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AurumLight – 2015 Milk Calendar – SPLASH HEROES – Available for Order

Hey Everyone!

We are very happy to present to you today our Limited Edition of
2015 MILK Calendar – SPLASH HEROES!
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To order Your copy please click [>>HERE]

*** IMPORTANT UPDATE:

We will be on **Christmas break** at AurumLight until the 6th of January.
All new orders will be processed and calendars send out from 7th of January.
Thank you for your understanding!
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Before we go into details I need to acknowledge that we were very moved by your reaction to last year’s calendar “MILKY PINUPS 2014”.
I would like to say thank you to everyone who purchased a copy or shared a kind word!
It means the world to us and makes our work possible!

Milky Pinups was well received and in effect became a national Ad Campaign in USA for Coca Cola’s Fairlife Milk and we couldn’t have been happier about it!

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SPLASH HEROES 2015 – The Concept

This time we wanted to make a very relaxed and colourful series… simply, something really cool!

Since the Milky Bamboo Forest Fight Shoot we knew we wanted to come back to that idea and explore colours in liquids in depth!

We often hear from people that if you have a great idea you should try to get celebrities on set to make it really special…

I remembered that advice soon after the Bamboo Forest shoot when I was giving a seminar in California. Afterwards we met with our producers actor friends in Hollywood and we were visiting their place, we entered a special room with a great display wall full of fantastic action figures.
When he was showing them to us, I saw what passion he had and in that instant moment it was clear to me what we would do for our next project.

And as you probably know… you don’t need celebrities in your work… go for concepts that people are passionate about including these well known!

So this year’s calendar is our personal tribute and a milky parody of the heroes genre!

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The Calendar:

It is my pleasure to introduce you this year’s AurumLight 2015 Milk Calendar, titled SPLASH HEROES, featuring 12 extraordinary Ladies with quite special Liquid powers!

AurumLight – 2015 Milk Calendar – SPLASH HEROES

Please click to enlarge!
Miss January – Brooke Lynette

Miss February – Jay Jessop

Miss March – Iga Wyrwal

Miss April – Vicky Burns

Miss May – Vicky Burns

Miss June – Jay Jessop

Miss July – Tamar Leek

Miss August – Dora Marble

Miss September – Kate Austin

Miss October – Bellalatina Vivo

Miss November – Gilda Palas

Miss December – Jay Jessop

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HOW TO ORDER / PRICE:

To order Your copy please click [>>HERE]

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The Calendar can be ordered directly via email  – info@AurumLight.com

It’s bigger than last year’s calendar – it is a B3 size (~ 480mm x 330mm)
A Limited edition – All Calendars are numbered and signed!

…and a single copy costs the same as last year £39.99 + Shipping cost anywhere in the world.

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HOW WAS IT DONE:

This project was photographed over 5 intensive shooting days .
As usual it was very messy, especially with different colours.
Milk was coloured with pigments and food colourisers to match the concepts.
The biggest challenge was to accomplish a specific shapes for the illustrations.

In terms of the Gear:
We were shooting on three different cameras: Nikon D800, Phase One IQ280, Phase One IQ240
Mounted on my favourite Manfrotto tripod platform.
Lighting, modifiers and other bits can be seen in the short behind the scenes video below with the full animated lighting diagram!

SplashHeroes 2015 – Lighting Diagram and Setup:

… for the Shape:


… and for the Colour:

And if you would like to see some of the Milky action… here is the full Behind the scene video from one of the shooting days done for German TV PRO7 – Galileo Show.

THE SHOOT – SPLASH HEROES 2015 – Behind the Scenes

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The whole project was possible thanks to great effort of the whole AurumLight Team and our fantastic models!

AurumLight Team:
Concept / Photography / Postproduction – Jaroslav Wieczorkiewicz,
Models: Jay Jessop, Iga Wyrwal, Gilda Palas, VickyB Model, Kate Austin, Tamar Leek, Brooke Lynette, Dora Marble
MUA & Hair Stylist: Katrina Betts, Pia Ruud
Brock McFadzean – Colour Grading
Aleksandra Wieczorkiewicz
Ben Prewett
Carl Keane
Jochen Lauffer
Tim Denis
Bjoern Witczak

Leather Mask Design: Ali O’Brien Designs

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[USA – Splash TOUR 2015 – Milk Workshops]

Last but not least!

Great news for our friends on the other side of the pond!
We will be touring USA around June 2015.
We are currently working on details and number of towns.

