Recent Landscape Work

So I know I have not written too many posts regarding my landscape work but here is a swift update as to what and where i have been shooting. (with a few examples). I’ve recently updated some of my filters to incorporate more Lee filters, specifically the medium grad ND set as well as the Super stopper (which cuts out 15 stops of light without casing undue colour shifts). Ive been to Wales, Yorkshire, Mallorca and Cornwall lately and my kit has obviously travelled with me. below is a few examples of recent work, more can be seen on my website which is always being updated. Amongst one of the recent changes is is a link to buy my prints, which i am happy to say is going well. I won’t give you the sales pitch, so if you would like a print of mine that isn’t on the list, then email me (info@jespermattias.com ) the image you like and i will add it in and you can purchase it, sisal after 2-3 business days. Link to print section is here ( print sales )

Anyway, back to the matter in hand. Attached are some recent images, more can be seen here ( Landscapes )

Image 1: Sennen at Sunset.

This was shot on the clips overlooking Sennen Cove. The heather was in full bloom and literally covered the cliffs with a rich, deep purple colour which lit up with the warmth of the setting sun behind it. I used my Lee Hard Grad 0.9 ND here, to bring back the sky.

 

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Image 2: Pembrokeshire estuary at sunset.

I spent a week on the Pembrokeshire coast in October of this year. the weather was shocking, but a few nights the clouds cleared and i was able to get out and take some landscapes. This was taken on the Atlantic Ocean estuary, a very peaceful and remote part of Pembrokeshire. Again, i used a 0.9 Hard grad ND filter from Lee Filters to balance sky and horizon.

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A very popular location for landscape work. This Yorkshire landmark is stunning so you can see why photographers flock there. It was a relatively stormy day which added a lot of interest to the sky. I used my 0.6 Hard Grad ND for the sky here to darken it slightly to add more mood to the shot. In all these images I used my canon 5Dsr and my Zeiss f2.8 21mm Distagon Lens, which is really my go-to lens for landscape work (wide angle use anyway). it really is a beautifully shape lens. Looking at getting the wider version soon, 18mm I believe.

 

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Emmerdale’s Barton Brothers for Inside soap Magazine – Jesper Mattias © 2014

A few weeks ago I was commissioned to shoot the four brothers on the British Soap Emmerdale for Inside Soap magazine. The Brief was to get some moody portraits and make them look as good as possible!! The picture editor and myself thought a nice grey background would work and apart form that the only proviso was to keep the lighting constant and get them looking as brooding as possible for the singles and a nice fun group shot of them together. Lighting Wise for the singles I had a play around and initially was going to use a gridded soft boxy at 45 degrees to the side bout the light that was coming out was too harsh and you were losing detail in the shadow areas where you really still wanted some light, so I used a normal soft box and hit them with a Key light (clip light) from behind to just lift the face from the background. A bare head for this rear light was too much so I attached some trace to the front to soften it ever so slightly. The background was lit with a few heads with barn door attachments on them and I tried not to light it too evenly but to have some fall off at the bottom to create mood. I did use a few polyboards which were brought in closer to lighten or darken the face which sometimes is all it takes to get it just right.

The Singles:

 

Bill Ward - emmerdale

Bill Ward – emmerdale

 

 

Michael Parr - Emmerdale

Michael Parr – Emmerdale

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The Group Shot was lit more evenly. I used a large silver umbrella on a large boom above and angles slightly down and a small soft box on the floor a bit further away from them to just keep the fall off of light from the brolly from going too black, again, to have some mood but to still have detail in the shadows. Then it was a case of having some fun, which all four of them did. The post was fairly limited as I got most of it in camera (as you should always try and do!) I tweaked a few things here and there but that’s my technique and I won’t be sharing it here 😉

The Group Shot

 

The Barton Brothers - Emmerdale

The Barton Brothers – Emmerdale

A really great shoot for a lovely client. Hope you like the images and feel free to comment if you so wish.

 

RSPB Campaign at Highclere Castle

I was asked to shoot the portraits of Lord and Lady Carnarvon at Highclere Castle (or Downton Abbey as it has become known) for a new RSPB campaign called ‘Homes for Wildlife’. At Highclere the Carnarvons have taken many measures to attract and develop wildlife in and amongst the grounds of their lovely home. I got to the location early after picking up my asistant at Newbury and set about taking landscapes of the house in the early morning light. It really is a magical place early on as the mist hangs in the valley and all you can hear are the birds gradually waking up and the hum of Bees in the wildflower meadow. I only had an hour with the Carnarovons so I paid the house a visit earlier on in the week to sort out places to shoot in my head. I wanted to keep it simple really, shoot where possible in the shade and use my Profoto with a softbox on to light them. This would mean I could control the daylight on the house (as it was to feature heavily in the images) as well as lighting them in a flattering way. If the house looked overexposed in the background I could either up the power of the flash which meant I had to close down my aperture or increase the shutter speed. As I was shooting on a relatively long lens (this brings the background closer in the frame but can also give a lovely blown out feel too) I had the shutter speed up high on about 200th of a sec anyway and as it was a bright day it meant my flash had to be on a relatively high power to match it otherwise it would be overexposed in the background.

Considering the time we had we managed to rattle off a good selection of portraits and the client was a happy bunny, which is always nice. Below are a few images from the mornings shoots.

Portrait 1

Establishing shot of of Lord & Lady Carnarvon

Portrait 2

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Portrait 3

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Lord & Lady Carnarvon in the Wildflower meadow at Highclere

Lord & Lady Carnarvon in the Wildflower meadow at Highclere

 

 

Very little in Post was done to the images, a few tweaks of the levels and processing it in my own way and maybe a few blemish removals, but pretty much shot as is in-situ.

Hope you like the images, feel free to read my other blog posts and please do comment if you so wish.