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Alessandra Meniconzi

Nov11

Painting with Canon Camera? Why Not!

By Alessandra Meniconzi, Friday November 11, 2016
Taken on an EOS 5D Mark III with an EF85mm f/1.2L USM lens; the exposure was 1/200sec at f/8; ISO 100. Flash: Fired

Taken on an EOS 5D Mark III with an EF85mm f/1.2L USM lens; the exposure was 1/200sec at f/8; ISO 100. Flash: Fired
© Alessandra Meniconzi

There is a part of Asia which only a few people know about and which is barely possible to locate on maps; an Asia that seems to have emerged from an impressionist painting...

I was inspired by the Dutch Golden Age era, especially from my two favorites painters: Jan Vermeer, the Dutch specialist in incorporating shadow and light. His works do not represent the great mythological and religious scenes but everyday situations with ordinary people with a lot of figurative painters copying from photographs. I wanted to try to do the opposite and try to get images that look like paintings.

The use of light by Vermeer makes his paintings’ protagonists look like still life. In fact, it seems that Vermeer also used the optical device called 'camera obscura' (literally meaning dark room) - a precursor of the modern camera. Maybe it’s for this reason that his paintings’ seductive beauty and impressive realism hit my heart.

Another source of inspiration of me was the most well-known of the classical Dutch painters... the master of light and shadow Rembrandt.

Taken on an EOS 5D Mark III with a EF85mm f/1.2L USM lens; the exposure was 1/25 sec at f/8; ISO 100. Flash: Fired

Taken on an EOS 5D Mark III with a EF85mm f/1.2L USM lens; the exposure was 1/25 sec at f/8; ISO 100. Flash: Fired
© Alessandra Meniconzi

Taken on Canon EOS 5D Mark III with a EF85mm f/1.2L USM lens; 
 the exposure was 1/200sec at f/8; ISO 100. 
 Flash: Fired

Taken on Canon EOS 5D Mark III with a EF85mm f/1.2L USM lens;
the exposure was 1/200sec at f/8; ISO 100.
Flash: Fired
© Alessandra Meniconzi