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.

Behind the scenes

 

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. I used my Phase One camera and IQ180 80Mp back, the Schneider Kreuznach 120 TS lens, a medium California sun bounce and a large door-sized reflector.

I chose to use the Phase One for its dynamic range as I was shooting into the sun to create flare. I didn't want to use flash as I wanted to keep the softness and naturalness in the feel of the light, so I relied on reflectors.

Thank you to my trusty assistant,  Sussie Mellstedt and hair and make artist, Desiree Wise.  Great work ladies!

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.

 

 

Shooting at the beach with the Schneider 120TS lens

I took my new favourite lens, the SCHNEIDER-KREUZNACH 120 mm TS f/5.6 Aspherical  to the coast to test, courtesy of a loan from L+P Photographics.  Check out the beautiful flare it gives when shooting into or nearly into the light. Magic! Also I had fun swinging the lens (does this make me a 'swinger'?) so that the plane of focus runs into the image (as opposed to parallel with the film plane normally). Is it just me, or is it a bit more evocative?? With this quality of optics on a medium format state of the art 80 Megapixel camera,  I can see some stunning large format fine art prints coming up!

Schlepping with Schneider

The good folks at L+P Photographics and Phase One gave me a Schneider Kreuznach 120mm tilt shift lens to try last week on my medium format digital system.  I tested it out with my Phase One IQ180 80 Megapixel digital back on a mini food shoot.  My verdict: yep I love it! I have other tilt shift lenses but the sharpness really was remarkable, the German glass gives the image a crisp quality from edge to edge. Some lenses show sharpness through contrast, but this one is through the glass and within the image. Of course the tilt and shift are great for changing your plane of focus also. I have to buy one now!!