Shooting some beauty portraits the other day, then we became distracted.
To be totally honest we love shooting beauty images. While on the honesty trail, we don’t shoot anywhere near enough of them. That can be either because fewer people want or need beauty shots or as times change, clients are less aware of what photographers can do. The later is very much a factor in a lot of commercial photography. Clients only want us to do what they can do on their phones.
Shooting with Jessikah was a whole lot of fun. You could say we had a really hot photoshoot. Although to be fair much of the heat came from Sunraysia setting another record daily maximum. However, we shot lots of great closeup portraits. At one stage, for some reason only known to Ian. He decided to climb a ladder and shoot down. Using our studio floor as a background and getting Jessikah to contort herself into an interesting pattern.
There’s a couple of beauty portaits lurking over on our portfolio site. Just saying.
Photography workshop on location at Spring Hill Station.
Holding a photography workshop on location hadn’t been on our radar. Sure we’ve run workshops across the eastern half of Australia. This however, was different.
It all started with a message from Terri. Asking us if we would consider travelling out to Spring Hill Station to conduct a workshop. Honestly, it took us about three seconds to make a decision. YES.
Hopefully our participants had as good a day as we had. A very big thankyou to Terri and Wade for hosting and organising the day. and to the ladies who attended. Thank you for attending, for your wonderful contributions to lunch and your insights into real country living.Our photo-walk guide, Max. iso 100, f4 @ 1/90th of a second 120mm. Light reflected from gully wall opposite. Aperture prioity exposure to blur background.Our photo-walk took us down what is called “The Gutter”. The high sun angle was not our friend for the walk. Our challenge. To fined photos that worked in a great location with poor lighting. iso 100, f4 @1/3000th (in hindsight I should have gone down to f8 which would have given me slightly sharper result as f8 is this lenses sweet spot.)Making use of old fence post. Easy low angle. Using blue sky for some colour and contrast. iso 200 (because I forgot to come back down to iso 100 after a previous shot in shadows) 1/750th of a second at about f11Some of our team in the gutter. Including Max, if you can fined Mr camera shy.We found an old gate after leaving Spring Hill for the trip home. iso 100, f2.8 @ 1/800th of a second on a Canon 70D with 200mm lens so roughly equivalent to a 320mm (because of a cropped sensor).The longer we drove. The bettter the light became. We stopped to play with some low light flaring out over the landscape. iso 100, f2.8 @ 70mm 1/500th of a second, focus point is tuft of grass in the forground. Wide open apeture to give shallow depth of field.We were talking about our wonderful Australian landscape. I think the words were something like. “You take an old tree like that one, silhouette it against a sunset like this and………” Jammed the brakes on. Jumped out of the old troopy and ran as fast as my old legs would carry me. Got there 30 seconds too late. Brilliant colour had already turned to average. But no complaints, a good way to end a great day. iso 100, f6.7 @ 1/250th 200mm lens. Cropped square to avoid a tree that I didn’t have time to run around.
If you are interesed in attending any of our Excitations adventure tours or workshops, head over to the main website and click on workshops and training to see whats coming up and where.
For the benefit of our class. All images here shot as Raw, and output out of CaptureOne 10 at our standard jpeg recipe, srgb, 800 pixels wide. No photoshop or filters.
Excitations video promoting Mildura Intermediate Photography Workshop, gets the chop.
Yup, an Excitations video promoting an upcoming intermediate photography workshop has been pulled from a major social media site. While it’s not a big deal to us. It is frustrating to try and figure out what went wrong. First we had approval to use it. Then approval was withdrawn. Then it was approved again….. After it had been deleted from the site
Luckily we weren’t promoting fine art nude workshops. If this one breaches standards. Can you imagine what would happen at the mention of the word “nude”.
Have you guessed what we got wrong? Ok, we won’t keep you waiting. Apparently we cannot show just parts of our cameras. We have to show the whole camera. Because the camera is the product. Not the photography workshop.
I’m smiling… Truely I am.
Anyway, if you live in or around Mildura and want to take your photography to the next level as they say. Head on over to our info page.
Mildura wedding photos from Dani and Mark’s wedding.
