BENCE MATE

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Ice Cold Wings

"The photos were taken in Hungary, in the Kiskunsag National Park, from a special underwater hide. This shooting was preceded by a 2-year-long preparation what the selection of the scene, building and developing the hide are concerned.
My goal was to take pictures reflecting winter atmosphere, so I spent 20 days in the hide when finally it started to snow for the first time. I have not managed to take such good scenes for 9 years.

"Apart from its technical qualities, Panasonic LUMIX GH4 can be used in a multifunctional way by both videographers and photographers. Its park of objective covering 7-300mm enables us a wide range of utilization. (Due to the small sensor, this corresponds to 14-600mm.) As a photographer I found it extremely exciting that while shooting pictures I was able to take moving shots of unbelievably good resolution. Concerning the settings, I prefer the Custom Multi AF which is a landmark in photo technology."

BIOGRAPHY

On the strength of his achievements at the international competition 'BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year' Bence Mate has been the most successful competitor in the past 49 years.
In 2010 he was the youngest ever to be chosen the Wildlife Photographer of the Year by the BBC. In the same year it was published the English translation of his book, 'The Invisible Wildlife Photographer', sponsored by Panasonic. The book gives us an insight into the secrets of wildlife photography.
Since 2006 he has been testing Panasonic's latest cameras in extreme conditions, in several remote parts of the world, like Costa Rica, Brazil, Norway, Hungary, or Africa.
At the moment he works as a freelance action-photographer, and he runs wildlife photo tours to his special hides equipped with one-way glass, where birds can be observed at any time of the day without being disturbed.

For more creation of Bence, please visit www.matebence.hu

DANIEL BEREHULAK

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Documenting the Samburu

"I travelled to the remote scrublands of Northern Kenya to photograph the culture and rituals of the Samburu tribe. The Samburu, a proud warrior-race of nomadic pastoralists, herd goats, cattle and camels and occasionally keep donkeys as beasts of burden. Traditionally the men tend to the cattle, moving them to different grazing areas every 6-8 weeks, and are also responsible for the safety of the tribe. As warriors, they defend the tribe from attack from both man and animal. They also venture out on raids in an attempt to acquire cattle from rival Samburu clans.They have a strong connection with nature and have intimate knowledge of the wildlife, flora and fauna in the area. Having a strong oral tradition, all these customs and history are passed down from generation to generation, through stories and riddles. I wanted to document the details of their rich culture all of which is under threat of globalization and encroachment onto their lands. Spending the short time that I had with the Samburu was a magical experience that I will never forget, having been able to witness many rituals, and capture the color and beauty of their timeless culture."

"My impressions of thePanasonic LUMIX GH4 camera were as follows: There were many features that made it easier and possible to capture many great moments covering the Samburu tribe in Northern Kenya. One advantage that we all know of the Micro Four Thirds system, is its weight and size which was a pleasure to work with. Being able to work closely with people and discreetly by not having a large intimidating camera was a large advantage. Also with its Silent Mode this only aided in being able to work respectfully when needed in confined areas close to people. Having a high speed frame rate, up to 12 frames a second, made it possible to capture great action and show the dynamic athleticism of the Samburu warriors.
The nature of the dry and dusty environment of the Northern Kenyan scrublands would be a challenge to any camera system; having a camera with strong weather sealing made it possible to focus on the job at hand and not worry about the equipment at all. I was able to get some unique angles, close to the dusty ground, using the flexible flip-out rear monitor in order to compose the image while shooting. The file quality is excellent and being able to shoot until last light, I pushed the camera to ISO 4000 which recorded little noise and produced a quality image."

BIOGRAPHY

Daniel Berehulak is an award-winning photojournalist based in New Delhi, India.
A native of Sydney, Australia, Daniel has visited over 40 countries covering history-shaping events including the Iraq war, the trial of Saddam Hussein, child labour in India, Nelson Mandela's funeral, Afghanistan elections and the return of Benazir Bhutto to Pakistan, and documented people coping with the aftermath of the Japan Tsunami and the Chernobyl disaster.
His coverage of the 2010 Pakistan floods was recognized with a Pulitzer Prize nomination, one of several honours his photography has earned including three World Press Photo awards and the prestigious John Faber award from the Overseas Press Club.
After graduating from university his career as a photographer started humbly: shooting sports matches for a guy who ran his business from his garage. In 2002 he started freelancing with Getty Images in Sydney.
From 2005 to 2009, Daniel was based in London as a staff photographer with Getty Images. He then shifted to New Delhi to advance Getty's news coverage of the Indian subcontinent with a focus on the social and political instability of Pakistan and its neighbours.
As of July 2013, Daniel joined Reportage by Getty Images as a key represented photographer, to focus on a combination of long-term personal projects, breaking news, and client assignments.
He is a regular contributor to The New York Times, TIME Magazine and Der Spiegel, and his work appears in newspapers worldwide.

