Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Thistle Hall Gallery Exhibition

It's on! Thistle Hall Gallery in Cuba St, Wellington have confirmed my exhibition spot for April 26th to May 2nd 2010. I'll be exhibiting my collection of infrared photography of Wellington, Fiji and other locations!

I've got a lot of stuff to plan now... the opening, framing and organising the prints, promotions on the radio and the web, flyers to go round town, and then also staffing the gallery for the week of the show... These are very exciting times we live in!

Thistle Hall Gallery Website

My infrared gallery


Thursday, October 22, 2009

Projector on the cheap

I'm trying to project an image on-site without any power. I need to throw a really wide image too... something commonly out of the hands of your run-of-the-mill slide or digital projector. Someone said 'Why not make one out of your lens?'... so last night I gave it a go and what do you know? A little lego, a slide, my 430EX speedlight some patience and ... well.. it works!

I'll post the result when my experiment succeeds...  for now it's under wraps.



Original image that the slide was made from:

Saturday, October 10, 2009

200mm f/1.8

So my friend Matt has allowed me to baby-sit his 200mm f/1.8 Canon L lens for a little bit. The thing is a monster and quite heavy. I'm only mostly re-assured that the neck strap attaches to the LENS not my CAMERA. But seriously, Canon doesn't make this lens anymore and I'd hate to have to replace it.

'Dad, your new lens is broken, I can't see anything...'

'Yes, Son.'

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Infrared book

After doing so many infrared photos I've decided to make a book for myself using one of the many online book-making services. I chose mycanvas.com because it partners with smumug directly and allows me to use my images without making me re-upload everything. Here's a look at the cover... I've only got one or two more pages to go and then it's time to order... It's called 'See Here - Infrared Photography by Julian Butler'.

If you'd like to take a look at the gallery of images that's going into the book, click here :  Infrared Gallery

Joey L


Ok, looking at Mr Joey L's work is like having my eyes pulled out, scrubbed with steel wool and then put back in. For me it's a visceral and scintillating experience...He's 19 apparently, shooting with a Canon 1Ds MKIII, and a collection of prime lenses preferred over zooms... He does all his own processing and post production and never took any special training or courses. I particularly like his Street Portraits, and Holy Men galleries...

oh, and he makes tutorial DVD's with tips and tricks... impressive. What the heck was I doing at 19? Hmmm....

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Pit Pass

So, Nick and Laura in Singapore got a pit pass to the Singapore Grand Prix recently... Nick mentioned to Roger and I via email at work that he was going to be there, so we insisted that he take his 5DmkII etc and get some shots. Roger jokingly suggested that he get the hot pit chix to hold up a hello message to him! Which Nick and Laura did:

Photo Credit: Nick Shore

heh... nice... and who else do they love? ;-)

Alright Force India!!

First real post

Ok, finally... last night I built a rig to help capture a photo that I've been trying to get for about 2 weeks now involving a custom bokeh filter, macro tubes, fibre optics, the Earth and my wife Anna's eye. What is all this about you say? And when can I see the image? Not telling... yet. But here's a shot of what I made from masking tape, lego and blu-tack to assist in the process:

I promise to show the photo when it's in the clear... ;-)