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Low Key Nikon D3s

12 Jan 2010 at 8:33am

This is another pic from the night on the set of Trigger. The Nikon D3s made it easy handholding everything shot that night apart from the light painting we did. This scene struck me and the rim light on the boy makes for a dark disturbing image. There is a lot of sadness in this image. There was a lot of pressure on this kid on the night with 200 people looking at him perform, not to mention at least 5 cameras pointed at him all night. He couldn’t play the piano at all but they had a stunt kid there to film the proper playing part. Stunt hands I guess you could say. He was pretty amazing too and probably only about 11.

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On the Set of “Trigger” with Nikon & the 1D MkIV

11 Jan 2010 at 6:49am

On Saturday night Michael the video guy, Tony “Tone” Hewitt world famous art photographer, Benny “Benno” Walton from Team Digital and I were on the set of Trigger at the old Swanbourne Hospital site. You may have seen it in the paper last week. The boys were shooting the piano scene of the movie complete with about 200 extras all dressed up to make it look authentic. It was a long but fun night and we all got some APPA gold.

Between us we had 4 Nikons and 3 Canons to shoot with and just about every lens on the planet. What was interesting was the video comparison between the 5d2, the new 1D mark IV, and the D3s. As expected the Nikon handled the low light hi iso better in video mode but it still wasn’t brilliant. What was really surprising was the similarity of the 5D and the Mark IV in video mode. We couldn’t see any real advantages in iso performance with the 1D Mark IV. Now once again it wasn’t a clinical test and if we were making a cure for cancer no one would believe our results. Still it looked pretty damned convincing. Don’t buy the mark IV thinking it will see in the dark in video mode. Canon if you have any thoughts on this and if there are any work arounds that we may not have known we would love to hear about them. I think the only dumb thing we did all night is not try to shoot some stills with the 1D, that was probably because Michael was hogging it. Michael got some awesome video of the filming so I’m sure that will be on the blog soon. The guys making the movie were pretty happy with the 1D but didn’t want to use it as the footage from it looked better than the 7D and they wanted to keep everything looking the same. The D3s isn’t quiet there yet with video but as a stills beast WOW. Tony, Ben and I spent the whole night hand holding the cameras with some crazy Nikon lenses. My fav by far is the 70-200 and the shot above was taken with it. 3200 iso no less and with the awesome auto focus and VR, it creamed it in.

In between takes we decided to venture into the depths of hell. That is one spooky place, I think Tony had to duck out to change his undies on more than one occasion. I don’t get scared easily but had the forethought to wear a nappy so I didn’t get to miss out on any good light.
We did a pretty rough job of a “Brent Pearson” but it was great fun. Thanks to the boys for flashing the torches around.
Speaking of Torches, I got the best one from Grant Lauterbach at Alberts Car Stereo in Morley. Give him a call as he will get you one cheap. It is an amazing light and most of this scene was lit with it. In fact it is so bright it only needed a second on each part of the wall. Grants number is 9276 5678, let him know I sent you and he will sell you one cheap.

So to sum up the night, don’t go night shooting if your scared of the dark.

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OMG Nik software for Skin Softening

8 Jan 2010 at 3:15am

with a few clicks of the mouse this software made the skin like porcelain. I have always liked that smooth old world type look in portraits now I know how to get it, and it is so easy.

You can get this gear and a few tips on how to use it from Benny @ Team Digital

I love all the suit and over the coming weeks will be pointing out the best features I have found with it. This was the dynamic skin softener filter that I used. Love it, love it, love it. Even Muzz could look a million bucks with this gear.

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Jack is cleaning out his closet, no not coming out of the closet!!

8 Jan 2010 at 2:44am

Some gear for sale, must be someone out there wanting to get kitted up

5D MkII RRP $3395 will take $3000
Price Includes : San Disc Extreme pro 4GB card valued at $125
Canon Remote Switch valued at $115

Canon 24mm-70mm f/2.8 Lens RRP $1745 will take $1400
Price Includes : Hoya 77mm UV filter valued at $66
Lens hood

Canon 50mm f/1.4 Lens RRP $595 will take $350
Price Includes : Lens hood valued at $50

Canon Speedlight 580EXII RRP $660 will take $500
Price Includes : Off Camera Shoe cord valued at $110
Lambency Cloud Diffuser valued at $65
5 Way Reflector Board valued at $135

Tamrac Expedition 5 Backpack (Black) RRP $270 will take $120

Nodal Ninja 3 Pano Head RRP $450 will take $250

Contact Jack on 0401375863

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Lamington National Park

6 Jan 2010 at 9:35pm

I’m loving this email posting. Lying in bed, photos on my iPhone, quick and easy, ah it’s the life of a photographer. Took this pic with Markie Stothard and Nickie Rains. How good is that waterfall. Remember the leaches Markie? Hehe having bare feet will attract them. Luckily you had your thongs for part of that 10km hike.



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Video Footage from 1D Mark IV

5 Jan 2010 at 1:54pm

[vimeo http://vimeo.com/8549391]

Here is the first snippet of footage from the brand new canon 1D mark IV. Michael didn’t get the best light, we have all experienced that problem before! The footage of the fireworks is exceptional. Looks pretty good in low light, would like to see some stills from this puppy. Will get some on Saturday night at the Trigger movie shoot.

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Workshop 16/1/10

5 Jan 2010 at 2:11am

Hi all. Don”t forget I am running my workflow workshop on Saturday the 16th of January at my Dunsborough gallery.

WORKFLOW 2010 – (includes all the work I do from capture to printing, the software, techniques and tips to get your photography to the next level)

Date : 16th of January 2010
Location : My Dunsborough Gallery Shop 4/ 27 Dunn Bay Rd
Time : 7.30pm till Late
Cost : $250 per person, (includes free wine, notebook and desert)
Reply to christianfletcher@westnet.com.au to book your spot.

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