Neilsen Park Sunset at 10 Stops

The great thing about having a housemate who is also interested in photography is the random lets go for sunset suggestions! Which works out great.. most of the time.. this time he unfortunately left his memory cards at home.. and he shoots on the other side of the fence.. which means he cant use my SD cards.. and I cant use his CF!

So I got taken to a place in Sydney I hadnt been before.. well I had driven by.. I had even attempted to park and swim one summer.. but nevertheless a great harbour location which I hadnt visited. The western side of Neilsen Park (which is deceptive by name) gives quite a few rock outcrops that look over towards the city and the harbour bridge. I think next time ill shoot a little bit longer.. as you can see the city is minuscule when using the Sigma 10-20mm. Yes I did have my new toy in tow (the Yashica 124g) and yes I did fire some frames! So I loook forward to getting those up as a follow up blog to this.

Not much more to add bar the long exposures are still a lot of fun for me.. but still a lot of trial and error. Getting the timing right to ensure exposure and sharpness is maintained all the way to the edges is tough. Same deal comes to framing and cropping as the exposures are so long it can become quite easy to get caught up and miss light, colours and clouds during a long exposure that might span 5 to 10 minutes. This is technically week XX in my 52 week but this image makes up #11… it wont be strict as sometimes I might get a few shots in a week or one shot in a month

I have a colour version.. I am still unsure of.. I might save that and go and reshoot it in the near future.

Till next time..

Gordons Bay Sunset at 10 Stops

Just a quick blog post to let you know I am indeed alive and well. A lot has been going on this month.. with my commitment and progress in assisting Daniel K Cheung taking another step forwards I am finding a lot of my spare time is spent editing photos! Never fear.. it means that there is lots to blog.. just in abundance and hopefully with not much missed.

So if you have been living under a rock this past month or so you would not know that around the 19th of March we had the moon closest to earth since 1993 (on rise/set). With my housemate and Rose in tow we headed down to a new spot (well its all new local spots to me) to try and catch the moonrise on the horizon. Unfortunately.. like it had done before (on the day) and since the weather didnt play ball. I did however get a chance to get out my 10 stopper for a quick shoot. 3 shots.. all around the 3 – 5minute mark and thats all she wrote (it bucketed down for 12hours straight not long after this0. This location is Gordons bay and is just north of Coogee Beach. I like the way the sides are framed and the boats are a great reference point.. ill be keeping an eye out on the sun trajectory as I believe this has some sunrise potential in the very near future.

?A few things to note.. film film and more film will be posted up as well as some wedding work and some of my own projects. I am forseeing a big April in terms of postings so get your RSS feeds ready.

Till next time..

Ivo Rowe Pool Sunrise

A couple of weeks ago I decided to get down to a spot I have been meaning to check out before work. The beauty of living so close to the beach is my new ability to make it out for sunrises… just need the extra motivation. This morning I decided to head out besides the cloud sitting on the horizon. The main reason for my expedition was knowing a big swell was rolling through, and this place would mostly be safe/accessible and hopefully rather exciting. What a morning it was.. with my first 10+ minute extreme long exposure and my first mixing of digital and film sunrise photography.

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An All Night Photography Journey..

2 cars, 4 guys, 1 girl.. one Zakari, a few KM and a large pack of lolli mix later we have an epic night thankfully spared of microsleeps. Australia Day this year was on a Wednesday.. that means a mid week public holiday (not that crash.. really i mean honestly why cant they just give us two days off!). But this was an opportunity that Daniel decided to make a special occasion of a mid week break with a photo trip south of Sydney.

First stop Kiama followed by a sunrise at Coalcliff beach (right near the new sea cliff bridge).
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Sunrise at Whale Beach..

Well another sunrise (surprise surprise) but somewhere altogether new. A common trend across my sunrises might be the revisit to past locations. Why? Well I find its generally a comfort factor, but also wanting to capture a favourite place in a different light (pun intended).

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Another Sunrise.. Another Long Exposure

So once again a big thank you to Daniel K Cheung for getting me up and out of bed at an ungodly hour to drive half asleep towards the ocean. Back to an old favourite today.. the Mahon Pool at Maroubra. This would have to be one of my most favourite places in Sydney I think for shoots. It has so much character and is always defined by the ocean and the weather. Big swells/tides/rain and this place transforms into a powerful location. This morning was only second to a visit in August which saw us almost get taken out! I tried some longer exposures but wasnt able to be in one spot long enough before having to make for higher ground. I always kept an eye on the ocean so never fear.
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Sydney at 10 Stops

Sydney at 10 stops is a new Photo Project I am thinking of conducting in 2011. I have touched on this in the past, with the purchase of initially a Hitech 10 stop slide in filter, followed up by the purchase of a B+W 110 (10 stop) screw in filter. The idea of a 10 stop filter is to be able to expose in all conditions for a very long period of time.

