Light Writing

After spending a fortnight editing videos virtually non stop I was itching to take some photographs. So last weekend I asked a few friends to accompany me into London while I did a time-lapse video. It was pretty cold and sitting there wasn’t helpful so very quickly I decided to change it up. In my bag, I always bring a torch because you never know when you might need one so I decided to try some basic light writing.

After this we moved along the thames and I had an idea. I had tried this earlier this year but it’s hard to do alone. A few months ago I had watched a YouTube tutorial about flash photography and decided to try combining techniques using the flash and long exposure. I came up with this photograph. The idea is that the orb is stealing my soul.

With the exception of cropping the picture, it’s completely 100% un edited. No exposure adjusting, no colour adjusting and no contrast adjusting.

Finally I was thinking about ways I could combine my love of photography and videography, beside becoming a DoP or cinematographer (both of which I’d love to do) I was thinking about possibly doing tutorial videos. Would any of you watch that?

VIDEOS!!!!

Films, Videos and other drugs….

Some of you may know already but last weekend I had planned to do a photoshoot with someone in an attempt to recreate the Little Mermaid. However, on Thursday I got an email asking on behalf of Ben Peters if I wanted to be part of the crew for a short film. I was asked to be DIT, I had no idea what that would Intel but I knew it was an opportunity to good to sniff at so I immediately agreed and then began to research the role. It’s not a job for the less organised person nor is it for the impatient person but as I am fairly well organised and capable of self entertaining myself with nothing more than my imagination and my phone I competently completed the arduous task of cataloging and backing up all the footage whilst managing £800 memory cards. Yes, each one was worth roughly £800. If I missed any footage it would mean a reshoot and a wasted 2 days…so no pressure then. After 2 very stressful 13 hour days we finally completed the film and now it’s off to the edit. It was great working on a project of this scale for the first time and brilliant working with such dedicated professionals.

I did take a few snaps http://www.flickr.com/photos/officialdoctorg/image

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After a few months away so I could focus on my exams and other things last night I uploaded the first in a new style of Acoustic video sessions featuring Jade Hopcroft. View it here Dr.G #RawAcoustics: Jade Hopcroft - Rust (@jadehopcroft @officialdoctorg)

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There will be a new video every week released on Monday, possibly moving into bi weekly hopefully building up until it’s daily.

This Week in My Life (starting 29/8)

So as I lie in bed on this fine Saturday afternoon nursing a damaged shoulder I decided it’s time to update this with some things that I’ve been doing this week…it started quietly until Wednesday I got a text asking if I was free to film the following night. After a few emails it got to that crucial point and then no reply. Naturally one begins to worry after no contact for 4 hours, luckily he was just in a meeting and everything was good to go. 

Stupidly I didn’t actually check who I was meant to be filming. I got to Scala at 4 and was told it’s a 3 piece girl group called MKS. They also happen to have been the founding three Sugarbabes. I remember buying my mum their album back in ‘03 so I knew it was going to be a nostalgic filled night. To my surprise, it wasn’t. When you’re filming, especially free hand at the front you don’t tend to watch the show but more the camera screen and the movement of the people in order to get the best footage. I vaguely remember them doing a mash up of their songs which included Push The Button. After being in a crowded pit of 6 other photographers who were only allowed songs 2 & 3, I was sweating like a pig but I still had another 9 songs to film. If you know anything about concert photography the usual rules are first 3 songs from the pit and no flash. This pit was smaller and they had less time to shoot so it was almost a fight to get the best spot. 

The memory of Thursday came and went then Friday seemed to creep up on me very quickly. I was photographing Missing Andy at The Garage. I’d been there a few times before but never to photograph downstairs. So after frantically charging my batteries I was ready. Got to the door but my name wasn’t on the press list. That’s the worse thing you can hear. Luckily I had the email still on my phone and they gave me a pass. I went to take my place in the pit, as usual, but a security guard informs me that there won’t be pit access. I saw a glide rail set up and assumed they’d be filming the gig. No worries but the no flash rule still applied. I had to shoot in the crowd, next to people using their digital cameras with flash, but I couldn’t use mine. I thought that was stupid and to rub salt in the wound there was another photographer on stage & in the pit who had 2 off camera flash guns set up and the videographers seemed more interested in dancing along than getting the best shots. Regardless I’m still happy with several of my shots including this one from the back of the room.

View it in High Quality here

View it in High Quality here

View it in High Quality here

Tonight I’m back at Oceana, Watford this time filming a promotional video for them. Expect shots, shots and more SHOTS!!!!

Paul Woods’ Goodbye Gig

Last night was a goodbye gig to a friend of mine who also happens to be an amazing photographer and an actual doctor, Dr Paul Woods. I’ve known Paul for a little over a year now and I for one will miss him. 

For some weird reason, tumblr isn’t letting me add photographs to this post so you will have to use your imagination and picture in your head how great the night was……or you could just go onto my Flickr as they’re all up there in glorious high quality http://www.flickr.com/photos/officialdoctorg/sets/72157634771573879/

Comedy at Betsey Trotwood and other things

So for the past fortnight or so I have been working on my showreel but sadly I’m still not 100% satisfied with it so hopefully I’ll finish it off this week and then I should be able to show you next week.

