Looking for a composition whilst walking the coastline at sunset had me thinking about how to apply this weeks theme, rule of thirds. I had a composition in mind even before I left the house however I found it didn’t work due to a number of factors including people in the foreground and not able to capture the composition I wanted.
Wandering further, I discovered a couple taking photographs of the sunset and capturing silhouettes of people standing on the rock wall.
Plucking up the courage to approach to ask if they minded if they would pose for me was a little scary however after explaining about the smartphone challenge they were happy to oblige.
Many people said that crossing the Nullarbor Plains was boring as there is nothing to see or do. Well, they’re wrong!
Nikon D810 – A: f3.5, SS: 15 sec, ISO: 1600
There’s plenty to do but sometimes doing nothing except looking up into the dark night sky to see how many stars you can see is the best and those stars always to start you to wonder, are the stars just a portal to another world?
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Hope everyone has a great weekend
I’m always on the lookout for new and interesting blogs to read and 2020 will be no different but today I want to share with you three blogs that produce great content and have kept me coming back throughout 2019. They are different from others and are a pleasure to view their photographs but to also read and be inspired or question why you have so much gear.
The first blog is all about street photography, which does not only interest me but also comes with many challenges, physical and technical not to mention the fear of photographing people you do not know however there is one person who has conquered many of those challenges. Pagepics, curated by Chris Page, is about his trials and tribulations overcoming the challenges he has faced whilst pursuing the art of street photography. Chris also discusses some of the challenges he faces and provides tips when making street photographs, in particular in new cities and environments. Chris’s blog is also a space where he showcases an ever-increasing body of work and its always a pleasure to follow his work.
On occasions, we photographers hit creative blocks which prevent you from making great photographs and the next blog is the place I go to be inspired or challenged. Frank Jansen’s blog titled Dutch Goes the Photo has a weekly challenge called the Tuesday Photo Challenge with themes that will provide that bit of inspiration to get those creative juices flowing again. The Tuesday Photo Challenge has definitely helped jump start my photography after putting the camera down.
Dan from 35Hunter raises many questions and discusses a wide variety of subjects from why you should continue to blog to just using one camera a month. His frequent posts force you to reconsider all the photographic equipment sitting idle and inspires you to try a different approach to your photography. Dan also doesn’t like “likes” and to the point, he has disabled the like button on his blog. Dan would rather you leave a comment creating discussion around the subject, which is not an easy task with social media platforms having a like button everywhere. So if you after conversation, be engaged and read thought-provoking content, check out his blog. You won’t be disappointed.
I hope you enjoy these blogs as much as I did in 2019 and I ask if you have any blogs that you really enjoy and follow regularly, please drop a link in the comments below so I can follow their photographic journey.
Until next time, happy shooting.
The 52-week smartphone challenge was released last year by Khürt from Island in the Net and I suspect several eager photographers, as I had, jumped on the opportunity to participate however Khürt re-aligned the challenge to the start of the new year. By doing so, Khürt has provided plenty of motivation and inspiration to photographers with all skill levels to participate and I applaud Khürt for undertaking this project and curating the submissions each week.
This weeks theme is a selfie without showing your face and this was going to prove to be difficult. I’m not one for taking selfies (secretly hoping that trend stays in the last decade) and I had no idea on what to create the second time around.
Deciding to ask the one person I can trust, my wife, to provide advice and feedback about what to produce, she simply said that she could ‘take a photo of the back of my head!’ Not that great of an idea due to the bald spot starting to look like the surface of the moon, but as any husband knows, listen to your wife and run with her suggestions. Happy wife = Happy life!
With hat in hand, to hide the bald spot, it was off to the beach to create a selfie without showing my face. Is this, in a true sense of the word, a selfie? probably not but it is a photo of my self and no sign of the bald spot.
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I’m looking forward to seeing all the other submissions. Until then, see you next time.
Strangely enough, the coincidence that this post is no 20 in The Friday Snap series and the first post for 2020 hasn’t made it any easier to post something thoughtful or insightful, considering that a considerable area of Australia is being ravaged by bush fires and crippling drought.
Even though I am located in Western Australia, on the other side of the country, I have become glued to news broadcasts, almost hourly, learning of a new area that is under threat only making my concerns for not only family and friends but also the everyday Australians that are fighting the fires and those suffering grow significantly.
I have been around awhile and I have lived through previous bush fires however this is on another scale all together and the impact of these fires will be felt for a considerable period of time.
A test of resilience by all Australians will be if a large cyclone or a major flood in Australia’s far north hits and potentially causes loss of life and massive damage either at the same time or immediately after this is resolved to an acceptable level.
If you can, donate to the fire appeal. Link is here, here and here.
My thoughts are with all Australians affected by these fires and the drought.
Inspired by reading Jim Goldstein’s Blog Project: Your Best Photos from 2019 and after losing several hours checking out other great collections over the years I decided that I would put together my 5 (favourite) Moments in Time – 2019.
Jim encourages all photographers to join in and all the details can be found by clicking on this link. Even if you don’t participate this year, go and have a look at what other photographers have created. It may just provide that little bit of inspiration for 2020.
So without further a due, these are my (favourite) moments in time for 2019.
The 13th Horse – Barwon Heads, Australia
Speed Demons, Melbourne, Australia
Kelly Slater, Rip Curl Pro, Bells Beach, Australia
Niagara Falls, Canada
The Comet Windmill, South Australia
If you have a favourite photo from 2019 and would like to share it, please leave a link in the comments.
Happy New Year to everyone
See you in 2020
A small town in Western Australia called Cocklebidy is remote, hot, dry, dusty and can be a lonely place if you break down. There is nowhere else to get fuel, food, spare parts or accommodation and serves everyone including bush pilots.
Much like the Grey Nomads, I was surprised to see the plane being refueled among the cars and caravans. He had drawn a crowd who stood around watching and photographing him go about his business. Once refueled, the pilot walked the small plane to the rear of the roadhouse, lined up on the dirt airstrip and took off. I half expected to see him again at the next remote roadhouse getting more fuel.
Asking at the counter if that’s a regular occurrence around here, he replied yeah it happens from time to time!
Clarification – A Grey Nomad is (normally) a couple who have retired and have purchased a vehicle and caravan to travel around Australia in their retirement.