Category Archives: photos

The Occasional Architecture

Every now and then I grab my tripod and a number of ND  (Neutral Density) filters and head into the city to take an architecture shot which I then heavily post process in Photoshop.  Why the ND filters?  Well it enables one to get long wispy clouds with an exposure time in the minutes.

 

The post processing is to turn the sky dark, highlight the clouds and then dodge and burn the building to produce different emphasis on its architecture.

 

Enjoy and if you would like a copy on your wall the drop me a line.

 

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Geometry

Well its not really geometry more about lines and shapes but I wanted a one word title.  Despite that misnomer of an intro I do like finding in the urban environment the occasional car park that has something different. This one has that difference.  With orange rails and verticals and yellow posts contrasting beautifully with the white and black walls.   Add in the tonal graduation from right to left and one ends up with a nice composition and photo.

 

Hope you like it and if you want a copy on your wall drop me a line.

 

 

 

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Modes of transport

While this really falls into the street photography category I like to think of it as a study in transport more akin to more sedate times.  Certainly walking or riding a bicycle is a gentler and more sedate means of getting around. It is also much less stressful than driving a car in a busy city.

 

Enjoy and if you like reflecting on easy transport modes and want to hang this on your wall do drop me a line.

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Finding beauty in harshness

North of Melbourne is a salt lake.  Standing on the shore of this salt lake is verging on the cruel.  It is severe, the air is salt laden, its dry and hot when the sun shines.  The salt surface glares.  In short almost all aspects of the human sense are assaulted by the conditions, it is unpleasant.  Which is why the work of Murray Fredericks, based in Sydney are so much to be admired.  Mr Fredericks walked into Lake Eyre, a rather large salt lake in the middle of a South Australian desert and spent time there doing some unbelievable photography.  This link will take you to his site and it is so worth spending time looking through his work. Murray Fredericks

Now I know that my efforts at this do not go any where near the superb work of Mr Fredericks, however that does not stop one from seeing that in even harsh environments one can find beauty.  Below area few shots taken through the day that I spent on the edge of this lake.  It was not possible to go out very far on the surface because of the subsurface water making the crust very soft.  My favourite is the pastel toned shot taken around late afternoon.

 

 

I was going to stay and try for an astro shot across the lake but a few clouds made that impossible.  Also by then I just wanted to get away from the conditions.

 

If you would like one of these on your wall then drop me a line.  Usual pricing one metre on the long side is $400 AU.  Canvas print is production and shipping plus 30%.

Multiple exposures in camera

I waited till I was 63 to buy a very nice Pentax 645z.  Now let me tell you this is one fantastic camera.  Resolution, detail, features are unparalleled and for the price it destroys the other medium format digital cameras.  It really is a gem.

 

One of its features is the ability to do multiple exposures in camera in several modes.  in this case I used the average mode. Which, as you might expect from the description, it averages each of the images captured into one image.

 

Now I like to experiment.  There are a couple of very recognised photographers such as Pep Ventura and Idris Khan that do multiple exposures, however I don’t know if the use in camera or post processing.  However I do and if I see the right structure I like to give the technique a go.  The following image when  I saw  the cranes immediately demanded a multi exposure composite.
Do hope you enjoy it and if you want a copy on your wall drop me a line.  Typically I charge for a one metre on the long side $400 AU delivered.  if you want a canvas print its production and delivery plus 30%.

 

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Why is Street photography so hard

Because it is not just a case of snapping people out in the street doing not much.  Ideally there should be  a story or an artistic aspect to the picture.  After all if it was just a  case of snapping anyone doing anything then everyone would be able to do street.

 

However it is much more than that,  its a case of finding that scene and waiting for the “actors” to appear.  Or spotting someone and waiting for things to develop. For instance one day while out doing street I saw in the Flinders street station a man carrying a cross.  He was back in the shadow, however I deliberately waited until he had partially moved into the sunlit area.  Now the picture represents a much more involved story.  He is now representing the notion of religious enlightenment , the moving from the dark to light, of finding god.  It also fits with his one ungloved hand versus the black gloved hand.  Making the image much more interesting and dynamic.  The waiting well that is what Henry Cartier-Bresson was all about with his “decisive moment”.

 

Sometime of course things unfold so quickly that it is difficult to find that decisive moment.  Which is why sometimes it is better to find a scene and wait for the “actor/s” to enter and complete the story.

 

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