Best of 2013 – Food!

Those that know me well will expect some sort of reference to food or cooking in an update like this.  I love food, love to cook, love to explore new ingredients and techniques.  Luckily I am in a place that has extraordinary food – both local and international – and like live music, I am hoping to do a great deal more food shoots in 2014.

I have been lucky enough to work with one particular venue in 2013, shooting their new menus and events.  The majority of the images below were taken with this once particular client.  More to come in 2014 I hope!

Best of 2013 – Live Music (and some dancing)

And here we go, the second part of my ‘Best of 2013…’ – this time, live music.

I have always been passionate about music and am very lucky being based in Bali – whilst the island doesn’t get too many big-name bands coming in to play, there are lots of homegrown and expat musicians around and a number of festivals that book bands from around the world.  There are also some great venues that showcase local talent – if you fancy a great night out, check out a place like Antida Soundgarden.

Before moving to Bali I had actually shot very little live music, but now it has become something I would really love to focus on in the future.  From acoustic bands in sweaty bars, to jazz bands at a big, day-long festival, I have loved every minute of it.  It’s almost the perfect combination for me – I get to shoot and listen to some great music.  I have also been very lucky in that the gear I have been using over the last couple of years – normally a Nikon D3, 17-35mm, 24-70mm, 70-200mm VRII and a 50mm f/1.4 – is perfect for shooting live music.  I get great ISO performance with the D3 and my standard ‘kit’ of lenses – in particular, the 70-200mm – produces very sharp images even in dim lighting.  I have sometimes wished for something a little lighter – especially after a 10 hour stint at a festival – and am currently debating the pros and cons of an upgrade.  News to come soon!

On my to-do list is a ‘How to…’ post, outlining what I have learnt about shooting live music over the last 12 months or so. Until then a few of my favourites from 2013.  Again, put on some loud music and enjoy!

Best of 2013 – Nightlife

It’s been a long time…  A very long time.  The last few months have been hectic to say the least and this blog has had to take a backseat for awhile – not ideal and something I will be remedying in the future.

I have been shooting so much in recent months – everything from editorial images of ceremonies and artisans, to commercial projects with restaurants, villas and hotels.  The breadth of subjects I have been covering has grown and grown, to the point that I can no longer really call myself this or that type of photographer – instead I prefer to describe myself as a ‘Working photographer’, capable of shooting whatever my clients need.

A jack of all trades, and master of none?  Perhaps…  Over the Christmas break I am going to sit down and refine my plans and ambitions a little, spend some time working out exactly what I want to be doing in the future.  Try and identify my niche(s), and develop a little clarity in my work.  Or…  perhaps not.  I actually enjoy the diversity of subjects at the moment – very rarely do I get a dull day!

I was planning on pulling together a selection of images from 2013 for a ‘Best of…’, but had so many I wanted to include that I have decided to do a series!  So without further ado, here is my ‘Best of 2013 – Nightlife’ selection for you.  Thanks to Hu’u Bar, Love in Tents and Massive Vibrations!


Now put some loud music on and watch the slideshow…