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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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My Photographic Life: Aug 6

Published August 7th, 2011

Some time ago I got excited about a Filter, to be more precise the Lee Big Stopper. A ND filter that blocks 10 stops of light. So that means that if you were shooting 100 speed film at f16 in the middle of the day your shutter speed would be 1/125. Add the Big stopper and you get a shutter speed of 8 seconds! If you look around this site you will see many photographs

Of course when it first came out it was so big that they went out of stock quite quickly. The manufactories Lee are not about mass production but quality made products (in some cases hand made) so it took a while to fill the backlog, especially when getting them shipped from England. So I lost some of the excitement and it has been sitting in the bag after some initial tests. So today it was time to bring it out to play.

One of the biggest problems I had was finding a location that was not back lit and the clouds would also be in frame. For some reason the clouds disappeared for the last half and hour before sun set.

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My Photographic Life: Aug 5

Published August 6th, 2011

This is the first Friday since I decided to stop drinking you know budget cuts and all, it was either that or stop using my film cameras! Though if a special occasion arrises.. So with my F3 with the rest of the roll of Neopan 1600 to shoot I headed off onto the streets instead. This time I decided to head away from the city and head for Newtown and Enmore, it is a rather trendy left wing fringe type of area.

Of course it turned out that half a roll of film was not enough and I was stupid enough to not bring another one as I did not want to be out for too long. On my way back I happened to come across a protest against a Vietnamese cultural performance that what happening at the Seymore Centre. It was the Australian Vietnamese society taking offence to Vietnamese communist government sending over what they deemed to be a biased view of current Vietnamese culture. All of the protestors were old (over 50) so I guess this all goes back to the war.

So of course I wend great photo opp so ...

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My Photographic Life: Aug 4

Published August 5th, 2011

I did not have much time to squeeze in a Photo walk till the afternoon at about 4pm. For the day I had decided to start at Martin Place then head over to Hyde Park then check out Pitt Street Mall and the Queen Victoria Building. The reason the for the last two was as it was Thursday night, which in Sydney happens to be shopping night some people even say it is date night but I cannot comment on that at the moment.

For today I decided to take out my D90 with a 70-300 and my 85mm, now yeah I know they are rather long lens (esp on a crop sensor) which some times was a pain but other times it is a life saver. I started using the 70-300 after I saw that Joel Meyerowitz was using one on a full frame body, if it is good enough for him it is good enough for me.

So I was using the 70-300 till it was starting to get too dark then I put on the 85 which I shot at f2 with 800iso with exposure comp of -1/3 to -1 1/3, I have found this works well when shooting out side at night as so much of the sc ...

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My Photographic Life: Aug 3

Published August 4th, 2011

So two days in and I am already behind in the posts, something I will try to improve on. Finding time to get out and shot can be a big problem. Luckily I work in a city and am interested in street photography so I have easy access to my subject.

So after getting out early (before dawn) queuing up for a coffee for 10min and boarding a train I was considering where I should to do a quick photo walk before starting work. After stowing my stuff at work I swung my Nikon F3 (loaded with Neopan 1600) over my should with an 85mm attached I headed down George street towards town hall looking to take some Candid Portraits.

Now as it was shot on film I cannot show it to you today as I have not gone to the darkroom yet to develop it. However I will relate one funny story I had trying to get a shot, which I still don't know if I got.

As I was walking down George St (it is the 'street' in sydney), I was keeping an eyes out for something unusual, something that would make a good photograph about ...

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My Photographic Life

Published August 2nd, 2011

G'day everyone,

I am still new to 500px and I am finding it quite addicting due mainly to all the amazing photographs that make it onto the site. I hope every one stays honest with themselves sticking to there personal best, even if the shot leaves the rest of us scratching out heads. Yes I am talking to all you people who post photos of your pet dog or cat!

When I first noticed this blog feature (and how basic it is what do you mean there is no HTML) I started to wonder how I could make use of it. So after some consideration I am going to keep a photographic journal, a quick message at the end of my day about My Photographic Life (that name rings a bell and I don't know why).

So what did I get up to today? Well I am starting to wish I started this yesterday when I actually made some photographs. Today was quite photographically speaking, I did not fire a shot in anger, even though I do carry a camera with me during the day.

Hopefully tomorrow will be better. I will sign off today w ...

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