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The Simplicity Shadows

I do like playing with shadows especially when it creates and adds to a portrait. The drama and mystery around shadows and darkness that it can bring to an image add interest and intrigue allowing the portrait to stand out.

Take this portrait for example, if it was completely lit and you could see her outfit and a hair at the back of the head, would it have the same interest or do you feel that the added shadows bring something extra?

Utilising shadows in a portrait

Utilising shadows in a portrait

Spring Equinox and The Ice Queen

Yesterday marked the Spring Equinox and with the temperature hitting 29 degrees Celsius it was the warmest day we have had for many months and with that, what better way to celebrate the onset of the warmer weather than to create the Ice Queen!!!!

This was a photo I took a few months ago and have been sitting on it as I wanted to create something special! The last few weeks it has to seen me playing around with edit and ideas, it has been creating edits, deleting edits, creating edits, asking many friends for their input and deleting my edits once again..  hahahahahah

There was also something that would always both me about my edits but I think with this image I am almost completely happy with how it has turned out so instead of spending the rest of my life editing one image I figured I would release it!!!!!

For your viewing pleasure, may I introduce you to the Ice Queen!!!!

 

The Ice Queen

The Ice Queen

Special Sunrise!

It seems to be a think of late that most weekends I get up early to capture the first rays of the day in a different location in and around Canberra. To day was not different except for the fact that my daughter asked to join me in the pre-dawn shoot. <3

Now to put some context into this, she is a teen and last time I checked teens are like vampires… they don’t get up before sunrise, so it was really nice to have her along.

While mother nature had very different ideas of what I could shoot with a heavy cloud cover we did happen to grab a small bit of sun as it was peeking through the clouds. 🙂

Sunrise across the lake

Sunrise across the lake

Hey Look Its Friday!

Since the weekend is upon us it is time for people to go to the party and have some fun, for me is also time to party except I generally party with my camera in hand while I capture the fun and excitement of the events that are part of being an event photographer.

To celebrate the end of the week and the start of the working weekend I snuck out to capture a few quick photos of the sunset as the colors in the sky were just amazing!!

Friday Sunset

Friday Sunset

 

So put on your dancing shoes and get ready for the wild weekend and maybe, just maybe you might see my face through my lens at an event near you. 🙂

 

The Eagles Nest

Waking up this morning an hour or so before sunrise I peeked out my window and to my surprise, the sky was clear as a bell which was weird considering the forecast was for rain and cloud but hey… I wasn’t complaining as I could use my early morning wake-up to sit out to the arboretum and capture the sun rising over our city before it started to wake.

I must say driving around Canberra before dawn on a Saturday morning is actually quite pleasant. The traffic is almost non-existent and in winter time the area is crisp as a new hundred dollar bill. Not that I’ve actually seen one of those in some time. lol

And getting to the arboretum was not surprised that there was no one around, not even any birds. Not sure if it was the cold weather or the fact that it was too early, maybe even a combination of both, either way, had the place to myself.

On top of one of our lookouts at the arboretum as sculpture there that is made up of all different types of metal shapes to create what is an Eagle’s nest sitting on top of the Eagle’s nest as you can see is an Eagle. Surprise surprise. During the daylight hours, it’s interesting to have a look at how they put this thing together but I must say I prefer the silhouette of the structure against the rising sun and the blue skies.

The Eagle's nest at the Canberra arboretum

The Eagle’s nest at the Canberra Arboretum

In the background, you can see Black Mountain with the fog on the clouds rolling across it as they moved from the hills towards the lake. While you can’t see it in this picture the tower was illuminated green. Unfortunately, I was unable to capture an image they are satisfied with that showed off the color but I guess that is a good excuse to go back.

Behind-the-scenes of an early morning sunrise

Behind-the-scenes of an early morning sunrise

Spending a few hours before dawn, taking the time to take some photos and take in the surrounds is a great way to start a weekend and a great way to ground yourself.

Were you sleeping while I was up capturing these photos for you also out and about capturing similar memories?

Sun rising across the nation's capital

Sun rising across the nation’s capital

Behind-the-scenes of the rooftop pool shoot

A week or so ago posted a picture of a lady in a blue dress next to a swimming pool and in this post, I wanted to go along give some insight into the background and the behind-the-scenes of making that shot.

I had with me my Elinchrom Quadra along with my Elinchrom 100 cm x 100 cm softbox hoisted up high on a light stand. Luckily for me, I had an assistant holding the light as the wind was blowing a gale without their assistance there was no way I could use any sort of like fodder modifier like a softbox as a thing was turned into Mary Poppins and flown off the roof.

