In the summer my good friend and I were down at Phillip Island cruising the coast and with our photographic gear…as you could imagine we weren’t getting very far. Every amazing thing that stood out we’d pull over and go photograph…naturally of course! Well, it took a while, but after sometime we had a few great shots that made the fuel guzzling expedition well worth it. This was one of my favourites near Kitty Miller bay, the ship wreck “Speke”, which comes alive at sunset as the rusted paint glows in the evening sunset light.
Try and guess what is framing the lanky man?!
In Australia today is a day of remembrance, reflection, and in particular reminding. ANZAC Day commemorates and honours all those that have previously and presently serve our nation. It is also an important day for New Zealand, as ANZAC stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps. However, over the years and wars following the First World War (the time ANZACs were established), ANZAC day has become more of a day for the community as a collective to come together and honour all our service men and women. For me personally, I find it hard to stay in touch with our service men and women because living in Melbourne we are so sheltered from regions of conflict, and it is too easy to forget. This is why ‘lest we forget’ we have ANZAC day and even more so places such as the Shrine of Remembrance, a place easily accessible by all, and a major cornerstone to our cityscape. These photographs were taken on Remembrance day last year at the Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne, Australia.
Morning mist clearing slowly, sun climbing quickly up a rocky knoll. Young Yellow leaves of a Boab filling with light, the morning blue rapidly shifting hue to a warm yellow. Beads of dew gradually vapourising, leaving behind only an ethereal clarity. Calm still air is broken by an unassuming giant brushing past blades of grass. Movement is either rapid but silent or slow but sounding, held fast by inanimate rock.
Hopefully that livened your sensors! Moving down the frame, top to bottom, it sets the scene perfectly. Anyway, just over a week ago I licensed this photograph for a magazine to use, and since I have realised all it has been doing is wasting away on my hard drive. So, here it is! Photographed from inside the safety of the Berg-en-Dal Rest Camp, Kruger National Park, South Africa. A lucky photo, but by no means a coincidence, like most animals (including us) we find it much more pleasant early in the day, when its cooler, hence tend to be more active. If you find yourself wandering the plains of Africa (Toto style), make sure you change your body clock to the AM!
A little while ago I was contacted by a paper company so intrigued by my Paper Sculpture photography that they wanted to use one for an upcoming exhibition. When I first did these three years ago I wasn’t thinking of the potential commercial value of these photographs, but more so a stand alone abstract. So, with that in mind I set out to replicate and refine my paper sculptures and present a fresh and more commercial series for the paper company to review. Long story short, they went with their first choice to begin with, as pictured below and winner of Shot of the Day!
Nevertheless, the moral of the story is that when you revisit a series or even return to a certain location that you once photographed its interesting how you approach it from new angles. Its the consequence of time and experience allowing you to incorporate new techniques and a refined sense of direction. Case in point, three years ago I was shooting with nothing more than the intention of making some call imagery, but today I am looking to create photographs that will be of value, maybe even timeless, and thinking of that final step of bringing it to market that influences each exposure I create.
But in this instance maybe I got lucky:D
As you may notice my photographic interests tend to be your vast natural landscapes or light painted cityscapes. However, I am not yet pretentious enough to pass up any subject matter, because I haven’t yet found my area of expertise. While I am still young and finding my niche I will do everything and anything I can get my hands on to diversify my photographic skills. So, a few days ago when my friend asked me if I could take a few corporate headshots for him, so from there it was just a matter of finding the right lighting…
The simplest lighting setup you could have is just one light, a key light, whether it be the sun or the light from your iphone flash, they can all be manipulated to act as a key light for a portrait. Nevertheless, I had three lights at my disposal positioned in the traditional three-point-lighting setup: Key light, Fill light and Back light, with the addition of soft boxes. The key light as the name suggests provides the main source of lighting and tends to be the one lighting the front of your subject. Whereas the fill light provides that balance to the subjects back, or side depending on the pose, to fill in the shadows and avoid a harsh contrast of lighting. Then we have the back light usually directed on the backdrop to avoid shadows and separate the subject from the background, again adding depth to the overall photograph.
So, 20 minutes, a few poses and one shirt change later here are the results, what do you think?