Adele – Surry Hills Sydney

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Adele brought along some threads she picked up at a Vinnie’s store and also brought along a bright cheery attitude to the shoot. We wandered the streets of Surry Hills taking advantage of the artwork, textures and colours of the area.  This is the first part of a 2 part post, check back soon to see Adele in her cute and cool denim outfit!

The colour shots were done using a Contax 645 medium format film camera with a combination of 80mm f2 and 140mm f2.8 lenses on Fuji 400h film. The black and white photos were shot on a Mamiya 645 with 80mm f2.8 and Ilford HP+5 Black and White film.


Melanie in White – Cumberland Forest Sydney

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Just on a month ago, I arranged a vintage themed photography shoot with Melanie at Cumberland Forest in West Pennant Hills. While, Sydney is known for its great harbour and beaches, there are also some beautiful natural forests, reserves and fields to explore. We shot at just after midday in the forest, and the advantage of shooting amongst the tall trees, and thcick vegetation of Cumberland Forest, was that we were shielded from the intense and usually unflattering light. Melanie, a local model based in Sydney was a delight to work with and with us slashing through cob webs and with the threat of ants and other creepy crawlers that Sydney is famous for, we were able to get some great shots from deep within the forest.

Again I shot with the Contax 645 and this time opted primarily for Fujifilm 400h. As I do more shoots, I am seeing a distinct difference between Kodak Portra film stock and Fuji 400h film emulsions. There’s  a distinct magenta tinge to the Fuji 400h scans, while the Portra film has a yellow/green warmth feel.


Ally in White Part 2 – Lennox Gardens Canberra

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Ally was a delight to work and it was a fun afternoon in the Canberra sun. These were shot on Kodak Portra film, predominantly Portra 160 and 400 stock. I used Contax 645af with 80mm f2 and 140mm f2.8 and a Mamiya 645af with 80mm f2.8.


Ally in Black Part 1 – Nara Park and Lennox Gardens Canberra

Living in Sydney, we are spoiled with beautiful beach and bay locations for shoots, but occasionally, it’s good to escape the chaos of Sydney for a weekend away. I grew up in Canberra, the nation’s capital. Having been a part of my sister’s wedding in Nara Peace Park and Lennox Gardens, I made it a goal to do a portrait shoot in the beautiful leafy gardens with Lake Burley Griffin just a stone’s throw away. Ally a local Canberra model was the star of this shoot. Ally’s porcelain like complexion coupled with her great sense of style and professional approach made it a fun shoot. I shot with my Contax 645 medium format camera with 80mm f2 and 140mm f2.8 lenses, and Mamiya 645af and 80mm f2.8. The film used was all Kodak Portra ranging from 160 to 800.

Nela – Centennial Park Sydney

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So I plucked up the courage and decided to test out my film cameras with a portrait shoot. Luckily for me, I had an understanding model in Nela. We met up in Centennial Park in Sydney’s east on a beautiful November afternoon. We spent a couple hours walking around Centennial Park. I shot with my Contax 645af and 80mm f2 and complemented that with a Mamiya 645af with 80mm f2.8. The film used was all Kodak Portra films ranging from Portra 160 through to Portra 800. All film was then sent to the fine folks at Richard Photo Lab in Hollywood, Los Angeles for developing and scanning. The shots below are scanned on Fuji Frontier Scanner.

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