The Friday Snap (TFS 30)

The Filipino people are a friendly bunch and most are smiling when asked if they minded having their photo taken, and these two were no different.

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They were waiting for a taxi fare but all they got was their photos taken.

Thanks for dropping by.

The Friday Snap (TFS 29)

Hiding behind the Red umbrella to shield her face from the camera has changed what may have been a uninteresting street scene.

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It was unintentional but the theme of Red stands out.

This post was originally planned to be published last Friday but it didn’t happen, not entirely sure why but this week I will be publishing two of Friday Snaps.

Until next time

The Friday Snap (TFS 28)

Not all photos work out every time the shutter is pressed, usually for a variety of reasons like trying to shoot in manual mode whilst shooting street and adjusting settings on the fly including manual focusing. It’s not only difficult but takes quite a lot of practice to master. There are loads of photographic opportunities to capture some great street photos in Davao City, Philippines but it’s not the time or the place to practice.

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And that’s what happened in this photo. The two uniformed women were in stark contrast to their surroundings, but they noticed me adjusting camera settings providing ample opportunity to shy away as the shutter was pressed.

To be honest, this photo is a personal favourite. It reminds me that its OK to make mistakes and not every photo has to be perfect. Just enjoy getting out and taking photos, something we’re currently not allowed to do.

For those celebrating. Happy Easter. Until next time…….

The Friday Snap (TFS 27)

This photo was taken almost 4 years ago in Davao City, Philippines and at the time I would thought it was somewhat odd to be wearing masks such as his. How things have changed and now we’re being told to wear masks every time we venture out.

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Until next time……..

Oh, before I forget, click on the photo (link to Flickr) if you would like to see a high-resolution version.

3 Vlogs to watch during a lockdown

I know it’s a clickbait title but more and more of us are spending a considerable amount of time at home so I thought I would share 3 of my favourite youtube channels as they have kept me entertained, informed and provide a huge amount of inspiration. 

The first youtube channel comes with a warning. You need to have a sense of humour to enjoy this channel and I recommend if you’re easily offended that you don’t watch it. The Youtube channel in question is Fototripper by Gavin Hardcastle, AKA The Portly Prince. Amongst the humour, Gavin shares his knowledge on how he achieved his shot and the results.

 

Adam Gibbs – Landscape Photographer of the year 2018 and one of the judges in 2019 has an incredible body of work on YouTube. His vlogging style is easy to watch, listen, learn and be inspired to get out and shoot landscape photos. Adam is also a pretty good drone pilot and he incorporates his drone footage into his videos. I highly recommend Adam’s channel even if landscape photography is not your thing.

 

 

The next YouTube channel is Sean Tucker. His Vlogs are polished, extremely well presented, well thought out covering topics such as consistency, legalities on the street to finding time to get out and shoot. Sean also interviews other photographers and videographers who have inspired him. Well worth every minute watching Sean’s videos.

These are just a few of the YouTube channels I’m addicted to and I’m going to need a YouTube diet at the end of this crisis but in the meantime please drop me a link to your favourite YouTube channel.

Until next time. Happy Shooting.

 

The Friday Snap (TFS 26)

It only ever seems to happen when I have time on my hands. I sit down and comb through the archives, not looking for any particular photo, stumble across one that attracts my attention, make a few minor adjustments only to completely stuff it up and have to go back to the original to start again, destroying what had been done.

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Thankfully, this time that didn’t happen.

This shot was captured at the Rip Curl Pro held in 2019 at Bells Beach Victoria.

Where ever you are, Happy shooting.

The Sunday Snap 12

The inspiration for this weeks theme is Trash and you can create something beautiful or tell a story. 

Well, I’m not entirely sure I’ve created something beautiful but there are plenty of stories in this photo. Stories about famous women from across the ages to how you can repurpose your old jeans with a little imagination.

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Please drop me a line in the comments to let me know how many stories you can see, also the theme for next weeks smartphone challenge is New Beginnings.

Lastly, please feel free to share this post on your social media, especially to your family and friends who may be unable to go about their daily lives, they might appreciate the distraction, even for a few minutes.

Until next time, look after your loved ones and stay safe. 

The Sunday Snap 11

As I go about my day, thoughts of the week’s theme float around in my mind everywhere I go and interrupt everything I do. Constantly on the lookout for subjects to photograph that meet the theme and then I spend time thinking about how to compose the shot.

After spending considerable time photographing the bamboo, not just with the smartphone but also the film camera, I was eager to process the shots. The B&W roll is not yet finished but I wanted to sit down and do a quick edit before leaving because I may need to go back and reshoot the scene.

It was difficult to know where to focus my efforts because there are so many names etched into the bamboo and eventually settling on the one bamboo pole that was untouched.

Hope you enjoyed this weeks theme and if you want to see more, please click on the follow button or subscribe by email.

Happy shooting

The Friday Snap (TFS 25)

A number of photographers inspire me with their photography style, and one photographer’s style stands out. Allan Schaller is an amazing black and white street photographer creating images that play with light and contrast resulting in clean, crisp and incredibly well composed framed images. His style of street photography drags me in with every photo finding it hard to not get up and go and shoot.

Quickly realising that Tel Aviv, Israel was going to be an amazing location for street photography had me deciding, at least attempt to shoot in a similar style. There was never going to be any hope that I could create similar images however I did try and see the light and contrast in each and every composition with a black and white edit in mind.

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Overall I spent a week in Tel Aviv, Israel creating photos each morning and afternoon and did come away with some memorable images but I also learnt a lot. Firstly Allan’s style takes a lot of work and that is obvious in his work. I also learnt not everyone in Israel is keen on street photography so you need to exercise caution but the beach in Tel Aviv is heaven for street photographers. If you would like to see more street photos from Tel Aviv, you can find them here

Let me know in the comments below who inspires you to get out and create photographs

Hope everyone has a great weekend.

The Sunday Snap 10

Home town is the theme of the week for the 52-week smartphone challenge and I must admit, this one had me stumped. As a young lad, my parents bought and sold houses meaning we moved a lot, lived in them and then every (usually) 2 years or so we’d move again and that theme has continued on throughout my life.

Its a bug with side effects of wanting to live in and explore new places every few years, make new friends, work and then pack up and move and do it all again which meaning we have lived in every Australian capital city, except Hobart.

My home town is Australia and this is my backyard, a white sandy beach with crystal clear water, warm sunshine, cold beer about 60 or 70 kilometres east of Esperance.

and before you ask, No, I’m not on the run from the law!

Until next time, happy shooting