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Spitfire Trench Art

Earlier this year our RetroBomb Magazine team pulled together the ingredients for what became one of my favorite vintage aircraft and fashion shoots. Subject of the shoot was a New Zealand based designer Martin de Ruyter’s accessories under the name Spitfire Trench Art, a World War Two trench art inspired line of cuff-links, pendants,  brooches and more, fashioned from English 3 pence coins or .303 shell casings. Martin learned the trade from his grandfather who had crafted the same style pieces while on break building Spitfire fighters during the war.
Kelly the Flying Pinup and her incredibly talented partner Nick (aka the flying engineer) both modeled and arranged access to the two vintage aircraft I’d never gotten to spend time with previously, a DeHavilland Leopard Moth, and a DeHavilland Gypsy Moth at Boonah Airfield. Styling was courtesy of Bec at Blackbirds Emporium. The below gallery shows both our shoot for Spitfire Trench Art, and some of the other fun we had on the airfield. Enjoy.


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The Tea Party live at The Tivoli Brisbane

Last night I had the pleasure of getting to shoot again for one of my favorite bands, The Tea Party who were rockin out to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the release of their Transmission album. Performing to a capacity filled Tivoli Theatre in Brisbane, their first set was the entire Transmission album, followed by more fan favorites and as always, their gig was a massive serve of thumping rock’n’roll with a side of Eastern tones and masterfully delivered ballads.


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Air to Air shoot with USAAF P-51D Mustang of Brisbane based Fighter Pilot Adventure Flights

Sharing the fun from an Air to Air photoshoot with USAAF P-51D Mustang of Brisbane based Fighter Pilot Adventure Flights, where Cameron piloting the Mustang kept sneaking up behind the WWII Harvard trainer I was back seating in as an AerialPro Photos shoot for Brisbane Valley Airshow promo, and also used in RetroBomb Magazine editorial. The flight was conducted over Wivenhoe Dam west of Brisbane at sunset followed by a dash back to Archerfield Airport in formation by last light.


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P-51D Mustang - The Undertaker

USAAF P-51D Mustang

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The Flying Pinup at Archerfield

Recently I covered the Brisbane Open House event at Archerfield Airport and while there, Kelly (The Flying Pinup) and I enjoyed the opportunity to shoot out in front of the 1930s art deco terminal with the fleet of warbirds from Fighter Pilot Adventure Flights.  The Flying Pinup goes pretty much everywhere with her multi-talented pilot/engineer/artist/model partner Nick and they put this video of our shoot together recently. Hope you enjoy it!


Kelly was joined by MacArthur Museum volunteers, the RAAF Roulettes and her partner Nick for the shoots. Aircraft in the following images include the Fighter Pilot Adventure Flight WWII USAAF P-51D, and Aero L-39 Albatross jet.


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Annie and the Newport

Photoset of Annie’s vintage style shoot at Ol School Garage with the 1961 Chrysler Newport.
Shot for RetroBomb Magazine. Annie’s top from ‘That Shop’.



Year                                         1961
Make                                Chrysler
Model                              Newport
Body                                     Coupe
Engine               361ci Cross-Ram
Trans          Torqueflite 727 auto

Cherie at Oshkosh

Classic pinup style shoot with Cherie at Oshkosh 2014 with WWII armoured vehicle, two P-40 warhawks and an SNJ trainer.

CherryBomb Vintage Couture

A while back our team enjoyed a day shooting with CherryBomb Vintage Couture, a wonderful new vintage style fashion designer based in Toowoomba.

The day hardly seemed like work as we all had a great time shooting together. The classy models worked perfectly with the terrific backdrops of the USQ Japanese Gardens and with Aerotec’s Warbirds at Toowoomba airport.


Sid Bengal – Steampunk Cat

I was approached by a fan of my work regarding Sid Bengal, my old cat from 2009. Sid was the store cat from when I had space for my photography business in the front of Voodoo Lulu in the Valley. He was ridiculously entertaining and accommodating of of us as he was used as our Steampunk model in shoots. Images of him were copied all over the net and he’d become one of the most famous Steampunk Cats on the web. So here he is, the before and after shots so you can see him with and without the goggles. He’s also seen here on the drive to work. It was the only way he’d travel – claws in the dash mat, watching all the other drivers.

Godox AD600B test at Caboolture Wings and Wheels

While shooting for RetroBomb Magazine  pinup, warbird and classic car editorial I had Phill from Phill’s Kustom Photography with me yesterday at Caboolture Warplane & Flight Heritage Museum as we were pushing the latest Godox Photo Equipment Co. Ltd AD600B flash to see how much we could balance against the harsh Australian sun with one single unit. Phill has just bought the other version of the same flash with a slightly different head on it and after joining me yesterday he’s mighty keen for his flash arrival as well. For those just here for the pics, enjoy…

For the image tech folk, read on:

The AD600B is a 600w/s battery powered flash head with the battery clipped onto the back of the unit rather than connected to a floor pack. The flash is triggered via the X1N wireless 2.4G hotshoe transmitter (also by Godox) which has a tremendous range and while I usually shoot fully manual it’s capable of running full iTTL for those who prefer to let pre-flash decide their flash brightness. The X1N (or X1C for Canon users) allows you to change flash settings from atop the hotshoe, with switching from manual to TTL and fast sync, channel settings all built in to the transmitter and within the flashes. No other external adapters required. 
The AD600B battery has a claimed 500 full 1/1 flashes from a single charge and I’d like to say that’s right, but my testing so far has yet to run the battery down in one test. Yesterday I’d have shot at least 400 full power flashes and the battery is still reading as a full charge. I’ll have to look into why, but suspect shooting at 1/8000th, less charge is drawn for the far quicker exposure. I’d expected to check it on arriving home to see it exhausted.
 I have a second Godox 600w/s unit that’s mains powered and it also syncs at that ridiculously quick 1/8000th speed. I am tempted to invest in the floor pack so I can double my outdoor shooting fun. It used to be that to get shadow detail balanced with bright Aussie skies I had to set up multiple flashes AND use a polarising filter to keep shutter speed to 1/200th second but that’s no longer necessary.

The Godox AD600B weighs only 2.66kg (just under 6lbs) with the battery on so it requires a quality flash stand especially if you’re shooting with umbrella, beauty dish, or in high winds like we had yesterday. Don’t go cheap on the stand size or strength or your flash investment is going to be short lived.

The other option with these is to buy two of the AD600 units and purchase one of the Godox 1200w/s flash heads (H1200) as it can run charge from two units. products_ad600_09Strap the two flash units to the lightstand base and you have a much more stable platform (and double the light through one high end flash head) with the lighter and smaller size strobe head only atop the light stand.


 These images were captured at 1/8000th at f/3.5 to throw the background further out of focus, ISO 640 on a D800 with 24-70mm glass with the AD600B at 1/1, and I could have pulled back the flash settings but for the large beauty dish I used all day via the Bowen mount on the flash.