Upcoming exhibition

Shortly, well June 30th I will be showing a collection of my botanicals in the Sofitel here in Melbourne.  It has been a few years since I did a show there so it is nice that I am back with a second exhibition.

 

I have not decided which images I will present over the special edition redgum framed Australian Gum Leaves.  I think as the display area is spread over two distinct areas that for the Australian Leaves part I will just put up the 6 already framed and in the the other area do a variety of flowers that I have produced since the last show.

 

Below is an example of each, hope you like them and if you are in Melbourne do drop in to the Sofitel and have a look.

 

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A view from a hill

Yesterday went with a number of other photographers to an area near Kilcunda, a costal town in Victoria Australia.  The group organiser had found a great vantage point overlooking Western Port Bay.  After a brief interlude whilst a thunderstorm passed overhead we proceeded to the vantage point, only to find that the storm had not passed completely.  So it was a case of standing in rain whilst trying to get a shot of the sunsetting over Western Port bay.

 

These are two of the shots I managed before it became to uncomfortable to stay.

 

other aspects of Street photography

Sometimes when I am out doing street photography I can’t find the mojo or a scenario that works for me.  It is then that I go looking for something else. Occasionally one can find a wall or aspect of the city that denies the shiny new buildings all around.  In this case it is a small decrepit building in Bourke street of Melbourne.  Just around the corner of this building is a wall that has character.

 

So in this case of street photography its not people that are the characters but an old wall.  Hope you like it.

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Waves

There is something compelling about waves.  Perhaps it is the power they have as they roll into shore.  Certainly for me I love to watch and photograph heavy waves.

On visiting a beach the other day there was quite a heavy surf, so I spent some time photographing waves and their remains on the beach sand.  Only problem is the spray that drifts over the camera gear.  Still a wipe down with a damp cloth fixes that.

 

here are three images from the session do hope you enjoy them.

 

Re-visiting

Yesterday another photographer and I went to a site, Tenby Point, , that we had both been at before.  It was hot and still and just a little bit humid with a bit of a walk across a rough stony beach, if one could call a metre wide sand patch a beach.  The object of our desire was a tree with a large log pointing to it, which when the tide comes in makes for a very nice photographic topic.

 

So we set up and did the usual long exposure work and the results were ok.  Then we left and went to a nearby beach on the southern ocean.  That was better temperature wise with nice large waves breaking over rocks etc.  Spent a bit  of time there and then as the evening wore on and we were not happy with the size of the waves and  the spray we decided to go get some dinner and then return to Tenby Point, not expecting much as cloud was starting to move in.

To our delight on arrival the tide level was great and the sky had enough blue and cloud to make it interesting, moreover the moon was out and in the right place.  So it was all action with torches, long exposures and light painting of the tree.  It is never easy to get the focus right in the dark especially when using a torch to light the subject for focus, just not bright enough so a number of shots ended up out of focus.  However there are a few keepers from the night.

 

Out of all of the 200 shots I took over the day I have about 12-15 that are worth progressing, something of a rarity for me as I usually find that I only get one or two good images.

 

Now enough of the waffle, here is my favourite image from last night I hope you enjoy it.

 

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Finding Max Dupain

In Australia there is a famous photographer called Max Dupain, a modernist according to wikipedia.  However that is not what I was going to write about.  The subject for today is on how others work can provide a guide/inspiration for what one does today.

 

Recently on a trip to Adelaide I decided to visit the local beach of Glenelg (A palindrome) and lo and behold as I walked towards the beach I saw a man sitting, very suntanned in the sun.  Now it  is not the same shot as Dupain’s iconic work of a suntanned man on a beach.  However on seeing the man  I immediately saw the parallels.  So it was a brisk  walk to an position in which I could take a shot desperately hoping that he would not move away as I neared.  I only took the one shot as I am sure he was very aware of me after the first and I didn’t want to make him uncomfortable.

Here is the image, I like it as it captures Australia as it is today, multi-cultural, beach loving free and easy society.  No doubt Dupain’s work captured the same in his day.

 

The moral if there is one is to read and look at others work, find inspiration from that and use that inspiration to create ones own work.

 

Enjoy.

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Making the most of it

On a recent trip to Adelaide in South Australia on which most of my time was spent catching up with family and friends I found one evening where there was a  window of opportunity to take a walk with the camera in hand.

 

Whilst walking around the new development over the rail way tracks in the CBD there were a few very nice architectural shots however much of the access was restricted due to building works still underway. As part of this development the Adelaide oval has been re-developed along with a new footbridge over the Torrens.  As evening developed the sweep of the bridge and the lights made for the best scene of the day.  Now it lacks the grandeur of other cities with soaring buildings and spectacular lights but all the same it was still worth dropping the camera down on a small ledge by the waters edge and doing the long exposure over the water.

 

The reverse image I haven’t tried due to the extensive building work going on but I am sure that come middle of the year when we are back in Adelaide and most of the works are finished the view into the CBD at dusk may well be a beautiful shot.

 

Hope you like this and I am looking forward to the opportunity to do the reverse shot looking at the CBD.

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