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Photo Exhibit La Grande Dame

PASCAL
VLIEGHE

PHOTO EXHIBIT

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La Grande Dame  17-31 March

Pascal Vlieghe is pleased to announce his first photo
exhibit in Dushanbe!

Both talented and versatile, Pascal presents an
all-round collection of photographs from Tajikistan and other countries. The display
features glimpses of daily life in Tajik residential care facilities, fashion
& beauty photography, macro and studio shots as well as nature and
landscapes.

The exhibit is made up of 50 colour and B&W framed
photographs, from small to poster size. The exhibit will run from 17-31st of March in La Grande Dame.

 Opening
Reception Friday 16 March from 19:00-21:00 hrs!
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You’re all welcome to visit and join Pascal for a drink and chat at the
opening reception.

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Tajikistan – persimmons covered in snow

Tajikistan – persimmon trees covered in snow

 

persimmon

Snow came early this year in Dushanbe. As I was walking through my garden admiring the white blanket I noticed the snow covered persimmons remaining in the trees. That deserves a picture I thought, and went back inside for my camera. My first shot I took in aperture mode. Let the camera do the thinking and see what comes out. Not bad, but nothing special either. Just another picture of persimmons hanging in the tree.

persimmon

 

Let’s throw some light on this, I figured, and took out a strobe that was still standing in my living room from a previous shoot. First shot, nothing fancy, just pointed the strobe straigth on the persimmons. I mounted a grid of 20 degrees to concentrate the light. Camera put in manual mode, at f16 and a shutter speed of 1/125.  It already looks a bit more interesting, but the f-stop effectively blocked out the daylight and made it look like it was shot at night.

persimmon

 

So for the next picture I reduced the f-stop to 6.3 in order to blend in the daylight. To avoid overexposure I lowered the power on the strobe. Taping some orange gel over the light helped to bring out the soft orange from the persimmons. Now that starts to look like a picture. Nice orange colours almost like there’s a glowing sunset. There wasn’t though. It was a grey overcast day, as you can see in the background. That light is not affected by my gel covered strobe.persimmon

Would be nice if I could get rid of that grey colour. Not that it’s ugly, but it doesn’t help the magic of the moment. Hang on, how about changing white balance? And since I have a very orange gel on my light, turning the white balance to tungsten might just work. Tried it, and it did. The background turned to deep blue, which just works wonders with the saturated orange of the persimmons.

Same persimmons, but with a bit of light and white balance tricks a picture that is just common turns into wow. This picture was made with a strobe, but the same could be done with an off-camera flash. Check out this link for more on colour gels and white balance.

 

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support to disabled people in Tajikistan

disabled children and old people support in Hissar, Yavan and Dushanbe

A few weeks ago I was lucky enough getting the opportunity to visit some centres for disabled people here in Tajikistan. In fact I was asked to go and shoot pictures. Now that was great! Unless it’s for professional reasons you probably won’t get access to these places let alone shoot photographs.Tajikistan children travel location photography people disability adults social health care And now I was given a chance to do both at the same time! I didn’t think twice to accept. I packed my gear and off we went. I expected limited time to set up so I took only the most important stuff: my camera, a fast 50mm lens, a 70-300 zoom, a speedlight and one of those practical pop-up silver reflectors, in case I run out of daylight. Forget about tripods, remotes or strobes and umbrellas. Don’t want to drag that up the stairs of a four floor building. It turned out I guessed prety well that day. When we left Dushanbe it was cloudy and raining. Good I brought my reflector I thought.  And throughout the morning we rushed from location to location and floor to floor. Not bad to travel light either.

A specialist in the social sector had warned me to be prepaired for some distressing situations the day before, so I braced myself for gloomy spaces with crying kids in run down facilities. Boy, I got it wrong, thank god. We first visiting a centre for disabled kids in Hissar, some 30km out of Dushanbe. It turned out to be a happy place filled with toys and cheers and an army of friendly nurses. And they all wanted to be photographed. One particular fellow followed me throughout the centre and kept popping up in front of my lens.  After a few hours of shooting and when we were about to leave I realised that actually the best light was in the entrance of the building. Luckily a brave boy was learning how to walk at the very moment, encouraged by a therapist. I took my camera back out of the bag and continued shooting. Two good lessons for the future I thought: first look for the light, and never pack your camera until your back in the car. The other places we visited were no different. It resulted in us having a good feeling about social centres in this countrty and me having a series of great shots. You can check them out on the images from Tajikistan gallery. For more info on social support for disabled people in Tajikistan go to http://www.cbm.org/Tajikistan-292813.php or http://www.unicef.org/tajikistan/media_6780.html

 

 

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fashion show dushanbe 2011 Tajikistan

fashion show dushanbe 2011 Tajikistan girl mode serena hotel catwalk central asiaLast saturday the Dushanbe fashion show took place in the Serena hotel, right here in the center of town. If you were there I don’t have to tell you how great it was. If you weren’t, you missed without any doubt the fashion event of the year. It turned out to be a glamourous feast with beautiful models showing some of the finest clothes you’ll ever see in Dushanbe. First the clients got a go on the catwalk modeling the dresses they had tailor made by their designers. Tajik models followed in a number of amazing dresses and outfits, each more spectacular than the other. And I got to shoot al this. Since it was an outdoor event that started prety much at dusk, I was worried sick about the changing light conditions. Not a bit good for photography. Luckily I decided prety much last minute to take a strobe and a large umbrella. I positioned it at the end of the catwalk and bingo, it threw enough light to get some great shots. Probably just as well the show started late afternoon. Like that I could shoot from the start in manual mode at a shutterspeed of 1/160 which I needed to sync my strobe. Used my ISO to account for distance and the changing light. Probably not the most professional solution but hey, it worked and that’s what matters. You can check out my official pics in my beauty/fashion gallery or on the Dushanbe fashion website. I’ll upload more in a couple of days.

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