They said that it could not be done,
He said, “Just let me try.”
They said, “Other men have tried and failed,”
He answered, “But not I.”
They said, “It is impossible,”
He said, “There’s no such word.”
He closed his mind, he closed his heart…
To everything he heard.”
So Mjölner, the Hasselblad X1D, is just a spoiled studio brat for pampered golden boys, only capable of politically correct renditions of immobile subjects, right? Wroooong! This is what you get when the Swede gets angry at a Russian teenager shattering the silence and dunkin’ doughnuts on the tarmac! A raging tool!!
Okay, so, if I’m honest, when I turned up at this pre-Grand Prix F1 demo with my camera, we weren’t off to a brilliant start. It looked like the session would resemble the end of Benny Hill’s tirade more than the heroic beginning quote above 😉
In order to warm up the crowds, thrill some sponsor VIPs and stretch the muscles of our autofoci (99% phones, out there, just sayin’), Renault had kindly provided a Megane RS 01 Cup before bringing out the loud F1 insect.
And, well, let’s just say, focusing was a tad, a smidgeon, a soupçon, difficult. Not many of my shots were actually out of focus because the camera simply refused to lock focus, or shoot. No worries, I prefocused and set the camera to manual focus and … bingo.
Still, though, for fast moving passes this didn’t work because the camera simply refused to shoot, even in MF … In typical Scandinavian fashion, the X1D refuses to pollute the environment needlessly and won’t take the picture if it’s not going to be good. It’s that eco-friendly! Not to worry, in true latin fasion, I thought “bugga the environment” and used the electronic shutter to recreate Jacques Henry Lartigues’ racing masterpiece, only better, through carefully crafted and not at all unexpected shutter roll. True story! Sometimes my genius scares me.
Back to the drawing board, then. Or, rather, back to step one. Point and shoot and let autofocus do its stuff. Very hit and miss, initially, and only a few of the intended shots came through.
Eventually, though, everything fell into place and the F1 driver realised he was no match for the lightning speed of the Swedish photographic Hammer of the Gods. All of this is scientific fact, this is how it happened …
Five minutes into this ear-splitting fun, the car just stopped (intentionally), signaling the end of the show and the official photo sessions.
In true photographic genius again, I was on the wrong side of the display when everything was set up. Bummer!
There was a time when F1 demi-gods paid the price for driving cool cars and making a human monthly wage every heartbeat by being knee-high to a hobbit. This guy was 2 inches taller than me and really good lookin’, which begs the question: why spend your life in a tiny, noisy and dangerous environment when you don’t need to, to pull the ladies? I mean, they were litterally lining up …
These photos prove three things:
Moving on. It’s time for a new challenge 🙂
After the fire in Notre Dame, Philippe suggested we post photographs of places we love, before they are taken away from us.
This may seem obvious, but is actually very difficult. Case in point: very old plane trees were cut down in my little town, apparently because they had caught some disease that threatened the safety of bypassers. Still, the whole town felt betrayed when those venerable beings were chopped down, to be replaced by soulless paving.
I could send you a photograph of the trees before their life was ended by a politician. All you would see are trees. They would have no special significance to you.
So, how do you communicate the fact that something is special to you without writing it down? That’s the whole challenge.
The photograph of trees above (taken in Bromley, not at home) conveys mood and grandeur. But I don’t think it conveys love or attachment.
So, there you have it. Send me (pascal dot jappy at gmail dot com) your photographs of loved scenes (please, no photographs of people, it is very difficult to manage publishing rights) that convey that feeling of love and meaning to those who do not have that same meaning.
How do you do that? By making the photograph, the composition, the lighting, the post-processing, all very personal. When all conspire to make the result uniquely yours, then the photograph can’t have been made by anyone else or for any other reasons. Happy shooting, see you towards the end of the month 🙂
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