Commercial and Editorial Photography http://www.craigfergusonimages.com Craig Ferguson Images Mon, 15 Sep 2014 09:52:27 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 Chef Chen Lanshu for the Wall Street Journal http://www.craigfergusonimages.com/2014/09/chef-chen-lanshu-for-the-wall-street-journal/ http://www.craigfergusonimages.com/2014/09/chef-chen-lanshu-for-the-wall-street-journal/#comments Mon, 15 Sep 2014 09:52:27 +0000 http://www.craigfergusonimages.com/?p=11266 Photo of Chef Chen Lanshu

Chen Lanshu, owner and head chef at Le Mout restaurant was recently named Asia’s top female chef.

It’s been a long time between blogs. As I posted last time, I’ve been out of action with some broken bones and the associated recovery time. Well, almost out of action, because I did head down to central Taiwan on assignment for the Wall Street Journal to photograph chef Chen Lanshu. Chef Chen, who trained in France at Le Cordon Bleu and worked at Thomas Keller’s the French Laundry in California (described by Anthony Bourdain as the best restaurant in the world), was recently named Asia’s best female chef by Veuve Clicquot. The assignment was mostly focused on her home rather than her restaurant, with the feature being mostly about who she is away from the kitchen.

Shooting this presented some difficulties, not least of which was the fact that my right arm was in a cast and my left in a splint and sling. I had an assistant to do all the setting up of lights and so forth, and shot everything off a tripod. Where there’s a will, there’s a way however, and at the end of the assignment there was a good selection of photographs to work from. We started at the restaurant, shooting some interiors and exteriors. Next was a multi-course lunch and food shoot, with all the dishes being documented. Some portraits with Chef Chen in her kitchen came after lunch. While it was a decent sized commercial kitchen, she has over 30 people working in there and most of them seemed to be present doing prep work for the dinner service. This limited options somewhat. I’ve worked in a kitchen before and know how busy things can be preparing for a Friday night dinner service, so I didn’t want to cause any chaos. Still, I was able to work two different angles for variety and knock this part of the shoot out in a few quick minutes. An outdoor portrait (seen above) followed, before we headed to Chen’s home for a couple of causal portraits and more interior and exteriors architectural shots. This was also when the writer conducted her interview.

The full article with a lot more photographs can be seen on the Wall Street Journal.

As for my recovery from injuries, it’s progressing well. Still some healing to do, and a bit more time taking it easy but I’m shooting select assignments again. Having enforced time off has been interesting, shall we say, and I’ll blog about this in the near future.

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Out Of Action http://www.craigfergusonimages.com/2014/08/out-of-action/ http://www.craigfergusonimages.com/2014/08/out-of-action/#comments Tue, 12 Aug 2014 01:18:29 +0000 http://www.craigfergusonimages.com/?p=11223 photo of a male practicing yoga.

I find myself out of action for a while due to a badly broken left wrist that required surgery, and a cracked right one that didn’t. Ironically I injured them while working out – isn’t exercise meant to be good for you?

Professionally it’s meant I’ve had to cancel assignments for Forbes, Getty and Live Nation, as well as postpone a few personal shoots. Out of action indeed. Probably won’t be doing any more blogging until I can type a little easier.

UPDATE (Sept 3) : Recovery is going well, and I was back shooting last week with an assignment for the Wall St Journal. Still taking it easy for a couple of weeks but am more-or-less working again on select assignments.

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Road Testing A New Workshop http://www.craigfergusonimages.com/2014/08/road-testing-a-new-workshop/ http://www.craigfergusonimages.com/2014/08/road-testing-a-new-workshop/#comments Tue, 05 Aug 2014 01:40:35 +0000 http://www.craigfergusonimages.com/?p=11209 Photo of young woman on black.

When I was in Singapore at PopUp GPP a few months back I realized that it had been a while since I’d taught a workshop of my own. As I flew back to Taipei I started having ideas for one, and continued developing it over the following weeks and months. Knowing that I needed to test it out on some photographers first, I got in touch with a local photography group and offered them a free workshop in return for them providing the space and a model or two. They were excited about the chance so away we went. Last Sunday afternoon was the time and a local restaurant the place. A restaurant is not the most obvious place to hold a photography workshop but with a small group, and a manager who wanted to learn himself, it proved to be a good choice. Plus we got to eat lunch before we started.

