Commercial and Editorial Photography http://www.craigfergusonimages.com Craig Ferguson Images Mon, 14 Jul 2014 01:33:36 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.1 Taipei Evening Light http://www.craigfergusonimages.com/2014/07/taipei-evening-light/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=taipei-evening-light http://www.craigfergusonimages.com/2014/07/taipei-evening-light/#comments Mon, 14 Jul 2014 01:33:36 +0000 http://www.craigfergusonimages.com/?p=11180 Photo of Taipei city by Craig Ferguson

Photography in Taipei differs by season. Over winter it’s generally overcast. This spring it rained pretty much every day for six weeks. Now it’s summer and we’ve been blessed with some fantastic light over the past week or two. Shooting in conditions like this is just plain fun. Head to a location, set up the tripod and sit back and wait for the natural light show to begin. As I write this post on a Monday morning it’s shaping up to be another fantastic week of light in Taipei so I’m may have another of these evening light posts coming next week as well. Here’s a selection of images shot over the past week from either the rooftop of my apartment building or Tiger Mountain. The exception is the last image which comes from a few weeks ago when I was shooting an assignment for the NBA that saw me up on the 38th floor of a hotel. The rainbow quickly appeared and I snapped a few shots in between the work I was doing. Three of the photographs in this post are multi-image panoramas, can you work out which ones?

Photo of Taipei city by Craig Ferguson

Photo of Taipei city by Craig Ferguson

Photo of Taipei city by Craig Ferguson

Photo of Taipei city by Craig Ferguson

Photo of Taipei city by Craig Ferguson

Photo of Taipei city by Craig Ferguson

Photo of Taipei city by Craig Ferguson

Photo of Taipei city by Craig Ferguson

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The Archer – A New Portrait Series http://www.craigfergusonimages.com/2014/07/the-archer-a-new-portrait-series/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=the-archer-a-new-portrait-series http://www.craigfergusonimages.com/2014/07/the-archer-a-new-portrait-series/#comments Thu, 03 Jul 2014 02:16:52 +0000 http://www.craigfergusonimages.com/?p=11168 Portrait of an archer by Craig Ferguson

Spent a bit of time recently working on some new portrait imagery. The Archer was shot last week in downtown Taipei, in the corner of a city park. You don’t have to travel far to get an out of the way place to shoot which is one of the great things about photography in Taipei. When I posted a couple of these on social media, a few people mentioned that it reminded them of The Hunger Games. Any similarities to that is purely coincidental – other than a few minutes on TV, I’ve not seen the movie nor read the book. In fact, the main reason the archery theme was chosen was because the talent for the day mentioned that he’d just recently gotten a bow and arrow, and so we decided to run with that concept.

For the photographers reading this, I can tell you that it was basically a one light setup using a large reflective umbrella on a lightstand that my assistant held in place as needed, sometimes set on the ground next to the talent, other times held aloft, above the archer’s head and angling straight down.

Portrait of an archer by Craig Ferguson

Portrait of an archer by Craig Ferguson
Portrait of an archer by Craig Ferguson

Portrait of an archer by Craig Ferguson

Portrait of an archer by Craig Ferguson

Portrait of an archer by Craig Ferguson

Portrait of an archer by Craig Ferguson

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July 2014 Desktop Calendar http://www.craigfergusonimages.com/2014/06/july-2014-desktop-calendar/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=july-2014-desktop-calendar http://www.craigfergusonimages.com/2014/06/july-2014-desktop-calendar/#comments Mon, 30 Jun 2014 01:43:50 +0000 http://www.craigfergusonimages.com/?p=11162 July 2014

July 2014

Calendar time once again, and as it’s a hot and sweaty 34°C here in Taipei, I think a nice evening photograph from the coast is appropriate for this month’s calendar. As usual you can grab it from the links below.

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I hope to have another blog for you later this week. As mentioned in the previous post, the past few weeks have been extremely busy and I haven’t had a chance to share a lot of that work here on the blog. I’ve scheduled a bit of time in the coming days to die into the backlog and share a bit of that. Until then, enjoy.

