Panasonic GH-1 does Dave Hill grunge – a tribute to my mate Ian at his retirement

Written by Gary on February 27th, 2010

My mate Ian retired this week, and we are all going to miss him at work.

He is a gentle, kind giant of a man with a rare intelligence and a wonderful sense of humour who was always dependable and never shirked his responsibilities when things got tough as so many others do.

He made a tremendous impact on many lives and he will perhaps never quite understand the magnitude of his influence, not only to his clients but on those with whom he worked.

A couple of years ago, we thought we would have a bit fun with my Olympus E-510 and a couple of flashes and we came up with this image of a mad man in a padded cell:

the mad man.

This week we had a little informal lunch to celebrate his farewell at work, with his colleagues gathered around the room, I managed to get a few shots after his speech as he gave a farewell wave.

This image is approximately a 33% crop of a 16:9 aspect ratio image taken with the Panasonic GH-1 Micro Four Thirds camera with Leica-D 25mm f/1.4 lens at f/2.8 and an Olympus FL-50 flash bounced from the ceiling.

Although the original captured the occasion beautifully, I wanted a more punchy, grunge effect along the lines of a Dave Hill effect, because to me this suited another side of his personality which I love, I hope he likes it:
Dave Hill effect


6 Comments so far ↓

  1. sue jacob says:

    Thats the Ian I know and love. Great photo Gary

  2. admin says:

    thanks Sue, yep, I reckon it captures him well

  3. Keryn says:

    What a great shot Gary. I always loved the ‘padded cell’ photo too. Ian will be sorely missed in the world of Mental Health. I hope he enjoys his retirement.

  4. admin says:

    yes, he was a guiding light amongst the dark blue seas that is the misery of acute mental health.

  5. DWB says:

    H looked like he was just holding it all together …emotional moment!

  6. admin says:

    only just though!