Week 16 – The Ten Stop Fence

And we are back! It is been a busy couple of weeks but finally the moons are aligning… the internet is back on.. I have had a chance to shoot a bucketload of film and finally have the scans coming back in which is always an exciting time for me. So I figured ill kick start the activities with a look at Week 16 of the 10 stop project. I would estimate I am around 7 weeks behind on a week by week count by now.. but that doesnt really phase me.. as the ongoing project will have periods of high activity and low.. I just want to keep some diversity.

This shot is from the same morning of Week 15.. at the Mahon Pool in Maroubra. It was quite a wild morning with the surf.. I have always tried to frame this fence in a way that I really enjoyed for the pool. I love lines.. in my photography lines that lead your eye through the image are a heavy feature I always try to follow. Naturally  I saw the opportunity to have some rigid lines which are man made and how they flow against and with the rock lines which are naturally made.

Black and white had more of an impact here, I hope to get some long exposures one day of this spot with some fast moving clouds and a splash of colour.

I have a few long posts to get together about specific films.. and I must begin working on my guide to c41 processing which I should begin soon as I just placed the last order I need for chemicals. I may or may not have picked up some new camera gear too which is rather exciting!

Till next time..

I will be back soon.. I promise.

A frustrating couple of weeks for me with the phone line at home getting disconnected and a massive circle jerk causing me excessive downtime with no net! So I am still here.. I just have no time to blog the way I want too. There are advantages of having no internet… it actually reminds me of a book I read whilst growing up called ‘What No TV?!’

As a child who has grown up with the digital/technical revolution the reliance on internet for not only entertainment but social interaction, personal development, creative exploring and also sharing your photography is something  that takes up a large part of your life. Kind of like the attachment many make with their own phones, take it away and they have lost a communication channel and a valuable part of their ‘self’.

Never fear.. I am not a tragic who is crying themselves to sleep in the corner each night waiting for the modem to flash ‘sync’ once more. I have been using the time to re-archive all my film negatives, send my new completed rolls off for development, teach B&W development to a fellow photographer and generally process through some of the back log I have at home.

So hopefully ill get another post up early next week before I get the net back on in over a week’s time from today…

Till next time..

Avalon Sunrise in July

I touched on Avalon with a preview of a sunrise in late May, which in fact inspired me to head out later that week back to Avalon to capture another sunrise. Now I havent actually finished editing that sunrise! I am bad no? :) Well I think you would agree that me being out shooting gives me a bit of leeway when it comes to blogging eh? 2 for 2 thus far with fairly nice sunrises on both visits to Avalon allowing for a full and enjoyable morning of shooting. With some nice sprawling cloud this morning really snapped, crackled and popped.

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Week 15 – Ten Stop Cathedral Rocks

Back in late April I headed down to the Mahon Pool for a rather dark and gloomy sunrise. There was promise but the cloud cover was really just too thick. Quite a large swell.. it was intimidating and not very forgiving and left me with a lot to clean up afterwards! I have a similar shot which has gone in as Week 26.

Till next time..

Week 14 – Ten Stop Castle Blocks

This place is somewhat special for me.. and I will revisit this in mid August but it is now my local beach! You would probably notice that I am indeed a sunrise man. So wait.. what? This is a sunset? Yep… this day I headed off from work at 4 after starting early at 8.. and caught the glimpse of some colour that I thought would make for a wonderful sunset. Now I am not normally one to rush down and pickup the camera on a whim but I raced into my house and down to the beach and setup.

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Week 13 – Ten Stop Starting Blocks

This little shot I grabbed not long after the shot I used in Week 8. Upon re-reviewing some older shots I liked it so much I wanted to share it as part of the project. It is on the other side of the ocean pool at North Narrabeen facing South East. The water was actually splashing up and over the side but I loved the light difference between the smoothed water in the pool and the water of the ocean just on the other side of the wall. I wish there were some clouds to complete this photo.

Till next time..

Week 12 – La Perouse at 10 Stops

On a very gloomy morning Daniel convinced me to head out for a sunrise.. well it wasnt much of a sunrise.. it was really wet.. it was really cold with a fierce wind and we went to a place that normally has the sunrise blocked by the northern headland.. needless the say it become the perfect opportunity to get a long exposure! Now this was a bit of trial and error for me.. I was horrified when a 6 minute exposure came out mainly black.. that isnt the usual there really was hardly any light this morning. So I reframed my shot and set the exposure off and went to town….

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Week 11 – Neilsen Park Sunset at 10 Stops

I find it hard to believe that this was my first visit to Neilsen Park… and what a location it is. I have attempted to go there a couple of times.. unfortunately they were all in summer when finding a park anywhere near or around Vaucluse is enough to kick in some hidden road rage tucked away in your personality. I get to thank my housemate Zee for taking me along here.. and we headed out this afternoon in the hope of catching a good spot for sunset overlooking the city. Unfortunate for Zee he did the old ‘leave my memory card plugged into the computer’ trick and wasnt able to shoot at all. None the less.. Neilsen Park has a beach… and a rocky foreshore.. and a tree lined path and lots of nice grass and well.. basically for someone who likes to take photos of people.. and Sydney.. I dont think you can go wrong.

As you can see from this shot it is perhaps a little too far from the city for shooting this wide as it doesnt have much of a presence or impact. I can see however the potential for some future sunsets at a longer focal length with the sun setting directly behind the city. Time to get out the prediction tools and plan a sunset again. Looking forward to head back.. maybe in spring when I can find a park and brave the water for a swim.

Till next time..

The Green Moss of Turimetta

The moss at Turimetta Beach is a sight to see every winter and the colours and textures it creates are nothing short of phenomenal. I have been heading to Turimetta beach for almost 2 years now; the beach is wild and windy and when the surf kicks up there is so much water movement and power it is a sight to see. Unfortunately my luck at this beach hasnt been so great.. up until last month I hadn’t had a great sky at Turimetta.. ever! I went two weeks in a row (one by chance) and the skies came to play. I have yet to blog that morning yet but I will get to that soon.. this post is all about the moss.

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Week 10 – Gordons Bay Sunset at 10 Stops

This spot is around a 10min walk from my new place. It is good and it was a spurr of the moment shoot. I think I can do better though the framing and the natural vignetting due to not exposing long enough can be improved. I have somewhat neglected the local area this last couple of months.. not for lack of wanting to visit but making the most of the later sunrise times by visiting places much further away from home. Cant wait for my first full Summer in Coogee however.. it is going to be magical. Gordon’s Bay actually used to have boat hire and there is a little shed out on the left.. but these boats dont look like they are used very much anymore. I will have to head back and maybe get closer to that rock structure on the right of frame there.

Till next time..

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