It's here - the first official trailer for Planet Earth II. I'm honoured to say that I filmed some of this incredible series which I'm sure will go down in history as one of, if not the best!
I've been working on Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's new 2 part BBC series 'Saving Africa's Elephants - Hugh and the War on Ivory' at KEO West.
Hugh recently spoke at a CITES event at the Shard in London, where a short film I put together was shown.
The Duke of Cambridge spoke at the event, and it was broadcast to Tokyo and Johannesburg.
The short film plays from 2:45.
Working at Dazzle Ship this week and I've been a lovely person and brought in some (albeit slightly bastardised) po-ke with miso glazed salmon....great rooftop to enjoy it from!
Not too shabby to step out of your edit suite to this view!
The Audi R8 campaign is live and kicking!
Here's a making of video I edited & graded at BBH.
Renowned wildlife film festival Jackson Hole has just finished, with Monkey Kingdom picking up best sound - congrats to Andy Yarme for location sound, Tim Owens & Kate Hopkins at Wounded Buffalo, and Andrew Wilson for his mixing!
This is the highlights video for the 2015 Jackson Hole festival - the shot at 38 seconds is mine!
Last week whilst perusing my iPhone I discovered something on Twitter which aroused my attention - a weekly photography competition by WEX Photographic aptly titled Wex Mondays. The premise is that every Monday one can submit a photo on Twitter with the hashtag #WexMondays and stand a chance to win a lovely prize for your artistry.
WEX receive around 150-200 entries every week, and the competition is strong! If you haven't checked it out I would urge you to have a look - and enter - it definitely makes Mondays all that more enjoyable.
Yesterday I was pleased to receive an email from Sophie @ WEX kindly asking me to blog about my submitted photo - the image above.
The subjects I've been asked to write about are where and why I took the photo, why I chose it for the competition, and any techniques used in acquisition and post production.
Where & Why
I took this photo in the Kyoto International Manga Museum on a recent holiday to Japan with a friend. We're both avid photographers who share an appreciation for the Japanese anime subculture, and thought our visit to this amazing city would not be complete without a trip to the museum. I'm not sure exactly what I was expecting, but I was somewhat surprised at the limited photographic opportunities I found in the museum - the light was all quite clinical and harsh, and after snapping the expansive archives of anime, I was mostly left with big, bold plastic sculptures which didn't lend themselves immediately to my tastes.
Looking back, it was probably the huge change in my environment that phased me. We had spent days meandering amongst ancient temples clad with gold leaf, beautiful gardens peppered with waterfalls, and fantastical back streets adorned with hanging lanterns, picturesque bridges, and scuttling Geisha - a stark contrast with the aesthetics of the inner museum!
Towards the end of our tour I came across these cast hand sculptures which are all taken from famous anime artists of the past and knew I had my jackpot! I loved the bands of light being reflected in the glass display, the symmetry in the arrangement of hands, and how each were almost the same, but not quite.
This is one of my favorite shots from my trip to Japan which was definitely a strong contributing factor as to why I chose it for the competition. Also - I had been looking over some of Horoshi Sugimoto's photos of theaters, and even though I in no way compare myself to Sugimoto Sama, there is a resemblance with the symmetry and monochrome contrast which drew me to the photo when I was making my choice.
This wasn't the hardest image to capture or edit in any way, the only major challenge being composition. As symmetry is so important in this image I needed to be as head-on to the central hand as possible, whilst placing the two bands of reflective light in the correct position. It took me a few shots to get it right, as I was semi-squatting so that I was at eye-line with the hands, whilst trying to keep myself steady as waves of curious tourists flooded through my frame.
Exposure wise it was very straightforward as the light was so controlled.
I used a Canon 5D MKiii with a 24-105 L on the wide end at f5.6.
I edited in Lightroom where I applied a wide crop to play on the aspect ratio of the glass cabinet. After desaturating I started to play around with the levels - bringing the highlights down so there was still come detail in the reflective bands. With the contrast, I initially upped it so that the image was all contrasty black and white, but after some time I took it down which mellowed everything out and made the whole vibe a bit more peaceful.
After this there wasn't a lot to do except to use the adjustment brush to darken off the edges of the image as I wanted the hands on either side to fade to black, but didn't want to use the vignette effect to achieve this. I did play around with putting more sharpening in but decided against it, in the same ilk as the contrast.
And I think that's it! An easy and simple photo, but I really like the final outcome - it's got that blend of futuristic and organic that you come across so frequently in anime.
Please check out my other Japanese photographs in the Galleries section, and do please get in touch if you have any questions! Thanks very much to WEX for asking me to write this blog and to you for reading it - look out for my future submissions to #WexMondays!
Finished editing the Dazzle Ship 2015 Reel yesterday, showcasing some of Dazzle Ship's amazing motion GFX work - some old, lots new!
I've just finished working on a Spring/Summer 2015 Lookbook film for the exciting new fashion brand Pebbelles.
I collaborated with Dazzle Ship's excellent team for this project, hope you enjoy it!
