No, seriously... winter is coming, in around 2 and a half months. Sydney has been so hot this summer, just day after day of blue skies and sunshine. It's enough to send a person to despair.... however, autumn has officially arrived, I have started wearing socks again and soon, hopefully, there will be brooding stormy skies for fantastic photographs. I always find that nice sunny days are the most boring for taking photos, it's hard to get good colour and tone, and the shadows are too harsh. Unless that's what your looking for. So here's to winter and all the creativity it brings.
It's been a bit of slow year in terms of the site, but I have just added a bunch of new work to the gallery. It's a beautiful time of year for photography, every thing is blossoming and the beach is warming up. So get out there with your camera!
I have made the decision to separate my web content into two pages. I have made a new site for my historic photograph collection called My Last Vignette. I was having trouble streamlining my site with such a diverse range of content. So this site will now focus on my own artistic photography and the new site will focus on historical photographs and be a bit less formal. I hope you will follow both!
I love the way the flash creates a creepy look to the foliage in the foreground of this image. This photo was taken at Milford Sounds in the South Island of New Zealand. It is probably one of the most photographed places in NZ, but we arrived there in the evening and trekked up to a lookout where I took this shot. I think it's still my favourite out of all of them, because it captures something mystical and hidden about the landscape.
Photo taken on HTC phone. Phone pics can be great, I love the endless variety of perpectives you can achieve just because they're so small and easy to handle.
I still develop film occasionally but it's been a really long time since i developed a photograph, and had that wonderful feeling as I watched the image slowly appear in the tray. This was developed on a beautiful warm Kentmere paper.
I took this photo with my old Pentax P30T, nothing really special about the camera, but the lens is amazing. Its an old Pentax SMC or super multi coated Takomar which stops down to 1.2. I bought it on Ebay a few years back and it's a beautiful thing. It takes incredibly clear and crisp pictures as well as having great depth of field.
I purchased this dagguerreotype a few years ago on ebay for not much money. Every now and again I dust it off and it strikes me how much care went into these old photos. A stark contrast to the digital age of thousands of files sitting on hard drives where no one can see them. All I can say is backup, backup and backup. Plus post, print and share. You know you can still print out photos pretty cheap and have a good old fashioned photo album for everyone look at. It's a nice way to talk to kids about their family and where they come from.
This lovely bakelite baby brownie special by Kodak is one of my favourite cameras, mainly because of the quaint leather strap, it somehow makes it seem handmade. It used 127 film and was made from the late 30's to the early 50's. Click here to see photos taken with an old brownie camera that belonged to my Grandfather.