involuntary holi

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Canon EOS-1DX - EF 70-200mm 1:2.8L II IS USM - iso400 - f/2.8 - 1/500 sec - Michael Grobe

Probably the oldest Holi participant I met on the streets of Mumbai today. Looks like her grand kids had fun with dādī or nānī... or she was one of the many, who were involuntarily blessed with colour.

himalayan weaving mill

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Canon EOS-1DX - EF 24-70mm 1:2.8L II USM - iso800 - f/4 - 1/160 sec - Michael Grobe
Model: Mohakk Nanda

Travelling to the Indian lower part of the Himalayas for some business scouting, we found this old building on our way. A quick glimpse through the door revealed this fantastic abandoned weaving mill, covered in layers of dust and spider webs. Obviously we had to shoot there, no way around it. The owner was Ok with it and told us it had been shut down in 1974 and not been used for anything since then other than dropping off some old sofas. The shoot itself was strobist style with a travel kit: a few Canon 600RT flashguns in a Lightware Four Square soft box, radio triggered from the camera.
Definitely want to come back there for a fashion and portrait shoot in the near future. It’s just 1600 km from Mumbai...

last sunset over germany

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Canon EOS-1DX - TS-E 24mm 1:3.5L II - iso1600 - f/4.5 - 1/200 sec - Michael Grobe

Enjoying the last flight over Germany this year, nice aviation weather will be over and I am returning back to India soon, after a quick visit to the city of Angels.

water games

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Canon EOS-1D Mark IV - EF 70-200mm 1:2.8L IS USM - iso3200 - f/4 1/400 sec - Michael Grobe

Sometimes images need time, this one needed two years before it came back to light from the deep corners of a hard drive.

back home

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Canon EOS-1DX - TS-E 24mm 1:3.5L II - iso1600 - f/4 - 25 sec -
manual exposure blending - Michael Grobe

Back home in Germany… enjoying the last clear starry summer nights.

three ladies

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Canon EOS-1DX - EF 70-200mm 1:2.8L II IS USM - iso1600 - f/2.8 - 1/200 sec - Michael Grobe

The three ladies of the playground near our home captured during one of the warm Mumbai evenings while we were shooting for a commercial. That got them interested and I just needed to aim the lens over secretly to catch them. Great when you can switch between shooting video and stills with the same camera and equipment.

soon to be back again

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Canon EOS-1DX: EF 300mm f/2.8L IS USM + 1.4x EF Extender III (420mm)
- iso1600 - f/4 - 1/800 sec - Michael Grobe


Phoenicopterus minor - from October to March the “Lesser Flamingoes” come to Sewri Jetti in Mumbai to breed. In the morning they come around the corner of the jetti in low tide to feed in the mud so early birds can see them there in hundreds in first sunlight like we did last March. I’ll be back for more shooting from October onwards.

dahi handi

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Canon EOS-1DX - EF 70-200mm 1:2.8L II IS USM
- iso4000 - f/2.8 - 1/80 sec - Michael Grobe

Dahi Handi - “making human pyramids to break the hung pot filled with milk, curd, butter, fruits and water” - originally to celebrate the birth of Hindu god Krishna. Very popular in Mumbai and part of the festivities of Krishna Janmashtami. These guys won their pot just a few hours ago in the early evening building a pyramid of 7 layers. On top there are the lighter kids, balancing 12-15m high in the air.

atta chakki

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Canon EOS-1DX - EF 24-70mm 1:2.8L II USM - iso12800 - f/2.8 - 1/200 sec - Michael Grobe


Late night worker in the streets of Mumbai grinding the corn. One of the rather surreal moments in the city that never sleeps, saw this head covered in flour as if on display on the table. Loved the colour contrast and the moment lasted for a few seconds only.
Moments like this are the reason to have a camera with you always ready in your hands, they are not to be missed. The image is a heavy crop that handles the inherent noise very well and shows what can be captured with a modern camera at iso12800 in the middle of the night.

the return

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Canon EOS-1DX - 420mm: EF 300mm f/2.8L IS USM + 1.4x EF Extender III
- iso1600 - f/5.6 - 1/1600 sec - Michael Grobe

Returning for the night after a day of hunting and fighting in the sky. Loved the unusual perspective from high above over the lake and shot this bird late at sunset a few weeks ago, just before leaving India for some business, intensives and holidays. I will return though, soon.

The gear used to create this image:

Canon EOS-1DX: Canon's actual flagship professional camera body with 12fps, full frame 18MP sensor and what seems to be the best autofocus in a DSLR so far. Low light shooting with this body is addictive.

Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS USM: awesome image quality, as-good-as-it-gets, a lifetime investment. Get the updated vII: even sharper, 4 stops of IS and even lighter.

Canon
1.4x EF Extender III: The latest version III is a welcome update to the former, improving image quality including sharpness effectively. Together with the version II telephoto lenses (like the EF 70-200mm f/2.8L II IS USM) autofocus speed is improved also.

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the sharing

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Canon EOS-1DX - EF 70-200mm 1:2.8L II IS USM + 1.4x EF Extender III
- iso25600 - f/4 - 1/125 sec - Michael Grobe

The gear used to create this image:

Canon EOS-1DX: Canon's actual flagship professional camera body with 12fps, full frame 18MP sensor and what seems to be the best autofocus in a DSLR so far. Low light shooting with this body is addictive. The shot above is a heavy crop of an iso 25600 shot at near darkness!

Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L II IS USM: the sharper, better stabilized (up to 4 stops IS) and overall great update to the long time classic. My most used lens.

Canon
1.4x EF Extender III: The latest version III is a welcome update to the former, improving image quality including sharpness effectively. Together with the version II telephoto lenses (like the EF 70-200mm f/2.8L II IS USM) autofocus speed is improved also.

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the king of nowhere

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Sony DSC-RX100 - iso100 - f/5.0 1/60 sec - Michael Grobe

The guy got dangerously close to the edge. At this height a gust of wind could throw you off balance. Just one more of these common occasions, where it is clear that the assessment of risks here is not at the level I am used to.
Captured the shot right out of an office window, Mumbai in the mists in background, with the fabulous
Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100.
This little pocketable camera is now with me almost always, when I can't or won't carry the bigger DSLR gear.

The gear used to create this image:

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100: best pocket camera with professional image quality. Beats everything else at the same small pocketable size.

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light in the jungle

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Canon EOS-1DX - EF 70-200mm 1:2.8L II IS USM + 1.4x EF Extender III
- iso25600 - f/4 - 1/60 sec - Michael Grobe

A farmer's hut in the dark of the jungle. Even here a satellite dish on the roof...
This is a heavy crop of a handheld shot at at 280mm with 1/60 of a sec shutter at ISO 25600 in near darkness, showing how good 4 stops of image stabilization are. The
Canon EOS-1DX recorded ample detail here at the crazy ISO, but this dark version is how I saw and envisioned the shot.

The gear used to create this image:

Canon EOS-1DX: Canon's actual flagship professional camera body with 12fps, full frame 18MP sensor and what seems to be the best autofocus in a DSLR so far. Low light shooting with this body is addictive.

Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L II IS USM: the sharper, better stabilized (up to 4 stops IS) and overall great update to the long time classic. My most used lens.

Canon
1.4x EF Extender III: The latest version III is a welcome update to the former, improving image quality including sharpness effectively. Together with the version II telephoto lenses (like the EF 70-200mm f/2.8L II IS USM) autofocus speed is improved also.

Adobe
Lightroom 4: the best tool for image management and manipulation on Windows and Macintosh.

See my gear pages:
recommended equipment.

life on the lake

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Canon EOS-1DX - EF 300mm f/2.8L IS USM +1.4x III (420mm)
- iso100 - f/8 - 180 sec with long exposure noise reduction - Michael Grobe

Been living near the lake here now for a few weeks, but never saw anybody landing on or leaving these floating huts, wonder what they are used for, even having a satellite dish. Guess I have to investigate a bit. This is also one of my first real shots with the Canon EOS 1DX, that finally arrived in Germany in October after months of waiting and pre-ordering. So far after a couple hundred test shots, it seems the autofocus is outstanding, image quality in low light real good and overall an addictive camera to shoot with. The 12fps sure is...

The gear used to create this image:

Canon EOS-1DX: Canon's actual flagship professional camera body with 12fps, full frame 18MP sensor and what seems to be the best autofocus in a DSLR so far.

Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS USM: awesome image quality, as-good-as-it-gets, a lifetime investment. Get the updated vII: even sharper, 4 stops of IS and even lighter.

Canon
1.4x Ef Extender III: The latest version III is a welcome update to the former, improving image quality including sharpness effectively. Together with the version II telephoto lenses (like the EF 70-200mm f/2.8L II IS USM) autofocus speed is improved also.

Adobe
Lightroom 4: the best tool for image management and manipulation on Windows and Macintosh.

See my gear pages:
recommended equipment.

tire tube fisher

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Canon EOS-1D Mark IV - EF 300mm f/2.8L IS USM +1.4x III (420mm)
- iso3200 - f/8 1/500 sec - Michael Grobe

Getting up early (around 0600) rewards usually with photographic opportunities. One of the few fishermen of Lake Powai in Mumbai, India paddles from net to net in the early morning mist. That lake has a few crocodiles living there, so sitting on a tire with ones legs in the water might show either some bravery or disastrousness...

