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Oxford: Wish Want Wear part 2

Thursday, April 4th, 2013

During my photo shoot at the Wish Want Wear salon day at Keble College, Oxford, not only did I shoot with digital and film, I also shot some Fuji instant pack film (aka Fujiroids). Here they are below. Unfortunately I only had 5 sheets left in the pack and I didn’t take any more with me which was a real shame because these were a huge hit. Keble is such a great location and I am very much looking forward to photographing at the Keble College summer ball that is coming up next month.

[Tech info:] Mamiya RB67, 90mm lens with an Arca Swiss sliding Polaroid back that allows me to shoot two shots on each sheet.

Oxford: Wish Want Wear

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

These shots are from the salon day at Keble College that was held by the designer dress company Wish Want Wear. If I had one wish it would be to have had more time to shoot because it really was a case of so many dresses and so little time. I previously posted some of the black & white shots I did there and now here are some colour ones for your viewing pleasure. I usually process and scan all of my own film but processing colour film during the freezing cold winter weather is a bit tricky because of the warm temperature the chemicals need to be kept at and my studio where I do my processing is like a fridge during the winter. That’s why I sent this roll of film away to a lab (Ag Photolab) and I’m very pleased with their scans. Zero retouching was done to these shots, none! Some more shots still to come.

If you’re looking for a ball gown to hire for one of the many upcoming Oxford University summer balls, give Wish Want Wear a look. Hopefully I can work with them again in the future because this was a really fun shoot. The Keble summer ball is on 4th May. See you there.

[Tech info:] Mamiya RB67, 90mm f3.8 lens, loaded with Kodak Portra 400NC.


Photo shoot: Chloe

Sunday, March 3rd, 2013

Here are some shots from a lunch hour photo shoot I had with Chloe a couple of weeks ago on a day where we were lucky enough to have a little sunshine to photograph in. Regular visitors to this blog are probably familiar with the location because I’ve used it a number of times. I like the lines, angles and shadows and I also like the challenge of trying to make good use of the same location. I’m sure there are some great shots still to be made here.

[Tech info:] Mamiya RB67, 90mm & 180mm lenses, loaded with Kodak Tri-X, processed in Kodak HC110 (1:31).

Photo shoot: Sylvia

Saturday, March 2nd, 2013

Here’s a Fujiroid from a recent lunch hour photo shoot I had with Sylvia. I also shot some colour film but that has been sent to a lab that I’m trying out so those shots will follow at a later date. You may recognise the location from some of my other shoots and that’s because it’s close to my office and very convenient to walk to. I’ve been trying not to repeat the same shots at this location so it’s a bit of a challenge but I like that.

[Tech info:] Mamiya RB67, 180mm/f4.5 lens. Fuji FP100-C instant pack film loaded into a sliding Polaroid back.

Drama: Rope, Oxford Union Society

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

Here’s a set of images I made at the dress rehearsal for Rope which was being staged at the Oxford Union Society (one of my favourite venues for photography). It was a tight schedule but fortunately for me things were running a little behind so I had time to try some different setups. When I arrived the last rays of sunshine were streaming into the windows to produce the most amazing ambience but sadly the actors weren’t in costume at that time. It was completely dark outside by the time the actors were ready so I lit all of these shots with the floor standing lamps that were part of the set. I’m pleased with how they turned out and I especially like the shot at the bottom right hand corner.

[Tech info:] Mamiya RB67 with 90mm and 180mm lenses, loaded with Kodak Tri-X rated at ISO 1600. Processed in Rodinal 1:50.

Photo shoot: The Roaring Twenties

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

The theme of St Peter’s College Ball this year is The Roaring Twenties but there is also going to be a 1920’s themed charity fashion showcase at the Oxford Hub in Turl Street on 1st March and it was for this event that I was asked to do some promo photography for. I really like images from the 1920’s, I feel it was a really photogenic era so I was excited about this photo shoot. I’ve never been inside St Peter’s College so I wasn’t sure what to expect in terms of usable locations but fortunately one of the shoot organisers (Rosie) had done a scout and found a stair well that ended up being absolutely perfect. We lucked out with the weather and light on the day of the shoot so the early Saturday morning start was well worth it. I love how these Fujiroids have turned out, especially the shots of Alice against the red wall. Alice couldn’t have been more perfect for this shoot and I’m hoping I’ll be able to shoot with her again some time. My thanks to Rosie for inviting me to shoot and to everyone else involved for working so hard. I shot some black & white film which will follow once I’ve processed and scanned it.

