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It’s The Freakiest Show…

September 23, 2009 Leave a comment

Approximately 1000 tonnes of topsoil was picked up several hundred kilometers west of Sydney by strong winds, and then dropped on the city just before sunrise.

The result was apocalyptic-looking.

Twitter and Facebook were ablaze with references to either waking up on Mars, or the impending apocalypse. I began to wonder what a Martian apocalypse might look like. Scary stuff indeed.

I placed a photo on Facebook and titled it “Life On Mars?” Not long afterwards, a friend of mine created a photo album on her Facebook page entitled “Life On Mars”.

And here’s the front page of mX this arvo…

See more shots on the Red Sydney Project page on Flickr.

Flash!

It took a little over 120 shots, but I finally got a decent photo of lightning. My first ever.

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Detached Photography??

I’m reading The Joke’s Over, a book by Ralph Steadman, artist & frequent collaborator with Hunter S Thompson. Many of Ralph’s drawings have accompanied Hunter’s writings and are somewhat famous in their own right.Outlining the first assignment Ralph and Hunter shared, covering the Kentucky Derby in 1970, Ralph describes the reason Hunter wanted someone to draw the scenes at the event instead of having someone photograph them.

“He had been used to working with photographers on other assignments and the detachment with which a photographer usually works gave him nothing against which he could spark.”

I was somewhat taken aback by this because I fail to see how a photographer could be detached, unable to engage with the subject in some manner. It wasn’t until I read the above quote a few times that I realised there must be some subconscious part of my brain that registers something in every shot I take. I truly don’t know on a conscious/thinking level why I take most of the shots I do. Something about the scene appeals to me whether it contain beauty, ugliness, hope, despair, light, shadow….

I don’t even think of it as “capturing” the moment. More like “leasing” it from the Universe so I can share it with other people.

And now…?

February 3, 2007 Leave a comment

These are a few of my favourite things…

October 15, 2006 Leave a comment

Grainy, B&W, contrast, urban.

“Tint”
Canon EOS 350D
1600 ISO, 1/800 exposure, f/20 aperture
Sunday Oct. 15 2006, 16:28 +10 GMT
Sydney, Australia
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Playing with nice toys

October 1, 2006 2 comments
A friend of mine recently acquired a Canon EOS 350D digital SLR camera (aka the Canon Rebel XT in North America). So I strolled around his area and took a few snaps with it.

I’ve been using an inexpensive but still impressive compact for my pics, and it felt great to hold a “real” camera in my hands. There were, though, more settings and twiddly bits than I knew what to do with. I have to say that the depth of field that I could get with the Canon was impressive. I’m a big fan of DoF, something that’s difficult to acheive in-camera with a compact.

If I wasn’t a Nikon fetishist (and didn’t already have a great collection of Nikon glass), I’d probably get a Canon, especially now that the EOS 400D is out, prices on the 350D are only gonna come down.

An exhibition of possibilities

September 2, 2006 Comments off
I just got back from viewing a photographic exhibition of Lewis Morley’s work. Mr Morley is responsible for a famous image of Christine Keeler, a woman at the centre of a huge political scandal in the UK in the 1960s.  

Listening to Mr Morley speak of his career via DVD presentation was quite inspiring, as was seeing his reportage work. He also spent quite a while as a fashion photographer, and I was envious of his ability with portraits (particularly this one). I could see some similarities between his reportage pics and some of the street stuff I’ve done.

All in all, rather a good day for photography.