Emiliano Leonardi Photography: Blog http://www.emilianoleonardi.com/blog en-us (C)1999-2018 Emiliano Leonardi info@emilianoleonardi.com (Emiliano Leonardi Photography) Mon, 26 Mar 2018 11:59:00 GMT Mon, 26 Mar 2018 11:59:00 GMT http://www.emilianoleonardi.com/img/s/v-5/u298311010-o332288696-50.jpg Emiliano Leonardi Photography: Blog http://www.emilianoleonardi.com/blog 120 120 Fun portrait session with Jonathan Goe http://www.emilianoleonardi.com/blog/2018/3/fun-portrait-session-with-jonathan-goe After some traveling here and there I had to leave after just one day home. But it was to Zingst!! So all was cool...

I was called over for a photo gig for a full day during the Lichtertanz der Elemente 2018. I was surprised to see an old friend of mine there at the booth! Jonathan and I met some time back and we always greet in a loud manner. I always forget how quiet people can be in East Germany... 

Anyway...

During the day there were some breaks in between and I have, of course, used those moments to mingle with my Olympus stand neighbours and take their portraits! We have gone through different light setups. But one in particular I stumbled upon:

JohannesNadeno_014JohannesNadeno_014OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Notice how the main light source is the overcast sky in the background. We brought some light back in with the Silver Sunmover (Sunbounce) and used the Black hole Sunmover to remove any unwanted objects in the background. The light was on the left and right of my face and, leaving that little bit of space over my head, it created some spot light on my hat.

JohannesNadeno_016bJohannesNadeno_016b And these are the results:

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What do you guys think? It was a super easy setup and it gave some awesome shots! Would you try this as well? If so, please share the results with me! I would love to see how this works for others

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forgot my camera home http://www.emilianoleonardi.com/blog/2018/1/forgot-my-camera-home "The Best Camera Is The One That's With You" 

~Chase Jarvis~

This said, I should have had my camera on me. I must have it on me at all times. Yet when I realised I had only ten minutes to rush to the nearest bakery to get some bread for the kids' lunch tomorrow I had to make it quick! So with no hesitation I ran out and seized the bakery. Once I had the loaf in my hands I started looking up and around and realised how magical and spectral the weather was. That blue sky wasn't going to stay there for me later when I came back out with my CAMERA!

So I resort to do what I do when lacking proper gear: smartphone. 

One word about my phone:

I own a Oneplus 3T which I acquired in 2016 on December the 26th (Specific right?). Of all the smartphones I had previously owned this was and is by far an amazing machine. The camera is very decent although, like all phones, it doesn't perform very well. But the footage is super usable! It boasts a 16MP sensor at a f/2.0, fixed focus aperture. It was captured at 17:25 on the 21st of January. 

This image is straight out of the phone without any editing. Of course it isn't a RAW nor an Olympus EM1 Mark 2. But what do you think? 


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Rugen at OMD EM1 Mark 2 speed http://www.emilianoleonardi.com/blog/2018/1/rugen-at-omd-em1-mark-2-speed The most important part of being a professional photographer is not forgetting where I came from. Photography, for me, started as a hobby. What kept my curiosity going was planning and giving myself tasks. These tasks helped me learn some new tricks and tricks. 

On my last visit to Rome with Melanie Derks*, she introduced me to long exposure photography. This form of capturing was not new to me. I just never have been attracted to that kind. But within the Olympus camera there is a function I kept ignoring because I did not know how to apply it to my photography: Live Composition. With Melanie we roamed through the streets of Rome at night capturing its unique architecture with star trails. I was amazed at how easy and cool this was!! But I am not much of a star trail photographer.

Over Christmas I drove with my family to the island of Ruegen:

December has very short days and this gave me the wonderful opportunity to test this feature. I was looking for something I liked and I tried different things: sky, people, animals, forest, color, black and white... 

I was driving back to our rented house and I saw on the side of the road swans, in the background a purple sky with rain and in the foreground reeds dancing in the wind. I literally stopped in the middle of road looking for a close place to park. 

I set up my tripod (SIRUI) and took out the new OMD EM1 Mark 2. I tested it a couple of times due to the fact that it was nearly dark and difficult to see anything. I used my Lumecube to light the reeds and since I could see the picture coming together live on screen it was pretty easy to frame, compose and shoot everything correctly.

The results were astonishing! And I kept playing with that same concept with other beautiful features the forest of Ruegen had to offer me.

