•November 5, 2010 • Leave a Comment
Last month I entered my first public photographic competition. While I didn’t make the finalists of the Photo5 competition (which had almost 9000 entries across its various “briefs”), I was quite happy with some of the images I produced, and the “briefs” forced me to try out new ideas and techniques and push the boundaries of my ability.
Sailing on the Wind (Brief 2: Bubblegum Portrait)
Voting is open right now for selecting the final winner from the ten finalists in each category; and if you vote you have a chance to win a Canon semi-pro DSLR or professional compact.
•September 19, 2010 • Leave a Comment
I was shooting a couple of short films this weekend and got to take some standard “head shots” of a couple of the cast. The intention here was to create standard “casting” portraits for applying for acting work, but this was very impromptu: shooting outdoors, in harsh bright sun, at the end of a relatively lengthy film shoot with the wind picking up! The harsh sun created shadows that were filled using a 580EXII flash bounced off a white Foam-Core reflector, and I used a Foam-Core black reflector to provide an impromptu “studio” backdrop.
•August 4, 2010 • Leave a Comment
I filmed and photographed the “Humans vs Zombies” game that ran at ANU last week, in preparation for next year’s Lights Canberra Action Film Festival (when I hope to shoot and edit a mini-documentary on this relatively unique Canberran phenomenon). Among the various competitions running was a competition for “Best Photograph” – with the proviso that the photograph had to illustrate some element of the game. I entered this image, which won this title:
The Zombies Charge
Shot handheld Tv @ 1/80s f/4 with EX580 II Speedlite angled slightly up. The lights and sky in the background look rather post-apocalyptic, with players and flying darts frozen in the foreground by the flash.
•June 15, 2010 • Leave a Comment
I tried to travel to the Australian Alps last September – the end of Winter in Australia – to shoot landscapes, but unfortunately I didn’t know that the melting snow would not make for the kinds of shots I wanted to take. Little did I know but snow on the ground continually absorbs mud and minerals; and as it melts, those contaminants concentrate into streaky bands and patches in the remaining snow. Thus, I was determined to shoot the *new* snow this year, and over the weekend just passed (which included a public holiday here in Australia!) I travelled back to the Australian Alps to photograph the changing scenery.
Stream in the Australian Alps
It was a really lovely trip. The sky was a cloudless blue and there wasn’t a breath of wind all day, which meant it felt comfortably warm enough without being trussed up in thick coats. There was plenty of spectacular scenery, and I took quite a few photos which I’m now post-processing. The image above was produced using my HDR-Lightroom technique, described here. I’m still refining the technique, but it’s certainly capable of producing high-impact images!