Ben + Kat | Wedding

<3 Ben + Kat

Well finally here it is.. the full wedding set of Benjamin and Kathleen. These two were a fantastic couple and a joy to work with, this is why I decided to go back and re-edit all my photos so I could produce the best possible results from the day.

The wedding took place at the lovely Peppers Manor in Sutton Forest, NSW (about 1.5 hours south of Sydney). It was a quaint arrangement, with nothing spared and a fine attention to detail. The wedding was small in numbers, but large in celebration. With only family members present, it made our jobs a lot easier as we were able to mingle and enjoy the celebrations amongst them. Ben and Kat had requested a mainly candid type of arrangement, with posed shots not really representing what they wanted as a final result. With this in mind we set out as a team to capture the most candid moments of the day, and I hope you can see this throughout the rest of the wedding set.

I have a mix of feature shots of certain items, as well as groups, individuals and candid shots for the day. We were shooting from midday until dinner time, beginning with the preperation at Peppers, before the ceremony at the church and the reception in the gardens at Peppers.

<3 Ben + Kat

<3 Ben + Kat

<3 Ben + Kat

<3 Ben + Kat

<3 Ben + Kat

<3 Ben + Kat

<3 Ben + Kat

<3 Ben + Kat

<3 Ben + Kat

<3 Ben + Kat

<3 Ben + Kat

<3 Ben + Kat

<3 Ben + Kat

<3 Ben + Kat

<3 Ben + Kat

<3 Ben + Kat

<3 Ben + Kat

<3 Ben + Kat

And here is a special one of Kat.. we have quite a few great Behind the Scenes shots from the day which I have posted a couple of already. Kat loved our cameras and decided to have a go.. Ill have to find the group shots of us mucking around but it was a nice touch to the day.

<3 Ben + Kat

A truly spectacular day and wedding. I thank you Daniel K Cheung for allowing me to assist you once again. It was also a joy to work with you Zakari Kha. To Ben & Kat I wish you many happy years together and I thank you for letting me be part of your special day.

You can view the whole wedding album (including higher resolutions) here.

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Week 46 – Master of Puppets

Week 46 - Master of Puppets

Week 46 - Master of Puppets

“Puppet Trooper is pulling your strings”

A little further homage to our dear friends Metallica… Stormy Stormtrooper has constructed his own Papertrooper army and this is a shot of him in the engine room.

Week 47 not far to follow.

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Little Bay & The Moonrise

Little Bay Moonrise

Little Bay Moonrise

So something a little bit left field for me, but something I would love to try a little more of :) Moonrises.. much like a sunrise.. with the brightness but a whole new type of long exposure photography. Many aspects work the same, cloud cover, first light, diffusion and location. The best thing I can see with a moonrise (and not so much with a sunrise) is the ability to keep shooting even once the moon is very high in the sky.

Little Bay Moonrise

How did this come about you might ask? Well I was checking out a new application (well not new, ill review it soon) called The Photographer’s Ephemeris (TPE) which allows you to check locations as well as the direction of rise/set of the sun/moon as well as times and other handy facts. The best thing? it works worldwide.. and on your iPhone if you own one of the evil contraptions.

So I just happened to be checking Willy Weather my usual point of call for forecasting sunrises for the weekend when I caught the current moon phase. 98.3% (the night after full) and a favourable rising time of 9:13pm EST. A quick message to my friend Campbell Simpson and suddenly he’s out front picking me up to rush us off to Little Bay. I chose Little Bay (which is 5mins from La Perouse) due to the rise angle of the moon and the northern headland.

Little Bay Moonrise

We took a variety of shots over two hours.. with both of us learning a lot along the way. Next time I think I will shoot for much longer, perhaps with a filter for the moon or lighting the foreground with a diffused torch. A lot of my shots have an overpowering moon with a very dull foreground. I wanted to create the eerie seascape with the long stream reflection of light a long the water flowing onto rocks. I would also take shots at a higher elevation, to really capture the light on top of the rocks in front of the camera.

Little Bay Moonrise

Having said that, I am very please with the results for the first time out… and we also had some great fun with some off camera flash and light painting… here is a little something I popped together in Photoshop after the shoot. Perhaps not quality enough for a new logo.. but gives me an idea for next time.

Hope you enjoy.. I promise those wedding shots are on their way.

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Behind the Scenes..