*This was for gathering information regarding the LNDFW (Lange Nacht Der Foto Workshop = Long Night of Photo Workshop). For more info click the link

Live composition lets you see live what the camera is shooting for long exposures. This one was 5 minutes long shot on the Olympus OMD EM1 Mark 2Swans of RuegenLive composition lets you see live what the camera is shooting for long exposures. This one was 5 minutes long shot on the Olympus OMD EM1 Mark 2

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Pflegeheim project http://www.emilianoleonardi.com/blog/2018/1/pflegeheim-project When I first entered the nursing home, the atmosphere depressed me.
There was a constant smell of urine and disinfectant. There were people lined up in zombiesque formations waiting for lunch, for the night and for the inevitable.

That was not what I wanted to portray.

I wanted to capture their poetic layers of experience and strength and most of all I wanted to make them happy.

I struggled finding willing participants. After taking a picture I showed it to the person and often they did not like themselves in the image. They thought that they looked too old. That they should not be seen smoking when in fact it gave them an aura of forgotten stardom. That their face would not mean anything in a gallery. I went on a weekly basis for a year. I joined the bingo one afternoon. Found myself caught up in conversations that I had heard many times before. Some days I did not take any picture. In fact, I did not take out my camera at all. I was just there listening. This is how I came to know some people in particular. Created relationships and environments of care.

The woman on the image here is one of those people that I grew close to. During the time of my project she changed from being an outgoing active person, who was always around in her wheelchair, participating enthusiastically in all offered activities and particularly painting, to someone tied to the bed. She realised how her body was failing her. How everything she longed for moved quickly out of reach. On the day the picture was taken, a group of clowns was visiting. We all met coincidentally in her room where she was laying in her bed, crying, remembering the times she used to be able to participate more actively in fun events. I did not take pictures. We collectively sang songs and hugged her. Tried to dry her tears. The clowns gave me noses for my children to play with but after they had left I gave a nose to the woman. I thought she would want to remember the day. To my surprise she put it on, cried tears of happiness and posed for a picture. She allowed me to... no she asked me to capture her in a moment of gathered hope and joy within a time of darkness.

Her condition improved partially. Eventually she was able to go around in her wheelchair again although withdrawing from most other activities. We printed that image and hanged it in the corridor of the nursing home. Whenever I visit, she reports that even when she does not feel well, she tries to move a little in her wheelchair, at least down to the corridor where she can see her portrait and remember that day.

 

 

When I first entered the nursing home, the atmosphere depressed me.
There was a constant smell of urine and disinfectant. There were people lined up in zombiesque
formations waiting for lunch, for the night and for the inevitable. That was not what I wanted to
portray. I wanted to capture their poetic layers of experience and strength and most of all I wanted
to make them happy. I struggled finding willing participants. After taking a picture I showed it to the
person and often they did not like themselves in the image. They thought that they looked too old.
That they should not be seen smoking when in fact it gave them an aura of forgotten stardom. That
their face would not mean anything in a gallery.
I went on a weekly basis for a year. I joined the bingo afternoon. Found myself caught up in
conversations that I had heard many times before. Some days I did not take any picture. In fact, I
did not take out my camera at all. I was just there listening. This is how I came to know some
people in particular. Created relationships and environments of care.
The woman on the image here is one of those people that I grew close to. During the time of my
project she changed from being an outgoing active person, who was always around in her
wheelchair, participating enthusiastically in all offered activities and particularly painting, to
someone tied to the bed. She realized how her body was failing her. How everything she longed for
moved quickly out of reach. On the day the picture was taken, a group of clowns was visiting. We
all met coincidentally in her room where she was laying in her bed, crying, remembering the times
she used to be able to participate more actively in fun events. I did not take pictures. We collectively
sang songs and hugged her. Tried to dry her tears. The clowns gave me noses for my children to
play with but after they had left I gave a nose to the woman. I thought she would want to remember
the day. To my surprise she put it on, cried tears of happiness and posed for a picture. She allowed
me to catch her in a moment of gathered hope and joy within a time of darkness.
Her condition improved partially. Eventually she was able to go around in her wheelchair again
although withdrawing from most other activities. We printed that image and hanged it in the corridor
of the nursing home. Whenever I visit, she reports that even when she does not feel well, she tries
to move a little in her wheelchair, at least down to the corridor where she can see her portrait and
remember that day.Portrait of a ladyWhen I first entered the nursing home, the atmosphere depressed me. There was a constant smell of urine and disinfectant. There were people lined up in zombiesque formations waiting for lunch, for the night and for the inevitable. That was not what I wanted to portray. I wanted to capture their poetic layers of experience and strength and most of all I wanted to make them happy. I struggled finding willing participants. After taking a picture I showed it to the person and often they did not like themselves in the image. They thought that they looked too old. That they should not be seen smoking when in fact it gave them an aura of forgotten stardom. That their face would not mean anything in a gallery. I went on a weekly basis for a year. I joined the bingo afternoon. Found myself caught up in conversations that I had heard many times before. Some days I did not take any picture. In fact, I did not take out my camera at all. I was just there listening. This is how I came to know some people in particular. Created relationships and environments of care. The woman on the image here is one of those people that I grew close to. During the time of my project she changed from being an outgoing active person, who was always around in her wheelchair, participating enthusiastically in all offered activities and particularly painting, to someone tied to the bed. She realized how her body was failing her. How everything she longed for moved quickly out of reach. On the day the picture was taken, a group of clowns was visiting. We all met coincidentally in her room where she was laying in her bed, crying, remembering the times she used to be able to participate more actively in fun events. I did not take pictures. We collectively sang songs and hugged her. Tried to dry her tears. The clowns gave me noses for my children to play with but after they had left I gave a nose to the woman. I thought she would want to remember the day. To my surprise she put it on, cried tears of happiness and posed for a picture. She allowed me to catch her in a moment of gathered hope and joy within a time of darkness. Her condition improved partially. Eventually she was able to go around in her wheelchair again although withdrawing from most other activities. We printed that image and hanged it in the corridor of the nursing home. Whenever I visit, she reports that even when she does not feel well, she tries to move a little in her wheelchair, at least down to the corridor where she can see her portrait and remember that day.

