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(Nikon D700 + 17-35mm f/2.8 + 85mm f/1.4D) Another from the archives. This resort, 20º Sud Mauritius Grande Bai, is my favorite of the resorts I photographed in Mauritius. While working for Manser Saxon, there were bigger and more expensive places, but nothing that had the same feel. As a privately owned boutique resort, it reflected the tastes of the couple that own it, and their tastes aligned almost perfectly with mine. Even now looking back I wouldn't change it, and this was five years ago now.
(Nikon D700 + 85mm f/1.4) This one is from the archives. Photographing Jamie Oliver's Australian tour (a very short tour, hired by the event organizer, Single Market Events and Brand Events) a few years ago was a thrill. We really appreciate his stance on food and education, and make his recipes quite often! One salad in particular - he really is a master chef.
(Photo of brochure below taken with digital and processed in Lightroom) This job looks boring at first glance, I'll concede that. However it was very worthwhile. Government jobs are very well paid in my experience, and this was the biggest one I did. Documenting aboriginal carvings in riverbeds, rare species of gum tree, the local tourist attractions (the Hunter Valley Vineyards, always fun photographing there), big trucks that use the old road, big traffic jams, old mining sites, and the list went on. Shame I didn't do the helicopter aerial shot here on the cover! The process of getting jobs like this is a tender. I remember putting a large price tag on our demo images and dropping in the disk just an hour before the tender closed in Sydney. I was very pleased when I was later told that I was the most expensive accepted photographer they hired and put on the panel. If you have time to gather suitable images and enter tenders, I highly recommend it.
(Nikon F70 + 85mm f/1.8G + Fuji 200 Walgreens $1 sale + Pakon scanner)The beautiful Jacqueline Bennett (a.k.a. Jac) pictured below. So the only negative thing I can say against the cheapest film (Fuji 200 Walgreens Film) I've ever used is also a positive. It's really saturated, and especially so in bright sunlight. Kodak's Portra films are less saturated. I plan on shooting some Velvia this year, and will be interested to see how saturated that is in comparison. I've not shot much Velvia (by Fujifilm) in my life, perhaps only 2 or 3 rolls of 120. Kodak's Ektar is quite punchy, but difficult to grade correctly on caucasian skin.
(Nikon F70 + 85mm f/1.8 + Fuji 200 Walgreens $1 sale + Pakon scanner) The picture below illustrates that cheap film is capable of creating pleasing colors, even with a cheap (but brilliant) second-hand scanner. All I did was clone out a bit of dust in photoshop as the negative was dirty. But seriously, everyone needs a Pakon Scanner. Do a google search and plenty about the Pakon should come up for you. It's interesting that photography requires a mix of the left and right hemispheres of the brain - the creative right side and the more logical, mathematical left. Most of the time I think the more artistic, less logical people are better photographers, going on feel rather than what may be considered correct. However all of the time though I'm restricted in working this way - for example I think that skin tones need to look like skin as much as possible, and when it looks orange there's almost no way the photo can look good. I suppose that every photographer is different and gets away with different shortcomings in different ways. No photographer is perfect. If there was such a think as a perfect photographer then I'd want to give up because I could never compete. That's the biggest downside to doing anything professionally - it's a competition for clients, whether we realize it (and give the thought attention), or not. In the end our mix of right and left brain function just needs to resonate with who wants to hire us. There is no 'best', only something that appears the best match.