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.

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A GoPro Time Lapse

Experimenting with a GoPro Hero Black 5 has been loads of fun. Its an impressive little camera and is very easy to set up for time lapse video or as i have done is stuck it to the  roof of my4WD to capture a a track being driven through thick bush.

This footage was taken at Mission Beach, Queensland, Australia nearing the end of winter, I know, winter right! I’ve also attempted a night time lapse whilst camping but all I managed was complete darkness. This is probably down to a couple of errors, such as not enough ISO for the sensor or I failed to set the camera up properly, which is probably the most likely reason.

To achieve 12 seconds of footage, I needed more than the 20 or so minutes that I spent on the beach watching the sunrise and in hindsight, I realised that if I had some patience for another 10 or 20 minutes I would have captured a lot more footage but I was pretty eager to see the end result. It certainly would have provided more footage for editing and wouldn’t leave you with a feeling of an incomplete sunrise.

I found this to be a real fun and easy way to capture a time lapse, however the only downside is the battery doesn’t hold enough charge for any long time lapse videos say for an hour or more (a lot of patience needed). Even though, I have plans to do more in the future and I have a location in mind over looking a light house.

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The Yellow Bus

Long haul flights suck, there’s no denying that but there is always the stopover. Instead of going to the airline lounge, try wandering around the airport. Not only is it good for your blood circulation and general health but there are photographic opportunities just waiting to be captured.

Stopovers with a duration of 3-4 hours are like a photowalk, but indoors! There are so many opportunities from people watching to the unique archtichecture of the building itself. All that is needed is a keen eye and quick hands on your camera or smartphone to capture that shot.

This unique spot below was discovered by wandering around Hong Kong International Airport during a stopover.

The corner of the building jutted out over the services road that had numerous vehicles of all shapes, sizes and colours going around the corner. I stood there for over 30 minutes waiting for this bus to come back and remember patience pays off.

If you feel nervous about pulling your camera out in an airport, use your smartphone. Nearly everyone has one and they are used everyday in airports across the world and smartphones have amazing cameras, so why not use it. This shot was taken using a Samsung Note 8 and processed using Snapseed.

So next time you are flying long haul and have a stopover, go for a wander around the airport to see what there is to photograph. At the very least you will get some exercise which your body will thank you for.

Happy shooting.

Note: Taking photographs in airports is not illegal as long as you don’t take photos of the areas that are related to security. That may include security personnel, equipment and border control areas and please ensure that respect is shown to the countries culture and traditions.

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.