DIY goalposts for a shoot at the weekend. Copper pipe and picture wire solved it. Check out these other Shitty Rigs – http://shittyrigs.com
One of my latest jaunts abroad with Billionaire.com was to the well known party island of Ibiza. A lads on tour pick of the bunch. It is also renowned for its beautiful beaches and islands dotted near Fortmentucra, and for this very reason it lends itself to be a great location for filming and photography, the very reason we headed out there.
While I was out there we had two photoshoots to complete, one of which I will show the behind the scenes photos here to the article now live on the website – Balearic Beauty photographed by Andy Barnham.
Unfortunately I do not have many to show as I had to control and hold a 6ft x 4ft sun swatter which requires both hands and a strong back. I shot with a 5D MKII with a 50mm 1.8 lens attached to my hip with the Peak Design Capture Clip System on my belt. THE best bit of kit I own.
The team consisted of 6 people: Photographer (Andy Barnham), Photography Assistant (me), Fashion Director (Antonia Chang), Make-up artist/Hair Stylist and Model. The 6th person was the delightful daughter of the owner of the location we shot at who wanted to help out and learn the ropes.
Kit consisted of the following:
Canon 5D MkIII – x2.
Canon 24-70mm f.2.8 IS USM Mk II lens – portrait lens.
Canon 70-200mm f.28 IS USM Mk II lens – telephoto lens.
Canon Speedlight 580EXII – x2.
Pocket Wizard Flex TT5 – x4
6ft x 4ft Sunbounce Sun Swatter with 2/3rd stop sheet.
5-in-1 105cm reflector.
80cm silver/white reflector.
Softboxes for flash guns.
Stands – x2.
Laptop – with photo editing software.
1TB Lacie Hard Drive – used to back up all the cards as we went along.
Various leads, batteries and memory cards (CF).
As we knew the weather was going to be good (end of August), the flash was only to be used as fill-in in the most trickiest of situations, but it turned out we didn’t require them at all. However it is always good to have them to hand.
Our main approach to the photography was to use the sun swatter to cast an even and balanced shade over the model eradicating the harsh shadows under the eyes, nose and chin, which would have been created by the high sun. To add the moulding and even lighting to the models face, the 105cm reflector was used to bounce light at the correct angle. (expertly held by the owner’s daughter.)
My main role as an assistant is to ensure that all the equipment is in the correct place before, during and after each shot. Also to have on my person at all times fresh batteries and clean memory cards. As soon as a card with images on was given to me, it gets placed in a dedicated pocket so I know exactly which ones need downloading. When a suitable break emerges (usually after a look is completed) I upload to the computer and then back up on to the Lacie Drive. This way it ensures we have double of everything. An organised filing system on the computer is a must, so when we get back to HQ and we start to edit we can easily locate what is where.
So here are some of the shots from the day’s shoot. Like I said earlier I would have taken more but had to handle a monster for the day.
Came across this lovely blog from an amateur race cyclist living in London – inthesaddle
Very well written and humorous too – I recommend you read the Mont Ventoux article.
“Over the last three or four years, high-level executives from luxury brands have repeated to me over and over that [philanthropy] was becoming more important to them and to their customers,”
Christian Barker, CEO, editor in chief of Billionaire.com.
Fiskens – London’s top classic car dealership. Charming gentleman too. – http://bll.nr/00bbc
My top selection:
Not Superman or Batman i’m afraid.
‘Hero Image’…the term used for images/illustrations/photographs that are placed in the most prominent position to grab readers when they land on a website.
Below are two examples that use two of my photos:
Contemporary Israeli designer Ron Arad speaks to Billionaire.com. Great opportunity for interesting images.
My top 4.
My top 7 –
Lots of content updated regularly with mine and Andy Barnham’s photography.
So keep checking in each day.
Back in July 2012 I covered for Billionaire.com the coveted Glorious Goodwood. The photos are published here – http://bll.nr/9fbbc
Below are my 10 favourite.
