January 25th, 2012Live
At the moment I am playing catch up with some of the gigs and jobs I shot towards the end of last year. In probably one of only a handful of Brisbane Entertainment Centre shows for 2011, in October I shot Def Leppard for Everguide.Tags: 2011, 2012, band, bec, boondall, brisbane, brisbane entertainment, brisbane entertainment centre, concert, def leppard, elleni, elleni toumpas, heart, live music, music, musician, photographer, photography, photos, stage, tour
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October 17th, 2011Live
On Friday I shot The Jezabels in the first of their two shows at Brisbane’s The Tivoli for Everguide and Rave magazine. For the first song the band performed behind a black semi-opaque curtain with each band member back-lit projecting shadows for the duration of the song. Once the curtain dropped photographing lead singer Hayley Mary was an easy task as she strutted around the stage hitting her notes by holding interesting angular poses.
So last week I was asked by Stephen Booth (along with fellow photographer Kristen Ashton) to help cover the BigSound conference for Q Music. It was an long, gruelling three days shooting the conferences, delegate lunches, VIP parties and then the all important live music showcases across 8 venues. Not only was I covering the event for BigSound, I was also asked to cover bands and supply photos for Mess and Noise, Everguide and Rave magazine.Tags: 2011, adalita, alan mcgee, big sound, bigsound, brisbane, brous, conference, dz deathrays, elleni toumpas, inland sea, keynote, lanie lane, lost dinosaurs, mike nogan, music conference, official photos, oscar and martin, q music, stonefield, talks, the adults, the laurels, the medics, vasco era
August 31st, 2011Live
It is that time of the year again, the Queensland Poetry Festival. I think this year is my 5th year photographing the festival and as my longest standing clients I always enjoy this time of the year. Not only do the words of the poets inspire me but I also see it as a benchmark to measure how far I have come and what I still want to achieve in the next coming year. The poets and friends of the Queensland Poetry Festival have become more then just familiar faces as the years have gone on. Shooting the Queensland Poetry Festival each year has led to some amazing opportunities, namely photographing the weddings of some of the board members.Tags: 2011, andy white, brisbane, elleni toumpas, event, festival, grahamm nunn, jacob polley, judith wright centre, julie beveridge, kate fagan, kevin gillam, nick powell, photography, poets, qpf, queensland, queensland poetry festival, ron pretty, sheish money, tim sinclair, vladislav nekliaev
August 24th, 2011Editorial
So this week I was asked to shoot the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival in Brisbane for Everguide. I have been shooting a lot for Everguide lately. It has been great dabbling in other styles of shooting.Tags: 2011, Austen Brothers, Bianca Batson, brisbane, catwalk, cultural forecourt, Daniel Alexander Couture, elleni toumpas, emerging designer group show, Emma Rea, Eva Lilly, evening wear group show, fashion, fashion week brisbane, fiorenza, Gina Kim, graduate of the year award, House of Ezis, Izabel + Sebastian, Jacqueline Buck, Jordanna Regan, Kezini, kip and brand, Living Silk, Louen Hide, mbff, Melissa Shoes, mercedes-benz group show, mercedez benz fashion festival, Paul Hunt, Peter Morrissey, photographer, photography, Royce, Sabrina Saunders, Sae Miyazaki, Sharka Bosakova, Soot, southbank, Surafina, Thousand Dancers, Toscano, westfield chermside australian fashion award
July 8th, 2011Live
Last Friday night Busby Marou played a sold out show at the Old Museum for their Biding My Time tour. Quickly becoming a favoured venue for musicians, the beautiful Old Museum was transformed even further with a lighting treatment of bare globes and rich colour washes. A pleasure to shoot and even more of a pleasure to watch. One thing that I found peculiar though was the quite eclectic crowd that had come along tonight. I could not help make comparisons with some of the female adoring fans and the type that would frequent some of those city pubs that most music goers would tend to avoid. I am not too sure what this says about the band, but everyone seemed to enjoy their night, so I am hoping it is nothing but positives.