More info about The Green Light Fashion Showcase can be found here.

Tickets for the ball can be ordered from their website.

Photo shoot: Chloe (Fujiroids)

Monday, February 18th, 2013

Here are some recent shots I made with Chloe on Fuji instant pack film (similar to Polaroid). Finally the weather has been slowly improving and so has the light for photography. This makes me happy. I also shot some black & white film on these shoots so those will follow once I’ve processed and scanned them.

[Tech info:] Mamiya RB67, 90mm and 180mm lenses.

Photo shoot: Salon day, Keble College

Friday, February 15th, 2013

Last week there was a salon day at Keble College where a designer dress hire company (Wish Want Wear) brought in lots of ball gowns for girls to try on to see whether they wanted to hire them for one of the many college balls that are being held this summer. I was invited along to do some photography (I photographed Keble’s ball last year) and here are some of the results. I shot quite a lot so there will be other shots to follow. For this shoot I decided to experiment quite a lot more than I would normally as a way of learning. For example I wouldn’t usually photograph someone backlit by a window. My thanks go to Mel for being so patient while I juggled with different cameras and to Katherine for inviting me. I’m really looking forward to this year’s Keble ball.

[Tech info:] Mamiya RB67, 90mm lens loaded with Kodak Tri-X rated at ISO1600, processed in Kodak HC110 (1:31).

Photo shoot: My Sordid Valentine

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

Yesterday I photographed a Valentine’s Day themed fashion photo story for The Oxford Tab website. Despite some last minute location scouting everything came together really well. My thanks go to the dynamic duo of Helen and Megan for putting together another great shoot and to their friends for braving the chilly weather. I shot digital for the fast (next day) turnaround but I did manage to shoot one Fujiroid.

You can see the full photo story here: http://oxford.tab.co.uk/2013/02/13/my-sordid-valentine/

Photo shoot: In the library

Saturday, February 9th, 2013

A few weeks ago I received an email asking me if I’d like to do a photo shoot for the second issue of Industry magazine which is produced by the Oxford Fashion Society. The first issue was digital only but the second issue is to be printed and anyone that knows me knows that I’m a sucker for real ink of paper so of course I said yes! We did the shoot last Saturday on a cold but very sunny morning which was a real blessing after a week of bad weather. I can’t show the official shots until the magazine is out but as they were shot on digital I used film for my own personal shots. The ones below were made in the Oxford Union library which is a location that I am very fond of and somewhere I’ve been wanting to do a photo shoot ever since I photographed the summer ball there last year. As my main priority was to get the shots for the magazine I didn’t have much time to shoot as much film as I would have liked which is a real shame because the models looked amazing. Hopefully I’ll get to work with these models again.

My thanks go to Anna for organising everything and for pulling together some amazing outfits and to the models for braving the cold and for working so hard. More images to follow.

[Tech info:] Mamiya RB67, 90mm/f3.8 lens, loaded with Tri-X rated at ISO 1600, processed in Rodinal 1+50.



Photo shoot: Christy part 2

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

Here are some of the film shots from my recent photo shoot with Christy. These are all medium format shots, I still have some large format sheet film to process from this shoot. For a while I’ve been wanting to test out some high speed film (Ilford Delta 3200) but it’s designed to be used in low light situations which mostly rules it out for my lunch hour photography sessions. Fortunately I had the chance to test a roll on this shoot as the light level began to drop in the late afternoon.

[Tech info:] Mamiya RB67, 90mm/f3.8 lens, loaded with Ilford Delta 100 and 3200. Processed in Ilford DD-X developer (1+4).

My two favourite shots from the shoot.


Photo shoot: Christy

Sunday, January 27th, 2013

Here are some shots from a photo shoot I had today with Christy. The light in Christy’s room at college is amazing thanks to some tall windows and dark wood panelling on the walls which stops the light from bouncing around too much. I started the shoot with experimenting with some double exposures, then I set up my 5×4 Speed Graphic to shoot some b&w sheet film and then we finished off with experimenting with some fairy lights. I haven’t processed the b&w film yet so those will follow at a later time.

[Tech info:] Cameras used were 5×4 Speed Graphic, Mamiya RB67 with sliding Polaroid back and a Nikon D700 digital.

Fuji instant pack film (aka Fujiroids)