Me and the team headed back to V in Chelmsford for another solid year of press, PR and back to back bands. It's full on but bloody great PLUS we mercifully have our own Winnebago. I used this opportunity to jump to Nikon after 22 years with Canon EOS, and man, I'm really impressed with the way it's gone so far. Rik at PocketLint wrote a post about it - do have a click if you're interested in the whys and wherefores, but I have to tell you Canon users - the Nikon D810 is a work of wonder and has astonishing capabilities, especially when in the hands of someone who actually knows what they're doing. I will one day hopefully.
Shot for PUMA at his training ground in Brunel University, West London on a glorious summer's day, this I'm afraid was another absolute gem of a shoot. We set up early, watched the fastest man in the world ever train, then nailed a few lovely images at a very relaxed pace. Grabbed this image below as Usain timed, then comically berated, his fellow sprinters. Not the worst gig ever.
Can you imagine, looking through your viewfinder and seeing Smokey Robinson smiling at you? When this happened to me, I have to tell you dear blog reader, that I lowered my camera and in a flash of incredible unprofessionalism, I had to proclaim to the room 'I CANNOT BELIEVE SMOKEY ROBINSON IS LOOKING BACK AT ME!' before carrying on with the shoot. Shot for the forthcoming MOJO Interview (August issue) I can honestly tell you it's the phonecall I've dreamt of getting my whole career and thank goodness Smokey was so delightfully courteous and warm else I would have been ruined. Geoff Brown's piece in the mag is an insight and a half so if I never shoot anything again it doesn't matter because this happened. Shot on a Hasselblad 50C with 35-90 lens, with Elinchrom Ranger lighting through a Photek Softlighter, photo fans.