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Olympus Playground Berlin 2017 http://www.emilianoleonardi.com/blog/2017/9/olympus-playground-berlin-2017 The Olympus Playground is a wonderful concept of Art and experimenting. Artists are gathered to put together a mesmerising setup of fleeting sculptures for the visitors to capture with their own cameras or, preferably, with an Olympus camera. 

As the title implies it is a playground. As such place is for play and fun. So there is no right or wrong, but exclusive entertainment of the senses through a micro 4:3's eye.

I was invited to lead several photo walks over two days. The first thing I do before any shoot (as any good photographer should), I checked the location up and down, the light and the dark spaces (usually that could play a negative factor on the outcome) and checked what equipment was available.

I was amazed at how the spaces run alongside each other and, although the dark areas, how colourful and imaginative the artists were in putting together their vision. Every set gave the opportunity to the viewer to test their perspectives and eyes to think and capture differently.

I can't wait to see what Olympus has in store for next year!

If you are interested in taking part in a Photowalk just send me a message via any social network or simply an email and I will link you to the website! 

 

 

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Israel round trip for four http://www.emilianoleonardi.com/blog/2017/9/israel-round-trip-for-four Day one - Sick daughter


We started our morning with my daughter waking me up abruptly. She felt badly sick.
We decided to try anyway and took the train to Berlin.

We later realized our mistake...

 

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We started our morning with my daughter waking me up abruptly. She felt badly sick.
e decided to try to fly anyway and took the train to Berlin.

 

Day two - Reading a funny story


Once we decided to postpone the flight and let her recover completely before departing, we took a train back home.

My son decided to read her a story to cheer her up.

 

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So during the night we decided to postpone the flight to Sunday and let her recover completely before departing. So we took a train back home. My son decided to read her a story to cheer her up.

 

Day two - Hilarious 

I am guessing it was a pretty funny story

 

Funny storyFunny storyI am guessing it was a pretty funny story

 

Day three - Or day minus 1 take two. Action!

 

So this week of health recovery went pretty well. We also had the time to have a quick photo session! Now we are getting all prepped up and ready to depart for Berlin. Again...

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Day four - We are here!

I have many memories of this sort, but it was truly priceless to see my children experience it for the first time: we are exiting the airplane, which just landed in Tel Aviv, my kids step out in the hot damp air. And I can clearly see the split second they breath in, blink, hesitate their next step... and then enter the heat with wonder.

After dropping off our suitcases at our friends place we start hunting for a decent place to eat. 

 

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Day five - the beach

There were so many similarities between Egypt/Italy and Israel. Apart from the language gap, I feel almost at home! 

There are so many alleys and corners to explore...

But on top of it all, the beach. My heart thumped in my throat...

 

Day six - day and night

My first night out. A tour of the city is always a good way to scout for new locations. 

