Archive for November, 2010

New Style Car Parking

A new way of solving the problem of car parking?

Maybe just scouting a junk yard πŸ™‚

Unfortunately the rest of this shoot got sacrificed to the film gods when I was processing 2 120 films at once and the overlapped in the middle ruining half of each film 😦 Β A mistake that I wont make twice…

Rolleiflex 2.8 E, Fuji Neopan 400 ISO Film, Canoscan 9000F Scanner.

Yoga With an Enlargement

Saw this shot on Cuba Street looking through the people doing yoga as a pacifist protest against China…

Just incase you missed it here is an enlargement…

Rolleiflex 2.8 E, Fuji Neopan 400 ISO Film, Canoscan 9000F.

Bike Track Trike

Trike at the still to be finished bike track

Rolleiflex 2.8 E, Fuji Neopan 400 ISO Film, Canoscan 9000F Scanner.

How It Was Done: Pink Bubble

Yet another “How it was done” post…This time for my entry in the Canon Photo5 competition under the brief “bubblegum portrait”

This was my entry… Just incase you missed it πŸ™‚

Anyway the brief was…


This brief has one rule:

Feature bubble gum in a portrait. How you or your subject use the bubble gum is up to you. If you need more gum, visit your friendly local convenience store.

Note: For this competition we’re defining a portrait as any shot where a person is the main subject.

Once again it seems simple enough….

I wanted to do something that was entirely pink but a real soft kinda pastel pink which would tie in with the colour of the bubble being blown.

After a couple of days thinking about it I kept coming back to the idea of someone blowing a bubble while being surrounded by bubbles… I know it seems like an obvious conclusion to make but I wanted it to be shot and lit super well which I hoped would make the concept stand out from any other entries which used a similar premise. Not that it worked out in the end after not making it to the finals and public voting…Not that I’m bitter or anything πŸ™‚

So I scored a reasonable sized cardboard box from recycling at work went and bought close to 100 pink balloons and 1 pink (very pink) wig.

For once Amanda was pretty stoked to be in the photo since she liked bubblegum anyway.

Using my 2 500W Electra Studio Lights both pointed at the ceiling (one of the few ways I can use them to get a softer light since they only have full and half power) I put the box in the middle of the room with a pink piece of material over it (with 2 daughters there never seems to be a shortage of pink material around) and got Amanda to lie with the head and shoulders in it.

The light was metered at f11 at 125th of a second using ISO 200.

Amanda spent quite a bit of time on the makeup which needed to be pretty thick due to the close nature of the shot… I think she did a pretty darn good job of getting what I wanted from what I told her.

Not a particularly flattering image but you get the idea how much went into it

Game on!

I ended up only blowing up about 25 Balloons and after Amanda lay in the box they were arranged around her head to make it look like she was entirely surrounded by pink bubbles.

Anyway this is how the set looked…

Again I love how budget my studio is πŸ™‚

So after a lot of false starts and misblown bubbles we started to hit our stride… To get the angle I wanted I needed to be directly above her which required me standing on a chair and at some stages of the shoot standing on 2 chairs, which when 1 moved I nearly did some serious damage to my groin… mental note to self: when standing on 2 chairs always make sure they are well anchored.

The angle ment that you can see me taking the photo quite clearly in Amanda’s eyes

Me on 1 Chair

Me on 2 chairs

Anyway here goes some more shots that didn’t make it but that I still liked… Enjoy… Oh and if you don’t hear from me again Amanda has killed me for putting up more photos πŸ™‚ Dont call the police it’s just the risk I take πŸ™‚ and the girls need at least 1 parent.

Note to Amanda: Dont breath in through your nose when blowing bubble πŸ™‚

Nikon D70s, 50mm f1.8, 200 ISO.

Fatherhood Friday 27: Pipes and Flying Bikes

I havent done one of these in a while, mostly due to a backlog of film that I have to develop πŸ™‚

Things have been slowly moving towards summer with the weather getting better and more opportunities to head outside and play in the sun.

Street shooting Mondays have been reinstated with Sam in the backpack and us roaming through town looking for photo opportunities (and occasionally playgrounds).

Emily is getting very excited about christmas already and we have started to put up our christmas tree with a few decorations being put on it each night. The tree is looking slightly comical due to the fact that most decorations are on the top third of the tree away from where Sam can get them.

Sam through a pipe.

Emily, Frog and the flying Bike.

Rolleiflex 2.8 E, Fuji Neopan 400 ISO Film, Canoscan 9000F Scanner.

Protest In Manners Mall

This protest has been going on since it was announced that there was going to be a bus road put through the previously pedestrian Manners Mall… With only 5 days before buses are going through it I am getting as many images of the area as I can before it changes.

At one point the protestor was arrested for smashing up the road with a sledge hammer… I missed that one dang it!