Tags: 2011, band, biding my time tour, brisbane, busby marou, concert, elleni, elleni toumpas, gig, Live, live music, music, musician, old musuem, photographer, photography, photos, stage, toumpas
June 15th, 2011Band portraits
Just a quick entry to share with you the final result for Bec Plath‘s EP cover that we shot in the same session as these press shots I have previously mentioned in another blog. Working with Bec was so easy. Usually the hardest part is concept developing for a band, but with Bec the concept was nutted out in one 1/2 hour facebook conversation. She showed me reference images of covers she liked, and I had wanted to work with falling glitter for a while so I pitched this idea to her. She loved it, and the shoot seed had been planted.
Things that I began to study after that is WHAT made a good cover image. Looking at lighting and how they are shot, I settled on a mysterious half lit/ half shadow lighting treatment. I also really wanted to have only a sliver of focus and as I don’t have any ND filters for my 50mm I settled on using my recently acquired Tilt Shift lens. Not only was I able to selectively focus on the eyes, but it was also given to me with a polariser filter that acted as a bit of an ND filter making me able to shoot a little more wide open with the lens.
On the light, I shot with a basic reflector and used baking paper to diffuse the light a touch. I had also bought from Reverse Garbage some old theatre lighting gels which included some ‘ND’ style gels (basically dark – neutral coloured gels to stop down the light). As I wanted the light really close to Bec to get this type of fall off on her, I used some of these gels to try and bring down the intensity of my light.
On top of all this, the shoot was held in my rather small living room. So to stop lighting bouncing all over I used a flag close to the right side of her face to bring out the shadows.
Anyway enough on the technical, Bec’s EP is being released on the 6th August at Beetle Bar. At the moment the image above is being used on the tour poster, the actual album artwork to be released later.Tags: 2011, bec plath, brisbane, elleni toumpas, ep cover, ep release, music, musician, night fall, nightfall, photographer, photography, solo singer songwriter
June 7th, 2011Live
Things have been a bit hectic over here. In the past two months I have only shot one live gig, and I am finally getting around here to blog the pictures here. Katy Perry at Brisbane Entertainment Centre on the 5th May. As it was a sound desk shoot, and being the short photographer I am, this shoot was a little difficult in timing to get shots through the hands of fans.
Tags: 2011, brisbane entertainment centre, concert, elleni, elleni toumpas, gig, katy perry, live music, music, toumpas
June 6th, 2011Band portraits
A week ago I worked with talented local musician Bec Plath on her EP Cover and press shots. I am still making the final touches on her cover but for now her press shots have been released to the world. Check them out.
Bec was an ABSOLUTE pleasure to work with. A musician who trusted my concept, using locations that had been on my ‘wishlist’ to shoot at for a while, and a truly easy and beautiful subject to shoot.
I am really excited by the EP Cover too. I will put it up here when it is all released.
Tags: 2011, artist, band, Band portraits, bec plath, brisbane, elleni toumpas, ep cover, music, musician, photographer, photography, photos, portrait, Portraits, press shoot, singer, songwriter
At the end of March I photographed the Foo Fighters Flood Relief fundraiser gig for the Vine.
Before the gig I received a call from the band’s management in regards to the possibility of licensing photos for a Japan magazine. I was given the assignment to shoot all members of the band WITH their respective instruments. Once in the pit this task was made a little harder as we were escorted out after only two songs due to the crowd getting a little rowdy.
Fortunately though Sony Japan and the band’s management were happy with the shots and a license was struck for the shot to appear in the May issue of Player magazine. I am still waiting for digital proofs of the inside story images, but for now here is the cover with a link back to the shots in the Vine’s Foo Fighters gallery.Tags: 2011, brisbane, concert, dave grohl, elleni toumpas, foo fighters, gig, japan, Live, magazine, magazine cover, may, player magazine, published, riverstage, tearsheet