Photographer

Day 11 - She's back - Mark Ivkovic, York Photographer

Link to my 365 Project on Flickr

Lady returns, I’m glad I didn’t put in a rule about not posting images of the same person more than twice in one week 🙂
It’s been quite a busy weekend what with family gatherings, meetings with the cycle team and the looming deadline for tax returns.
I guess I’m just scratching around for reasons why I haven’t been out looking for new faces for my project and true being told I’m having a lazy day today.
Shoot data –
Canon 5D Mark 2
Canon EF L 24 – 105mm f4
iso 3200 (this camera has got me rethinking the whole usage of higher iso speeds)
Post Production – Lightroom for a little cross-processed film look. Plus frame.

Weekend Portraits – 365 Portrait Project, days 8 & 9

Two days in one, mainly due to lack of internet yesterday.

8 365 portraits - Lady saves the day - Mark Ivkovic, York Photographer

8 365 portraits - Lady saves the day - Mark Ivkovic, York Photographer

9 365 Portraits - Take my picture, Mark Ivkovic, York Photographer

9 365 Portraits - Take my picture, Mark Ivkovic, York Photographer

365 Portraits Project on Flickr

Day 8 – Hey look it’s her again . . . . .
You have no idea how close I came to shooting a self portrait today. Spent a couple of freezing hours walking around the city only to find all the buskers and most of the market traders had decided to stay home due to crazy snow weather. Shot a couple of “photographers” who were out taking photos of the pretty snow, wasn’t really happy with them (the images I shot) so binned them.
The lovely Lisa took pity on me and decided to let me shoot her while we went for a walk by the river. Phew.
Little bit of “styling” to get the image how I wanted. It may be obvious from the images i’ve posted so far in this project that I like a certain “film” finish to my shots. Perhaps it’s something I’ll get bored by the end of the year . . . . .

Canon 5d mark 2
EF50mm f1.8
Iso 100

Day 9
“Here Mister take my picture!”
This is what I heard as I was taking some shots of a beautiful building in Leeds yesterday. Yes the astute ones amongst you may noticed I didn’t post anything yesterday. This will happen from time to time, it will get shot, but circumstance may mean it won’t make it online for a day or two.
Anyhows, as this cheeky chappy was riding by on his bike I just about managed to swing the camera in his direction while grabbing one frame. Not bad to say I wasn’t even looking through the viewfinder.

Canon 1d mark 2
Canon EF L 24-105mm f4

Who said anything about 365 portraits of people?

Day 7 – One week down and I’m already having to think outside the box.

Day 7 365 Portraits - Mark Ivkovic, York Photographer

Day 7 365 Portraits - Mark Ivkovic, York Photographer

Link to my 365 project on flickr.

Gracie waiting.

Gracie is the sweetest dog you could hope to meet. Always looking for the next person to stroke her, desperately in love with her owners, so much so that even a hint of them getting ready to go and she starts worrying that maybe they’ll forget her. She’s not really one for a game of fetch, she’ll catch a frisbee if it happens to be close enough and she has a liking to chicken.
I took a couple of shots of her at this “sitting” and I just fell in love with the look on her face in all of them, I’m not sure if she’s annoyed, bemused or just plain “putting up with me”. Whichever it is I have to laugh when I look at the photographs.
Decided to give this an aged finish and crop it square to “fake” an old family Polaroid shot (hence the slightly warm tones). I’m really happy with how it turned out, it’s probably my favourite shot of the week.
As for the project, well, I’m managing so far but I know without the help of family and friends this is going to get really hard really soon. Lisa has been a sweetie and is putting up with me so far, but the idea isn’t to shoot 365 images of one person. So I’m going to have to start looking around for volunteers and begging anyone that will listen that my artistic vision is at stake if they don’t pose for me.
I have a plan for the weekend but it is dependant upon me being able to get out of York (current weather is making this rather tricky). If the plan works I’m hoping next week will be easier. If not, I’m going to have to brave the freezing streets hunting for characters.

Todays Image data (ish) –
Canon 5d mark 2
Canon EF 50mm f1.8

Day 5 – Night Lights

Day 5 / 365 Portraits

5  365 Portraits - Mark Ivkovic

5 365 Portraits - Mark Ivkovic

Flickr 365 Portraits Project link

Serious amounts of snow are falling at the moment which is putting a slight strain on my “planned” shots. As such my muse is having to put up with being another portrait for this week.
This is a slight homage to Dustin Diaz, a man who has just completed a 365 project. He was shooting some really great images towards the end so I thought I’d put a slant on his work.
This shot was achieved using only “available” light, no strobes, torches or even reflectors were used. Minimal photoshopage, just used what the street gave me.
Canon 5d mk2, ef50mm f1.8

Wow it’s taken me forever to get the blog to show todays image. I’m learning wordpress as I go along so you’ll have to cut me a little slack for the first couple of weeks if the image isn’t showing right away. Also any eagle eyed readers may notice that the blog colours change everyday, that’s due to the theme I’m using, it checks the image and auto selects the colours which are the closest match to it for the background and such (I think that’s why I’m getting lots of peachy colours).