Funny isn’t it? I never expected to make the jump into YouTube and yet, here we are.
After writing my last post on Light Painting, I found that I really enjoyed sharing what little knowledge I have with you. When I was starting out as a CG artist, I used to write tutorials, and I loved it. This mini, let’s call it an “explanation” of a photographic technique took me back to that.
Words aren’t always the most effective way of showing you how to do something, especially when they are sprawled out in printed form across a screen. Hence the natural jump onto YouTube. And here it is, enjoy…like…comment…subscribe…you know how it goes.
What can you expect from me going forward? Well, to be frank, not much. This is new to me, it requires enormous amounts of conscious thought to do. I have about 9 videos that I would like to make but don’t hold your breath. However you can subscribe to my channel here if you so desire.
If I do finally pull my finger (tripod, microphone, lights and camera) out then there are some areas that I would like to cover. I’d like to show retouching tips and tricks. Different photography techniques including lighting techniques. Possibly gear reviews, this is actually something that I used to do. I may occasionally try and make some travel videos too. But my initial plan was, is to show you what goes on behind the scenes at a shoot and through the editing side of things.
My thinking about this whole thing is that I am currently dipping my toe into it. I don’t want to buy any new gear for it yet but if it does start take off, then I will try and focus more time, money and energy into it.
Let me know what you thought, I’d genuinely love to hear what you have to say.
2016 has been a year of polar opposites, work wise I have been incredibly busy, photographically I have been very quiet. I have shot much less but what I have shot has gone much further. Because I have been shooting for clients and not myself a lot of my work has remained on hard drives until they have been published. In July I attended an event called GATEBIL at Rudskogen Motorsenter in Norway. If that name rings a bell, it is because I went last year which you can see here. This is hands down my favourite motorsport event I have ever had the pleasure of attending and this year I got the extreme honour of shooting for their own magazine, predictably called GATEBIL MAGAZINE. I was tasked to shoot several feature cars, one of which is this super rare, Steatlh B7 which is one of one! What I didn’t know until this month was that I made the front cover. And I don’t mean I got a small picture on the front cover…I GOT THE MAIN IMAGE! Thanks guys! Anyway, here is a few images that didn’t make the cut. Thanks to Jan Øivind Ruud and Team RR for being so helpful during the shoot and thanks to Kaj Alver for getting me the gig.
Sun, trees, tarmac, rocks, undulating terrain – add in the whiff of high octane fumes and the shrill sounds of a highly blown in-line 6 engine and you might be able to get close to picturing Gatebil.
Previously I had shown you what the human element of Gatebil was like, this time I want to show you the real reason people make this pilgrimage from all over the Globe to just south of Oslo Rygge. It’s for the cars, they are the stars of the show, exploiting every inch of real estate on track, pulverising tyres into carcinogenic smoke which washes lawlessly across the elevation changes in the Rudskogen Motorsenter.
To the uninitiated the internet hype and videos from Gatebil fill you with you both excitement and frustration, yet again you missed another event but you have just begun planning your trip across Europe for the next event. Well for the last few years I was in that camp, I was the uninitiated. That was until July this year when I made the trip with fellow photographer Bill. Both Gatebil virgins, both had had enough of watching videos and hearing stories, it was our time to go and see what the fuss was about. Writing these posts makes me feel reflective, I felt like I didn’t get what I wanted out of Gatebil, I felt like I failed in my duties as a photographer to effectively convey they emotions and atmosphere of the event, But a few months down the line, looking back through what I captured, I did ok, I did captured enough to spark memories and emotion looking through these photos, to me as a pretolhead, this is what I get excited about. The test will be, whether you like them. Here are my favourites from the track action. Enjoy.
Feast your eyes on this green eyed monster! I was lucky enough to be given the opportunity to shoot this Mustang RTR. I even got to drive it! Having never been “that fussed” about modern American Muscle cars, this one caught me completely off guard. This is how a Mustang should look/sound/drive. There is something to be said about this 600bhp in a Ford. The insane power with completely normal and familiar surroundings in the cabin. It is like inviting a serial killer round for coffee – completely relaxing but at any moment, it could all get too exciting. A BIG thanks (or high five) to Vaughn for lending the car to Monster and for them to let Fueltopia shoot it.
Welcome ladies and Gentlemen to The Smoke. The last time the capital saw this much smoke was during the Great Fire of London in 1666 and I can tell you back then it wasn’t caused by tortured rubber on scorched asphalt. The Smoke seen here today was thanks to Drift Allstars. If you follow me on facebook then you will know that I pretty fond of the event that took place in Stratford, London. However I want to show you some of my favourite shots from the weekend and why it was such a good weekend for me. During the course of the weekend I decided to change my shooting style a little bit. I was armed with a 300mm f/4 L IS USM lens and for the most part of Saturday, it did not leave my camera. This meant that I was shooting with slightly faster shutter speeds than I normally would use. Consequentially I ended up with far more “keepers” than normal. So when I returned on that Sunday I thought that as I had covered a lot of the “safe” shots that I wanted, I could spend the day dicking about. I therefore proceeded to use all the lenses I had with me which was my trusty 50mm f/1.4 USM – my beloved 135mm f/2 L USM and the 300mm f/4 L IS USM which rent from Lens Locker. I also experimented a lot more with shutter speeds using super fast shutter speeds and some super slow shutter speeds. I think the highest I went to was 1/1250th of a second and down to 1/10th of a second. As a result I have a lot of shots that look very different and it was kind of like re-discovering photography for me. Trying new things out, making mistakes and learning. I will definitely be doing it again next time!