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Portraits for a fellow photographer

Around 2 years ago, I had some fantastic fitness photos taken by my friend and wedding photographer Robert Slabihoudek (Click here to see his work) to mark one of my fitness milestones.

Today I return the favour with a photo shoot and hopefully deliver images that he will cherish as I have with his.

He needed a few updated corporate head-shots for his photography website and social media profiles and also some personal portraits for his friends and family. And he asked for natural light and natural looking photos that weren’t tooposey’.

Like our last photo shoot, it was held at my backyard and garage, but this time, we discovered and got to try out a few new locations that had interesting backgrounds. It was golden hour and the sun was setting quick, we went with the flow and the shoot was over in 20 minutes.

Although to us it seemed like it was getting dark, the cameras and fast lenses picked up the soft ambient light and produced some amazing lighting and shadows. I got to use his Nikon D700 and his 135mm prime lens and I’m blown away by the quality of the images coming from this lens!  We took a few pictures with both his kit and my kit.  Now he has a bunch of images from both cameras and I’m leaving it in his capable hands to edit the ones he likes or use the ones I edited.

In the meantime, here are some of my edits from my new Canon 70D, it is actually the first portrait shoot I have done with it, also, the first time I mounted the Canon 70-200mm F2.8L IS USM so I was eager to play around with the image files. So far, I am happy with the colour reproduction, the extra detail in the images and the killer movie-mode. Look out for my Canon 70D consumer review in the future for my deeper analysis and experiences with the camera.

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If you like these pictures and would like some photos of your own. Don’t hesitate to contact me to organise a professional corporate photo shootpersonal portraits or a family photo shoot.

Melbourne Cup Event at the Vault Hotel 2013

Melbourne Cup is an annual horse racing event in Australia, one that is so heavily invested in that it is touted as ‘a day that stops the nation’. Bars, clubs, hotels, workplaces and houses televised it, I personally could care less about gambling, horse racing and the getting caught in the hype. But watching and capturing the moments and reactions of those that did have some investment in this event made me excited too. It was contagious!

A spectrum of emotions experienced ranging from anxious anticipation to elation and celebration. The room was certainly alive and filled with cheer during the main race.

While most patrons lost their bets, some won their money back or made a little more, only 2 patrons picked the winning race horse and lots of loot.

Because The Vault Hotel is located in the CBD of Sydney. The patrons consisted of business people. The Vault Hotel had put on a special event for nearby organisations to have work functions and the women got dressed up, wearing their cocktail dresses, big, bright and bold hats and luscious red lipstick. Lunch was catered for while the races were projected onto the wall for the spectators. There was around 7 large groups while walk-in patrons turned up later towards the start of main race.

Because of the nature of the work functions, a lot of people didn’t want their photos taken. Nor did I want to interrupt them during their lunches. Some groups snuck-out of work and didn’t want their incriminating photos taken and posted on The Vault’s website for the fear of their bosses catching them out later.

This was a challenge for me because there were times I felt like a pest and I also didn’t want to dampen the patrons experience at The Vault, but I also needed to do my job, so I resorted to subtle candid and posed shots of the groups that allowed me to take pictures of them. After the main race had finished and the crowd was hyped up from cheering and celebrating, they were more open to photos.

What I took away from this experience is that a lot of times you will get rejected in these environments, people are a bit camera-shy during the day (or during work hours) and just want to enjoy their time out without the paparazzi  invading their space (and that’s completely understandable), whereas in night events, people start the night camera-shy but after having a few drinks, they usually can’t get enough time in front of the camera!

You just have to shoot what you can without upsetting anyone.

 

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A note on the gear used for this event: I packed very light because I knew it was going to be crowded so moving around with a backpack was not feasible. I took my trusty ‘gripped’ Canon 50D, a Canon 16-35mm f2.8L lens and an on camera Oloong SB690 speedlight packed into my medium Lowepro Toploader Pro AW 70 holster bag. In hindsight, I could’ve used my Canon 70-200mm for even better candid shots.

Zenbu Dojo Sydney Judo training session indoor sports photoshoot

Today’s photo shoot took place at the Zenbu Grappling Dojo and was hosted by Studio 1A by Pania Newport and Christopher Getts (Thanks guys for this amazing opportunity!). The goal was to practice shooting indoor sports and capture the action using various techniques like hi-Speed photography with the on-camera flash to freeze the action, with panning and motion blurring as well.

I was so excited and grateful to do this shoot because of my previous experience practicing judo and keen interest in other martial arts. And also for the chance to meet and photograph the judo champion Mark Brewer and up-comer Oren Janiv with the Zenbu team of black belts training in their element. It is always nice to see the camaraderie and friendly competition between the judoka as man sharpens man.

Mark Brewer, a tall judo athlete with an intimidating physique currently ranking 25th in the world for the 81 kilogram weight division and is also a New Zealand, Australian & Oceania Champion. He recently won the Gold at the Australian International Judo competition and will be representing New Zealand at the Commonwealth games in Glasgow 2014 too “so best of luck to you Mark, I will be cheering for you!”.

 

Photo Credits

Event Hosts: Studio 1A (Pania Newport and Christopher Getts)
Location: Zenbu Grappling Dojo

Judoka:

Images 1-3 – Mark Brewer and Cousseau
Images 4-7 – Oren Janiv
Images 8-11 – Mark Brewer

 

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Seussical promo shoot and cast photo session

Promo-shots , cast photos, 40 performers, 28 degrees Celsius in the hall, and over-heating flash lights.  We planned for a 3 hour deadline, and an hour and a half extra if we needed it, but things went so smoothly we finished earlier than expected and with great results too!  A big thanks to Kenney Ogilvie and the team for making it happen today. Over the coming week I will be polishing up these pics for print and promotions for The Regals Musical Society, so I better get to it then! 🙂

Also, the Suessical show dates are Nov. 22nd – 24th and Nov. 29th -Dec. 1st, purchase your tickets to the show here.

The regals seussical rehearrsals

The 3rd and final group of cast to shoot

photography portrait setup

“Step right up, step right up!”
This was my chosen portrait setup for the shoot
You can see that I had my towel and some water nearby because it was hot in there, especially with me setting up the equipment and all the isometric tip-toeing, crouching and squatting for the shots. There is also a second flash on the ground to alternate them when they over heated or ran out of batteries.