06 Photography

Rainer Schultz & Roy Metzdorf / Portrait

Rainer Schultz by Martin Bennett

Commissioned by the FT to photograph restauranteur’s Rainer Schultz and Roy Metzdorf at Rainers cosy restaurant Kurpfalz-Weinstube, for an article in the weekend edition of the FT. Both  restaurateurs are hosting dinners to mark significant landmarks in their respective histories. On May 31st , Rainer Schulz will celebrate the 75th anniversary of Kurpfalz-Weinstuben in the west of the city. In the north-east, Roy Metzdorf will host a party for the 70th birthday of his father Dieter, who inspired him to open his restaurant, Weinstein, in 1993. Both were remarkably welcoming and charming. I can thoroughly recommend a visit to sample hearty German cuisine at its best.

Shooting on the Canon 5D mk II with the 24-70mm f2.8L lens and the 85mm F1.2 L. All the images were shot using a balance between available practical light and two flash heads one with CTO to match the ambient colour temperature the other was boomed and set up as daylight. The post production was realised with Adobe Lightroom. The article will be published today – Saturday 8th of May. You can read the full article here.

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Architectural details

Commissioned by Wir-design for their latest campaign, to photograph architectural elements in a graphic manner. Without the buildings and places being recognisable as any one place or city for their client Hi-Solutions was my brief for this location shoot. Shooting on the Canon 5D with the 24-70mm f2.8L lens predominately at the wide end of the lens at focal lengths between 24mm and 30mm. All the images were shot using available light. The post production was achieved with a combination of Lightroom and Photoshop CS4.


The whole series has now been uploaded to the Gallery or you can see them by clicking on the photo above or the link below.

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Foxy – Stills shoot

I was commissioned by Biscuit TV (London) to shoot a stills campaign to go along side the new TVC for Foxy Bingo. The shoot took place in Malorca, Spain. I packed for warm weather but grabbed a waterproof on the way out just in case… All I can say is that the jacket came in very handy! we had beautiful weather on the recce day but for the two shoot days we had torrential rain. The rain didn’t dampen the mood it just meant things changed a little. The TVC was locally produced by Orange Valley Productions who had assembled a great crew who provided for both the stills and the TVC shoots.

There were a range of setups that included improvised studio setups, lighting with tungsten and HMI. As well as shooting on set with available light. Shooting on the Canon 5D mkII with the 24-70mm f2.8L lens and the beautiful 85mm f1.2 L lens for the portraits and full length shots.

The above images are straight out of the camera. The portraits were always meant to be cut outs so when the post production is a step further on I’ll upload the results.

Exhibition / A portrait of Wiepersdorf

A portraits of Wiepersdorf, photography by Martin Bennett

I am very pleased to announce that I’ve had a successful launch of a selection of my work entitled ‘a portrait of Wiepersdorf’. The preview exhibition was held at Schloss Wiepersdorf as part of the ‘Summer Festival’ or ‘Sommerfest’ on Sunday the 19th of July 2009. The preview gave the assembled artrists, invited guests and local people photographed for the series a chance to view the finished photographs as a collection.

Click here to see a teaser of some of the photographs from the series.

You can see more photos from this project on my web site portfolio under ‘Villagers’ and ‘The Village’.

Villagers / portraits

Portraits of the residents of Wiepersdorf, photography by Martin Bennett

“Villagers” is portrait of the inhabitants of a small village one and a half hours outside of Berlin.

To accompany the landscape photography that I shot on a previous trip to Wiepersdorf, I returned to photograph the people that live in this perfect little rural village nestled at the foot of ‘Schloss Wiepersdorf’. The aim being to portrait the people in a very natural way against the colourful textured backdrop of the landscape in which they live and work.

This is an on going project that I hope to contribute to over the coming months.

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Jacob Kowalski / portrait

Jacob Kowalski, photography by Martin Bennett

Portrait of author Jacob Kowalski.

Photographed on location in one of the bedrooms of an old German castle or Schloss. I had been in the room on a previous occasion and had noticed the daylight streaming through the window. However when it came to the shoot the sun was in a different position so I used flash to replicate the atmosphere. I was aiming at something akin to the classical tradition after Vermeer

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Soenke Hollstein / portrait

Soenke Hollstein, photography by Martin Bennett

Portrait of illustrator Soenke Hollstein. Photographed on location using a mix of flash, monbloc (Bowens Esprit)  small flash (Nikon SB-800) and ambient tungsten lighting. Gels were used on the small flash to keep the natural warmth of the ambient lighting

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Saving Private Ryan’s Number

Eliot & Dresden, photography by Martin Bennett

The first photographs of Mr Dresden & Mr Eliot from the Orange Film Studios photo shoot are now online. You can find the photos by clicking on Saving Private Ryan’s Number in the film strip navigation at the bottom of the web page.

Both actors were lit dramatically against a neutral backdrop in order that they could be cut out, and then montaged into the web design by Poke London.

More photos of Eliot & Dresden will follow over the coming weeks as the new commercials are unveiled.

UPDATE: 11/08/09

More photos are now online. Click on the photo above to see some screen shots or go to the Orange Film Studios web site to see more.

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Matthias Anegg / portrait

Matthias Anegg, photography by Martin Bennett

Portrait of architect and designer Matthias Anegg
Photographed in the studio using a combination of  6 flash monolight heads, silver reflectors, black flags and polly boards to control the light. The modifiers used were strip light softboxes, standard reflectors and a beauty dish

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A short trip to Ireland

Joyce Country, photography by Martin Bennett

Whilst on a short trip to Ireland, for St Patrick’s day celebrations, I took the opportunity to shoot some  landscape photography. These examples were taken in the beautiful counties of  Clare & Galway.

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