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.
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.
Finally the horror show of 2020 has come to an end, therefore I would like to wish everyone Happy New Year and (hopefully) 2021 is a whole lot better than last year for everyone.
Also, the Thief Images Photography Blog has recently reached a few milestones. Firstly, I’ve been blogging here on WordPress for 10 years and I’ll be the first to admit, I never expected it to last this long. The blog has undergone some changes over the years, even had periods of inactivity but I kept coming back and blogging, probably because other social media platforms are well, not for me.
Secondly, this is blog post number 301, personally this is mind blowing achievement as it goes hand in hand with the “I never expected it to last this long” comment. Here’s to another 300 blog posts.
The first post of 2021 will be a little different, decided to share a short YouTube video of an adventure. A group of mates (friends) finally called me on something I have been talking about for what might seem an eternity. To try and conquer a remote four wheel drive track in Western Australia called the Holland Track. Stretches for approx. 260 kilometers, the track can be challenging, technical and filled with deep muddy bog holes and after much pressure and persuasion, I planned a boys trip and we went for it.
Day one wasn’t without its challenges as we only covered 50 kilometers in just a little over 5 hours. As you can imagine it took several days of driving through beautiful scenery that constantly changed. It was an a really enjoyable trip and we are now trying to work out where the next trip should be, and who in 2021 will be planning it.
Until next time, happy shooting.
P.S Edited using Davinci Resolve 17 Beta – Its Free and is amazing video editing software. If video editing interest you, check it out. Link is Here,
Always seem to stumble across a piece of Australian history when we’re out wandering through the bush, and I never seem to have my camera at the ready and revert back to using the phone to take a few shots. I think it all comes down to the ability to do a quick edit without having an internet connection to show your mates.
Stumbled across a few old buildings from a sawmill that are no longer in use, the main sawmill building is pretty uninteresting and bland but the building in these two photos has a lot more character, and even though I wasn’t wearing appropiate footwear I was still drawn inside to look around.
For those of you who are under a lock down, please keep smiling as the lock down and self isolation will eventually come to an end and hopefully life will resume some sort of normality.
For those who celebrate it, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year,
Walking through the bush with a good friend late yesterday afternoon had both of us looking at the way light fell through the trees and cast shadows across the path. We eventually found a spot that fitted our needs to capture the falling light and hopefully some leading lines to draw the eye down the path.