Studio

ShadowMask Part 2: Proof of concept 1

After cutting out the first gobo the plan was to test how well the overall concept worked in the studio environment using digital.

Planning diagram

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Studio setup

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Actual lighting diagram

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Result

Conclusion:

The overall concept looks like it will work well with a little bit of tweaking especially with the light not associated with the gobo.

Still need to test using a “negative” gobo and then move onto a full scale test using large format film…

As I think about the overall project more and more I think it might end up being centered around “spirit animals” with each individual choosing which animal they most closely associate with.

More to come 🙂

Simon (@darkhalide)


Greetings… Its been a while

Howdy

If you are looking for more recent stuff try @darkhalide on Instagram

Blog has been a bit neglected of late but I am starting my first real project in quite a long time and thought this was probably the best place to put my thoughts, trials, failures, successes…

Anyway the project is a group of images for exhibition using my large format 4 x 5 Cambo camera which has also been sadly neglected sitting in its box in my garage for longer than I can remember.

The concept is to use cutouts (or gobos) to create shadows or highlights on portraits. This is done by using a snooted studio light so as to not spill too much light around the gobo.

To create a gobo I have been printing out images onto framing matte board and then cutting them out with a craft knife.

So far I have cutout a few gobos…

I plan to play around with both positive masks as well as negative masks so see which one will work best or possibly a mixture of both…

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Small Studio

Sometimes you just don’t have that much space to work with 🙂

I ended up shooting from across the hall…

Small Studio

Nikon D90, Sigma 12-24mm Lens


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Garage Studio

A bit of garage studio time today…

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Sacha

Publicity photo for Sacha’s website and other random things like exhibitions. Check her website HERE and while you are at it go check out her art its pretty damn cool! 🙂

Sacha

 

Nikon F5, Ilford Delta 3200 ISO Film.


The Rose…Part Three Film

And finally a shot from Rolleiflex using Fuji 160NC Film…

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Rolleiflex 2.8 E, Rolleinar +1, Rolleipar +1,Fuji 160NC Film.


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Glasses

This was an image I made for a friends birthday invite but I ended up framing it for her as well.

Its every pair of glasses she has ever worn 🙂

All glasses were shot on a product light table individually and then put together in Photoshop.

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Nikon D90, 50mm f1.8, ISO 200


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The Rose… Part 2… Digital

This is the second part of the rose that I found on the beach last week.

This time I was playing with light fall-off with a saftbox directly above and very close to the rose.

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Nikon D90, 50mm f1.8, ISO 100.


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Adventures In Assisting: Frenz Hair Salon

This is from a couple of weeks ago when I did a job with photographer Alicia Scott. Ivan and his team at Frenz Hair Salon were great to work with and it was a fun shoot. I even managed to plug Rollei into the lights, via pocket wizards, and snap a couple of shots 🙂

See one of the final shots on Alicia’s page HERE

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Frenz-9Rolleiflex 2.8 E, Ilford HP5+ 400 ISO Film, (Bottom Four) Pocket Wizard Plus 3 Radio Slaves, CanoScan 9000F Scanner.


Hi My Name Is Simon…

Posts have been a bit far apart of late and to be perfectly honest I have been out taking a whole heap of images, partly because its winter and cold outside.

I have just invested in a set of studio lights (Bowens Gemini 750s with batteries) and haven’t really had them out of there case since I got them 🙂 The double garage under the house is being roughly converted to a studio space and eventually I should start setting up some shoots there. I am however excited by the prospect of taking the lights out to some urbex locations to shoot some portraits but really need the weather to be a bit more settled.

I went out for the first time to shoot street yesterday and although I didn’t take any images I’m going to try and get out at least once a week.

Anyway hopefully this means a few more images to come onto the blog.

Here is  a shot from a couple of months ago from Fergus as I was just starting to get bits and peices set up…

Simon/Darkhalide

StudioPhoto courtesy of Fergus Cunningham


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Melissa And Ilford Delta 3200

Here goes some shots from last weekends shoot with Melissa, Alicia and Renee.

These are from my F5 that was loaded with Ilford Delta 3200 Film and were possibly the only images that really looked like I saw them in my head. I only started using it near the end of the shoot rather than reloading my RZ67 and Rolleiflex.

Sometimes you just cant really beat using film 🙂

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Nikon F5, 50mm f1.8 Lens, Ilford Delta 3200 ISO Film, CanoScan 9000F Scanner.


Things To Do While Your Rolleiflex Is Away Being Repaired #6

Photograph My Left Foot.

I just realised the other day that in the last 30 years my foot has been like this I have never actually taken a photo of it…

I was run over when I was about 8 years old, totally my fault crossing the road without looking. The back wheel of the car ran over my entire foot but skidded over the last two toes basically ripping them off. One was stitched back on and the other was just left as a stump. The doctors had been planning to take the stump off when I was older to make my foot look more normal but I like it the way it is 🙂 . I was told I would never have very good balance on this foot but after a lifetime of skiing and skating my balance is better than most people I know.

