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When Photographer Meets Exorcist Strange Things Happen

 

The Age newspaper photographer Roger Cummins tells how he dealt with a spooky mishap while photographing exorcist Bob Larson

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PHOTOGRILL: Why did you make the photo of the exorcist?

PHOTOGRAPHER: I photographed Bob Larsen for Metro a section in the Age in 2005, he was the Exorcist that had a run in with John Saffran on his popular ABC TV series ‘John Saffran Vs. God’. The footage Saffron shot with Larsen was pretty disturbing. I asked Saffran (we did a photo shoot for A2 a few weeks before) about the ‘possession’ he had apparently experienced on the show and he assured me he hadn’t been hamming it up and that he had no idea what had happened that night.

Photographer Who Sees The World In HDR (High Dynamic Range)

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While making this Gallery of Melbourne in HDR, Photographer Craig Sillitoe found inspiration in the photos of Ansel Adams.

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PHOTOGRILL: Which photographer inspired you to make these images?

PHOTOGRAPHER: I was on Princes Bridge with camera on tripod making boat loads of pictures when a passerby asked me if I’d seen the work of Ansel Adams Little did he know, that was a opening for a long conversation. Ansel Adams was an artist who inspired and challenged me as a young photography student. I was mesmerised by the beauty of his B&W photographs of Yosemite National Park, which inspired me to spend many months learning and implementing the ‘Zone System’. Adams created the system in 1940 by careful observation of the relationship between exposure and processing. His images exhibit a depth of rich detail that you could fall into, that’s what the system does.

Photojournalist: Australia’s Worst Bushfires

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Award winning photojournalist Jason South talks about photographing Australians as they suffered through the worst bushfires on record.

PHOTOGRILL: This photo was made following the Black Saturday bushfires which left 173 people dead. Tell us some of your experience of the fires.

How a Hot Photo Was Made From a Mundane Scene

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Newspaper photographer Joe Armao reveals his process for making hot photos from an ordinary scene using action and creativity.

PHOTOGRILL: What was your brief for this assignment?

PHOTOGRAPHER: The story was about the kids at Kinglake Primary School who were going to race a fuel-free vehicle that they had designed and built. Kinglake had sent a team to the annual event previously, but the Black Saturday bush-fires made an entry unlikely this year, as parents were too cash-strapped to attend. It’s been a very difficult year and the kids have been under a lot of stress, but they really wanted to do it. So it was a relief, when a commercial sponsor provided funds and the opportunity for some much needed team-building.

Photojournalist: Hazards Photographing a Cyclone

 

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Photojournalist, news photographer Craig Abraham on the hazards of photographing in a cyclone disaster zone

PHOTOGRILL: What does it mean to be a general news photographer?

How Do Photographer and Celebrity Collaborate?

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Photographer Simon Schluter reveals why comedian Frank Woodley agreed to be photographed drenched & lying in a puddle

PHOTOGRILL: Are celebrities difficult to photograph?

PHOTOGRAPHER: We both have agendas. I have to come away with a good shot and they want to see themselves portrayed in a good light. And I think there’s a degree of anxiety that I’m not going to portray them in a good light. You want to be fair and honest, and the reality is that you’ll meet them again, in a town like Melbourne you’re going to find yourself photographing the same people more than once.

Photo-Montage, The Art of Photography

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Simon O’Dwyer is a staff photographer for The Sunday Age newspaper in Melbourne Australia. His photography is amongst the permanent collections of State Library of Victoria, Monash Gallery Of Art, National Library of Australia, State Library of Victoria, and Warrnambool Fine Art Gallery. His recent awards include, Semi-Finalist, Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize: 2011, Walkley Awards for Australian Journalism: National Finalist: Australian Press Photographer of the Year 2010, Leica Documentary Award and Exhibition: ‘Coming of Age’ 2009


PHOTOGRILL: Why did you make this photo?

Fashion Photo Tells a Story, Using Photographic Techniques to Manipulate Emphasis

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PHOTOGRILL: Why did you make this photo?

