Today is the first day of summer in Australia, Yesterday in Sydney where I live was 40 degrees Celsius… and today is supposed to be hotter! I must admit though, I prefer hot over cold… I remember visiting Calgary in Canada once and it was minus 18c… too cold for me!
Thankfully there are a crew of people that work on beaches across the world that are passionate about saving lives… if you’re heading to the beach today stay safe!
One of the challenges every photographer will face, is what do I take a photo of next?? No matter what your style of photography is at some stage you will hit this hurdle. For me, I am always looking for cool and interesting locations to shoot landscape photography, and whilst google maps is helpful, it is limited. I was referred to Rob Potters’ site, Photography Hot Spots and found it helpful… you may too! Photography Hot Spots is a photo location sharing site, dedicated to helping you find and share the greatest photography locations within our beautiful country, Australia. In Photography Hot Spots you can post and share your amazing photography locations that you have captured as well as look through the Hot Spots posted by others to help you plan your next photography outing. Check it out at http://www.photographyhotspots.com.au/
I took this on my trip to Perth earlier in the year, this is the front entrance to the Fremantle Prison… see if you can work out why I have named this pic “1154″… 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 asked this question alot… what is the best camera to kick off with? Well, just about every manufacturer makes a camera that is perfect for the beginner. Before you blow your hard earned on something that may become a paper weight, I have a few tips.
1.If you have a friend or family member that has a DSLR, get the same brand as they have. Firstly, they can shortcut the manual for you and secondly, you can share lenses.
2. Think about what you want to take photo’s of… some cameras are better suited to sport, some to landscape… same with lenses, they all have their strengths, and weaknesses.
3. Buy second hand, there are plenty of bargains to be had on eBay… you will save $$$$.
The Fremantle Roundhouse opened in January of 1831. It was built as a Gaol and eventually was used just as a holding cell/police lock up until the late 1800′s, then it became accommodation for the water police. If you caught yesterday’s post I explained that using photoshop was quite normal in the digital age. Here you can see I have used it to give my shot the look of an old film camera… sorry Mr Nikon, I know you have spent many man hours and many hundreds of thousands of dollars getting your cameras to produce amazing detail and colour… but I felt I wanted to get the look of the good ole days!
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I always scour eBay for photography bargains, and chuck silly bids on stuff I would like if I got it for the right price. I found a lens on Ebay, brand new in the box, used a couple of times, it was a wide angle lens, not something I have ever wanted, nor did I think I wanted. So I made a low ball offer… and would you know it, the seller accepted it! I thought to myself, I will just re-list it and make a couple of hundred bucks.
When I received it I had to try it out first… you know, before I re-listed it on eBay… it only took a couple of shots for me to realise what a cracker of a lens it was… and how much fun a wide angle lens is! So you guessed it… it never got re-listed and now lives on my camera 90% of the time!
So I have eBay to thank for helping me discover photography with an UWA (Ultra Wide Angle) lens!
Here’s a pic, that without an UWA lens you wouldn’t get much detail into your shot. This is cell A24 in Fremantle Prison. The walls in this cell were painted between 1988 and 1991. Prison rules didn’t allow inmates to deface their cell walls but this prisoner was given special permission for therapeutic reasons.