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We will be hosting a live hangout interview with f-stop Global Icon, Samo Vidic on Tuesday, October 17th, at 10pm Slovenia (GMT+2 // 4pm in New York). Come and join the conversation with us here!
One of the topics we'll be discussing will be his recent Creating The Illusion Of Speed project with Canon. Creative use of camera and lighting gear, new technology, and a strong human story are the ingredients for an engaging image. Read on for some insight on this shoot, and if you want to know more join us on Facebook for a live interview. We'll also have a special prize in colaboration with Samo for the best question submitted during our live interview!
Samo Vidic spends most of the year travelling around the globe shooting some of the world's top athletes performing incredible feats of daring and skill. In the studio he's known for creating stunning illusions of action with his lighting set ups. On this shoot, he combined these aspects much closer to home on a deeply personal story.
From the image above, you would think this is another of his action sports athletes, speeding past the camera with super-human skill. While this is true on one level, the bravery involved in this image is at a much more human level. The rider, Nino, is actually a former extreme sports athlete who was paralysed in a accident diving into water to retreive a soccer ball, ending his career.
For this project Samo used his photographic skills to use to create both the illusion of speed, and re-create the feeling of being involved in an action sports shoot for Nino. In advance of the our Facebook live interview, Samo gave us this behind-the-scenes photo feature and asnswered a few questions on the concept and the gear he used to make it happen.
The angle you got of the rider was really dynamic. What clamps did you use to attach the camera to the bike?
I used Manfrotto Magic arms. One to hold the camera, and then a second one to try to avoid having too much vibration.
The Canon Connect system you used on this shoot with the your tablet looked interesting. There are various methods to remotely trigger a camera. How was this system?
I used the Canon Connect system for the first time and I need to say that I loved it. It's so much easier to work with a remote camera when you can set all camera settings and trigger the camera from the Iphone (or Ipad, or a computer) and you can see the result immediately.
Watching the video, I picked up a tip that when you shut down the aperture to something like f22, dirt on the sensor will start to show up in the image more. That’s useful for amateur shooters that might be using the same camera for a long time and not getting it professionally cleaned. What aperture do you start to notice that?
It really depends how dirty your sensor is. Sometimes you can see some dirt at f4 already. With more closed aperture it goes worse.
What size image do you think this becomes noticeable at?
If there is a lot of dust you can see it already at very small image especially with wider lenses.
You shoot in all sorts of environments outside. How often do you get your sensor cleaned?
Aprox 5-10 times per year. Usually I take my three cameras to the service even when just one is dirty.
Any tips for keeping your camera gear free from dirt and damage when shooting?
The problem is dusty environments. For example, at motocross races. When I change the lens, I try to be as fast is possible and I try to do that facing or moving away from the dust. Of course this is not always possible!
With just the final image alone from this story you created an illusion, tricking the viewer, but the full backstory and video connected with the viewer on an honest emotional level. Was this your goal?
My goal was to make a nice photo with an interesting story behind it. I knew it would be challenging especially for Nino as he cannot control his body and we were afraid he would fall off the bike. It all worked out great in the end: we got the photo we were looking for and Nino’s emotions were indescribable. This means to me more than a great photo.
To see this shoot in action, watch the full video of Samo's shoot with Nino here.
Want to know more about how Samo uses his gear?
We'll be talking with Samo LIVE on Facebook on Tuesday at 10pm in Samo's native Slovenia (GMT+2 // 4pm New York). Join us here.
Want to win a special print from of one Samo's shots? Take a look through his site, and think of what you want to ask him about his work and travels.
Join the conversation!