Photography, Fine Art, Wet Plate Collodion, Alternative photography

Portrait of Lučka Kajfež Bogataj

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For Mladina I portrayed Lučka Kajfež Bogataj. She is a true authority on the field of climatology and study of climate change. She is a part of IPCC team from Geneva. Their team with Al Gore received a Nobel Prize for peace in 2007. Journalist Staš Zgonik made an interview with her. It was really interesting interview. One of the more interesting things that stayed in my mind is when she was talking about solutions for this world. She said that climate is changing much faster then peoples habits and that we need to change people understanding of environment, that environment is not here for granted. One of the possible models is to translate value of clean environment into money – the only relevant language of capitalism.
Nevertheless I still believe that the global warming is mostly the consequence of sun activity. The fact is that norden hemisphere is producing all man caused heat and the warming is not going on in the center of the planet, but on the poles. Even Lučka Kajfež Bogataj said that nobody knows why, but my common sense is telling me it must be related effect to aurora borealis. As we all know Aurora Borealis is happening because of sun wind and it happens on both poles simultaneously. But hey, what do I know, I’m just a photographer.

I was thinking to do a portrait with matches, with fire, something about the heat. I stopped at petrol station, but they had only lighters, no matches. Then I remembered a trick holding the sun. It’s been done before and I do not expect to receive a Nobel Prize for this portrait, but nevertheless still I’m very satisfied with it. It will stand out from usual interview portraits and I bet this tinterview will be very well read in Mladina. Technically I had a 1500Ws flash with large softbox about 1,5 m away from Mrs. Kajfež Bogataj, set on full power and exposure 1/200s aperture f1/22. It was really difficult to photograph because I didn’t saw anything, since sun was blazing direct in my lens. Even when I was checking the picture on my camera I was half blind and I was not sure in the result.


Written by Borut Peterlin

5 January, 2009 at 23:57

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  1. Katera leča pa je ta, ki nič flara ne da? 🙂
    Sredi dneva bi bilo mene kar malo strah takole slikco it delat, da ne bi dobil kake mavričaste packe direktno na njenem obrazu. Not cool 🙂
    Sicer se da pa tudi z vžigalnikom narediti zelo zanimive stvari, sploh če ga malo “potweakaš” in output plina spraviš na maksimum, da še ne šprica ven… In imaš tak fotogeničen 15-20 cm plamen, ki ti osvetli obraz; dodaš še malo backlighta, pa je super fotka. Ali pa kič, kakor za koga. Podoben efekt kot Crnkovič z mobilcem, če se spomniš.


    6 January, 2009 at 12:59

  2. Solarna Lučka 🙂


    6 January, 2009 at 14:17

  3. Ha, solarna! Ta mi je všeč! Tudi moji hčerki je ime Lučka. To sem ji pozabil povedat. Naslednjič.

    Borut Peterlin

    6 January, 2009 at 14:32

  4. Klemen, to je običajen zoom 24-105 f4. Flara je malo, a res malo, ker je blenda 22 in soncu parira fleš. Ni to zaradi objektiva.
    Scenarij, ki ga opisuješ z vžigalnikom je primeren za kakega punkerja 🙂
    Si predstavljaš profesorico z vžigalnikom in 20 cm ognjem. Vsi bi se spraševali Šta je umjetnik htio da kaže!

    Borut Peterlin

    6 January, 2009 at 17:41

  5. i hate when you guys speak russian…its so 80s


    6 January, 2009 at 19:05

  6. Lučka is great. I had an assignment during an interview with her few months ago, at her office and i hardly took any pictures as i listened with my mouth opened…Cool pic otherwise..i would have given her some ice in the other hand to courterbalance the sun…

    Foto Rocker

    7 January, 2009 at 03:14

  7. I did also the picture with snow in one hand and sun in the other, then snow ball eclipsing the sun, but this one was the best. Others were just too complicated. Direct and simple is always the best.

    Borut Peterlin

    7 January, 2009 at 07:24

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