Photography with meaning

In the age of the 'Selfie' New York Photographer Richard Renaldi has been working on a series of photographs that involve approaching, and asking complete strangers to physically interact while posing together for a portrait. Working on the street with a large format eight-by-ten-inch view camera, Renaldi encounters the subjects for his photographs in towns and cities all over the United States. He pairs them up and invites them to pose together, intimately, in ways that people are usually taught to reserve for their close friends and loved ones. Have a look at this amazing project here

The struggle..

Any creative. Be they an artist, writer or dare I say even a photographer, I am sure could relate to this video. Zack Arias is one of my favourite photographers. I love his work, but even more I love his style, his philosophy on photography. I like that he admits to his doubts and anxieties as an artist. When I find myself struggling photographically I often give his video another watch. Give it a watch, you just might find an interesting perspective...

Cairns Bhutanese Community Fashion Show

Had the fantastic opportunity and experience today of photographing the Cairns Bhutanese Community fashion show. The traditional dress on display was really a sight to see. The most amazing colours and designs were on show!

Thanks to the Cairns Bhutanese Community for asking me to photograph this show. Some of the most genuinely welcoming and friendly people around! Not to mention the amazing food! Thanks once again for the hospitality!

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Getting camera fit...

So my exploration with the Fuji XT-10 continues. I am slowly but surely using the Fuji at every opportunity, and seeing how the little Fuji handles. Unfortunately, time constraints always make getting to locations a bit of a hassle most days. 

I was coming back into Cairns from the North side just before sunset. I hadn't tried any sunset shooting with the Fuji as yet. I was interested in seeing the dynamic range and how far I could push the files if necessary. So I pulled over on the side of the highway and started seeing what I could do.

The following file is a single exposure as I wanted to see how hard I could push the shadows etc on the Fuji files. Not as good as my Nikon overall I would say, so I will have to be a little more careful on the exposure. But overall so far I am very happy with what the Fuji is capable of. 

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#fujix #fujifilm #fujixt10 #sunsets

Niggling doubts...

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In a few months I am off to Japan for a few weeks. This is purely a personal photography trip for me. So, I decided to try a lighter alternative in regards to camera gear for this trip. So I picked up the wonderful little retro Fuji XT-10 (Check it out here) also the 18-55 and the 55-200 lenses. I am still undecided on the 14mm Wide angle lens and might rent this lens for the trip.

I love night photography, especially when travelling. I have tried out the body and lens combo during the day. (I have been so busy this has been limited to shooting from my balcony whilst having a morning coffee) I am happy that during daylight, the Fuji XT-10 will produce fantastic image quality for the trip. But...

The deal breaker is this "Will the XT-10 perform at night and for long exposure photography?".
I had to head down to my local shopping centre the other night. This was the first opportunity I had to try out a night time long exposure. OK, OK so it's not the greatest location or subject but it gave me an idea on whether the XT-10 will cut it for the trip.

Short answer...Yes! I was more than happy with the quality and clean files that resulted. Pack your stuff Fuji. You'll be heading home soon!

#fuji #fujixt10 #fujifilm #fujifanatics

Fields of Fire

 I am very happy to have my "Fields of Fire" photograph included in the Leichhardt Community Calendar. Warren Entsch is the Federal Member for Leichhardt, and every year calls for submissions from local photographers to showcase the area. The calendar goes out to local businesses within the electorate.  I eagerly await a copy to see some of the great talent out there!

I am very happy to have my "Fields of Fire" photograph included in the Leichhardt Community Calendar. Warren Entsch is the Federal Member for Leichhardt, and every year calls for submissions from local photographers to showcase the area. The calendar goes out to local businesses within the electorate.

I eagerly await a copy to see some of the great talent out there!

fields of fire

A camera for those that like cameras!

I have a fair amount of travel with a multi lens, fully fledged Digital Single Lens Reflex (DSLR) camera under my belt. Those that have travelled with such a set up know some of the downsides. The anxiety as you try to make your carry on bag appear much lighter than the allowed weight, hoping they don't want to weigh your bag! Long days spent hauling many kilograms of lenses and various accessories as well as a tripod. (I ALWAYS travel with a tripod)

So in an effort to trim down my travel set up, I have decided to try the world of the mirrorless cameras. Specifically the Fuji XT-10. Although I am still getting to know this wonderful retro style little camera, I am impressed so far. I will regularly update with some samples and my thoughts on this system as time goes on. I have a trip planned for Japan in November. Will the Fuji be up to the challenge?...

My all time favourite camera bag!

Camera bags are a very personal thing! What works for one photographer may not for the next. Messenger style bags work well for me, when I am travelling or getting around with my gear on the motorbike. There are several things that are important to me with my choice of camera bags.
these include:

1. Quality (Why pay all that money for something that falls apart at the worst moment)
2. Discreteness (I don't want to stand out as carrying lots of expensive gear!)
3. Functionality (It has to work as designed!)

So my bag for the last twelve months or so has been the Retrospective 7 by  Think Tank

The think Tank checks all these for me. I recently went to Europe and this bag was abused and used! I routinely was carrying FAR more than it was ever designed to and held up beautifully! I especially like the low key look of these bags and that they are not splattered with logos and clues as to their contents. Very handy as I do a lot of night shooting in the wee hours. I appreciated the fact I didn't look like a big target for thieves.

The quality and robustness of these bags has impressed me no end! I am actually going to buy another one to use as my bag when I am riding my motorcycle! No doubt it will see double duty as a camera bag as well, but these bags are just so impressive not to use all the time!

The layout and customisation is also very handy as I can lay out the bag depending on what I need for any particular job. I will let you head over to their website to see for yourself, but from me...Two big thumbs up!

 

Love the Sporties!

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As a lifelong motorcyclist and current Harley owner, I was very happy to have a friends Sportster as a prop in a recent photo shoot. This is one of the lighting test shots before the model was placed into the scene. I love my sporty and we travelled around Australia together a few years ago, so I have a lot of history with my little bike and would never consider getting rid of her...Maybe she does need some company in the garage though hmmmm

For a good cause...

pool hair flick

A friend recently decided to donate her hair to the The Princess Charlotte Alopecia Program. you can read for yourself what this is all about here. The program generates awareness about alopecia areata as well as grant wigs for children with all strains of the condition. So before all that hair gets the chop, she decided to get a few photos done to celebrate losing her hair! 

What's a guy to do...

So Christmas rolls around like it usually does on the 25th of December...I am working the days either side and due to logistics and distance, I am unable to make it home Christmas Day. So when the opportunity to pull the camera out and do a portrait session popped up. What's a guy supposed to do? So now the Christmas/New Year is all over. I hope you all had a fantastic Christmas and here is to an even better 2016!

Idol hands...

I have always been a bit of an insomniac. Night time is when my mind becomes active, a little over active sometimes. This may go some of the way to explain my love of night photography I think. I am certainly no Freud. However, I think the link is fairly obvious...

Last night, I was tossing and turning in bed, and decided to go for a ride and find a location to do something I have never tried. I had seen photographs of 'steel wool' spinning before and secretly liked the look achieved. But, the 'inner douche photographer' would always murmur in my ear about 'cliche' photography and my doubts would stop me having a go...but not last night.

After finding a suitable location, and ensuring there were no fire hazards, crocodiles, orcs, or other undesirables...How much fun was had!!! I think I will be possibly doing this a lot more! This is totally addictive!!! I also have had a few ideas of combining some portrait photography into this technique....mmmm Come to think of it, I am not feeling very sleepy tonight!