CONNECTIONS BLOG

CONNECTIONS
Affinity. Closeness. Longing for connection. These shared experiences are what elevate our lives beyond mere existence. Good or bad, they are the muse for poetry, the rhythm of music, and the ‘heart’ in our heart. This body of work is about exploring just that: our humanity seen through how we connect with something outside ourselves. That moment when we bare our souls and open our hearts.

Julianne's Kitchen

All you savoury buffs would have been very jealous of us this week!  Our tongues were definitely salivating over the delicious pâtés, fruit pastes, onion relish jams and terrines we shot for Julianne's Kitchen. You might remember her as the previous owner and head chef of Cloudstreet in Kirribilli.  If you do, then you'll be happy to hear you can buy her new range at select Harris Farms and Thomas Dux Grocers.

Connie and I used daylight for this shoot and shot with my Phase One Camera with a combination of my 120mm Macro lens and my 120mm Tilt shift. We really wanted to feature the jelly in the light and show off its texture. The best part was sampling the product at the end, especially as its homemade.

Some great behind the scene shots by Connie Moran.

Would I lie to you?

So yes I'm still talking about our shoot with Verity and Stevie English for the Hair Expo.   I've got a few more behind the scenes to show you.

This shoot was mental, The Orchard Studio was pumping as Annie Lennox belted out "Would I Lie to You" from the stereo. We had a film crew shooting as well as the stills Connie Moran and myself were capturing, so the song needed to be playing all day so the timing for the film was perfect. The concept was all about movement, mood and attitude. There was certainly a lot of that and it was contagious.  The mood for outfits on the models was glitter and shine, with them constantly dancing and snaking all over the floor of a black elevated stage set built in the studio.

The brief for lighting was hard and contrasting, the end effect needed to have a  monochromatic and metallic glowing look. We needed to light with continuous light so the videographers could work alongside us.  We used a beauty dish as front light with a profoto ProDaylight Metal Halide head, Kino Flo style fluoro rim lights behind, Dedo spots behind, and also had a flash head firing into lens from the background creating flare for effect.

All the six models did brilliantly. And of course the Team English stylists and creative director Verity herself were all (in Verity' speak):  F^*@%)N AMAZING !!  We couldn't agree more!

Behind the scenes images thanks to Connie Moran and Angela Mushenko.

For the love of flare

[slideshow] On her recent visit to Australia, I was lucky to be able to shoot these promo shots on Balmoral Beach for the beautifully talented artist and my very close friend, Lynda Howitt. Lynda paints sublime abstract oil paintings with a classical romantic light and a soaring spirit that reflect her love of the ocean.  I wanted to portray Lynda in a way that connected with her artworks, so we chose to shoot at the edge of the water and in a natural way.

 

 

Camera Tips for Shooting Flare

A magical evening at Dee Why beach yesterday.  I had some fun with flare as you can see.

I was recently asked how I achieve this, so here are a few tips;

Technical: I shoot wide open using the lowest aperture my lens will allow (usually f 1.2) and I often shoot in Aperture Priority mode (AV) and underexpose by a stop.

Composition: Compose your shot with the sun directly behind your subject. I love capturing the sun's reflections bouncing off different surfaces,  flare into the lens, and  different textures and contrast it produces.  Also the way the sun back lights and interacts with my subject adds extra magic!

I'd love to see any shots you take. Happy shooting!