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Great Scott

Some of you may recognise  Jo from a previous shoot I did for Dorkzine ; well since that shoot we have stayed in touch and boy am I glad we did! Jo is not only captivating to look at from behind the camera but she has a similar creative vision to myself and we have developed a great working relationship. So I thought I would share a few shots from a couple shoots we have done recently.

First up we visited Alderly Edge a location I have always wanted to check out, not specifically for photography but generally it just looked like a nice place to visit. Anyways rather loosely Jo and I arranged to hook up and check it out for some shots. After meeting up and finding out Jo had forgotten her Sat Nav – we got explicit directions from her step-dad (something he is reknowed for apparently ;-) Anyway here’s a couple images…

The Thing I love and indeed other people have commented on my photos of Jo, is that she manages to look completely different all the time, whether that be down to posing, facial expression or styling; she is SO versatile to work with. Anyway we packed up after a few shots up on the edge itself as light was fading fast and rain was threatening, as is fairly common around these parts ;-) bloody English weather. If I was cursing the weather then, it was nothing compared to what was in store on our next trip out!

I awoke on the Wednesday morning at around 8:30am to large thunder claps and torrential rain, not what I had hoped for having planned a shoot with Jo at a location I had not previously scouted and was unsure how feasable it was to start with! As soon as it was a more sociable hour I sent a text to check weather (boom boom) we were still on. Jo was as usual still fiercly keen to shoot so we met as planned! On the way we both laughed at how both of us were more than concerned about dragging the other out on such a hellish day like this, despite both been secretly mad keen to go ahead anyways! So off we went…

After a little re-con we found the location, an abandoned power-station. I have to say visiting locations like this one is not un-common to me but dragging along a model is not such every-day occurence and I was unsure how Jo would hold out but like the  true preofessional that she is, she took it all in her stride. Anyway enough waffle here’s some of the shots…

…and just to demonstrate just how bad the weather was (and hopefully how awesome the location was), I used some artistic license and the full potential of my (basic) photoshop technique and came up with this…

Jo can also say she is an urban-explorer aswell as one hell of a model!

Hope you enjoyed looking, stay tuned for more…

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Acting Like a Dork!

Sneak peek at last nights Dorkzine photoshoot, the theme was colour. This shot is pretty much unedited but liked the look of it so thought I would up it quickly. Whilst we were waiting for the light to fade a bit so I could get to work on combining light painting with fashion, something I have wanted to do for sometime, we decided to shoot against the colourful graffiti backdrop of an old pumping house.

Photographer: Jon Shackleton (www.tdmphotography.co.uk)

Assistant Photographer: Gideon Foster

Stylist: Lucy Ellis

Make Up: Shell Sullivan

Model (Male): Toni Le Britton

Model: (Female): Johanna Scott

Coloured Lights at Night

OK been a bit busy of late, as previous posts will testify but here’s a few film shots I recently got developed to keep the interest up ;-)

All shots are unedited apart from addition of watermark and minor adjustments such as straightening. Really pretty pleased at how these shots turned out and the quality and sharpness that film provides never ceases to amaze me. Bulk of the shots are from a second visit to a former RAF Base, with the exception of the two underground shots, they were captured under the streets of Lancashire somewhere in an old culvert!

Anyway enough babble, on with the shots…

Haymaker Pt2

Haymaker PT2 – Canon EOS3000 F6.3 / ISO200 Film / 24mm /Aprrox 3mins.

Frigid  Air

Frigid Air – Canon EOS3000 F6.3 / ISO200 Film / 24mm / Approx 3mins
This lonely fridge stands in a corner of a room in this old base, with only a sink shoved inside its top half for company.

British Red & Blue

British Red & Blue – Canon EOS 3000 / F6.3 / ISO200 / Approx 8mins / 24mm

Haymaker

Haymaker PT2 – Canon EOS 3000 / F6.3 / ISO200 / Approx 5mins / 24mm

Culverrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrt!

Culverrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrt!

Long story behind the title but far too long to to explain here ;-) Dont remember the shot details for the above or below shots and god knows its a miracle they turned out anywhere near as good as this.

Double Trouble

Double Trouble

Ok so this shot isnt technically brilliant but I wanted to add it because I was so blown away by the size of the arches. It was extremeley hard because one it was completely pitch black and two there were 4 or so other people with us who were not completely in-tune with what I was trying to achieve but hey I aint bitching cos I wouldnt have been there in the first place if it wasnt for them. Also I coulnt even see as far as second couple of people further up on far side the tunnel, let alone as far as the exposure has picked up.

Successful, Sexy & Surreal Weekend (PT2)…

Divided Attention Shoot

So Saturday came and went and Sunday was underway, got myself up nice and early made sure all the kit was packed for todays photo shenanigans which was a full days location shoot with local Tameside band Divided Attention. After being picked up by Gillian, who was to be my assistant for the day, we headed off to meet the band.

Divided Attention Photoshoot

The brief for the shoot was fairly lose “just make us look cool” sort of thing but after initial discussions and some ideas I had suggested after our first meeting, they picked a reservior dogs style theme for the first location, hence the suits. After find a suitable spot and a few lighting adjustments I started snapping away.

