Saturday, December 18, 2010

Polaroid

I cannot take credit for this photo. It was taken by Terence while I set up the camera for a timer polaroid photo. Then I edited it and made it look lovely.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

12/52 - Bottles

Last week I was on location at the shoot of an upcoming short film titled 'All Night Gaming'. The film is being produced by one of my really close friends, so he invited me along to shoot some behind the scenes shots while they worked. I couldn't resist getting a shot of these prop bottles... aren't they just the most delightful colours!

11/52 - Photo in a photo

Here's a bit of a twist on the usual polaroid shot, I nice photo-in-a-photo moment captured in my front yard. It is in fact taken right underneath the window where my bee from last week's photo sits... a fun fact for those of you playing at home...

10/52 - Bee

This photo was taken as a result of the power being off at my house from 8am-5pm for repairs to electricity lines near my house (or something like that). I was rather bored in my silent house, without the comforting hum of electronics in almost every room, so I grabbed my camera and took some photos of my bee. He was a gift, and he sits on my window sill and spins in the wind. They don't sell these in the store anymore, so he's pretty special! It was tricky getting this shot as the shutter couldn't be open too long in broad daylight, but I wanted to capture the motion of his wings spinning. I liked this shot.

9/52 - Garage Door

The words 'garage door' remind me of 'cellar door', the compound noun admired for its phonoaesthetic beauty and made famous in the movie 'Donnie Darko'. Anybody else? No? .... Alright, moving on...

Not sure what I feel about this one. The concept has been stewing in my head for a while, but I still think I could improve it.

Time is of the essence

While I have been taking photos over the past few weeks, and have been keeping my 52 project in the back of my mind, I have not had the time to sit down and edit/upload my photos regularly. However, tonight I did a lot of bulk photo processing, and so am updating my 52 project for Flickr in one go. Prepare to be bombarded with almost a months' worth of 52 goodness!!!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

8/52 - Bear

This week's 52 photo is a bear.
I don't know his name, I don't know who he is, who he belongs to, or even why he is tied to a tree. I passed him yesterday, bound to a tree next to the lake, gazing listlessly towards the setting sun. Deciding that sometimes it's the random things you come across daily that are the coolest, I went back today to photograph him.

Friday, November 12, 2010

7/52 - Look up, there's bokeh!

The 7th addition to my 52 project is a photograph taken this week after I'd submitted all of my uni work.

We went exploring in Rhododendron Park and took some photos. There's not a specific set for the photos on Flickr, but the following photos (1 & 2) were also taken on the same day.

Dark room photography

My elective for this session at uni was advanced dark room photography. I love being in the dark room, and the possibilities of shooting with film (even though it often means you develop a blank roll of film after treating it with chemicals for 30 minutes!)

Yesterday was the final submission day for the subject. We exhibit our final prints and submit our journals to be marked. I took photos once my prints were hung on the wall, and uploaded them. Any quality lost is because these are photos of the prints hanging on the wall, but they still look pretty decent I think.



My project was titled 'Emerge', and was a loose study of light and shadow.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

6/52 - Tinkerbell

This week's 52 project shot is a polaroid!

It's that time when a whole bunch of people I grew up with are turning 21 (myself included). This costume was for a good friend's party, for which we were asked to dress as movie characters.

I've always LOVED Peter Pan. Everything about it. The book, the author, the movies, the characters, the concept. So when I found out I had access to a Tinkerbell costume (which was kindly lent to me), I couldn't pass up the opportunity!

Friday, October 29, 2010

5/52 - Arc Icarus Feet

The first of many inevitable "feet in situation" shots that might be contributed to the 52 project.

Of the Arc Icarus EP Launch photo set, this is one of my favourite shots. I love a good shot of feet, particularly stage feet. I also really love the graininess of this shot. Makes it look analogue!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Arc Icarus EP Launch

Last week, local Sydney / Wollongong band Arc Icarus played at Wollongong Uni Bar for the laucnh of their EP 'Hollow Hold'. I suggest you go over to their myspace and have a listen to their music, but before you do so, check out my photos on Flickr!
I finally got the chance to edit them after finishing INSANE amounts of uni work this week. Was so good to get back into editing!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

4/52

This is the fourth photo from my 52 week project. I only got this shot because Terence stopped the car and turned around after spotting this gorgeous driveway!

