The Sunday Snap 36

Sculpture by the Sea event returned to my local beach after a long break due to, well you know why it got cancelled/delayed, and the crowds returned as well. The crowds can be frustrating at times as people will inadvertently be in your frame, and I found to achieve the best results by focusing on a particular area of the sculpture or angling the camera up away from the crowds. This technique sort of worked most of the time however there we occasions that it was unavoidable.

It was enjoyable experience getting out and photographing my local area as the sun set on another sweltering day and I was reminded I needed to photograph more of my local area in the future.

As always, please drop a comment or hit the like button, every bit helps. Until next time.

My First WordPress Story

WordPress has released Stories, and its about time. Instagram and Facebook have had this feature available for some time. Learning how to get the most out of the stories is the next challenge and hopefully I will be able to share more in the future.

Would love to know your thoughts on my story and others, until next time happy shooting

The Sunday Snap 27

First Sunset of 2021

The first sunset of 2021 was an absolute killer. The sky was filled full of drama and the sun just lit the sky up and it just kept getting better and better. Couldn’t stop taking photos

Until next time, happy shooting

The Sunday Snap 21

Climbed Mount Holland, Western Australia to watch the sunset after some of the hardest four wheel driving myself and group of friends have ever attempted, and we weren’t even half way!

The Holland Track is only 260 kilometers long and is pretty remote with incredibly tough obstacles to navigate. The track threw everything at us and we weren’t disappointed.

A great long weekend four wheel driving followed by a great number of beers around the camp fire at night.

Until next time…..Happy Shooting

The Sunday Snap 17

Walking the esplanade in Tel Aviv, Israel I spotted a group waiting for the sun to set whilst having drinks and chatting with friends, just on the edge of a building.

Sunset Drinks

It strikes me that they showed no fear of heights and were pretty casual about it. It seemed more like a daily ritual than a once off.

For those in celebrating Fathers Day today, Happy Fathers Day.

Until next time, happy shooting

P.S Please note, Flickr presents photos better and by clicking on the image you will be taken to my Flickr gallery.

Sunday Snap 2

Looking for a composition whilst walking the coastline at sunset had me thinking about how to apply this weeks theme, rule of thirds. I had a composition in mind even before I left the house however I found it didn’t work due to a number of factors including people in the foreground and not able to capture the composition I wanted.

wp-1577018172081.jpg

Wandering further, I discovered a couple taking photographs of the sunset and capturing silhouettes of people standing on the rock wall.

Plucking up the courage to approach to ask if they minded if they would pose for me was a little scary however after explaining about the smartphone challenge they were happy to oblige.

Happy Shooting

 

The Sunday Snap

We all carry smartphones with us everywhere we go and I am always looking for inspiration to continue to learn and improve my skills as a photographer, especially using a smartphone. A good way to improve is to participate in photography challenges as they cause you to think about the theme and they do what the title says, they challenge you. And what a great way to kick off the new year and a new decade by participating in smartphone challenge curated by Khürt from Island in the Net.

The challenge is called the 52 week smartphone challenge which provides plenty of inspiration and has some thought provoking themes to keep you thinking and improve on all those rubbish awesome photos stored in your phone. If you would like to join in, click on the link above.

I also highly recommend you don’t do what I did by jumping the gun and submitting my first image last Friday. So I’m feeling like a bit of a goose but at the very least I have some good ideas and some photos for the first couple of weeks and can concentrate on the other photography challenge, the Tuesday Photography Challenge curated by Frank Jansen from Dutch Goes the Photo.

Frank provides some really interesting themes ensuring you think about how you will tackle it to produce a result and this weeks theme, Common, is no different.

The above photo was not what I set out to take however I was drawn to a large number of people standing on a rock wall silhouetting themselves against the sunset but I noticed this man sitting on his own watching the sun go down on another day.

To all of you who celebrate Christmas, I would like to wish you a very Merry Christmas and for those who don’t celebrate it, I hope you have an enjoyable time with family and friends over the break.

Happy Shooting.

The Friday Snap (TFS 1)

We don’t print our photos any more, we don’t put them into photo albums to show family and friends nor do we have slide nights (thankfully). Now we press the digital shutter without thought or consequence, share one or two photos to our favourite social media platform and the continue on with life keeping all the photos that never made the cut.

Have you ever sat down and cleaned out or deleted the photos that are blurry, someone’s head or hand is in the frame. That’s what I did and discovered a gobsmacking number of photos stored on the phone with just over a 1000 remaining in the collection.

20190626_173149-01-01-01-01.jpeg

Putting some serious thought into what should be done with them all resulted in a idea which is to share the better photos here in a blog post called ‘The Friday Snap’. The requirement must be that they were taken using a smartphone and processed using snapseed or a similiar app.

I hope you enjoy what is to come.

Happy Shooting