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D M E C K E R T

Posts: 4786

Las Vegas, Nevada, US

Just saw this video with BTS footage, interviews, and a glimpse of the final images, on nikonrumors. Shot by the legendary Steve McCurry.

http://youtu.be/dsTLcbNNlI8

thoughts? (i'll be back to share mine when i've properly gathered them)

Nov 27 12 06:43 pm Link

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-JAY-

Posts: 6710

Las Vegas, Nevada, US

I wanna go to rio.

Nov 27 12 06:51 pm Link

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You Can Call Me Pierre

Posts: 761

Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Dear Pirelli,
Dear Steve,
I wasn't inspired.
Maybe next time.

Interesting use of litepanels though.

Nov 27 12 06:53 pm Link

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AJ_In_Atlanta

Posts: 12836

Atlanta, Georgia, US

Hey even Coke tried to make New Coke once, this is just as bad and nearly as big a mistake...

Nov 27 12 07:09 pm Link

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Fred Greissing

Posts: 6412

Los Angeles, California, US

The images are simply beautiful.

Such are contrast with the plastic photoshop look
of so much fashion today.

Nov 27 12 07:15 pm Link

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Alessandro Bernardo

Posts: 37

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Really love a lot of Steve's work, shot probably the most beautiful, haunting and iconic portrait of modern time…
But this is the pirelli calendar…its just not his genre, kind of thinking he and pirelli will look back on this as a mistake.

In his possible defence though, does anyone know if anyone has ever said no to shooting the calendar?

Nov 27 12 07:22 pm Link

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SPierce Photography

Posts: 19792

Amherst, Massachusetts, US

It doesn't really fit in with previous calendars they've put out, but I love what hes done (assuming some the images at the end are part of whats going in). Simple, beautiful !

Nov 27 12 07:25 pm Link

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tenrocK photo

Posts: 5426

New York, New York, US

Beautiful images. He captured their beauty without showing flesh, which could expand Pirelli's customer base, but most importantly he stayed true to himself. No sell-out here.

Nov 27 12 07:30 pm Link

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E-motion Photography

Posts: 135

High Point, North Carolina, US

LOVE IT!!  Forget their "style" in the past.  If you just take the photos on their own merit, just amazing work!

Nov 27 12 07:35 pm Link

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AJ_In_Atlanta

Posts: 12836

Atlanta, Georgia, US

E-motion Photography wrote:
LOVE IT!!  Forget their "style" in the past.  If you just take the photos on their own merit, just amazing work!

True, I have always found his work amazing but, it isn't Pirelli.  At the end of the day they are selling a brand and "style" that is part of it.  Seams like a marketing gamble, the kind that can only be big; one way or the other.

Nov 27 12 07:41 pm Link

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John David Studio

Posts: 1724

Fort Myers, Florida, US

Definitely a radical departure from the normal Pirelli Style.  However the photographs are quite exceptional in their own right and are incredibly well done.  He really captured the subtle nuances of these women.

Nov 27 12 07:42 pm Link

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Bryan Benoit

Posts: 2106

Miami, Florida, US

Love the images

Nov 27 12 07:45 pm Link

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Boho Hobo

Posts: 25351

Portland, Oregon, US

D M E C K E R T wrote:
Just saw this video with BTS footage, interviews, and a glimpse of the final images, on nikonrumors. Shot by the legendary Steve McCurry.

http://youtu.be/dsTLcbNNlI8

thoughts? (i'll be back to share mine when i've properly gathered them)

where is the T and A?

Nov 27 12 07:46 pm Link

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Dan K Photography

Posts: 5466

STATEN ISLAND, New York, US

Is it just me but after seeing the start of the video I expected better results. The models and location looked great but the photos at the end where meh.

Am I the only one that thinks that grabbing screen shots of that video would yield better photos?

How much do you think they would charge to let me shoot Isabeli Fontana? Wowser.

