As an Australian, I have only seen Dingos (Native Australian Dog) in their natural habitat maybe 7 or 8 times throughout my life. On this occasion, we spotted two together but the lead Dingo wasn’t sticking around to pose for a photo. I did try to photograph from inside the car however wasn’t having much luck so I very quietly and slowly got out the car, switched lenses and using the bonnet (hood) as a stable platform squeezed off a few frames. Is it perfect, no it’s not but both my wife and I feel pretty fortunate to see not one but two in their natural habitat.
There are plenty of Australians that have only seen a dingo, and other native Australian animals in a zoo! and to be honest, it’s probably the safest place to see them.
Hope everyone has a great weekend.
Strangely enough, the coincidence that this post is no 20 in The Friday Snap series and the first post for 2020 hasn’t made it any easier to post something thoughtful or insightful, considering that a considerable area of Australia is being ravaged by bush fires and crippling drought.
Even though I am located in Western Australia, on the other side of the country, I have become glued to news broadcasts, almost hourly, learning of a new area that is under threat only making my concerns for not only family and friends but also the everyday Australians that are fighting the fires and those suffering grow significantly.
I have been around awhile and I have lived through previous bush fires however this is on another scale all together and the impact of these fires will be felt for a considerable period of time.
A test of resilience by all Australians will be if a large cyclone or a major flood in Australia’s far north hits and potentially causes loss of life and massive damage either at the same time or immediately after this is resolved to an acceptable level.
If you can, donate to the fire appeal. Link is here, here and here.
My thoughts are with all Australians affected by these fires and the drought.
My wife and I have been traveling from the East to the West coast of Australia for the last 6 or so days and we have completed some miles. At the time of writing this its just shy of 3100 kilometres (close to 2000 miles) and we’ve still got a 1000 or so to go before we arrive in Perth.
There are a couple of signs in Australia which are iconic spots to grab a selfie and this is one of them. Letting you know that your one the eastern edge of the Nullabor Plains. Nullabor is an Aboriginal name meaning treeless plains and its 100% true. There’s not a tree in sight as far as the eye can see.
Where ever you are, have a great weekend.
Sometimes looking up provides interesting views and interesting signs.
Standing in one spot pays off, especially in front of an art installation in Hyde Park, Sydney which allowed me to capture images of people stopping and appreciating the work done by the exhibiting photographers and artists.
I’m forever amazed by the inspirational work done by so many photographers from all genres and I take my hat off to anyone who gets published or included in an exhibition.
We don’t print our photos any more, we don’t put them into photo albums to show family and friends nor do we have slide nights (thankfully). Now we press the digital shutter without thought or consequence, share one or two photos to our favourite social media platform and the continue on with life keeping all the photos that never made the cut.
Have you ever sat down and cleaned out or deleted the photos that are blurry, someone’s head or hand is in the frame. That’s what I did and discovered a gobsmacking number of photos stored on the phone with just over a 1000 remaining in the collection.
Putting some serious thought into what should be done with them all resulted in a idea which is to share the better photos here in a blog post called ‘The Friday Snap’. The requirement must be that they were taken using a smartphone and processed using snapseed or a similiar app.
I hope you enjoy what is to come.
After my last effort trying to capture a sunrise, I decided to stay away from lighthouses and try something a little less difficult.
Deciding to start the day with a walk along the beach with camera ready in hand (How romantic). No tripod and no extra gear. Just keeping it simple to try and enjoy my photography and rembering why I make photographs…… and to enjoy the sunrise.
So many people walk around looking down, down at the ground. Maybe they don’t want to make eye contact with other people or they have dropped something and are looking for it. I’m not sure what it is but I decided that didn’t seem like a good idea. So the next time I was wandering around Sydney CBD I decided that I would make a converted effort to look up to see what was up there. Some how and I don’t really know how we ended up at Luna Park, Sydney. I had never been there before (also no idea why) and much to my surprise the place is full of colour and there is plenty to photograph.
Those eyes are always looking down at you and you look up at them as you enter the famous landmark. I’m not sure that the angle I have photographed the famous face of Luna Park at makes you want to enter or they appear to be rather creepy and will scare you away.
Who doesn’t love a ride on a Ferris wheel especially one at Luna Park. The Ferris wheel has been photographed numerous times at all times of day and night which always makes coming up with something new and unique difficult some times. Here I wanted to capture the glimpse of the sun peaking through the gap between the carriages as the wheel travelled around.