We’ve been a little slack, OK a lot slack in posting Mildura wedding photos recently. There is no excuse other than just plan silly busy. We’ve been working on a whole lot of projects ovder the last few months. Most of which you will never see here on this blog.
I digress, Dani and Mark chose a wonderful day for their wedding. Maybe I’m giving them to much credit here. Even if they were not responsible for the weather. It sure did turn out to be one amazing day. Most likely due to the wonderful bunch of people gathered for the event.I wasn’t going to post any pre-wedding images today. But then I spotted this one of Dani and her flowers. What is there to say. Dani is beautiful, the flowers are as well. Mother nature popped in to deliver some amazing available light.
Nearly forgot our father of the bride. He supplied that tiny whisp of light hitting Dani’s veil and hair. Good work dad.There is something about garden weddings. Especially when the weather is great.Every now and then, the lighting gods turn up with their little box of magic. This was one of those occassions. mark and Dani were in the right location. All it took was a suggestion. Hey Mark… “Give your beautiful bride a kiss.” Bingo, let’s move on.And the lighting gods just kept on giving. Of course, it didn’t hurt that Dani and Mark were able to move quickly to opportunities as they arose.New extensions to Ampelon Gardens, now give us wide open spaces to play with. Ideal for shooting with groups. Talking of groups this team rocked it.We always love to include lots of foliage in our Mildura wedding photos. If it just happens to be rich golden colours all the better.There are a few more of Dani and Mark’s wedding photos over on our home page.
Date announced for Mildura beginners photography course
April 1st is the day we kick off our workshop series in Mildura. Our first home town photo workshop for the year will be Mildura Beginners photography course. More often referred to as Excitations Beginners Guide to photography. This is an all new beginners course. Adding updated content. More tips and tricks to improve your photography in quicktime.
General overview of our Beginners Guide to photography HERE.
Mildura beginners photography course
April 1st at Excitations Barn Studio, Yelta. Starts 1:30pm and runs for just over 4 hours. We cover the basic stuff like iso, apertures, shutter speeds and lenses. We give you simple tips guaranteed to inprove your photography, instantly. Most importantly we answer your questions.
Please note this is a photography course. We teach photography. We do not teach you where every switch, dial or menu is on your paticular brand of camera. User manuals are for that. Our course help you use the tools your camera has to improve your photography.
Your investment:- Adults $69 Concession card Holders $55 Student ID or under 18 years $39
Bookings essential. Refunds available up to 24 hours before advertised starting time, full refund less $1 withheld by booking system. No refund for NO-SHOWS.
Excitations phone number is now mobile 0434 130 219
How many other ways can I say it. Excitations phone number has changed. Hopefully this will make us more responsive and flexible.
It will certainly add to our ability to easily text and share links with clients. Along with changes to our website structure which will, over time give us options to deliver files directly to commercial and editorial clients from almost anywhere in Australia.
Our old number 03 5025 3368 will remain. However, until the tech boffins get their act together and fix the on again off again nature of that connection. We suggest using the mobile number 0434 130 219.
In other communications news. We have added a Satelite phone to our coms kit. We aren’t publishing the number currently as we only use the satphone when really off grid. Otherwise it is turned off. Our current plan is to divert calls to the satphone as needed.
A spot of location photography to celebrate Jennifer and Anthony’s engagement.
Location photography is a little like real estate sales. It’s all about location, location and location. Jennifer and Anthony excelled in choosing their locations.A high vantage point over the Murray River for a formal portrait of Jenninfer and Anthony, celebrating their engagement.When in Rome!!! Well, when in a beautiful garden somtimes you just gotta get a whole lotta garden in. I love this spot.Up close with Jennifer. Once again beautiful models and a location providing classic glamour lighting.We should call this image, “Road Trip”. We decided with Jennifer and Anthony, we should take a small detour. This image is not quite as we had planned. However, certainly worth the stop.Back home for Jennifer and some refreshments under an Avenue of London Plane Trees.A stolen kiss in the garden. We were just lucky someone had parked a vintage car in front of the marquee.And wouldn’t you know it. There was a vineyard nearby. Luckily, Jennifer and Anthony where up for a stroll.From the vineyard into the marquee. Which was all lovely, bright and white. Except for one little piece of black material.We just had time to cut the engagement cake. Before heading off to our final location for the day.You guessed it. A sunset. An orange sky, water and a couple in love. Another case of over-shooting. We love this photography caper!
