Thursday, February 24, 2011

Lens Dilemma

I am thinking of buying a new lens. Everyone says get a 24-70 2.8... I feel more inclined to go an 85mm 1.4, a little bit cheaper than a 24-70 2.8 or I can go relatively dirt cheap and go a 85mm 1.8... 

I currently have a 35mm 1.8 and 50mm 1.8 and love them both, but I'm finding myself being distractive and obtrusive rather than in the distance. If I was to shoot a wedding or a corporate I would think the 85mm would be far away enough to be out of the way and allow the event to flow... Plus an 85mm 1.4 would be great for gigs... I love shooting with primes, they're just good! 

What an incredibly nerdy boring blog, I need to shake it up with a photo. Here. A shot I took on my last shoot:

No Photoshop, no Lightroom, the file is straight off the camera. Taken on a 35mm 1.8. That is the very reason why I love prime lenses. 

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Plug a Mate Mondays! no.2

Keren Dobia

Kez and I met through a great Melbourne drummer that was studying with me at the Sydney Con, she was a keen photographer and took a lot of shots of us muso's back in the day. Fast forward 4 years later and she has blossomed into an professional photographer, with incredible award-winning images. She has also been instrumental on a number of occasions for giving me rock-solid advice, which in turn has helped me develop my understanding and style of photography.

A notable body of work she has produced is a series of reworked fairytales, from Goldilocks to the The Little Mermaid. When I was in Melbourne last year I got a little tour of her exhibition in Malvern and saw these works first hand. The immense amount of detail put into these works is extraordinary, and I recommend you check it out!

See Keren's website here

Monday, February 14, 2011

plug a mate Mondays!

On Mondays I think I'm going to start a regular series of plugs for other photographers. Sharing photos should come from every level of photography - whether you are beginner, seasoned pro, or somewhere in between, everyone has a perspective and it would be incredibly stupid and arrogant of me to ignore other photographers and the work they have to share with us as well.

Angelo Sgambati -

I was playing at my residency last Saturday night at the Argyle when I happened to run into a particular individual, his name is Angelo Sgambati, and I used to play with him back in the day at Cargo Bar (word!). So I find out that he himself has become a photographer and everyone should really have a look at his work, a fantastic fusion of originality, beautiful lighting and proficient technical ability. Check out his compelling series on the Kokoda Trail - awesome!

"I'm articulate, sarcastic and charismatic. I'm animated, eccentric and artistic. I'm loud, inappropriate and juvenile. I'm original, real and unique. I'm a creator, a thinker and a daydreamer. I don't do things how they are meant to be done, I do things my way. I don't make sense, I have a purpose. This is my life, its not what it is, it's what i make of it. I'll never stop dreaming, I'll never stop loving and I'll never stop living..."

check it out! 

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

a couple of mates and a couple of flashes...

Ok, so I'm a little bit excited about the shoot I just did with a couple of my mates, Phil and Paz. Have a look at these - do you think they were done in a studio?

If you said yes then think again! I took them in my hallway at home, blew out the background to pure white with 2 flashes, with a softbox in front. NIICE! Here tis below.

My First Ever Blog!

Hello out there!

So many people have been pushing me to start a blog about my photography so here I am biting the bullet...

I have now been making photos for people for 10 months now, on my Nikon D300s and it has been such a crazy journey to get to where I am now. I know it's such a long road ahead of me thought but in my mind I know it's worth it, in my mind seeing the end results of my work give me great personal satisfaction - something that was always hard to with my music (I'm also a bitter jazz musician who turned to the dark side of house music to make money hee hee).

anyways, I guess this is about my photography and you need to see proof of that, so here is a few shots from a shoot I did last night of a mate of mine in Sydney.

If you have any comments or criticisms I would love to hear them - it's what makes me become better at what I do!! Ciao for now!