Friday, December 23, 2011

Patricia Beck

A relaxed moment during the Daniele Mabe shoot, Isle of Syke, Scotland.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Black Cuillin

    The Black Cuillin mountains seen from "Joe Cornish" beach, Elgol, Isle of Skye. Nikon D700 + 28mm polariser 1/15th sec f22 handheld

Krishna Carvalho

    Make-up artist Krishna Carvalho, Nikon D700 + 180mm f3.2 1/500s Iso 400, nicely dropping off focus on right eye.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Location Lighting

    Model Patricia Beck in high heels and make-up artist Krishna Carvalho ignore health and safety on the
    edge of a 100ft precipice at the Quairing, Isle of Skye.  Photo: Mark Davey 
Make-up by Krishna Carvalho, concept and photography by Gustavo Zylbersztajn Camera Hasselblad H4D + 35-90mm, Lighting Profoto 5ft Octabox on 7B head with B2 Pack triggered by Pocket Wizard. Winter collection for Brazilian designer Daniele Mabe. Lighting supplied by Calumet Edinburgh.
Bruce Telford (Bruce's Highland Tours)holds the Profoto lightstand and Octabox, used for fill,while I grab a quick shot, Nikon D700 + 28mm/polariser

 Brazilian fashion photographer Gustavo Zylbersztajn flew from 32ºC to -1ºC when he chose the Isle of Skye for his latest shoot.
Mr Zylbersztain, 36, from the equatorial heat of Sao Paulo, Brazil visited Scotland during the harsh winter of 2010. He was stunned by Highland Scotland's soft subtle lighting compared to the often harsh light of his homeland. On his return to Brazil he sought a client who might be interested in using the Scottish landscape for an advertising campaign.
The former building's civil engineer, who now earns a crust photographing beautiful models around the world for magazines such as Vogue and Elle soon found a designer with the same vision. Small Brazilian designer  Daniele Mabe  was looking for something slightly different for her 2012 winter collection.
Winter in Brazil, which begins in April, is a relative term as the temperature in Sao Paulo rarely drops below 6ºC. Miss Mabe's styles would be suitable for a Scottish summer.
    Patricia Beck balances on the icy parapet of the old bridge, designed by Thomas Telford, at Sligachan,   
    Isle of Skye. Photo: Mark Davey

Model Patricia Beck, more used to sunnier climes such as Mumbai and Madrid, where she has recently worked said:
"It was very cold but last winter I did a shoot on Brooklyn Bridge, New York, when it was -10ºC and although there was a temporary tent for clothes changes, it had no heating."
On Skye Miss Beck made all changes between different outfits in the back of a four-wheel-drive provided by Bruce Telford of Highland Tours where Krishna Carvalho also applied the make-up.

Elgol Beach

Black Cuillin range from Elgol Beach at 1/15th sec handheld. I was lucky enough to be assisting Brazilian photographer Gustavo Zylbersztajn and his wife Patricia who was modelling a winter range for Daniele Mabe.
I kept telling him he was enjoying amazing light for the Isle of Skye in December.

Wednesday, December 07, 2011


A link to the ephotozine site:


It never ceases to amaze me when photographers have a shoot booked but leave buying film till the very last moment. At the shop we experienced such a situation last week, the customer ordered 5 rolls of Ilford 120 Pan F film on Wednesday afternoon and was told "we cannot guarantee that it will be here on Friday." The shoot was booked for Saturday.
At 5.15pm on Friday he phoned and said: "I might not make it before you close would someone wait back till I arrive." He turned up just as we were pulling the shutters down. Unfortunately we did not have the ordered film and as an alternative offered 5 rolls of FP4.
The reaction was: "You've ruined our shoot we'll send you the bill for the model as you have failed to supply!"
Another pro photographer, on hearing the story said: "If he's going to use film why doesn't he have his own in stock."
Digital has killed many films for instance another customer this week wanted 400 slide film, there is only one easily available which is Fuji Provia 400X and currently that is out of stock. The customer was going to order 20 but when I told them about the problem of ordering it they immediately upped the order to 100 rolls. That is the way to ensure having your own stock when needed.