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Circuit City http://www.craigfergusonimages.com/2014/06/circuit-city/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=circuit-city http://www.craigfergusonimages.com/2014/06/circuit-city/#comments Sat, 28 Jun 2014 06:07:19 +0000 http://www.craigfergusonimages.com/?p=11154 Abstract photo of Computer motherboards.

For a travel photographer I sure don’t seem to be doing a lot of travel photography over the past few weeks. That’s sometimes the way it goes I guess. Over the past two weeks I’ve shot basketball for the NBA, a perfume installation for a duty free company, a recording studio and print factory for a music production company, whisky promos for The Glenlivet, portraits of an archer, an outdoor group yoga practice, and these abstracts you see here. It’s all been fun, with a lot of hard work thrown in. One of the interesting points to being an expat photographer is that you do often get asked to shoot a whole range of different subjects however they all come about because the various clients want your particular style. It certainly keeps things interesting.

Abstract photo of Computer motherboards.

Abstract photo of Computer motherboards.

Abstract photo of Computer motherboards.

Abstract photo of Computer motherboards.

Abstract photo of Computer motherboards.

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Taipei City God Festival http://www.craigfergusonimages.com/2014/06/taipei-city-god-festival/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=taipei-city-god-festival http://www.craigfergusonimages.com/2014/06/taipei-city-god-festival/#comments Thu, 19 Jun 2014 01:17:07 +0000 http://www.craigfergusonimages.com/?p=11144 Taipei City God Festival

A lion dance takes place on the streets in celebration of a god’s birthday.

Like so much of Taiwan’s traditional temple culture, the Taipei City God traces its origins to Fujian in China. In the early nineteenth century the image of the Xia Hai City God was brought across the Taiwan Strait to Taipei, first making its home in present day Wanhua district before moving in the 1850′s to its current home at the Xia Hai Temple in Dadaocheng. The temple, completed in 1859, is small and nestled in between a bank and public market on Dihua St. Every lunar May 13th, the City God’s birthday is celebrated with a festival that takes place over a week or so, and features prayers and worship, parades, firecrackers and all the typical colour and chaos that a Chinese religious festival brings.

This year’s festival seemed a little quieter than previous ones I’ve seen. Perhaps due to the weather – it took place during a period when Taipei was receiving heavier than usual rain, or perhaps because the last one I photographed happened to fall on a weekend whereas this year it was on a Tuesday. Whatever the reason, here is a selection of photographs from the few days that I was down there shooting.

Taipei City God Festival

Taipei City God Festival

Taipei City God Festival

Taipei City God Festival

Taipei City God Festival

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Geisha in Tokyo http://www.craigfergusonimages.com/2014/06/geisha-in-tokyo/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=geisha-in-tokyo http://www.craigfergusonimages.com/2014/06/geisha-in-tokyo/#comments Fri, 06 Jun 2014 05:28:27 +0000 http://www.craigfergusonimages.com/?p=11133 Photo of a Tokyo geisha by Craig Ferguson.

Geisha in Tokyo.

One of the most recognisable and misunderstood elements in Japan is the geisha. I’ve heard it said that the life is in decline in modern Japan with few girls and women undertaking the training necessary to become a geisha. While photographing the Sanja Matsuri last month I was fortunate enough to be able to quickly photograph a few geisha who were taking part in the festivities. A few short minutes and they were gone.

Photo of a Tokyo geisha by Craig Ferguson.

Photo of a Tokyo geisha by Craig Ferguson.

Photo of a Tokyo geisha by Craig Ferguson.

Photo of a Tokyo geisha by Craig Ferguson.

Photo of a Tokyo geisha by Craig Ferguson.

Photo of a Tokyo geisha by Craig Ferguson.

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June 2014 Desktop Calendar http://www.craigfergusonimages.com/2014/05/june-2014-desktop-calendar/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=june-2014-desktop-calendar http://www.craigfergusonimages.com/2014/05/june-2014-desktop-calendar/#comments Sat, 31 May 2014 03:29:59 +0000 http://www.craigfergusonimages.com/?p=11131 Photo of Japanese bamboo water scoops.

Another month has rolled by which means it’s time for a new desktop calendar. This edition comes from the Meiji Shrine in Tokyo, and features the bamboo water scoops used for cleaning hands and rinsing one’s mouth before entering the shrine. As usual there are two sizes for you to choose from.

