Happy International Women’s Day

I captured this moment during the Rip Curl Pro Surfing competition at Bells Beach in 2018. Each day I was there I took about 1000 photos, maybe more, but this one was thrust back to the fore front of my mind today as we celebrated International Women’s day.

Steph Gilmore was crowned winner of the Rip Curl Pro in 2018 and she deserved every ounce of that win, it was gutsy and the crowd rushed her as she came out of the surf and onto the beach, hoisting her onto the shoulders to cheers of the crowd. A moment I won’t forget for a long time.

To all Women, may we Men recognize what you do is awe inspiring and we should hoist you onto our shoulders more often.

To all the women out there, Happy International Women’s Day.

The Sunday Snap 34

I’ve been working on tidying up my photo library and started with a new external SSD hard drive. Not wanting to make the same mistakes again I have spent considerable time plotting (watching Youtube) ways to make it work the best and I have come up with a few questions that need to be answered before a solution is found.

  1. Do I use one library for all of the photos or keep the current method of a library per year?
  2. How are the photos organised, by year, by event, by file name etc.
  3. Do I stick with Capture One Pro or is there better editing software available.
  4. Are all the photos titled Family put into one folder so they can be easily found when needed?

These has to be a better way of cataloguing your photos and I’m yet it but the advantage of going through your photo library is finding these little gems, distractions they may but they just reaffirm the photo library needed to be sorted out.

I don’t think has been posted/ published anywhere before and I wanted to share it with you. I took this photo on a island, 9 hours by boat off the coast of Broome, Western Australia. Its hot and humid but remember, your not the top of the food chain in the water, the Saltwater Crocs are, not to mention the sharks.

Until next time, happy shooting.

The Sunday Snap 33

Wandering the streets of a country town I spotted this service station with vintage signage on the wall filling my view with the contrast between the yellow and red of the vintage signs. The scene also shows life does renews itself with red roses blooming in the hot outback sun.

I took a few photos with my phone and my camera with the intent to post to Instagram however the photos out of camera provided a better result however I do regret not having my film camera with me as a good roll of colour film may have provided fantastic results.

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Until next time happy shooting.

The Sunday Snap 32

A Smiling Portrait

Photographing protests allows you to capture people, sometimes at their best and sometimes at their worst and the Invasion Day (Australia Day) rally I recently photographed was something different. It stood out from both protests last year as both had feelings of anger and frustration, this year had the feeling of the opposite as it was filled with cultural dancing in the streets and generally, people from all walks of life getting together to protest against something they believe needs to be changed and doing it with a smile.

Australia Day/ Invasion Day Protest

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Until next time, happy shooting

The Sunday Snap 31

We are all different in many ways, and some of us express it a little differently, which is something these two young people had decided to do. I’m not sure how many times they had been approached for a photo but they were extremely happy to oblige.

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Until next time, happy shooting.

The Sunday Snap 30

Sometimes in life, we come to a fork in the road and we must decide what path to choose and choose wisely.

The decision I faced was not deep with philosophy but if we wanted to end our adventure or continue on.

Until next time happy shooting

The Sunday Snap 29

My phone was flooded with messages about Kite Surfers getting big air at my local beach and photographic opportunities were being missed. I grabbed my gear and headed to the beach, found a good spot to capture some action shots however the camera had other ideas.

Its hard to explain what was happening but I’ve put it down to the batteries being really low and the camera couldn’t decide between where to provide power, to the lens or the body. As kite surfers are fast moving I was shooting in Mode S (Shutter-Priority Auto) to capture the action. This leaves the camera to decide the Aperture for the best results but all but one of the shots was either over or underexposed and the camera wouldn’t focus nor allow me to press the shutter button.

I persevered (what I really mean is that I wrestled with the camera whilst muttering under my breath WTF is wrong this camera) for over an hour before I headed back to the car knowing one photo might be salvageable however but the rest would end up in the trash as they were useless.

At some stage in our careers as photographers, pro or amateur we will experience equipment failing and nothing we try to do to rectify the issue doesn’t work, and it seemed it was my turn. Some times its best to pack it in and come back tomorrow for another go.

Until next time, happy shooting.

The Sunday Snap 27

First Sunset of 2021

The first sunset of 2021 was an absolute killer. The sky was filled full of drama and the sun just lit the sky up and it just kept getting better and better. Couldn’t stop taking photos

Until next time, happy shooting

The Sunday Snap 26

Photos and videos from drones have always captured my attention, and after much research of what was the best drone to purchase I decided on the DJI Mavic Mini 2 with the Fly More Combo. DJI list the drone as a beginners or entry level drone and the likelihood of crashing is high, it seemed to be the most appropriate drone to purchase.

After test flying it around the local park I decided to be a little more adventurous and head to the beach. The laws around flying drones here in Australia are fairly clear, no more than 400ft in Altitude, must have line of sight and be at least 30 meters away from people.

Until next time, Happy Shooting