Light Painting

Light painting is great fun, and you don’t need professional equipment to do it either.  Many point and shoot cameras will allow you to take a 30 second exposure, so all you need is a tripod, and some coloured lights to paint with.

You can use torches and put coloured celophane over the ends using rubber bands, but I find using lots of little lights gives the best effect. There are lots of LED lights you can buy cheaply from places like Bunnings or even the cheaper discount stores, but none of them are that big. I decided to make my own ‘wand’ using LED strip lights and battery kits bought on ebay, which you can change the colours of using a remote control. You can get 1m strips of LED’s on ebay for under $10, and all you need to do is power them somehow. I used battery packs that hold 8 AA batteries and soldered them to the board.

I will post a blog about how I built the RGB light wand soon, but for now have a look at the results…

Riley Pearce

Riley Pearce is a local songwriter who I took some photos for a couple of months ago. He is a really friendly guy, and his music has a lot of soul.

From Riley’s Triple J Unearthed page:

A gifted songwriter, singer and guitarist based in Perth, Western Australia, Riley Pearce has had an incredible passion for music all his life. His songwriting, and ability to connect with the audience is a powerful combination together with his strong rich voice and crisp guitar skills. As a young 19 year old musician getting established across the Western Australian market his performances are sought after at numerous festivals, fairs and markets across the metropolitan area.

His musical influences includes the likes of Passenger, Matt Corby & Charlie Simpson who all have their own unique styling much the same as Riley offers. He truly is a promising young talent that is developing a growing following.

Have a listen to Riley’s music on his Soundcloud page and if you like what you hear, become a fan on facebook.

Baamba, Bran Nue Dae

While I was up in The Kimberley, I was assigned to take some photos of the anti-gas protest concert for the newspaper. The concert took place on the deck of the Karma IV, which was used as a stage due to the approval not being granted for a concert on Cable Beach.

The Pigrams, Stephen ‘Baamba’ Albert and Rob Hurst were some of the many musicians who performed that day in support of the Broome community.

It was a surreal day; seeing thousands of people walk down the beach like an army, swimming out and dancing in the water. Pearl luggers floated by in the sunset, until it got dark and we shared a dingy ride with Rob and some local ladies who told me when I was walking in the shallows, “don’t lift your feet silly, you’ll step on a ray, shuffle your feet on the bottom”, thanks for the tip! 🙂

Here is Baamba performing Bran Nue Dae:

Behind the scenes: Needle

In late 2009 I worked as a stills photographer on the set of ‘Needle’; a horror film directed by John Soto starring  Michael Dorman, Jessica Marais, Travis Fimmel, Trilby Glover, and Ben Mendelsohn, as well as John Jarrat, who does a great job in his role as the Coroner.

Being a big fan of horror photography and films, it was very exciting to work on this film. The best part was that I was hired to photograph the death scenes! The special effects were so good I even noticed a few people on set looking queasy, I’m sure the cleaners were kept busy mopping up a few of the locations.

The film was shot entirely around the city of Perth with locations in Maylands, Beaconsfield, Point Peron and Claremont.

Here is a gallery of never before seen behind-the-scenes photos of the cast and crew. Not for the squeamish!

All images are © Needle Productions 2009.

Broome 2011

Last year I spent some time up in Broome, in Western Australia’s Kimberley with my camera; documenting the protests at James Price Point, the heritage listing of The West Kimberley by Tony Burke at One Arm Point, taking event photos for the Roebuck Bay Hotel, as well as meeting and photographing many musicians and even a couple of Cable Beach weddings.

Some of the musicians I photographed in Broome include: ‘Fingers’ Mitchell Cullen, Olive Knight, The River Beats, Kid Kenobi, The Aston Shuffle, The Pigram Brothers and Stephen ‘Baamba’ Albert.

Here are a few photos from my time in Broome.

All images © Jordan Shields 2011

Paul Dempsey

Paul Dempsey by jshieldsphoto
Paul Dempsey, a photo by jshieldsphoto on Flickr.

Paul Dempsey backstage before performing at the Art Gallery of WA.

It was by chance that I took this photo. I arrived to collect my media pass to photograph Paul’s show, and the ladies at The Art Gallery assumed I was there to get a backstage portrait of Paul. I just went along with it, got introduced, and he asked me what I wanted him to do. I hadn’t thought of that, so I just asked him to relax in the middle of the couch.


I was at the Art Gallery this week and was informed that the shoot was in fact pre-arranged. Glad to see people are reading my blog 🙂 I wish I had known I was taking a portrait earlier, I would have actually shaved.

This photo was taken 2 years ago, almost to the day.

After the Northcliffe Fires

I was down south over the Easter long weekend staying with family in Northcliffe. The fires came quite close to my family’s property, my Dad said you could see a red glow on the horizon every night of the fires, scary stuff. We went up to Mount Chudalup, the highest point near Northcliffe to inspect the extent of the damage. It was surreal to walk through normally impenetrable karri forest, and seeing Mount Chudalup stripped bare, showing the rock formations without any coverings.


Exposed rock formations, this one looks like a rabbit to me…

Looking down to the car park at Mount Chudalup.

Normally this whole area is full of thick scrub, with the view of Mount Chudalup obscured.

The view from the north peak of Mount Chudalup, you can just see the south peak through the dried trees.

The walkways up to the top were all burnt out.

The view from Mount Chudalup looking south-south east. You can really see the extent of the damage.