City portrait #25 – Srđan Vasić

I don’t know much about Srđan and I met him just a few days ago for the first time. But, there is an interesting story about Srđan and me. While I was working out of my hometown I was traveling by a car. Almost every day I was passing him running next to the main road that is entering the city. And so on… I was thinking for my self… what a fool this guy is (probably some of the international stabilization forces soldier) ’cause he is running through city center and he has all this beautiful nature around the town. Just a few days ago I found out that he is no foreigner and every time I met him in urban part, he was running from the mountain back to his home. And then I also found out that he is a free climber, that traveling by a bicycle for several hundreds of kilometers is no problem for him. And then… I realized… what a fool am I.
Don’t let the prejudice to guide you in your conclusions.

srdjan vasic (3 of 6)

srdjan vasic (4 of 6)

srdjan vasic (2 of 6)

srdjan vasic (6 of 6)

srdjan vasic (5 of 6)

City portrait #24 – Nikola Bogdanović

Nikola is a young graphic designer from Prijedor, BiH, who caught my attention few years ago with his set of lamps that he made out of trash and industry remnants. His work is extraordinary and very creative so I decided to by some of it.
Concerning this portrait, I had a big dilemma how to show his inspiration by light. So… we tried several times but I was not satisfied with the result and finally, yesterday it just hit me and we did it in a few minutes.
Here is the result:
lampaman (1 of 4)

lampaman (2 of 4)

lampaman (3 of 4)

lampaman (4 of 4)

And one of our earlier attempts:
nikola bogdanovic (1 of 1)

Off-camera lighting

Recently, I bought a pair of Vivitar 285HV strobes with pair of Elinchrom Skyport Universal receivers with matching transmitter. Because I’m so “smart”, after I made my order at Adorama camera (U.S), I found some interesting information that Elinchrom Skyports are not compatible with my Vivitars (GLUPANEEE, GLUPANEE…). So… disappointed… trying to find some reasonable solution… BINGO… FlashZebra has matching cables… GREAT!!!… but… guy from FZ told me that my  country postal service (Bosnian postal service) is on the list of most unreliable postal services in the world so he can not guarantee that package will come to me (tell me something I don’t know). So… I risked and I ordered a pair. I’m still waiting.

Other part of a story is that I’m not a patient guy and I want to take some pictures with my new equipment right now. So… again… I google it a bit and on Flickr discussions I found a solution for the problem I have. In short… it is necessary to find a 22nF/400V capacitor and solder it somewhere in a cable circuit. I took a Vivitar connector on one end (original cable that comes with strobe) and solder a capacitor on 3.5 mm jack socket and that’s it (many thanks to my friend Vlado Ličanin who did it for me). It is not pretty but it works. Now I can be cool while waiting FlashZebra cables.

elinchrom skyports + vivitars 285HV
elinchrom + vivitar

Here is an quick testing of everything. Model is my great friend Doni who has been patient to pose to me afer a tennis match.