10 03 2017

 

 

Lately, I’ve been feeling like I don’t play enough with my photography. My style of shooting has predominantly been influenced by the jobs I’ve been shooting which usually entails multiple angles and a daunting shot list. It’s meant that using flash at events would slow me down and I wouldn’t meet my requirements.

 

In February the opportunity to experiment with flashes presented itself so I jumped at it. DARK FEST, Sam Reynolds’ contribution to the FEST Series calender, saw eight of the best MTB Freeriders in the world gather at the Garden Route Trail Park where Sam Reynolds and co had built some of the biggest jumps in the world. Imagine rolling in from a 70ft tower and hitting a jump at around 80km/h and you have an idea of how these guys are pushing the limits.

 

I really need to take this opportunity to thank Pieter Badenhorst of Photo Hire. He gave me the warmest and most encouraging welcome when I arrived in Cape Town and has gone out of his way to let me experiment with the Broncolor lights he distributes. The original plan was to shoot with two Broncolor Siros 800w lights however they weren’t available on the day, so instead he let me take the Broncolor Move 1200w pack with Air Sync so I could shoot at faster speeds. I’m usually a two lights kind of guy so it was refreshing figuring out how best to use one head. I’m still trying to get my head around the Hi-Sync physics but after a while I started to figure what works and what doesn’t.

Below is the result. Not my finest work but a great lesson and experience. Shout out to Ryan Franklin and the rest of the crew for putting on such a great event.

 

 

 

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I shot some portraits last week of a gaming crew called F3AR Ad3PT who play Call Of Duty. It’s quite an obvious approach but I figured it’d be fun to light them from underneath as if lit by laptop / tablet etc. It’s also the way comic book villains are lit which makes it kind of relevant if you consider these guys are killing people for fun.

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Red Bull X-Fighters returned to the Union Buildings this past weekend for the fourth stop on the 2015 World Tour. I arrived a few days early, met the course builders and shot portraits of the international sculptors. The rest of the images are pretty much an assortment of action from the weekend. Congratulations to Tom Pagés of France for putting together flawless runs all day and making himself untouchable. Check out these links for all the real info written by those in the know – I’m just about the eye candy ;)

http://www.redbullxfighters.com/en_ZA
www.redbull.co.za
http://www.redbull.com/za/en/motorsports/offroad/stories/1331746842726/red-bull-x-fighters-south-africa-2015-track-build

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Crowd

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I’ve been getting pretty frustrated lately. Stuck in a rut of self doubt and clouded direction feeding the retched low self esteem monster. My comfort zone being too familiar and therefore stifling. Examining the relationship between ambition and ego and whether all of these thoughts are actually worth giving a fuck about at all. Where’s the balance between play and success and what does success even mean? It’s all so tiresome and I remind myself to take it all with a pinch of salt and return my focus to the smell and touch of the present.

So I decided to change things up and shoot some analogue again. The fact Thoban Jappie from Mobile Media Mob had a Leica M6 with 35mm and 50mm lenses for me made me, well rather excited and motivated to say the least. Red Bull had a basketball event called King of the Rock which took place Constitution Hill in Johannesburg which I got to cover. Craig Kolesky was the official photographer so I was totally freed up to just shoot what I wanted. Now I know these cameras are status symbols and all that but what’s really got me sold was the whole range finder experience. It’s so different to my DSLR. The experience of taking the photos became so much fun. Then there’s the anxiety of waiting to see if any of the pics came out. I woke up on Sunday morning feeling hungover and only later realised my drained state was from having to pay so much attention to what I was doing the whole day. The slow process of each shot was a great departure from usual habits and I’m pretty damn psyched on how many shots I got that I like.

You can see the Red Bull feature here which includes Thoban Jappie‘s first event edit which I think its terrific. Can’t wait to see what he does next. He has a great way of interpreting ideas and conceptualising really engaging content. Now back to me and the results:

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26 06 2015

Durban’s infamous videographer, DOP, ex video editor and stubborn “intellectual” Jimmy Reynolds likes planes and windy cliffs. Here’s proof:

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14 05 2015

Some headshot from the first Instagram #CPTnaaitz evening we had last week. Basically a couple of us roaming the streets at night taking photos. Check out the hashtag in instagram. Rad

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06 05 2015

A few months back I got to shoot with PnKi and DaBruin from fuck-knows-what-to-call-it-genre-of-music outfit BFAKE for the Red Bulletin Magazine. The guys are also involved a Cape Flats skateboard movement /brand called 20sk8. I got to hang out with the guys whilst in the process of recording their new album which they’ve just released in Holland. They sent me through the video. Give it a listen.. it’s unlike anything you know and it’s catchy. Some of the tracks I got a sneak peak to were really dope and I look forward to hearing them fully mastered. Anyway’s check them out and watch them live. Just don’t take it seriously, or do, be yourself I guess. I’m lost and rambling again. arrrgh… here are some photos:

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