Category Archives: Assignment Notes

Notes taken while on assignment

From the moment he turned up, Steve Murphy wanted the lead role in the Victorian High country photo shoot.

It was always going to be him – an actor (and a Qantas steward in-between gigs) – plunging down that mountain ravine leaning back on his horse in that classic scene from The Man from Snowy River movie.

The only problem was we didn’t have a horse and the tourism authority wanted to move on with something fresh (i.e. great food, hiking, the High Country scenery).

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A quick session this afternoon with Ned Kelly outrunning the guards and we’re done here in Indigo Shire (though I return next week to do a wider shoot for the regional tourism authority).

It’s been a particularly productive assignment, largely due to the pre-planning we did a few weeks earlier and the sensible decision on the council’s part to get talent in for at least part of the shoot (as I’ve long said, it can improve the outcome in terms of quality and range by as much as 80%).

As you can see from the storyboard below, emphasis was focused on the appeal of a cycling trail that weaves through vineyards, rural settings and historic landmarks.

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I’m not sure entrance level cruising on a large vessel (1,900 guests, 700 crew, 11 stories high) is the best option for a non drinking, long-over-partying, workaholic photographer who has a True North cruise of PNG to compare it to but – as I lay here on the stern with a cool drink in my hand under blue skies with the sun shining and the horizon of the South Pacific unfolding in front of me (below), I’m thinking, it’s not all bad.

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I tend to shoot fewer resorts nowadays as my work with national tourism authorities keeps me pretty busy – but Sinalei Resort in Samoa is an exception to the rule; I enjoy shooting it and I’d recommend dropping in if you’re heading that way (

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