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Hasselblad

It’s overdue – the shots from the ‘blad are here and I’m very happy with them :)

I’ve said this before, but there seems to be a lightness of touch that film has in the way it renders some light conditions that digital can’t reproduce, or at least I can’t reproduce it!

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work rest and play

It’s been a busy week after the pee-test drama.

I’ve had lots of work to to for a really hard proposal, some interviews and generally me feeling like I need a weekend really badly.  Didn’t really get an Australia Day at all cos I was too busy with trying to create project plans and statements of work out of thin air.

Anyway, blah blah.

It’s been interesting though – I got offered the job for the place I had to pee test for and also at the DIY chain store too.  And it looks like another company that I interviewed with also wants to offer me a job too.

Its nice to be in demand – I’ve had a few interview fails in the last couple of months – not because I’m crap or anything, it’s just I wasn’t right for a particular role.   These other jobs though are right up my street and all for different reasons.

I have some actual concrete news, but I just need to wait for a few days before sharing.

So, thats the life changing work stuff over with.

Now, onto the fun stuff

I went to hang out with the kite surfers again which was cool – they were all a bit drunk as it was Australia Day.  Spent a bit of time chatting to Cesar Portas again – he’s a cool guy – I really want to get the chance to take a lot more shots of him.  One of his friends was out though and having a lot of time

Most folks were packing up and I didn’t get stunning shots like last time.  I’ll be back though.

Its been really hot and humid the last few days as we have a cyclone making its way down from the tropics – its been hard to even move about without melting, but last night after a day of feeling like I was in a sauna, I decided to take some beach shots again as I havent done that in ages.

The sky looked like it might be amazing, but was a complete dud in the end, so I got some cool abstract shots instead.

So there ya go, work and play all in one post :)

A.T.G.A.N.I

All The Gear and No Idea.

Its a common problem.  A newbie rocks up with many thousands of dollars of shiny new kit and has not a clue what to do with it.

You can find examples of this everywhere and in sports and hobbies of all kinds.  Its an issue where people have lots of disposable income and somebody tells them (or maybe possibly hints at a kind of a compliment) they have an ounce of talent.

All of a sudden, they have dreams of being the next Lance Armstrong (cycling), Annie Leibovitz (photography) or Valentino Rossi (motorcycling) or Eric Clapton (guitar) and go out and spend as much as they possibly can on the very best equipment.

A flash, full carbon, dura-ace equipped bike, a top flight digital SLR and a brace of professional lenses and flash guns, a race replica motorbike or a Fender Stratocaster and Marshall amp and cab combo.

Whilst all the time have absolutely NO idea of how to use any of it.

I’m going to focus on cameras as it’s the thing closest to my heart (well, cycling is too, but I’ll leave that one alone)

I’ve seen this so many times.  Someone takes a nice shot with a point and shoot camera, takes this as a sign of massive untapped talent, so spends thousands on a super DSLR, with which they promptly take hundreds of super high quality but utterly shite photographs, increasingly blaming the failures on the camera, the light, the subject, etc.  Anything but themselves.

So, I’ll enlighten everyone.

Bar a few circumstances where professionals or serious amateurs will make use certain features, the camera makes almost NO DIFFERENCE to the result.

Yes, I know – you’re thinking this has to be wrong.  Well, it’s really not.

An image needs to speak to an audience, to capture imagination, to stir the soul or heart, to provoke a reaction, to inspire and cause the viewer to stop and admire.

So, how many of those things has anything to do with equipment?

Clue:  Pretty much none of them – its all to do with aesthetics.  Which you can capture with anything, and in many ways, advanced technology actually works against this.

Yes, sure, sometimes you need a specific camera to do something – a long lens for wildlife or professional sport, an underwater housing for the best marine photography or a very low noise DSLR for low light portraits or weddings, but 99% of the time, the camera has nothing to do with it.

How many of the great shots that you have seen are due to the best quality smallest pixel, lowest noise and highest resolution?

Clue #2:  None.

You know how I know this?  I bought a Nikon D50 when I couldn’t get the right shots with my antiquated point and shoot.  No additional lenses, I just spent time working out how it worked and made horrific mistakes, got way ahead of myself, got a reality check and kept on learning.  Then I bought a D300 just after they were released.  And it did pretty much nothing to improve my shots until I went back to basics and worked out what I wanted the camera to do for me.

