Category Archives: Conceptual

Brace yourself winter is coming – THE GIRL WITH THE BROKEN HEART – BTS Teaser

A few weeks ago we managed to shoot one of my concept shoots which is now in postproduction…
Working on current assignments it will take me a while before I will find time to retouch the final illustrations.

Taking this under consideration, you will see the end piece while we will have a (hopefully) beautiful spring and for a moment I was worried somewhat it is not going to be a relevant…

… but as the great fan of “Game of Thrones” and seeing the 3rd season of the show starting on 31st March I am not worried anymore! Knowing that the theme is similar makes me even a little happy about that.

So brace yourself winter is coming!
But for now I will leave you just with this short Behind The Scenes teaser:

The Girl With The Broken Heart – BTS Teaser:

The concept for the shoot has been ready for a while now, but only recently I felt that this is the right time for it.
I always say that being prepared early and working with excellent team will let you improvise on the day. But location shooting is quite a different game than any studio work and you just can’t predict a lot of things. There are days when the shoot is more like fire fighting to save the day rather than ticking the boxes on your schedule.

Those are the days when a great team and excellent and reliable gear will play an essential part!
More about that in the near future so please watch this space and cheers for watching.

Jaroslav

TGWTBHproject – The AurumLight Team:
Concept & photography – Jaroslav Wieczorkiewicz
Model – Paula Langowska
Hair & MakeUp – Katarzyna Lada
BTS Video/Photo – Rafal Makowski
Location Logistics – Dawid Durniat
Permits: Lukasz Daniewski
Transport: Konrad Mroczynski
Costume desing: Jaroslav Wieczorkiewicz
Costume props: Melina Carranza, Jay Jessop, Karen Helle, Ewa Wieczorkiewicz, Aleksanda Wieczorkiewicz
Assistants: Aleksanda Wieczorkiewicz, Agata Ciesielska, Bartek Rozenski, Joanna Wieczorkiewicz, Ben Prewett, Carl Keane, Pawel Laskowski, Przemyslaw Niedzielski

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MILK Workshops in AUSTRALIA 2013!
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BRISBANE Nov 23-24 2013
MELBOURNE Nov 27-28 2013
SYDNEY Nov 30-Dec 1 2013


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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

Workshops 2013 – What, Where, When…

Hi there,

Thank you for all your emails and questions about our plans for workshops in 2013.
We are pleased that there is so much interest and we would love to visit all the places you’ve mentioned.

We have prepared a series of events and I hope you will find something for you!
For the first half of the year we are going to work in Europe and during the second part we are planning to travel to Australia and USA.

As for the next six months:

MILK WORKSHOPS:

We are very happy to announce a series of the Milk Workshops 2013.
This is a rare opportunity to be part of some amazing image making during the event like no other!

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March – London, UK [only 3 spots left]
May – Frankfurt , Germany
June – Venice, Italy [Details TBC]

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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Get to know how to make a Liquid Illustrations that make people stop and stare at your portfolio!
Learn how to shoot throw MILK and compose all elements in Postproduction!

A 2 Day event that covers studio MILK sessions and intense editing training!
A chance to explore and push the boundary while working with your camera, lighting equipment, models and a team of assistants.

** If you like to know first about our 2013 events please sent us an email to Workshops@AurumLight.com and we will add you to our Newsletter list.


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BEAUTY & FASHION WORKSHOPS:

For the first time AurumLight is teaming up with Oleg Tityaev – New York beauty and fashion photographer and bringing you one of the most comprehensive BEAUTY & FASHION photographic workshop!
Learn how to precisely control your light and make absolutely stunning portraits In-Camera without the need for Photoshop!

These are two separate events and you can find more details here:

18 May – BEAUTY Workshops

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19 May – FASHION Workshops

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For those unfamiliar with Oleg’s amazing portraits, head on over to his website http://www.tityaev.ru/ or check the blog http://olegti.wordpress.com/ for a summary from his last New York workshops.