Piers Cunliffe Photography has been dormant for a little over 8 months and there are good reasons as to why. Everything has been ‘hush hush’ as I embarked on my new job as a full time in-house photographer to a rather extraordinary company – Billionaire.com
I started on 1st January 2012. A move to London and a commute to Mayfair on my trusty steed has changed my lifestyle and photography dramatically. Towards the end of 2011 I dabbled in fashion and lifestyle. Well, this proved to be one of the best moves to have taken, as I am now an exclusive photographer in fashion and lifestyle. I cover fashion shows, factory visits of luxury items being created, bespoke craftsmanship, editorials and in the near future, campaigns.
I can now shout out that I work for an online publication called Billionaire.com. We launched on the 31st August (last Friday) and the fruits of my labour (alongside Head of Visuals and Lead Photographer Andy Barnham) to be published on a regular basis. It has been a full on 8 months of solid photographing, editing, travelling and planning.
My main role as 2nd photographer for Billionaire.com is to help with all aspects of the business from the photography department. From accountancy to factory visits, from meetings to assisting on our major shoots, I am truly embedded into the world of photography in the luxury market.
We have our HQ in Singapore and work closely with the design team ensuring that the website runs smoothly and is topped up with relevant articles for the Ultra-High Net-Worth Individuals.
As I blog more and more you will gain an insight into what it is like to be a full time photographer for an online publication. I plan to show all the behind the scenes work from our photosoots and of course the articles to which I provide the photography for. Alongside this I will regularly update it with my inspirations and ideas that float around in my head.
A little about Billionaire.com:
“Championing authentic luxury, discernment, culture and social conscience, Billionaire.com is poised to become the indispensable lifestyle resource for high and ultra-high net worth individuals who think and act globally — ‘the global mobile elite’.”
What no better way to get you started by looking at the Billoinaire.com/Royal Academy soft launch I photographed – http://bll.nr/1fbbc
A race between two businessmen, who after work, have to be somewhere…but where? Public transport is not good enough! It’s slow and expensive! Go by bike? ….No! They take it to the streets on foot! Fast and agile and can go where cars can’t!
You can also view the video of the shoot here!
So here are my results. Enjoy!
Photography | Piers Cunliffe Photography
Thanks go to:
SHOOT DHS | Artistic Director
Lee Martland |Photography Assistant
Andy Barnham | Photography Assistant
Toby Russell | Camerman + Editor
Danny and Aaron | SHOOT DHS Models
One Tribe TV | Production Company
It has been a long time coming. A while back I did a photoshoot in london with SHOOT DHS Models. It has been kept under the hat for a while, but now I am proud to present the video from the days shoot. The theme was a race between two business men, who after work, have somewhere to be, but local transport and cars are slow, so they take it to the streets on foot. Photos are to follow soon.
So here it is:
Photography | Piers Cunliffe
Models | Shoot DHS | Danny + Aaron
Producer | One Tribe TV
Cameraman + Editor | Toby Russell
A selection of photographs from my recent trip to Siurana, I was asked to capture climbers in the Region de Mont Serrat.
Short video and article to follow soon.
There are some great new changes to my website. A brand new fashion section, and soon to be filling the spaces are Film, in association with One Tribe TV, Published Work and Projects. Check it all out here – www.pierscunliffephotography.co.uk – So watch this space as I regularly update it!
Feedback would be great! Thanks
Now that it has been published, I thought I would share some of the shots that I liked that got chucked on the editing room floor.
Headshots I took of Yogi in collaboration with Tim Baker, The Watermill Studio.
Photography | Tim Baker
Assistant | Piers Cunliffe
MUA | Sophie Bee
Model | Yogamaya Von Hippel
Came across this picture in my archives. I was experimenting with my new 70-200mm f.2.8 and was trying to photograph an ant running along a wall. I missed of course, but I like the very very short DOF in this shot.
A great friend of mine is round for the weekend and asked if I could show him how to use off camera flash. Absolutley, lets go one better and get out the studio kit. One will do!
I explained about how different shutter speeds with different apertures can affect the outcome. Also, using a higher f.stop can create darker backgrounds or make it look like it was taken at night. Also the use of a reflector can help reduce the harsh moulding created by either the sun or the flash. (depending which side you hold it.) The distance of the flash from the model as well as the distance you are from the model can also have different outcomes. The best way is to experiment…like I did today.
Small amount of post processing to clean up some spots and also added a desaturated feel to some of them.
So here are my results.
