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.

 

Rainbow Serpent

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

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

Red Flames, White Lines

I’ve said it before, car shows are the place to go and get your photography groove on. You can spend hours wandering around the cars photographing all aspects of the chrome adorned hot rods and on some occasions the people who own them or have been hired to work on them.

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But every now and then you find something different, something that is worth that little bit of effort to photograph, making sure that you get it right and in this case it was this gentlemen with the steadiest hands I have ever seen painting the white edging around the flames.

As I started to post process the images I felt as though that overall there was to much red and I ended up going down the path of processing the image to black and white. DSC03031 1Now the problem I have is I don’t know which one should be the final product.

Which one do you prefer?

The Green Caps

I could get used to being a surf photographer only because of the sand between your toes and the beautiful sunshine but I had no idea how to photograph a Surf Lifesaving Club Enduro Swim.

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What I do know is that camera gear is not water proof and I figured that I could go up to my knees if I needed to get some shots.

But the opportunity to photograph the competitors ends once they sprint into the water and start swimming.  So I waited around the finish line for about 40 mins and looked around to see if I could photograph anything else.

I also never reset any of the settings from previous shoot so my ISO was set at around ISO 50 or ISO 80 which was probably way to low for what I wanted to achieve. I need to remember to reset the settings after each shoot or at least check them when before I start.

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Shirts optional when you’re photographing an event at the beach.

It was at this point that I realised I was on the wrong side of the finish line. All of the competitors ran to the left of the finish line and I was on the other side. I’m not sure how to fix that, maybe try and work out where I think they would run and move to that side before hand, either way its going to be guess work.

I also realised that a Sony A7 with a 28-70mm lens is insufficient and that a DSLR with a selection of lenses would have been much better suited to this type of event. I would have liked to photograph more of what was going on in the background however there wasn’t much happening at the time which is probably due to the event starting at 8.30 am.

Happy Shooting.

Well that’s what I think I do!

I enjoy blogging, I find blogging to be a great way to put thoughts down, show photos, pass on tips and tricks like detailing how I took that shot etc.

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Town Cryer, Australia Day 2017

Well that’s what I think I do!

But the reality is the exact opposite. I’ve read more blogs than I’ve written and spend more time surfing the net (Hello Youtube). Last year I posted an extraordinary number of posts. An incredible 12, that’s right. 12! Sounds like one a month but I didn’t even manage to maintain that. A simple one post a month. How hard can it be, honestly once a month?

Why? why do I continue to blog? or attempt to anyway.

I think the answer is that I like to write my thoughts down, read other peoples blogs, show some photos and connect with other bloggers and photographers.

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Luna Park Ferris Wheel, Sydney

But sometimes the only way for improvement is to set some goals, and before you ask no they’re not new years resolutions because we already 10 days in.

It occurred to me (after surfing the net for awhile) that these goals need to be kept simple and somewhat achievable.

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Money Please! An old lady begging in Davao City, Phillipines. 

If I follow my own advice and do what I have set out to do these 4 goals should be achievable over the next 12 months,

  • Set time aside to sit down and write posts

Manage my time better, especially since that blogging can be achieved from mobile platforms so there is no real excuse not to.

  • Improve my writing skills

This is something that I have been striving to be better at throughout my life. Writing concisely to get your message across is important, especially blogging however there is always room for improvement.

  • Continue to improve my photography skills. 

I’m already doing this by shooting as much as possible. Constantly looking for something  or a scene that is unique. I agree with the principle of taking your camera everywhere you go but that is not always possible however with smart phone comes advances in technology for cameras built in to smart phones. Combine that with blogging from mobile platforms should see an increase in posts for 2018.

  • Define my social media 

Social media is not something that I’m terribly good at. I have Instagram (IG), Google Plus, Twitter and 500Px. Some of these social media platforms I post to quite a lot but some I haven’t touched in over 12 months and should be cancelled or deleted. Instagram(IG) is by far the easiest to post a photo to but to make the most of it I need to find one theme and stick to it (street or 4wd touring). This may result in splitting the themes into two seperate IG accounts.  The other social media platforms, well I’m just not sure on what I’m going to do with them yet.

All of these are achievable I just have to follow my own advice. Does anyone have any NYE Resolutions goals of their own for 2018, I would love to read them.

Hyde and Bubbles

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.

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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.

Something Special about Panormas

I’m not sure what it is but there is something special about Panoramas that if done right make a pretty good photo. Maybe it’s because there is so much detail in them or that they have managed to capture a scene that can’t be captured without photographing a panorama or maybe the average person thinks that there is something special that goes into photographing them.

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The Olgas

It was while were travelling through the outback of Australia that I realised that the Sony A7 has the ability to take a panorama image and I couldn’t contain my excitement. I took quite a few panoramas along the way with the idea to printing a few to hang when we got home. I was excited because I’ve never stitched an image together using image software before so I thought that having the panorama ability was pretty cool but as it turned out I was going to be sadly disappointed. It wasn’t until download that realisation smacked me pretty hard that the image out of camera would be saved as a JPEG not in RAW format to the memory card as I had hoped. So there goes the ability to make any real adjustments.

I did try and make some adjustments to this image and I think it’s turned out ok but in future I think that I’ll learn how to stitch the images together to get a better result. What do you think?