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Stephen Godfrey

Stephen Godfrey



In one sentance he could be described as a mathematician/photographer and a teacher/student. In a few sentances he is a Sydney based lover of photography in his late 20s. It all started while he was a youngster on his foughtnigthly trips to visit his granspardets in particilar his grandfathers collection of National Geographics. Though try as he might, his own photographs were of blurred trees, birds that were mearly specs in the frame and other uninteresting subjects. With no immedate success and not apparent way to improve he let himself be distracted by the rest of life. That all changed when on his 25th Birthday he bought himself a birthday present, a D90. Since then the camera has never been far from his hands, his nose in a photography book, or his eyes on a photography blog trying to improve.
  • Nikon D90
  • Mamiya RB67
  • Mamiya C2
  • 6x12 Noon Pinhole
  • Nikon FA
  • Nikon F3
  • Nikon FE2
  • Nikon FM2n
  • Nikkor 70-300mm f4.5-5.6 VR
  • Tamron 10-24mm f3.5-4.5
  • Sigma 24-70mm f2.8 HSM
  • Nikkor 20mm f2.8 AF
  • Nikkor 135mm f3.5
  • Nikkor 50mm f1.8 AF
  • Nikkor 35mm f2.8
  • Nikkor 28mm f3.5 PC
  • Nikkor 24mm f2.8
  • Nikkor 85mm f1.8 AF
  • SB-900
  • Lee Filters
  • CanoScan 9000f

It is all a blur

Published September 5th, 2011

I have been mucking around with the more creative side of photography in particular making "bad photographs" look good. By a "bad photograph" I mean something that embraces breaking the 'rules' of photography aka being creative or artistic if you will.

I got the idea from a site a stumbled across on the net which you can find here. It is actually part of the introductory Photography (why do they say digital?) corse at stanford.

Here is a series of out of focus shots of the pantings that are hanging on the walls at home.

I would love to hear your thoughts on this series (too out of focus?) and how you go about taking good out of focus shots. It is a lot harder then you might think.

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A first shot at IR

Published August 25th, 2011

Right now I am in a bit of an experimental mode trying out all sorts of bits and bobs, also some different types of photography. Today it was mucking around with IR, as I have been seeing many great IR shots here on 500px.

In normal photography we are just using the visible spectrum, blues, greens, reds ect. This is only a small part of the electromagnetic spectrum. I am not going to write a beginners guide but I will just list down the links I found on the web that I checked out.



Apogee Photo

jpd mag

Mark Cassino

Maco Photo



Photography blog (My camera but look at the Infrared section)

So where to go and test this out? Well there is this nice tree in the quad at Sydney Uni that I thought would look great as there would be some sky, green foliage and sandstone.

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You gotta get close

Published August 23rd, 2011

I have been a little bit lazy with putting up posts as, I feel out of the rhythm as I had hit the limits of the free account here, the photos you upload to you blog count towards the 20 photos a week limit. So it took me a few days to upgrade by that time... I also don't know if many people are reading these or like the original idea of me just typing up what was photographic about my day, I still get a lot out of writing them. Some times all I need is some added pressure to post is nice. So let me know.

Well lets get onto the post.

So I have been trying my hand at some street photography today, but to make this different I chucked on my 20mm lens (on a DX sensor so it was really a 30mm) and hit the streets after work. The reason for such a wide lens was to push me to get closer, to be more confided and interact a little bit more. I did manage to get some shots, but I was a little bit sneaky about it. Maybe next time will be better.

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So I shoot Film, sometimes

Published August 12th, 2011

So I shoot film, it often surprises people when I mention this too them. What a difference a decade makes. I don't always know why they are surprised either they don't think it can be developed anymore or that digital is so much easier. From some people they give you a mark of respect, some look at you in a funny way. It is more the younger generation/my generation that look at you and go oh cool that is so old school.

The question is why are people are shooting film nowadays in fact film is going though a little bit of a revival in the younger generations as least, is it me trying to be cool? Enjoying being in the dark room? The respect certain people give you? Or do I see it as an exercise to improve my photography?

I think it is a little bit of all of the above at some stage. Right now why am I shooting film? Well I feel like a photographer with these old SLR cameras, I am always on the look out for the shot, it just fells raw. I mean I just have a camera loaded with some film and ...

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My Photographic Life: Aug 7-9

Published August 10th, 2011

I have not been posting much of late as there appears to be some sort of limit on the either the number of posts I can make a week or I hit the maximum number of photo uploads for the week. This tipped the boat so I ended up going to 'awesome'. So unlimited posts from now on as well as uploads.

So to catch you up with what I have been doing here are some of my photographs I have been working on. Will try to have something better for tomorrow.

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