Mike Kobal

August 6, 2014

Portrait session with John Batiste: Musician


This article originally appeared in Soma magazine.

Jon Batiste is a unique individual. Hailing from a celebrated musical family in New Orleans, music runs in his veins. Not just in his blood, but also in his gait, the lilt of his speech and his whole being.

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May 16, 2014

Street portrait of the day: The first song after the rain


As I walked back from an appointment in the West Village, I spotted the lonely musician in Washington Square Park, right after a downpour, playing for himself, shot with the Panasonic GH4 and the 14mm wide open.
Not much time these days for gear reviews, swamped with work, got the GH4 for video and didn’t have time yet to try it out properly, ironic, isn’t it? The silent mode and af performance catapult it straight to the top for my type of street shooting, a nice bonus, certainly didn’t expect that. :)

March 15, 2014

Snapshot of the day: the challenge


Went location scouting today and spotted this kid, his mom kindly gave permission to take a few snaps, my favorite shot before he realized I was talking his picture, shot with the Sony A7 and the Zeiss 55mm 1.8 at f2. Quickly becoming my favorite body/lens combination for full figure fashion/editorials and portraits.
You can already find great deals on Sony A7 bodies here on ebay and once in a while a used Zeiss 55mm shows up.
You can also get the Sony A7 discounted here at Adorama.

Filed under: City Life,City Life Portraits — Tags: , , , , , , — mike.kobal @ 9:43 pm

March 6, 2014

A Powerful Smile: Sarah Bellagha, video shoot with the Sony A7 and A7r

a powerful smile from Mike Kobal on Vimeo.

Sarah Bellagha is a passionate girl. There is a shyness about her. Look into her beautiful eyes and you will see compassion, love and stars. Lots of stars. A fun shoot with the Sony A7 and A7r and lots of manual glass
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February 25, 2014

Model of the day: Ulla

Ulla came by today, what a great model. Can you guess what lens/camera combo I used for this shot? ;)

Filed under: Beauty,Models Fashion,Portrait Photography — Tags: , , , , — mike.kobal @ 9:37 pm
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