Don't let a little rain stop you..

I have always thought one of the major qualities any photographer should have is problem solving. To me most of photography is problem solving to a degree. Too bright? How do I make it darker? Too dark? How do I make it brighter?...What happens when you location scouted a week ago and the weather was perfect and your creative juices are flowing for the ideas you now have in your head...Now it's windy and raining and your two clients and family are 10 minutes away...

Like Nike once said...Just Do It! Congratulations to Harriet and Hayden on their school formal day. Hope you had a great night!

graduation boy and girl standing on pier

CONGRATULATIONS

Harriet and Hayden

Happy Mothers Day

Happy Mothers Day to all mothers out there today. So to do my bit today I was the team photographer for "The Mummagrams". The Mummagrams were out running early this morning to help raise money for breast cancer research and awareness. Was a fantastic turnout and great fun for all concerned. To donate anytime visit here:

the mummagrams

Making the most of being on location

Photo: Tella Photography   website: http://tellaphotography.fotomerchant.com/

Photo: Tella Photography   website: http://tellaphotography.fotomerchant.com/

One of the fundamental tenets of being a Professional Photographer is continuing the journey of the craft through on going education. Photography is an ever changing industry and keeping on top of things is a mandatory requirement for members of the Australian Institute of Professional Photography. Continuing education can take on many forms: Gear, techniques and business education are just a few things Professional Photographers must keep up to date with to keep an informed and competitive edge.

Last month I travelled to my old stomping grounds of Townsvile to attend a workshop with the amazing Damian Cagnlia, you can see Damian's work here.

The workshop was amazing and was great to meet fellow North queensland members of the A.I.P.P. 

unnamed.jpgCairns professional photographer

Back to The Real World

So the New Year is here and as usual I start out both a little depressed and a little excited. Whenever I return from overseas, but especially after returning from my favourite place in the world to travel...Japan. I get a little depressed when I leave Japan, I miss the people, the food and just so many things that I love about traveling in Japan. I also get a little excited as I plan my next trip there...As I had said before, this was a true holiday for me, I probably took maybe 30 photographs tops! This trip was about being on holiday with my girlfriend and just enjoying that...

The one time I did get a little serious was when we went to Nagano then onto the famous 'Snow Monkeys'...How could I not take some photos there!?!

snowmonkey

Dfine has new wheels!

Being a Cairns Photographer isn't always easy on a motorbike!

Being a Cairns Photographer isn't always easy on a motorbike!

So being a Cairns photographer when your only transport is a motorbike isn't always easy! This is very obvious when the wet season comes calling...So after 22 years as a motorbike rider, I have finally relented and got a 'cage'...

Oh!, the bike is still with me, it just shares a garage now with 'Fifi La Belle' the cheeky little French Renault. Jealousy has been kept to a minimum, with the understanding that this is a work car, and the bike comes first in all other respects...

This little car is definitely making carting all the gear around just a little easier, she will be off to the sign writers soon for a little extra bling...

Working with difficult models...

No not really. This is my Mums cat stylin' it up for the camera at Christmas time. I had just recently got the Fuji 56mm f1.2 and hadn't really had a chance to play with the lens. I understand why people rave about this lens, even when just taking photos of cats (welcome to the internet) Looking forward to using this lens more in the coming weeks.

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. 

cane sunset.jpg

#fujix #fujifilm #fujixt10 #sunsets

Niggling doubts...

cairns.night.blackandwhite

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!

harleysportster

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!