Updating my photo library from Capture One Pro 11 to Version 12 had me scrolling through the photos which had been taken throughout 2018. The total number is just under 2500. Not all photos have been accounted for though because film has also been shot this year (30 – 40 photos) and the amount of photos stored on my smartphone is unknown as 2018 is not over just yet but I suspect that there will be approximately 200 – 300 photos bringing the number to just under 3000.
I took these photos in Febuary on Cottesloe Beach, with two of the three photos being shared on Instagram however there is another 100 or so remaining that need to be processed or rejected and then deleted.
What do with all of the photos that we take, some are shared with friends and family but how many photos just sit in a digital library either on your phone or on a hard drive somewhere. Forgotten about?
How many photos do you have in your photo library and when was the last time you looked through them?
Firstly, your safety is paramount. If any protest or protesters become violent towards you or others, including the police interacting with protesters, leave. Your safety is more important and must have a higher value than any photo you take and your safety always come first. No photo is worth you being injured or hurt.
Travelling, mainly for work, I had decided that the photos taken during my trip would be to show my family the famous sights of London with no intention of sharing, so I was surprised to stumble across a what looked like a protest, a peaceful protest, on a bridge, a famous bridge (Westminister Bridge) in London. What an opportunity!
Pushing through the crowds trying to get a feel of what the protest was about I found that there were plenty of photographic opportunities with good light and everyone seemed pretty happy, might be the whacky weed that was in the air, to have their photos taken.
Some people will struggle with my next comment, I selected Auto on my camera and started shooting. Why not? Camera companies spend millions of dollars developing incredibly small computers and sensors to work everything out so why not select auto.
Documentary and street photography are genres that I have always been attracted to, I find them to be challenging as you have little to no control of what is about to happen and how you capture those moments can be a challenge in itself. Ultimately you want people to feel connected to your images and to possibly inspire them in some small way.
Please remember, if you do decide to photograph a protest, remember your safety must come first over any photo opportunities.
Experimenting with a GoPro Hero Black 5 has been loads of fun. Its an impressive little camera and is very easy to set up for time lapse video or as i have done is stuck it to the roof of my4WD to capture a a track being driven through thick bush.
This footage was taken at Mission Beach, Queensland, Australia nearing the end of winter, I know, winter right! I’ve also attempted a night time lapse whilst camping but all I managed was complete darkness. This is probably down to a couple of errors, such as not enough ISO for the sensor or I failed to set the camera up properly, which is probably the most likely reason.
To achieve 12 seconds of footage, I needed more than the 20 or so minutes that I spent on the beach watching the sunrise and in hindsight, I realised that if I had some patience for another 10 or 20 minutes I would have captured a lot more footage but I was pretty eager to see the end result. It certainly would have provided more footage for editing and wouldn’t leave you with a feeling of an incomplete sunrise.
I found this to be a real fun and easy way to capture a time lapse, however the only downside is the battery doesn’t hold enough charge for any long time lapse videos say for an hour or more (a lot of patience needed). Even though, I have plans to do more in the future and I have a location in mind over looking a light house.
Finally, Ted Forbes from The Art of Photography Youtube channel has brought back photo assignments after what has seemed like a long hiatus and the first one is a doozy. These photo assignments presented to us are a real challenge as they inadvertently challenge you which improves your photography by forcing you to think before hitting the shutter, which results in you having to experiment and make mistakes. Something us Humans do very well is learn by our mistakes.
The assignment presented by Ted is the Holga style and the rules are simple
No auto focus, disable it on your DSLR
No use of your viewfinder/screen
ISO 100 or ISO 400
Shutter Speed 1/60th
It wasn’t until the images from the day had been downloaded that I realised that I had completely forgot about rule 1, and the only reason is that morning I got off a 22 hour flight from Australia and my mind was pretty foggy as to what time it was and where I was. I still haven’t recovered from the jet lag!
The above image is from camera and all that has been done is to convert from RAW to JPEG. I will have to go back and shoot another image that meets the rules before its uploaded to Instagram.
