To Change? or not to Change?

Undecided

Undecided

Not a quiet week, just a busy one 🙂

A blog post without any photos? What is going on you might say! Well I am stuck in a bit of a conundrum 🙂 At this point in time I am enjoying blogging and sharing my photographic escapades a lot more than I realised! I feel that I am slightly let down by my website.. which is hard for me to say since I wrote it myself. I like the front page, and the way it is simple with my latest blogs displayed, however I am lacking that portfolio and gallery section that I desire. My other qualm is the fact my blog theme is different to my site, now my blog does link back directly to the site and works as if it was just another page within, but I feel that it lacks the flow I want.. where it fits in perfectly with my theme.

So i have now come to a crossroads.. do I look at moving my entire site over to a Photoblog theme WordPress setup… a site that has a front page with the latest blog posts and some feature images and galleries for people to look at. Or do I give making my own theme a bash, and converting the blog page into an integrated website.. or even better.. making wordpress theme based around my current site/look at feel.

I never usually shy away from a challenge, it is the time sink I am worried about.. I do spend a lot of time looking into new coding styles and website integrations. Reading through tutorials and blog posts and guides.. but the time sink is in the finer details. I can build you a site, I can get it 95% there but I always find that 5% takes 95% longer than the rest of the site!

My plans are to integrate the Fotomoto service into my new site too, so that people can order some prints from my portfolio if they wish… it has its ups and downs but I would love people to simply have the option. Why? Well .. I dont really know why you would want to have some of my photos on your wall but it seems that quite a few of you do! And whilst my blog and site is still a fledgling in the size and numbers of visitors I receive… I get enough now to think that perhaps people like my ramblings.. or like the way I show you how someone who is really still such a novice breaks into new styles, and new adventures. It is pretty fun, I think I have somewhat of an eye for Photography and I would like to share it a lot more. It all comes back to time doesnt it…

I might make up a new blog post soon about ideas for guides/tutorials.. what would you like to see? Where would you like to go? Suggestion a location perhaps? And i can go and capture my view of the spot (perhaps only in Sydney.. unless you shout me the airfare :D)

So my faithful few readers.. what do you think? To change or not to change?

Till next time..

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P.S – If you can actually offer me a hand in taking my site/blog to where I want it to be, I would be eternally grateful!

St. Street. Stereeet Photography

Sydney Street

Well another week.. another new attempt at some photography. Street photography to be exact, with a bunch of friends and some new friendly faces. Dan had in his infinite wisdom decided to organise an OCAU mini-meet for street (how poetic) in Martin Place on Tuesday evening. With the idea of catching the peak hour in a rush of rain coats and umbrellas. This type of weather always brings out some odd behaviour from pedestrians, and some great reflections and unique looks.

So we all met up, I think 9 of us in all and I was stoked because I was finally able to meet a photographer who has been hiding in the shadows for some time now.. his name is George or ‘Two40’ and you can see his current ramblings here.

We headed from Martin Place to Customs House to Customs House Bar to Menya Ramen in Haymarket.. it was a lot of walking and I was tired by the end but happy overall. I think next time I would love to get out with a small amount of people. Stormy Stormtrooper even got a few shots in (at the Customs House Bar..) you can see that on my last blog post 🙂

To the shots!

Sydney Street

Sydney Street

Sydney Street

Sydney Street

All in all.. lots of rubbish but a few good captures! Really need to work on my hip shooting, and knowing exactly how im framing whilst not looking… I think this will take some practice! I also got half a roll through the Nikon EM.. using the 50mm 1.8/180mm 2.8 and some Fujicolour 100.

When I finally get them processed, Ill scan them up and put them up.

Till next time..

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Week 47 – The Tap Master

Week 47 - The Tap Master

Week 47 - The Tap Master

Master of the tap.. curator of the beer.. Stormy Stormtrooper here in the Customs House Bar choosing a pint of his old favourite.. (actually a hard choice for me, well 2 out of 3 aint bad ;))

Nice work Stormy.. wont even argue with you pouring me a Golden Ale.

Till next time..

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Ben + Kat | Wedding

<3 Ben + Kat

Well finally here it is.. the full wedding set of Benjamin and Kathleen. These two were a fantastic couple and a joy to work with, this is why I decided to go back and re-edit all my photos so I could produce the best possible results from the day.

The wedding took place at the lovely Peppers Manor in Sutton Forest, NSW (about 1.5 hours south of Sydney). It was a quaint arrangement, with nothing spared and a fine attention to detail. The wedding was small in numbers, but large in celebration. With only family members present, it made our jobs a lot easier as we were able to mingle and enjoy the celebrations amongst them. Ben and Kat had requested a mainly candid type of arrangement, with posed shots not really representing what they wanted as a final result. With this in mind we set out as a team to capture the most candid moments of the day, and I hope you can see this throughout the rest of the wedding set.

I have a mix of feature shots of certain items, as well as groups, individuals and candid shots for the day. We were shooting from midday until dinner time, beginning with the preperation at Peppers, before the ceremony at the church and the reception in the gardens at Peppers.