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Day seven - an unexpected surprise

We were invited to go check out a show and it consisted of four parts. The first was a Buto Dance performed by our friend's Buto teacher. Which I found insightful for expanding future projects with Andrea. The second was gibberish. It started off with a man polishing his own shoes and then pouring milk into one of them. He would then read a printed text in Hebrew and alternate pages by drinking milk from his shoe. Once he ended both text and milk, he proceeded wearing his shoes again. As my son rightfully pointed out, he will probably go home with a wet sock. The third part was... well puzzling to say the least, but nonetheless very interesting. Now, for me, the last part hit me like a ton a bricks. It was the one and only performance I understood. It was music and it was in English. But her voice and the lyrics... AW! Wow. It was so soothing... 

Sadly

I didn't catch the performer's name...

 

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Day eight - Nilson the cat (Nixon)

In our first apartment we were guests of two cats. The white one, who always hid. And the black one who was a constant show. Night and day. Day and night. And here you can experience him at his finest.

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Day nine - The Carmel market

Wetting our heads and arms all the way across Tel Aviv Jaffo, we arrived at the cool and nose enriching Carmel market. 

My wife was a little disappointed in my (apparent) unexcited look, although inside I felt 18 again. Memories went back to when we moved to Cairo. I remember the first time I let my senses be overwhelmed by Khan el-Khalili's atmosphere.

Here... I only needed to close my eyes. And I was back in my Citadel.

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Day ten - sickness follows

Maybe it's the food

Maybe it's the water

Probably it's the heat

Or most definitely it's the temperature change when entering any store. Feels like stepping in a freezer and then hop back into a pan. Today was recovery day for all of us. We need to regain strength for the last days of shooting. 

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Day eleven - The odd/fascinating structure

 

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Sunbounce Bouncewall settings http://www.emilianoleonardi.com/blog/2016/10/sunbounce-bouncewall-settings 20161021_ELP018120161021_ELP0181

Hello and welcome!

Through Sunbounce, I give Bouncewall shows in Europe and north America. I have been at Horizonte in ZingstPhotokina in CologneSalon de la Photo in ParisPhotoplus New York, WPPI in Las Vegas and very soon for the first time at Photoexpo in Budapest. So does this make the absolute expert on this product? No it does not. But I am pretty sure I know how to use it!

I will keep this short.

Settings:

 - I used an Olympus OMD EM-5 mark II with a 25mm. Considering the crop factor of 2.x it is like a 50 mm on a full format. An 85mm will do as well. 40 mm on an Olympus four thirds;

 - ISO was on 640. But if you own a full format feel free to push it higher. I do not use the lowest setting to avoid killing the batteries of the flash unit;

 - shutter speed on 100. It's more than enough

 - aperture at 7.1 or so. You want to make sure you get enough depth of field. I would not recommend using anythng lower than 5.6 as the risk of getting out of focus is too high. It takes just one slight movement and your subject's eyes are not sharp;

 - I used a manual speedlight setting. Why? So to have the same power all the time. The setting is 1/32 power. But it depends on your camera and speedlight make. Feel free to experiment

 - Having all the setup in manual it avoids surprises along the way. But you are free to use Av, Tv, S, Automatic or whatever suits your fancy. Paired with your Speedlight in TTL or TTLHSS (Through The Lens High Speed Sync)

 - Black and white. Every camera comes with presets or filters. Go to the monochrome filter and change its settings. Bring sharpness down and contrast all the way up. By doing this you achieve darker blacks and lighter tones on your subject. The reducing of the sharpness is to deliver smoother images to show your clients on the spot. When shooting RAW you can retrieve all the info you like. Sharpness as well.

 - I will never stop saying this. Take your pictures in RAW!! That is the only way you can get all that juicy information back, such as color, WB, sharpness and all the other goodies

FAQs

 - Why do you shoot manual? Because having the same light and settings makes it easy to edit over 500 images in Lightroom. I edit the first shot and sync the rest.

 - Why do you shoot at 1/100 at 7.1? Well you could shoot at a higher shutter speed and a lower aperture. That setting is the one that gives me most depth of field without risking out of focus and that shutter speed is pretty much a freeze frame so it keeps from shaky shots

 - Why 640 ISO? The higher the ISO value you can use, the better. It affects on how long you can shoot on one set of four AA in your flash.

 - Why do you shoot Olympus when you said you have a Canon 5D mark III? Because the Olympus is lighter, has an amazing array of filters I can apply live and it delivers just as good imagery than Canon does. If not sharper and better.