The lesson here is not to be afraid of making mistakes or failing at it because we learn by those mistakes and you never know, you may just jag that shot. If you haven’t seen Ted’s channel, I highly recommend that you jump on over and check it out.
Who knew Tel Aviv had a beach? Images of a beach certainly don’t come too mind thats for sure but rather thoughts of conflict, riots and soldiers are conjured up. Oh what a surprise Tel Aviv was!
Tel Aviv does indeed have a beach with a promenade filled full of life. The promenade is about 4 – 5 kilometres long and can take several hours to walk, and its not hard to fill those hours with street photo opportunities, they are plentiful. I found that most people didn’t mind having their photo taken however I did come away feeling as though street photography is not done a great deal in Israel.
This may be because of the ongoing conflict that involves Israel and may be considered with suspicion or its viewed as something that is not cuturally acceptable. Either way I’m not sure and will have to do some more research.
Walking the promenade you will find many street cafes and restaurants, some with small bars that provide plenty of opportunity to sit down and rest with a cold beer while you watch the world go by. The promenande is most active in the afternoon and is filled with people who have come to enjoy a meal with family and friends or to simply watch the sun set on another day.
This photo of the boxers took a number of attempts to achieve. Unfortunately, this meant that I spent longer photographing the scene to capture the precise moment which resulted with me being asked if I was getting some good shots. It turned out that all three of these gents were expats, two Australians and one American who are working in Israel. What was even more surprising was that the all of us Aussies were from the same city back in Australia. What are the odds?
The Three Stooges
Some times, keeping your back to the beach pays off with photographic opportunities such as the three gents all crammed onto the bench. They stood out like a sore thumb, and they were just waiting to be photographed and it just had to be captured, I would also say that this is my favourite photo from the trip.
and don’t forget to turn around and watch the sunset, because you never know you might have another photographic opportunity stop right in front of you.
Long haul flights suck, there’s no denying that but there is always the stopover. Instead of going to the airline lounge, try wandering around the airport. Not only is it good for your blood circulation and general health but there are photographic opportunities just waiting to be captured.
Stopovers with a duration of 3-4 hours are like a photowalk, but indoors! There are so many opportunities from people watching to the unique archtichecture of the building itself. All that is needed is a keen eye and quick hands on your camera or smartphone to capture that shot.
This unique spot below was discovered by wandering around Hong Kong International Airport during a stopover.
The corner of the building jutted out over the services road that had numerous vehicles of all shapes, sizes and colours going around the corner. I stood there for over 30 minutes waiting for this bus to come back and remember patience pays off.
If you feel nervous about pulling your camera out in an airport, use your smartphone. Nearly everyone has one and they are used everyday in airports across the world and smartphones have amazing cameras, so why not use it. This shot was taken using a Samsung Note 8 and processed using Snapseed.
So next time you are flying long haul and have a stopover, go for a wander around the airport to see what there is to photograph. At the very least you will get some exercise which your body will thank you for.
Note: Taking photographs in airports is not illegal as long as you don’t take photos of the areas that are related to security. That may include security personnel, equipment and border control areas and please ensure that respect is shown to the countries culture and traditions.
I was fortunate enough to be able to attend the Rip Curl Pro Surf Comp at the iconic Bells Beach here in Victoria earlier this year and I was just like the rest of crowd that took up every conceivable spot on or near the beach to watch and be swept up in the emotion on the day. I managed to capture over 700 photos, some blurry and some went straight to the delete folder but there were a number of keepers. However there is one image that I keep going back to and staring at, and I stare at it for several minutes as well.
World Surfing Chanpion, Steph Gilmore answers questions via a microphone while a drone watches over her.
We live in a world where we are connected to each and everyone through the use of smartphones and social media. Which is why every time I look at this photo, I ask myself and we ever truly alone? how do we get time to ourselves? Time alone to sit and think, time to think about where life may lead you or just to think of others like family and friends.
And that’s why I continue to stare at this photo of Steph Gilmore, Australian World Surfing Champion answering questions while a drone watches over her as she waits for the wave that will propel her to greatness.
P.S This photo looks so much better on the big screen than it does on Instagram