Sunday 25th Sept 2011 saw approximately 1000 competitors head down to the RAT RACE event village in Potters Field, London. This was a longer and more challenging race. Done on foot and bikes, the racers had to cover a lot of London. This time I had the car; Cliff drove and I navigated. When we passed Rat Race competitors on their bikes, it was a good opportunity to lean out of the passenger window and capture the action while moving. Communication was key between me and cliff so I didn’t fall out or take out any cyclists.
Alongside the cycling and running, the racers also kayaked, abseiled, climbed and did an assault course. It was very hard to keep up with the racers, despite having the car, but we had the traffic and congestion to contend with, as well as having to take the main routes and park the car and walk to the checkpoints where the challenges were taking place.
One of the highlights was that the BBC were filming Ben Fogle competing in the race. He is currently filming a series, in conjunction with Lonely Planet, ‘A Year of Adventures’ and RAT RACE was included. There have been many books about a year of adventures, but this is the first time that it will be televised. Lucky for Ben as he gets to compete/complete all these adventures, something that I would love to do. The BBC were very helpful as they were our big clue to finding Ben and tracking him down. They did have three camera crews, two in vans and third on a motorbike. Also with Ben was another competitor who had eyes on him the whole time, feeding back to the camera crews where they were and where they were next headed. I did ask if I could jump onboard with the team, but unfortunately they didn’t have enough room, or that was a polite way of saying ‘no’. I think it was the latter!
Anyway, here is my selection of photos, while Ben was an interesting focal point, my brief was to capture the RAT RACE, and so I shall present it that way too. (I am never easily starstruck!) Enjoy!
Enter the Mean Streets. An endurance challenge in London city centre held by RAT RACE Adventures. Starting from the Tower Bridge, competitors were given the signal to disperse and take over London. Their objective? Complete as many checkpoints as possible in the 2 hour time frame. You think that sounds simple? Wrong….the checkpoints were scattered around the city centre. None of the CP’s were in any logical linear line. You had to head to one and then navigate to the next, taking any route you fancied.
This race was on foot, so I was tasked with covering it on my trusty steed! That was a challenge in itself as I don’t know the streets of London. So my map was clamped between my teeth (this makes breathing a tad tricky…must buy a proper holder) and a next to useless free sat nav woman talking through my ear phones on my iPhone.
There was another photographer, Cliff Hide, but he was tasked with getting the press shots, whereas I was getting all the new material for Rat Race promotional and advertising shots. I headed to The Arch climbing wall and grabbed a few shots, lighting was tricky, but I captured a cool shot of a racer with his map clenched between his teeth. Then it was a brisk ride to Trafalgar Square where I had to Hunt The Rat – a cockney speaking chap in a rat costume. He was very tricky to find as he had been placed in the middle of a music festival that was being held there too.
Next was Russell Square, where the CP was in the middle of the fountain. Great opportunity for getting shots of racers getting wet, but I was bitterly disappointed when it was just a piddly floor fountain that spent most of its time dribbling water, not gushing it out. After some time the fountain picked up some height, and with a bit of encouragement I persuaded some of the racers to get drenched. It was fun to shoot and the racers appreciated the attention.
Back on the bike I raced back to Potters Field to the event village to capture the racers crossing the finish line.
Hope you like the pictures.
“Close up head shots of people with beautiful faces spotted along Orchard Road.”
Came across this video and I just wanted to share it. Simple but very effective portraits with great use of short depth of field. The video below is a compilation of Danny’s street photography portraits. You can view his website here.
While his title says Portraits of Strangers, he has, I feel, managed to make the portraits come across as if they are his good friends. There is nothing distant about these portraits. He makes them seem very approachable and this is helped by the use of a wide aperture, such as 1.8.
(All Photography in this article is © Danny Santos II)
One Day On Earth are asking everyone to participate in their filming event to take place on 11/11/11. It also co-incides with remembrance day, so some great opportunities to film. Check out their website – http://www.onedayonearth.org/
Watch this video from the same event last year, but on 10/10/10. (Can you see the pattern emerging?) There will only be one more event unique like this in 2012 – 12/12/12. After that when will they do it?
So on 11/11/11, with whatever filming equipment you have, be it phone, camera, or a RED ONE. film something, something that is close to your heart, and submit it.
I know I will be!