I’ve just returned from a job in Monaco. It was nice. Although I’ve travelled extensively in France, Monte Carlo has never been on the agenda. But work can take you to some pretty interesting places sometimes.
We nearly didn’t make it at all. Thanks to a pile up on the M1 we arrived at Heathrow well past the time for check in. The kind employees at British Airways took pity on us though and rushed us straight through the various stages of embarkation.
With a grim tasting coffee on the short hop down to Nice we breathed a collective sigh of relief (along with all the germs that float about on these planes). Arriving in Monte Carlo It was sunny and we were in a fabulous hotel. Perfect.
Ordinarily, I would go to somewhere like Monaco well armed with a couple of cameras and a choice of films, lenses etc. Sadly as we were shooting a commercial we had a ton of video equipment to carry and a pretty tight schedule in which to shoot the thing anyway. So no cameras, no film and no lenses. It was just me and my iPhone.
Between set ups I managed to take a few pictures using the VSCO app. VSCO are pretty new to me really. I don’t generally tend to shoot much digital stuff and when I do I like to tweak it myself in Lightroom. I’ve since looked into the VSCO presets for Lightroom but they seem a tad overpriced for what they do I think. The iPhone app on the other hand is pretty smart. I’ve used only the free presets on the pictures posted here but I’m pretty impressed by what they do. They seem nicer than Instagram somehow.
It’s a real treat to get a dose of fabulous Mediterranean light in which to work. In the UK at this time of year It’s pretty dull and dreary, it can seem like a very long winter. We all enjoyed the opportunity to work in only our jeans and shirts, the North Face jackets were left in the car at Heathrow !
The pictures above and below were actually taken a tad further round the coast in a town on the Italian border called Menton. It was a very photogenic place. I’d love to return in my own time and spend a couple of days there strolling around. I’d go with Kodak Portra160 I think. I was trying to take a couple of shots on the flight on the way home. I quite liked the idea of taking a whole series of these, the harsh reading light coming in from above makes for quite a nice contrasty image.
A couple of shots during recording. We were shooting the new facelift Audi A1 which was a pretty nice car. I was using a Sony F5 with Nikon lenses. I’ve never been able to get used to the way Nikon focus barrels go the ‘wrong’ way. It always takes me a while to get into the groove. I’m a Canon fella you see !