Sometimes a photographer’s life can be mighty privileged. Last December, while working on the teenage television production, Castaway in Broome, I was given the opportunity to shoot photographs for the portfolio of one of the lead actors, 15 year old, Mikayla Southgate. Endowed with a translucent beauty, and a talent to match, Mikayla is an Australian actress to watch. If she persists in the business, I predict that she will go to the very top.
These are two of my favourite pictures from a shoot on Cable Beach:
Technical details: Nikon D90, Nikkor 80-200mm 2.8 zoom, focal length 200mm,
ISO640 F2.8 @ 1/250 sec.
Technical details: Nikon D90, Nikkor 80-200mm 2.8 zoom, focal length 155mm,
ISO640 F2.8 @ 1/640 sec.
Cast and crew pose for a group shot after the final take on Castaway in Broome
Haven’t had much time to post lately with working 12 hour days in the summer heat (40 degrees) and humidity of Broome, shooting publicity stills for the children’s television series, Castaway. But now looking forward to getting home to the cooler climes of Hobart and the family. This was taken last Wednesday, after the director called “It’s a wrap.” My 17 year old son who was along for work experience is on the extreme right of the shot still holding the clapper board he had been using a few minutes before. Homeward bound…
- My oh-so comfortable Converse skateboard shoe footprint in the red pindan dust of the Kimberley
After three weeks of shooting publicity and production stills here in Broome, it’s time to return to the real world. No more 4.30am wake-ups, twelve hour days working in red dust and 30 degree heat. Monday, it’s back to what remains of the Hobart winter, perhaps even a little snow…but best of all, back to the family.
But not before breaking the journey across the continent with a stop-over in Perth to catch up with old colleagues and friends. There’s a lunch booked in Fremantle for Friday, that I’m looking forward to. The collective photographic experience of those around the table will probably total several centuries. Much wine and anecdotes to flow…of course.
I’m going to miss Broome. But I’m hoping that I might get re-called to shoot again later in the series. It’s been a great experience.
Just time today to photograph one more scene on location, final backup of files on external drives, packing and perhaps a swim at Cable Beach…the first chance I’ve had to hit the ocean in the three weeks I’ve been here. I’m going to miss the cameraderie of the crew. Thanks for making it such a great assignment, guys!
- Yesterday’s location in a pindan quarry
This morning at 4.45am I was scraping ice off the car windshield in wintry Hobart, Tasmania.
Tonight I am 3100km away luxuriating in the tropical warmth of a Broome evening after a 30 degree (C) day. It’s so good to be on the road again and great to be able to avoid almost a month of a Tasmanian winter. Working as stills photographer on the the Northway Productions childrens’ television series, Trapped.
John Pertwee (7 July 1919 – 20 May 1996) as the third Doctor Who, 1971