Michael Devlin

Shooting with Michael in Melbourne

David and I had a bunch of fun today in the city shooting with Michael. After a false-start, due to a fun run shutting down our original location, I think we made some nice shots with the spots we found.

With Run Melbourne and Melbourne Open House on today, it was a very busy city today indeed.

Michael Devlin

Michael Devlin

Michael Devlin

The look Michael gives you when you make him sit on random stuff we find in alley ways. 🤣

Michael in the Alley

YAY, I got a first place!

Yay I got a first place!

I haven’t entered anything in our Camera Club comps for a while, been so busy with work. But environmental portraits are something I was very excited about as a subject.

This is Di, she runs a store in Fitzroy North called Clara Fox, it’s quite the eclectic store. She was featured in TMix+ magazine for her love of old recipe books. At her home she has steamer trunks full of them. She also provided a bunch of the clothing and style direction for A Place to Call Home on the Seven Network.

She’s an awesome lady, I keep meaning to drop in on her again, she’s quite the charmer and I’m sure she has a lot of awesome stories she could tell.

Di is one of those ladies that proves that a photograph is not just about pointing a camera at someone and clicking the button. I spent a good hour sitting with her and talking before I even pulled my camera out. It’s a photo I’m very happy with and I’m glad it received an award. I might have it framed for her.

A handmaid's tale screenshot

Inspiration of The Handmaid’s Tale

Even if you don’t like the story of “The Handmaid’s Tale”, if you’re into photography or film making you should watch it for the wonderful cinematic views.

Not a single scene has something in it that isn’t meant to be there. Each one is coordinated to bring the story along. Even the colour-tones in the shadows are (in my opinion) a sign of who is in charge in the current scene.

In the muted colour palette, the strong use of Red, Green, Blue pop the characters from the screen. The use of well-timed and crisp close-up shots was a delight.

I enjoyed the story, though sad, the telling was powerful… but it is definitely the look of the production that I loved even more.

A handmaid's tale screenshot

A handmaid's tale screenshot

A handmaid's tale screenshot

A handmaid's tale screenshot

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Affinity Photo on My iPad Pro

Been playing around on Affinity Photo on the iPad Pro, I really like it so far.

One thing I don’t love is I have nothing to indicate how much 64 pixel width is on the screen.

One thing I love about it is tools like the healing tool have Flow control!

It has a LOT going on, it is like having a full version of Photoshop on a touchscreen device. Using the Apple Pencil with it works like a charm. It happily opens my 50 megapixel raw images, though they look a little soft on the screen I wonder if that is just a rendering thing. I haven’t tried outputting images yet.

First impressions are I can see myself using this when out on a shoot or editing on location for quick edits.

Will post a more thorough review to the Camera Club website when I have and more of a play with it.

Affinity Photo on iPad

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May the Fourth

May the Fourth Be with You

“Damn it May, I don’t care how warm you are. Put your helmet on and get back in line!”

If you want to know why I take photos, it’s because I can’t draw for sh*t. 🤣

Here’s how I record ideas I have before I shoot them, I scribble them on any spare paper that doesn’t get out of the way fast enough. And my drawings are atrocious.

This was obviously my concept scribble for my “May the Fourth Be With You” photo from yesterday. Sometimes I need to just scribble it out so it doesn’t disappear from my mind never to be seen again.

A drawing before the end

Paint the Gardens

Paint the Gardens

One of the coolest things at yesterday’s “Paint the Gardens” event was the puppeteer. She presented a 7-minute-long show to only two people at a time. Headphones were used by the participants.

The puppeteer said nothing during the performance. Everything she needed came either out of her cool hat or the box of drawers strapped to her.

I didn’t actually get to hear what was on the audio, but I did love the way she performed and the uniqueness of the performance.

We were there yesterday shooting on behalf of the Williamstown Camera Club for the Hobsons Bay Council. While I captured a lot of the goings on, the puppeteer did hold my attention throughout the event.

Williamstown Paint the Gardens

Williamstown Paint the Gardens

Williamstown Paint the Gardens

Williamstown Paint the Gardens

Williamstown Paint the Gardens

Williamstown Paint the Gardens