In the shop below you can see that I had softbox roughly about 3 m away from the model. The placement of the softbox was as close as I can get without having the shot and I did this on purpose to ensure that had soft as possible light. Because of the high winds, I removed both external and internal diffusers as there was a high chance they were going to blow off the roof, and I really didn’t want to go collect them. 🙂

Behind-the-scenes of the pool shoot

Behind-the-scenes of the pool shoot

As you can see shot was taken in full sun’s on the left side of the model without the artificial lighting that part of her body would have been incomplete shadow and to be honest would have looked like crap, so the only way to get around that is to punch a light into the shadows to reduce the contrast between the left side of her body and the right side that was in the sun.

The light itself is fired by a remote trigger that sits on top of my camera gives me about 70 m range so was able to get back a considerable way and take the shot using a 200 mm lens.

After a little bit of mucking around and getting the exposure right to rest, you could say is history.

Model by the pool

Model by the Pool

Another weekend down

Wow, what a fantastic weekend and OMG what a sunset we had this afternoon.

After a weekend here in Canberra with two consecutive mornings hitting  -8° I took the opportunity to take my family camping. hahahaha

Yes I know right! Completely batty and completely insane but with all the cold into super frost that we experienced we got time to bond and capture my own memories, only to get home this afternoon and be greeted with the most amazing sunset.

What memories did you capture over the weekend?

Amazing Sunset after Subzero Temperatures

Amazing Sunset after Subzero Temperatures

An Afternoon by the Pool!

Over the weekend I had an opportunity to capture some interesting photos from the top of the building with the rooftop pool. I must say it was an interesting shoot as the wind was blowing and the sun was out and to be honest, it’s not really the best environment to be shooting but I think the outcome is spectacular.

Luckily for me, the make-up artist was happy to hang around and hold my Elinchrom soft boxes and lights from blowing off the top of the building, I even had to take off the two diffusing panels as I thought they were going to blow off the building never to be seen again.

Here is one of the images that we captured and I’m sure that those trees behind had leaves that morning. hahahahahaha

Glamour on the Rooftop

Glamour on the Rooftop

In my next post will show the behind-the-scenes image and walk you through the set up an understanding of why a position to light where I did and the power on which it was on, along with my camera settings and other information required to set up the shot. 🙂

Get Out Your Cameras It’s Going To Rain!!!

Things move fast in my world…..

This time yesterday I was talking about how the weekend was going to be wet and raining with heavy rain coming our way, and how if you had a wedding on that you should get your photographer to get your photos in the rain, and if they are any good they will get some amazing shots with the use of lighting……  

Well that got me thinking, very shortly after my post.

  •  Am I just sitting here on my high horse saying these things and not being able to back them up?
  • Are people actually crazy enough to venture out in what will be very difficult shooting situations?
  • What would a professional make up artist do in such horrid weather?
  • How would everyone stay warm enough so they don’t all die of exposure?
  • Would we be able to create images is heavy rain in such real world situations?

With all those questions running around in my head there was only one thing to do!!!!!!  

Assemble, or try to assemble a team of people that area stupid enough to follow me in this dream!!!!!   

I put out the call out to my friends at around 6:30am and apparently I either have friends that don’t sleep or wake up early, but either way I had two models and two make up artists confirmed by around 8am.

Now I am not sure about you but that confirmed that I do have some crazy friends. Ha ha ha ha

This shoot is going to be sooooo out there and sooo extreme in weather conditions that I did the rare thing and opened up a single spot through my sister site http://www.photographicworkshop.com.au for someone to attend and learn how this stuff comes together…. Yep that’s right…. only one single spot…. This person would be on set with us to learn how to take and use on location lighting is such extreme conditions!!! 

I must say I have never seen anyone offer up such a unique learning opportunity as this and for that  reason the single spot was snapped up very quickly.

So as I lay here just about to get up I can hear the rain falling, and while most people hide away inside I am starting to get excited for our shoot tomorrow….

It is going to be challenging and it is going to be cold and it is going to be very wet but we will come away with some very unique images and learn a lot along the way. 

The most important part is that we will all be having fun doing it!!!

  

Chasing the Sun with on Location Studio Lighting!!

Last Sunday I did an impromptu photo shoot that required a lot of running and a bit of organising to be able too pull it off!!

This was also probably one of the quickest shoots I have ever done. We pulled up at the location, I pulled out my lighting equipment, the model assumed the position and I snapped away.

Chasing the sun is always lots of fun!

Must say it was really handy to have a model which has a lot of experience she needed almost no guidance and very beneficial as we were chasing the sun setting and time is very limited.

I must say in the space of 10 minutes we captured a heap of images that not only matched my mind’s eye vision of the shot but also awesome in how they came together!! Here is just one of those images.

Fashion chasing the sunlight

Fashion chasing the sunlight

Other images from the shoot can be found my galleries of the menu on the left-hand side.

Mmmmm Fog…..

Boy I hate it when I see the forcast of fog and I don’t have any shoots going on when there is fog around… 🙁

I’m planning on doing a sports/fitness shoot in the morning fog but it is seeming tricky at the moment to get the timing right….