The effect it has means that if used correctly you can make ongoing motions smooth out, or large crowds disappear. This creates a whole new illusion or perspective if you will on a location you may have seen many times before. I am always trying to do something different, something a little my way. The difficulty is, how do you gain a unique view on a city that has already been seen?
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Week 50 – ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas

Week 50 - 'Twas the Night Before Christmas

Week 50 - 'Twas the Night Before Christmas

Not a creature was stirring, not even a Quazar;

The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,

In hopes that Darth Vader soon would be there;

The young lings were nestled all snug in their beds,

While visions of droids danced in their heads;

And mamma in her ‘kerchief, and I in my cap,

Had just settled down for a long winter’s nap,

When out on the ice planet there arose such a clatter,

I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter.

Away to the window I flew like a flash,

Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.

The moon on the breast of the new-fallen star

Gave the lustre of mid-day to objects afar,

When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,

But a tie fighter, and eight troopers in gear,

With a fierce driver, so lively and eager,

I knew in a moment it must be Lord Vader.

More rapid than eagles his coursers they came,

And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name;

“Now, Stormtrooper #324, Stormtrooper #526 now, #499 and #123!

On, #616 on #987 on, #1336 and #333!

To the top of the bay! to the top of the port!

Now blast away! blast away! lightspeed all!”

As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,

When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky,

So up to the galaxy-top the coursers they flew,

With the tie fighter full of troopers, and Lord Vader too.

And then, in a screeching, I heard on the roof

The marching and chanting of each little troop.

As I drew in my head, and was turning around,

Down the chimney Lord Vader came with a bound.

He was dressed all in black, from his head to his foot,

And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot;

A bundle of sabers he had flung on his back,

And he looked like a peddler just opening his pack.

His eyes — how they burnt! his vents how merry!

His cheeks were like death, his nose like a coal!

His rigid mouth was drawn up like a goal,

And the links of his chain was as black as the night;

The grip of a vice he held tight in his teeth,

And the cape it encircled his shoulders like a wreath;

He had a strong face and an armoured belly,

That shook then ground, when he laughed like a bowlful of frozen jelly.

He was strong and fierce, a right old hard arse,

And I cried when I saw him, in spite of his laugh;

A wink of his eye and a twist of his head,

Soon gave me to know I had everything to dread;

He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,

And filled all the stockings; then turned with a jerk,

And laying his finger aside of his nose,

And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose;

He sprang to his fighter, to his team gave a whistle,

And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.

But I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of sight,

“I am Lord Vader, and to all a dead-night.”

I hope you like it, I did spend a good amount of time composing the newer version :)

Now now dont hate me here a very happy 2011 to you all! I have had a little holiday, just to myself.. ill keep it short :) My week 51 didnt arrive in the mail when it was supposed too! So I have held off posting Week 51 and Week 52… and this is where the adventures of Stormy Stormtrooper will come to an abrupt end :(

I have a few other exciting posts to put up to celebrate the beginning of 2011, as well as discussing where I would like to go throughout the year! I have decided not to begin another Project 52 or Project 365. However I will discuss this more in my welcome to 2011 in the coming days.

Till next time..

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Week 49 – Fashionable Trooper

Week 49 - Fashionable Trooper

Week 49 - Fashionable Trooper

They dont come like that out of the box you know. Makeup call before a quick show for Stormy today.. making an appearance at a Hunter Valley Bridal Show. The girls went giddy.. and to be honest why wouldnt you with a suit like that?

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Week 48 – It’s not a Stormtrooper

Week 48 - It's not a Stormtrooper

Week 48 - It's not a Stormtrooper

Stormy Stormtrooper – “Honestly officer.. I warned him time and time again to not call himself that!”
Officer Brick – “Call himself what?”
Stormy Stormtrooper – “A Stormtrooper..”
Officer Brick – “Uhh why? Isn’t he a Stormtrooper?”
Stormy Stormtrooper – “No! He’s a Snowtrooper”
Officer Brick – “So? He’s still a Stormtrooper”
Stormy Stormtrooper – “That’s your first warning officer”

Stormy doesnt put up with no fakes or imposters. He will have none of that in his army.

Till next time..

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