Recently I had the privilege of photographing Australia Paralympic kayaker Curtis McGrath for Men's Health Australia Magazine. Curtis lost both of his legs in August 2012 while serving in Afghanistan, and the other day he won gold for Australia in Rio!
Apparently as he was being loaded on to the helicopter for emergency treatment, in excruciating pain, he turned to his stretcher bearers and told them "You guys'll see me in the Paralympics."
Check out his inspirational story in the latest October issue of Men's Health Australia Magazine.
Some new work from a recent 'pop-up' demonstration shoot for the launch of a new Canon / Digidirect store at Westfield Chatswood. For this project I was asked to create a unique photo shoot experience in a 3x3m open area in the middle of the shopping centre. The shoot needed to showcase the new Canon 1DX Mk2 along with an assortment of Canon L Series lenses as well as the versatility of the 600EX RT Speedlite system.
Often during my workshops and presentations I draw the analogy of a studio being absolutely anywhere. Any environment we encounter could be lit as you would light in a studio....
I've never been one to shy away from a challenge. In past years of shooting for Top Gear Australia Magazine, apart from the fun and constantly varied location shoots and road trips I've also had to create numerous stories within the same empty studio, and make them look different and exciting every time. One such instance was a few years back in 2012 on an editorial photo shoot for Top Gear Australia Magazine when I decided to light the cars with night club lasers. The results worked out even better than I expected. See 'The Making Of Video' HERE.
Something that I learnt from that shoot is that...
It started out as a studio lighting workshop for Sydney Photographic Workshops but with such an awesome set and amazing costumes created by James Browne...... how could we just leave it at that. So the following day we came back to the studio to finish it as a personal shoot.
Check out the full series HERE. The first 4 images were created as demonstrations for the workshop, the rest came the following day.
PHOTOGRAPHY - DANIEL LINNET
SET & COSTUME DESIGN - JAMES BROWNE
MAKE UP - RENEE DE BONO and MARIEL McLOREY
HAIR - SHAUN ANDREWS (Noddy's On King)
So, the Rematch took place at Sun Studios in Melbourne to another sell out crowd hungry for a bit of Lucha Libre action! Or were they there for the workshop?
For me it was great to have another crack at the Lucha Libre theme, especially since I wanted to try and get a stronger variation of the final Pinada shot. Which I feel that I did....., and have the awesome slow motion clip shot by Russell Watson to prove it! ;-)
Once again the Speedlite system performed faultlessly as expected, allowing me to achieve the lighting I wanted quickly and without fuss.
Wrestlers: Helio & Burrito...
I love it when a plan comes together!
For a while now I have been itching to do a 'Lucha Libre' themed shoot, so when Canon Australia and Sun Studios invited me back to present my Creative Portrait Lighting Techniques seminar illustrating the versatility of the new Canon 600EX Speedlite system and the Canon STE-3 RT Transmitter, I jumped at the opportunity to have a play, and also push myself to see what can be done with just a few Speedlites. So with an amazing set and two rowdy Luchadores, Helio & Burrito, the scene was set for an entertaining, action filled day.
Wow this year has flown, and I've just realised that this is my first blog post for 2014. It's shaping up to be a very productive and creative year with workshops, personal projects and assignment work. I'm looking forward to stepping it up another notch!
Late in December last year amidst tying up all the loose ends and swinging well and truly into holiday mode, I found out that not only some of my work was to be featured in the very last ever issue of Australian CREATIVE Magazine 'The Annual' but I was also names The Photographer Of The Year for 2013!! What a great way to end the year, and a great...
Budgets are getting smaller, deadlines tighter and there seems to be less and less room for error on each and every shoot. They're small, pack plenty of punch and luckily every time I switch on my new Speedlite 600EX's, coupled with the STE-3 RT controller, they just work....., and work well!
Lately I've become a passionate Speedlite advocate! I'm not saying that I've stopped using my Elinchrom Rangers and the Ranger Quadras when the need arises, but when the heat is on and the time is tight, there's just no substitute for an efficient Speedlite kit.
So last Thursday (28th Nov, 2013)...
In just 4 days I will be presenting my 'Creative Portrait Lighting w/ Speedlites' Seminar to a whole new audience at SUNSTUDIOS in Melbourne. Here are a few snippets from the recent Sydney workshop courtesy of Canon Australia & Sun Studios.
Places can be reserved HERE
See you in Melbourne!
Last night, courtesy of Kayell Australia I had the opportunity to present a Lighting Masterclass to a full house (270 people) at the North Ryde RSL. What a great turnout for my first ever stage demonstration! Definitely breathing a huge sigh of relief today. Who would have thought I would ever be on stage. ;-)
The presentation was to demonstrate the new WiFi capabilities of the Elinchrom BRX Monoblocks and Skyport Triggering system with EL-Skyport Software 3.0, whilst discussing and demonstrating some basic lighting principles and setups.
Here are some behind the scenes images from the night,...