For the uninitiated Roller Derby has been described as Rugby on Roller skates. As part of a commercial job for Voyeur Magazine i shot this series out at the Midland Rollerdome. I must confess while it was highly entertaining and exciting i'm still left confused as to what the "Rules" if any are.
For the publication these shots were provided in colour as was the brief, though as part of my personal photography folio i liked the feel of these gritty shots after processing them with a cool monotone photoshop action. The challenge in this shoot was most definitely the light availability. I found the best compromise was to set my ISO to 800, open up my lens and utilise some of the slow shutter speeds to capture what the sport is about...Speed.
I can thoroughly that if you get a chance to get along to a Perth Roller Derby event as they seem to be great fun and great action. Check out: http://www.perthrollerderby.com.au/ or http://warollerderby.com.au/
My first time playing with iMovie. Still getting my head around it. A bit of fun, though i'm clearly a beginner in the world of video edition. The music track is by Active Child.
I find live music photography to be a great challenge but very rewarding. Venues are often very dark with harsh spotlights directed at the bands. This can create really contrasty scenes which i find quite conducive to live band photography. These shots were taken on a Canon 5D MKII at 1000 ISO with aide of a mono pod. The Canon 5D MKII handles high ISO's extremely well so i had no qualms about the noise that could creep into the photographs. Most exposures were around 1/60 second and all were taken on a fabulous 50mm F1.4 prime EX lens by Sigma. I love the clarity of this lens when paired with the full frame MKII.
These shots taken as part of a commercial job for Voyuer Magazine which is the inflight magazine for Australias Virgin Blue Airline. The brief for the photography was to capture a series of gritty images from some of Perth's cool, underground bars, cafes, and shops from around the Perth metropolitan area. It was a really enjoyable shoot spread over a full day and a couple of nights. The first night consisted of visiting Northbridge to capture the nightlife with particular reference to Chinatown with all the restaurants and cafe strip. As well as Northbridge i called into the buzzing Jazz Cellar in Mount Hawthorn. You know as soon as your required to enter the basement venue through a red telephone box that your in for a different experience than your typical night out. And what a night it was. The venue was packed to the rafters with an eclectic mix of people jammed in sardines that were there to have a great night listening to some amazing musicians.
In post production in photoshop i have applied an action that gives the images a retro, aged feel by softening the colours but highlighting the lighter tones of the photography and softly vignetting the corners to draw more attention to the key subject matter.
Chris Bishop professional commercial, landscape & travel photographer based in Perth, Western Australia.