Wednesday, November 17, 2010


mf-25, originally uploaded by gugs.

A pigeons' friend in the center of Warsaw in Poland. Picture taken with a Nikkor 24-120VR (the old one) on a good old D200.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Medium format

mf-1, originally uploaded by gugs.

for the real afficionados, an old (well not that old) Medium Format Pentax camera, with all the modern technology you can dream of in a standard film camera (AF, exposure compensation, A, S, P priority modes, excellent viewfinder. Only drawback (compared to a Hasselblad for instance) is that the backs (magazines) cannot be exchanged in the middle of a film roll.

Sunday, August 29, 2010


france 2010-149, originally uploaded by gugs.

An interesting view inside a lighthouse on the French coast. This picture has been shot with the consumer grade 24-120VR lens (first version) on the full frame Nikon D3 body.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Sun light

france 2010-66, originally uploaded by gugs.

Shot on the atlantic coast in France. I liked the evening light on the wood...

Monday, July 12, 2010

180mm 2.8

gear-6, originally uploaded by gugs.

A not so well known Nikon lens, a compact alternative to the 70-200 zooms with excellent image quality even fully open. That lens is not too popular because of the old AF design (no AF-S, needs a camera body with motor) and the fixed focal length. It is however among the best portrait lenses on FX format, with a creamy bokeh and nice transitions to the out of focus area. Highly recommended.

Sekonic L-358

I have been using a simple flashmeter mainly for studio photography: the Gossen F Digipro. While that flashmeter perfectly satisfied my needs, I recently discovered another reasonably priced option: the Sekonic L-358, a more high end option. This flashmeter has a number of significant advantages like possibilities to record info but also, and that's a very interesting feature, the possibility to add a wireless module to drive, for instance, Pocket Wizards, making it a very useful tool for any "mini-studio" photographers using standard flashes piloted with Pocket Wizards.

For people in Europe, you can find the Sekonic over here:

And the wireless extension module over here:

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Samyang fisheye

DSC_6087, originally uploaded by gugs.
A very interesting alternative to the Nikon fisheye (or other brands if you are using Canon, Pentax, Minolta, Sony...). This lens is ridiculously cheap and actually delivers better pictures than the much more expensive equivalents. A more detailed review is available here:

the lens is available under different brand names, among others here:

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Flash in the sun

DSC_6018, originally uploaded by gugs.

An interesting effect: using a flash full power on a sunny day to "kill" the sun. This shot is outdoor under the sun. The background was dark and has been darkened a little bit more in Lightroom (3.0 Beta). Shot with the small D40x camera, and a remote SB-600 flash using an iTTL cable.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Effect with flash

DSC_5994, originally uploaded by gugs.

A simple special effect with an SB-600 flash connected to a D40x camera through an iTTL cable. The flash is positioned on the left to get the colored shadow on the wall.

Monday, May 3, 2010

Florence by night

firenze nikon-207, originally uploaded by gugs.

night view on the Ponte Vecchio in Florence, Italy. Shot with a 35 1.8 lens on the Nikon D40x, a nice small consumer grade camera, on a micro tripod.

Friday, April 30, 2010

Night photography with P&S

firenze canon_-19, originally uploaded by gugs.

A hand held shot with the Canon S90 point and shoot camera, the best (as of today) for high ISO, low light photography. The cathedral in Florence, Italy by night. Amazing quality for a P&S. The noise level is quite acceptable and comparable to the quality you could get from a reflex camera just a few years ago. ISO 1600 is usable on such a P&S (like here).

Sunday, April 18, 2010


hockey-gvh-2, originally uploaded by gugs.

Photographing hockey, not an easy task because of white balance issues and the ice. WB should be measured on the ice to take care of the lighting, and a +1.3 up to +1.7 EV exposure correction should be applied because the camera will underexpose to get the ice neutral grey.
A general overview shot taken with the 200-400VR zoom on the Nikon D3 camera @ISO6400.

85 1.4 AIS

BE0_2532, originally uploaded by gugs.

Amazing what you can still do with a very old lens, the 85mm 1.4 AIS Nikkor, a manual portrait lens. A wonderful choice on a full frame camera body, to play with very thin depth of focus. Here shot fully open on the Nikon D3. Center weighted metering on the face, playing with the harsh contrasts. Focus on the eye.

Sunday, March 28, 2010


BE0_1728, originally uploaded by gugs.

Extreme processing on a normal picture. Increased shadows and highlights in Photoshop and added a lot of contrast, resulting in this kind of "painting" effect. Some people like this, some hate it...
Shot with the Nikkor 85PC (tilt-shift) used as a "normal" lens on a Nikon D3.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Tilt photography

CA2_8816, originally uploaded by gugs.

A funny perspective in the "Midi" railway station in Brussels using the 85PC tilt shift lens on a D200 body. The lens has been used fully open (f2.8)

Sunday, March 21, 2010


A simple slideshow to show a few pictures I took, stored on flickr. I used a simple tool, found here:

Get the flash player here:

Sunday, March 7, 2010


D2X_8840, originally uploaded by gugs.

Nice light in a conference room before the conference starts. Shot with a (now old) Nikon D2x.

Saturday, February 27, 2010

An old funny one

test 70-200vr2, originally uploaded by gugs.

This picture has been taken during a test of the 70-200VR lens. I like the effect... the duck playing with the water. A very simple shot but funny.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

85 PC lens

VA3_1217, originally uploaded by gugs.

One of the best lenses ever in the Nikon lineup: the 85mm f2.8 PC (perspective control) lens. This one is the "old" design, it has been recently replaced by a new version, with electric diaphragm control and nano-coating to improve picture quality. Those differences are not enough to select the new design over the old one. The lens can be tilted to increase, reduce or select depth of focus and of the focus area. It can also be shifted to correct perspective. The magnification factor is maximum 2:1. This lens is ideal for product photography.

More details available on the photography wiki: