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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Paul + Peta | Engagement



1. A tender feeling toward another; fondness. See Synonyms at love.
2. Feeling or emotion.

I could probably expand that list to about 1000.. but ill leave it at 2. Affection is a very personal matter and done differently by every couple. A quick glance across a room, a small smile that catches your eye, a touch of the shoulder… behind closed doors, in plain view or screaming it from the rooftops. The way this affection is shared between two people is very personal.. but when it is so abundant it bubbles through the personality of two people it is the recipe for some very emotive photography. Introducing Paul + Peta.. an amazing couple that Daniel K Cheung asked me to assist him shooting. I think the photos speak for themselves and capture perfectly the way they show affection for each other.

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The Whale (Beach) Resurfacing

Just a quick shot of the day… after having a nice catchup with Dan today I decided to revisit a memorable sunrise.. infact I would say it is in my top 3. I found this image I had not yet shared.. so gave it a quick reprocess and here it is. It was a memorable morning and a great time spent with friends.

Shot with;
Nikon D90
Sigma 10-20mm
Cokin Z121S Neutral Density Graduated Filter
Hope you enjoy.
Till next time..

Turimetta Star Trails

So towards the start of February I noticed that mid week it was going to be a new moon and that the clouds (and somewhat the stars) will align into a great opportunity to try some Star Trails.. in Sydney! Not so shocking to you no doubt, but infact due to the light pollution in every big city they are practically impossible to capture without a lot of unnecessary and distracting camera noise (from the light/clouds/air particles).

I noticed on a previous trip to Turimetta Beach just north of Narrabeen in Sydney that at night there is very little light spill from the surrounding area. Added to this that it isnt the most densely populated part of Sydney I thought it was worth a shot.

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Lucky Film & The Nikon F3

An important roll for me.. through an iconic camera I have been very lucky to borrow from my good friend Daniel K Cheung. Paired with the Nikon 50mm 1.4D this special camera for me symbolizes great technological feats. Its pretty.. well constructed.. full of dials but most importantly it has character. It is built like a tank and goes like a tank. This one has had an easy life, but I can imagine some of the journo F3’s floating around would tell a different story (as would the rolls produced from it). So how does it stack up? I would have to say that I am very impressed indeed.. impressed so much that I now say I MUST have one.. it WILL be mine… oh yes…

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Terry + Val | Engagement

Once again I am lucky to have been asked back by Daniel K Cheung to assist him with some more of his wedding work. This is a great opportunity to work with someone who is very passionate about his photography and his approach to the couple and the way he is always striving to give them the best he possibly can is very inspiring. This is leading on from my last post about location scouting, and these are the first results from this scout mission.

So now let me introduce you to Terry & Val. A lovely couple who are based in Sydney and found Daniel through some mutual friends. Unlike the previous shoots I have been on with Daniel this one was a shoot and meet/greet.. which is always challenging as you are building that rapport with the couple whilst taking invasive candid photos of them. Ok .. well not very invasive but when you havent done it much before then how are you to relax whilst big  glass is pointed your way?

My parents always thought that I would be a used car salesman…

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An Afternoon Scouting Mission..

Scouting locations for potential shoots is no easy task. You can potentially shoot anywhere dependent on the conditions, but having some favourite places with ideas and known ways to execute shots can add a whole new dimension to the final result. A lot of people look at photos and may not in fact think about the time spent in being able to create that shot. Not only does it take time with the styling of the shot itself, the accumulation of the gear, the scheduling of the subjects, the years of learning the skills.. but the countless hours in planning locations.

After another sunrise at the Mahon Pool,  Daniel and I had decided to take a trip around the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney for some new spots to shoot potential fashion, beauty and couple styled shoots.

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