Rolleiflex 2.8 E, Fuji Neopan 400 ISO Film, Canoscan 9000F Scanner

Self Portrait

In shop window in Manners Mall

Rolleiflex 2.8 E, Fuji Neopan 400 ISO Film

How To Stack Your Family

Seen on lower Cuba Street during the Santa parade.

I’m turning into the person who goes to these events to take images of the crowd and not the actual event πŸ™‚

Rolleiflex 2.8 E, Fuji Neopan 400 ISO Film.

Titahi Bay Black and White

Finally got round to developing and scanning the Black and White film images taken the other week at Titahi Bay.

This was the first roll of Ilford Pan F+ 50 ISO film through the Rollei and I have to say that I like it. This week I am trying Kodak Tri-X 400 which should also be interesting to see how it comes out.



Rolleiflex 2.8 E, Ilford Pan F+ 50 ISO Film.

Cutting Up The Road

More road works on Victoria Street just across from where I work.

These guys caused many interruptions with exceedingly loud noises which made working a bit hard to handle sometimes but they were just doing their jobs.

Rolleiflex 2.8 E, Fuji Neopan 400 ISO Film.

Death of a Mall

Manners Mall gets opened up for buses this Sunday so it will finally stop being a pedestrian only space. It’s a bit sad because this was an area that I take a lot of my images but on the bright side of things change usually brings its own fun.

Rolleiflex 2.8 E, Fuji Neopan 400 ISO Film.

Even Mopeds Like to Dress Up Sometime…

Morning after Halloween.

Rolleiflex 2.8 E, Fuji Neopan 400 ISO Film.

Ring Guy in Cuba Street

Busker on Cuba Street…

Rolleiflex 2.8 E, Fuji Neopan 400 ISO Film.

Iced Banana

Drinker of “Iced Banana” just up the street from McDonald’s.

Rolleiflex 2.8 E, Fuji Neopan 400 ISO Film.

Pimp My Rollei

Just had my Rollei pimped today with a Lens hood from legendary Wellington photographer Julian Ward who just happened to have one lying around.

With the damage to the back element of the lens from a previous owner tring to dismantle it with pliers causing flare this should be a great asset!

Awesome! Cheers!

More Knitting Grafitti

The Knitters have been at it again…

The gate on the Alley was replaced this week so this one is no longer there.

Rolleiflex 2.8 E, Fuji Neopan 400 ISO Film.


Seen at the entrance of “The Alley” just off Leftbank

Rolleiflex 2.8 E, Fuji Neopan 400 ISO Film.

A Couple of Sleepers

Cuba Street seems to be a good place for a lie down lately even with all the noise from the massive amounts of road works going on.

Is it just me or does this look kinda uncomfortable?

I love the looks from the onlookers πŸ™‚

Rolleiflex 2.8 E, Fuji Neopan 400 ISO Film.

Beach Football at Titahi Bay

Went out shooting last night with Fergus to Titahi Bay with the idea of doing some long exposure shots after the sun went down. While we were scouting various locations a game of football started up so we stopped and took some images while the sun went down.

It was lucky we did cause none of the long exposure stuff really came out… You win some and you lose some πŸ™‚

Nikon D70s, 18-70mm Lens, ISO 200.

Random LoneΒ Zombie

Zombies seem to be everywhere these days… This one was spotted at the Capital E Halloween Event for children held at Civic Square. Emily was not very impressed that the zombies were scaring kids (Emily) and we had to leave after only being there a short while πŸ™‚

Rolleiflex 2.8 E, Fuji Neopan 400 Iso Film.

Finding New Friends

After waiting a couple of weeks for 120 neg pages to turn up I have finally started to develop my backlog of film…Yay! Now all I need is the HP5 to turn up from Australia and things will be back to normal although I am starting to quite like Neopan 400,

Looks like the Vespa from next the shop next door has found a friend

Rolleiflex 2.8 E, Fuji Neopan 400 ISO Film.

NEX Captures

Yesterday at work I got asked to go get some sample images to print out for the Sony NEX 5 with the 16mm Lens… Apart from being the worst time of day to go shooting on a day where it was bright and sunny here goes some of the shots that wont be used for sample images but better suit my style of street shooting πŸ™‚ I did slightly pimp it out with a Polariser.

Oh and the camera handled better than I thought it would even if the 16mm was a bit wide for my liking for the street stuff.

Yeah there’s a bit of building/roadwork action going on in the centre city at the moment πŸ™‚

Chillin worker styles

“Yep looks like a road”

With a 24mm equivalent it’s quite hard to get a close image πŸ™‚

Sony NEX 5, 16mm Lens.

Book Pusher

Not sure what religion they were pushing (when you only have 5 -10 min a day to get some shots you just don’t have time) but I like the way the guys body language is turned for a quick get away.

Rolleiflex 2.8 E, Fuji Neopan 400 ISO Film.

Alternate View of Yesterdays Shot

As requested by Saarem… The shot from the other side of the street.

Rolleiflex 2.8 E, Fuji Neopan 400 ISO Film.