If you would like to receive an email with more info – please send us a message to Workshops@AurumLight.com

The registration page will be up and running in two weeks – on 15th December 2014

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AurumLight – 2015 Milk Calendar – SPLASH HEROES

HOW TO ORDER / PRICE:

To order Your copy please click [>>HERE]

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The Calendar can be ordered directly via email  – info@AurumLight.com

It’s bigger than last year’s calendar – it is a B3 size (~ 480mm x 330mm)
A Limited edition – All Calendars are numbered and signed!

…and a single copy costs the same as last year £39.99 + Shipping cost anywhere in the world.

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Manfrotto School of Xcellence – The Milk Workshop in Italy!

I am honoured and very pleased to announce that I will be a tutor for Manfrotto School of Xcellence!
Joining such an awesomely creative crowd and be somewhere in-between Joe McNally and Drew Gardner, is something really great.

For the first instalment we will bring – The Milk Workshop – followed by a few different events, but about that in the near future!

We will run this unique workshop for the very first time in Italy.
8-9th June in the picturesque scenery of Bassano del Grappa and I am happy to invite anyone interested in having a hugely fun time, creating amazing images.

All the information and the booking info here:
Manfrotto School of Xcellence – The Milk Workshop [Link]

If you need anymore info? Got a question? Please drop us a line on the email workshops@aurumlight.com and we’ll get right back to you.

Cheers
Jaroslav

*** Workshops ***

MILK Workshops in AUSTRALIA 2013!
Book your place now, here: >>>BOOKING PAGE

BRISBANE Nov 23-24 2013
MELBOURNE Nov 27-28 2013
SYDNEY Nov 30-Dec 1 2013


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My best regards
Jaroslav

…a splashing time! Milk Workshop – London 2013

The first MILK WORKSHOP from our AurumLight 2013 Tour passed in a fantastic atmosphere and we had a really splashing time!

What was a really special to us – It was the first workshop where we have had more people from abroad than local, UK photographers!
We were absolutely impressed by quite a few epic journeys, our participants travelled from all over the world – United States, Puerto Rico, Cyprus, Malta, Romania, Denmark, Spain, France!
And we are grateful to every single one of them!

We had a great time with such an interesting and creative crowd, working on some very cool and unique Liquid concepts!
The final photographs will follow very soon.

I would like to especially thank to sensational models Ella and Raphaella for their amazing effort and to the always brilliant Jay Jessop for awesome hair and Make-Up!

Next stop…
MILK Workshops 2014!
Book your place now, here: >>>BOOKING PAGE

5-6 April 2014 – London, United Kingdom
17-18 May 2014 – Frankfurt, Germany
See you Guys there.

Jaroslav
AurumLight Team

Behind the scene photographs: Ben Prewett

MILK Workshops 2014!
Book your place now, here: >>>BOOKING PAGE

5-6 April 2014 – London, United Kingdom
17-18 May 2014 – Frankfurt, Germany


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My best regards
Jaroslav

Find What You Love… and Let It Kill You!

Recently I was invited to an opening of a fashion designers boutique here in London where I met a lot of cool and interesting people.
During the event I was asked by the owner “what is your photographic bread and butter?”.

When I answered that it is an architectural photography he wasn’t surprised, he knew already that by profession I am an architect but he was a little confused because he couldn’t find these pictures on my website…

I respond quickly but I felt that it is more complex than just a one liner…

My Website and especially this Blog was created to share stuff that I love to do!
Stuff that makes me go an extra mile but the most of all that are completely mine…

Architectural photography is a really interesting area to work in. But it is an interaction with the other people that brought me to this industry.
Buildings do not appreciate your efforts, it is going to be in the same place tomorrow if the weather is not to your liking.
When working with people you need to have a people skills, the day is less predictable but to me a way more exciting. The bigger the team the more thrilling it is.

Another thing and crucial to me is how you feel about it… can you really say about an architectural photography “my work”?
As far I am concerned, I am struggling with that.

Yes you will pick the angle, wait for a perfect light and in the right moment to press the shutter.
But when I do that I can’t stop thinking about an enormous effort from many people involved in making this building rise from the ground.
A lot of people actually, starting from the client through architects, engineers, planners, contractors and many builders. And all of them were considering location, light conditions and appearance of the structure often years before you even had a thing to photograph.

Than I am showing up on a sunny day… snap… job done.
And even though I have many publications in Mags and books this is why I can’t get a lot of satisfaction from that particular work.
Same with events, I am a control freak and it would just drives me mad that I could be just a fly on the wall. It is just not for me.

This is why you rarely have a chance to see “my regular work” here.

