Above are a few shots from a commercial photography shoot for Wilson Security as part of their servicing of the Fremantle Port Authority. It was a great opportunity to get an inside look at the areas of Fremantle Harbour that i'd never been to before including some behind the scenes baggage and personnel screening processes.
These shots were taken on the 5D MK II and processed with Adobe Photoshop. I've been using Googles Nik Color Efex Pro software / Tonal Contrast filter to help process the final shots. I've found using this filter is a great way to enhance the tonal range and sharpness of shadow detail to really get images that provide exceptional level of detail. My preference is to keep the highlight and midtone contrast quite low and pump up the shadow contrast to a around 35 - 40. This creates images that are still realistic but contain a broad dynamic range with great colour saturation and are sharpened effectively.
Last week i had a function photography job at the Perth Zoo. For the most part this was standard function photography, group shots, speeches etc. The one difference was after the formalities were over, they opened up the historic carousel... I'm not sure if my minds playing tricks on me but i seem to have a recollection of this in my very young childhood... I mean who didn't like a ride on a carousel. Fast forward 30 odd years and i believe that desire to ride one still exists deep within us... even if it takes a few drinks to give us the courage to bring out our inner child.
Logistically the low light was the hardest part of getting a good shot. The cold hard light of my Canon 600ex-rt was just to harsh and cold. Sure, I could warm the shot up and up the colour temp in Adobe Photoshop but it's still not genuine and you don't get the subtleties of light from the actual carousel.
Instead i again relied on the magnificent low light capabilities of the Canon 5D MKII and cranked the ISO up to 4000. The low noise levels still impress me even after 2 years.
Anyway there was something about this shot (perhaps the child-like excitement) in grown adults that appealed to me.
Chris Bishop professional commercial, landscape & travel photographer based in Perth, Western Australia.