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Photographic “Master chef” style program

17 Jun

The popularity of photography has not been lost on Australia’s government owned TV network.

The ABC, which has always had a strong focus (sorry..I couldn’t help it) on documentry/lifestyle shows has debuted this show “Photo Finish”

I wonder if, like so many successful ABC documentry style shows it will end up on the commercial networks as a platform for Nikon or Canon to showcase thier products.

At the end of the day, it should be a good thing for our artform, with more people realising that a great deal of skill and knowledge goes into a great picture !

http://www.abc.net.au/iview/#/view/22887

Have a look and see what you think.

The last picture of the day……….

17 Jun

Fashionable Burleigh Heads here on the Gold Coast really has it all. We are far enough from the tourist hub not to be affected but close enough if we want a bit of glitz, we have cafes and restaurants and enough fashion boutiques to keep the look changing constantly.

The beach and the break on the point attract surfing royalty all year round and there is the most brilliant safe swimming beach for the family just around the headland.

This young body boarder was catching the last picture of her boyfriend surfing for the day………….

The Gold Coast.. a different view…….

11 Jun

It has rained for days, lucky I was shooting in studio this weekend.

I grabbed these shoots during a break in editing Saturdays shoot…all done now.

I got laughed at by a few of the local hardcore surfers, I was tucked up under an umbrella, pressed in close to some rocks to keep the rain off the camera.

This is the second time in as many weeks I have shot from under an umbrella ( see an earlier post about shooting an outdoor fashion event “dedication or stupidity….)

Captured Beauty………….

4 Jun

When you get the images from a fashion show up on your Mac (you do use a Mac, don’t you?) there is a parade (sorry, pun intended) of similar images to process, and that is okay, after all they are a showcase for designers collections.

These parades are of course populated by beautiful, stylish models with fantastic make up and hair.

As the photographer, you are there to capture the garment or whatever is being displayed.

I have to say, I struggle to stay focussed and my lens quite often strays to outstanding beauty.

 

The amazing artists…………

3 Jun

Make up artists are the least thanked and understood component of the fashion industry.

The designers have their name up in lights, the photographers get rave reviews ( the good ones anyway) but the poor make artists are generally left with a table of half used product and a sore back.

The canvas they work on can be oily, bumpy and sometimes even scaley.

The canvas moves, it gets grumpy, it takes phone calls during the painting and can occasionally sneeze on you, nice!

Despite all this, these incredibly talented artists continue to smile, work in tight rooms with poor lighting, have photographers dazzle them with flashes (sorry) and turn out the most stunning mobile art.

Models……

31 May

I have blogged before about models, some are natural, some do not show up or are late, some are fun and some are just precious….well this weekend end I am shooting a local fashion show and they had a small media launch party the other night.

Two models from the show were there to add  some beauty to the evening and , I suppose, present a sample of what will be displayed on the day.

One of these models is  a newcomer to the industry, the other is actually a stylist that happens to be almost six feet tall. These two young ladies were a delight. Classy, happy to chat with the crowd, posed for photos without any forced happiness and put up with me moving them all over the restaurant to get some publicity shots for all the sponsors.

I cant wait to work with these happy, talented people on the weekend, it will be a pleasure .

Lifestyle on the coast…….

30 May

Lets face it the Gold Coast is normally associated with bikinis, blondes and boobs and probably for good reason the beaches are beautiful and the fantastic climate encourages the beachy look.

However, I also believe that this great part of the world can be illustrated with just a picture of vitality and health.

When we were shooting some portfolio images for local model Roxanne, we wondered out along a sand spit and the whole scene just summed up the Gold Coast, clean air, beautiful beaches and vital people…the lifestyle on the Gold Coast.

Surfing up a storm………

29 May

I have posted images of surfing before on this blog, hey lets face it I do live about ten minutes from a suburb called Surfers Paradise.

Usually when there is a rideable wave near here, its standing room only out the back and each wave is hotly contested.

Not the case today when this bloke was all alone, surfing up a storm…………………..

Synchronised (life)Savers……..

28 May

I have been lucky enough in my life to work alongside people like these two good friends. Very fashionable in their matching gear, this is what these guys do for a living.

In this shoot they were only training for the real thing, but its’ nice to know there are these very special people out there looking out for the rest of us.

 

Fishing for a pot of Gold…………

28 May

As a boy I would jump on my bike and chase rainbows looking for the elusive pot of gold.

Needless to say I never caught up with the fabled treasure.

This fellow at Burleigh Heads on the Gold Coast had a new way to try to snag the treasure..maybe this is why its’ called the Gold Coast………….