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.

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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

4 Tips to Photograph a Pro Surf Comp

Getting down to Bells Beach to photograph the Rip Curl Pro was an opportunity that could not be missed and as always, I learn things along the way that if I had known them before hand might have helped get over some obstacles. These are the four lessons I learned and you can include them in your planning to photograph a Pro Surf Comp.

A long lens is needed and longer the better!

Where the surfers are depends on the tides, and at low tide they are a long way out. Even with a 400mm lens on a Nikon D810, I was struggling to capture the action and as a result had to crop the images to achieve the result I wanted. Not everyone has a long lens readily available due to the cost associated however if you and a group of buddies’ team up and rent an appropriate lens, split the costs and share the lens during the event creates an opportunity to capture epic shots.

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Track the surfer

Pro surfers move quick in the water because they are trying to make use of every second available to score points, so tracking them once they start their run will allow you to capture their incredible surfing skills as they happen.

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Not all the action is in the water!

Sometimes the action is not in the water or out the back of the break but its right in front of you on the beach, therefore, if your set up and ready to go with a willing buddy to look after your gear, you can race off to where the surfer is coming up onto the beach and capture moments not normally captured.

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Memory

On average, over 1000 high res photos were captured every day therefore I highly recommend that you bring an extra memory card or two. They should be high quality and can handle being written to at high speed.

Bonus Tip – Get There Early

Something that is not normally covered is that you should, if possible get there early, not because they start early but there will be hordes of photographers clambering to get the best vantage spot all trying to capture that epic moment.

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Just a few photographers

Feel free to let me know what other tips and ideas you have to photograph an event.