The 1.3x APS-H sensors are a breed of the past for Canon and most likely discontinued with the advent of the full frame highspeed 1DX. I will keep my 1D MK IV for a while, since that 1.3x factor turns the 300/f2.8 plus 1.4x teleconverter package into an 546mm f/4 equivalent with still gorgeous image quality. Can't wait to shoot the new autofocus of the 1DX though.

The gear used to create this image:

Canon EOS-1D Mark IV: one of the best low light and sports cameras today. I use it for fast and responsive street photography, too.

Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS USM: awesome image quality, as-good-as-it-gets, a lifetime investment.

Adobe
Lightroom 4: the best tool for image management and manipulation on Windows and Macintosh.

See my gear pages:
recommended equipment.

panasonic olympics 2012

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Canon EOS-1D Mark IV - EF 70-200mm 1:2.8L IS USM - iso1600 - f/3.5 1/400 sec - Michael Grobe

A few weeks back I was supervising a commercial for the Olympics 2012 in London with sports legend and 9-time olympic gold medalist Carl Lewis. Due to logistics we shot the stadium plates in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and Carl in a greenscreen studio in L.A., California. The VFX we delivered out of Mumbai, India so a truly multi-national production.

READ MORE...


The gear used to create this image:

Canon EOS-1D Mark IV: one of the best low light and sports cameras today. Canon's best image quality as of early 2012 makes this camera also highly desired for nature and landscape photography. I use it for fast and responsive street photography, too. Superseded now by the 1DX, which still is hard to come by.

Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L II IS USM: the image was shot with the discontinued version I predecessor, get the newer EF 70-200mm f/2.8L II IS USM. The 70-200 is my most used lens delivering great results.

Adobe
Lightroom 4: the best tool for image management and manipulation on Windows and Macintosh.

See my gear pages:
recommended equipment.

hollywood morning : sony cybershot dsc-rx100

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Sony DSC-RX100 - iso125 - f/4.9 1/1250 sec - Michael Grobe

Heading out early morning on Hollywood Blvd to catch the first sunlight. Waited 5 years for this little camera to come out: The
Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100
For the first time a pocketable little camera has image quality to satisfy even demanding professionals. So far I refused to take any point-and-shoot-small-pocket-camera on the road, since the image quality was always so disappointing, that I wouldn't want to shoot with it. This has changed now, the little Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100 shoots RAW with a 20.2MP 1" Exmor CMOS Low-Light Sensor and a Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T Lens.
The files coming off this camera are astounding for it's size and don`t have to hide compared to what I am used to see off a standard DSLR. They hold up very well until ISO 3200, so you can use this little gem for night shooting as well.
All that available in a camera, that really fits into a jeans pocket. Love it. Almost always with me now.

This is the original uncropped image, so the one above is already heavily cropped and a 100% 1:1 pixel crop to show the resolving power of the camera.

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100% 1:1 pixel crop

The gear used to create this image:

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100: best pocket camera with professional image quality. Beats everything else at the same small pocketable size.

Adobe
Lightroom 4: the best tool for image management and manipulation on Windows and Macintosh.

See my gear pages:
recommended equipment.

olympics

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Canon EOS-1D Mark IV - EF 300mm f/2.8L IS USM - iso2000 - f/2.8 1/320 sec - Michael Grobe

The 2012 Olympics in London are over and this athlete has been shot in a stadium in Malaysia instead. There is a relationship between the two though, a commercial, that was shot for the London Games.
While lens flares are often to be avoided (unless you are J.J. A.), I loved it here coming from the nice backlight.
More about the commercial to come soon.

The gear used to create this image:

Canon EOS-1D Mark IV: one of the best low light and sports cameras today. I use it for fast and responsive street photography, too.

Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS USM: awesome image quality, as-good-as-it-gets, a lifetime investment.

Adobe
Lightroom 4: the best tool for image management and manipulation on Windows and Macintosh. Just released the latest version 4 with a few really helpful additions.

See my gear pages:
recommended equipment.

banganga darkness

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Canon EOS-1D Mark IV - EF 70-200mm 1:2.8L IS USM
- iso12800 - f/4 1/40 sec - Michael Grobe

A house entrance around banganga tank, it was shot hand held in almost darkness, the interior of the house only illuminated by the dim shimmer of the TV. Current cameras with low light capabilities up to iso 12800 (and beyond if necessary) together with image stabilization made this possible. A shot like this without a tripod and a long exposure wasn't possible in old film days, when ASA 400 pushed to 800 was grainy and ASA 1600 was "super high speed". Photography has come a long way in digital age. I liked the contrast of blue and orange colors here and the hint of a man sitting behind the door.

