Thursday, 5 May 2011

Coming soon... Photography

To expand a little further on my painfully alliterated blog title, here are some of the posts you have to look forward to in the various categories, which naturally tend to overlap quite a bit.

-How and why I became interested in photography, and how I went from wondering why car photos I'd taken with a compact camera at night 30 metres away were too dark, to shooting feature cars and trucks professionally for automotive magazines, as well as winning a few awards here and there.


Photographer: Rohan Phillips
Camera: Nikon D70s
Lens: Nikkor 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5
Exposure: 1/80 @ f/5.0, ISO 400, SB600 Speedlight bounced into ceiling


Photographer: Rohan Phillips
Camera: Nikon D300
Lens:  Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8G IF-ED
Exposure: 1/250 @f/5.0, ISO 200 


-Personal archive mining: Various photos I've taken over the years, both film and digital, from the 1990s onwards.
Photographer: Rohan Phillips
Year: 2002
Camera: Canon EOS 3000 film SLR
Lens: Canon 28-80mm f/3.5-5.6 II
Film: Fuji Superia 400 colour negative
 Exposure: Approximately 3 seconds @ f/8.0, tripod used


-Family album trawling: Old family pictures dating from as far back as 1900.

 
Year: 1933
Photographer: Unknown
Camera: Unknown
Subject: My late grandfather on a family outing at the beach, he's the young boy at the front.
Location: Wallaroo Beach, South Australia


 -Gear reviews for the photography equipment I've personally bought, owned and used, as well as gear I've borrowed/hired. 
Photographer: Rohan Phillips
Camera: Canon Powershot A470
Exposure: 1/50 @ f/3.0, ISO 400, -1 exposure compensation


-Reviews of photography books from my personal library that I've bought or been given.
Photographer: Rohan Phillips
Camera: Nikon D70s
Lens: Nikkor 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5
Exposure: 1/60 @ f/3.5, ISO 1600


-Reviews of photography related DVDs, ranging from instructional/technique guides (e.g. The Speed of Light), to photographer documentaries, (War Photographer) and movies (One Hour Photo).

Photographer: Rohan Phillips
Camera: Nikon D300
Lens: Nikkor 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5
Exposure: 1/50 @ f/3.5, ISO 500


-Old photos from my parents' family album, particularly of the cars at the time.

-Photos from the weddings of family and friends. 

Photographer: Rohan Phillips
Camera: Nikon D300
Lens: Nikkor 85mm f/1.4D IF
Exposure: 1/6400 @ f/2.0, ISO 200


 
Photographer: Rohan Phillips
Camera: Nikon D90
Lens: Nikkor 85mm f/1.4D IF
Exposure: 1/100 @ f/2.5, ISO 400


Photographer: Rohan Phillips
Camera: Nikon D300
Lens: Nikkor 85mm f/1.4D IF
Exposure: 1/80 @ f/1.6, ISO 1600


Photographer: Rohan Phillips
Camera: Nikon D300
Lens: Nikkor 85mm f/1.4D IF
Exposure: 1/8000 @ f/2.0, ISO 200, -1 exposure compensation 

(This one made it to the semi-finals of the 2009 Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize)
Photographer: Rohan Phillips
Camera: Nikon D70s
Lens: Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8G IF-ED
Exposure: 1/1600 @ f/8.0, ISO 200, -1 1/3 exposure compensation

Photographer: Rohan Phillips
Camera: Nikon D300
Lens: Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8G IF-ED
Exposure: 1/1000 @ f/3.5, ISO 400


-The story behind the photo; explaining how I came to take a particular image, especially single images or portfolios that have won awards at various levels. As well as other photos that have an unusual, interesting or funny story behind them.

Photographer: Rohan Phillips
Camera: Nikon D70s
Lens: Nikkor 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5
Exposure: 1/125 @ f/8.0, ISO 200


-The story behind the story; how I approached and went about writing and/or photographing articles for various automotive publications.


-Full circle; how I went from reading Truckin' Life magazine and sticking posters up on my wall as a young kid, to years later producing the articles and posters myself.



-Truckie portraits; individual black and white images of truck drivers I've photographed. 
Photographer: Rohan Phillips
Camera: Nikon D70s
Lens: Nikkor 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5
Exposure: 1/160 @ f/5.0, ISO 200



-Graffiti; photos of cool murals and artwork I've taken over the years in various locations.

(Adelaide)
Photographer: Rohan Phillips
Camera: Nikon D70s
Lens: Nikkor 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5
Exposure: 1/100 @ f/3.5, ISO 400

(Melbourne)
Photographer: Rohan Phillips
Camera: Nikon D70s
Lens: Nikkor 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5
Exposure: 1/100 @ f/3.5, ISO 400



-A brief review and links to inspirational photographer portfolio sites and blogs; for example, I've been a fan of Chip Litherland's work for several years now, after coming across his images through the sportsshooter.com message board. He has a fantastic eye for shapes, patterns, colours and layering. Just looking through his blog is a lesson in using colours, light, shapes and shadows to produce memorable images, with some interesting behind the scenes stories to boot.



-Links to epic photo threads on both automotive and photography forums. The VW Vortex forums 'Car Lounge hot shizz' thread; as I post this, 258 pages and counting of drool-worthy automotive goodness: http://forums.vwvortex.com/showthread.php?3438832-TCL-hot-shizz-%28post-your-pics%29


-Photos of friends, family and fun times. 


Photographer: Rohan Phillips
Camera: Fujicolour QuickSnap Marine
Film: Fuji Superia 800 colour negative


-Suburbia; snapshots of everyday life in the suburbs of Adelaide. 

