Archive | February 2012

Upgrading to 24 frames per second

So, last week was quite thrilling for me. Remember how I said I would upgrade to the Nikon Pro line this year? Well, I did! The D4 ended up being a bit out of my price range, but I got offered a practically new (under one year old) Nikon D3S for a very fair price. I decided to go for it and boy, am I glad I did. The Nikon D3S is probably the best allround camera for someone who does mostly press related photography like me. Even though it’s “only” a 12 MP sensor like my D300 had, ISO sensitivity differs leaps and bounds and the ability to shoot 11 still frames per seconds opens up some great multimedia capabilities (see more below). There’s a lot to say about the device and I need a little more time to get the complete hang of it in order to give you guys my full review.

One of the main reasons I wanted to upgrade is video. I specialized in video during the last year of my journalism studies, and even shot my dissertation on a DSLR.  I was looking for a way to continue that work and as I need a good stills camera to do my photography work, the video capability on the D3S  is a great plus for me. I’ve decided to do some very small multimedia projects to get back into the flow of things and would like to share my first result with you guys. This past weekend, about 50 Congolese people protested in the main streets of Mechelen against Kabila’s reelection. I ended up with a 40 second clip mixing stills and video with their chanting in the background to give people a taste of the atmosphere. Any comments are, as always, very welcome. This video also got published over @ gva.be

Ice, Ice …

Spent my afternoon on the ice for an “IceFest”. Just in time before the thaw …

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Raised on music

Some portraits to go with an article on local young musicans. T. is the son of a left-handed guitarshop owner. He plays bass AND mixes tunes as a DJ.

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You know the drill: © Gil Plaquet

To protect and serve

A pair of pics to got with an article on what it’s like to run a local police station.

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Local officer “Mon” has been on the beat in Willebroek for more than 20 years.

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Chief Commissioner De Ley of the Willebroek police force.

As always © Gil Plaquet