Fully aware friends and family here in Australia and across the globe are yet again in lock down. With that in mind I headed to the local beach with the drone, to capture some footage of waves rolling in to the shoreline to share with everyone so they had a distraction, even for just a few minutes and apart from the visual distraction there is a back story.
Drone laws here in Australia are pretty clear and to name a few you are not allowed to fly a drone within 30 meters of other people, no higher than 400ft (120 meters) etc but to reach a suitable spot to fly the drone I needed to walk through the clothing optional area of the beach, that’s right, the nudist beach. This might sound like a good idea but let me assure its filled full of men, and only men who are all naked resulting in me looking at my feet the entire length of the beach.
This is typical of the majority of the Filipinos who allowed me to take their photo, they were smiling, happy and always willing to have their photos taken and with a thumbs up
She was not shy in begging for money and every time I pointed the camera at her she shied away from being photographed until I held money next to the camera. As quick as I handed it over, it was gone and so was she.
Security is everywhere in the Philippines and probably for good reason, they are in the shopping centres, hotel lobbies and on street corners and I will admit, it can be just a little scary asking to photograph someone with a weapon, you just never know which way it may go but he was more than happy to have his photo taken.
I hope you have enjoyed the series from the Philippines. It’s definitely a place I would visit again in the future. If you have enjoyed it please leave a like or a comment below and if you want to see the next series, hit the subscribe button.
Not all photos work out every time the shutter is pressed, usually for a variety of reasons like trying to shoot in manual mode whilst shooting street and adjusting settings on the fly including manual focusing. It’s not only difficult but takes quite a lot of practice to master. There are loads of photographic opportunities to capture some great street photos in Davao City, Philippines but it’s not the time or the place to practice.
And that’s what happened in this photo. The two uniformed women were in stark contrast to their surroundings, but they noticed me adjusting camera settings providing ample opportunity to shy away as the shutter was pressed.
To be honest, this photo is a personal favourite. It reminds me that its OK to make mistakes and not every photo has to be perfect. Just enjoy getting out and taking photos, something we’re currently not allowed to do.
For those celebrating. Happy Easter. Until next time…….
This photo was taken almost 4 years ago in Davao City, Philippines and at the time I would thought it was somewhat odd to be wearing masks such as his. How things have changed and now we’re being told to wear masks every time we venture out.
Until next time……..
Oh, before I forget, click on the photo (link to Flickr) if you would like to see a high-resolution version.
It only ever seems to happen when I have time on my hands. I sit down and comb through the archives, not looking for any particular photo, stumble across one that attracts my attention, make a fewminor adjustments only to completely stuff it up and have to go back to the original to start again, destroying what had been done.
Thankfully, this time that didn’t happen.
This shot was captured at the Rip Curl Pro held in 2019 at Bells Beach Victoria.
A number of photographers inspire me with their photography style, and one photographer’s style stands out. Allan Schaller is an amazing black and white street photographer creating images that play with light and contrast resulting in clean, crisp and incredibly well composed framed images. His style of street photography drags me in with every photo finding it hard to not get up and go and shoot.
Quickly realising that Tel Aviv, Israel was going to be an amazing location for street photography had me deciding, at least attempt to shoot in a similar style. There was never going to be any hope that I could create similar images however I did try and see the light and contrast in each and every composition with a black and white edit in mind.
Overall I spent a week in Tel Aviv, Israel creating photos each morning and afternoon and did come away with some memorable images but I also learnt a lot. Firstly Allan’s style takes a lot of work and that is obvious in his work. I also learnt not everyone in Israel is keen on street photography so you need to exercise caution but the beach in Tel Aviv is heaven for street photographers. If you would like to see more street photos from Tel Aviv, you can find them here
Let me know in the comments below who inspires you to get out and create photographs
As an Australian, I have only seen Dingos (Native Australian Dog) in their natural habitat maybe 7 or 8 times throughout my life. On this occasion, we spotted two together but the lead Dingo wasn’t sticking around to pose for a photo. I did try to photograph from inside the car however wasn’t having much luck so I very quietly and slowly got out the car, switched lenses and using the bonnet (hood) as a stable platform squeezed off a few frames. Is it perfect, no it’s not but both my wife and I feel pretty fortunate to see not one but two in their natural habitat.
There are plenty of Australians that have only seen a dingo, and other native Australian animals in a zoo! and to be honest, it’s probably the safest place to see them.
Many people said that crossing the Nullarbor Plains was boring as there is nothing to see or do. Well, they’re wrong!
Nikon D810 – A: f3.5, SS: 15 sec, ISO: 1600
There’s plenty to do but sometimes doing nothing except looking up into the dark night sky to see how many stars you can see is the best and those stars always to start you to wonder, are the stars just a portal to another world?
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