Sometimes you just don’t have that much space to work with 🙂
I ended up shooting from across the hall…
Nikon D90, Sigma 12-24mm Lens
A few more shots from a last weekend at Fort Balance…
Fergus lining up a shot.
Nikon D90, Sigma 12-24mm Lens, ISO 200, Torch.
The sun going down on another Urbex adventure…
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 🙂
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.
There was Powerboat racing in the harbour yesterday and I thought it would be a good chance to test out my Nikon 80-200 f2.8 lens which has a pretty serious amount of fungus in it with my Nikon D90. Luckily the light was on my side so I didn’t have to worry too much about lens flare.
As we were walking to a good vantage point the race started and on the second turn two of the boats collided resulting in one of them overturning… I saw it happen but didn’t have a camera out so only got the aftermath.
Anyway I was reasonably happy with the way the lens handled and even sniped a couple of portrait shots of the crowd 🙂
Nikon D90, 80-200 f2.8 Lens, ISO 400.
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
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
I have been away camping with the family for the last couple of days (hence no new photos). Did a bit of playing with long exposure shots and the D90 to see how it would handle… The first one is a 20 minute exposure which has been a bit over tweaked in Photoshop (sorry not quite back in the real world yet) and the second one is a 30 second exposure.
The files look good but I have to say that the camera processing time was crazy! On the first shot the exposure was 20 minutes and it nearly took that long to process the image after the initial exposure so 40 minutes all up. I am hoping I just left a setting on which would increase the processing time so will have to look and see what other people have said…
At the Wellington Zoo yesterday and couldn’t help slipping back into street shooting mode 🙂
Boxing Day kite action…
Here are a few shots from Boxing Day… The weather here has been super nice with 28 degree days and no wind, which is rare for Wellington…
There has also been large numbers of Jellyfish floating around the harbor and consequently washing up on the beach. Luckily they are the non fatal kind 🙂