Experiments with motion

Timing is everything.

Usually, work and my commute dictate my timetable and I don’t get an opportunity to get to the beach with the camera, but weekends are a different story.

And as luck would have it today, timing lined up perfectly and I got down to the beach with the versatile little X100T to take some abstract sunset pictures.   Read More

Winter sunset.

As winter approaches, the skies become awesome again.

Not that clear blue skies with endless sunshine over summer isn’t awesome – it’s just that autumn and winter do sunsets better.

I was on the roof at the weekend, clearing out the guttering, as you do (well, as we do here in Australia – the gutters are stupidly designed and can’t cope with the rainfall we have) and I spotted that the sky was looking pretty interesting out over the ocean (which I can see from the top of my roof!) so I packed up the ladder and headed out to the beach. Read More

Abstracts

I had a few minutes before dinner the other night, and as the light was lovely, I thought I’d pop to the beach to take a few shots.  Well, I missed the best of it – the sun goes down so fast here – you really have to lie in wait for the golden light, if you see it, you’re already too late.  Ah well.

Anyway, not to waste an opportunity, I used the rapidly descending darkness to take some more abstracts.

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experiments with motion

When the light is low and delicious it becomes malleable, flexible.  A static photograph renders what was there, sometimes better than others, but often not the feeling of being there.

But play with the light, with the camera, with the landscape, with motion and things become more interesting.

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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 🙂

club night

I go to a photography club every month in order to learn from other people, but also to have my photos judged by some top class judges from locally in Western Australia and also nationally.

I’ve only been going for about 6 months, and so far, I’ve managed to get at least one photo each time I’ve been in the top 3 of the submissions – at least I’m doing something right then!

Last month was no exception – managing to get 1st, 3rd and 4th in the open (non modified) class – I was pretty pleased as I think I’m improving month my month.

The club has a monthly theme, which I aim to have a go at if I can – however I’m normally rushing about at the 11th hour trying to think of something to take a shot of! So, in order to avoid that this month, I thought I’d start early. The theme is “abstract macro” which is tougher than it sounds. It really requires a macro lens, which I do have, although it’s only a 50mm which is really the wrong focal length.

Umming and ahhhing over what I’d take, I had a go with some flowers and a chilli in the garden, but as nice as the shots were, they weren’t abstract.

see what I mean?



Nice, might even do well blown right up onto a canvas, but not abstract enough for me.

So, onwards and upwards, we try again, this time, a different subject




can you tell what it is? I think the first and last shots kinda give it away, but I’m not submitting those 😉

impressionista

as promised, some images from last nights shoot at the beach.

motion pans, horizontal and vertical, zoom blurs and a gorgeous portrait.