 

If you have any questions feel free to ask!!

1. The TTL flash

For the purpose of showing the Bouncewall in the easy mode, I got an Olympus FL 900R TTL flash. The following video is the unboxing of the flash itself, so it is aimed to the Olympus crowd mailnly

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Castel Gandolfo at 40 Megapixels http://www.emilianoleonardi.com/blog/2016/3/castel-gandolfo-at-40-megapixels Italy, specifically Rome and its surroundings, has always been rich of details and places which have constantly awaken my memories.

It has been a while since I posted something on my blog. I felt this day was worth sharing.

As tradition dictates, we have visited Castel Gandolfo, a nearby lake famous for the Pope's "villa" and its water filled crater. One of my most favorite places for its simple and amazing food.

I usually enjoy taking pictures of this charming area, but I felt extremely excited to test out the OMD EM-5's 40 megapixels shift sensor shooting mode. The camera has 16 native megapixels, but it has the ability to shift its sensor around to take the above mentioned 40 megapixel stills.

It is an amazing feature, but because it is taking several shots it needs a still subject or landscape with no running or fast moving objects. If there is a lot of light it helps to minimize the ghosting artefacts. And this landscape offered exactly that!

I used a my handy travel Sirui tripod and snapped this beauty in a matter of minutes. A couple of edits later et voilá! 

Thank you and don't forget! Sharing is caring.

Emiliano

 

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A word of advice: listen http://www.emilianoleonardi.com/blog/2015/6/a-word-of-advice-listen Hello everyone!

I am so excited to share a story I want to take my time to build up to the moment. Ready?

"That's no toy!"

I grew up with a father who was passionate for street and travel photography. I was so amazed by my dad's reflex I really wanted to try one. But my daddy, maybe out of fear of breaking it, never let me close to any. He instead gave me an underwater compact film camera. Later, after putting enough pocket money away and tutoring some kids in school in different subjects I managed to get me a Yashica! I believe it to be one of the hardest cameras to handle because it was completely manual. So I had to learn photography the hard way I guess. With no or very little guidance.

"Secrets photographers don't share"

In my career as a photographer I have met many others in the business. Being naive and sharing all I had expecting the same paid off. It hardened my skin and thickened my hyde. Yes double. All the "pros" I met who promised mountains of gold only offered one bad grainy filter coffee. No milk. No sugar. They never shared any information or insights. Just kept me along for the ride until they felt they needed me. So I continued my journey trying not to be so naive and losing all hope to find a mentor.

"Now photographers are opening up"

Zingst. Yes I know I said it before and I'll say it again. This place changed my life. Because that is where I met my mentor and friend Steve Thornton. The first time I assisted him was for a week in Milan. And I have learned more in those seven days that I have in the past 20 years. Including my two years at a British University in London studying Photography. And I knew I only scratched the tip of the iceberg. 

Along the way I met other interesting and amazing photographers. But none like him. But something was happening in the photo business. People are opening up to others. 

"Pride and arrogance keep ears shut"

With youtube and internet in general information has never traveled so fast. Learning anything has become so easy and accessible. Although this has also made the market a lot more competitive in a way, most of these emerging photographers have one defect in common: pride and arrogance. They are the visual artist and their vision shall not be tampered with. In other words they enter the room and they aren't able to listen to others. Either it's advice, an idea or criticism.

"Humility opens a whole new perspective"

Successful photographers are those who would talk to people as if they were their peers and not below them just because they were practically making nothing to build a set (Source: Keanu Reeves True Tragic Story). And during a wedding or whatever photoshoot, the guest are the ones who are standing where they are and have seen something you might have definitely missed. Maybe it was nothing, but how do you know if you don't investigate? 

Most importantly: be thankful. Let them know how their small act of kindness helped you create a masterpiece. 

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Baltic sea wedding day - an old friend http://www.emilianoleonardi.com/blog/2015/5/baltic-sea-wedding-day-an-old-friend This year I feel exalted to take part in such marvelous weddings. This in particular on a peculiar day. 

I am following my daily routine: wake up, coffee, shower, brush my teeth, prep the camera bag and cross check my to do list. Everything is in place. Now I am driving to my destination, one moment humming the other singing out loud. Depending on the song. I am so excited. And nervous as well. Now I am shaking hands with the bride and groom, and mom and dad, sis and toddler. 

