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(Pentax 67II + 105mm f/2.4 + Kodak 125PX + V700) Prediction time. And I've been hearing it and witnessing it more and more, so it's probably more of a comment than a prediction. Here it is: More and more people in photography will be offering 'hands-on' style boutique photography. More hand processing, more prints that are from a darkroom (images that have never been digitized, fully analog!). If you are a digital photographer and want to be part of the revolution, start learning how to stuff by hand now! Why am I promoting film so much? Because the more people that do this, the more likely the technology will remain available. Is digital not as good as film? Not necessarily, different gear is better for different goals and outcomes. Lets make sure film lives on so we have more mediums to capture, rather than less! The photos below were taken for a copywriter who wanted to have some images for self promotion. These were taken alongside my brother, who is also a photographer and avid film fan, James Bennett. The bottom line is ever since finger painting as children most of us enjoy the hands on approach. So let's start creating photos by hand.
(Nikon D2x + 12-24 f/4 + other mixed lenses + Aquatech housing) Surf photography is something that is so difficult to do because when the surf is good, I'd rather surf. That would explain why even though I've had the housing for such a long time, I don't have that much to show for it. Here are a few of my favorites over the years. For a tip I'd suggest strong swimming ability, knowledge of the surf, a good pair of flippers (a.k.a. fins) and willingness to get really cold in the winter months. Keeping the housing in really good condition is essential, most insurances won't pay for a flooded housing caused by stupidity. I had the housing let in water once in the Cook Islands - thankfully I noticed before it was too late but it was a difficult task to get back to shore over a sharp reef and big lagoon (while holding the heavy housing high out of the water).
(Pentax 67II + 105mm f/2.4 + Fuji 400H) Street portraiture is my preferred kind of street photography. Taking photos of strangers when they don't know isn't a favourite for me - unless the photo opportunity is too great to resist. The best place for easy street portrait photography is the artsy neighborhoods of big cities. New York and Los Angeles are my favorites, as almost anywhere in the city people are very willing to pose. All you have to do is ask. A tip in asking is keep it short - if they want to know more they'll ask. If you are nervous person just start asking people and you'll calm down after three or so! Often in places like NYC and LA they'll be an aspiring actor/model/artist/photographer/director/freak and they'll really relish the attention (and opportunity). Always make sure to offer them a copy. And don't forget to send it! Once I sent an image about six months later, guilt ridden it had taken so long. If you'd like to see more of my street portrait photography from 2013, there is a post with a heap of them here.
(Nikon D800 + 35mm f/1.4 + Aquatech housing) Today I shot a bunch of stuff on the beach, and since a heap of it was in a housing where I had no control except for the shutter, I used aperture priority at f/2.8, and dialed in -1 for exposure compensation, then just brought up the exposure in post. The Nikon D800 is amazing underexposed. 29th of January '14, Norah Head, Australia.
(Pentax 67II + 45mm f/4 + Kodak Ektar 100) Repost. People have said to me that this is their favourite picture I put online in 2013. This is the closest thing I do to traditional street photography. Usually I ask the person to pose but in this case I was happy with what he was doing, so I just took it. The Pentax 67's shutter is really loud so I was worried he'd turn around. Good thing is he either ignored it or was so absorbed in the view that he never heard it. I was standing on the escalator heading down when I saw the shot, so I had no time to take it. Good thing the settings were right! The only thing I'd change in this shot would be to have the vertical glass straight. I should do it in post.
(Nikon D800 + Nikkor 85mm f/1.4G) January 27th, 2014. I took this photo of Adam Goodes a few months ago for the Recognise Campaign. Of all the celebrities I'd ever shot, he was the most chilled and easy going. So you can imagine how happy we were when this weekend he was announced as Australian of the Year 2014. This is a huge deal in Australia and I'm proud to have met the man. A well deserved award.