I’ve Got SOS – Shiny Object Syndrome

I have something that I need to get off my chest and I’m sure that there are a lot of people out there who will be in the same boat. I have recently mentioned this to a doctor and he laughed, laughed a lot actually and said he has the “same issues” but was unaware of any treatment options. This has all come about due to a self diagnosis I made (whilst I was standing in another shiny object shop) and have determined that I have two horrible diseases that have had a profound affect on not just me but also those around me. These disease are not well known or well researched however I believe that I have contracted SOS and CRAFT disease!

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Mick Fanning showing off his moves during the finals

SOS does not discriminate between genders and knows no age barrier and has been seen in small children. Once this horrible affliction takes hold, well lets say that it doesn’t end well. To add to the burden of having SOS I have also contracted CRAFT disease. I know that this doesn’t sound pretty but first let me explain what SOS actually is.

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Top of the wave crashes down over Mick Fanning.

SOS is not to be underestimated by any measure and to my knowledge there is no cure for it either. SOS or “Shiny Object Syndrome” doesn’t suddenly appear over night but is gradual over time and will effect people differently. Recent research has seen it passed onto family members and friends with devastating effects.

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Stephanie Gilmore won the 2018 Women’s Rip Curl Pro

As I said, I also suffer from CRAFT disease which has similar symptoms to SOS and doesn’t suddenly appear over night but also takes hold slowly. I have suffered from this disease for some time now and I’m not sure if it will ever get better. As with SOS there is no cure nor medication that can alleviate the symptoms but research has not seen CRAFT disease passed onto family and friends easily.

By now you are probably wondering what CRAFT disease is, and as with SOS, this disease should also not be underestimated. CRAFT or “Can’t Remember A F$#%ing Thing” is horrible and is only noticeable when you are standing in a room wondering why you went in there in the first place. Disturbingly this disease has some serious offshoots, the most prominent and not so obvious until its to late disease is “I’m not sure how I spent that much on a ………!” however to aid in the treatment, self treatment I might add was by losing my wallet which has seen a sudden and profound downward effect on my “I’m not sure how I spent that much on a ……………!” affliction.

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Winner Rip Curl Pro 2018 – Italo Ferreira

The direct result of these two diseases is that I keep becoming distracted and forgetting that I need to spend time not just photographing and processing the images that I take but also writing on this here little ole‘ blog. To be honest there were some serious good intentions to write about the Rip Curl Pro, the huge crowd with the enormous amount of photographers present on the beach (some serious lens/gear envy), the ability to get up close and maybe get “that shot” or mention that I had the opportunity to use a Nikon D810 with (what I thought was huge) 400mm lens. Unfortunately I became distracted by SOS and eventually CRAFT kicked back in resulting in me forgetting to write about this amazing and sometimes emotional event.

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Mick Fanning Paddles Out

There should be a support group for people who suffer from SOS or CRAFT disease. Somewhere their loved ones can drop them off for a few hours where they can be monitored and not make any unnecessary or spontaneous purchases of shiny new objects. Oh wait, there is such a place. Its the Pub and that’s where I’m off to.

Until next time, Happy Shooting Photographing

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.

Face First into the bubble

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.

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.

Lithgow-Newnes May 16-16