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Canon 5D and 7D for video.

I have recently done my first video work with the Canon 5D. Video has become a massive growth area for Canon and their range of cameras. Colleagues and clients have been waxing lyrically about the capabilities of the 5D and 7D, and after using the 5D and seeing the results, I couldn’t agree more. The quality is fantastic and the cameras are very easy to use. I was pleased to be able to help out my good friends Simon McComb and Chris Whitehead on a short video for The Macmillian Trust. Simon directed, filmed and edited, and Chris produced for the project. I helped out with the filming along with Robin from the Pro Centre and another friend of Chris’s called Ian. I mounted the 5D on a figrig and shot with lenses 85mm 1.2, 50mm 1.2 and the 35mm 1.4. The lenses proved to be the right choice although I could have done with a longer lens. We had to capture the atmosphere and fun of the Brick Lane Takeover, a music event in East London that was being sponsered by Macmillian. The figrig proved to be an inspired choice as it allowed a bit more freedom than a tripod. Basically the figrig is a steering wheel but it provides a solid base with which to film. The only drawback is its tricky to use follow focus with it. Still it did the job. The whole evening was a success, however it was quieter than we’d have liked due to a clash with the World Cup. Simon spend about three weeks editing the video and we are all pleased with the results. Here is the video and I hope you enjoy it.

H4D 60 Test Shots

I’ve been playing with Hasselblad’s newly released H4D 60. I didn’t get long to test it, about 20 minutes, but managed to get a few shots, which I thought I’d post. I used the camera at 50 ISO, shutter speed of 250/1 and at f19. I arranged some Profoto D1 1000w heads ( three ) and went for a modern, blown out highlights effect. I changed the overall look with Phocus software and finished off with a tiny bit of photoshop. The camera was easy to use, like all of the H series of cameras. I was pleased with the images although with a bit more time I could have got slightly better imagery. This is more to do with the photographer than the camera !! I’m not convinced I like the over filtered effect which is currently in vogue. It all looks a bit cold and lacks a bit of depth.
The camera was fantastic and the quality of the files awesome. This is just what I’d expect from such a high end camera. Faultless. I’m lucky to be able to play with such a wonderful camera and look forward to having another play soon !
Many thanks to my models Steve, David and Dom from the Pro Centre, although if Cameron Diaz is still in the country…..

ipad and velcro !

I keep being asked if the new apple ipad is going to be useful for photographers. I still don’t know, but it is useful for many other reasons. See this video by Jesse Rosten for further details. Very clever !

The Tour de France by Brent Humphreys

The Tour de France has started this week and I came across this amazing set of images by Brent Humphreys. It’s a wonderful body of work and is some of the best documentary photography I’ve seen in a while. Reading his blog is a real insight into the planning, equipment used and the execution of the project. Top notch ! Here is the link to the full set of images

http://www.projectletour.com/

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Alexandra Palace, North London

I’m currently working on a set of images of Alexandra Palace in North London. Many photographers make the mistake of traveling miles to get to exotic destinations but forget to photograph their local region. Luckily for me Alexandra Palace is nearly my back garden. It’s a beautiful, tranquil haven, away from the madness of the city and this is what I’m trying to capture in my photographs. It’s quiet and peaceful, steeped in history and is a wonderful location.

I’m photographing this project with the Hasselblad H4D 50 or the H3D 50. The clarity of the images is superb and lends itself to this body of work. It’s going to take some time to complete but hopefully I’m going to try and get an exhibition and publish a book at its completion. My Nikon D2X is getting less of a look in at the moment. The quality just doesn’t compare with the Hasselblad, although its been a great workhorse over the last few years. Horses for courses I suppose.

Here are a few of the images.

Wychwood Festival 2010

I’ve just been to my first festival ! A bit late at my age but it was fantastic. I went to the Wychwood Festival in Cheltenham. It’s a kid friendly, rural and popular festival which doesn’t suffer from the crowds like Glastonbury. It’s very chilled and not at all commercial. I’ve heard from some festival goers that many of the other festival venues in the UK have become far too corporate and expensive. This was quite the opposite. Many of the activities were free especially for the kids and the music was excellent. We were treated to the Lightning Seeds, The Happy Mondays, The Levellers and many more first class acts. My favorite was a relatively new band called The Goldheart Assembly. Watch out for them, I’m sure they’ll get a huge fan base.
Here are a few of my favorite shoots from the festival although it was mostly a camera free weekend !

Press shoot with a Hasselblad H3D 50

Arriving at work today, I was confronted by road closures, fire engines and lots of police activity. A major fire had broken out in the Shoreditch area of London. Two buildings had been ablaze for a few hours and the fire was being tackled by over a hundred firefighters. The main action had finished but I still thought it was worth grabbing a camera and getting some shots. The camera was a Hasselblad H3D 50 which would probably not have been a press photographers choice. Still, armed with the Hasselblad, a 35-90 zoom and a 210mm lens I went to get some shots. The view unfortunately was very restricted and I didn’t see any flames but I still managed to get a few good images.
The beauty of using such a camera, is the ability to crop heavily into an image, without there being to much of a quality loss. This proved to be a godsend, as the 210mm still wasn’t long enough, so I have had to crop significantly. I shot most of the images at 400 asa, 250/1 of a second at f8. The results are below.