I keep forgetting that most people either don’t know or have forgotten about it… Its not a big deal its just part of who I am 🙂

This might be one of the last posts like this since I go and get Rollei back from repair this afternoon 🙂 It had its shutter fixed and a good clean and check so it should be sweet 🙂

Nikon D90, 50mm f1.8 Lens.


Things To Do While Your Rolleiflex Is Away Being Repaired #2

Pimp Your Pepper Grinder.

The other day I wanted pepper for something, I don’t use pepper much, and the only pepper we have is in a battery powered pepper grinder that was a gift from someone (I cant remember who and if it was you possibly don’t read any further).

The thing about battery powered stuff is that when you want to use it, it is always flat. This one takes something like 8 AAA sized batteries so even if I did want to change then I probably wouldn’t have enough… This was my solution…

Pepper Grinder: Looks pretty but without batteries completely useless.

You thought I was joking when I said it takes 8 AAA batteries…

So it is now broken into its 3 component parts. Power Unit, Peppercorn Storage and Nice looking top bit…

Introducing new power unit, 14.4V Black and Decker Drill…

Attach drill chuck to central column of pepper grinder.

Pepper grinder has now been pimped 🙂

Nikon D90, 50mm f1.8, Light Tent, 3 x 250w Constant Tungsten Lights.


Things To Do While Your Rolleiflex Is Away Being Repaired #1

For those of you who follow this blog you probably know that Rollei died in the weekend and is now away being repaired (hopefully), So I thought I would start a “Things to do while your Rolleiflex is away being repaired” series until it comes back (again hopefully fixed).

Make Jewellery Out of Broken Clocks

I have been looking around Op Shops for ages trying to find props for future photo shoots and finally found an old wind up clock to pull apart and turn into jewellery for a  Steampunk shoot. The leather came from another Op Shop purchase of an old belt.

Nikon D90, 50mm f1.8 Lens, Light Tent, 3 x 250W Constant Tungsten Lights.


Adventures In Assisting: Out Of The Box

Another shoot with Bev Short for her NZ Tattoo project. This one was using the storeroom in the New Zealand Portrait Gallery here in Wellington as a set and we got to have it for a couple of days so things wouldn’t be too hectic especially since we were basically building a set for the shoot.

The main element of the set was the packing crate which I ended up making (and then destroying). The day I took the finished crate (unbroken) to Bevs we found out that breaking it was going to be a bit problematic. No matter how hard I stomped on the thing it just wouldn’t break, next came the hammer (that was possibly the smallest hammer I have ever seen) and after about 15 minutes it was starting to look a bit more demolished, although I managed to pull a muscle in my shoulder doing it (must be getting old).

Since this shoot was going to be inside over two days I thought it would be fun to set up my D90 as a time lapse camera to show what goes on (the video is done and just getting a custom music track from my friend Ben Capp) and should be up later this week 🙂 Its the entire photoshoot from empty storeroom to empty storeroom in 3 minutes.

The first day was building the set and initial lighting set-up which went pretty smoothly complete with fake dust and occasional issues with light bulbs.

Day two and Gillian Parkinson  (model) and Matt Middleton (make-up) turned up which gave me some time to take some shots of everything.

Enjoy

See finished image HERE

Box before destruction

Box after attempted destruction

Box in position on the set.

Bev posing for the time lapse camera

The time lapse camera up above the shoot and looking out to the gallery.

Custom dust placement.

Catering Trolley

Make-up under scrutiny.

Wood particle placement.

Eye lashes Matt made from peacock feathers.

Costume alterations.

More costume alterations.

Hair alterations.

Instruction.

Shooting.

Stand in.

Final Set-up.

Square Shots: Rolleiflex 2.8 E, Ilford HP5+ 400 ISO Film, CanoScan 9000F Scanner.

35mm Shots: Nikon F5, 50mm f1.8 and 35mm f2 Lenses, Ilford HP5+ 400 ISO Film Pushed to 1600 ISO, CanoScan 9000F Scanner.


Something A Bit Different

I haven’t been out shooting much lately mostly due to weather and a lack of time.

Amanda needed a photo for something so I threw this together one night after the kids went to bed. I hadn’t tried a beauty shot with a reflector underneath to bounce light up. Unfortunately one of my studio lights decided to die so I had to do it with a black background (black sheet pegged to curtain) and use my Sb80DX Speedlite as a hair light.

I would have rather done it with a white background but that’s life 🙂

Nikon D90, 50mm f1.8 Lens, 1 x Electra 500W Compact Studio Light, 1 x Sb80DX Speedlite, 1 x 40′ Silver Reflector.


Adventures In Assisting: Wind, Birds and Duct Tape

Another shoot with Bev Short, who currently has her “All Woman”  exhibition at the New Zealand Portrait Gallery, if you are in Wellington you should go and see it, some of the shoots are on this blog. This one was for her new Tattoo project.

