As you can see a lot of buildings have been cleared in Christchurch…
Category Lumix GF1
I needed to shoot just 1 more character to complete the ‘Importance Of Being Earnest’ programme which goes into print very soon. Check out the other shots here.
This time we wanted something dark to reflect the character. I shot these pics at 11pm in a cold & foggy Christchurch park with available light from the street lamp.
A devastating and violent 6.3 earthquake hit Christchurch yesterday.
Below are some images and video I took from the past 36 hours after the quake.
I grabbed my video camera right after the quake stopped and this is what I got….
For the description of each picture just click on it and it’ll take you to my Flickr page – although most just speak for themselves.
This shot below was taken from my balcony just two weeks before the earthquake. This city will never look like this again….
I was in Wellington last week for some film related meetings. While I was there I took some shots of my friends flatmate Ange.
I thought I’d have a go at creating a image similar to the style of Leah Sweet.
Below is a quick rundown of my Photoshop process. The above photo was a composition of this shot I took in her lounge…
…and this ‘bokeh‘ shot I took a few weeks back in Christchurch…
Firstly since this was an impromptu shoot and Ange didn’t have any makeup on I smoothed the skin in Photoshop.
Steps to get smooth skin:
(a) Duplicate the layer in Photoshop
(b) Add ‘Dust & Scratches’ filter to the top layer
(c) Use a ‘Reveal All’ layer mask on the top layer. Then use a black or grey brush to draw back in the details – like the eyes, nostrils and lips.
Then I’ve added the bokeh shot on a new layer with the transfer mode set to ‘Multiply’ and opacity to 88%.
Finally I’ve brought back the girls face details using another ‘Reveal All’ layer mask. This time however using grey brushes so some of the bokeh shot still overlays the face.
Hope that all makes sense! If you found this handy please leave a comment :)
Wow – so I seem to be doing a lot of photography lately! Just got back from a shoot with model / actress Georgia Easter. She was one of the leads in my entry to this years 48 Hour film challenge. Check it out here.
As always I was shooting on the trusty Lumix GF1 & a 20mm f1.7 lens. The shoot was purely just for my practice. Used the available light from the overhead fluorescents and 1 off camera flash (fired via my new wireless trigger).
Has been a great weekend here in Christchurch so I thought I’d get out and use my new wireless setup on some friends. Went to Hagley park and pulled out my new $10 umbrella I got on a recent trip to Hong Kong.
All the shots were done with just one flash through the umbrella and edited in Adobe Lightroom.
A rare self portrait with my friend Clementine.
Actor friend Robert Faith. Check out his work here.
A couple of weeks ago at a party I drunkenly tripped over my flashcable and smashed my Nikon flash. That damn cable was so annoying for two reasons – I was only able to place the flash 15ft away from the camera and I wasn’t able to move the camera around without potentially pulling over the stand.
So I decided to splash out and get a wireless setup. The guys at Photo & Video International (best camera shop in the world) hooked me up with a Phottix Wireless trigger set (technical review here). Took it yesterday up to Victoria park to shoot some mountain bikers – was so much easier to put the flashes wherever I wanted, move around with the camera and have no fear that I’ll pull the stand over and smash some more gear. For $200 NZD Iwas able to get a transmitter and 2 receivers – which work for up to 30m from the camera. Check out the full mountain biking set here.
Have nothing to compare them to but so far they are reliable and making the shoot 100 times easier. Am going out to play with them some more today :)
So local musician Hera got in contact with me a week or so ago asking for some promo photos. She was very open to shoot anything that I wanted – which was great.
Today we headed out to get some shots at Bottle Lake forest. It was sunny so I was hoping to see light rays breaking through the canopy. Got there and one of my two flashes wasn’t working. So had to make do with only 1. Then it started pissing down!
Luckily Hera was keen to keep shooting and we soldiered on. Ended up getting some cool water shots! As you can see from the pics – she’s a pretty good sport.