BTS - Daniel K Cheung in Action

BTS - Daniel K Cheung in Action

So how does it all come together? I thought I would make a quick post just to show how it all comes together, from behind the camera. Each final image usually has a lot more of time put into it that the average viewer would think. Sure it may be taken in a flurry of shots amongst a day.. but it then gets imported, makes the first cut, makes the second cut, receives and edit.. then a touch up.. then a review.. then an export and finally an upload. I would hate to think on average the time spent on getting just one image from the shutter button to the online album!

In my shooting I haven’t shot behind the scenes much before, but I am increasingly liking the candid side of these shots… just to show the kind of times (early morning), weather, danger (waves), light, locations and general effort that is put in by the photographer to bring out some of the best shots that people get to enjoy.

This is just one of my good friend Daniel K Cheung at Ben + Kat’s wedding this past Saturday. I have a few more from the day I will include in the final wedding album, but I will definitely aim to show you a little bit more of what is going on behind the camera.

Me @ Sunrise - Shot by Campbell Simpson

Me @ Sunrise - Shot by Campbell Simpson

Here is a shot of me at Coogee in the very early hours of March 2010 (6:15am I think).. I had gotten up at 4:00am… made some tea.. checked my gear and made the tired old drive to the beach with Pantera blaring to get me up. Was it worth it? Hell yeah! This has given me one of my most favourite shots to date which you can see below (albeit perhaps a little while after the shot was taken of me).

Coogee Sunrise HDR

Coogee Sunrise HDR

I look forward to bringing you the rest of the Wedding set later this week.

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Ben + Kat | Wedding Preview

<3 Ben + Kat

<3 Ben + Kat

I was very fortunate to assist in my first full wedding for Daniel K Cheung with Zakari Kha. The wedding was for Benjamin and Kathleen at the lovely Peppers Manor in Suttons Forest, Southern Highlands, New South Wales, Australia. We headed down for midday.. capturing the bridal party getting ready, the ceremony at the church and the outdoor reception. It was a wonderful day and I have a lot of processing ahead of me!

I hope you like the snippet, and look forward to the rest.

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Better Half & the 17-55mm f2.8

Better Half

Better Half

So an unexpected surprise this week.. ive been aiming for the Nikon 24-70 f2.8 for the last few weeks now.. ready to pounce on a brand new one from DWI. I had previously considered (and put in an offer) for a 17-55mm f2.8 the flagship DX lens from Nikon. Dan says to me “Mint Condition, Aust Stock 17-55mm f2.8 $1k cash” … let me just say it didnt take me long to be convinced.. and as you can see from the above I am definitely not dissapointed!

Rushed to pick it up today, to use on Saturday (Assisting Dan with another Wedding) and I really look forward to seeing what it can really do. The AF is snappy, the build quality is good.. the zoom ring is a little stiffer than I expected but all in all I am a very happy chappy. Ill pop up some more examples (most likely once ive processed the wedding)

But watch this space! A big thanks to Dan…

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35mme – Nikon 35mm 1.8 Self Portrait

35mme

35mme

The latest addition to my slowly growing collection of gear… 35mm 1.8.. picked up second hand and am hoping it opens up some new doors in comparison to the 50mm… Ill do a comparison between the two very soon!

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Week 45 – Metallicatrooper

Week 45 - Metallicatrooper

Week 45 - Metallicatrooper

Stormy went to Ride the Lightning on Saturday night.. seeing Metallica live in Sydney. He was amazed, he was blown away.. he may have a new Lord to Follow \m/

Note: Placeholder image, going to reshoot.

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Week 44 – Stormy ‘Leia Killer’ Trooper

Week 44 - Stormy 'Leia Killer' Trooper

Week 44 - Stormy 'Leia Killer' Trooper

Jay Leno eat your heart out.. Stormy ‘The Leia (Lady) Killer’ Trooper this week getting his Ferrari F50 out for a spin. Doesnt move at light speed, but it certainly gets the Ladytroopers interested.

So.. im up to date :) Just need to do this week.. its nice to be back on par.

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Week 43 – Lost in Translation

Week 43 - Lost in Translation

Week 43 - Lost in Translation

A package arrived for Stormy this week, excited he was.. he loves getting parcels. He thought it may be his head bobber of Lord Vader off ebay, he opened it to find his weapons upgrade.. somewhere along the line however he thinks the order has been lost in translation.

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