That said I feel my 10 cents need be input. From the series of photographs taken by acclaimed photographer Mario Testino this beautiful portrait of Prince William and Kate Middleton to celebrate their engagement is a simple and very pure image. By this I mean there is nothing abstract, nothing radically different and no pioneering techniques.
Testino has been criticised for this from what I have read on the web, questions of high fees for such simplistic images were asked. I think this is ridiculous for the following reason.
Mario Testino is not a technical photographer, he has never claimed to be so, he has openly claimed in the past to leave all those aspects of photography to his assistants. What makes Mario Testino a genius in photography is his ability to interact with his subject. To know them and make them relaxed in such a way that their inhibitions float away.
To be asked to do a portrait session of a young couple, who are under huge intense publicity, where a camera shooting photos of you provokes feelings of pressure and signifies crowded rooms of clamouring journalists, to make them feel at ease and give such a relaxed pose of intimacy, thats what makes Mario Testino a genius.
Seeing this photograph my mind was taken back to the photographs of Princess Diana taken by Mario Testino which I viewed in London’s famous Portraits Gallery. This shot of her son with his fiancee will surely fit in with their family album perfectly and after all thats what a good portrait is for … just my 10 cents anyway!
With the introduction of HD video filming capabilities added to DSLR, coining the term HDSLR given our tendency to refer to everything with confusing letters, it has been inevitable that more photographers would start taking up videography.
I have been fortunate in the support of several people who have helped me grasp a few fundamentals of this strange and scary new world. Without them providing the (for them) obvious information, I would still be making a fool of myself on message forums across the internet. I would like to thank them.
I have to date shot two videos using my canon 5D mk2. The first was an epic documentary of our trip to Australia where we are currently riding out rising flood waters rather than getting rid of our rather British complexions. The documentary will be online as soon as I can find an internet connection fast enough to upload it and a soundtrack that I will not infringe peoples copyrights with. More time consuming than one would have thought!
For now I provide you with my second exploit into videography. It is a short, shot from Cowes Pier on Phillip Island where I am currently staying. It features two time releases and some arty nonsense that I hope you all find stimulating and not a bore.
Many thanks for viewing and I hope you will all leave comments.