Now I reach down in my camera bag, choose my lens, point and shoot. This is, I guess, what every photographer knows is part of the process. I have had enough photo sessions to know what I am doing. And I did know what I was doing. But my hands were shaking and my heart was beating fast. Just like the day my children were born. Especially my daughter. Our midwife was stuck in traffic, so she dictated on the phone what I had to do to help deliver the baby. So I knew exactly what to do. But I was too excited. Because this is a special moment. And it is something that won't ever happen again. Not under these same circumstances. 

But the bride and groom have chosen me. For whatever reason. I was there responsible to capture their memories of this unique day. 

So passed the sweat and shivers, my brain clicked and took over. And then everything felt like meeting a friend after many years, carrying our last conversation forward where we left it.

 

I liked this wedding very much. One of my favorite moments was the bus! It was an old bus during the German Democratic Republic (GDR). It was all cleaned up and it felt like traveling back in time! It was a fun ride and it was most certain fun to capture these moments on it. 

 


Hochzeitsfotograf aus RostockHochzeitsfotograf aus RostockAn eine Hochzeit wollen wir uns ein ganzes Leben lang erinnern, daher sind uns schöne Bilder von diesem Ereignis so wichtig. Ich begleite die Hochzeit den ganzen Tag, schaue hinter die Kulissen und natürlich ins Rampenlicht, setze verrückte Ideen um und halte mich dennoch dezent im Hintergrund--jedes Lächeln soll natürlich sein. Ich möchte euch vorher kennenlernen, um gemeinsam Ideen zu entwickeln, die diesen Tag in Bildern weiterwirken lassen.
Ich habe verschiedene Pakete im Angebot, die gerne individualisiert werden können: vom Fotoshooting bei der Trauung bis hin zur Hochzeitsreportage (mein Favorit) und der Fotobooth für die Party (Spaßfotos mit Selbstauslöser).

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Bundle of joy http://www.emilianoleonardi.com/blog/2015/5/bundle-of-joy I have been here once before. I drive up the road once more and find a spot to park. It was a good day. Cloudy with a chance of rain. A fresh breeze made all more fun. 

It was, and is, exciting to show up to a new photo session. Especially when there is a little baby modeling for me. You can never tell what expression they are going to pull up next. Being the photographer that has to follow the subject, it adds that little extra spontaneity to it. This offers so many new possibilities to new experimental imagery I can barely foresee.

He was a little skeptical and felt my presence as too much to overcome. But thanks to mommy and daddy we had a great time taking pictures. 

Having a calm and relaxed atmosphere makes it a whole lot easier...

 

 

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My little princess http://www.emilianoleonardi.com/blog/2015/1/my-little-princess-kinderfotograf-rostock My daughter's carnival dress has arrived! And along my son's TMNT costume with the awesome halfshell. Surprisingly no katana's...

My kids were so happy with their costumes I had to document their joy. One of the things I enjoy the most is capture these precious moments without interfering. And so I used the available light I had, which was the window light. This time of year natural light is very scarce. So timing was perfect since it was about 1pm. That is when the light shines at its best.

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Kinder sind keine Fotomodelle, sondern kleine Persönlichkeiten. Daher nehme ich mir mit Kindern viel Zeit, damit sie mich kennenlernen und sich nicht vor der Kamera verstecken. Es ist mir sehr wichtig, die Kinder vor dem Fotoshooting kennenzulernen, damit sie auf den Bildern natürlich wirken. Ob sie mir dann ihr Lieblingsspielzeug zeigen oder im Freien toben, können wir ganz spontan entscheiden. Die Bilder (etwa 20+) gibt es als digitale Downloads (passwortgeschützt) in höchster Auflösung. Und selbstverständlich fotografiere ich bei diesem Shooting auch die ganze Familie. Gerne komme ich auch in Kindergärten, Schulen oder zu Tagesmuttis (Angebote auf Anfrage).




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I used an 85mm 1.8, so that I could have a faster shutter speed. It does make it hard to focus properly, but that is the wonder of the digital era: we see the results fast and we can react fast. I set the ISO speed at 640, one of my favorite because it delivers great results without fussing afterwards with noise reduction software. 

So all in all it took me 5 minutes to get the shot and less than 10 for the editing. 

When I think back to 2007 when I first started out with digital editing, I can't believe how far I have come. What would have taken me one hour then, takes me about 8 minutes today.

Consistency and perseverance have taken me a long way, although I feel there is so much more room for improvement. I can't wait to look back to this day and rejoice in what I will have achieved eight years from now!!

