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This Monday saw me spending my day in an old warehouse, surrounded by pigeons and their crap…… Oh yeah also some models.


I was shooting for fashion label ‘why so serious’ a brand set up by friend and fellow MOS employee Terri – Leigh Finnegan. Truth be told this shoot was put together in quite a rush with a couple of people letting us down, leaving Terri to try and find hair and make up at the last minute (well about 1 am to be exact).


So lets talk about the venue, a strange old warehouse that was found simply from driving around East London searching for something old, abandoned and well looking a bit messed up to be honest with you. We got lucky here, finding it at the end of a busy street with no signage as to who owned it or who was in control of accessing the site. Thankfully a few calls from Terri to local companies saw us get access to the site for the day we wanted and it was full steam ahead.


Upon getting access to the site on Monday we were amazed at the extra features which we could make use of on the shoot, although also shocked at just how much pigeon crap there was all over the place, honestly I have never seen or smelt anything like it in my life. But we were here to shoot and when you get into the work zone you tend to ignore the smells and random bird flights shooting by the side of your head from time to time.


Not sure if anyone would want to still play on this piano to be honest with you…

 

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I was incredibly lucky to work with such a team this day, who despite the searing heat and horrible smell and mess just got on with the job, Sabina was once again was in front of my lens and doing her thing for a decent percentage of the day along with Victoria Waterhouse – Taylor and Daniella Warnett whom I had not worked with previously.


Overall I am very happy with another crazy day shooting, having previously stated I wanted to avoid shooting fashion I am currently really enjoying new potential work avenues and the opportunity to show that I don’t just shoot sweaty men in dark rooms. Once again the 1DX and 50 1.2 were my weapons of choice and performed like a match made in heaven.

 


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And some behind the scenes...


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Many thanks to everyone who worked so hard on the day, Terri, Sabina, Victoria, Daniella and both Carolyn and Aria on hair and make up duty.

So what have I been up to recently you ask? Well I doubt you really are asking but seeing as you are here I might as well tell you anyway. Spending some time on a beach would be the reply, but a beach in central London. Not true I hear you say? But I am not lying, there is a great little beach down at Royal Victoria Docks near where I am based at present which is not only great to go and relax on and gather ones thoughts but also has some great areas around it for some photos.


What am I blabbering on about now? well to some who follow me on twitter (yes its @ryandinhamphoto if you do not do so) you will already be up to speed with the beach updates and some of the ice cream ones too, however this month saw me shooting something different for a change, found from simply going for a run in some bloody nice weather.


Around the docks there is a real mixture of textures and random items to use as props, and one of them is a giant crane – well several cranes to be honest with you. These cranes were used back when the docks were live loading and unloading various boats cargo and thankfully have been left by the dockside for people like me to play with. Now I have wanted to use a crane for ages, I believe it was the ones down at Battersea power station I really wanted to gain access to, however that site is about £1500+ vat for a couple of hours and well beyond my personal budget here sadly, but these ones are FREE!!!!


Ok so that’s enough waffling about cranes and beaches and probably about time I actually talk about photos.  For some time I had been chatting to my good friend Sabina about putting a shoot together, as to be brutally honest my portfolio is very heavy on the photos of men (hot sweaty men in dark venues to be exact according to some) and I like to show that I am diverse. Thankfully in the UK we are having such good weather and both Sabina and I had a day where we could not only catch up but also wander about my newly found locations in order to simply have a bit of fun with my camera. All in all it was nice to not be on a deadline, no rush, no worrying about packing my lighting down out of a venue, no DJs turning up late and shortening the time I had with them… bla bla bla you get the point….


The photos - all taken on my trusty 1DX and 50 1.2 set up (yes there is a trend here of late with this) with Sabina messing about in front of buildings, climbing on cranes and standing on bridges. Processing – A new lightroom preset I am working from for a slightly different look and my now new found love of black and white.

 

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And some stupid stuff…..

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RD Mos stack - iphone cover – seem to have a few people after these.

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My sensor needs a clean it seems

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Thanks to Sabina for turning up and posing in the wind, and the pub near the dock for feeding me.

Well it seems I have been a bit slack at updating this, I have so much I could write about at times I am struggling to decide what I want to include in the blog. I still have updates from various DJs to write about and also some really kick ass moments down at ministry.

However, I shot something different this weekend down at ministry and that was a courtyard party for Hed Kandi/Last minuite.com. It made a change for me to be shooting a party in daylight, and seeing as I have been shooting black and white down the club for several weeks now I guess it was nice to do something different. I decided that as it was a summer’s album launch event I should really consider my processing of the subject a bit. I put my hand up and admit processing is something I don’t really enjoy usually and its something I really need to spend so more time planning efficiently for certain looks.


The whole event was pretty much shot on my 50 1.2 (which pretty much stays attached to my 1DX now) I just love this lens so so much. I guess I have an obsession with the wafer thin depth of field, but there’s also something about this lens that I just cant put my finger on as to why I love using it. Right now I am really happy with how I am working, I feel my look is changing for the better and I am really starting to capture the moments in an elegant way.

 

Anyway onto the pics I guess…..



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