Ewan Nicholson PhotoVideo – A Brave New(ish) World…

Excuses abound but basically for the last 11 months I’ve been very busy while concurrently experiencing a mild existential dilemma. How else to explain the cardinal sin of blogging – not blogging?! Seriously, 11 months … somehow life has kept on keeping on for you but I just want to assure my beloved public that much the same is true for me too.

It’s not the fabulous new wife & mortgage that have been the source of my turmoil. A clearer sign is the list of cameras & camera systems I’ve brought into the fold:
– Hasselblad H4D40 and the joys of Phocus
– Sony FS700 with Zeiss ZF glass. And a SpeedBooster too.
– Panasonic GH3 & all its funky little micro 4/3 goodness
– Canon 5D3 and the joys of ISO 6000
– even the saucy little Hero 3

11 years into the adventure of self-employment I’ve decided to recommit and to grow: Ewan Nicholson Photographer has become Ewan Nicholson PhotoVideo. In particular with the purchase of the Hasselblad I’m committing to taking my stills photography to a higher level. It will always be my first love. However it’s also time to legitimise my heavy flirtation with videography – as my new print ads say, why choose? For clients I see a huge benefit in single-source provision of stills & video. Heck some have already chosen to work with me purely on video projects. For me, it’s pretty easy – the entire history of my career is one of following my passion and right now I’m as excited as I have ever been. My experience in photography influences my videography in a way that’s getting some serious attention. In turn, video can’t help but change the way I think about stills. I may just be in heaven.

For the last 3 years I’ve been an ever more enthusiastic supporter of the HDSLR video “revolution”, now the small-camera-with-large-sensor evolution. I’ve been pleased and humbled by the welcome my videography has received. Bit by bit it’s becoming something of an expectation in this convergent world that photoraphers will shoot video. In many ways it’s a very natural fit given our attention to the frame, lens, lighting. The massively collaborative nature of video and the joys of audio are shocks to the system but the results at the end of the day are bringing me some seriously serious joy. So, I’m now 100% officially out of the closet. No longer a photographer who also shoots video too. It’s Photo. It’s Video. It’s PhotoVideo…

Hasselblad H4D 40: Personal project on Tattooed Olympians
Hasselblad H4D 40: Personal project on Tattooed Olympians

Hasselblad H4D40: Ad shoot for Sunridge Mall.
Hasselblad H4D40: Ad shoot for Sunridge Mall.

Hasselblad H4D40: CBC's Jim Brown.
Hasselblad H4D40: CBC’s Jim Brown.

Panasonic GH3 & Hero3 – way too much fun on the Durrand Glacier