OK, That is it for the next six months. We will blog about the dates and the venues for Australia and USA trips at a later date when we will confirm all details.
Send us a blank email to Workshops@AurumLight.com with the name of the City to first get a Workshops Newsletter!

Please watch that space.

Cheers
Jaroslav @AurumLight Team


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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

Lighting For Liquid Series – EINSTEIN STRIKES BACK

Hey Guys!

We are almost ready for our AUSTRALIA Milk Workshops 2013 next month, but before the take-off we have a quick test on Lighting For Liquids and a bonus sneak peek into the set of our Bamboo Forest Shoot for The Liquid Series!

In this test we will check that our Einsteins can compete and deliver the same results as a high-end lighting gear…

Some time ago I saw a video featuring Bronco Scoro and Profoto Pro 8 Air called “A Real World Shootout” featuring a test of the flash duration of both systems.

You can find that video here [click].

While watching it I couldn’t help myself thinking…
“… wait a minute, this can be easily done with our 20-times less expensive lights!”

So when we worked on our new Babmboo Forrest Shoot for the Liquid series, I decided to run a quick Video Response to the Real World Shootout using Paul Buff’s Einstein E640.

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The Setup:
We’ve replicated the set and like on the reference video set the camera Phase One P65+ with 110 Shneider lens to f/16.
The Fill light is a bare head bounced from the white board at 1/32power and the Main – 22” Silver beauty dish set to 1/16th

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As expected in that scenario Einstein delivered an action stopping flash duration T0.1 = 1/10410 of a second!
What’s really cool is that all data you might need while freezing the liquid is displayed on a neat LCD screen at the back of the head.

The results are below, and it wasn’t any surprise that Einstein E640 handled the test effortlessly!

50% Crop:

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My conclusion and what I am really trying to say here – is that the test like that shootout doesn’t proof anything and I can hardly find it helpful to justify spending over $12000 for just a pack, especially when you realise that this is an equivalent of 24 Einstein heads …
… Dear God! What a crazy set I could lit with that arsenal !?

And that is a perfect punch line!

Companies with that calibre and expensive equipment should know and do much better than this, always try to push the boundary and come up with unbelievable concepts!
Come on! We need a bigger challenge than that!

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Meanwhile in London…

The Bamboo Forest Shoot for The Liquid Series:


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That is how we roll at AurumLight ;-]

You can see a 1 minute BTS sneak peek video at the end of the above Video Response.
While using massive mods, increasing significantly power level and the distance between the lights and the subject we were still able to get a freezing flash duration.

The Setup:
For that Project we used three Einsteins 640 in 2 Giant Strip Softboxes 200x40cm and 64” Paul Buff PLM – Parabolic Light Modifier.
I seriously love the PLM – it provides such an even and efficient beam of light that you can light your subject from a really far away!
It is also affordable which makes it a must-have for me.
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Lady In Red…


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Credits:
Model: Jay Jessop
Hair & Make-Up: Katrina Betts
Concept & Design: Jaroslav Wieczorkiewicz
Photography: Jaroslav Wieczorkiewicz
Assistants: Ben Prewett, Aleksandra Wieczorkiewicz, Bartek Rzeczkowski

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

USA – Milk Workshop – October 2012

Yes! After months of preparations the trip is finally and officially happening!!

Some time ago I was invited to California by my good friends and awesome filmmakers The Bui Brothers to be a guest presenter and run an edition of our Liquid Workshops!

Since then we have worked together on several projects all over Europe, but for a very long time we couldn’t match our calendars… until now.

Today, everything is fixed, dates and venues are secured and we are going to make a splash on the West Coast!

*** Edit *** As expected the first event Sold-Out almost instantly!
And to meet an overwhelming demand we have decided to organise an additional event:
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16th October – Milky Seminar + Live MilkShoot


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During the hyped 8 hours we will give all our heart and soul and will cover.
You will get to know everything from our workflow from start to finish.

