Australian Nursing Federation Conference

A couple of months ago I photographed The Australian Nursing Federation’s annual EBA Conference at the The Melbourne Docklands.

The commission was to photograph the various speakers including the current Victorian Minister for Health, the Leader of the Opposition, various legal and insurance speakers and Federation dignitaries. Additional images required were audience participation, questions and any other aspects of the event.

The venue was large, painted black and presented a considerable technical challenge. Black simply “sucks” light. There was some ambient light coming through doors and windows and some interior lighting which enabled me to hand hold my camera on a slow shutter speed. Canon’s image stabiliser lens system was a welcome “friend” allowing me to move around discretely and capture moments as they occurred.

Some direct flash and the little bounce card on my 580EX2 Speedlite helped fill and illuminate where necessary.

I really enjoy these assignments, not only are they fun to photograph, but I get to hear interesting people presenting their views in an in-depth way which is not possible on radio or television.

I also get to meet some great people and realise more than before, just how much work and dedication nurses apply to their profession. It’s a nice thought, considering we will all need them at some point in our lives.

Oh, and the food served at lunch was yummy also : )

Corporate Portrait

Boardroom Portrait

It’s unusual to have a request for a  Black and White Corporate Portrait these days, so it was great having the opportunity to do so.

Fortunately, I had a bit of time with the subject who is the President of a Melbourne based Golf Club and was able to find out about his interests and professional background which was extensive.

Whilst chatting, I was able to get some idea about his personality and how he perceives himself which is helpful. After all, this was going to be a framed print in the club’s boardroom for many years, not a PR image for promotional purposes.The requirement here was to convey something meaningful about the person behind the photograph and a Black & White image is a great way to display this.

Lighting as always, was paramount to create the “look” required so I used my trusty Bowens Pro-Light with a medium sized soft box. Fill was a reflector and the separation light was a little Morris “slave”- flash unit. Keep it simple but good.

I believe the end result has worked; we are looking at a man of achievement with a sense of warmth and humour behind the eyes. Or was he just bemused by the photographer?

70th Birthday Event

For many years I have photographed members of the Liu family and their relatives’ weddings and family portraits. On Sunday night I had the privilege of photographing Dr Liu’s  70th birthday celebration at the Yarra Yarra Golf Club in Melbourne. Clearly Dr Liu is a much loved man and deservedly so.

I enjoyed a great evening and a pleasing opportunity to catch up with everyone.

Although it was a birthday, it was very much in the Event Photography genre consisting of posed portraits as well as candid and editorial images. Typically, such photographic assignments present many technical challenges. I had to use direct flash, bounced flash, drag the shutter and finally, during the fireworks display, hand held my trusted Canon 1DN on aperture priority.

The image displayed is a montage of an image I’d taken of Dr Liu and his wife with a black background (night sky and flash) together with some of the firework bursts. I think it captures the festive nature of the occasion.