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Tokyo Subway http://www.craigfergusonimages.com/2014/05/tokyo-subway/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=tokyo-subway http://www.craigfergusonimages.com/2014/05/tokyo-subway/#comments Tue, 27 May 2014 03:41:37 +0000 http://www.craigfergusonimages.com/?p=11115 Photo ofTokyo subway by Craig Ferguson.

Much has been written about the subway system in Tokyo. Seemingly countless lines to travel on, jam-packed rush hour commuting, the world’s busiest station at Shinjuku and so on. Serving a city of 13.5 million people is not an easy thing. Despite the crowds and multiple destinations it’s a remarkably easy system to travel around on, and with a bit of planning you can’t really get lost. While in Tokyo to photograph a traditional festival earlier this month I spent a bit of time traveling around by train and subway, and snapped a few images from the trains and platforms as I moved around town. I was mostly using my Fuji mirrorless camera although there’s one or two that were shot with a DSLR.

I’ll have a post in the near future with images from the festival I was there to photograph.

Photo of crowds at Shinjuku station, Tokyo by Craig Ferguson

Photo of passengers on Tokyo subway by Craig Ferguson.

Photo of a man on Tokyo subway platform by Craig Ferguson.

Photo of a man on Tokyo subway by Craig Ferguson.

photo of passengers on Tokyo subway by Craig Ferguson.

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New Lifestyle Work – The Shopping Spree http://www.craigfergusonimages.com/2014/05/new-lifestyle-work-the-shopping-spree/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=new-lifestyle-work-the-shopping-spree http://www.craigfergusonimages.com/2014/05/new-lifestyle-work-the-shopping-spree/#comments Tue, 20 May 2014 01:22:48 +0000 http://www.craigfergusonimages.com/?p=11102 Shopping spree lifestyle photo by Craig Ferguson

After returning from Singapore a couple of weeks ago it was time to get busy updating some lifestyle work. I hooked up with Mandy, who I’ve photographed a few times before, and Jasmine and Keryn, who I haven’t, and we headed for Taipei’s high-end shopping district before all the stores open. It was a wet day which placed some limits on how the shoot would work, with a few preferred locations being too rainy to use but there were enough sheltered spots to get a good couple of hours shooting. Here’s a selection of some of the photographs we captured that day.

Shopping spree lifestyle photo by Craig Ferguson

Shopping spree lifestyle photo by Craig Ferguson

Shopping spree lifestyle photo by Craig Ferguson

Shopping spree lifestyle photo by Craig Ferguson

Shopping spree lifestyle photo by Craig Ferguson

Shopping spree lifestyle photo by Craig Ferguson

Shopping spree lifestyle photo by Craig Ferguson

Shopping spree lifestyle photo by Craig Ferguson

Shopping spree lifestyle photo by Craig Ferguson

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Street Yoga http://www.craigfergusonimages.com/2014/05/street-yoga/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=street-yoga http://www.craigfergusonimages.com/2014/05/street-yoga/#comments Mon, 12 May 2014 01:48:02 +0000 http://www.craigfergusonimages.com/?p=11091 Photo of street yoga by Craig Ferguson

Street Yoga comes from a recent idea that came up one day. I’ve photographed yoga a few times and it’s always been done in the traditional way – a nice outdoor location or yoga studio coupled with people wearing standard yoga clothing. Street yoga is an effort to show that none of that is actually needed, and that yoga can be done by anyone, anywhere. No need for figure-hugging materials and no requirement to be young and beautiful to do it. For this series I took a businessman out on the streets and Taipei and we went through a series of yoga poses on street corners, traffic islands, subway platforms, escalators and department store floors. Quick and simple, and a lot of fun.

I’m looking to expand this series with some more people so if you are interested in this, or even a regular yoga shoot, feel free to get in touch.

Photo of street yoga by Craig Ferguson

Photo of street yoga by Craig Ferguson

Photo of street yoga by Craig Ferguson

Photo of street yoga by Craig Ferguson

Photo of street yoga by Craig Ferguson

Photo of street yoga by Craig Ferguson

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