Trails Never Followed

It’s been awhile between blog posts due to travelling for work and for personal reasons and it has felt good to put the camera down, to not stress about taking photos or the feel the pressure of writing blog posts.

The Lonely Dirt Road

So its time to get back into the swing of things, there are some blog posts in the works which just require a little motivation to be completed but what better way to start with a photo challenge curated by Frank at Dutch Goes the Photo. He does an amazing job with collating the weeks submissions and coming up with next weeks theme. So I take my hat off to Frank for doing a fantastic job. If your not involved, jump over and join in. It keeps your photography and blogging skills honed.

 

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Follow the Trail of the Rainbow Serpent

 

Trails never followed will only result in wonder, wonder what was down there, wonder why we never……….and wonder what could have been.

Happy Shooting

Slippery Rocky Surface – A Photo Challenge

I have been an avid observer for some time for the Tuesday photo challenge on Dutch Goes the Photo however hitting the required timeline has been problematic. I mean its not that hard, the subject/topic is released on Tuesday and must be submitted by Sunday but I keep getting those two mixed up.

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The topic released on Tuesday was surface and with that in mind I dug through the photos that have been taken in the last month or so and found this little gem of a slippery rocky surface that fits the requirements for the photo challenge.

Do you like photo challenges, if so jump over to Dutch Goes the Photo and join in the fun.

Happy shooting

Film – It’s got Character!

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Ballroom in NSW State Parliament

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Mungo Beach

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Normally this image of sunset at Bare Island, La Perouse would be almost salvageable using image software but not this time. Live and Learn!

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Historic House at Hill End

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Historic House at Hill End

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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.

A Beach With No Sunrise

Fulfilling the resolutions goals I had set for myself at the start of 2017 were never going to be easy especially when you have to get out of a nice comfy bed at 3.30. The drive itself is an hour and daylight saving had to be taken into consideration. Sun simply comes up early, real early during summer. I hate daylight savings!

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However the sun didn’t arrive as usual but this time sort of slinked into the office behind the clouds. Didn’t even stop by to say hello, just slinked in trying hard not to be noticed. But we, the assembled photographers noticed alright and they, me included had to work hard to get good images that we were going to be happy with. Simply put the Sun let us down.

After some much needed coffee I decided to head over to Bondi to see if I could capture any decent street style shots but by the time I arrived the rain had really set in and it looked as though there would be no let up for the rest of the day.  I’d come this far and I wasn’t staying in the car so I got out with the camera in one hand and an umbrella in the other and walked the length of Bondi seeing if there was anything worthwhile.

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There weren’t to many people about except for a few that had decided to look on in hope from under their umbrellas that the rain would stop and the sun would shine bright.

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A few of the locals did venture out for their morning walks, run, swim or surf. On the way back I found this fella tied up to the railing as he kept watch on his owner out in the surf. The rain didn’t bother him and he wasn’t real interested in me photographing him either. He just watched on and waited patiently for his owner to return.

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Apart from getting out of bed incredibly early and Mother Nature not being kind, shooting the landscapes at Cronulla was really enjoyable and a good learning experience. I’m not ticking this one off as ‘completed a goal for 2017’ but I think that I’m going to do more landscape photography before I can say, Tick !

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Old Holden’s Never Die !

Whilst wandering around in the central deserts of Australia, I found this old Holden car which nature had started to reclaim. Rust was slowly eating away at the panel work and all of the valuable parts had also been removed. Some one also had decided that it was a good spot to set up camp and sleep in the car. I figure they must have been desperate to sleep in it but when I got there the only thing living in the car was a dirty great big snake. I don’t know who was more surprised, me or the snake. The snake left and I decided that I had walked to far not to come away with at least a couple of shots.

Happy Shooting

Thief Images

 

Floating Markets

The floating markets in Thailand are a hive of activity throughout the day and into the night. These floating markets provide the opportunity for the locals to sell their produce such as fish, fruit and vegetables. The boardwalk is narrow and most of the merchants sell their produce or cook you a meal from their boats. The side stalls not only act as a shop front but for some also their homes.