Photography is a magical art that allows us to freeze moments in time and evoke emotions through visual storytelling. One such captivating moment was beautifully captured in the photograph titled “My Little Violet” by John Nassari. In this blog piece, John delves into the details behind the lens, exploring the challenges, techniques, and artistry involved in capturing a yacht at sunset in Croatia.
The Challenging Twilight
Twilight photography presents a unique set of challenges, especially when aiming to capture the breathtaking colours of a sunset while maintaining the intricate details of the subject. I embarked on a journey to immortalize a magnificent yacht against the backdrop of a setting sun, creating a scene that would leave viewers in awe.
Crafting the Perfect Shot
To overcome the inherent difficulties posed by twilight photography, I decided to venture out with my team on two tender boats side by side. Armed with two assistants, one on each boat, holding Elinchrom ELB 500 flashes, meticulous planning and precise execution were key to achieving the desired outcome. With a 45.6m boat as the subject, careful positioning and angling of the flashes were necessary to illuminate the yacht’s front side while keeping the surrounding water elegantly subdued.
The Fuji GFX 100s: A Visionary Tool
Every photograph is the result of a careful blend of artistic vision and technical awareness. I opted to use the Fuji GFX 100s, a remarkable camera renowned for its outstanding image quality and versatility. With its powerful sensor and advanced features, this camera allowed for the perfect balance between capturing the warm hues of the sunset and preserving the boat’s intricate details.
Printing on PermaJet FB Gold Silk
The journey from capturing a breathtaking moment to sharing it with the world doesn’t end with the click of a shutter. I understood the importance of choosing the right medium to convey the essence of the scene. Hence, the photograph was printed on PermaJet FB Gold Silk paper, specifically selected for its ability to enhance the warm tones and add a touch of elegance to the image. The golden hues of the sunset, juxtaposed against the pristine white yacht, were further elevated by the unique texture and finish of the paper.
“My Little Violet” is a testament not just to my awareness of light, but to the cameras and papers selected to do it. From the challenges of twilight photography to the delicate balance of lighting, every aspect of this image was carefully orchestrated to create a visual results. Through the use of cutting-edge equipment and meticulous attention to detail, I was able to captured the serene beauty of a yacht against the vibrant canvas of a Croatian sunset. It is an image that leaves a lasting impression for me, not just of the hard work that went on behind the scenes, but knowing what is capable with the camera and paper I used before I started to get the best result.