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BlackBerry

October 28th, 2009 by admin

I was recently asked to cover the launch event for the new BlackBerry Curve. BlackBerry launch parties are pretty impressive events, and the stars for the show were Joel and Benji Madden from Good Charlotte. Being commissioned by the organisers meant that I had fantastic access, and the GC lads were super cool. Very down to earth and you could see their genuine love for Australia straight away. Their DJ set was awesome too, they played a great selection and variety of tracks including The Lonely Island’s “I’m On A Boat”, “You Shook Me All Night Long” by AC/DC and Benny Benassi’s “Satisfaction”.

Food

October 28th, 2009 by admin

I have tried to avoid putting up food on this blog, there are plenty of other great sites to see that, such as BetheFoodie. But I was recently asked to photograph a range of dishes for a great restaurant in Sydney’s CBD. Min Young To is a Korean restaurant, which offers great food at good prices, but their ace card is that they are open 24 hours. When I have travelled to the US and Japan, I love the fact that stores and food places are open all sorts of hours and was always annoyed in Sydney in that the only choices you have to eat at 4am are Kebabs or McDonalds. As much as I like both of those, Korean food is usually a healthier and tastier alternative.

The brief for the menu was clean shots, so we used a blank piece of paper for the background, and two of my 580EXs on stands shooting through umbrellas. I shot plenty of angles for each dish, and everyone was happy with the results. I have shot little food in my time, which is good I think, as all I wanted to do during this shoot was sample every dish!

Korean style sushi

57 Liverpool St, Sydney.

New Logo

October 19th, 2009 by admin

I have been thinking about designing a new website for some time now, and while the blog may undergo a small change, my focus will be a hot main portfolio site. I have been lucky enough to have help from one of the best designers in Australia, Justin Fox. His logos and art continue to impress me each time I see something new. This is what he came up with.

I loved it straight away.

So to celebrate I have finally uploaded wallpapers of Kevin’s Hakosuka I shot a while back.


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Out with the Old

October 18th, 2009 by admin

I finally bought an iPhone.
I initially bought one of the first 2G models, in an quest to make an easy dollar. The 2G models were not available in Aus, so importers were making strong sales on ebay. I picked one up, made it work here, and tried it for a few days. I didn’t really like it, so sold it at a profit. I struggled to type on the touch screen, thought the camera was terrible, got annoyed at how I couldn’t simply plug in my headphones, and didn’t see much of a benefit from it at all. I also hated the fact that to put music on it, I had to use iTunes, create playlists, and sync that with the phone.

My Nokia N95 8GB at the time could do everything the iPhone could, and was easy to use, compatible with everything I needed, and overall a safe and powerful phone. So why the change? The Nokia could do everything I needed, it had a decent 5mpx camera, played movies and mp3s well, and browsed the net at decent speeds. One reason though, it wasn’t really designed as a ‘net phone. For example, to tweet an image, (put an image on twitter) I had to take the photo, upload it to a host usually flickr, bookmark the flickr link, copy the address, paste it into a new tweet. That is of course, before twitpic could be used on the phone. Twitpic made things easier, but using the iPhone is an all together different animal.

The 3GS is a very powerful device. Not only in terms of hardware, but the whole app thing is pretty impressive. Most major banks have special apps created for the iPhone, and two photographic developments made me finally try an iPhone again. Adobe have released a photoshop application which so far seems pretty limited in it’s usefulness, however the second app is gaining massive momentum. Chase Jarvis is a Seattle based Commercial Photographer who has developed an app and a website which has caused a major impact on the next media photographic scene. The Best Camera, is an application and website, created on the tails of Chase’s exploits with his iPhones. Chase has released a book with photos taken on his iPhones. The world has embraced this app, and the philosophy of ‘The Best Camera is the one that’s with you’ and created a network of great photos. Take a look at his launch blog entry. I have only just started using the iPhone and its camera, however I plan to use it more and more. The video part is also pretty phenomenal. You can record, edit the clip on the iPhone, and with one click, upload to YouTube. Amazing. It is the first time I have ever downgraded a camera, (3mpx vs 5mpx) but in reality, with thanks to Chase, it is an upgrade.

Garage Clean Up

October 18th, 2009 by admin

We have a pretty large garage, and it has been used for storage at various times; for us, my sister and her family, Carol’s sister and her family, the list goes on. With everyone back in the respective houses, it was time to finally sort out the mess in the garage. Along the way we found some sentimental items, and probably a few things worth something on ebay. We were both sick of storing junk, so if we hadn’t used an item in 12 months, it was out.

My first Sennheisers:

My father bought me these for a birthday present in my teens, and they got me through that era. They had a characteristic sound that I have been trying to obtain again without success.

My high school calculator:

Got me through 4unit maths.

My old HEAD skis:

Bought these on a trip to Germany when I was 14, they last almost 20 years. Probably the item I didn’t want to part with the most. Used them in 4 countries, these skis reminded me of many a fun ski trip.

And the best find of the exercise:

An original New York City Breakers Breaking Moves poster. Way cool. We kept this one.

We filled a 7 cubic metre skip bin.

Wolfmother

October 8th, 2009 by admin

I was recently asked to photograph Wolfmother, for one of my PR clients. The event was a free concert launching Guitar Hero 5, check out all the info here.

Renee Slansky

October 4th, 2009 by admin

Shooting models isn’t quite as glamorous as it sounds. There is usually a lot to organise, make up, locations, lighting, etc etc. I’m glad I usually only have to worry about the lighting and the locations. For issue 79 of Auto Salon Magazine we were lucky enough to score a shoot with Renee Slansky, the model for Need for Speed SHIFT.

I spent most of my time working the cover shots, which were all full length standing up, and what our Art Director Michael managed to do with the cover blew me away.

Strobist-wise I used 2x 580EX’s with shoot through umbrellas for the rear catch lights and a pair of battery powered Broncolor Mobilite2 heads with Chimera softboxes for two key lights up front. They are amazing, very small, decent power, with super quick recycle times.

A special thanks to my friend Kelvin, who managed to help out with the location. Thanks!
A video of our shoot, including an interview with Renee is here