Archive for the ‘portraiture’ Category

September and October is the best season in Perth. Wild flowers and canola fields will bloom starting from north to south of Western Australia. Creating many pretty locations for photo sessions. The weather also gets warmer, allowing us to be more comfortable under the beautiful sunshine.
A short drive from Perth to Chittering only takes 90 minutes. The hilly scenic view is stunning. Along the Chittering hills, there are a few vineyards worth stopping by and plenty of big green fields with pretty backdrop to create the art piece.
Finding new locations outside of Perth is so much more fun than staying within the city. Vaneesa and Michael enjoyed the journey just as much as I did. They also had a chance to explore a bit more outside of Perth.

A photo session before Valentine’s Day is perfect for your love ones. Tamsin and Dave arranged their portrait taken at Claisebrook Cove, East Perth. A little area with classy houses and apartments. The area is near the river with beautiful green surroundings. As usual, I brought the couple for a walk around the location and let them enjoy the session and capturing their natural love moments. Luckily the session was taken after the heatwave in Perth. With the afternoon breeze, it was so much comfortable for everyone of us there.

Happy Valentine’s Day!


Sharon on Film

November 14, 2011

I’m slowly moving some of my portrait works back using films. With my Mamiya AF645 and the large aperture of f1.9 on the 80mm MF lens. The output would be awesome. However, found out that my camera had an issue on focusing! There is a back focusing problem, which means whenever I see it clear in the viewfinder. It’s actually focused a little further than the actual focused point. And the film back has a light leak!!! All of these were found out after I’ve taken a few rolls in Perth and Hong Kong. That’s a total disaster!!!

Although light leaks didn’t bother the result much when shooting indoor. The back focus affected the most. Nearly all frames were out focused. I sent the camera straight to Mamiya Hong Kong to get it repair. Hope it’s problem free now.
These photos were developed by Richard Photo Lab over in L.A. It’s the best lab so far, but I will try some labs in Perth to compare the quality and cost. At least I don’t need to wait too long for results in Perth.

Took me a while to get internet ready. So no blog post for a while and the main site still under construction. That’s not good and that’s not how I planned. The initial scheduled relaunch date was 31st Oct. This will definitely change as there is no way I can prepare all content in 4 days time. On top of this, I will be away from Perth for 10 days. It’s going to be a long delay.

Kirsty and Chris and their lovely companies had some fun time out at the wood. Many laughters and love and  sunshine for me to capture.

I love shooting through bushes! Happy couple Jing and Shawn, see you sometimes in Perth.

Go for a walk in a park near you. You may find some interesting location for a mini session.

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July 10, 2011

Usage of light through the window.

Leanne and Mathew, a mini photo session was done in February. Perth coast is always beautiful during summer.

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I don’t specialize in animal portrait, but I’ve done a few that I can share some tips on how I do it.

The images below are taken outdoor, so I’ll focus on how I did this session.
Dogs are hard to control as they usually run wildly once they are unleashed. That’s ok, we can start off with some photos capturing them running.
There are two situations; 1) The dog runs parallel with your camera. That is when they run across from left to right or right to left. 2) The dog runs toward or outward from your camera. The difference between the 2 situations is that for 1), the distance between doggie and you is constant whereas 2), the distance changes dramatically.
So the hard part is to capture the doggie in focus! For 1), since the distance is constant, the auto focus on the camera is pretty reliable. Keeping the shutter speed above 1/500 and/or aperture of f2.8 will get you many sharp images. You could also pan the dog and keep the dog within the frame while pressing the shutter. But the panning effect won’t be very noticeable as the shutter speed is too fast. So if you want panning effect. Slower the shutter speed to 1/125. I won’t go into too much detail of panning since I didn’t do that on my session.
For 2), when the dog is sprinting towards you, how can you get sharp images? Basically, unless you have top of the range camera body and lenses. Your auto focus is not capable of getting sharp images. Trust me, I used Nikon D700 and prime lens, but AF didn’t go too well. So what I did was I set manual focus and frame the location that I want to capture the dog and when the doggie runs into that spot, I press the shutter with the continuous mode turned on. So I ended up with at least 2-3 sharp images at aperture f4. With the dog running towards you a few times, you should have at least 10 nice sharp images.
I worked with a prime lens of 85mm. With this focal length, I could include more landscapes into the image. With a lens of 200mm and longer, you could get images of the dog fill up the frame.

After some running session, you and the dog probably needs to get some rest. So now is time to take some still photos. The doggie would spend more time sitting or lying. So lens selection can be anything you like. For me, I would use my 50mm to get some detailed photos on eyes, nose, feet and name badge. Even when the doggie moves a little, you can still manage the distance.
While the doggie is sitting or standing, to get him to look at the camera is also tricky. Dogs are really sensitive with sound, so they will get distracted and look away easily. What I did with my session was to make some strange noise that would keep his attention. This is all up to your creativity, there’s no standard sound that would keep your dog’s attention.

So that’s how I did my session. Not to mention that lighting is always important. I take photos 1-2 hours before sunset, so I don’t get harsh lights and the dog don’t get exhausted too easily. After all, it’s to enjoy the outdoor session.