<3 Ben + Kat

<3 Ben + Kat

<3 Ben + Kat

<3 Ben + Kat

<3 Ben + Kat

<3 Ben + Kat

<3 Ben + Kat

<3 Ben + Kat

<3 Ben + Kat

<3 Ben + Kat

<3 Ben + Kat

<3 Ben + Kat

<3 Ben + Kat

<3 Ben + Kat

<3 Ben + Kat

<3 Ben + Kat

<3 Ben + Kat

<3 Ben + Kat

And here is a special one of Kat.. we have quite a few great Behind the Scenes shots from the day which I have posted a couple of already. Kat loved our cameras and decided to have a go.. Ill have to find the group shots of us mucking around but it was a nice touch to the day.

<3 Ben + Kat

A truly spectacular day and wedding. I thank you Daniel K Cheung for allowing me to assist you once again. It was also a joy to work with you Zakari Kha. To Ben & Kat I wish you many happy years together and I thank you for letting me be part of your special day.

You can view the whole wedding album (including higher resolutions) here.

Till next time..

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Week 46 – Master of Puppets

Week 46 - Master of Puppets

Week 46 - Master of Puppets

“Puppet Trooper is pulling your strings”

A little further homage to our dear friends Metallica… Stormy Stormtrooper has constructed his own Papertrooper army and this is a shot of him in the engine room.

Week 47 not far to follow.

Till next time..

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Little Bay & The Moonrise

Little Bay Moonrise

Little Bay Moonrise

So something a little bit left field for me, but something I would love to try a little more of 🙂 Moonrises.. much like a sunrise.. with the brightness but a whole new type of long exposure photography. Many aspects work the same, cloud cover, first light, diffusion and location. The best thing I can see with a moonrise (and not so much with a sunrise) is the ability to keep shooting even once the moon is very high in the sky.

Little Bay Moonrise

How did this come about you might ask? Well I was checking out a new application (well not new, ill review it soon) called The Photographer’s Ephemeris (TPE) which allows you to check locations as well as the direction of rise/set of the sun/moon as well as times and other handy facts. The best thing? it works worldwide.. and on your iPhone if you own one of the evil contraptions.

So I just happened to be checking Willy Weather my usual point of call for forecasting sunrises for the weekend when I caught the current moon phase. 98.3% (the night after full) and a favourable rising time of 9:13pm EST. A quick message to my friend Campbell Simpson and suddenly he’s out front picking me up to rush us off to Little Bay. I chose Little Bay (which is 5mins from La Perouse) due to the rise angle of the moon and the northern headland.

Little Bay Moonrise

We took a variety of shots over two hours.. with both of us learning a lot along the way. Next time I think I will shoot for much longer, perhaps with a filter for the moon or lighting the foreground with a diffused torch. A lot of my shots have an overpowering moon with a very dull foreground. I wanted to create the eerie seascape with the long stream reflection of light a long the water flowing onto rocks. I would also take shots at a higher elevation, to really capture the light on top of the rocks in front of the camera.

Little Bay Moonrise

Having said that, I am very please with the results for the first time out… and we also had some great fun with some off camera flash and light painting… here is a little something I popped together in Photoshop after the shoot. Perhaps not quality enough for a new logo.. but gives me an idea for next time.

Hope you enjoy.. I promise those wedding shots are on their way.

Till next time..

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Behind the Scenes..

BTS - Daniel K Cheung in Action

BTS - Daniel K Cheung in Action

So how does it all come together? I thought I would make a quick post just to show how it all comes together, from behind the camera. Each final image usually has a lot more of time put into it that the average viewer would think. Sure it may be taken in a flurry of shots amongst a day.. but it then gets imported, makes the first cut, makes the second cut, receives and edit.. then a touch up.. then a review.. then an export and finally an upload. I would hate to think on average the time spent on getting just one image from the shutter button to the online album!

In my shooting I haven’t shot behind the scenes much before, but I am increasingly liking the candid side of these shots… just to show the kind of times (early morning), weather, danger (waves), light, locations and general effort that is put in by the photographer to bring out some of the best shots that people get to enjoy.

This is just one of my good friend Daniel K Cheung at Ben + Kat’s wedding this past Saturday. I have a few more from the day I will include in the final wedding album, but I will definitely aim to show you a little bit more of what is going on behind the camera.

Me @ Sunrise - Shot by Campbell Simpson

Me @ Sunrise - Shot by Campbell Simpson

Here is a shot of me at Coogee in the very early hours of March 2010 (6:15am I think).. I had gotten up at 4:00am… made some tea.. checked my gear and made the tired old drive to the beach with Pantera blaring to get me up. Was it worth it? Hell yeah! This has given me one of my most favourite shots to date which you can see below (albeit perhaps a little while after the shot was taken of me).

Coogee Sunrise HDR

Coogee Sunrise HDR

I look forward to bringing you the rest of the Wedding set later this week.

Till next time..

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Ben + Kat | Wedding Preview

<3 Ben + Kat

<3 Ben + Kat

I was very fortunate to assist in my first full wedding for Daniel K Cheung with Zakari Kha. The wedding was for Benjamin and Kathleen at the lovely Peppers Manor in Suttons Forest, Southern Highlands, New South Wales, Australia. We headed down for midday.. capturing the bridal party getting ready, the ceremony at the church and the outdoor reception. It was a wonderful day and I have a lot of processing ahead of me!

I hope you like the snippet, and look forward to the rest.

Till next time..

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