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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.

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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.