Jack has been a twitter buddy of mine for sometime now and he finally agreed to do the RAW interview. Anyway hope you enjoy what he has to say.
Tell us a little about yourself?
My name is..Jack Chauvel..I am 25 and I live in Coogee in Sydney.. By day I am a Project Manager for a software development company who creates Intelligent Speed Advisory products… sounds fancy? Well it is an interesting field but this is where Photography really lets me be creative.
What made you get into photography?
My father inspired me. Does everyone answer that way? Basically I grew up with some of his best prints on the walls in our family home and many slides of his photos he has taken around the world over the years. Then tucked away in a dry place was his Rolleiflex and Zeiss Ikon. Such amazing feats of creation that capture moments in time so well.. it was kind of hard not to get interested in my house.
How did you get started?
Quite funny actually.. I have had a job in one way or another ever since I was 15 whilst still at school. I have always been pretty good at saving but never really had that hobby that made me want to spend my hard earned dollars. For years my dad was saying he would buy a Nikon DSLR.. It was the D70 being a great buy.. then wow the D70s! and so on and so forth but guess what? No camera and nothing to play with. So I started to frequent a photography section on a forum I have been on for a long time (OCAU) and saw a deal come up a couple of years ago.. the numbers added up so I bit the bullet and grabbed my first ‘proper’ camera.. which consisted of a D40 and 50mm 1.8. (Note: Dad has now been pretty much given this camera)
What sort of photography do you mainly do?
My main interest is seascapes.. but any scape will do for me really. That is my personal passion in photography but I have started to introduce a lot of other elements for my enjoyment and now also work. That is mainly now Weddings but also some magazine related portraits/shoots and now film (which I suppose encompasses all of the above). Seascapes really though are my bread and butter and I just enjoy the whole process not just the end result (that is a bonus). The early wake up isnt that enjoyable but the time of the day, the wonderful light.. colours.. smells and sounds of the ocean make it worth while. It is just a great time of the day to be outdoors doing something you love.
What gear are you using?
I am one of those photographers that keeps using the gear until right at that final point I need some new options. For my seascape duties I generally use a Nikon D90, Sigma 10-20mm f4-5.6 and a Nikon 17-55mm f2.8. When it comes to Weddings I will generally have access to Nikon D700, Nikon PC-E 45mm, Nikon 85mm 1.4D, Sigma 50mm 1.4 and a Nikon 24mm 1.4 along with a range of tripods and many.. many SB900’s.
Film is a totally different ball game however.. and I currently own a Olympus OM-1 with Zuiko 50mm 1.4. A Yashicamat 124g 6×6 TLR with the Yashinon 80mm f3.5, a Nikon EM with Nikon 50mm 1.8 Pancake and a Nikon F3 with Nikon 55mm Micro f2.8.
Whats your favourite lens and why?
Ooo tricky question.. because I have to think about digital and film. I would say probably the 85 1.4D that covers both aspects. Full Frame wise it is just superb to use.. great focus.. great bokeh and very useable. I just love the way the images look so good SOOC when using it. I would have to say however that my Sigma 10-20mm is a workhorse and also one of my favourite lens just from the amount of quality captures ive gotten with it. It is really a 10.5mm – 19.5mm lens now due to some creep but its been soaked with rain, sea water and filled with sand and it still keeps on truckin.
How are you marketing yourself?
I am slowly looking at the way to make myself unique. I actually like learning and then passing on the information and I happen to like writing.. or rambling.. so that works for blogs. Ultimately I would like to run my own Photography Blog (surprise surprise) that covers information for beginners, intermediates and pro’s. The problem is finding the time.. I find it hard enough to consistently blog my own photographic journeys let alone interviewing, writing guides or sharing information. Otherwise It is generally word of mouth and through other photographers. I am doing a lot of assistant work for Daniel K Cheung and he has really helped me out with my learning curve and accessibility to opportunities I would have taken a lot longer to get too myself.
Whats your favourite photo you have taken?
Ahh how do you decide this? For me I would say it is close between these two.. but I have so many others (and then there is film ontop of that!)
Advice for new photographers looking to go pro?
Can I give you an update down the track? Haha.. I think making a proper plan of where you want to go makes the journey and idea a lot easier to grasp. I am all for being spontaneous but the path is not easy and having a sense of direction will make it easier through the hard times. I would also say.. make sure you always have your own personal projects or enjoyments with Photography. It is one thing to do it for a hobby/fun.. but taking it to a level of lifestyle and work can become drained and demoralizing. Having something to keep you level and understand why you started in the first place will bring you back down to earth.