I prefer to talk about my conceptual photography. The projects that are truly mine.
After it pops into my head or heart I will do all I can to make some of these ideas happen!

Sometimes it takes to do all from scratch – story line, costumes, location scouting, casting models. But the more effort it cost, the more rewarding it is!

This year we have a few really great gigs like that! And you can be sure that I will share them with you here.

But how to do that. How to balance such demanding ventures while working on regular stuff to pay your bills?
It is quite simple really, one of many solutions is to give up on sleeping!

You just need to find what your love, focus on that and let it kill you! It feels great, you will see!

In fact this will be a subject of my up and coming Seminar in London on the 7th of March.
If you are around I hope I will see you there. You can find more details here.

Cheers
Jaroslav @AurumLight Team

So here we are 2013!

That last twelve months went like a blast. So many things has happened, so many old and new faces we have met!
It was a really good year!

But it wasn’t an easy one, by no means.

My wife always says that there is a lot of technical info but not much of personal bits.
So there you go…

Whatever your goals are, I always say that it is the route and the way how you are handling the stuff you are force to face, the most important thing.
In that pursuit for success you can easily loose the balance. I know because it happened to me before…

From all the feelings, I am most of all grateful for the past 12 months.

I am grateful for every single visit from almost half a million so far on this blog!
Cheers Guys! That makes writing these post so worthwhile.

Photography took us to so many places like Australia, USA and Europe – we have met new and caught up with old friends. I am so grateful for that!

Some of you noticed that during the first half of the year the blog was more quiet than usual.
Like everyone else I experienced great high and low moments and they all matters.

First from two most significant to me was that after 12 years of being with my beloved Ola, we finally got married.
We were blessed with a beautiful day full of love from our family and friends.
It was really worth the wait!

Second was watching my mother’s inspiring battle with cancer. It wasn’t and still it is not easy for her, but witnessing her humble and optimistic approach in facing every single day is something that will stay with me for life. I am really proud of my mom!

Staying positive and full of love and passion in the toughest times is probably the greatest legacy that you could inherit.

I feel enormously empowered by this year events, and I am focused like never before. We have grand plans and amazing concepts ready to make reality.

There shouldn’t be anything that can stop you from making your dreams come true. Just go for it!
And this year is going to be all about just that!

Once again, Thank You for reading it means a lot to us!

All the best for 2013!

Jaroslav

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I put a Spell On You! …Mixed Lighting Setup

Today I will give you an insight to our up and coming project, called “Girl With The Broken Heart” which I am really excited about.

It is one of these cases when despite advanced prep work, the whole venture had to be put on hold…
The Storeyboard and other drafted elements were sitting in the drawer for over two years, but today we are up and running.
And it looks like nothing can stop us!

So what is happening with the project at the moment?
Well… “Girl With The Broken Heart” is a Fantasy tale about an aching girl with a mysterious wizardry ancestors…
The girl possess powers she is not aware of and one of them is ability to harness the fire…

I think you are getting the picture, so let’s get back to photography!

Our goal is to achieve the fiery effect, without use of Photoshop and without the need of exposing our model to the real flames.
To endow our witch with flames I came up with alternative version of the costume.
I thought that feathers could successfully mimic a fire…

… it took me over 8hours to put this headpiece together. Taking under consideration that every single feather was glued individually I am happy with that mock-up.


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To achieve a mentioned effect I decided to use a mixed lighting technique, where we will use a fast flash duration – for freezing the subject – with a modelling light as a continuous light source to burn the movement.
To complement the scene we used a photographic gel.

Here is a short video from the test shoot:

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This technique has a really exciting potential! You can apply this effect to many different photography genres, like sports or bridal.

Knowing the basics on how to match the colour of your light sources i.e. flash – close to daylight white balance and continuous – tungsten is essential.
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You can do that very precisely by using right correction gel from online colour charts:

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To capture a burning light trail effect you need to take two more factors under consideration:
– a long exposure
– and movement

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During over one second exposure, using for left rim light a continuous warm modelling light hitting models head and back, you can ask the model to move or just shake the camera…

You will need a few takes to get used to, but try to experiment because it is well worth the effort!

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We will keep you posted about this and other projects, and hopefully soon we will set a date for the actual shooting day!

All the best
Jaroslav

*** Workshops ***

MILK Workshops in AUSTRALIA 2013!
Book your place now, here: >>>BOOKING PAGE

BRISBANE Nov 23-24 2013
MELBOURNE Nov 27-28 2013
SYDNEY Nov 30-Dec 1 2013


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My best regards
Jaroslav

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