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  • shooting film and revisiting old friends

    romance

    My girlfriend bought me an old Canon EOS 5 for my birthday this year, and it's so cool. I remember playing with these all the time when I worked in camera stores in the early 2000's. A few friends had them, and even though I was a die hard Nikon shooter back then, I always really liked them.

    Now that I shoot Canon digital, the idea of grabbing one of these lovely old birds has been kicking around my head for a while. How cool would it be to put all my awesome L lenses on an old film body? 

    So anyhow, I got a roll back this week from Hillvale. One of the things I still kinda love about film is that I invariably forget what's on those rolls sitting on my shelf, and this was no exception. I think I shot this roll around early winter. I was experimenting with the cool built in flash and just using my beautiful 50mm 1.2L lens. While the Hillvale scans seem to always have kinda wacky colours (not bad, just wacky and not quite accurate), they always look pretty cool. 

    I love how with film you're stuck with the exposure you got. Things that aren't straight, you're stuck with, and it makes you appreciate them for what they are, not what you're trying to transform them into. It's so funny, the EOS 5 is basically what the 5D digital camera was modelled after, so it's fairly similar to even the current 5D MKIII. So much that when I'm taking pictures, I instinctively look down to check the LCD. But of course, the picture is never there..

    Anyway, here's a few shots I liked.

    Pole

    Shower

    Jack Elias

    What's funny with the above image of my friend Jack, is that I also shot this little shoot on digital. Ironically I processed the digital files almost identical to the ones I shot on the film, months before I even saw them. I should have just shot film. 

    Luke Yeoward

    Kersty and Malky.

    This is our cat Malkmus the day we got him home from the shelter where adopted him. He's a great little guy.

    someone elses dog

    It seems I look for shapes and lines a lot more when I'm shooting film. I wonder why that is?

  • Committing to a Creative Decision.

    Recently I came across a book by Darren Sylvester called Compass Point after I photographed Darren for a friend's magazine called World's OnlyChatting to Darren about the book, he talked about how when he shot the book, he knew he didn't want to do a whole lot of post, so he went and bought a bunch of old school Cokin filters (mostly from bargain bins in camera stores, as they're not popular now, at all) and used them to create the gorgeous images in the book.

    I was really struck by this. Back when we shot film, the creative decision had to be made at the time of shooting. You had to commit; you'd use the appropriate film to create the look you wanted, and if you wanted to use a filter, you had to make the right call then and there. Back then, a filter was a piece of glass you put in front of your lens; not a button you push on Instagram. Once it was on, it was on.

    Now that we shoot digital, the idea of committing to something at the time of creation is becoming less and less talked about. Sure, we select the correct lens for the job etc, but pretty much everything else is done in post. Of course, this allows huge amounts of flexibility and enourmous possibilities, but there's something to be said for making a choice at square one, and seeing it through; limiting possibilites and really honing something. 

    After shooting Darren, I immediately started scouring Ebay for daggy old 80's filters and they finally arrived this week, so of course I made my girlfriend and her mate go stand under out under our magnolia tree while I waved these amazing pieces of glass in front of my lens. So cool. I love the results. I think I made Kersty and Jen look like they're in an all girl shoe-gaze band.

  • Dinner party at home..

    I've been working with a great food stylist lately named Jacinta Moore, and last week we shot a cool story for goodfood.com.au which was in this weeks Epicure. Check it out. Also online at http://www.goodfood.com.au/good-food/cook/a-dinner-party-for-30-top-chefs-show-you-how-to-cook-for-a-crowd-on-the-cheap-20140816-3dssx.html

  • The Young Ones Magazine

    I am so honoured to be able to say that I not only have a photograph of mine on the COVER of the first issue of "The Young Ones", but I also have another three of my images inside the magazine. Crazy. So amazing. I think this is possibly the nicest my images have ever been printed (bar obviously gallery style prints).

    They did a lovely interview with me, and my friend Heather Lighton took my photo, and managed to make me look half alright. How about that. Please go check it out, it really is a fantastic publication. The girls have done an incredible job. My Mum was stoked.

    http://theyoungonesmagazine.bigcartel.com/product/the-young-ones-issue-one

  • Tim Rogers at Bluesfest 2014

    I was up shooting Bluesfest for a client, and grabbed a bit of Tim's set. He was playing with Shane O'Mara, who I know as well and is an amazing guitar player. I couldn't get over how many million photographers there were at Blues.. Possibly the most I've ever seen. In some of the pits there'd be as many as THIRTY photographers all waving their massive zooms around and taking the same photos up the artists noses. Gross. I'd walk around with my 50mm L lens being subtle, and these guys with their big camera harnesses and fourteen cameras dangling off them would look at me all snobby as if I was some upstart kid. Ha. Amazing. 

    Anyway, here's a few I grabbed of Tim's set. Was lovely. 

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