The gear used to create this image:

Canon EOS-1D Mark IV: one of the best low light and sports cameras today. Canon's best image quality as of early 2012 makes this camera also highly desired for nature and landscape photography. I use it for fast and responsive street photography, too. Superseded now by the 1DX, which still is hard to come by.

Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L II IS USM: the image was shot with the discontinued version I predecessor, get the newer EF 70-200mm f/2.8L II IS USM. The 70-200 is my most used lens delivering great results.

Adobe
Lightroom 4: the best tool for image management and manipulation on Windows and Macintosh. Just released the latest version 4 with a few really helpful additions.

See my gear pages:
recommended equipment.

banganga tank

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Canon EOS-1D Mark IV - EF 300mm f/2.8L IS USM
- iso5000 - f/2.8 1/160 sec - Michael Grobe

A famous place in Mumbai, seen in many Bollywood movies and a few TV series as well. The Banganga Tank in Malabar Hill, Mumbai. I took this photo well after dusk with the last sunrays reflecting in the water tank, iso5000 and the lens resting on the knees made it possible.
You gotta love India's colors.


The gear used to create this image:

Canon EOS-1D Mark IV: one of the best low light and sports cameras today. I use it for fast and responsive street photography, too.

Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS USM: awesome image quality, as-good-as-it-gets, a lifetime investment.

Adobe
Lightroom 4: the best tool for image management and manipulation on Windows and Macintosh. Just released the latest version 4 with a few really helpful additions.

See my gear pages:
recommended equipment.

huntington summer

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Canon EOS-1D Mark IV - EF 70-200mm 1:2.8L IS USM - iso160 f/4 1/400 sec - Michael Grobe

Back online after another few months of hibernation. Lots happened actually, just not too much time for online activities. Right now preparing a film project in London, L.A. and Mumbai, so I had the chance to meet old friends around the globe and enjoy the all-year-long summer in L.A. last weekend at Huntington Library and it's botanical gardens.

The gear used to create this image:

Canon EOS-1D Mark IV: one of the best low light and sports cameras today. Canon's best image quality as of early 2012 makes this camera also highly desired for nature and landscape photography. I use it for fast and responsive street photography, too. Superseded now by the 1DX, which still is hard to come by.

Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L II IS USM: the image was shot with the discontinued version I predecessor, get the newer EF 70-200mm f/2.8L II IS USM. The 70-200 is my most used lens delivering great results.

See my gear pages:
recommended equipment.

monkey brunch

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Canon EOS-1D Mark IV - EF 300mm f/2.8L IS USM - iso400 - f/6.3 1/640 sec - Michael Grobe

Monkey enjoying potato chips for late sunday brunch near the Kanheri Caves in the Sanjay Gandhi National Park Mumbai, India.
A great place to relax, once you managed to get out of ever busy Mumbai for a while.

The gear used to create this image:

Canon EOS-1D Mark IV: one of the best low light and sports cameras today. Canon's best image quality as of early 2012 (until the 1DX comes along...) makes this camera also highly desired for nature and landscape photography. I use it for fast and responsive street photography, too.

Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS USM: awesome image quality, as-good-as-it-gets, a lifetime investment.

Adobe
Lightroom 4: the best tool for image management and manipulation on Windows and Macintosh. Just released the latest version 4 with a few really helpful additions.

See my gear pages:
recommended equipment.

happy holi

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Canon EOS-1D Mark IV - EF 24-105mm 1:4L IS USM - iso320 f/5.6 1/400 sec - Michael Grobe

The festival of colors again in India. Went out to the beach with a few fellows, which is admittedly quite a tough place to be as a stranger durig that day. Boys can get quite excited about getting you your load of colors...
You definitely want to seal your camera in some watertight plastic bags for shooting.

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Canon EOS-1D Mark IV - EF 24-105mm 1:4L IS USM - iso1250 f/9 1/250 sec - Michael Grobe

The gear used to create this image:

Canon EOS-1D Mark IV: one of the best low light and sports cameras today. Canon's best image quality as of early 2012 (until the 1DX comes along...) makes this camera also highly desired for nature and landscape photography. I use it for fast and responsive street photography, too.

Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM: great all-round zoom lens for all occasions, when one lens on one body is all you want to carry.

Adobe
Lightroom 4: the best tool for image management and manipulation on Windows and Macintosh. Just released the latest version 4 with a few really helpful additions.

See my gear pages:
recommended equipment.