 

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How to clean your lens http://www.emilianoleonardi.com/blog/2015/1/how-to-clean-your-lens Hello Silvia and Flo!

Here I dedicate a blog post to you! So whenever you want to clean you lens you will have this, for future reference. Since you are moving and we will probably won't see each other as often, here is my gift to you.

Here are the links to the products mentioned: Ziploc, Lenspen and Air Blower.

If you have any questions feel free to let me know! 

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Stralsund HDR - the awakening http://www.emilianoleonardi.com/blog/2015/1/stralsund-hdr After all this time I still feel funny when writing a blog post: what should I write? What should I say? How should I express myself?

Well it doesn't really matter. Yesterday I had an out of the body experience. I smelled a weeping willow bark devour my senses. And the sound of the wind drifting through its branches, letting the tree move elegantly. And I woke up. 

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I was in my bed in Rostock and I felt I lost something. I woke up in some sort of panic. My watch? My phone? No. They are all there. My kids are sleeping just fine and so is my wife. Everything was in its place. And then I remembered. I recalled the last seconds of my dream. The willow. the sounds and the smells. And I was suddenly involved in a storm of memories and emotions of the past. Back when photography was experimental and spontaneous. 

So once my family woke up we brainstormed places to go. It was settled to go to Stralsund. Perfect! We haven't been there in a while and new places inspire more than routine related places. So I packed tripod, camera and lenses. That was all I needed.

Once we got there and I found my happy spot, I waited for the golden hour. I wasn't seeking the perfect picture. I wanted to shoot for the pleasure of capturing a moment. And enjoy it fully. 

Because "it's not the destination, but the journey that counts".

One special thanks goes to Steve Thornton. He is my mentor and friend. He pushed me out of my comfort zone. This allowed me to unlock talents and skills I never knew I possessed. Most of my knowledge to create the final image are a result of his impeccable guidance.

Another special thanks goes to my wife for supporting me every step of the way. Grazie amore!

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Olympus Vienna Event http://www.emilianoleonardi.com/blog/2015/1/olympus-vienna-event On the third of December 2014 I was invited to lead a photo challenge workshop in Vienna. To be more specific Olympus did. And after that we had a really nice Christmas party. Thank you so much for the great time!

I also had to the honor to be interviewed by them during this special occasion. I truly appreciate it! Thank you all so much.

 

 

And in case this doesn't work here is the link to the youtube video:

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I miss film http://www.emilianoleonardi.com/blog/2014/8/i-miss-film TWO ILFORD 3200 ASA later

 

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Kinder sind keine Fotomodelle, sondern kleine Persönlichkeiten. Daher nehme ich mir mit Kindern viel Zeit, damit sie mich kennenlernen und sich nicht vor der Kamera verstecken. Es ist mir sehr wichtig, die Kinder vor dem Fotoshooting kennenzulernen, damit sie auf den Bildern natürlich wirken. Ob sie mir dann ihr Lieblingsspielzeug zeigen oder im Freien toben, können wir ganz spontan entscheiden. Die Bilder (etwa 20+) gibt es als digitale Downloads (passwortgeschützt) in höchster Auflösung. Und selbstverständlich fotografiere ich bei diesem Shooting auch die ganze Familie. Gerne komme ich auch in Kindergärten, Schulen oder zu Tagesmuttis (Angebote auf Anfrage).




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Children can be difficult to capture, but it gets more challenging when using a film camera. Stay still, don't move, smile... I learned so much in the past three years. You can't ask kids to stop for you. They have too many things to do and discover! It is up to the photographer to run after them and explore the world with them. 

But on this day I took my 1978 camera my father used to use and 2 ILFORD DELTA 3200 ASA films. It was about between 12:00 and 16:00 in July, so for many shooting at 3200 is way too high. But I was seeking for harsh noise and fast camera reflexes. I played with the shades and lights, keeping special attention not to have my kids face in direct sunlight. But children are fast and unpredictable, so most of the shots were rubbish and some were good, but one I fell in love with.

I took pictures at the zoo in Rostock, because it offers excellent diffusers and white reflectors all round. Choosing to shoot in black and white reduced the risk to have green reflections on the subjects face.

I chose to share this especially because my son today lost both his two upper frontal teeth. He is growing and he is growing fast. I miss this little version of him, but I love our daily adventures!

 

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The woman who didn't just say http://www.emilianoleonardi.com/blog/2014/6/the-woman-who-travelled The woman who travelledThe woman who travelledShe has been around the world and has never acknowledged more about knowing less

So happy to have met her again.

