My Top 5 Photos – 2018

We all have them, a favourite photo or two and I’m no different except that I seem to have so many favourites it becomes very hard to choose however after several days of much deliberation I have managed to pick my top 5 photos of 2018.

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Sony A7 – ISO 800 S/S – 1/60 A – f/4.5

Wandering through the old quarters of Jersulam I spotted this old guy sitting quietly in a plastic chair. The light just fell across his body which made him stand out even more in a poorly lit room. Asking if he minded if I took his photo he nodded his head in a No motion and I managed to capture two images. My regret is that I did not take long enough to compose the image properly ultimately leaving details out like his walking cane which may have added more detail to the photo.

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Nikon D810 – ISO 800 S/S – 800 A – f/11

The winner, Italo Ferreira of the Rip Curl Surf Pro Comp at Bells Beach, Victoria won the emotional event however the crowd was there to see Australias favourite surfer, Mick Fanning’s last ride as a professional surfer ending a long surfing career.

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Sony A7 – ISO 64 S/S 1/400s A – f/4

Asking his humans if I could take a photo of their dog they said that he wouldn’t come near me but he did exactly that and walked straight up to me letting me take his photo. Maybe he was looking for a sniff, a lick, a pat or maybe some food but he was pretty happy that he was out for a walk with his humans.

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Sony A7 – ISO 64, S/S 1/50s  A – f/7.1

These three gents stood out from the rest of the crowd on The Beach in Tel Aviv. After downloading and viewing the files I couldn’t help but give the photo the title of Three Amigos and the photo had to be in Black and White. It wasn’t until later that I noticed the middle guy trying to wave me off but by the time he had done that I had already taken two.

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Samsung Note 8 – Camera app Default Setting

The Yellow bus had me standing in the one spot waiting patiently for over 30 minutes so I could snap it passing underneath the corner of the building. Sometimes the best camera you have is your smartphone and I did get some much needed exercise walking around Hong Kong Airport while waiting for a connecting flight.

Would enjoy seeing your favourite photos of 2018 so please leave link to photo in the comments section.

Happy Shooting

The Mad Max 2 Museum

The Mad Max museum has been featured in many travel shows and they all have mentioned that it is one of those places that is worth stopping in because it was full of Mad Max memorabilia from nearly all of the films. So while we were on a month long road trip we decided that we needed to stop in and check the place out ourselves, and it lived up to the hype.

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The day we visited was extremely cold and rain was threatening however it certainly added to the look of the place from the road. The front of the Museum is pretty colourful and its unmissable in Silverton.

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There are no photos allowed to be taken inside the museum which has plenty of costumes, photos and videos of the Mad Max film series however you are allowed to take photos of the vehicles which are located out the back which still forms part of the museum.

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mad-max-museum-silverton-2Lastly but not least the Silverton pub has been featured in many films and is worth stopping in for a beer and a meal.  Even just to look at the memorabilia that adorn the walls, ceiling and even the front of the bar. mad-max-museum-silverton-5

Exit Strategy

The glow worm tunnels near Lithgow are certainly worthy of a visit however if you look closely on the side of walking track you’ll see small entrances to other caves that people don’t normally venture into. If you aren’t afraid of the dark and getting a little dirty they will offer a view rarely seen into another world.  As we walked toward what we thought would be an exit we realised that our exit strategy would require us to climb out and get a little dirtier than usual but it was well worth the venture into the unknown and the the darkness beyond.

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New Camera, new beginning

I had been looking for a new camera for many years and my intention was to buy Nikon again as I had a reasonable amount of lenses but finding that they had grown not just in quality and what they can do but they had also grown in price so I needed to see what else was on the market. What was everyone else using ?

Much to my surprise I discovered mirrorless cameras to be not just good, but excellent. They are light, compact and easy to use and fulfil all my requirements of what I was wanting in a camera. So after a few weeks of scouring the camera shops bargain bins (there are no bargain bins) I purchased a new Sony A7. I know its not the latest model but for just under 2 grand its right for me. Right in price and right in size and usability

And this is the first photo that I took of our little but growing rapidly Border Collie, Scout and I was immediately impressed with the results.

