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Oxford Union: Toby Jones Q&A

Tuesday, December 12th, 2017

British actor Toby Jones came to the Oxford Union for a Q&A event and I went along to do some documentary photography. This was the second occasion I had photographed Toby – the first time was during filming of The man who knew infinity which had some scenes filmed in Oxford although the story mostly takes place in Cambridge. The Q&A session was very interesting and although I’ve never watched The Detectorists, after hearing Toby talk about it I’ve now started to watch it on Netflix and so far it’s proved to be very entertaining.

[Tech info:] Leica M6, Voigtlander 50/1.5 Nokton, Ilford HP5 @ ISO 1600, developed in Kodak XTOL 1+1. Pakon scans.

Oxford: Endeavour 3, episode 2 – part 1

Friday, June 5th, 2015

The Endeavour film crew were back in Oxford a few weeks ago to start work on the second episode of series 3. Here are some behind the scenes shots that I made during filming that took place on Holywell Street.

[Tech info]: Leica M2, Voigtlander Nokton 50/1.4 lens, Eastman Double X motion picture film, developed in Kodak HC110 1+31 for 6 mins.

Endeavour, season 3 filming

Endeavour, season 3 filming

Endeavour, season 3 filming

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Photo shoot: Leonore & Cosima part 2

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013

Here are some more shots from my photo shoot with Leonore & Cosima at Christchurch. These were the last ones that we did and the light level was falling fast at this point so I had to shoot with an extremely shallow depth of field which is tricky when you have two people in the shot. I did my best to find little pockets of usable light and overall I really like how this set turned out.

[Tech info:] Nikon FM2, 50/1.4D lens, loaded with Ilford HP5 rated at iso800, processed in Kodak HC110 1+31.

Oxford: Photo shoot – Helen, experimenting with window light

Tuesday, November 20th, 2012

For a long time I’ve wanted to do a photo shoot where I experimented with window light so this is what I did in my recent photo shoot with Helen. Previously we have always shot outside so it was nice to have some limitations to work within (space being one and the light being another). These shots were all made a few hours after my shoot with Jake Dean (previous post) and by this time the sun had already started to drop along with the light level. The windows that were directly behind me face north which helped give a beautiful softness to the light quality which reminded me of paintings by the old masters. It was very interesting to see how moving a small amount made quite a difference and by using curtains you can completely change the feeling of the light altogether.

As with my previous shoot I shot both film and digital – these are all digital. I’m especially excited to see the results from film because I used a new type (Kodak Portra 800) which I haven’t used before. I also shot a roll of TMAX 400 at ISO 1600 after the great results I got from Oxford Fashion Week. Those shots will follow at a later time.

[Technical info:] Nikon D700, 50mm/f1.4D lens.

 

Oxford: Photo shoot – Jake Dean, Nov 2012

Monday, November 19th, 2012

Here are images from a photo shoot I had with one of the models from the Oxford Fashion Week Couture show yesterday. The light outside was amazing and I’m really pleased with the results. It’s very rare for me to take a digital camera with me on a photo shoot these days but I decided to on this occasion simply for convenience so that I could get some images to Jake without too much delay. I also shot some film so some of those may follow at a later date. Jake was very easy to work with and it wouldn’t surprise me if he gets snapped up by a London agency soon.

[Technical info:] Nikon D700 with 50mm/f1.4D lens.

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