Getting back to the car to get the guys to change out of suits we spotted an over zelous car park attentendant who seemed to be loitering about with intent (to dish out tickets) so we made a decision to move onto the next location: Castlefield.

Lots of scope for shooting down here and FREE parking (wahey). The lads got changed whilst Gill & myself had a coffee and more importantly for me a smoke; I hadnt had one so far that morning as I had stupidly left my lighter at home – doh.

Divided Attention Shoot Divided Attention Shoot

After a few shots in Castlefield, which has much to offer in the way of great spots for shooting, we made the short trip to a nearby canalside location, which used to be an old factory and is now covered in graffiti. This makes a great backdrop for shots and the place is pretty much destroyed now. I love it and will definitely be shooting there again, as previously I have only visited to take pictures of the graffiti.

Divided Attention Shoot

Divided Attention Shoot

After a short break in preceedings, we all met up at Dovestones Reservoir, which is over the other side of Ashton. This location has endless possibilities for either a model or band style shoot. The water, woods and surrounding rocky outcropped hills, make an epic backdrop and was in stark contrast to elsewhere we had shot earlier on in the day.

Unfortunately this is where Gill had to leave us, so there are no more behind the scenes shots to fill the space around my waffle, but will update as soon as I have some finished shots from the shoot.

All Pictures: Courtesy of Gillian Greenwood 2009.

Successful, Sexy & Surreal Weekend (PT1)…

Well I promised you I was up for an exciting time this weekend and it didnt disappoint. I had two preplanned shoots that, well er for want of a better phrase “went to plan

First up on Saturday was the shoot for the Whiplash Rock Fetish Burlesque group and by god was I in for a surreal afternoon in Bolton. I had been contacted via Model Mayhem by one of the girls to come and shoot at a flat in Bolton, for some promo pictures both for the group as a whole and for the individual girls.  If I am completely honest I was more than a little aprhensive about this shoot as I have not yet done a lingerie / swimsuit shoot yet, let alone anything as racey as burlesque/fetish style shots.

Hannah

When I arrived the girls were near enough ready and as we discussed ideas and shot possibilities, my  nerves subsided and I soon fell into the old routine of photographer. I think the fact that I havent done any fashion themed shoots since last year was what was buggin more than anything but the girls were great fun and we all got on well. Since they are accustomed to dancing very little clothing and were’nt at all shy really shows in the shots as none of them (to my mind, anyway) appear to be staged or forced.

Whiplash Fetish Burlesque

I was pleased also to get yet more invaluable strobist practice and with something better looking and challenging than my own ugly mug, especially since I never seemed to be able to look anything other than mildly p*ssed off! The girls were also pretty impressed when I got out the gels and started playing with some coloured lighting as they were keen to get some more evil / edgy looking shots and wanted to steer clear of the more cheesy stripper style burlesque images. Loads more shots to edit yet but there’s a few more here

Ruby Ravenous

Hope you enjoyed checking these out, certainly was enjoyable shoot if a little surreal stood infront of 3 girls wearing hardly anything all afternoon, not how I usually spend my Saturdays but hey ho! The time flew and then I was off home to edit and prepare for the following days shoot, with Divided Attention (more on that later).

Fever Pitch…

I must learn to smile more...

The end to this week is proving to be tres exciting! I am due to get my first set of business cards back tonight and I am pretty much fully booked shoot wise this weekend (yay). Tomorrow I am shooting a group of burlesque dancers called Whiplash Rock Fetish Burlesque which will be a little more interesting than the average fashion shoot I am used to. Sunday see’s the previously mentioned Divided Attention shoot, which by the sounds of the dicussions we have been having, is going to be very cool and creative. Finally tonight see’s me get back my first set of my new business cards co-designed with Andy, of Golpys Design. Apparently they look the BOMB so I am counting down to home time, cant wait to get my grubby mits on em.

Aslo been doing some more silly portaits, as you can see above, really starting to enjoy using the off camera flash (even if its not evident from the lack of smile!) Although as I previously mentioned its kind of hard for me to get used to, concentrating on the set up of the lighting instead of walking around with the flash gun like I would if I was “light painting”  I hope to combine the two disciplines with dramatic effect. The shot details are on Flickr for the Strobist heads out there ;-)

Geeky 3D!

Er Hellooooooooooooooow!

First attempts at off camera flash self portraiture. Inspired in part by Nocturnes great recent work. I have wanted for a long time to try stuff like this and its finally come to fruition! Looking forward to lots more experiments along these lines in the future, not just on my self don’t panic!

As much as I find this new found world of inspiration exciting, challenging and not to mention fun, I think it will take time for me to adjust to it, for I am used to running around in the dark with a flash gun popping off a few bursts then, moving to the next subject etc as I do with my light painting work. I think whilst I am learning such techniques I will find it initially quite frustrating not having the usual freedom I am accustomed  to and having to think more about where I place my lighting etc. I don’t think its that different to what I am doing at the moment just a little more structured.


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