TAKEHITO MIYATAKE

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The Land of South Kyushu - Where Fire and Water Gush Out

"I've been enchanted by one of the active volcanos in Japan "Sakurajima" that shows us the sign of life of our mother planet through its dynamic eruptions. I captured the eruptive activities together with the special kind of sceneries formed with magma and a gush of water."

"The Panasonic LUMIX GH4 realizes comfortable operation - such as Touch AF that can set focus point immediately or AF area magnification for finer adjustment. The splash/dust-proof body withstand shooting even in volcanic ash, vapor of volcanic gas or splash from a waterfall, allowing me to concentrate on photography"

BIOGRAPHY

Born in Osaka, Japan in 1966, Takehito Miyakae grew up in Tokushima.
He had been photographing "water - the essence of life" for his main subject. In 2009, he was fascinated by the red fire of the erupting volcano "Sakurajima" and released a collection book "Sakurajima - the Living Earth". Since then, he has been photographing the mystic landscapes with "fire" and "water" created by magma from active volcanos - not only Sakurajima but also other volcanically-active mountains throughout Japan.

MASUMI TAKAHASHI

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The Frigid Winter of Biei / Furano

"This year, the winter in Hokkaido was frigid at the temperature plunging to 30 degrees below zero. The colder it gets, the more the sights turns into blue at the dawn of sunny day  I just captured the clear blueness."
"Mobility of the camera matters in landscape photography. I need a reliable tool to be a part of myself to freeze the spur-of-the-moment to express what I feel. The LUMIX GH4 is compact and lightweight enough. The flexible potential of the camera allows me to express my intention, making it possible to give my full attention to the scenery in front of me."

BIOGRAPHY

Born in 1959 in Hokkaido, Japan. He started photography mainly of mountain sceneries in Hokkaido in his undergraduate days. He has been portraying the natural landscapes such as those of Biei,/Furano field with his unique sensibility.
He also writes a lot of books on photography.

TAKESHI FUKAZAWA

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The Blessings of Kuroshio Current -Yaeyama Islands, Okinawa-

"I fully enjoyed the blue ocean that Yaeyama is famous for and the dynamic lights in the morning and evening during the spell of sunny weather. I felt the ocean showed me various colors reflected not by the strong summer sunlight but by the soft, winter sunlight. I shot wide-ranging subject from little mushrooms to the starry sky over the head utilizing the high mobility of Panasonic LUMIX GH4. I was impressed so much by that I felt the presence of Iriomote wild cat (an endangered species) and to capture the Southern Cross, both for the first time in my life. Yaetama stays attractive by offering new experience and sensation whenever I visit there."

"I was using Panasonic LUMIX GH3 and was accustomed to its operation and design, which let me set myself to GH4 with no hesitation. I feel that the color reproduction is greatly improved while high resolution and high sensitivity are well succeeded from the GH3. I was impressed by its descriptive performance when I saw the transparent color of ocean with stunning clarity. Meanwhile, the GH4 captures the fresh landscape of forests with crisp green. I like the "Scenery" setting in Photo Style that vividly reproduces the color seen with my eyes."

BIOGRAPHY

Born in 1974, Takeshi Fukazawa started photographing landscapes during his college years attending Tokyo University of Science.
Now he is based in Shinshu Northern Alps and expanding his career by shooting native flora and fauna together with landscapes in Yaeyama Island Chain, Okinawa, Japan.
He has written a lot of reference book on photography while holding exhibitions at major galleries.

-Member of Japan Professional Photographers Society

BRYAN HARVEY

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"Light of the Yucatan" behind-the-scenes

"I chose the Yucatan/Mexico for this project because of its vibrant color palate - the intense turquoise blues of the Caribbean, juxtaposed with the whitest sand, and most vivid green jungle...and of course who could pass up the pink flamingos. I had visited the Yucatan as a small boy in the 1970's, accompanying my father on photographic assignment for National Geographic. It was my first time out of the country and an amazing adventure for a seven year old. Back then there were no fences, no tour buses - just the Mayan temples rising out of the jungle, and we had all to ourselves. It was great to revisit the Maya sites for this project (nearly 40 years later), and we were able to arrange filming for a few hours while the park was still closed to the public. It definitely took me back to my childhood and it was a very powerful feeling to be alone amongst these sacred sites."

"The 4K image detail captured with the new Panasonic LUMIX GH4 is impressive. If a project calls for a small form factor camera shooting in 4K, the GH4 would be a great choice."