Photographer: Rohan Phillips
Camera: Nikon D300
Lens: Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8G IF-ED
Exposure: 1/60 @ f/2.8, ISO 800 

Photographer: Rohan Phillips
Camera: Nikon D300
Lens: Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8G IF-ED
Exposure: 1/50 @ f/2.8, ISO 1600 
-Photos of photographers at work. (feel free to submit photos if you've taken some of photographers doing their job, to email@rohanphillips.com)
(Nathan Wong at Mallala, you can see some of his his great motorsport images at http://speedshots.com.au/)
 Photographer: Rohan Phillips
Camera: Nikon D70s
Lens: Nikkor 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5
Exposure: 1/1250 @ f/5.0, ISO 200


-Photos of me at work/with my camera.

Photographer: Sally Parker
Camera: Kodak Easyshare M883 Zoom
Exposure: 1/800 @ f/4.6, ISO 64


 -Behind the scenes photos, flash setup photos and stories.

 
Photographer: Rohan Phillips
Camera: Nikon D300
Lens: Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8 IF-ED
Exposure: 1/200 @ f/7.1, ISO 200
Strobist info: SB600 in softbox to the left at 1/2 power, SB900 to the right in softbox at 1/4 power, triggered by Elinchrom Skyports. 


Photographer: Rohan Phillips
Camera: Nikon D300
Lens: Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8 IF-ED
Exposure: 1/100 @ f/6.3, ISO 200
Strobist info: SB600 in softbox to the left at 1/2 power, SB900 to the right in softbox at 1/4 power, triggered by Elinchrom Skyports. 



 
Photographer: Rohan Phillips 
Camera: Nikon D300
Lens: Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8G IF-ED
Exposure: 1/125 @ f/11.0, ISO 1600
Strobist info: One SB900 to the right through a 60x60cm softbox at 1/2 power, triggered by Elinchrom Skyport.


Photographer: Rohan Phillips
Camera: Nikon D300
Lens: Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8G IF-ED
Exposure: 1/125 @ f/11.0, ISO 1600
Strobist info: One SB900 to the right through a 60x60cm softbox at 1/2 power, triggered by Elinchrom Skyport.



-My experiences while completing a Certificate IV in Photo-imaging at the Centre for Creative Photography in 2004/2005.

Photographer: Rohan Phillips
Camera: Nikon D300
Lens: Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8G IF-ED
Exposure: 1/60 @ f/2.8, ISO 1600



-What it was like starting with film, negatives, slides and making darkroom prints at photography school. 

Photographer: Rohan Phillips
Year: 2003
Camera: Canon EOS 3000 film SLR
Lens: Canon 28-80mm f/3.5-5.6 II
Film: Kodak T-Max 400

 (Darkroom print from B&W film, personally printed at Open Access College, using a special technique known as Solarisation/The Sabatier Effect, made in 2003)

The local paper did a small article on me and the photo winning an award at the Royal Adelaide Show. It's kind of depressing reading how I'm talking about getting better... at 18 years old in 2003. 8 years later and at 26, I've gone backwards pretty severely by comparison.


-Photos of my old dog Kody, a hilarious and endearingly deranged Staffordshire Bull Terrier, a faithful family pet from between 1997 and late 2006, when we sadly had to put her down due to a severe anxiety disorder.
 
Photographer: Rohan Phillips
Year: 2004
 Camera: Canon EOS 33 film SLR
 Lens: Canon 50mm f/1.8
 Film: Kodak T-MAX 400



-My experiences working for a function photography business in 2004/2005, which was mostly attempting to sell very mediocre happy snaps for very little money. As well as repeatedly being asked for drinks, as apparently wearing a vest and stretchy tie turns you into a waiter, no matter how big your camera and flash is.


-How what should have been a simple job to shoot photos for a country Bed & Breakfast brochure, turned into an expensive and awkward situation. It involved bad photos, a disappointed client, a mistaken but well intentioned phone call about a 'stolen' quad, the quad bike running out of petrol, a long walk with heavy gear along kilometres of dirt road, an embarrassed photographer, the police racing up behind me in a paddy wagon with lights flashing, hundreds of dollars in fines and a court appearance, in addition to a horse stalking me around the property, which repeatedly tried to eat my water bottle and tripod while I took photos. And the physical extertion off all this left me in severe pain for the next week. The job was such an epic failure on so many levels it crossed into an impressive example of Murphy's Law.

-And closely related to the above topic, 'Stupid photography-related things I've said and done...'

Which is a big list. Everything from accidentally turning off my own compact digital camera at a party while trying to take a happy snap of my girlfriend and I, even though there's only two buttons to choose from; to putting my camera bag too close to the edge of a table which caused nearly $3000 damage overnight when it fell off (photo below); to making up the 'rule of thirds' in describing my photos when I first did photography as a Year 12 subject, as I completely missed the boat on what it meant at the time.

Photographer: Rohan Phillips
Camera: Canon Powershot A470
Exposure: 1/125 @ f/9.0, ISO 250



-Photography is illegal...apparently:   Photos of signs, notices and so on banning people from taking photos of things like train stations, because anyone with a camera who also likes trains is clearly a terrorist. And several stories about being unreasonably threatened by random people, getting kicked out of a shopping centre, and security guards possibly forwarding my details to ASIO for taking photos of trucks near a fuel storage area.

Photographer: Rohan Phillips
Camera: Nikon D70s
Lens: Nikkor 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5
Exposure: 1/15 @ f/5.0, ISO 1600


 
Photographer: Rohan Phillips
Camera: Nikon D70s
Lens: Nikkor 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5
Exposure: 1/1600 @ f/4.5, ISO 1600



Below is the November 2008 issue of Truckin' Life magazine, where my photo of the Truckworks Peterbilt made the front cover, one of my favourite truck images to date.


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