PHOTOGRAPHER: This photograph was taken for a story about local fashion labels. The photo idea came with a brief from the fashion editor. Photograph a model wearing a dress at the small factory where it was made, in Fitzroy. It’s a story driven picture idea, which often means I need to hack into the brief in order to make an image.

PHOTOGRILL: Was it a difficult photo to take?

Image Integrity (Pt-2), Photojournalists and Street Photographers.

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Photographer Craig Sillitoe has been grilled before. His first grilling, Photographing the Shrine of Remembrance contains a short profile. You can vote to grill more of his images at About Photogrill. This is part 2 about image integrity

PHOTOGRILL: How does photographic integrity affect a photojournalist or street photographer?

The Secret of this Photo? ~ ‘Image Integrity’ (Pt-1).

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Craig Sillitoe has been grilled before. His first grilling, Photographing the Shrine of Remembrance contains a short profile. You can vote to grill more of his images at About Photogrill.

PHOTOGRILL: Why did you take this photo?

PHOTOGRAPHER: It was for a story about North Mebloune Football Club’s young midfield line-up. I just had to make a strong shot.

PHOTOGRILL: What can this photo say about photography?

Creative Photography and Dancers, How to Make a Sense of Atmosphere

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Craig Sillitoe has been grilled before. His first grilling, Photographing the Shrine of Remembrance contains a short profile. You can vote to grill more of his images at About Photogrill.

PHOTGRILL: Why did you make this photo?

PHOTOGRAPHER: Great photos tell a story, which is one of the advantages of working for a newspaper, there are always stories to tell. This was a story about two dance troupes coming together to create a performance based on the meeting of forest and sea. I’d be working with two dancers, one from each troupe. We didn’t have a lot of time, so the photograph was to be made close by at Melbourne’s botanical gardens. There are huge old Elm trees like this one with an amazing trunk, but there was no water close to it, what to do? I’d have to take a broader interpretation.

Tech Macro Photography, Droplets on a TV Screen

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Craig Sillitoe has been grilled before. His first grilling, Photographing the Shrine of Remembrance contains a short profile. You can vote to grill more of his images at About Photogrill.

PHOTOGRILL: Why did you take this photo?

PHOTOGRAPHER: Actually I was just sitting in front of the television one evening watching a movie with a glass of lemonade. When I got up to get the remote control I tripped and spilled lemonade on the TV screen. Then I saw it, the squared regimented lines of pixels on the screen were transformed into vibrant moving colours. I was transfixed with the imagery and within half an hour I had the TV lying on it’s back and was spraying water over it. I’d forgotten about the movie.

Star Trail Photo at Wilsons Promontory

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Craig Sillitoe has been grilled before. His first grilling, Photographing the Shrine of Remembrance contains a short profile. You can vote to grill more of his images at About Photogrill.

PHOTOGRILL: Why did you take this photo?

PHOTOGRAPHER: It was to illustrate a story about Wilsons Promontory National Park in South East Victoria. We wanted a memorable picture of ‘The Prom’. One of my favourite pass-times here is to watch the stars glistening overhead until late in the night. So I thought a star trail photo would make a nice image. The weather showed a cloudless night followed by several showery days so there was only that night to get the shot. On my way in to The Prom at dusk I had to drive very carefully, there were kangaroos everywhere grazing along the roadside.

Swirls of Light Using Time Exposure

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Craig Sillitoe has been grilled before. His first grilling, Photographing the Shrine of Remembrance contains a short profile. You can vote to grill more of his images at About Photogrill.

PHOTOGRILL: Why did you take this photo?

PHOTOGRAPHER: It was to go with a story about Professor Robert Lamb who was controvercially sacked from the Melbourne Synchrotron. Ideally the imagery would go with the synchrotron theme, but also it would signify the whirlwind life of Professor Lamb recently.

PHOTOGRILL: How did the idea for swirling lights come up?