BIOGRAPHY

Born in 1967, American.
Bryan Harvey is an award-winning commercial and documentary director of photography. Son of a world-renowned Magnum photographer, Harvey grew up immersed in the world of fine art photography, inspired by the works of Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Capa, and other masters. His early career began at National Geographic where he wrote, directed, photographed, and edited over 20 films for the landmark television series, National Geographic Explorer.
Today Harvey has focused his work on creating ground-breaking imagery using the latest cutting edge photographic tools. He's highly sought after for his keen photographic eye, his ability to elevate the story through stunning cinematography, and the dedication he brings to each project.  Recent work includes specialty photography on "Belief, "an epic eight-hour documentary series that looks at the personal nature of belief, religion, and spirituality around the world (to be released in 2015). When Bryan is not shooting in some far-flung location, he can be found on his beloved Outer Banks chasing the light, wind, and waves with equal passion.

For more creation of Bryan, please visit www.BryanHarveyFilms.com

WILLIAM INNES

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"Videography of Wedding in 4K" behind-the-scenes

"California has a rich tradition of outdoor wedding ceremonies. We looked for a venue that would offer a multitude of locations  both indoor and outdoor, while still having the Southern California feel. With wrought iron gates, cobblestone paths, flower covered arbors and a private lake  it was effortless to portray a dream wedding with a beautiful bride and her groom. This Inn venue also provided some typical California weather  slightly overcast. It's like a shooting with a large soft-box outside and it created amazing window light for our indoor portrait session."
"My first impression of the LUMIX GH4 was how comfortable it was to hold and work with. It felt perfect in my hands. The smaller size and weight is great for wedding photographers that work 10-hour plus days. Other features like shooting speed 12 FPS and great low light capabilities make it a perfect tool for my line of work. Last when I combined the GH4 with the Leica DG Nocticron 42.5/F1.2 lens I was totally in awe! It captured absolutely stunning portraits of the bride and groom."

BIOGRAPHY

After an exciting career running aerospace companies and a keen interest in all things photography related - a fluke request by his nephew to photograph his wedding propelled William into an industry he continues to be passionate about today. William has been photographing weddings fulltime for over 8 years.
He applies many of the "best practices" from his aerospace experience to his photography business.
"To be a good wedding photographer, you need to be well versed in all kinds of photography - portrait, landscape, action, product. You also need to work well under pressure".
William has written for ShootSmarter.com, appeared on Friday Photo School, presented workshops including WPPI and speaks wherever photographers are gathered. He is a member of WPPI and PPA. William is a member of Panasonic's Lumix Luminary team.
William works and lives in Santa Clarita, California with his wife. His favorite wedding venue in Southern California is the one he's about to shoot at. When not photographing weddings, Williams other passion is traveling the world and capturing beautiful images.
Website: www.innesphotography.com
Blog: www.williaminnes.com

SCOTT RHEA

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"Dalia's Dream" behind-the-scenes

"I chose to create Dalia's dream as a short narrative film because I liked the over all theme of pursuing a dream and it offered a broad palette for using the camera in a variety of locations. By default, my background shooting fashion always leads to color and movement and I work a lot with ballerinas in my fine art work so the story came natural. We shot throughout a number of urban environments and were fortunate enough to get a day in at the historic Los Angeles Theatre with world class principle dancers from the Los Angeles Ballet which could not have been a better combination. The dynamics of the 4K image and the overall function of the GH4 set a new standard for shooting DSLR - This camera rocks!"
"Shooting with the GH4 was nothing short amazing as the 4k image that the camera produces rivals that of cameras costing exponentially more. The size, weight, and functionality of this camera were extremely well engineered and both user friendly to photographers of all skill levels. I found the touch screen interactivity to be faster and more accessible than previous working conventions and the focus confirmation feature something that sets this camera apart from others. Variable frame rate options, low light capability, and stellar image quality make this camera an extreme value and has just taken first position in my camera bag."

BIOGRAPHY

Artistic exploration has been the driving force throughout Scott's life. Initially through music which became a primary source of income from age 15-21, then visually through photography. Scott first became serious about photography in Middle school while working in his uncle's camera store in Mississippi during the summer. The camera quickly became a constant companion and tool for exploring an alternative way of looking at the world.
Early aspirations of designing fashion combined with photography gave way to a career shooting fashion and Scott has since lived and worked in Europe and the U.S. shooting Advertising campaigns and Editorials. As of 2008, much of his attention and energy has shifted to Directing commercials and music videos along with promoting his fine art still imagery.
Scott's most recent personal still photography project is an underwater series entitled "An Inevitable Consequence" which was inspired by the events of Hurricane Katrina. The collection explores themes of cause and affect and features some technically and visually challenging ideas that are delivered through the portal of a dreamlike visual state. Scott has also been commissioned for a number of interactive fine art installations and is in the process of concepting a large nomadic interactive show using cutting edge technologies in the visual and projection industry.

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