I think the property owner was a bit suss on why we were setting up a picnic blanket on his driveway. Eeeep!

3/52

I was a little bit slack last week, and had nothing to photograph, and two posters to design... so I didn't put up a photo for my 52 project, but I'm making up for that this week by putting up two photos for the 52 project.

This is the first. It is a photo of some concept sketches and an artwork I created using charcoal, and watercolour paints.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

2/52

Photo #2 from my 52 week project is now up!

Monday, September 27, 2010

Fifty Two

Since I now have the ability to do so (due to my upgrade to Flickr Pro), I am going to start a 52 week project on Flickr. I hope that:

  • Each photo is unique and interesting
  • I actually see this through, rather than doing it for a few weeks and then bailing.
  • That at the end of 52 weeks, my photography and post-editing skills have improved at least a little bit!
Here is the first photograph, titled 'Ignorance is Bliss'.

This week is 'recess' for uni, which means there are technically no classes. However, I have a gigantic list of things I need to get done during the week, yet I still find the time to aimlessly take photos for hours, edit them, upload them, and write about them. Oh well!

Monday, August 30, 2010

The Man on the Mug

I was given a lot of cool stuff for my birthday, but I promised my friends Kyle and Anita that I'd take a photo of their gift being used... and here is that photograph.

It is easily one of the coolest mugs I've ever seen!

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

I am a PRO

Thanks to Murray Stace (nee Darling Walker) I now have a Flickr Pro account. What a lovely birthday gift!! I cannot thank him enough. Many more photos to be uploaded in the future =)

Monday, August 2, 2010

Gaston

A gift from one of my best friends, upon her return from the UK.
Direct from London, I introduce you to Gaston... the leader of the Pepsi Max fleet...

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Eye

Yet another very close portrait of an eye. I love the DOF from my 50mm!

Friday, June 18, 2010

Stinky Chicken

I took a series of photos of Stinky Chicken in various locations about two months ago, but have only just gotten around to editing them properly due to my uni workload. So here he is in all his glory, Stinky Chicken...

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Chuck

I have a love/hate relationship with our cat, Chuck. I love his name, it is amazing (and this has nothing to do with the fact that I named him). I've never liked cats though, so I hate him by default.

Regardless, he is pretty cute as far as kittens go, and I took some photos while he tore my bedroom apart.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Russell Brand

After missing him last time he was in Sydney, I didn't know if I'd ever get the chance to see him. Here is the man that is Russell Brand, performing at the Sydney Entertainment Centre... standing just 2 metres away from me (he came come into the audience).

Ahh, Russell. *swoons*

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Video Games

Every year Wollongong Unibar hosts a band comp, and quite often the bands that play are exceptionally talented (then again, often they are not...). Video Games is part of the former category. Somewhat of a Wollongong "supergroup", Video Games played in the band comp heat held on Tuesday the 18th of May, and I was there to capture the action.


Video Games are Andrew Bennett, Andrew Nicholls, Annaliese Szota, Alex Barker, Bennie James, Murray Stace and Patrick Arnold. The band placed equal 2nd, and will be competing in the repecharge round in August.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Swan & Duck

Swan & Duck, a musical duo comprised of Andrew Swan and Dominic Connor, played an acoustic set at Wollongong Unibar last Tuesday afternoon, the 18th of May 2010. I took a few photos for the boys, two of which can be seen below...

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Kyokushin NSW Tournament 2010

On the 11th of April I shot the Kyokushin NSW tournament for 2010. Nearly 2000 photos later, I was done. I've only chosen two of the really cool shots to go up on Flickr, which you can see below.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Sydney Adventure

Last week I went into Sydney with Murray Stace to find it relatively deserted and perfect for photographing. It was Good Friday, and it was late at night, so no one was really around. We took photos of anything that looked interesting, and I put the best of mine up on Flickr.



Sunday, April 4, 2010

Easter

It's been a while. Happy Easter. Hope you guzzled lots of chocolate, like this little chick did.

Friday, April 2, 2010

Neil Gaiman at the Oscars

So, this isn't entirely relevant to photography, but I'm going to attempt to draw a tentative link between the two topics because I want to post it to my blog.

There are certain blogs that I check frequently because I enjoy reading them. One of which is Neil Gaiman's blog. In one entry, he linked to an article he wrote about being at the Oscars and feeling like a weird, fly-on-the-wall spectator to the lives of the celebrities. It's a really well-written, entertaining read, which can be found on The Guardian's website.