Now I have a renewed passion to get out and shoot

Happy shooting

Scout

One Scary Woman, An Ordinary Band and a Few Hot Cars

Photographic opportunities such as festivals and local events organised by local councils during the warmer months provide photographers of all skill levels to practice their craft by getting out there and leaning over the barricades (or in my case, jumping it) to get some great shots. Subjects can be vary from people in full costume to bands rocking out their latest hit or classic a car shows with plenty of chrome and horsepower. The Fischers Ghost Festival provides all that and more including rides and fireworks at the end of the night.

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This lady was participating in the parade and drew my attention because her entire group had put effort in to their costumes and make up. I leaned all the way out over the barricade and she looked straight into the lens as I took the shot.

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The parade wound up at the park which was playing host to a long list of local bands playing but only a few people were actually paying any attention. I only had to battle to other photographers and no crowds to get several shots of this band who were not shy in plugging their latest single on iTunes.
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I never seem to be able to photograph a complete car at car shows and I think that is through the amount of people with their heads stuck in the window or standing around in the background so I lean towards taking close in shots. Hopefully they provide you with feeling of wanting to see more.

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And remember that never delete straight from camera but always archive your “Rejected” images  after you have downloaded. That way you don’t accidentally delete a good or even a great shot whilst in camera.

Time to Improve (this blog anyway)

Sometime in December 2015 (that was so long a go I know) I saw this post by Wordpress letting everyone know that they were now taking registration details for a Blogging course. The course is called Blogging 101 which is a course to supercharge your blog. Something I need right now.

Now I’ve signed up for this before. I think it might have been two years ago but I sat on the sidelines and watched and while I was watching I was kicking myself that I didn’t participate in the course. Even this year the timing of the start of Blogging 101 course didn’t suit me at all. I was still going to be away with family so right from the start I was playing catch up and I was still kicking myself from not doing this earlier.

While I was away I had a moment of clarity, you know those moments where everything seems so clear, you ask yourself why you hadn’t done that in the first place. After having a good old one way conversation with myself I come up with these three questions that I think I should answer which strangely enough is pretty much the first assignment of the Blogging 101 course.

  • Why, Why do I (or anyone else) blog for that matter?

I’m not so sure that is an easy question to answer and I’ve have asked myself that question on numerous occasions before only to end up in a a familiar place of “I Don’t really know”. The reality of why I blog is that I feel as though I have some thing to say either through the use of words or by by showing the photographs that I have taken.

  • What topics should I include? 

Everyone has an addiction: sugar, smoking, driving fast cars or driving cars fast but one of my two addictions that keeps me awake at night is photography (and 4wding/family adventures though the bush) so the intent is to write and blog about the following:

  1. My journey through The Arcanum and how my photography is changing/improving by undertaking these challenges. Currently Level 17, Sphere 1.
  2. Projects that I have completed or currently undertaking so other people who are planning on something similar may learn from my mistakes (and I make plenty) and everyone else gets to see the results of what I achieved or didn’t achieve.
  3. Thief Images photo shoots. This is something that is not that easy to do at the moment as the site is down and being overhauled (one of those moments of clarity).
  4. And I will be sharing photos that I have taken along the road of life.

These are fairly specific topics and there will be plenty of other ideas along the way.

  • What would I like to achieve through my blog

Always a tough question and its not easy to answer for sure but developing some reasonable goals for blogging that can be achieved every week/month should be completed and these are my four.

  1. Post around two to three times every week. Its not to much that you are spamming peoples inboxes and they loose interest but enough to for me to say what I’m trying to say.
  2. Be able to look back on the year and see that the Thief Images Photography Blog has improved.
  3. Connect with other like mined bloggers/photographers.
  4. Ensure that the Thief Images Photography blog has its own web address.

Well that’s assignment one completed and surprisingly managed to develop some goals, achievable goals along the way.

Happy New Year and let it be a great 2016.