Nov 27 12 07:50 pm Link

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r T p

Posts: 3077

Los Angeles, California, US

tenrocK photo wrote:
Beautiful images. He captured their beauty without showing flesh, which could expand Pirelli's customer base, but most importantly he stayed true to himself. No sell-out here.


that
's not the calendar's purpose


"The calendar is famous for its limited availability, as it is only given as a corporate gift to a restricted number of important Pirelli customers and celebrity VIPs."


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pirelli_Calendar

Nov 27 12 07:50 pm Link

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SPierce Photography

Posts: 19792

Amherst, Massachusetts, US

Dan K Photography wrote:
Is it just me but after seeing the start of the video I expected better results. The models and location looked great but the photos at the end where meh.

Am I the only one that thinks that grabbing screen shots of that video would yield better photos?

How much do you think they would charge to let me shoot Isabeli Fontana? Wowser.

i do somehat agree (though i loved the final images). Saw a few video frames that would have been "WOW"!

Nov 27 12 07:53 pm Link

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Lee Nutter

Posts: 160

Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Fred Greissing wrote:
The images are simply beautiful.

Such are contrast with the plastic photoshop look
of so much fashion today.

Out of the camera, the images were beautiful. But the finished shots are awful, and more plastic and fake (HDR UGH!) than any decent fashion image I've laid eyes in the past few years.

Nov 27 12 07:55 pm Link

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DennisRoliffPhotography

Posts: 1928

Akron, Ohio, US

a railroad tracks shot?

http://dennisroliff.com/samples/web/railroadtracks.jpg

Nov 27 12 08:04 pm Link

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L A U B E N H E I M E R

Posts: 8797

Seattle, Washington, US

Lee Nutter wrote:

Out of the camera, the images were beautiful. But the finished shots are awful, and more plastic and fake (HDR UGH!) than any decent fashion image I've laid eyes in the past few years.

but better than terry richardson's calendar....

Nov 27 12 08:18 pm Link

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Alessandro Bernardo

Posts: 37

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Mark Laubenheimer wrote:

but better than terry richardson's calendar....

HAHAHA, +10 Mark!..well said smile

Nov 27 12 08:40 pm Link

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Ronald N. Tan

Posts: 2746

Los Angeles, California, US

I just had a mental picture of how Mr. Richardson's interpretation will be visualized.

Mark Laubenheimer wrote:

but better than terry richardson's calendar....

Nov 27 12 09:10 pm Link

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Andy Pearlman

Posts: 3411

Los Angeles, California, US

E-motion Photography wrote:
LOVE IT!!  Forget their "style" in the past.  If you just take the photos on their own merit, just amazing work!

Ditto!

Nov 27 12 10:47 pm Link

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John Fisher

Posts: 1949

Miami Beach, Florida, US

When I get bored I tell the models to take their clothes off, apparently when Pirelli's art director gets bored he tells the models to put their clothes on!

And they send some guy from Nat Geo to shoot the calendar? Railroad tracks? Really? Maybe next year they'll hire some great wedding photographer. How about senior portraits, when do they get their shot?

Please.

Fire the entire creative team, the lazy farts have spent too much time drinking wine and smoking weed.

John
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John Fisher
900 West Avenue, Suite 633
Miami Beach, Florida 33139
305 534-9322
http://www.johnfisher.com

Nov 28 12 06:11 am Link

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L A U B E N H E I M E R

Posts: 8797

Seattle, Washington, US

Ronald Nyein Zaw Tan wrote:
I just had a mental picture of how Mr. Richardson's interpretation will be visualized.


terry did their 2010 calendar.

Nov 28 12 06:14 am Link

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Neil Snape

Posts: 9473

Paris, Île-de-France, France

Why break tradition ?

Without looking and no disrespect to Steve, but I am just not interested to see this calendar.

I suppose their shock value has all but been used up, so this is their last straw.

Nov 28 12 06:21 am Link

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S W I N S K E Y

Posts: 24315

Saint Petersburg, Florida, US

beautiful images, but:

- pirelli calendar

- top shelf models

- Rio de Janeiro

- clothing

one of these things doesnt belong in the list...

http://i.imgur.com/m8TQi.png

Nov 28 12 06:24 am Link

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J Welborn

Posts: 2552

Clarksville, Tennessee, US

Creative approach and beyond excellent in the final product.

