Jan 6

Xpress cover shoot @ King Carnival 151208

Category: Promo Photography

Gyroscope, Kings Carnival

A couple of weeks before Christmas, I got a fairly out-of-the blue phonecall from the editor of Xpress asking if I’d be available to shoot Gyroscope for the cover of their Christmas issue. ‘Of course’ I said, the nerves of doing my first cover shoot completely flattened out by being able to work with the Gyro boys again. It wasn’t until later that I found out I got the gig because the guys suggested me specifically, which was lovely of them, and very flattering.

We headed down to King Carnival in Mandurah (about an hour and a half south of Perth), as the cover was intended to promote Gyroscope’s appearance at the Rollercoaster Festival, which is held each year at the park next to the carnival. With the big old retro ferris wheel being an icon of the Mandurah foreshore, and closely associated with the festival by punters, I could think of no better backdrop.


After a pre-shoot chat where the band indicated they wanted to do something relaxed, fun, and dare I say, dorky, they set about hamming it up in front of the camera, and going to town on all the Christmassy props.


I’d packed fairly light, and learnt very quickly that my little speedlight wasn’t going to be able to do much in the way of fill flash against the harsh mid-day light. Live and learn. The positioning got far more strategic as I tried to keep them close together, but not close enough that they were casting too many shadows on each other.



Did a couple of non-Christmassy ones, which I prefer, but I wasn’t doing the final pickin!



Finally got a chance to play around with Lucky’s awesome Photoshop actions. This one in particular was Vintage White (I think). Unlike a lot of the action sets I’ve seen around, Lucky’s are ALL great, and all so versatile. I can’t recommend them enough.


After everything was wrapped up, the trampolines proved to be too irresistable. The groundstaff who had pretty much kept out of our way for the whole shoot (even though I’m not sure if the place was technically open, nor if we were actually allowed in), appeared very quickly to indicate that, on no uncertain terms, they should ‘Get off the bloody trampolines.’ Oops.


A week and a half later, there it was in all its glory. Despite the fact I’ve been picking the hell out of its flaws since it got published, I can’t deny it’s pretty cool to get my first cover, and especially with Gyroscope. They were my first Rolling Stone photo, my first cover…what next?

(Please excuse questionable picture quality, courtesy of my mobile phone camera)

I’ve decided to skip covering The Getaway Plan, cause while I did get a stack of cool photos, it wasn’t THAT interesting a shoot, and I’m falling behind in my posts as it is. You can check out my gallery at FasterLouder HERE. Next up will be coverage of the Southbound Festival, preceded by a post dedicated to The Hives’ explosive set on the Friday night.


3 Comments so far

  1. Tasha January 8th, 2009 12:57 am

    Congrats, Jacinta! It couldn’t be more deserved, and it looks great! I have a feeling that 2009 is going to be insane for you! 🙂

  2. Jacinta January 8th, 2009 8:40 am

    Haha thankyou. Hopefully not TOO insane, if this year has taught me anything, it’s that I value my downtime!

  3. Shane January 10th, 2009 4:46 pm

    Great work – looks like it turned out pretty sweet! I dunno about you, but I always feel awkward trying to shoot in daylight. Give me a dark stage, a bunch of strobes and a smoke machine any day!

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