But she made one mistake:

telling me she doesn't like herself in pictures.

And Ta-daaaaa!!!

This was really hard to shoot due to a really strong neon light hitting on the left side on the model's face and a green reflection from the table. At first I thought of not taking the picture, but I took my chances and went for it! A picture is better than no picture at all.

So I boosted the ISO at 6400 and shot with an 85mm lens at f/1.8. In AV mode I let the camera choose the shutter speed. I think I shot about 15 of them and ended with three really cool ones. But this one is my most favorite.

Portrait of Serena shot in a pizzeria at Arco della Pace in Milano with Steve Thornton and Cassandra. Buon appetito!

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Sorrento view of the Vesuvio http://www.emilianoleonardi.com/blog/2015/1/sorrento-view-of-the-vesuvio A reminder how rewarding Landscape Photography is. Thank you Steve for having me there in Sorrento. Apart from eating some of the most amazing food and getting fat, I was able to enjoy once again some real and true italian atmosphere.

Vesuvio from Sorrento with loveVesuvio from Sorrento with loveThe wait, the endless clicks and finally nailing it. It was June but it started getting chilly. As soon as the city lights got strong enough I realised that was the color I was going for

 

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Pink family portrait http://www.emilianoleonardi.com/blog/2014/4/pink-family-portrait

I used a canon 5D mark III with a 50mm and a 17-40. In addition I had the chance to use the Olympus OMD EM1. The lense used with the latter system was a 14-42

Said this, my equipment was only a helpful tool to capture an initial idea. An idea that brought different other ones, making this project a true and unique experience. 

Every year, at least twice, the locals in my area celebrate Carnival, where "people often dress up [...], which mark an overturning of the norms of daily life"( I know I gave a short explanation and a link to the wikipedia article. I have no intention to offend no one's intelligence, but I am just trying to get my point through to some of my relatives). My son loves this time of the year because he can dress up. He was once a fairy, then twice a witch and then a princess. 

I still remember the very first time he actually got what it was all about, we both went to the store to choose a costume. I was going for pirates, Darth Vader, fire fighters and ninjas. But he said he didn't like them because they were too scary. And he came running in my arms shouting that he found the most beautiful costume of all: a fairy dress. And I was not very supportive at the beginning. I was worried he would be bullied for his choices. But for four years straight it was a success and I forgot about it.

Until now. This January he came home very sad. He said he didn't want to wear his princess dress. "Why?" I asked. Because the other made fun of him. Little girls too. And it broke my heart seeing my little boy this way.

So when we all sat at the table we found out we weren't going to be in Germany anyway, because we had the US planned. And would celebrate it all dressed in pink. "Yes, daddy too will wear a dress". And to build up our project our amazing friends from Tucson Arizona joined in with their own ideas! And there were balloons, cupcakes and watermelon and... well you got the idea!

So without further ado... I would like to introduce you to our Pink Project!

 

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Paris http://www.emilianoleonardi.com/blog/2015/1/paris I still remember the first time came here with my wonderful partner in life. We stayed at a cute hotel, ate local cuisine at petite restaurants and visited the city with her shiny red purse. I shot with my 400D, edited the shots and lost the pictures in my drive for ever. Sad story.

This time I came for work and I had some small pauses in the middle and had the chance to capture some nice scenery, objects and other details of the city.

Here is my very first one I shot yesterday walking around with Steve in before/after style:

 

Arc De Triomphe - TriumphbogenArc De Triomphe - Triumphbogen"Der Pariser Triumphbogen (frz. Arc de Triomphe) ist ein 1806 bis 1836 errichtetes Denkmal an der Place Charles-de-Gaulle in Paris. Er gehört neben dem Eiffelturm zu den Wahrzeichen der Metropole. Unter dem Bogen liegt das Grabmal des unbekannten Soldaten aus dem Ersten Weltkrieg mit der täglich gewarteten „Ewigen Flamme der Erinnerung“ (frz. Flamme du Souvenir) im Gedenken an die Toten, die nie identifiziert wurden. Das ganze Jahr hindurch finden Kranzniederlegungen und Ehrungen statt, die ihren Höhepunkt in der Parade am 11. November finden, dem Jahrestag des Waffenstillstands zwischen Frankreich und Deutschland im Jahr 1918.Als Fußgänger gelangt man zum Arc de Triomphe nur durch eine Unterführung; der Triumphbogen verfügt über eine Aussichtsplattform."
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