Tag Archives: Lighting

April in April……….

8 Apr

We are shooting a lot of model portfolios and fashion pieces at the moment.

These are always great fun, lots of creative people coming together to achieve something special.

The model can make a shoot, those that become involved and add to the collective creativity are fantastic.

Here is one such model, April in April…..

April in April….

portraits of beauty…….

7 Jan

Part of my new direction will be concentrating on Portraiture.

I love the connection between a subjects eyes and the camera.

Our studio is just about done, I thought I had it right but realised I could use the space better so am rearranging and repainting.

I may not post as often but I think what I do post will be hopefully images of a much higher quality.

Portrait of Beauty

Playful Sunrise…….

18 May

Whilst having a little walk down at beautiful Burleigh Heads, I spotted the sun framed in this   play equipment.

Monochrome beauty……….

14 Apr

Yep, I am a sucker for monochrome. Colour can add dimension, display tragedy, portray joy and happiness but for me the simplicity of black and white removes distraction and allows the viewer to focus on the subject.

Be it a capture of age, feeling or as in this case beauty there are no filters, no curtains to peer through, you are just presented with the image and then you, the viewer can interpret the image without interference or corruption.

A lot heavier than my standard posts I know, but for me monochrome is special, not something to be used all the time, not a fashion fad, not arty, just plain and simply beautiful.

Beauty……………

15 Mar

One of my favourite models, Ali. Not a classic beauty, nor someone that stops traffic, but she just has something which makes her stand out.

Just another example of the inner being showing thru…………

Beach Colour……….

3 Feb

I have written before about Australia’s fantastic volunteer Surf Life Savers. Whilst out for a little seascape walk this morning I noticed that the local clubs were preparing for a competition weekend.

Each club has is shade tent and with a nice sunrise they added colour to the beautiful beach at Kirra.

Sculptures of Steel

2 Feb

A while back, I was lucky enough to shoot some images of Steel sculptures crafted by Craig from SPUD, an Adelaide design house.

Craig is renowned for his innovative use of materials and has had his pieces feature prominently around Adelaide.

For me these were a delight to photograph as the steel adds a great dimension when hit with the light from a strobe. It takes on a living presence which is somewhat in contradiction with the make up of steel.

Craig’s’ work flows and he has added dimension by including backlit short stories of families from the area.

Fit and Healthy

19 Jan

Coming from a medical background I can confidently say that not all of the people involved in medicine are the fittest or healthiest members of our community. Long hours combined with accumulated fatigue and easy access to fast food can be the undoing of some in the profession, then there are the others, the one’s that seem to be able to fit in extra shifts, massive study loads and extreme sports.

I was lucky enough a while ago to shoot some stills to promote a team of South Australian Paramedics entry in the National Adventure Racing championships. This form of extreme sport requires competitors to master several disciplines including kayaking and mountain biking and to race over some of the roughest country Australia has. Competing in teams of four, they have to overcome not only the physical hardships but also the mental demons that come when you push yourself to the very edge.

These young blokes seem to take all this in their stride so effortlessly and knowing this reinforces my confidence in the quality of paramedics on our roads today.

These shots were taken near the estuary at Port Noarlunga, and the guys were forced to run, jump, paddle and ride, time and time again in quickly diminishing light to get the shots they needed.  

DIY Beauty Dish….

5 Jan

When you get the call from the garage telling you that the transmission in the car will cost $4000 to fix, dreams of a new lighting set up go out the window fast. So what does an enterprising photographer do ? Thats right, Do it yourself.

A beauty dish, strobist style was required and with access to the internet providing a plethora of plans it was just a matter of gathering the bits and pieces and having a go!

It was easy to build and I modified others ideas as I wanted something that was bullet proof and easy to set up. It cost about $35 to build and the SB-600 sits nicely on the Phottix Atlas triggers (which are fantastic by the way, and great value for money)which bolts onto the bracket. I use a mixing bowl, a piece of gutter fitting, a L bracket and some nuts and bolts, painted with quality paint, done!

It’s probably a little small, but then it’s designed to be lit by my little SB-600 and used up close, so until I win the lottery it will fill the void.

I have only taken a couple of quick test shots however it seems to produce the goods and when I use it for real I will upload some images.

Sure I rather a factory built unit with a Bowens S type fitting and grid, but for now this will be fine.