This is what the creative world gets paid for ----

Well done by all ---I was impressed and I see others here are just jealous LOL

Nov 28 12 06:27 am Link

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Jerry Nemeth

Posts: 28013

Dearborn, Michigan, US

-JAY- wrote:
I wanna go to rio.

I've been there.  My wife just got back.    smile

Nov 28 12 06:34 am Link

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JONATHAN RICHARD

Posts: 656

New York, New York, US

John Fisher wrote:
....... Fire the entire creative team, the lazy farts have spent too much time drinking wine and smoking weed.

John Fisher

John,
I generally respect the information you present in post but this time  ..you give way too much credit calling on a creative team  smile

Nov 28 12 06:36 am Link

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H D P

Posts: 31

Fort Myers, Florida, US

thx for sharing

originally from there

miss there

somehow more of a model / location shoot than a product one

Nov 28 12 06:39 am Link

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GER Photography

Posts: 7957

Imperial, California, US

S W I N S K E Y wrote:
beautiful images, but:

- pirelli calendar

- top shelf models

- Rio de Janeiro

- clothing

one of these things doesnt belong in the list...

Uhh, uhh, clothing?? Yeah!! That's it!,:-)))))

Nov 28 12 06:45 am Link

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Jerry Nemeth

Posts: 28013

Dearborn, Michigan, US

gl-amour wrote:
Dear Pirelli,
Dear Steve,
I wasn't inspired.
Maybe next time.

Interesting use of litepanels though.

? ? ? ?

Nov 28 12 06:54 am Link

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Jerry Nemeth

Posts: 28013

Dearborn, Michigan, US

Rio is a fabulous location and the images were beautiful!

Nov 28 12 06:57 am Link

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ST Retouch

Posts: 334

Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland

http://www.pirellical.com/2013/

Better to have thread for professional photographers which know what is top notch work and which know what are top level files :
Would you use any of these files in your portfolio?

Regards to all smile !

Nov 28 12 07:08 am Link

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Christopher Hartman

Posts: 54149

Buena Park, California, US

Does he have a strange shooting style or was he just ineffectively trying to hide the camera's brand name?  Looks like he used both Canon and Nikon and I think maybe Hasselblad.

Nov 28 12 07:22 am Link

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Leighthenubian

Posts: 2968

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

D M E C K E R T wrote:
Just saw this video with BTS footage, interviews, and a glimpse of the final images, on nikonrumors. Shot by the legendary Steve McCurry.

http://youtu.be/dsTLcbNNlI8

thoughts? (i'll be back to share mine when i've properly gathered them)

He definitely broke tradition...when I watched it the other day it was surprising to see the model with clothes on. I think it's a nice change... probably fuelled by economics.

Fashion has enough porn to last a couple of years, once calendar year isn't a biggie.

Nov 28 12 07:24 am Link

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L A U B E N H E I M E R

Posts: 8797

Seattle, Washington, US

steve is amazing, regardless of this calendar.

http://uk.phaidon.com/resource/p4664-0065.jpg

Nov 28 12 07:29 am Link

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MMDesign

Posts: 18647

Louisville, Kentucky, US

Christopher Hartman wrote:
Does he have a strange shooting style or was he just ineffectively trying to hide the camera's brand name?  Looks like he used both Canon and Nikon and I think maybe Hasselblad.

His hand was hurt, I believe, in a blast and he has lost most of its use.

Nov 28 12 07:36 am Link

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MMDesign

Posts: 18647

Louisville, Kentucky, US

I like the shots, maybe not for this calendar though. But I also don't think it's a bad thing to change things up occasionally, though I'm sure a few tire store employees will disagree with me.

Nov 28 12 07:38 am Link

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eos3_300

Posts: 1509

Brooklyn, New York, US

Great images
Total fail for Pirelli Calendar material
Sonia Braga ??? WTF

Nov 28 12 07:49 am Link