This is one of those shoots that should be pretty straight forward but end up being anything but…

Driving up to the location the weather started to look ominous and as soon as I pulled in it started to rain. I was there first so started scouting around for an indoor location just in case the rain didn’t stop but luckily by the time everyone else got there it had stopped enough to go on with the original location.

Bev and Matt Middleton (SFX make-up) had spent an afternoon constructing a set of angel wings that were going to be put on the model, Andre, using duct tape (see images 3 and 4). The initial setup went well apart from the strong wind that started blowing, luckily Andre’s cousin came along with him and ended up holding the 5 foot softbox from blowing away for a couple of hours.

With wings held on with a roll of duct tape Andre came out and stood on his mark only to have the wings pretty much destroyed by the wind which led to about an hour and another couple of rolls of tape being used to hold them in place.

Once this was sorted out the next element was a dove (we only got 3) which was to be captured just as it was taking off from Andres outstretched hands… The cool thing about the doves was that once they were released they were homing and just went back to their roost… Unfortunately they were a bit camera shy and didn’t take direction too well and 1 especially liked turning its head round nearly 360 degrees which was a bit unnerving.

So after all the doves had been released we were pretty much done… Hopefully with not too much damage to Andres back taking off the wings 🙂

You can see the final image on Bevs blog HERE

Rolleiflex 2.8 E, Ilford HP5+ 400 ISO Film, Nikon D90, 24 f2.8 Lens.


Adventures In Assisting: All Woman Gallery Opening

Last Thursday was the opening of Bev Short’s “All Woman” exhibition at the New Zealand Portrait Gallery here in Wellington. I do a bit of assisting for Bev and had helped with a fair few of the images in the exhibition.

It was pretty damn cool to see them big and framed as a series.

Well done Bev!

Of course I took my Rolleiflex and with some 400 ISO film pushed to 3200 took several rolls during the night. Gallery lighting is not your friend when it comes to photography 🙂

Rolleiflex 2.8 E, Ilford HP5+ 400 ISO Film pushed to 3200 ISO , CanoScan 9000F Scanner.


Chair On Roof

You know you are heading into student housing areas when…

Rolleiflex 2.8 E, Ilford HP5+ 400 ISO Film, CanoScan 9000F Scanner.


Happy Easter

Found this one from my archives… It was an assignment from university where we had to photograph an egg…

Happy Easter!

Nikon F5, 50mm f1.8 Lens, Fuji Sensia 100 ISO Film, Nikon Coolscan 5000 Scanner.


Adventures In Assisting

A couple of weeks ago (it always seems to take a couple of weeks) I did another assisting job with Bev Short for her new project. I didn’t get too much of a chance to take photos on this one as we were a bit rushed due to the fact that even though it is the middle of summer it was stupid cold and then one of the lights wouldn’t communicate so I ended up hand holding a speedlite as a rim light.

Matt Middleton the SFX makeup artist did a great job of turning a mask into a head, dubbed “Bob”,as well as doing all of Steve Francis  makeup

The most amusing part was when we were just about to leave, a car pulled up and three guys got out and were a bit shocked by Steves appearance since he was still fully made up and asked him if he was alright… Wish I had got some shots of that 🙂

All in all another fun shoot and I think the final image turned out pretty damn good 🙂

Final image on Bevs blog HERE

Nikon D90, 50mm f1.8


This Is My Camera There Are Many Like It…

This is a shot I took for a post on my Rolleiflex on Sweet Photos Bro… Go check out the full post at the Sweet Photos Bro blog  HERE


Assisting At The Fever Hospital

The other week I did some assisting work for Bev Short at the now infamous Fever Hospital.

As well as my usual assisting duties Bev asked if I could take some shots of her working for some future publicity. Bev usually lets me take a few shots when she is working on her own projects and I have put up some behind the scene shot previously but this meant I took quite a lot more than I usually would.

Anyway here’s what it looks like behind the scenes at one of her shoots…and yes that is a custom made snoot on the second setup 🙂 We are after all living in a number 8 wire and duct tape country…

Go see some of the finished shots HERE

My favorite shot of Bev is definitely the last one 🙂

Colour: Nikon F5, 50mm f1.8 and 35mm f2, Fuji 400H Film, Noritsu Scanner.

Black And White: Rolleiflex 2.8 E, Ilford HP5+ 400 ISO Film, CanoScan 9000F Scanner.


Spook The Horses

A couple of weeks ago Alex and I did a photo shoot for Wellington band Spook The Horses for a publicity shot for their upcoming album Brighter.

This was the first time for me shooting on a roof and the logistical quagmire of setting up lights and getting angles. Luckily we had a couple of extras to hold lights since light stands weren’t an option an apart from my equipment showing its age and a few workarounds with duct tape things went pretty smoothly (shots of setting up to come).

It was a great group of guys to shoot and I really enjoyed the shooting them 🙂

The shot was used at http://www.undertheradar.co.nz/utr/interviewMore/CID/407/N/Spook-The-Horses.utr

Go and buy their Album Brighter  HERE

Canon 5dmkII, 50mm f1.8, ISO 100, 2 x 500W Electra Strobes at Full Power.