I went through that trough of disappointment with digital and bought a Holga and a Trip 35 and even a Hasselblad 500C/M to teach myself how to read light, how to compose and how to take a good shot.

And I’m still learning.

My favourite shot?  I’ve not taken it yet ;)

So go out, take photos with whatever camera you have to hand – the iPhone is a prime example of this – shoot, look for image you can see in your mind, create, experiment, learn to read the light, go back to basics, try film, polaroid.  Do all of these things, even buy a second hand vintage camera from ebay to experiment.   Look on Flickr for photos you love and work out what it is about that shot that moves you and try to replicate it.

Point and shoot cameras usually have enough manual settings to do most things.  You know that Av and Tv mode you keep on looking at but never using?  Ever used that macro mode on the point and shoot?  Learn what they do and when to use them before moving on.  Learn when to use a certain setting to control the end result.

But whatever you do, don’t go straight out and buy $5000 cameras and lenses to do any of that for you.  I guarantee it’ll make no difference whatsoever if you don’t know what the camera actually does.

mad dash

I had my Tuesday free time again tonight, but as the sunset and golden hour is now later than the time I have available, its difficult to get any decent landscape shots.

So, as there was a good breeze,  I bolted down to Safety Bay to see who was out on the water.

I met a lad from Devon with a camcorder in a waterproof housing filming his mates doing some cool tricks.  It turns out he’s Ned Taylor, UK #1 freestyle champ. Not that he even really mentioned he did much kite surfing.  So much modesty!  I’m sure I got some shots of him the other day actually – be good to see what he can do for the camera.

Anyway, we had a good chat – he was really getting in there with the filming – very cool – all those wide angle on the water shots you see on TV of kite surfers – well, that’s how they do it – waist deep in water!

I got a few shots, but I had so little time – shame really – hopefully I’ll get another chance to come down and take some really cool shots of them all out practising.

I’ll be back for more soon :)

fuzzy logic

I’ve been watching England steam roller Australia in the second Test of the Ashes series at Adelaide.  What a pleasure that is after last time over here and all the over confident jibes from the Aussies over the years.

I’m not getting ahead of myself though, there’s plenty of cricket to play yet and things could easily turn around, but I’m sensing strength, patience and team cohesion from the English, whereas I’m seeing raggedness and increasing desperation and frustration from the Baggy Greens.

I suspect rain will force a draw at Adelaide, but that draw totally belies the one sided-ness of the this test.

We’re a bit chilly down here this week – only 22-25C – brrrr.  Ok, I say this just to piss off anyone in the Northern Hemisphere that is currently suffering from feet of cold white global warming.  We had a very low tide today, so I went for a paddle in the sea.  Hey, its a hard life down here, we have to put up with snakes and spiders dontchaknow.

Now I need to go for a run to get some Tim Tams, so I shall leave you with a crazy photo of the beach that I took a few weeks ago, hope ya like.

Sydney

So, I got sent to Sydney.

I wonder, is that a bit like being sent to an Australian version of Coventry? – (which by the way, if you’re not familiar with the expression – being ‘sent to Coventry is an ‘old’ English expression which means to be sent somewhere bad).

All good fun you may think, I get to large it up on company expenses, stay out all night drinking and partying and can snore all night long in a hotel bed that gets made for me every morning.

Awesome.

Well, actually, not awesome.

The sad reality of being away from home and staying in a hotel on my own means meals for one, working late (*its 11:30pm and I’m still working) and eventually sending for mediocre (actually, I’ve just ordered butter chicken curry, and it’s not too bad) room service as I’ve kind run out of enthusiasm for yet another trip out to find food.

Joy.

The other think I don’t like is that the hotel I’m staying in is a good walk from the office.  About 30 mins to be exact.  And Sydney is very humid.

*Melt*

Anyway, its not all doom and gloom – well, actually, thats not true – its is all doom and gloom – its been terribly overcast here so far – thick cloud, heavy rain, thunderstorms etc.  So I’ve been somewhat stunted in my ability to take any photos.  Well, that and the long work hours.

