Melbourne

The World’s End Premiere AU

You know how I always try to be honest on this blog? Sometimes painfully so?

This is going to be one of those posts.

I found out a couple of weeks ago that Hoyts Cinema at Melbourne Central was having a premiere for the new Simon Pegg movie, The World’s End. Thinking I could at least go along and shoot like I did the Man of Steel premiere, I contacted the cinema and asked for general information – eg, what time it started, where it would be in the centre, where was the best place for me to take pictures etc.

I heard back from a woman from the PR company who had actually organised the Man of Steel premiere in Sydney. She asked me who I shoot for.

I felt a little deflated, because this is what happened before the MOS premiere, and I ended up being turned away. But I thought I might as well try. I sent along a link to my site, and a link to this blog, and said that I have a Facebook and a Twitter, so I have a social media presence (true) and that I have shot conventions in North America and Europe (also true and sounds quite impressive).

She emailed back and simply said “I have added you to the media list” and gave me information about where to register.

Just like that.

I was so stunned. I didn’t want to tell anyone in case it had been a mistake, or I would stuff something up (I know, I know, confidence). I just kept looking at the email. I have added you to the media list.

So, I dutifully went into the city and registered when I was told to, and then I was ushered to stand in front of the barricades with the other photographers along the red carpet while we waited for the premiere to start. They had decorated the red carpet with a facade to look like a typical English pub.

Backdrop for the red carpet, The World's End Premiere, Melbourne Australia 2013

Backdrop for the red carpet, The World’s End Premiere, Melbourne Australia 2013

View of the red carpet from above

View of the red carpet from above

I was right at the very end of the red carpet, just before the guests left to go up to the cinema. I didn’t mind at all though – I was just soaking it all in and mentally taking notes about everything I would do differently if given the opportunity again. I was surrounded by obviously seasoned photographers – most carried two camera bodies, with huge flash guns and wide angle lenses. I have a very, very good camera, and a very good lens, but I have to admit to feeling woefully unprepared and unequipped. I have tried for so long to get away with not getting a flash, but I think If I hope to do this again I need to invest in one. It’s just that much harder without it.

The other photographers were all nice to me, and kind of stunned when they asked who I shot for and I answered myself. I was expecting to be kicked out at any minute as an interloper. It was a feeling that stayed with me for the rest of the evening, but I was so desperate to make this happen. It was scary, and exhilarating and fun. That’s the thing that shocked me the most – that however terrified I was, I was also having a lot of fun.

Nick Frost

Nick Frost

I know they are not my best photos by any stretch of the imagination. And I have already seen other photographers work from last night and….mine is completely different. But maybe I’m always going to be different? I don’t know. I just know I have a lot of work to do, but this experience has helped me immeasurably.

Simon Pegg

Simon Pegg

Simon Pegg, Edgar Wright and Nick Frost

Simon Pegg, Edgar Wright and Nick Frost

So I have to say a big thank you to Tanja, who gave me the opportunity. And a huge thank you to everyone on Facebook who gave me so much support when I finally told everyone what I was doing!

Lost and Found

This weekend was Oz Comic Con here in Melbourne. I was really excited for a chance to go and take photos, and to meet William Shatner and Cary Elwes.

Well, two out of three ain’t bad?

It was a very very long day, starting at 5am in the cold Melbourne Winter out the front of the Royal Exhibition Building in Carlton. Because I wanted to get photos / autos, and because I had been to OZCC last year, I knew I needed to be there as early as possible. But, I rock up wearing just a cardigan for warmth because apparently I don’t think things through well enough.

Luckily, I was saved by two girls from Sydney who were ahead of me in the queue, and who gave me heating pads to keep warm. (Thank you so much again Natalie and Christina!).

So after a shaky start, I went in and managed to buy the tokens I wanted, and then started lining up. And pretty much that’s how the rest of the day was spent. In lines. From 5am until about 3pm in the afternoon.

I got my camera out once the whole time I was there. This is my single, solitary worthwhile shot of the day, and I’m not even happy with it!

Oz Comic Con Royal Exhibition Building Melbourne

Oz Comic Con Royal Exhibition Building Melbourne

By the time it got to 3pm, I was so sick and sore and sorry for myself that I had to go home. I missed both the William Shatner and Cary Elwes panels. I didn’t get to take cosplay photos. I barely got to look at the stalls.

I know that it can’t be helped – I couldn’t help getting sick. But it was another opportunity for me to take photos and I am really disappointed.

But, I did get to meet William Shatner and Cary Elwes. They were both so lovely and warm and it amazes me that I get to do these things. Cary Elwes loved my Princess Bride shirt and insisted on signing it as well as my photo, which was amazing!

dropyoursword

Drop. Your. Sword.

And William Shatner is William Shatner, I mean come on.

boston

So while I am disappointed about a lost photo taking opportunity, I am going to look at the good things. I made friends, and met two people I have admired for what feels like a lifetime.

Costume Play | Supanova 2013

On Saturday, I bought a Day Pass for the Supanova Pop Culture Expo here in Melbourne. Like Armageddon and OzComicCon it was a massive three-day celebration of popular fan culture. I heard someone at the event saying it’s a bit like Tumblr come to life, which is a pretty accurate description of these multi-fandom cons!

I didn’t make it to any of the celebrity panels unfortunately, but I took pictures of the absolutely amazing cosplay on display. It always astonishes me how much dedication people have in showing their love for their fandoms. It’s truly eye-opening!

Jack Skellington

Jack Skellington

Doctor Who

Doctor Who

Captain Jack and Joshamee Gibbs

Captain Jack and Joshamee Gibbs

The atmosphere is something you can’t really describe to someone that isn’t there – there is just so much to see and do, and so many people.

And I saw David Hasselhoff. David Hasselhoff people.

Baby Elephant Expedition

On the morning of the 17th of January, 2013  Royal Melbourne Zoo celebrated the arrival of an 130kg baby elephant calf born to Asian Elephant Num-Oi.

Both Mum and bub were doing so well, that on the 19th and 20th people were invited to come and see the baby elephant getting used to his new environment and bonding with Mum. It was a bright Summer weekend in Melbourne, and still school holidays so I knew it would be busy. But I couldn’t resist an opportunity to try to take photos of the new arrival!

On Sunday I dutifully trooped into town with all my gear and stood in line with everyone else waiting to get a glimpse of the little guy. He didn’t disappoint!

The new arrival!

The new arrival!

He seemed a little unsteady, and stuck close to Mum the whole time. She was very protective, and it was lovely to see them bonding.

Hiding with Mum

Hiding with Mum

It was a uniquely challenging photo experience. It was so bright and the glare from the sand (not to mention the dust clouds Mum threw up to keep the baby cool!) made visibility difficult. It was so crowded too, so finding a good shooting place was difficult. But I loved it, and I’m glad I went.

I took other photos while I was there, which I will blog about soon. I need to keep finding these opportunities around to keep shooting. That’s my battle cry this year – Keep Shooting!