A personal blog for things of interest to Benjamin Perrin
Oct 18 2014

The Yve

POSTED IN: General, Photography

Taken for a work project. Loving the 16-35 f4.
The Yve, architecture photography

Oct 04 2014

Pulpit Rock Cape Schanck

A year ago when I went to Pulpit Rock the weather was horrible. Rain made it difficult to get to the rocks and made the experience unpleasant. The only thing going my way that time was that I was the only one there. This time people crowded the walkways making it difficult to get down there quickly. There were other photographers there as well. I am always interested to watch other photographers to see what they do. You can pick up a lot about them by studying the way they set up for a shoot and their thought process (or sometimes lack of). But that’s what I like about photography. It doesn’t matter what your skill level is, anyone can do it and hopefully enjoy the beautiful scenery at the same time.
Also I’ve finally ditched flash and gone with a html/javascript based gallery. I held on to flash for so long because it was so convenient to upload from lightroom and all the html5 type galleries I found (including lightroom) were terrible. I finally found one that didn’t annoy me so much.
Pulpit Rock, Cape Schanck at sunset

Aug 10 2014

Beer Photography

First attempt at product photography. I coated the bottle with 3 coats of crystal clear satin paint. 1 hour is needed to let each coat dry before applying another coat. I then sprayed on a mixture of roughly 50/50 glycerine and water. For the settings I used a 800w flash through an umbrella (off to camera right and behind the product) and put a scrim in front of the umbrella to diffuse the light even further. Then I had an octobox behind the camera (slightly to the right) to add more detail to the labels. Then I placed a gold sheet behind the product. I also used a circular polariser to remove glare from parts of the bottle.
Below you can see the before and after comparisons from straight out of camera to the finished shot. The idea was to have some fun in photoshop and sharpen my retouching skills.

Jun 14 2014

Nick and Kat get married at Butleigh Wootton

What a beautiful wedding. Nick and Kat got married on the 24th of May 2014 at Butleigh Wootton in Kew. Let me tell you that this couple are so amazing. You could feel the love and joy at this wedding. Both the bride and groom were relaxed all day. It made for a great atmosphere and some great photos. Congratulations to the new Mr and Mrs Keillor!
Nick and Kat at Butleigh Wootton
Nick and Kat at Butleigh Wootton
Here is the link to the gallery Nick and Kat Wedding Gallery

May 29 2014

Gear updates

POSTED IN: Gear, General, Photography

So I shot Nick and Kat’s wedding on Saturday with the help of Justin. I wish I could show the images I’ve already edited but my policy is that the bride and groom get to see the images before anyone else does. I’m very pleased with the images and I’m grateful for the opportunity. I tried out a few new things including the blackrapid double. I have to say that it worked very well for the wedding enabling me to carry 2 cameras/lenses which helped me to get shots I never would’ve shot otherwise. This was also the first real run for the 24-70 and 100 macro. They were both fantastic and seeing the sharpness of the 24-70 has convinced me to place a pre-order for the new 16-35 f4 and to sell my current 17-40.
The wedding images will be up within a few weeks so I look forward to updating everyone then.

May 17 2014

Half Moon Bay

Half Moon Bay

May 15 2014

Melbourne City with Flinders St Station

Long exposure from the river. I used a small amount of HDR.
Flinders St Station Long Exposure

May 15 2014

Alfred Nicholas Gardens in the morning

Alfred Nicholas Gardens

May 13 2014

Alfred Nicholas Gardens

Not sure that I’m happy yet. I’m going to keep going back there until I’m satisfied that I’ve come away with the best shot possible. Also exciting news with the new 16-35 f4 lens being announced today by Canon. Might be time to upgrade my 17-40.
Alfred Nicholas Gardens

May 04 2014

Engagement shoot for Ard and Alni

Who says that shooting when it’s wet isn’t fun? Autumn is here and love is in the air!!!
Ard and Alni

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