What’s in the bag: The Important Stuff

My plan was to write a blog post about "what's in the bag of aspiring digital nomad/photographer and why" but aside from the fact, that most of the things are pretty obvious and nobody is probably interested in my obsession with gaffer-taping things until they look like shit, I have today received a gift from great friend of mine, awesome all-around athlete and (alongside with his brother) my life mentor for past ten years with whom I got a chance to hangout before leaving to Dubai in next couple hours.

When we were saying goodbye to each other, he gave me this dice and told me "don't forget how to play the game"

I wasn't expecting it and it was one of the very powerful moments of my life.

Which lead me to sharing this. Something much more intimate and meaningful from my backpack: The good luck charms.

Bags can be different, gear can be different, assignments are different but these things are always with me,reminding me what's actually important even when everything else sucks and I'm busting my ass to live the dream.

Love note from my dear beloved girlfriend and a keychain with her name. Through the years, she is always with me and I still don't get why.

Wolf paw from my mom, to never forget I'm part of the pack. I have the best mom on the world. Period. Sorry.

One of the Japanese God of fortune from my sister-in-law. she's awesome and always cares about me so much.

Signed instaxes with yours truly and Mr. Heisler, Mr.Hobby, Mr.Mcnally, Mr.Arias and Mr.Peterson.

We (youngsters) are standing on the shoulders of masters and should never forget it. And try to give back.

Interesting: When something is like really important, I shoot it with Instax

My dog lady and my little brother-in-law, they teach my what matters the most in my life. Kindness.

Photography interwebz are full of "what's in the bag" sharing, some of them are super-interesting, some of them are.. well, bullshit.

I like the idea of sharing stuff that really matters.

What's in YOUR bag?

Jumping Drums, creative gap and a leaf shutter

Have you ever heard term creative gap?

As a neewbie photographer I'm falling into the gap way more than I would like to.

I originally planned to execute this picture of drummer band called Jumping Drums in a totally different way which wast involving a huge fire and a some orange filtered proglobe on the ground motivating the fire-ish light.

Unfortunately, the production wasn't planned well enough to execute "my" big fire on a remote location and when the drummers come to setup I (honestly panicked a little bit and) didn't pull off anything better than a up high 4ft octabox with a vivitar 285 flash filtered with a 1/4 CTO gel to better match the flash colour against fading sun .

Single old speedlite on 1/2 of power in a octabox to light a group of 3 big guys?

The leaf shutter and the ability to sync at 1/800sec with elinchrom skyports triggers is one of the many beauties of the X100.

And just today, Fujifilm announced the new 35mm teleconverter for the X100 which means I will probably never need any other camera.

But camera is just a tool anyway, shooting alot and closing the gap matters.

let's get them closed! :)

What have I been doing?

Jerry has nailed it, doing nothing is not easy.

After exciting twenty-days-long editing marathon of our Istanbul City Stories movie I felt pretty tired and artistically&humanly pretty vulnerable (you know that feel?). I wanted to hide inside the shell, be quiet on social networks for awhile and focus on what is the most important: spending as much time  as possible with my lovely girlfriend and family before leaving a country for the biggest adventure of my life.

.. aand I also wanted to do nothing and just watch my current favourite talk show.

Although I really tried to do nothing, I still had a fun lighting workshop with my friends from a great AFOP institute, with allways-great Romana from czech Fujifilm we threw an interesting event in the old town hall in Prague and had a great time there.

Thanks alot for the speaking opportunities and sorry for all the unexpected F-bombs! :)

 

                                                 (Thanks George for the picture!)

 

  

Speaking of opportunities: great folks from lytrocamera.cz approached me if I'm interested in testing a light-field LYTRO camera.

For sure I was and I'm playing with it passionately.

It's fucking fascinating.

I will share my view on it very soon

In the meantime, I'm still having blast by how much is world interested in synchornized swimming pictures. Among others they were in Slate magazine, in some vietnamese article (??! :) and one of the picture will run as a cover of poetry book by Jynne Martin who is an interesting writer from New York.

Couple weeks ago, we worked on something new with swimming girls. I have a vision of something I haven't seen done before and hope it'll be pretty cool visual.

So that's boiling in the pot as well :)

With my friend Victoria, who is an amazingly talented pastry baker, I'm working on her new project which involves a photos of  pastry goodies and we are creating some visuals beyond my imagination.

"Contextual portraits of pies and muffins" with some mixed lighting techniques.

Creating something what is meaningful and meaningless at a same time is fascinating process to me.

Oh, lighting techniques: I love me some lighting diagrams and for the needs of my workshop I have picked some technically or career wise interesting pictures and created around 30 pretty poor handmade lighting sketches from using a single reflector to 5 different lights. Will share them here on the blog alongside with short rants.

They are really poorly made. But maybe they will be helpful for someone on the inerwebz:)

And you have maybe noticed some bigger or small changes here on the site. That's right, the portfolio is new! Creating a site that will really reflects who you are is a fucking tough craft. I have spent a lot of nights exploring the mental process behind creating a portfolio with my BFF. I love these conversation.

Creativity is a messy process.

And doing nothing is not easy at all.

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I'm trying my best at doing nothing on my facebook and I tweet nothing  

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