Tag Archives: Photos

Fuji x10 Review

IMG_1139

This is probably my favourite camera right now and the one that is nearly always in my bag. I still probably use my iPhone to take more photos but this has replaced my Canon 5D on many occasions.

The things I absolutely love about this camera are, its size, it’s image, manual controls, build quality and it looks pretty cool in a retro way.

For the last three years I have hauled my Canon 5D around with me, professionally and personally. I love it and it still produces a better image that the x-10, especially in the low lights but its a lump to carry around and add a couple of lenses and you become your own packhorsealso its a pit conspicuous when you are on holiday and trying to fit in. Continue reading »

Johnny Wore Black: Up in Flames

Johnny Wore Black‘s latest video for Up In Flames was shot over two rather wet days in a derelict brick factory in West Sussex about a month ago. Fronted by osteopath and stuntman Johnny Cohen, Johnny Wore Black’s music is fully or haunting poetical lyrics. Up in Flames was shot on the Red One camera with a full professional crew more often seen on big budget hollywood fare and brought many of the toys from  them, stunt fighting, sets on fire and smoke. Directed another stuntman come director John Newton, Up in Flames is the  follow up to Johnny’s previous single All The Rage. I shot the stills using available light and a few HMI’s which lit the video shoot. Post production was achieved using Apples aperture and Adobe Photoshop

2012 iPhone  002.jpg2012 iPhone  003.jpg2012 iPhone  004.jpg

Shooting in an Instant: Vosene #Vosing

A few years ago millions of cameras screamed and then when silent. Polaroid had stopped film production . Millions of camera’s were consigned to cupboards, landfills and memories. As the very last factory was closing something amazing happened two people talked about restarting all those cameras hearts and the Impossible Project was formed. More about which can be found here

So why shoot using instant film today when we have instant sharing through the use of mobile phone cameras and the internet? Well for me it brings a little bit of the magic back to taking pictures, watching the image develop before your eyes. It’s also subject to a little pixie dust as you’re not one hundred percent sure how the image will come out as its subject to so many more factors than electronics and computer logarithms. Continue reading »

Pedigree IR Triggering Camera System

Recently I was asked to put together a system to automatically take photos of dogs as they jumped over a small hedge and then could be be easily uploaded to Pedigree’s We’re For Dogs Facebook page.

Safety was my main concern for both the dogs and us humans involved in the affair. Traditionally race line finishes which take photographs use lasers. This is normally fine as the chances of a laser hitting an eye, human or animal is very small due to the positioning height of such devices in relation to the things passing them being relatively constant. Dogs, just like humans come in all shapes and sizes, which leads to uncertainty when positioning possibly eye damaging lasers. To get around this I opted for and Infra Red trigging system. After trawling the internet for a ready made system I came across on made by Cognisys in the US. The Range IR is a clever devise as it is a self contained unit firing out a harmless beam of IR which can be varied in length as desired. When the beam is broken the sensor sends a signal out to the camera and a photograph is taken. Quite frankly I believe its the work of magical Pixies and that’s fine with me. Continue reading »

Weekend Warriors: Canis Belli.

2011 Canis Bellis 1473.jpg
Many months ago I met up with filmmaker and blogger Robin Schimdt or as he is knows on Twitter  aka_elskid, at the London screening of  Zacutos Camera Shootout 2011. In the pub after the event he talked about an ambitious short film he had written set in the trenches of the first world war, Canis Belli. I told him if he needed a hand to give me a shout. Now when you usually hear about plans for short films of this scale you very rarely hear of them again. The ambition and scale usually halts any prospect of actually shooting them.

Fast forward almost five months and I get a message on Twitter from aka_skid to see if I was available as he was about to shoot the film along with co-director Gez Medinger, aka JerzyBondov. The film was to be shot over two and a half days on a permanent standing set just north of  Ipswich on Trench Farm. The set was been used from many major productions including Downton Abbey Continue reading »

Jacob and George

Last Saturday I was asked to shoot some pictures of Jacob and George two brothers who each needed a set of  photos to submit to modelling agencies. The shoot took a couple of hours at their home in Hemel Hempstead. The photos were shot using a Canon 5D mk11 and post production was achieved using Aperture.

Jacob

George

Truck Festival 2010

Every year Truck Festival brings a few sleepy fields in Oxfordshire to life.  These photos where shot on an acoustic stage, a collection of hay bales I fashioned into a makeshift set, so we could video the bands playing unplugged for Truck Festival and Clubhouse Records. The videos can be found on YouTube

The Epstein @ Truck Festival 2010Trevor Moss and Hannah Lou @ 2010 Truck Festival Last Train Home @ Truck Festival 20102010 Truck FestivalThe Cedars @ Truck Festival 2010Two Fingers Of Firewater @ Truck Festival 2010The Redlands Palomino Company @ Truck Festival 2010Spaceships Are Cool @ Truck Festival 2010Ruth Minnikin @ Truck Festival 2010