The Sunday Snap 22

Its good to get away with mates to concentrate on other things, and its even better when its a boys trip attempting to conquer the Holland Track in remote Western Australia.

The Holland track is a remote track with a large number of huge bog holes filled with mud, and if you break down out there, well its along way to anywhere with phone reception.

It took us 3 days to complete the track and in hindsight, we probably should have pushed it another day as the track is not just hard on your body but also on your four wheel drive.

And yes, the bog hole in the above shot isn’t deep, its simply a teaser making you think the next one is the same only to discover its a lot deeper causing you heart to skip a beat or two.

With with exception of one vehicle, everyone else had vehicle damage to some degree or another. The vehicle in the above photo had to replace both cv’s and change diff oils and the vehicle below suffered rear panel damage and a broken tail light whilst trying to get out of a very deep bog hole, one swamped vehicle is going to take some time to dry out and the list goes on……….

With everything that happened, we all had an adventure creating memories and stories that will be told around camp fires for some time.

Now I’m off to find a good repair shop to fix the dents (Wife only knows about one of them!) until next time, happy shooting

The Sunday Snap 21

Climbed Mount Holland, Western Australia to watch the sunset after some of the hardest four wheel driving myself and group of friends have ever attempted, and we weren’t even half way!

The Holland Track is only 260 kilometers long and is pretty remote with incredibly tough obstacles to navigate. The track threw everything at us and we weren’t disappointed.

A great long weekend four wheel driving followed by a great number of beers around the camp fire at night.

Until next time…..Happy Shooting

Your photos are very Political!

2020 has influenced the way many of us photograph our chosen subjects, with COVID safe plans in place to being watched, and some, fined by the police to being locked down and not leaving the house to pursue our passion for photography. To that end, I have been forced to take a ‘what’s happening in my city?’ and a ‘am I allowed out?’ approach to photography.

Antidote Required

The came these bombshell comment from a colleague, ‘Your photos are very political!’ only to be further echoed by other colleagues leaving me scrambling to justify my choice of subjects. I noted as they scrolled through my Instagram feed none of them mentioned or commented on composition, cropping or even the editing technique etc. but rather commented on the theme behind each image.

Power

I like to think that I’m the same as everyone else who enjoys photography, we are all, in our own way trying to tell a story with each and every single photograph and politics or a political theme is something I have gone out of my way to avoid by putting my efforts into capturing the emotions of people attending and the emotion around the event.

Sadness

These comments stuck with me for quite sometime only to realise that you may inadvertently capture the politics surrounding the event whilst trying to capture peoples emotions.

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Until next time, happy shooting……….

The Sunday Snap 18

Friday marked the 19th anniversary of the horrific and tragic events which unfolded in New York on 11 Sept 2001. Sadly, 2977 people never returned home to their loved ones including five members of the FDNY Ladder 10.

Their names will not be forgotten and their memories will live on. Please take a moment to remember those who have gone before us.

Until next time…….

The Sunday Snap 17

Walking the esplanade in Tel Aviv, Israel I spotted a group waiting for the sun to set whilst having drinks and chatting with friends, just on the edge of a building.

Sunset Drinks

It strikes me that they showed no fear of heights and were pretty casual about it. It seemed more like a daily ritual than a once off.

For those in celebrating Fathers Day today, Happy Fathers Day.

Until next time, happy shooting

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The Sunday Snap 16

Moving through the crowd at a BLM rally I spotted this young lady and asked if I could take her photo, she turned and directly engaged the camera by looking down the barrel, I pressed the shutter, thanked her and walked away. Something I now regret.

A Real Aussie

These regrets could have been avoided for a couple of reasons

  • Didn’t spend enough time with her to have her pose properly but its still worked out
  • Didn’t ask her name or email address so a print or digital file could be sent to her.
  • Realized that this is one of those photos you keep going back to over time.

I also learnt I need to slow down photographing protests, this is not easy as most are pretty fluid, filled withe emotion and can turn violent in the blink of an eye, however there is also a fear of not capturing the event in its entirety.

Until next time, happy shooting.

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The Sunday Snap 15

Over 500 photos were taken during the BLM protest and now I am wondering what to do with them all. Sure the blurry, poorly exposed and badly composed images can be deleted but once the cull has happened there will still be around 300 images that need to be edited, but then what. What do you do with so many images?

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They can’t all be posted on social media or here because people switch off and loose interest.

Some will be printed and hung on the wall above my desk to stare at when I’m struggling to think of the right word or ideas for a blog post. Maybe the best photos should be collated into a coffee table book to be thumbed through by visitors.

What do you do with all of your photos, Do they sit on a hard drive or do you print your best work to show to either family and friends or enter into competitions? Would love to know what you do, because I’ve run out of ideas.

Until next time happy shooting.

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The Sunday Snap 14

Whilst film photography is not  my main method creating images but rather I find that helps to remain creative whilst reminding you to be cognizant of how many shots you can take. There is no snapping away unless you have a healthy budget to buy and develop film.

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Nikon F75, FP4 Ilford, ISO 125, F8, 35mm B&W film

This gentleman is a lovely bloke and was really easy to chat to, which only made it easier to ask permission to take his photo.

Hope everyone has a great Sunday, until next time…..