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Behind The Scenes

On Assignment In Vancouver

A short video of me on assignment covering Virgin Atlantic’s inaugural flight to Vancouver with Sir Richard Branson (Founder and President of Virgin Atlantic) and Olympic gold medallist Amy Williams. 

On Assignment, Vancouver 2012 from Edmond Terakopian on Vimeo.

Video by Andy Reik, Dust*

Photos by Edmond Terakopian

With thanks to Leon Schlesinger, TVC

Additional Audio by Simon White, Airtime TV

A set of photographs from this assignment can be viewed on my Flickr Stream.

Reportage On The RNOH

The Power Of Photographs

Following the RNOH film, I decided I wanted to do a different edit to our TAPTV film. My thoughts were to combine some photographs within the edit. At first I looked through the beautifully edited by Neil Patience film and realised that there were some nice still images within the footage. With Quicktime 7, I went back to the original Canon 5D MkII footage and exported some still images, particularly from the interview sections.

These images were imported into Aperture 3 where I processed them. For the B/W conversions I exported them into Nik Software’s Silver Efex Pro 2. Here I created four custom looks and these were applied to the images as appropriate. Using FCP X I then did an re-edit of the film, incorporating the images captures. I also used Red Giant’s Magic Bullet Looks 2 to grade the film slightly differently to our original.

Earlier this year, we decided that to coincide with the launch, it would be a great idea to shoot a proper photo reportage on the RNOH, so over a three and a half day period, using a Leica M9 and M9-P, I wandered the operating theatres, halls and wards (with the invaluable help from the fundraising and communications teams), making a set of pictures. I mainly shot the entire project using the Leica  50mm Noctilux APSH, the new 35mm Summilux ASPH and the 28mm Summicron.

These were first edited in Aperture for my agency Eyevine and once done, I set about incorporating them into my video edit. As before, Nik Software’s Silver Efex Pro 2 was used for the B/W conversions and I set about importing them into FCP X and making the new edit of the video.

There is something much more powerful with B/W imagery and for me, this version is even more powerful. It’s a full multimedia marriage of video, audio and photography. I’d love to know which version of the film you find stronger and why.

My biggest ask though is that if you were touched by this amazing place, please help in their redevelopment and donate to the RNOH fund. Thank you.

Lastly, here is a slideshow of my favourite photographs from the project:

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Leica’s New Announcements

The Leica M9-P

M9-P in Venice: The Making of from leica camera on Vimeo.

Magnum photographer Alex Majoli took the new Leica M9-P on a journey through Venice. Alex Majoli accompanied one of the around 700 gondolieri for several days and captured a sensitive portrait of the gondolier and his city. Here is a behind the scenes view of Alex’s journey through Venice.

Leica M9-P from leica camera on Vimeo.

Introducing the new Leica M9-P.

The Leica M9-P in black finish with a Leica 50mm Summilux-M f1.4 ASPH lens.

On June the 21st, Leica launched the M9-P. In a nutshell, it’s an M9 but with a different top plate and a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal covering on the rear LCD. The design is a much simpler design, similar to the MP and mirrors the M3 too. What I love about the ‘new’ look of the M9-P is it’s simple and clean. No red dot, no writing on the front at all. My choice for work would be the black version (although the chrome does look extremely gorgeous!). Therefore, for the pro shooter or anyone wanting to remain a bit more discreet, there’s no need to tape up the front; no red dot, no M9, nothing. It’s just clean, elegant and simple. There’s a lovely engraving at the top taken from the old Leica script and that’s about it. Less really is more.

The rear screen of the Leica M9-P with the sapphire crystal covering.

The rear screen sapphire crystal cover is said to be virtually indestructible, so this camera seems to be a clearer choice for the photographer working in more hazardous conditions. In my opinion, the M9-P is definitely aimed more towards the pro who uses his camera as a tool and I feel with it’s stealthier look and toughened screen, will serve well. The M9-P is slightly more expensive than the M9 and comes in at a UK suggested retail price of £5395.00.

Leica Super-Elmar-M 21mm f3.4 ASPH with the hood fitted

One of the other announcements was a very compact 21mm lens; the Super-Elmar-M 21mm f3.4 ASPH. Looking at sample images, it’s extremely low distortion with really rather nice image rendition. The UK suggested retail price is £2025.00.

Lastly and perhaps just as importantly as the product launches was an announcement that Magnum Photos and Leica have signed a technology and photographic co-operation agreement. From it’s very early days, Leica and Magnum Photos have had a bond; a historic bond that continues to this day. The great Magnum photographers like Robert Capa, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Sebastiao Salgado created their most memorable work on Leica cameras. It’s great to see this relationship continue and I’m really looking forward to seeing what this collaboration produces in terms of work. One of the early fruits can already be seen on the first video in this article, on Alex Majoli’s trip to Venice.

Leica & Magnum: Past Present Future from leica camera on Vimeo.

A core principal which framed the establishment of Magnum Photos in 1947 was the belief that photographers should have a point of view in their imagery that transcended any formulaic recording of contemporary events. This tradition continues today with the new series of photographic essays being produced by Magnum and Leica.
Burning curiosity breeds evocative expression and it is precisely this spirit which Magnum and Leica will be supporting through this new agreement to create and publish new multimedia essays that will take a deeper look into the stories behind the photographs.
The stories will cover new works by Magnum photographers addressing contemporary themes as well as investigations into the archives of photographers career-long obsessions to share Magnum photographer’s individual journeys and unique ways of storytelling.
The voice on this movie is that of Alice George, former head of Magnum.
New stories will be presented on online at http://www.leica-camera.com, http://www.lfi-online.de and http://inmotion.magnumphotos.com/.