Also for the past week I have been doing some work experience at Splice TV (http://splicetv.com) They’re a post production company that work on TV shows and film trailers including the UK trailer for Spring Breakers. Funny enough I saw it last night, well half of it because I fell asleep. Piss poor script which attempted to compensate by having lots of half naked girls. I’m not entirely sure how it was financed but I’m sure the person who approved it has now been fired. Side track over. They also work on some other cool stuff including most of Jamie Oliver’s stuff. So far I’ve been learning the ins and outs of the company but I did have to help someone edit a TV show because the software they were using, Final Cut Pro 7, no one else in the office knows how to use and he was having a problem. Lucky for him, it’s the main editing software used. So gloating aside I’ve been having a great time and I’m definitely going to try and get some more work at similar companies, but I digress.

Now to the original topic of the post as highlighted by the title. Last Monday, I went to see my cousin Craig Trevett play a comedy gig at the Betsey Trotwood in Farringdon. I’d been meaning to see him for almost a year now but most of his gigs fall on nights I was already busy. I was surprised as to how funny he actually was and how well he held his own among the other comics who had many years experience on him. Safe to say I’ll be seeing him again, funny enough this Thursday in Angel. As always, I took some photographs of the show and we did a few pre show too. As Patricia Hodge, Penny from BBC’s Miranda, would say… ‘such fun.’

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View the photograph in High Quality http://www.flickr.com/photos/officialdoctorg/9300710483/lightbox/

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View the photograph in High Quality http://www.flickr.com/photos/officialdoctorg/9300670849/lightbox/

Photoshoot with Faye and Natasha

As some of you may know, I am often very forgetful. I blame it down to the fact I’m quite busy and time is stretched so unless something is in the calender section of my phone, I’ll ether forget or it won’t get done. Luckily so far, touch wood, I haven’t missed anything really important but in February it was my friend’s 19th birthday and me being me decided to give her a free photoshoot instead of a physical gift mainly because shopping for women is so damn hard and I’m not very good at shopping as it is. So we settled on a date, only 5 months later, and we went to Epping Forest. Where I hear you ask, well that’s in Essex…but somehow still on the Central Line. I thought I’d need a hand so I asked another one of my friends to join me, I also offered to take some nice pictures of her as well. So here are the results, the first ones are of Natasha (birthday girl) and the others are of my other friend Fayeimage

View the High Quality version on Flickr http://www.flickr.com/photos/officialdoctorg/9273464540/in/photostream/lightbox/image

View the High Quality version on Flickr http://www.flickr.com/photos/officialdoctorg/9270621815/in/photostream/lightbox/image

View the High Quality version on Flickr http://www.flickr.com/photos/officialdoctorg/9273446922/in/photostream/lightbox/

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View the High Quality version on Flickr http://www.flickr.com/photos/officialdoctorg/9270646909/in/photostream/lightbox/

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View the High Quality version on Flickr http://www.flickr.com/photos/officialdoctorg/9270655067/in/photostream/lightbox/

Update 8/7/13

I have a meeting with Ealing council tomorrow regarding something special, more information on that to come very soon hopefully.

In other news, I have a photoshoot on Friday which I’m looking forward to and on Monday I have some work with a post production editing company. If you’re interested in doing a photoshoot or have an event coming up you’d like filmed/photographed please email me at contact@officialdoctorg.com

Wimbledon 2013

Well it’s that time of the year again, Wimbledon. It’s day 3, already we’ve had upsets galore starting with Nadal’s exit on Monday and I’ve lost track at the amount of players pulling out from injury. With Federer going out today does this mean that Murray might actually win?

Who knows, he still has Novak to go through. 

Yesterday I went down and watched a few matches including some while on Henman Hill…..Murray Mount? What do we even call it now

The first match I saw was Mallory Burdette vs Urszula Radwanska. I appeared to be caught between 2 sets of passionate fans for ether competitor. After a gripping match, Radwanska’s technique was too much Burdette. Below a photograph of the eventual victor. 

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View the photograph in high quality here 

Next up, I took a stroll up to court 12 and entered mid game. Here Milos Raonic was playing against Carlos Berlocq. Raonic’s serve proved too much winning in straight sets.

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View this photograph in high quality here 

Just as we were about to leave I noticed that Nadia Petrova (the world number 13) was about to start playing against Karolina Pliskova. I had assumed it would’ve been an easy match for Petrova but again, this match proved that there are no ‘easy’ games for anyone. Pliskova dispatched of the number 13 seed in 2 sets ending the game 6-3 6-2.

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View this photograph in high quality here 

Don’t let anyone fool you into thinking sports photography is easy. All the photographers there had the Canon 1Dx (or Nikon equivalent) and both the 70-200 lens and a large fixed focus lens ether the 400mm or the 300mm. In normal speak, these are the lenses you need to use a monopod with and look as big as some of the photographers.

Studio Photoshoot

Yesterday I was lucky enough to have access to a photography studio in central London thanks to my friend Radek. He’s an AWESOME photographer, you should check out his work here 

Only problem was, we didn’t have any models so I asked around. I posted on Facebook and sent some texts. For some reason, people who continually posted selfies on instagram were hesitant to a studio shoot…their loss. Regardless 2 of my friends came through for me and we made the best of the situation we had. 

At first I was a little nervous but it didn’t take long til I felt like a fish in water. After we wrapped up a 3 hour shoot I got back and begin to look through the mountain of photographs I had taken. I thought it was about time I learnt to air brush photographs to improve portrait pieces. I’m highly critical of my work but the response has been very positive on Facebook.

Here’s a selection of snaps I’ve edited so far. As ever, they’re all available to view in high quality on Flickr http://www.flickr.com/photos/officialdoctorg/