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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Shoot for Happiful Magazine

I was asked to shoot for Happiful magazine who were doing a feature on the Amy Winehouse foundation. I was asked to take a couple of portraits of two girls who were staying there and one councillor. The foundation itself opens its doors to a select number of women each year to give free accommodation for two years, counselling and help getting them back on their feet after suffering abuse in one form or another, be that alcohol, drug or domestic violence. I wanted to keep the portraits quite natural in terms of lighting and the subjects strong yet relaxed in pose. very minimal work done in post, just some levels and some saturation changes. enjoy.

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copyright Jesper Mattias 2017

copyright Jesper Mattias 2017

copyright Jesper Mattias 2017

 

Portrait Shoot of Marco pierre White

I was asked to shoot some portraits of Marco Pierre White for an editorial feature of his newly revamped restaurant and hotel called The Rudloe arms Just outside Bath. It is a gorgeous Hotel with stunning interiors (and if you love good photography, it has an amazing array of photos taken by the likes of Bob Carlos Clarke and Terry O’Niel). The portraits themselves were left up to me in regards to how i wanted to light them. I wanted low key portraits to fit the image of Marco which is Moody (he could not have been nicer as it turned out). The First portrait i shot was with two heads, one shooting down lighting the staircase with a large trolley and the other was a gridded softbox  above camera. I tried to balance the light so it was even from front to back. (Image 1)

 

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Marco sat the Rudloe Arms

Th Other Image was a much darker image, just spotted with a snoot with a gridded dish for the back to lift him slightly off the background.

 

Marco Pierre White - Image 2

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Please feel free to leave comments and feedback. Enjoy!

Shoot at a craft brewery

I have a long running project about craft food/drinks producers that i am working on constantly and after having shot various drinks makers (vodka distillers in Brooklyn, NYC and a champagne makers in Hampshire) i wanted to shoot a brewery and Bath has a fantastic one called The Electric Bear, which has one countless awards already for its ale. I love backlighting subjects anyway so this gave me a chance to do just that. I knew there would be lots of steam/smoke from the various tanks so backlighting it would add more drama. I wanted to capture the whole process from initial brewing to distribution. A lot of the shots were shot wide open to add more flare with a fair bit being retouched to remove branding and lighting stands! I had the luxury of attaching lights to an overhead mezzanine to increase the general light levels and override any tungsten that was floating around, this made my job a lot easier and was almost like shooting in daylight apart from working with my main key light which was the backlight.It was a good chance to try out my new canon 5DSr in a testing environment, lots of steam and heat basically. It worked and performed really well and the quality of the final images were amazing. I have included a few images here and more can be seen through my agency (image source). If you have any questions then feel free to ask .

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Portrait shoot at a craft vodka distillery in Brooklyn, NY

I recently shot a portrait session at a craft vodka distillery in Brooklyn, New York. It was for my agency (Image Source). Having not scouted the location beforehand it was a case of turning up and thinking fast on my feet as time was limited. However, the location itself was excellent. It had lots of natural light and lots of scientific looking instruments that would add interest to the shots.. (as well as the obligatory bottles of vodka).

I shot these with fairly slow exposures and a a wide open aperture giving bright and clean feel (around 1/15 sec and around f2). I shot them on a tripod with some new lenses i just picked up, a 21mm carl zeiss distagon and a 35mm carl zeiss distagon lens, both have proven to be amazingly sharp at even low apertures. i used a small flash head as a front light and two daylight balanced continuous lighting heads (make unknown) for some fill light to soften the harsh flash.

The main string of shots took place in the lab itself but a few were in the workshop. I loved the juxtaposition between a clean, refined final product and a room full of drills, lathes, tools and welding apparatus. I did a few tweaks in post to clean the images up and gave them a desaturated feel but apart from that it was all shot as is, in-camera.

enjoy and please feel free to comment

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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

Double page spread shot- right hand side

 

 

Portrait 3

Double page spread shot- Left hand side

 

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.

 

 

Portrait of Salvatore Calabrese

I was commissioned to take a portrait of Salvatore Calabrese for the Mail. He is one of the worlds best (if not the best) cocktail makers and currently heads the bar at Salvatore’s bar, which is inside the playboy club on park lane, London. I had a rough idea how i was going to light it  before i got there. I wanted it to be quite contrasty so i cross lit his face with a gridded soft box, this can throw quite a bit of shadow across his opposite side of the face, so a key light (highlight) light was used. I used a standard dish with a medium honeycomb inside to create a spotlight and avoid flooding of light over the bar. This created a nice highlight down his right side of his face.

 

As most bars can be, there was not much ambient light. To avoid having to raise the ISO too high i had to light the back bar with another head (third head now). A normal bare head would kill the mood so to avoid it looking too lit, i stuck a quarter yellow gel on to give it the same bar feel we had before, but just allowing me to shoot that bit faster and not burn in the ambient.

We did a variety of poses etc, he was quite good when it came to this so it really made my job a lot easier.

Hope you like the results!!

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