I did get a few shots on my first day here, before the heavens opened and the mother of all storms rolled in – so, here, for your viewing pleasure are some photos :)

weird stormy skies from my hotel room

Apocalypse Sydney

incoming...

convention centre

morning skies from my hotel room

Darling Harbour at night

So, there you g0 – its either work or shots from my hotel – hopefully tomorrow it might be sunny and I can take some photos of a nice bright city…

Tuesdays on the beach

As luck would have it, I have to run big’un around on a Tuesday, so it means I get almost an hour of photography in before I have to collect her again.

At the moment, that hour happens to be the golden hour just before sunset, which is awesome for photos.

Last week, I took the old jetty shots and was pretty happy, so I gave that location a miss this time and went further on up the beach in search of some boats and things to get up close and personal to with the wide angle lens.

Mangles Bay in Rockingham is where all the boats anchor and it’s really cool, underused and very quiet.  The yacht club could do with some updating, but apart from that, its lovely.

However, this whole place is under threat from a massive marina development (please visit http://handsoffpointperon.com/) which is will destroy hundreds of hectares of previous ‘permanently preserved native bush’ (yeah – that status was overturned – amazing what happens for a quick buck) and replace it with millionaires canal side houses, apartment blocks and an enormous marina.  Nice.

Anyway, so before we lose this wonderful place forever (which, lets face it, once the money starts to flow, no amount of local objection is going to make any difference whatsoever), I thought I’d get some photos.

The light was amazing, clouds make such a difference to the sky and the feel of a shot, plus the circular polariser creates outstanding definition between white and blue.

Thats all for now – I’ll be back out later in the week or next week for another location, work and personal commitments being equal – so if you like the pretty pictures, check back soon.

In other news – its the middle of the week, which means – Red Wine Wednesday – stay tuned :)

I’ll spin you right round..

..like a record baby (only with a camera held out at arms length)

I’ve seen these shots done a a few times, so I thought I’d give it a go.

Set camera to have 1/4 to 1/2 second shutter, hold at arms length point at your head, spin around on an office chair, press the shutter, try not to look too much like an idiot.

Ok, so I failed on the last point.  And I need to to spin faster and have a shorter shutter speed, they’re not sharp enough.

This one was slightly out of focus, which is a shame, as it was the best one.  Ah well, practise makes perfect (and also makes me feel really sick **barf**)

more new lens pictures

In celebration of ultra wide angle goodness, I’ve taken a load more photos :)

I love this lens – its less good with buildings as you get that crazy leany walls things going on, but its awesome with landscapes and settings where it doesn’t mess with architecture too much.

New stuff!!

So, in the background whilst I’ve been posting all the holiday photos and stories, life has been carrying on as normal!

I’ve missed a Red Wine Wednesday (but I have the wine photo and blog post ready for next Wednesday, so stay tuned, vino-fans) and loads of other fun stuff has happened (but I’ve forgotten already), but the main and most exciting thing is

I have a new toy!

I know, it should have taken precedent over everything else, my bad, what kind of techno photo geek am I?! LOL.

So, Jon, one of my friends on Flickr was selling a lens he didn’t need any more as he’s much more into film photography these days, so I bought it from him.

Its a Sigma 10-20 wide angle lens, which is brilliant for landscapes and crazy angle photos – I’ve been hankering after one of these for ages and now, its mine!  Thanks Jon, you’re a superstar.

Sigma 10-20 lens

So, you may be thinking, what’s the big deal.  Well, its super wide angle – take a horizontal photo whilst standing up and you’ll get your feet in the shot.   So for landscapes, it means you can get a whole load more in than ever before.

So, here’s some shots for you :)

Firstly, my ‘work from home position’ – ok, normally, I’ve got the coffee cup in my hand too ;)

The study taken from the door – you can see the whole room – plus the red wall where all the black and white photos are going to go, once I print them out!

Looking straight up in my back garden – I have lots of lovely shady trees!

Palm trees in my garden, looking straight up from the ground

Tia the doggy.  She really did not want me to take this shot!  Mind you, as the lens is so wide, this glass was only about 3 inches from her nose when I took this!

Rockingham beach.  I popped down there the other night at sunset – shame there were no clouds.

Sitting in the dark inside my car.

I can see myself getting lots of use out of this lens, including stupid self portraits with crazy perspectives.  I’ve already done a few and yes, I look like a prize winning dickhead!

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