May 30, 2011

Diana F+ and Holga 120

Since a couple of weeks I'm thinking of buying a Holgaroid (Holga 120 CFN+ Polaroid back) or Diana F+ with instant back. many of you will wonder what the differences are between those 2. So here you can read all about it.
I think I will go for the Holgaroid. Why? cause of the 100 film I can use with the instant back.

The Holga and the Diana F+ have quite a few differences and a few similarities. Here are some of their similarities:
  • They both have plastic lenses that produce dreamy images
  • They both use 120 or “medium format” film
  • They both have one shutter speed and a bulb setting for long exposures
  • They both have frame masks to change the shape of your negative, if desired.
Diana F+ instant Back

  • The Diana F+ has a pinhole function with an included shutter lock, so you can take long exposures without having to man the shutter the whole time. The Holga does not come with a built-in pinhole function.
  • The Diana F+ has five interchangeable lenses, including a true Fisheye lens at 20mm, a Super Wide 38mm lens, a 55mm Wide-Angle AND Close-Pp lens that allows you to take clear shots from 6" away, and a Soft 110mm Telephoto lens, plus its standard 75mm lens.The Holga 120 does have the ability to use one or two accessory lenses of its own, but its lens does not come off, so you are simply layering another optic over the existing lens, which can degrade the image.
  • The Diana F+ has a convertible flash. It’s not built-in, so you can use it, not use it, or even use your favorite hot shoe flash instead. It also comes with 16 color gels to splash your images with any color, or combination of colors you want. The Holga 120 CFN has a built-in flash, no hot shoe mount, and three color gels that can’t be interchanged.

  • The Holga has 2 apertures (f8 and f11), while the Diana F+ has 3 (f11, f16 and f22), to help avoid under- and overexposure in various lighting conditions.
  • The Holga has an overlapping panoramic setting, while the Diana F+ comes with a panoramic mask, making it easier and a bit more precise.
  • The Holga has one accessory back in which you can use 35mm film, but it doesn’t have a film counter, so you don’t necessarily know where you’re at on the roll of film, and unloading the camera requires a film changing bag and manual rewinding. The Diana F+ has two accessory backs, including a super-easy-to-use 35mm back with four frame modes, and an instant back for instant photos.

The Diana F+ also has a Lomography warranty of 2 years, whereas the Holga has a warranty of 1 year.
The Holga, on the other hand, is a very solidly built camera, and while not being as flexible, is still a very capable camera. It will take photos that equal that of the Diana.Still that doesn't hold me back of buying the Holgaroid. It's a nice cam and the main advantage is the use of fujifilm 100 (which they still make with IMP too) instead of the fujifilm mini instax with Diana F+ which is really small.
I guess it's a personal choice we all have to make and lets hope it's the right one ;-)

Grtz R.

May 28, 2011

Aviation Sweetheart

Well well, that was a nice experience again ;-)

Last sunday I arranged another retro/Pinup shoot with Vicky Lievens this time and ofcourse the lovely Deathbird as MUA. The theme was Military 40's with a nice plane. So I looked for a location and found the perfect one. The Stampe en Vertongen museum in Deurne (BE).
The preparation went very well, checking all my material the day before....ok everything is working ;-)

We met at the trainstation in Berchem and then drove by car to the museum. It was very windy that day 'lol'.
I could park my car nicely at the museum and very soon Eddy came along to ask us if we were the photographers Team. Yes we are, we said with a big smile :p
He told us to get our stuff out of the car and then we had to pass security first before we could get in. ok, no problem.
My husband (Mork Skygge) was with me too and carried some things for me too hehe. He will take care of some behind the scenes shots too.

Frank joined us and they brought us to the security office to give us some badges....and no, no VIP, but only visitor :p
In the security room we had to go through the scanner. all of our material and us too. So we did that one by one. When stepping through the portal of the scanner the beep went off ofcourse. Removing some things and still......yes it beeps again.
It seems that there is a certain beep that tells the security they have to do a full body search, so that beep went of then. 'lol'. with all of us :D
Deathbird had ofcourse a lot of work with removing her shoes, cause of the steel tips in there. haha....actually it's forbidden to carry those shoes on the airport, but we didn't know that. But ok, everyone has been searched through well, so now we could get in.

Once we got in we could leave our material in a corner and start to prepare the model for the shoot. in the meanwhile I could talk to Frank and Eddy (very nice people) and ask about how we would do that with the plane bringing outside. Cause it was very windy, and the plane wasn't really a heavy weight, so it became a problem.
But yes, the director decided that we could go outside, but we had to be careful not to fly away with the plane cause of the heavy wind 'lol'.
I could ask anything to Frank and Eddy, so thank you both for that! You were soooo nice ;-)
Deathbird did a wonderful job with the make up and hair again within time, so thank you girl!! x

Frank and Eddy placed the plane outside in the wind and made it steady with weights around the wheels, it was a double winged plane SV.4B from the Belgium airforce. We went outside and shooted for about 1 1/2 hour and that was enough. difficult weather with a lot of clouds and then some sun again and very very very windy, but it went very well and cause of that wind, the photos became more alive.
The lovely men even brought us a step up for vicky to go inside of the plane hiiii.

