A blog about Mr. Arena

I'll start and finish off this post with a story about Syl Arena.

Syl Arena is the author of the Speedliter's Handbook's, books about flash photography particularly around the Canon-system of flashes. As a Canon user, it's more or less a Must Buy. So this is not a review about that book, but to link to his site, and to show his pictures which are a work of art. Looking at his site since a long time, as part of my 'curation' of influential photographers in the Links section, it came as a shock to me to learn that Syl has had a brain aneurysm last year. The man who was so active and taught so many people about lighting was suddenly still. Luckily, he is recovering well as I can read from his blog. He made these pictures below:

       Syl Arena, Ela, Chromogenic print, 2016

       Syl Arena, Ela, Chromogenic print, 2016

Thank goodness, he will still make his beautiful work. This particular series is so different than what I'm used to see with Syl, I was intruiged. Beautiful lines, in color and form. Same theme, but not repetative. Please check out his site (click on his name above, of visit the Links section), you can learn a lot from this man and enjoy more of his beautiful works of art. These particular images are made by colored lights, illuminating ordinary ribbons, shot with an vintage analogue 4x5 camera. Inspirational indeed to try this with macro and my digital sensor.

Various images from the 'Colored Ribbons' series, by Syl Arena

Various images from the 'Colored Ribbons' series, by Syl Arena

Seeing these images made my day. I wonder how many lights are used, and how tight or wide the beams were. If I may guess: These are macro shots of tiny ribbons, with gels on flashes in various setups, tight beams by gaffering or just putting multiple little gels on 1 speedlite. I could be totally wrong too you know.

Be healthy, be positive and bring joy to the world.

- Menno