I was down at Narrabeen shooting a sunrise yesterday morning and I was moving from one spot to another and slipped on a rock… I went down, the camera went down and now it doesn’t want to take a pic… I think it is every photographers worst nightmare, our cameras are expensive tools and whilst they’re built to take a beating, there isn’t much that can withstand being dropped onto solid rock.
As upset as I am about it, I just need to give it to Nikon to see if it can be repaired and keep my fingers crossed. In the meantime I still have my D300 so I will use that. My favourite lens was on the camera at the time I dropped it so I will have to get that checked too just in case I have done some damage to that. I guess I am lucky I didn’t break myself, I have a graze and a bruise or two… luckily that’s it.
I am happy with this pic even though there wasn’t much of a sunrise. The lighting is a floodlight behind me creating a unique effect, there were a couple of crazy northern beaches people having a swim at 6am, even though it was only 13 degrees! This is a good spot and I will return to this area as there is a lot to photograph around Narrabeen.
If you hadn’t heard that Kodak was in a little bit of financial trouble, or in fact, had files for bankruptcy then you probably live under a rock! Anyhow, the good news is I read a news report stating that Kodak in Australia and NZ were going to be unaffected by the parent company filing for bankruptcy. This means that supplies will flow as normal! As for Kodak NZ, it was set up as a wholly owned independent company in 1934 keeping it separate from the company that has filed for bankruptcy.
Sometimes photographers will only look for the ‘perfect’ conditions to get the camera out, I was pleased, that despite the fog I headed to La Perouse last weekend as I managed to grab a couple of nice shots. This one is of the castle looking thingy that you will find in the middle of the park near Bare Island… I like the way the fog creates mystery… enjoy!
Sometimes I will hear a saying and wonder “where did that come from?”, for example, the rule of thumb apparently originated back in time when it was okay to beat your wife, as long as what you hit her with was smaller in thickness than your thumb… there is another theory that beer brewers would use their thumb to test the temperature of the beer during the brewing process. I am sure you would have heard the saying “toe the line”, that when I recently went on a tour of the Fremantle Prison I found out that this was what was said to get the prisoners to stand with their toe’s on the line so they could be prepared to go into their prison cells.
In the image below you can clearly see the lines that prisoners were ordered to stand along as they were prepared to go through to their cells.
I get a lot of questions in regards to HOW it is that I actually take the shots I need to create a HDR image, so I created a short video on my iPhone to show you how.
This is the photo that I took in the video above. I really like this pic because of the textures and colours in the foreground rocks. When I arrived prior to sunrise it was very foggy and I have a series of photo’s with the fog, it created quite an eery kind of feel so it will be interesting to see how they come out… keep an eye out for them over the coming weeks as I get them processed.
As a photographer the key to a great photo is composition, there are a bunch of rules in regards to composition, but for those of you that know me, I am happy to break the rules! Sometimes I will post a photo on a photography forum for feedback and it is interesting to see how many different perspectives other photographers will have in regards to composition. One of the techniques I love to use is leading lines, that is, I like to find something in the foreground that will lead the eye to something of interest in the picture, for example, you may use a fence line, a path or it could be a branch on a tree. If you have a look at some of my pics I am sure you will be able to spot where and how I use leading lines.
For me I think that living in Sydney has made me a little immune to the beautiful scenery we have, and as a photographer one of the toughest decision is where do I go next as there are so many options! It is hard not to be drawn to Sydney Harbour. In this shot you can see how I have use leading lines to draw you into the image… enjoy