I was location editing with Dazzle Ship yesterday - in bright and sunny Sidcup!
The shoot went especially well - the Steadicam and Sony F55 shooting 16bit 4k AVCHD looked amazing. I got to edit straight out of the camera using Premier CC - a luxury which paid off - the clients were very happy to be able to see a cut when we wrapped the day.
This weekend I decided to make some confit fennel - not just for the amazing antipasto style fennel, but also for the gorgeously infused oil left behind.
I ended up wrapping the confit fennel over sausage meat seasoned with toasted fennel & coriander seeds, and then making them in to sausage rolls - delicious!
I've just bought a set of Polaroid extension tubes, so along with my 50mm 1.4 I was happily snapping away whilst I cooked.
It was an overcast day and the light in my kitchen is sparse to say the least - which was a challenge when trying to stop down enough to be able to get some focus!
Some more stills from the JinJuu edit - this time from the Canon 5Dmkiii
I got back yesterday, spent a day fighting off the jetlag (worst it's ever been) and today made my way to the creative hub that is the Dazzle Ship studios. I've been processing the RAW material shot on my 5Dmkiii (thank you Magic Lantern) and the high speed rushes shot on Jody's GH4 - the footage looks amazing and I can't wait to start cutting it tomorrow!
Here are a few stills taken from Jody's GH4 rushes - more to come tomorrow.
Hot off the press - Disney have just released their second trailer for Monkey Kingdom which will be 'dropping in to theaters near you' (if you live in Northern America that is) on Earth Day 2015
Freshly returned from a 7 week shoot in Sri Lanka I was with my lady-pal, both prepped and ready for 5 days on the Norfolk Broads with my Mother's proudest earthy possession 'Boatie'.
One major problem had occurred, I was without my DSLR or new instant camera - shock! and/or horror! "This will not do", repeated in my head like the oncoming of a terrible fever.
Alas, I thought, we shall have to remember this holiday with that old, dusty, out-dated thing 'the memory'. I had resigned to my fate, and was trying to get on with life. Fate, it seems, had different ideas.
A quick stop-off at the St.Giles Church fête led me to stumble across this unassuming little fellow: a Canon Sprint and all but for a measly £5...
I bought myself some B&W (of course) film from the lovely people at Boots and we were off on our adventure, ready to have a wonderful time using the basic-to-say-the-least camera - 36 shots in total...both of us very excited.
I fell in love with the rudimentary functionality of my new companion (camera, not lady), the slight electrical whirr as the zoom charged spoke to me, and promised that we would be good buddies for a long time. I dreamed of fame and success, brought to me via £5 at a local fête - what a story it would be to tell Parky or Woss in the years to come.
Then I took the film to Boots.
Then things took a turn for the worse.
As it turns out the camera had actually broken the film from it's cartridge and still contained the film (something I realised when I opened the camera again and could see the film wound up in the wrong place). The people at Boots sorted me right out. On a couple of the photos you can see where the film has been re-exposed when I opened the camera a couple of times...I think it looks great!
They warned me about using the camera again but I couldn't resist buying another roll of film, which I did, only to have it chewed up by the camera as I was snapping away at the excellent Digital Revolution exhibition...I really can't risk more precious film and frozen moments being slaughtered by this demon in disguise. The camera shall go in to the memory box to be forgotten, for now at least.
Here are a few of the photos taken by the camera that broke my photo/film/heart - enjoy!
Whilst on shoot in Sri Lanka, I had a long conversation with a colleague about polarioid film, which in combination with and an ever increasing longing to take photographs with something real; tangible; tactile; chemicals make it happen; nothing to do with 1s and 0s, I decided to buy an instant camera.
Of course the next stage was some serious market research. Late night beer fueled trawling through the web - reading everything and anything that anyone had to say about instant film...a minefield to say the least!
After a few nights, some interesting dreams, more conversations with the crew, and some soul searching, my mind was made up. In my search I had come across the new 'instax mini 90 neo classic' which seemed to trump the alternative options, mainly for the fact that It's got loads of cool features to play around with that no other instant camera has - most noticeably a double exposure feature, and a bulb mode.
I bought the camera.
I had it delivered to Bristol, and a very helpful colleague brought it out to Sri Lanka for me (he was coming out on shoot anyway). After the initial unboxing and mandatory selfie, it was time for the waiting game...I waited. The reason for this prolonged interim where I only allowed myself 1 shot every 5 days was that I only had 20 shots worth of film, and wanted to take the majority at a wrap party at the end of the shoot
When the big night came, the camera was a lot of fun to use! There's something absolutely amazing about watching a photo develop in front of your eyes (especially if you're a digital native like myself and haven't really experienced it before).
It's going to take some practice to get right - none of the photos I took on the night are necessarily 'keepers' - but the immediacy in combination with the unique creative functions make this camera so much fun to use, it really is the best photo-plaything.
Unfortunately I can't explore it at the moment as I left it in Sri Lanka, but I'm getting it back shortly and I'm really looking forward to playing with my new toy!