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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.

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 !

Carnival 2010 – The Big Picture – Boston.com

Here are some remarkable images from Carnival’s around the world. The recent Rio carnival features heavily. Enjoy

Carnival 2010 – The Big Picture – Boston.com

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Experimental photography

When you are supplying stock agencies or editorial clients, you get very little creative license. Alamy, who I supply, prefer standard stock imagery as opposed to artistic or creative images. It can stifle the artist within you unless you dedicate time to being creative. Some stock agencies notably Millennium welcome “off the wall” images and I’ll be looking to supply to them soon. The Getty Flickr collection is equally diverse and is showing signs of real variety and a unique market position. I like to experiment with photography and hope to develop an artistic style as well as the conventional style that currently runs though my work. I think I’ve just got bored with taking standard pictures. I want some excitement and to produce something very different.

I scanned a couple of images today and played with reversing them, changing the colours, contrasts and much more. let me know what you think !

They are certainly different !

Valentine’s Day

February the 14th is Valentines day, so I thought I’d post a few images which have been taken with lovers in mind. I’ve had these placed with stock agencies for the last couple of years but none of them has sold. No-one loves them enough ! Alas. Here’s hoping you all have a wonderful Valentines Day.

The Third & The Seventh by Alex Roman.

I came across this video today and thought I’d share it with you. Like most photographers I’ve got a real passion for the moving image.
The film The Third & The Seventh by Alex Roman is on vimeo and is exceptional with truly wonderful imagery. The architecture is amazing. Play it widescreen, sit back and enjoy.

Hasselblad announces the H4D 40

Is this what an H4D 40 looks like ?

Shame you can’t see what the true focus button looks like.

But it should be the business.