City portrait #10 – Mladen Palada

Mladen Palada – a parachutist. Owner of many awards and medals and one of the icons of Prijedor sport, member of Prijedor Airclub. He is still active but doesn’t compete anymore. Many interesting stories he has to tell but there is one that can not leave you calm. Back in 1971 he had to perform his first jump after a theoretical part of his parachutist training. Airplane climb to altitude of 800 meters from where every training jump begins. They were performing a hook jump (where parachute is hooked to the airplane and opens instantly after jump). He jumped, and everything he felt was high speed but no absorbing shock when parachute opens. He saw that parachute was not opened right so he detached his main parachute and he opened his reserve. He had just 3 sec. to do that. And it was his FIRST jump. That was the time when death at first jump was common thing.
I was trying for few days to do this portrait but everything came up wrong. From weather to idea and scenario. First, weather was so bad that one could not go outside from a house. Then, I was building some ideas for this portrait and finally I overcomplicated it too much that realization became impossible and too expensive. So I decided to go with Mladen at Prijedor airfield and we will do some simple and clean portraits. When we get there, strong wind starts and instantly, I’ve got an idea to try to open a parachute against the wind. We were trying for several times, but it was impossible to get Mladen at the place I wanted him to be because, parachute was carrying him around airfield. So, I tried to run with him while I was holding my light stand in one hand and camera in other (and that is how picture on the top arise). Suddenly, wind stopped and parachute collapse over me.


And here are few tryouts of opening a parachute

City portrait #9 – Tihomir Ilijašević


Tihomir Ilijašević – artist, painter, director of city gallery, Gallery 96 in Prijedor.
He is also a caricaturist and I asked him to draw himself with light as a contrast to real him. This kind of shooting is based on many tries and many mistakes. This particular picture is taken in 42 seconds and f stop was 8.
My advice to all of you who will try light drawing on your pictures is to have some kind of canvas behind camera (a wall, or blank sheet, or a truck 🙂 ) because it will be much easier to draw when you can see some of light trail.
Here are some tryouts:

City portrait #7 – Slavko Elijaš

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Slavko Elijaš – professor in secondary Electro technical school in Prijedor and head of school’s research section. Together with his students, won numerous awards in Republic of Srpska and abroad. Many of their patents are potential mass production products. Among them are new anti-burglary locking system, water pressure systems, traffic lights smart control and many others.
I noticed great atmosphere while they were working at their class, relaxed but serious.
Here are some links where you can find something more about their work:

On picture, I asked Slavko to hold an apple as he will throw it on a students head. I used it as a symbol of inspiration (Isaac Newton case)that he is giving to his students while provoking their way of thinking.
Many thanks to fourth grade of secondary Electro technical school Prijedor who helped me with this portrait, specially to Dragan and Dražen who provide me with informations about their achievements.

City portraits #5 – Jadranka Rečević

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Jadranka Rečević – local radio station (Radio Prijedor) announcer. I took this photo on Prijedors green market and put Jadranka as she was listening for some local gossip. Symbolically – as she has to be informed about city life.

It was very interesting this morning, while I was waiting for Jadranka to come, wind was so cold and it was rainy and finally when she came I thought, great I’ll warm myself through moving around with my lights and with my camera… but… my bad luck was that everybody knows her and everybody tried to ask her something and in some moment, I lost her there.

It was pretty hard taking pictures there because day was very cloudy with cold rain and market place is very dark place on such day, not to many people outside so I had to find some spot with someone in it. I had to increase my ISO to 500, lower my exposure to 1/30 and aperture was nice at f8. I used one small strobe (Vivitar 285hv) with reflective umbrella.


City portraits #2 Dragoslav Babić


Today, a heavy ugly rain stopped me to shoot what I wanted so I had to find alternative location and alternative concept. On picture is Dragoslav Babić, president of Scuba diving club “Sana”, one of the oldest in BiH. Prijedor is one of few cities in BiH that have scuba diving club, but unfortunately, left to wane.  That suit on Dragoslav is club suit, those air containers (valveless) are in majority among few that function well. Local community doesn’t care about problems that Scuba diving club “Sana” have. Name “Sana” is the same name as river that flows through Prijedor.