Broken Hill prides itself with being at the edge of the dry Australian outback… I’m not so sure about that… I reckon I’ve shot more times in the rain around the Hill than I have in good weather. Fortunately on this occasion, the wet passed through during the 48 hours preceding Jessica and Dennis’s wedding.
And as far as photos go… Well you’re only going to catch a glimps of the day here. And seeing it is Christmas day as I sit and write this Two things.
Merry Christmas. And I’m going to start with photos from the end of the day first… Just because I can.
You see, one of the big features for me at this wedding. Was the amazing amount of time Jess and Dennis had spent personalising their wedding. This post could have been about all the little personal touches. But it is not. So I’m just putting a couple of the decoration pictures first.
Then like most weddings, we were surrounded by beautiful girls.Naturally, there were the amazing locations… And stair cases. Maybe we should call Broken Hill the city of stairs. The effect used here is one of Excitations profiles called Silver. Appropriate for the Silver City or should that be Silva City.
Did I mention seriously cool locations to shoot in…. I mean this stuff was real… No photo trickery, just amazing places to shoot.Finally we get to a shot of the stars of this wedding. Jessica and Dennis. Not our usual style, shooting with an ultra wide lens, but I fell in love with the amazing light on this balcony. The very unconventional pose can be credited to our beautiful couple. These guys were just a pleasure to work with. Although I’m guessing they thought I had lost my mind setting up this shot. I’m calling this shot “Loose Canon” On account someone may have accidently left a spare Canon Camera on a table in the background. Better get rid of that before anyone spots it.In keeping with our vibrant warm urban feel. We shot this walking down the street and just letting the amazing warm light bounce every which way. All the time I’m sure Jessica and Dennis are thinking we had really lost it.From the city to the bush… Well not really bush but a very nice bit of open country with a little outcrop of rocks and native vegetation. Plus, we had a beautiful vintage car to play with. This was a great stop and yielded some fantastic photos.Same location for this shot. Just moved in closer and softened the light down and ……. Well you get the idea.Dennis gets a bit of loving in return and the light from a big open sky starts to glow.Jess looking amazing as our big sky lights up the twilight. Late evening is a great time to shoot portraits and rarely does evening light get better than this. The only other ingredient needed is a stunning bride… As fortune would have it… There was one on hand.Ok, now I’m officially in love. I can’t think of any other location where you have perfectly manicured lawns and 50 metres away…. This. Awesome semi arid Australian outback scenery. That, I think is what made this Broken Hill wedding so amazing. Terrific people, fabulous locations, the loving care and attention payed to personalising the entire day.
What is a Canon 24-70mm F2.8 lens? Put simply it is Canons pro grade wide apeture standard zoom. Very popular lens, sells new usually for a tad over $2000.00.
I’m selling this lens because I found I use it very little… After checking my metadata at the end of last year and I realised that I use the Canon 24-70mm f2.8 for less than a 1000 shots each year. I decided to try to live without it. So in January this year I removed it from my work bag… Not once have I really needed it. So off to Ebay she goes.
There you go all pictures of the actual lens… Note the lens hood look like it’s been to a war zone… I lost the hood off this lens and got hold of a s/hand one… Not pretty but works fine. The glass is near perfect. There is slight wear marks on rear mount and the lens barrel has some play in it. If you are going to use this daily, it will need a service sometime down the road. If used on weekends and holidays may never need a service.
Picture quality good wide open, very good stopped down a couple of stops.
So the big question is would I pick it up and clip it on the camera for any seriously important shoots? Hell yes. Would I take it on a one lens only around the world trip for 2 years? Not without having a service done first.
Last thing… Why do I not use 24-70 much. Just doesn’t suit my shooting style/habits. I normally shoot wider or longer. And if I need standard focal length lenses I have those on my medium format outfit.