The workshop doesn’t have a suitably catchy name yet (feel free to make suggestions) but other than that it went fairly well. A few small tweaks here and there that could be made but other than that, things went well. We covered the basics of light, and the group were perfect for it as none had any real experience with using anything other than ambient light. I mostly shot on black seamless, although we began with white to better display the way the shadows fall if we use on-camera flash. Due to the space constraints, we couldn’t really light the backdrop to make it white, so the choice was made to use black for most of it, mainly because I prefer it to the grey that an unlit white seamless would have become. Those same space limits meant that it was predominately head shots and upper body only that we demoed, there not being enough room for any full length portraits. Still I have no complaints at all about the venue, and the whole afternoon progressed very smoothly. There were two models on hand, although John, the man in the second photo, had another engagement and had to leave early. In the photos below, all up to the wine shot are the models who were there. The ones after that were some of the workshop attendees who jumped in front of the lens at the end of the session for a few quick shots to wrap things up.

If any groups or individuals are interested in the workshop, get in touch. It’s now ready for the world.

Photo of middle-aged man on black.

Photo of young woman on black.

Photo of young woman on black.

Photo of young woman drinking wine on black.

Photo of young man on black.

Photo of young woman on black.

Photo of young man on black.

Photo of young woman on black.

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August 2014 Desktop Calendar http://www.craigfergusonimages.com/2014/07/august-2014-desktop-calendar/ http://www.craigfergusonimages.com/2014/07/august-2014-desktop-calendar/#comments Thu, 31 Jul 2014 06:16:21 +0000 http://www.craigfergusonimages.com/?p=11203 Dahu Park, Taipei. Photo by Craig Ferguson

About halfway through summer in my corner of the world and time for another refreshing monthly desktop calendar. Continuing the water theme from last month I have one shot a week or two ago in northern Taipei. I’ve been trying to make the most of the fantastic light we’ve been having by getting out through the week when it isn’t too crowded to shoot some scenics around town.

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I’m in the middle of a series of active, fitness lifestyle images and aim to be able to share a few over the next week. A shoot with a runner is scheduled today, and then next week there’ll be a couple more, after which I’ll have a preview here on the blog. Also coming up is a new lighting workshop I’ve been developing that is having it’s private debut this weekend with a local photography club.

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The World Is Your Gym http://www.craigfergusonimages.com/2014/07/the-world-is-your-gym/ http://www.craigfergusonimages.com/2014/07/the-world-is-your-gym/#comments Thu, 24 Jul 2014 01:49:29 +0000 http://www.craigfergusonimages.com/?p=11193 Photo of athlete moving construction equipment.

The World Is Your Gym

Photographing athletes and people in general that are actively engaged in fitness and healthy lifestyles is a lot of fun, and a subject that I’m looking to expand my work in (if you’re in Taipei and interested in a shoot, let me know). Last week I got together with Mariano, a young student who is interning for the summer at a local gym. He had expressed interest in putting together a modeling portfolio and I noticed that he didn’t have any outdoor images so we made arrangements to meet up late one afternoon. The idea was for a gritty type look, and we lucked out when we were heading to the chosen location and found a construction site. Originally we’d planned to use an old-school clay running track and some outdoor fitness equipment but the opportunity to shoot among the construction was too good to pass up. One of the great things shooting in Taipei is that it’s possible to do that quite easily – in fact the foreman of the site told us we could use any of the equipment they had lying around if we wanted. The world is your gym indeed.

We kicked things off with a bit of a warm up consisting of some stair running, followed by some kettlebell and dumbbell work. A few second story pull-ups to give a parkour type feel, and lastly we made use of the bags of cement and metal poles and grates that were part of the construction site. All in all, it was a pretty quick shoot with the whole thing wrapped up in about an hour as a storm rolled into the background, making for a perfect backdrop to a gritty shoot.

Photo of athlete stretching outdoors.

Photo of athlete jogging up stairs.

Photo of athlete swinging kettlebell.

Photo of athlete with dumbbell.

Photo of athlete doing pull up from a second floor balcony.

Photo of athlete lifting 50kg bag of cement.

Photo of athlete jumping a concrete wall.

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Taipei Evening Light http://www.craigfergusonimages.com/2014/07/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/ 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/ 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/ 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/ 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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