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.
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.
Lets start the year with something a little bit of fun. I have named this guy The Bubble Man because nearly every time I wander through Hyde Park during a weekend or a public holiday I come across him. He does these amazing tricks with huge bubbles and of course the kids are attracted to bubbles and adults are reminded of the time that they used to be able to play with something so simple but fill your day with loads of fun.
The Bubble Man manages to get the bubbles up high and they float through the air with parents watching on as their kids reach high as bubbles gently float towards their waiting hands. Every now and then an over excited kid will wander across the line into the the bubble magic area where he quickly ushers tham back across the line before he continues his bubble magic.
Sometimes he will ask for a volunteer from the audience and this guy was pretty eager to get in and have a go. The Bubble Man asked him to hold an oversize champagne glass and The Bubble Man created a large bubble in the champagne glass and then filled it with what looked like smoke.
Once completed The Bubble Man encourages the volunteer to pop it using his face.
Looks like fun and certainly reminds you of when you were a kid and how much fun you could have with bubbles. If you see him in Hyde Park, watch what he does and if you feel like it, drop a dollar or two into his collection hat.
Literally stumbled across a huge display of photos that had been hung in Hyde park, Sydney CBD. As it turned out there was a showing of about 10 finalists in a competition run by Art & About Sydney. These photos were mighty impressive and as you can see they are huge covering diverse subjects about Australia.
It wasn’t until after the photos had been downloaded and I had started to process the images that I realised both women in the shots have their backs to me. It was unintentional but it works not being able to see their faces which certainly makes you wonder, what do they think of the photo?