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Photo Inspiration : Ray Collins Seascapes

I’m loving my inspirational videos at the moment. I tend to be going for two kinds really – the “just go out there and do it” type of video and also those showing something so simple and basic yet done so well and beautifully – and this is the latter of those two.

Sure we’ve all seen lots of surfing photos and videos – but this is a video about Ray Collins primarily just photographing waves. Something so simple and basic in concept – yet done so well and beautifully. Suggests any of us could go do something similar with a topic that we usually just take for granted.

Many of his pictures remind me of solid lumps of glass or obsidian.

Originally seen via PetaPixel.

His Website

Gig: Placebo + The Mirror Trap

A few photos from last nights Placebo gig at Hammersmith (Eventim) Apollo.

The last time I was there we had to shoot from the back as it was an all seater event – but on this occasion there was a barrier/pit so shot from there. Lighting was a little tricky – a spot pointing down at Brian Molko from a steep angle most of the songs we could shoot (only 2) – which meant out of camera the face was very bright and the rest very dark. Also did no favours with shadow in the eye sockets – but you have to go with what you’re given.

Placebo

The Mirror Trap

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Gig: Spandau Ballet

So photographed my largest gig to date last Tuesday, bar previous festivals of course – so my largest indoor venue at least.

Photographed Spandau Ballet at The O2 arena.

Was a good experience – however I think it didn’t have the impact it once may have since I’ve been doing gigs for a fair while.

I’d say there were approx fifteen photographers in the pit. Decent size although could been a little deeper – it was only enough for approx three people deep. So sometimes it wasn’t possible to get/pass to the optimal position.

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Inspiration: Honey shoot

Links to the honey shoot from Blake Little has been doing the rounds a fair bit on social media. He has a book of them : Preservation.

At the time it struck me as such a simple yet clever idea. Although there are of course logistics to consider like buying and controlling honey, different models etc – ultimately it’s simple and beautiful. The kind of thing where I think “Oh – wish I would have done that”.
I keep wanting to do more creative shoots but the impending organisation usually stops me or to be correct – I don’t event start. I just need to commit some time and just do it.

Recently came across a BTS video of the series and thought I’d blog it tagged as Inspiration.

Gig: Idlewild + Sorren MacLean

My third evening in a week at Roundhouse (Friday last week) !

Was a lot quieter this time – relatively – only five photographers in the pit and no security (at the side instead) rather than Thursday’s fourteen photographers + security!

Sorren MacLean

Sorren MacLean on Spotify

 

Idlewild

Idlewild on Spotify

 

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Gig: Papa Roach, Coldrain, The One Hundred

Second of three nights I was covering at Roundhouse this week – all fairly heavy/rock-is too

This is the first time where I’ve seen bouncers actually in the pit of Roundhouse. Also was the most photographers I’ve seen in the pit for a gig – 14!

Papa Roach was more difficult to photograph because of the light being reduced and Jacoby Shaddix standing on a box or platform.

The One Hundred

Coldrain

Papa Roach

 

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Gig: Halestorm, Nothing More, Wilson

My gig selection this month does certainly seem to be weighting towards the heavier end of the spectrum – heading towards Rock and Metal. Although I think the potential for sales for these gigs in mainstream media is considerably lower – I do seem to enjoy them more – plus they do tend to give more dramatic photography. I sometimes remind myself that I’m in this gig photography stint more for enjoyment of the music and the art of photography rather than financial gain. However seeing my photos being used does still give me a kick 🙂

So far this has been the heaviest gig (in terms of music style) that I’ve seen at Roundhouse. The majority of the heavier gigs have been at Brixton Academy. I have another couple coming up – one tomorrow in fact.

Upon coming home I’ve found a strange issue with some of the photographs – quite significant colour banding. In the majority of cases it reminds me of banding you get when shooting near flourescent tubes at a certain shutter speed. I think this is due to the fact that these lights pulse (usually too quick for the eye to notice) and the shutter speed or way the CMOS sensor is read i.e. a line at a time (this can also cause the “jello” effect in video when panning). However the drum-stick example suggests otherwise – because the banding should be the same across the horizontal axis – but the stick crosses these diagonally but the coloured lines remain the same colour. Strange! I excluded these from the sets sent in to the agency.

The strange colour effects

Banding

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Strobe type effect

Colour banding

Wilson

Nothing More

Halestorm

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Gig: Kid Creole + Stony Browder Jnr

So this was my Friday night – covering a gig of Kid Creole  & The Coconuts supported by Stony Browder Jnr who’s Kid Creole (real name Thomas August Darnell Browder) son.

From Wiki: “Their breakthrough came with 1982’s Tropical Gangsters, which hit #3 in the UK and spun off three Top 10 hits with “Stool Pigeon”, “Annie, I’m Not Your Daddy” and “I’m a Wonderful Thing, Baby”. “Dear Addy” also made the Top 40″

Stony Browder Jnr

Kid Creole  & The Coconuts

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Gig: FKA Twigs

Some photos from Friday’s gig at Roundhouse.

I usually love shooting at the Roundhouse as there’s a decent pit and great lighting – but this time the lighting was a LOT darker. Had to work hard – wait for the occasional flash of light within the venue or reflective light back at the artist. Good shots were few and far between.

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Professional Photographer magazine to end

Received the below E-mail last night.

I’m not overly surprised.

Each time I tried a subscription I was ultimately disappointed by it. There were some good articles – don’t get me wrong – wasn’t all bad. But all the bloomin time  they would have poor articles about things like SEO. I realise that I’m not the main target audience in that I’m not full time pro and don’t do any marketing – but almost every single time they did an SEO/Internet tools article it would be a brief introduction not going into any great depth or detail. Each time they’d do this it would cover the same well trodden ground. It just smacked of inviting some SEO consultant in to do a free piece – each time they’d obviously start from the beginning and not have enough space (or want to) give specifics. This happened on many such topics not just SEO – woo this is branding, this is SEO, this is Twitter……. then a month or two later …… this is SEO, this is Branding etc etc

 

There is an alternative – I recently picked up a copy of Photo Professional up from the SWPP convention. From chatting to the guy there – it seemed like several of their staff used to work at Professional Photographer. I’ve bought and read one back copy. Seemed Ok. I did like the fact that they organises all the business into one section, all the gear into one section etc – so if not interested in that you could easily skip it.

But personally – I’m going to go for a digital subscription from the US Magazine – Photo District News a.k.a PDN. Unfortunately PDN doesn’t have a distributor in the UK (I’ve asked several times) and the US to UK postage more than doubles the price – so I’m going to go digital.

 

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