Friday, 20 April 2012

New Website!

Head on over to (rather than the old and sad

Aim will be to have blog and portfolio in the same place

Let me know what y'all think



Monday, 26 March 2012

Behind the scenes shot

Behind the scenes shot, originally uploaded by DrFireball.

Simple lighting set up - dragged the shutter to underexpose the outside ambient light by a stop or so. Took a few shots of another dancer here recently (Jessie Jing) and realised that I had to have the frame of the window in the shot otherwise the lighting looked really false.

Here you can see the Elinchrom 186cm Octabank. Inside is the El RX AS Speed A head fired using a pocket wizard plus II. I do also use the skyport but I like being able to trigger the pack with the Sekonic L758 DR meter. Of course when you have the benefit of an assistant you also have someone to alter the power of the pack so the skyport is less essential.

Shooting with the Hasselblad and not tethered as the amount of dust in the warehouse is unbelievable and I do not trust my laptop to it.

Shooting from slightly lower down to elongate Emms.

Post production in PS via my own personal recipe - enjoy :-)


Saturday, 24 March 2012

Circle squared

Circle squared, originally uploaded by DrFireball.

Last image to accompany the previous BTS shot

BTS two

BTS two, originally uploaded by DrFireball.

The sharp eyed among you will notice that the laptop was having an off moment here. I shoot tethered to Hasselblad's Phocus software but like using Lightroom (just used to it's workflow now) - so I typically setup the autoimport feature in Lightroom to directly export out of Phocus. Sadly everytime the 'blad is switched off I have to start and restart Phocus to get them all playing along nicely - to save time here I just "got on with it" without the tethering :-)


Seated elegance

Seated elegance, originally uploaded by DrFireball.

Final result as promised from the BTS shot below

Behind the scenes

Behind the scenes, originally uploaded by DrFireball.

BTS shot from the recent shoot with Tamsin Isles. Tamsin is a fantastic make up artist based in Leeds. She wanted some shots with a 1950's styling - not hard as she dresses like this pretty much all the time.

The location is a casino with a number of bars - this one gave us loads of scope and the management bent over backwards that day to make the whole team feel at home.

I shot tethered as usual which as I have previously mentioned has the effect of slowing everything down and making things much more purposeful. The Phase IQ digital backs have wonderful iphone like screens I am told - but the H3Dii's screen is truly awful - cannot even rely on it to check focus.

I will upload the photo from this set up so that you can see the finished result. Two assistants that day plus the hairstylist Sabrina who was very welcome when it came to stopping me having a nasty fall!



Tuesday, 20 March 2012


Tamsin, originally uploaded by DrFireball.

First shot out of the editing room from my latest shoot with the gorgeous Tamsin. Shot in a local Casino - great room with lots of scope (almost too much!). Had two assistants this time and I have to say this really is the way to go. Lots of help, lots of inspiration and subsequently lots of images to edit :-)

This was taken using the two octas as key and fill with a bare quadra behind the glass for effect.

Just a touch of post production - it's all good!