Well one this is true, it is going to pelt down rain over the comin days so if you wanted to get out and take advantage of the sun, today is the day to do that before we get hit with 20mm of rain.

I know last night is started prepping my riding gear for the rain by putting rainx on my visor on my helmet to give me better visibility in the up and coming weather.

I would suggest that if you have an outdoor event this weekend it might pay to look at wet weather ideas and if you have a wedding don’t sweat it.  My advise is, if you are game get some great formal photos in the rain as they come out fantastic.  It might take some extra lighting to really show some cool effects but if you photographer is skilled enough you will get some fantastic shots. 🙂

Yay for rain shots. 

  

Half way there!!!

Hump day is here and it is looking wonderful indeed..

With a top of 24 and what looks like a sunny day it’s a great day to be outside in the sun snapping up photos but nooooooo.

I will be stuck inside most of the day which will be a bummer….  So please someone go out there and get photos for me. 🙂

  

I’m free…….

Being trapped in the office on a Saturday can be a real drag especially when it is a fantastic day out side….

Well I threw work to the wind, jumped on my motorbike and set myself free…  Even if it was for a short period but just enough to capture a fantastic sunset…

Boy I wish I brought my DSLR….  Lol

Sunset Over Canberra - Off iPhone

Sunset Over Canberra – Off iPhone

 

BTL – A quick shot of my photo booth

Man I just love a good party and this is one.

The music is freaking awesome and the people are soooo much fun…

The dancing is going off like a fire cracker and that is just me. 🙂

Oh now back to the dance floor to get some action shots. Yay!!!!

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Emergency Morning!

What a great morning it was at the new fire station here in Layon Canberra.

It was a really big turn out with hundreds of people flocking through the doors and what a great little station it is..  Well thought out and one the community clearly wants to be a part of.

It is manned 24 hours a day and has all the tech stuff that you would expect from our emergency services these days. The trucks have GPS tracking allows for the command centre to determine which vehicle should be sent where.

How not sure if it was just me, but I think there was a large female contingency….. mmmm maybe it had something to do with fireman? ha ha ha ha

If you want to check out the photos they can be found by clicking on the event menu on the left-hand side. I know I took a couple of family shots, and if you’re one of those please feel free to download and keep a copy of the images for yourself. 🙂

One of the great things about being an event photographer is that I get to go to lots of cool events and with community events high on my list of favourites, it was a pleasure to be able to attend this one.

If you have an event coming up and need a photographer please get in touch.

Tuggeranong Fire Station opened day

Tuggeranong Fire Station opened day

Photos By the Lake – Beginners Photographic Workshop

Thank you guy for attending my workshop yesterday.  🙂

If you want to see the group picture or want more information about my others workshops pop over to my sister website www.photographicworkshop.com.au or if you are on Facebook you can link my Photographic workshop page https://www.facebook.com/pages/Photographic-Workshop

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A photo I snapped of a murder mystery party after my Photos By The Lake – Beginners workshop to photography.

Emergency Emergency!!!!!!

Canberra is opening up a new fire station in Tuggernong today, which happens to be located just down the road for me….  Which means that it’s time to put on my photo journalistic hat, and go capture the events of the opening.

They will have face painting and a sausage sizzle, so it should be a great family event……..

Who can’t go past a sausage sizzle on a Saturday!!!!!!!!

If you’re interested want pop along here are the details

If you to pop along feel free to tap on my shoulder and say hello, as it is always nice to see a smiling face from the virtual world. 🙂

Read all about it….

Well, I must say what an interesting day, today has turned out to be..  Not one I would of thought would be happening…  but it might actually be a reality…  🙂

I would love to tell more but the contracts have to go through the lawyers in Austria first… bwhahahaha  Yep Austria…  bwhahahaha  Who would of thunk….

Either way it is very cool if it comes off…  Stay tuned…

Read All About It

Read All About It

 

What a day in the convoy

The weather was fantastic, the bikes were great, the trucks where huge and the music was LOUD!!!!

Well done to everyone that put on such a great event.  The crowds lined the road as we road down and around the streets of Canberra, and I even go to do some work. 🙂

Photographing Angry Anderson and the gang from Screaming Jets and Rose Tattoo.

Here is just a sneak peek at one of the shots of Angry Anderson doing this thing. 🙂

 

Angry Anderson signing at the Canberra Cancer Convoy 2015

Angry Anderson signing at the Cancer Support group Convoy 2015

 

The glitter Queen

I’m not sure how many of you out there have actually worked with glitter, but I can tell you, that it gets everywhere!

Gets in your hair, gets on the tables, it gets on carpet, it gets on the camera, it gets on the backdrop, it gets in your fingernails, and it gets all over your model.

This was a concept shoot which I have to admit turned out so much better than what will trying to go for. The colour and the make up along with the hair on the backdrop on the ground just really made it for me. It has lots of depth and dimension along with drama and beauty.

It really is one of my better shots I think.

What do you think?

The glitter Queen

The glitter Queen