Look to the skies.

August 15, 2010

Coral Bay by Sandy@SHOTS

I was in JBs a few days ago and all of the TVs were playing the same amazing footage of our ‘Earth’ from the air and my eyes were glued to the screens. The sound was down but I knew right away whose imagery it was (I’m a big fan of YA-B) so I enquired at the desk and they told me the dvd was called HOME by Yahn Arthus-Bertrand.

I watched it last night…with the sound turned on.

The photography was stunning, the narrative was terrifying.

Well worth a look!

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Prompted by Merv!

June 3, 2010

Merv, this post is for you! In a very lazy move I have rehashed this old slideshow which is kind of fitting as another world trip has been at the fore front of my mind for a while.

The trip I have in mind is a while away as yet but will be an EPIC photographic expedition if we can pull it off.  Mt Killi and Patagonia are calling….as is the rest of the world. There’s lots of ‘research’ going on behind the scenes to try and fund this project and as such the website is being rehashed to incorporate more ‘travel’ ideas as well as photography. 

Gotta start putting the thoughts out there to make it happen but you never know what’s around the corner in this life.  I’m also learning the joys of timelapse so hope to post some results in the near future.

Can I use the excuse “I’ve been thinking” as a reason for not updating my blog? Of course I can….it’s my blog! 😉

By the way Merv….love your B&W shot of the boulders!


EDITORIAL…Happy Birthday Pom!

April 14, 2010

A few people have recently emailed to ask about the magazine that I freelance for.  It’s called the Whingeing Pom and has just celebrated it’s 2nd birthday.  I usually do the covers and shoot & write the travel feature….spreading the joys of travelling this fabulous country to anyone who’ll listen.  See some examples HERE & HERE.

The mag is a great read for anyone and everyone, very tongue in cheek and lots of fun and is sold in newagents all across Australia.

Happy Birthday Pom….here’s hoping you get to a grand old age (cos there’s plenty of things left to see and do!)


Drifters

April 14, 2010

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Well who would have thought that Canberra would be fun?  I was there for the magazine doing a feature on the balloon festival which runs for 9 days. On the first day of the festival we could see that the weather wasn’t looking too great so we ducked off to Jindabyne for a few days and came back to Canberra later in the week.  This shot was taken on the Saturday morning when all of the balloons managed to get up (ahem..you’d think with so much ‘hot air’ in Canberra it wouldn’t be a problem!) We were following them on the road when the sunlight started to shine through the dark clouds, giving off that magical light that sometimes happens on a wet day. Dave pulled the campervan over onto the verge and I legged it over to the lake (Lake Burley Griffin for those playing along at home) and captured the balloons as they flew (VERY low) overhead. A couple of them actually touched the water and kind of hung in suspended animation. I was especially pleased to have captured the golliwog – he’s my favourite 🙂

Big thanks to the team at Balloons Aloft for their patience and professionalism and also for the brekky on the day we stood around a field for 2 hours waiting for the weather to come good.


Morte Bay Rocks…North Devon

February 20, 2010

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This is a shot that I took the last time I was in the UK at a beautiful location by the sea in the lovely seaside town of Woolacombe in North Devon. It has everything you could wish for at a British seaside town. Fish ‘n’ chips, pubs a plenty, mini golf 😉 and stunning scenery and it’s great place for the locals to catch some waves….a bit too cold for me though.

I’ve been spending some time doing a clear out and cataloging everything properly and thoroughly (it was part of my new year’s resolution doh!) which is why I’m pulling out some old favourites.

I’ll be heading to Canberra and Mt Kosciusko in a few weeks to shoot some new stuff…..if anyone knows of some great locations out that way I’d love to hear about them….bearing in mind that I won’t have any 4WD access.

Cheers

Sandy


Nik & Buddha

February 19, 2010

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I’ve been having a play with Silver Efex Pro and am loving the features. I tend to steer away from black and white but I’ve had this shot for a while now and have been wanting to give it a try in B&W. The Nik Software has made it very easy to get a half decent effect with minimal effort and anything that means I spend less time in this chair is a good thing!


…more BDO

February 8, 2010

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…more shots from 2010 BDO taken for Virtual Festivals in the UK.

www.virtualfestivals.com

BTW…..Big THANKS to Team Digital for the Nik Software trial….I am loving it. I used Dfine to help reduce some of the noise in the darker shots as the ISO was pumped up a fair bit and it was very easy to use with a nice result.  Think I might be investing in the whole suite!