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…
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.
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.
RD Mos stack - iphone cover – seem to have a few people after these.
My sensor needs a clean it seems
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
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