Side by side: Nikon D5000 and Nikon D90

Side by side, Nikon D5000 and Nikon D90 from Mike Kobal on Vimeo.
I did a very quick comparison of the Nikon D5000 and the Nikon D90, in case you are curious about the lens, it is the composer from lensbaby. If you are wondering how they compare in weight, size, buffer, shutter sound and LCD quality,side by side, check it out. Hopefully this clip will provide some useful information to those of you who cannot make it to the local store to handle both cameras. If you find this information helpful, please consider helping me maintaining this blog by purchasing your gear through my product links to B&H. It will cost you nothing and allows me to keep adding! Thank you.

Snapshots in the afternoon

Snapshots in the Afternoon from Mike Kobal on Vimeo.
So my friend Lee Greene calls me up and says:”I just cut my hair. Can you take some pictures of me?” Sure, and we did. A very relaxed and fun photo session in the afternoon. We shot in Lee’s apartment and on the fire escape. Note: The cigarettes are for effect only and we encourage everyone to stay away from it. In case you don’t know, smoking is bad for you. Okay?
All Photos and Video clips were shot with the Nikon D90. 17-35mm, 75-150mm, LensBaby 3G. Editing Software: FCP, Music: Fiona Apple, Paper bag.

The wild bunch

The wild bunch from Mike Kobal on Vimeo.

The theme was “street” and the temperature 28 degrees. Another photo shoot for Soma magazine.
It was a hectic shoot, we practiced the poses inside, then ran outside, turned blue, executed, the models cursed at the temperature, I apologized for the temperature, then ran back inside. To make things worse, the heat in my building was off. Hot tea worked for about two shots. At the end of the day we had 10 pages and a bunch of video clips. Luckily, the assignment was B/W! No way we could have shot in those conditions and expected pleasant skin tones.To see the photo story, click here, Street issue.Nikon D90 with 17-35mm on a Davis&Sanford tripod with Fluid Head FM 18.2, PP, FCP. Music: David Holmes – Gone – (K&D Session).

Inspired by Jean Luc Godard’s BREATHLESS

inspired by BREATHLESS shot with Nikon D90 during SOMA Photo Shoot from Mike Kobal on Vimeo.

A photo spread for the Cinema issue of Soma magazine. What better time to grab the D90 again and video the whole thing. The models had a good time, their acting was real, or, being under the sheets really helped? Nothing happened, alright. Mostly, thanks to Anthony, our guard for the jewelry (with a real gun), who was fascinated by the toy gun. I was planning to take the shoot outside, stage a dying scene on the sidewalk, Anthony kept us out of jail by reminding me this was a bad idea, the toy gun looked damn real and someone might call the cops. Nobody died, nobody got arrested. To see the photo story, click here, February issue. Nikon D90. 80-200mm 2.8, 24-70mm 2.8. 75-150mm 3.5.
Music: Krzysztof Penderecki, III Serenade (Tempo di valse) Gala album, buy it here:

The L train: Nikon D90

Nikon D90 on the L train from Mike Kobal on Vimeo.

I have been taking the L train for a couple of years now. Of all trains in NYC, it is my favorite, and definitely has its own vibe. A mix of stills and video from my ongoing subway project, which started a couple years ago. The idea behind this project is to document subway life in NYC, Paris and London. Enjoy! Nikon D90, 17-35mm 2.8 wide open with soft filter. Music: Ceremony by Daniel Lauter & Suru Ekeh