The deadline frequently represents the biggest motivation. At least for Dan Vojtěch in the moment when he found out that the deadline for entry in the Red Bull Illumme competition is near. And because having new photography for every competition is important for Dan, he had to quickly come up with two projects where he could use light in some creative way.
„I had two ideas on my mind, which had to be realized in a few days.“
Skater with videomaping
„The first idea was to involve a videomaping into an illumination of skate photography. For shooting,
we had borrowed Max Habanec‘s training hall, Red Bull Max Space. I contacted our friends – Eli and Gomi
from Lunchmeat Studio and a skaterboy Jakub Imramovsky – for cooperation. They were excited by the idea
of a quick photo project and I am very grateful for their professionalism.“ Dan said.
What was needed to realize your project?
Dan Vojtěch: „To arrange the lights in a way, that they weren’t interfering into the videomaping was the biggest
challenge. To achieve the light to shine only at the rider I used the honeycomb grid for the FOMEI
Digitalis Pro TX600 flashes.“
Ondřej Eliášek and Gomi from the Lunchmeat Studia:
„Three projectors, a lot of cables, two computers and big stands. We measured and mapped
the whole space in the Resolume Arena. The way it works is that one of us is sitting behind a
computer and the other one navigates the movement of the lines into the right perspective. The whole process
of mapping took about 4 hours.“
Jakub Imramovský, skaterboy: „It was an amazing opportunity and it was interesting to watch guys set everything up. Given
the fact that it was 3 A.M. and quite dark the skating itself presented the biggest challenge.
Because of the dar, it was hard to do any tricks so I had to rely on my memory. But despite that, the
shooting was fun.“
On the peak of the rock with Petr Kraus
The second photo project brought Dan back to the place where he once did a project called „Planets“ –
to the Panská skála. With the offer of cooperation, Dan approached bike trial legend Peter Kraus and
Daniel Pék from Foto-heli.com who is a drone specialist. The idea was spectacular from
the beginning – Peter, who was on the peak of the rock doing tricks on his bike, was illuminated by the
battery flash. The drone (with a lifting capacity of 2.5 kg) was used for an attachment of the FOMEI
Digitalis Pro TX600 flash.
Dan Vojtěch: „Everything worked fine – we could easily control the drone and the flash from the 150
m distance. It was hard to focus the camera in such dark – we had to use a powerful LED
pilot thanks to which we could saw to where will the flash shine.
Petr Kraus, bike trialist: „I’m following Dan’s work, so I knew that his idea was going to be really good.
Panská skála is a beautiful place, but we did not think about a specific place or a specific bike trick.
It’s not even possible, at least not before you go and check the place for yourself. So when we went there
during the day it was obvious that it was going to be an interesting ride. On the peak
of the rock were sharp rocks, not any safe place, and I was balancing on the front wheel – it was all
harder because of the strong side wind and the dark. The only light was provided by two
fireflies on the ground and by the drone with a flash above me. My eight years old son was watching when
I was standing on the peak of the rock and only eight inches separated me from a deadly
fall. It was a challenge to stay calm and focused so I wouldn’t make a mistake.“
Daniel Pék, Foto-Heli:
„For this project, we've decided to use an Octocopter with a special flash holder. As
Dan requested the flash was attached in a 45° angle. The flight weight of the flash and
Octocopter altogether was 6.9 kg and the maximum time of the flight was 8 minutes.
We managed it all in two flights and the good thigh was that the frequencies of the drone and the flash
weren't clashing. It all worked without any problems.“
„It’s not a certainty that photographies will be successful, but for me the important thing is that
I had the chance to realize those projects,“ pointed out.
Dan Vojtěch is known worldwide as a pioneer of unusual photography projects in commercial and sports photography,
where he tries to come up with new ideas and move the action photography boundaries. He graduated from
Tomáš Baťa University in Zlín with a degree in commercial photography, so he could focus only on photography
during his studies.