Our Partners
I am very happy to let you know that for this event the IQ180 camera system is provided by PhaseOne, and the Lighting Equipment by PaulCBuff Inc.

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If you would like to join us please book your seat asap to avoid disappointment – First Come First Served!

Agenda:

9:30 – 9:40 Meet & Greet

PANEL 1
9:40 – 11:30 Open with an Overview Presentation:
– Covering “know how”,
– Photo and Lighting gear
– Tools for Milk forms,
– Approach and a deconstruction of the previous images,

11:30 – 11:45 Questions & Answers
11:45 – 11:55 Coffee Break

PANEL 2
12:00 – 13:30 Full Liquid Photoshoot:
– Setting up and principals when working with Liquids,
– How to position your lights and explore how to use three-dimensional lighting effects
– Showing how to get the right results,
– Working with a model and assistants,

13:30 – 13:45 Questions & Answers
13:45 – 13:55 Coffee Break

PANEL 3
14:00 – 17:15 Post-Production Session:
– An overview presentation – explaining approach to the liquid post-process
– Work through the post-production of the taken photographs up to the Final Milky Illustration,
– Get to know recipes, tips and techniques for bringing the whole shoot together.

17:15 – 17:30 Questions & Answers

We will shoot at EVS Studios in North Hollywood, California.

More Information/Enquiries:
> Need more info? Got a question? Please check The Booking Page or drop us a line on email Workshops@AurumLight.com and we’ll get right back to you.

To give you a little teaser of what might happen, please enjoy Jay Jessop in our latest work Jay vs Jay.

More about that piece and BTS material next week.
And now after a very busy week and absolutely smashing Workshop in Frankfurt we are off to Venice to recover and get ready to bring you more awesome stuff!

Please watch that space.

Cheers
Jaroslav @AurumLight Team

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You might also like:

*** 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

THE TRIAL – Calendar UK – Gold Medal – Prix de la Photographie Paris 2012

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WINNER OF PX3, Prix de la Photographie Paris

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We are very happy to announce that our calendar THE TRIAL have been Awarded First Prize – Gold medal in category Advertising at “Prix de la Photographie Paris 2012”.
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The jury selected PX3 2012’s winners from thousands of photography entries from over 85 countries.

The exhibition opens on Tuesday 10th of JULY at Espace Dupont Gallery, Paris.

Many thanks to all those involved!
Jaroslav
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Please check out “THE TRIAL” our conceptual shoot for a trade calendar HERE >>>

For Behind The Scenes video and to see how it was done please click HERE >>>
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ABOUT Px3:
Px3 is juried by top international decision-makers in the photography industry: Carol Johnson, Curator of Photography of Library of Congress, Washington D.C.; Gilles Raynaldy, Director of Purpose, Paris; Viviene Esders, Expert près la Cour d’Appel de Paris; Mark Heflin, Director of American Illustration + American Photography, New York; Sara Rumens, Lifestyle Photo Editor of Grazia Magazine, London; Françoise Paviot, Director of Galerie Françoise Paviot, Paris; Chrisitine Ollier, Art Director of Filles du Calvaire, Paris; Natalie Johnson, Features Editor of Digital Photographer Magazine, London; Natalie Belayche, Director of Visual Delight, Paris; Kenan Aktulun, VP/Creative Director of Digitas, New York; Chiara Mariani, Photo Editor of Corriere della Sera Magazine, Italy; Arnaud Adida, Director of Acte 2 Gallery/Agency, Paris; Jeannette Mariani, Director of 13 Sévigné Gallery, Paris; Bernard Utudjian, Director of Galerie Polaris, Paris; Agnès Voltz, Director of Chambre Avec Vues, Paris; and Alice Gabriner, World Picture Editor of Time Magazine, New York.

Cheers
Jaroslav
www.AurumLight.com
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