The Whirler is a ride where the very young are introduced to fear, the fear of being continually whirled around and around becomes vomit inducing with parents wondering why they gave them that last ice cream. I did like the sign because it has an old school feel to it and those eyes make me sick every time I stare at them for long enough.
I only noticed all the things that were up higher than eye level when I deliberately and purposefully made an effort to look up and I do mean higher than the your normal store or street sign. The lesson that I learned here is that its certainly worthwhile looking up every now and then to see what is up there.
It took over a week but finally the roll of film has come back from the lab and I must say that it wasn’t without incident. When I dropped the roll of film off I specifically asked the sales guys for the film to be developed, scanned to disk in TIFF format and no need for prints. I left the shop with a gut feeling that the sales guy hadn’t even recorded my request in the system. Turns out I should have checked before I left, as they say hindsight is 20/20. What returned from the lab wasn’t what was asked for except that the images were burnt to disk in JPEG format and in a slideshow program that won’t open on a Mac. The frustrations grew even further. Pretty disappointed and vowing not to use the camera shop/lab again I looked at the prints (that I hadn’t ordered) and wondered how I was going to scan the negatives into Capture One Pro. With several futile attempts I found that I could open the images on a PC and transferred them to the Mac using a USB stick. Finally a sigh of relief.
After a few days of holding and feeling the prints in my hands I started to really like what I had created. The photos had character which is something that seems to be lacking with digital. Sure digital is a lot easier but having the finished product in your hands after waiting a week or more, to me at least, is being creative.
Bugatti No 5
I know that there are a lot of filters etc that replicate film available but the colours, the texture, the graininess is something that is pretty hard to replicate with digital and a few filters.
MG No 3.
and then there is the need to get it right as there is no second chance at all. Shooting film takes discipline.
I haven’t done that much to the images except for a few tweaks like straighten because I usually lean to the right when I shoot. I need to put a rock under my foot to remind me to straighten up first.
Loaded up and ready to go
Photographing balloons without a tripod becomes difficult and one of these didn’t make the cut because its pretty blurry.
Ballroom in NSW State Parliament
Normally this image of sunset at Bare Island, La Perouse would be almost salvageable using image software but not this time. Live and Learn!
Historic House at Hill End
Historic House at Hill End
This was an enjoyable experience and has driven me to continue down the path of film photography. There is a roll of B&W loaded into my Nikon F75 with a few shots already taken and plans to shoot the remainder of the roll.
The Art of Photography is a You Tube channel that I have been watching for some time for tips, inspiration, lessons about the history of photography and all the other interesting bits such as the Artist series. The You Tube Channel is hosted by Ted Forbes and around October last year he started a project called Photo Assignments with the first being a pre-assignment – Create a journal or scrap book. For reasons unknown I missed the video discussing what was going to be done however I did see Photo Assignment #2 which is low angle shooting.
With this in mind and being between projects right now I thought ‘Why not, I’ll give that a go’. So I went in search of subjects that I could shoot at a low angle and I started with the dogs. The Ginger Ninja is the easiest to photograph as there is no requirement to sneak up on her to take a photo, she will just lay there and let you snap away. This turned out to be a really good opportunity to refresh my skills with DoF and looking at the corners of my frame before hitting the shutter button.
None of the techniques that you want to practice can be applied to the next dog. As you can see, this is the point that I got caught sneaking up on Old Blue Dog…… on my belly slithering as quietly as I could across the carpet with camera in hand. Old Blue Dog does not like having his photo taken and he has this look about him that says that you have just crossed the line buddy!
I really felt as though I needed to do something that was worthy of this assignment as photographing the two dogs wasn’t enough. So deciding that I needed to get out and about I headed to the local park figuring that I could shoot the playground equipment when there was no kids using it. The playground certainly has plenty of opportunities to shoot from a low angles but the kids use it a lot.
The local beach was a good opportunity as well and I couldn’t help but photograph the coke can with the waves crashing in the background. The end result is not meant to be a commercial photo by any stretch of the imagination but I did like the finished results.
Overall the assignment made me think about what I was going to shoot, how I was going to approach the shoot and it certainly made me think before I hit the shutter button. I’m looking forward to the next assignment that Ted Forbes challenges us with.