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…..

 

 

Would you pay $108 for Social Media?

The search to share my photography on a suitable social media platform has been ongoing for some time and along the way I discovered some unusual platforms like Vero and MeWe, only to realise they were either clunky or didn’t suit me or my needs. There are the usual suspects such as Instagram and Facebook but due to the ever-present privacy issues surrounding Facebook reminded me why I’ll never go back to Facebook.

Storage here on WordPress is also starting to become a problem where I will either need to upgrade my account or find alternatives such as cloud storage or share directly from social media accounts. Neither of these options interested me due to likely ongoing associated costs, quality control etc. It was about the same time that I learnt of the open letter from Don MacAskill, Flickr CEO about their financial situation.

Prompted by Don’s open letter to take a look at Flickr left me wondering why I originally left. Was there something else that was (perceived to be) better come along or was it because all of my family and friends were on platforms like Facebook, without any real answer I signed up for a free account.

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This solved the storage problem and Flickr is a pretty good alternative to Facebook, not to mention the perks associated with a pro account like discounted Adobe products, camera bags and 50% off SmuMug Subscription so after a week or so, I signed up for a Pro account.

And I didn’t want to see a social media company such as Flickr fall only to leave Facebook owned platforms. That would be boring and quite frankly horrible.

But I have one gripe which hits me in the wallet, the true cost of a Flickr Pro account.

For reference, costs for a Flickr Pro account have been taken directly from Flickr’s pricing FAQ

  •  The USA – The price for an annual subscription is USD $59.99, plus tax
  •  International – (where the countries currency is not yet supported) is USD $71.88, tax inclusive.

However what is not considered in the pricing structure is the exchange rate and for Australia, an annual subscription cost is normally over $100. When I signed up In February this year the cost was just over $108.00. At the time of writing, the cost of a Flickr Pro at $103.18.

I also know the folks at Flickr have as much influence over the exchange rate as I do but we live in a global online community where we should be all charged the same amount to sign up regardless of where you live.

Now before you go jumping on your keyboard sending me all sorts of angry comments, let’s look back to the past. For e.g. Adobe charged more for software (Photoshop) that was digitally downloaded. A considerable amount more which resulted in Australians becoming well known for pirating the required software and licenses. Thankfully, for the most part, this has changed as companies adopted a subscription business model.

So I would like to ask Don MacAskill, Flickr CEO to take a similar approach to Adobe, Nextflix and Spotify to consider charging the same amount regardless of where we live in the world. The result may be more people becoming a Flickr Pro members if we all pay the same ultimately saving the company.

Would love to know your thoughts so drop us comment below

Until next time

 

Forgotten Moments

Even though I have achieved any sort of real improvement shooting 35mm film, I find that I’m still drawn to the medium and continue to shoot but have become incredibly lazy having the film developed. Spending time at home provided an opportunity to have those rolls developed and it resulted in a walk down memory lane.

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The old rolls of Kodak colour in the bottom of a box for almost 20 years ago encouraged me to have them and others developed. As I dropped them off, I was informed the very old rolls may have or may not have any photos due to the age and I shouldn’t get my hopes up but I was pleasantly surprised. They’re not excellent but just ok.

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The Black and White rolls weren’t nearly as old as the colour and looking through the negatives I find that it’s taken me about 2 years to shoot 24 exposures. This may be because I want to make each frame count, considering you only get one shot at it. There is no instant confirmation your photo was exposed or even framed properly.

Now the task is to scan and process the remaining negatives and remember to shoot and develop more often as there are many forgotten moments.

Until next time, Happy shooting

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.

 

Barbecues and Protests – Australia Day 2020

WARNING: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people should be aware that this blog post/website may contain images or names of people who have since passed away.

Australia day is celebrated on the 26th of January with a National public holiday, many Australians go to the beach, cook barbecues, play backyard cricket, watch fireworks and generally enjoy themselves, but there are also protests by Australia’s First Nations people who call the day ‘Invasion Day’ or ‘Survival Day’. These protests occur every Australia day, in every Australian Capital city and are growing in not only numbers, but also growing louder every year.  

Trying to tell this story with words was not only difficult due to the amount of emotion and politics surrounding the day forcing me to procrastinate over what I had written. After several days I came to the conclusion that a story can be told through the power of a single photo, and there are thousands of powerful photos out there. One photo that immediately comes to mind is ‘Tank Man‘ (Jeff Widener, 1986) who attempted to stop tanks leaving Tiananmen Square by standing in their path. That single photo told a story to the world of a lone man standing up against something bigger than him and believing in it enough to risk his life. With that in mind, (and no more procrastinating) I’ll let the photos do the storytelling and leave the emotional and political charged comments to others.

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A proud Indigenous woman stares down the barrel of a TV camera

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Invasion Day Protests 2020

I am interested to hear your thoughts on how you photograph difficult situations including those that may have emotions attached to them and how you overcame those challenges.

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Until next time, Happy Shooting

 

 

3 Blogs I couldn’t get enough of in 2019

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. 

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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.

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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.

 

 

 

5 Moments in Time – 2019

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.

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The 13th Horse – Barwon Heads, Australia

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Speed Demons, Melbourne, Australia

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Kelly Slater, Rip Curl Pro, Bells Beach, Australia

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Niagara Falls, Canada

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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

 

American Falls, Niagara

Even though Niagara Falls is surrounded by what could only be described as a tourist trap (dive) its hard not to take away that the falls are amazing to experience.

To capture the falls at their best comes down to timing. And the best time is early morning or late afternoon when there are fewer people around giving you ample time to scout a good location to shoot that shot.

Happy Shooting

My Son, My Grandson

The last few weeks have been pretty busy as our Son and his partner welcomed a healthy baby boy into the world.

Welcoming this young fella into the world has clarified what’s important in life.

Happy Shooting