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Tajikistan – persimmons covered in snow

Tajikistan – persimmon trees covered in snow

 

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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.

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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.

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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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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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Second fashion show rehearsal in Dushanbe

 

fashion model dushanbe tajikistan girls catwalk serena hotelA few days ago the second rehearsal for the Coctails and Catwalk fashion show took place. And guess what, the choreographer was sick in bed. Bummer! Not much will happen around here I thought, but what was I wrong. It went perfect, or as perfect as a rehearsal can be of course. It was amazing to see how 40 girls or so took command and started doing there thing on the improvised catwalk. A bunch of them even spontaneously started to practice in front of the building. The best part was when they all started to comment on each others strut. Anyway, it was big fun and the girls were already performing a lot better than at the first rehearsal. I got some great shots out of it too, go check them out at the Dushanbe design website. Don’t forget to buy your tickets, the fashion show is this Saturday already!

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It’s all fashion again in Dushanbe!

On the 1st of October the Serena hotel in Dushanbe is the place to be. fashion model dushanbe tajikistan girls catwalk serena hotelAn exciting fashion show is organised that day that will gather the cream of the local fashion scene. The rehearsals only just started and already things are already looking  very promising. The girls are practicing their moves and smiles in the Pioneer House. The place has plenty of beautiful soft light that allows for some great shots without additional lighting. Lucky me.

OK, so if you’re a fashion fan or just want to have an enjoyable evening, buy a ticket and make sure you’re there. AND it’s for a good cause, so another reason to join! Surf to the DesignDushanbe website for more info.

And I’ll be there to shoot the event, what did you think! It’s going to be a bit of a challenge cause it’s outdoor and the show starts late afternoon. That means we’ll be starting with daylight in the late afternoon and end with artificial light in the evening. Curious to see how that will work out. Come back to check out the pics, they will be available soon after the event. Click here for the pics of the first rehearsal.

 

 

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