Mid Year Update

Half of 2016 has passed and I’m about to start my 2nd week of my second trimester and I think this update is well over due.

This year has been so busy and intense, so far this year I have had a trip to Melbourne which included a visit to the National Gallery of Victoria to see a Andy Warhol & Ai Weiwei exhibition. (Which was amazing!)
I have studied full on and it has been a stress at times but I got through it and passed all my assessments and received a lot of great feedback from my lecturers.
My wife and I spent a week on the Gold Coast with some close friends and their kids, man are kids full on!!
And in my holidays we had a week down near Sydney staying at parents place and then had a couple of days in Sydney having a look around and visiting Taronga Zoo for the Vivid festival which will be a post in itself!

Now I’m back at collage and we are moving into more shooting based subjects I am hoping that I will be able to have some more photos to post on here so any readers will will be able to follow my progress for the rest of the year.

I’m going to end this post like I do with most of my posts, with some photos.
These are photos that I have taken for my assessments in my first trimester.

 

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Infamous Skateboards team rider Alex Fataccioli with a nolie tre flip.
Infamous Skateboards team rider Alex Fataccioli with a nolie tre flip.
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Infamous Skateboards owner Mathew Burton holds up a slightly used copy of their latest board design.

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The Milkyway shot was for “Camera & Capture” and involved me staying out until 4am on multiple nights as well as braving the rain. The Nikon D750 that I now have is amazing in low light I have tried milky may shots before but my D7000 didn’t hold up noise wise.

The house interior shot was for “Light & Lighting” and was a exercise in balancing flash with the ambient light coming in from outside.

The skateboard photos were part of a photo essay for “Media & Documentary” in which I was trying to tell the story of a new skateboard brand.
Shooting the skate park images was a challenge in itself, getting the shutter speed high enough to freeze the motion while having the aperture closed down enough to ensure a big enough depth of field required shooting at ISO’s that my old camera would not have handled but my new D750 handles high ISO’s with ease, so much so that it is still surprising me!

The last two street photos are something that I would normally take but these were taken for “Visual Communication”.
The first I was using diagonal lines to draw the viewers eye towards the people walking along the path.
The second photo I was using the L shaped lines of the light post and building to draw the viewer to the people who are in conversation on a smoke break.

If you have made it this far thanks for reading & please leave a comment.

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Slight rip Sunday!

Last Sunday the same group of people I met up with on Saturday all met up at Lesmurdie Falls.
While I didn’t forget anything I did manage to put a rather large rip in my jeans!
As always it was good to get out with others as landscape photography can be quite the solitary exercise at times, its always good to have someone to chat with while your out although it can make getting the compostion you want a bit harder when you have other people around that you don’r want in your shot.

Anyway here’s a couple of photos from the day.

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I also took my Nikon FM2 and took a few shots, the film should be processed by the time I get back from site.

Forget Something Saturday?

On Saturday I went out to Bells Rapids on the Avon River with a few friends from a photography group I am in. We all met up quite early (around 6am) and we all walked down to the river from the car park under the light of a few torches (I forgot mine).
After a little chat and letting my eyes adjust to the lack of light I found a spot and set up my tripod and camera, only to try and turn it on and nothing, wait what is going on here? I did turn it on right? Oh crap! Yep I left my battery at home on the charger!
So I made my way back to my car and drove home to get my battery, on the way missing the best of the light, the others told me I didn’t miss much as it had rained for most of the time I was gone (around 40 minutes) but I knew I had missed the light.
I still managed to get a few photos on my digital camera and this one would be the best, although its far from a great photo.

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As I was leaving I decided to go up to Bells Lookout and see if there was a easy way to get down to the waterfall, now I’m not going to say its easy but its not all that hard to walk down to the waterfall and its quicker than walking in from the bottom but getting back up the hill is a bit of a battle!
I decided that I wanted to make the walk as easy as possible so I only took my tripod and my Nikon FM2 loaded with some B&W film which I have yet to get developed when I do I’ll be sure to post some of the shots.

Lake Joondalup – Fog

I have had photographs of this spot in my mind for a long time, I have tried 3 or 4 times to get the shot I want and it has escaped me until yesterday!
I was asleep the sound of my wife’s alarm going off in my ears when she got up she looks out the window and says “wow, it’s pretty foggy outside” at first I rolled back over but then I remembered this is the fog I had been waiting for to get my shot at Joondalup Lake! So I dragged my self out of bed made a coffee and headed down to the spot. I’m glad I did!

This is the shot I had in mind.
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This shot I saw as I was packing up so I got my gear back out and set it up and shot a few frames, It was well worth it!
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Araluen

It been a busy break from work this last week, it all started on Friday when I had to take my dog the groomer. He was overdue and I knew it was going to take quite a few hours so I needed something to do while he was there so I decided to go to Araluen Botanical Gardens with a friend from a photographic group on face book. It was nice to have some one to keep me company while we walked around the gardens.
I didn’t get a heap of shots but came away with a few, so here they are!

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Old Swan Brewery Jetty

Sunday morning I met up with a member of a photographic group I’m in to do some long exposures.
It was good to have someone to chat with about different techniques and equipment rather than just being by myself like I am most of the time.
This is the second panorama I took, the first would not stitch which is a bummer but it happens sometimes. I have another that I’ll post tomorrow.

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