Ok, after that the plane was safe inside again. Luckely!
Vicky changed her outfit, Livia freshed up the make up and then we did round 2 with the red Fouga Magister.
Around 5pm we were finshed shooting and it was a nice shooting and had a lot of fun.

So that was about it. I want to thank everyone for their contribution and for the permission we got from the director of the airfield. 
Here you can see some shots.....soon there will be some behind the scenes photos too. they will be showed in a slideshow I will make next week.


Photography :
Model : Vicky Lievens : Website
MUA: Deathbird (Livia) : Website
Location : Stampe en Vertongen museum : Website
Behind the scenes shots : Mörk Skygge : Website

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May 11, 2011

Hot Rodz at Schellebelle

Well well, it has been a while since I wrote something here ;-)
In the meanwhile I have a lot to tell you hehe..

Last sunday, on mothersday actually I organized a Hot Rodz shoot with the lovely Claire Tina Vonnekro. Some weeks before the shoot I was searching for the right place to do that, so i came across Nostalgic Cars at Schellebelle/Wichelen. It's a wonderful company where they have a lot of oldtimers. It's actually unique in Belgium!
They offer cars from the 20's to the 70's and have more than 50 cars in their depot.

And that's not all : they do have a lot of Props too, from Elvis, marilyn Monroe to Alien stuff, country decors, Halloweenstuff, Pirates, Retro Garage material etc.......more than 2000 props for themeshoots OR party's etc.

They also sell dogs and are really passionate about it. They even have cute little puppies (chinese crested) Dutch : Chinese naakthondjes. Also dackels, a dalmatien and others species.
I have taken some shots with them and they will come online soon.

On May 8 we had some beautiful weather with 29°c, blue sky....some clouds, a bit windy. just marvelous!
Claire is actually from Paris (France) and just arrived in Belgium again with her boyfriend (Manu) after visiting Los angeles and Las vegas. So you can imagine that they were still in the US with their minds haha. that was a good thing for me, cause I needed the american atmosphere to have the perfect shoot.
The car we rented was a Green/White Buick from the 50's. It was amazing to experience that with the window a bit open, we even had no seatbelts en I had to grab me at a cord on the seat when we went around a corner, people looking at us, some cool people in the car laughing around and pretty loud engine of the car itself. Claire had several outfits with her and some amazing flaming shoes. She did all the make up + her hair (which was colored in Los angeles the week before).
Her boyfriend assisted her in any way he could. nice to see ;-)
He also took some shots of behind the scenes with his pimped Nikon camera :D

My husband also came with me for taking some pictures of behind the scenes, but especially for taking some pictures of the other cars on the property of Nostalgic cars. You can visit his photostream here : Mørk Skygge

First we started with renting the car (Claire picked the color) haha. The Golden swimsuit was perfect with the car. The owner drove us to a countryroad, so we could take the pictures as we were like in LA with the blue sky :D
Claire was very professional, cause her shoes were different in size (she had 1 size 8 and 1 size 10), you can not see it on the pictures that this was actually a problem. and we had some great fun. I even had to push her at her bud several times to have the shots I wanted 'lol'.
Manu and Mork were sitting together in the shadow in the meanwhile and watched Claire and I shooting.
After that we went to the Cardepot again and started shooting in the garage. where I took a supershot (as I call it sometimes). yes, we were a very good team again, even when we didn't speak the same language. Claire is French and i speak dutch, so we started to speak english in our own way haha.
So far still taking pictures at Strobist way. not ideal, but practical.

There was even a real James Dean car in the garage which is actually for sale!
But is was too dusty to use for our shoot and not ideal in composition. The car is having a facelift at the moment.
Then we went to the Drive in/Diner in 50's style. Then I started using my studiolights with 1 softbox. cause it was really small in there and dark. So 300 Watt is enough to get enough light. 
After the Diner we went upstairs to shoot some more. But I forgot to mention that we got some refereshing drinks from the owner in the meanwhile. a very nice man, I almost died of thirst hihiiiiii. So Hot it was!

I think Claire changed outfits about 3 times and 3 pair of shoes. It was a nice experience, we had some great fun and i'm glad i got to meet Claire and Manu. 
As i'm planning some more Hot Rod shoots with this company, you may expect some more of these shots this summer. 

Thank you to Claire, Manu, Mork and the owner for having a wonderful day, it felt like being in a family!!! :D
Big Hug!

Manu : Hell manouche 
Car :

All photos are copyrighted, so don't use them without my permission please!

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More will some soon........
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