Entry Title: "MEN OF STEEL"
Name: Beno Saradzic , United Arab Emirates
Category and Expertise: Industrial, Professional


Entry Description: I don't normally shoot corporate content but this assignment had a cool looking, high-tech/industrial location attached to it which I found irresistible. My aim was to illustrate the enormity as well as complexity of the refinery, put to scale from a human perspective. I took this photograph at dawn. Carrying the gear to the top of the structure in merciless summer heat of the UAE was no fun, I assure you. I positioned the camera on a tripod very carefully in order to maximize the depth in the scene and to expose the leading lines. I snapped 5 bracketed exposures which formed my HDR background. I took another, flash-lit single exposure of a walking plant Engineer. When he was in the right place and moving at the right speed, I took my shot. I took many shots before I found just the right balance of natural and artificial lighting. Post production involved dynamic blending which seamlessly fused both photographs into the final shot.

About the Artist:

Beno Saradzic is a multiple award winning visual artist. Although film and photography count as two of his greatest passions, his skills don't originate from either of those two fields. For the past 18 years, Beno has trained his eye in the arts of seeing as well as story-telling through 3D CGI visualization films as an animator and Architectural Illustrator. His acute sense for aesthetics, visual composition and intricate methods of 'selling the conceptual idea' were conceived and perfected all through the 90s and mid 00s, in realm of 3D computer worlds, behind the video & still camera and in post-production suites. Beno amassed a broad portfolio of complex architectural CGI films and marketing collateral for some of the biggest real estate developers, architects and designers throughout the Middle East and Europe. Some of Beno's accomplishments: - Cinematographer and Featured Guest on Discovery Channel's 'Passage To Arabia' documentary series. - Cameraman on BBC Natural History Unit's 'Wild Arabia' documentary series - nominated Autodesk 'Viz Master' for outstanding achievements in 3D architectural visualization - Winner of the Egypt International Photo Contest 2012, Architecture theme - 1st Prize: 'Earth Hour' photo contest sponsored by ADGAS / WWF in 2011 - 2nd Prize: SPACES OF LIGHT 3rd Season (2013) - 3rd Prize: SPACES OF LIGHT 2nd Season - (2012) - Shortlisted Finalist of the HIPA award 2012 and 2013 (www.hipa.ae) - Shortlisted Finalist of the Al Ain Photographia Award 2011 - IPA 2013 Honorable Mention