A user of the Fuji X System from the beginning, I originally invested in the X20 then later purchasing the XPro 1. Fuji just seems to be going from Strength to Strength with its X Series Lenses. The 56mm is a high quality short telephoto prime, it delivers equivalent coverage of 84mm, which is both flattering for portrait photography and also useful for capturing tighter views than a standard lens. Meanwhile the bright f1.2 focal ratio gathers twice as much light as a lens at f1.8, making it ideal in low light situations, while also delivering shallower depth of field effects, again perfect for portrait work or isolating any subject against a blurred background.
The chance came to put the Lens to test, with two Portraiture Sittings in London, featuring Game of Thrones, Stars Julian Gloverabove and Iain GlenBelow. Both where taken in a Studio using the XT1, 56mm F1.2 and Pro Foto B1’s. As you can see the quality of the 56mm is comparable with its Full Frame and Medium Format Counterparts. The Lens is extremely sharp even at Low Apertures and delivers high quality images. Fuji’s X Series Camera’s and Lenses are well worth a look at even if you are considering a Professional Portrait Camera.
Lister! “Sorry ‘i’m a Red DwarfFan”……. Craig Charles star of Coronation Street, Red Dwarf and Robot Wars, recently sat for a portrait session in Manchester. Craig was in need of new promotional material for his DJ and Radio Work. I am no stranger to working with Musicians, DJ”s and Talent. After a chat about the style of imagery Craig was looking to achieve. I set to work with a Low Key Portraiture Lighting Setup. It was a pleasure to work with Craig on the project, and from a short 45 minute sitting I was able to capture some amazing frames. Craig is about the enter the Jungle, In ‘I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!‘ and I wish him the best of luck. If you are a Musician, DJ or a Talent in need of a good Photographer please keep me in mind. I run sessions across the UK from Liverpool, to Manchester, Leeds, Glasgow and London.
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If his stellar performance as the wandering wizard Gandalf in the Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit isn’t enough to convince you of Sir Ian McKellen’s formidable acting talent, then his scene-stealing turn as Magneto in the X-Men series; his six Laurence Olivier Awards; and overall contribution to British stage and screen, certainly will. He is also the single most acclaimed British theatrical personage of our time.
I invited Sir Ian to sit for a portrait session while he and Sir Patrick Stewart were performing Waiting for Godot in the Cort Theatre in New York and was flabbergasted when he accepted. I travelled to Sir Ian’s home in London where I felt truly humbled to photograph this titan of the stage in his own surroundings – he even had Gandalf’s sword hanging on a clothing rack like an umbrella! I was faced with the curious task of celebrating an immeasurable acting talent and so I sat and pondered for a minute. We drew inspiration from his prominence as a Shakespearian performer and decided on a style of portrait reminiscent of the renaissance artist, Holbein, using lighting to preserve the intimate detail and wisdom found in his expression.
In a short thirty minute session, I managed to compose myself keep from gushing about Sir Ian’s incredible career, but I was no less in awe of his presence; his gentlemanly charm; and his total dominance in front of the camera. With the support of Calumet PhotographicRental, I photographed Sir Ian McKellen with Hasselblad H4D-40 Camera & 100 F/2.2 which is one of the best Fixed Prime Portrait Lenses i’ve used. Calumet Rental is a true resource for the Photographer with a wide range of equipment on offer, and located two locations in the centre of London on Drummond Street and Wardour Street.
Mae Martinbegan writing and performing comedy at tender age of 13. In the 11 years since then she has cemented her place in the Canadian comedy scene, appearing on television and radio across the country. She has been nominated for two Canadian Comedy Awards, and was the youngest ever nominee for the prestigious Tim Sims Encouragement Fund Award. Her television credits include MuchMusic’s Video On Trial, Global Television’s “Global Comedians” (alongside Maria Bamford, Jon Dore, Dave Foley, James Smith and Matt Kirshen) and The Comedy Network’s “Cream of Comedy. Mae has been based in the UK since late 2010 and has performed at comedy clubs across the country plus gigs in Germany. She took a very successful debut show to Edinburgh in 2011 and returns each year with ‘Mae Day’. Mae hosts her own night at the famous Candy Bar in Soho. I met Mae through her agency who contacted me to arrange a photoshoot. Mae needed a set of updated images for her Edinburgh Fringe FestivalPromotional Material.
Olympic Gymnast Beth Tweddle, sat for Portrait Photoshoot at my Liverpool Studio this week. Beth is the most successful British gymnast, in the history of the sport. She was the first female gymnast from Great Britain to win a medal at the European Championships, World Championships, and Olympic Games.
Brian Cox, CBE is a Scottish actor who initially gained recognition for his portrayal of King Lear with the Royal Shakespeare Company. As well as being a talented thespian, he has also made a solid name for himself in major Hollywood productions such as X-Men 2, Troy and Rise of the Planet of the Apes. He was also the first man to play Hannibal Lector on-screen, in the 1986 Michael Mann film, Manhunter. I cannot begin to state the awe I felt when Brian Cox – even more so when he turned up for our London shoot on the back of a scooter. Having the star of my favourite episode of Hammer House of Horror, the Silent Scream, sitting and posing for me was such a treat – it really makes your job as a photographer that little bit easier when you work with an actor who can tell a whole story with just one look. He is such a funny and pleasant man who, at the same time, has such a commanding aura about him. I had an absolute blast working with him in what was a truly humbling experience.
Peter Sissons is a British Broadcast Journalist. He was the presenter of the BBC Nine O’Clock Newsand the BBC Ten O’Clock Newsbetween 1993 and 2003, and earlier a newscaster for ITN, providing bulletins on ITV and Channel 4. He is also a former presenter of the BBC’s Question Time programme. He retired from the BBC in 2009. Peter was in need of new portraits for his lecturing tour promotional material and arranged a Portrait Sitting at the London Studio this week.
Karl Pilkington is an English travel show presenter, actor, author and all-round funny man who shot to fame alongside Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant with the radio programme, the Ricky Gervais Show. He then jetted around the world as the face of the hugely successful, An Idiot Abroad, before making his acting debut in the comedy-drama series, Derek. He has also enjoyed prominent success as a radio producer and as the co-founder of RISK productions, a television production company. Meeting Karl at the London studio was an absolute treat. I’d been a great admirer of his programmes for a while and was eager to hear about his experiences.
For anybody familiar with Karl’s work, you will be all too informed of his no nonsense persona; a hilariously blunt way of looking at the world, and a rare capability of reducing some of the world’s greatest wonders to nothing more than overrated shams.
In what was a wonderfully relaxed session, I managed to capture a number of fabulous frames that encapsulates Karl’s charm and natural appeal. He was a pleasure to work with in what was one of my personal favourite sittings to date.