At the end of the article he talks about being photographed looking at the dress of Rachel McAdams [Here comes the dodgy link to photography]. The photo is actually really cool, stitching together a bunch of photographs to create a panoramic view of the red carpet as if you are standing amongst the action. And it's hilarious that Neil made his way into the photo.

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Links - March

March was a big month in design for me. Back to uni, work experience at a design company, Semi Permanent in Sydney. Lots of design stuff happening. So a lot of the things I've linked to are inevitably design related, but that's okay... everyone needs a broad palette of things to looks at! After the jump you'll find the links for this month...

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Passenger

I found this photo while I was going through some old photos that I forgot I had. The photograph is actually a composite of two photos, stitched together because of the changing focus in the mirror.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Arno Rafael Minkkinen

Arno Rafael Minkkinen is a Finnish photographer who lives in the United States. His work can be seen in this catalogue. I felt like sharing some of his photographs...

All photographs courtesy of and copyright of the artist.

Soon I think I'll buy this book, 'Saga: The Journey of Arno Rafael Minkkinen' from overseas. Either that, or I'll ask for it for my birthday. His work is amazing.

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Links - February

I've found myself writing a lot of blog entries just in order to bookmark/archive/link to useful websites that I've found, particularly artists I'd like to keep an eye on, so I've decided I will add one entry per month dedicated to simply linking to these sorts of sites.

After the jump, you'll find the links/artists for February...

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

A Walk In The Park

Went for a walk through Wollongong on Sunday. Ended up finding this tap and a wild rabbit. "Cool story Hansel".

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Arc Icarus at The Harp

Haven't uploaded Flickr photos in a long while. The photograph below was taken a few weeks ago at The Harp in Wollongong, when Arc Icarus supported Sleep Parade (21st January 2010). It was the only photo I was happy with from the night, and even then I don't think it's that spectacular ... but people seem to be responding well to it. Pictured: Dominic Connor - Arc Icarus Vocalist.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Camera Toss and Boudist

Just adding a quick blog post to archive some old favourite sites that I'd lost track of along the way, and wanted a record of so that I can revisit them in the future.

The first is a blog that I found (or maybe Murray found... I can't remember) which is about camera tossing. The video on the blog is pretty cool (shot on a Canon 5d MkII !!) and the example photos are awesome too. I'm not sure how confident I'd be when tossing my camera in the air to get a photo, but mayyybe I'll try it one day.


The other sites I wanted to link to were Daniel Boud's (Boudist) old archive of photographs and his current website/blog. Boud is one of the best live music photographers around at the moment... easily up there with Tony Mott, and he also took my favourite photo of The Butterfly Effect ever. He is insanely good at what he does. 

Friday, February 5, 2010

Designers

So I haven't written any blog entries for quite a while. Just didn't take many photos in January. I did take a lot of photos on my trip to New Zealand, but haven't decided if any will venture into the world of Flickr yet.

While I was there however, I did buy the Semi-Permanent 2009 book




I also found a really cool design magazine (can't remember what it was called now) and I wrote down a couple of the artists/companies whose work I wanted to look up when we got back. Here are some of the better ones:


Most of them just do really cool illustrations. Definitely worth looking at.

EDIT: I've just been looking through Steve Tierney's design portfolio and I really like this magazine design for the film 'Candy'...

Monday, January 4, 2010

Flickr 'Explore'


(Too cold to be outside today - babyGrims on Flickr)

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Flickr: Pro or no-Pro.

After uploading my recent batch of Butterfly Effect photos, Flickr sent me the following message:

"You have 174 photos stored on Flickr. Once you hit 200, you'll need to upgrade to a Flickr Pro account or you'll only be able to see your most recent 200 photos."

So now (or when I want to upload more than 26 new photos) I will need to decide if I want to upgrade to a pro Flickr account or just let me 200 most recent photos be shown. Not sure which direction I'll take. As with most things, I'll probably put off making any decisions until I have to!

The Butterfly Effect

I finally finished editing my photos from Tuesday night's Butterfly Effect gig, and I think I'm fairly happy with the results. I took a million shots (filled an 8GB memory card) and had to do a lot of culling (which is difficult for me, since I tend to hoard things) but once I ruthlessly cut them down and edited them I think I got the best ones.