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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Working an image

Thi sis a shot of the Shrine in Melbourne.  Now strictly speaking I should not put it up on the web but many others have before me.  However it is not for sale as an image in keeping with the act of parliament prohibiting sale of images of the shrine without the trustees permission.

 

This image has had quite a lot of post processing involving careful selection of areas and adjustment of contrast, dodge and burn.   Moreover the sky has also been treated to make it much darker than reality.  The intent of all of the post processing is to take an architectural image and turn it into a striking black and white. I like how this has turned out hope you do as well.

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An old tree

On New Years Eve my wife and I went for a drive around Port Phillip bay.   On the return we stopped to go for a walk along the Foreshore to the Southern Ocean.  More for the scenery than the exercise but the exercise was good all the same.  Whilst driving in to the Park I noticed this tree and was quite taken with its twisted shape.  Needless to say on the way out I stopped to take a few photos of the tree.

This is the result. Hope you like it.

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Waiting for some thing to happen

I was watching this couple for a short while waiting for some interesting interaction.  Luckily for me a pigeon decided to walk past much like an a person determined not to be engaged with the sellers of the praline nuts.  It was too much of an opportunity to pass up.  After all birds eat nuts and seeds and other offerings from the casual passer-by.  To find a pigeon acting out a human role was a delight.  The pigeon is even ignoring the offering dropped by others on the ground around the vendors cart.

 

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

 

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Melbourne from Albert Park

Sometime the colours of an evening work beautifully.  On this occasion I was looking for some long exposure shots of Melbourne to then work up into a fine art black and white.  However on this time the clouds that I like for that type of shot were not present.  What was present was a beautiful soft bronze/gold reflection of the last remnants of the sunset in the buildings against a darkening sky, resulting in this shot.

 

I hope you like it and if you want a print on your wall drop me a line.

 

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Two new botanicals

Finding new botanicals can be a challenge as I have particular taste when it comes to finding the right botanical.  I find that yellow flowers don’t work that well and finding a leaf set takes some time to find one that has great form.

Today I am showing you two recent flowers, the first is a set of spring onion flowers (I am waiting for some leek flowers in my garden) and the second is one of the Australian Bottle Brush, just don’t know which one.

 

Hope you enjoy them.

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