Özkan Özmen at work
Özkan Özmen is a portrait photographer based in Frankfurt Germany with a penchant for photographing subjects that can bite your head off. No, we’re not talking about models and celebrities with attitude here. We’re talking lions, tigers, and rhinos. As Dorothy famously said to the tin man… “Oh MY!”
According to Özkan, he’s always been into things that crawl, chirp, growl, and purr, and it wasn’t long after he began taking shooting studio portraits for a living that he decided to put together a compact lighting kit and try his luck outside of the comforts and convenience of his studio. Özkan Ozmen’s personal project ultimately took him on a multi-continent journey in which he’s captured wonderful portraits of the sort of wildlife most of us only see in zoo and safari parks, though seldom as in-your-face.
Özkan understood the logistics – not to mention danger involved in trying to capture tight portraits of wild animals using lights. Still and all, rather than being technically boxed in by the harsh ambient lighting conditions common to shooting in the extreme locales he planned on visiting, his goal was to light his subjects and select-focus at wider lens apertures similar to the way he would when shooting portraits in his studio.
Two and a half years ago when we first profiled Steve Lloyd, he said, in part, “I like to find cool-looking features in nature, whether it’s a rock, arch, trees or a good view.” Looks like he’s remained true to this statement. Witness this amazing photo the Utah native captured of a biker as he drives over a natural stone arch.
Lloyd lit this scene with three lights, two up top and one below. The two top lights were triggered at different times. One was fitted with an orange gel and fired at the same time as the single light positioned below, which also had an orange gel. The rider was not in the frame when the first two were fired simultaneously, so he doesn’t get orange light on him. The rider then enters and a white light is fired for him from above.
Photographer Sephi Bergerson has posted about her efforts to pay homage to Joe McNally’s cover shot of his book The Hot Shoe Diaries.
In her post, Bergerson relays her relates her attempts to recreate McNally’s photo and off-camera flash work. Using a Nikon D700, she incorporated a PocketWizard MiniTT1, a FlexTT5, and an AC3 ZoneController.
Bergerson provides full details of her shot in the post itself. See more of her work on her site and her blog.
Mail-in rebate available in the U.S. only for MiniTT1® and FlexTT5® Wireless Flash Triggering System
North White Plains, NY – (March 30, 2012) – MAC Group, a leading manufacturer and distributor of professional photographic equipment, announces today a $25 mail-in rebate for U.S. customers who purchase new PocketWizard MiniTT1 and/or FlexTT5 radios for use with Canon or Nikon DSLR camera systems from April 1, 2012 to May 31, 2012. Via mail-in rebate, purchasers will receive $25 for each unit purchased from an Authorized PocketWizard Dealer in the U.S.
“MAC Group, PocketWizard’s USA distributor, is happy to provide Canon and Nikon shooters in the U.S. with a special opportunity to experience the amazing capabilities of PocketWizard ControlTL radios,” said Phil Bradon, MAC Group’s PocketWizard Marketing Manager. “This limited time $25 rebate is available on every MiniTT1 or FlexTT5 for Canon and Nikon purchased. ControlTL is the perfect complement and a must-have accessory to Canon and Nikon digital SLR systems, providing amazing flash and camera triggering capabilities.”
For more information on this rebate visit the PocketWizard site.
At about the age of eleven, Richard Pardon was given a film camera by his grandfather in Dorset, U.K., who also taught him to develop his own film. Turning professional about a year ago, Pardon has realized a lifelong dream. “For me, it’s more than a job or a career. It’s like a lifestyle or a passion,” he says. He credits no two days being the same as making photography a rewarding career.
Although his grandfather gave him his start with film, Pardon has learned everything about digital photography by teaching himself. With books and DVDs, a trial-and-error approach has helped him not only develop his technical knowledge, but his own photographic style. He credits his autodidacticism with enabling him to work in different areas of photography, including portraiture, automotive, landscape, and stock work. The road hasn’t been easy, but the work is worth it, he feels.
Damien Lovegrove has a great post on his blog, ProPhotoNut entitled “Speedlight kit overview and preparation.” He posts two drool-worthy shots of all his PocketWizard gear, which he’s handily labeled to avoid any unnecessary switching.
©Damien Lovegrove at www.prophotonut.com
A shooter of both Nikon and Canon, Lovegrove discusses his use of the AC3, the FlexTT5 and the MiniTT1 in conjunction with flash gear from the two camera manufacturers. He breaks down the kits into their respective compatibilities, and explains why and how he uses each piece of gear.
A really informative post, with lots of tips other shooters will find useful, this one is not unique to the ProPhotoNut blog. Lovegrove also has some examples of his fine photography. Keep up the great work, Damien!
Photo District News has just published a list of their ten favorite photo accessories. At the top of the list is the PocketWizard MiniTT1 and FlexTT5. Dan Havlik writes, “these tiny devices are still our go-to radio slaves.” The brief write-up describes what you can do with this triggering combo, and we love his sign-off: “Never leave home without ‘em!”
Atlanta-based David Christensen had been into photography since he was a teenager, but it was while he worked as chief photographer at a junior college newspaper that he realized this was what he wanted to be. This was further reinforced when he attended a Georgia College Press Association banquet and heard guest speaker Dave LaBelle at the podium. LaBelle was a Pulitzer Prize nominee teaching at Western Kentucky University. This moment was the start of Christensen’s favorite type of photographic image.
New England native Mike Kelley was into photography in a big way, but one day something fortuitous happened. While at the University of Vermont, Kelley ran into Dave Schmidt, who is an employee of LPA, makers of PocketWizard. Schmidt is also a shooter in his own right, and was photographing for a local ski resort. He also happened to have a prototype of the PocketWizard MiniTT1® on top of his camera. Kelley noticed, and the two began a conversation.
“I just kept bugging him and bugging him and eventually he caved and gave me an internship at PocketWizard,” Kelley recalls, laughing. After graduating from the University of Vermont with a double major in Environmental Studies and Studio Art, Kelley moved to Lake Tahoe to try his hand at professional snowboarding. This didn’t transpire, but proved fortuitous in a different way professionally.
Jeff Spirer has published a review on photo.net of the PocketWizard FlexTT5 and MiniTT1. Spirer tested the units indoors and out, including in full daylight, with a Canon system.
Click image for link to photo.net story by Jeff Spirer.
When summarizing his testing experience, Spirer writes, “What can I say about the FlexTT5/MiniTT1 combination that summarizes my experience? It just works.” Be sure to read the full review here. Thanks, Jeff!