Festival Season

February 8, 2010

BDO

Every year I’m lucky enough to shoot the Perth leg of the Big Day Out. And every year as I’m dripping in sweat, fighting gangs of sweaty youths (who all want their photo taken – to which I reply I have the wrong lens on…even if I have the right lens on!), and generally burning to a crisp in the shade-less pit known as Claremont showground, I ask myself if I am getting too old to shoot this gig.

But once we get going and we’re in the pit and the bands are ‘going off’ and the lights are flashing I realise why I do it.  I love the challenge of getting a well composed shot in such diverse conditions. From glaring sun during the day to next to no light for the headliners, it’s a constant battle to grab a sharp shot with whatever light the strobes are shooting out at any given minute…add in the smoke machine and the challenge is on!

Will I go back next year? Hell yeah.


Summer evenings are here at last

December 20, 2009

Hillarys_

I popped down to Hillarys Boat Harbour last night for a paddle and a look around.  I was hoping for some stormy skies and got some lovely colour. It was great to see so many people out and about enjoying the warm summer evening with kids paddling and jumping off the jetty and families having picnics on lawns. I do love this time of year here in Perth although I do wonder if I’ll ever get used to hot weather at Christmas.

Hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and a happy and prosperous twenty-ten!


All that remains…

December 1, 2009

This is one of my favourite captures from Yorke Peninsula.  Wallaroo is a great spot with a great name. As I was wandering around looking for a good location to take some pics at sunset, these three posts and the colourful rocks caught my eye.  This was a 30 second exposure just after the sun had disappeared.  I was really enjoying taking the photos, capturing that dreamy misty water when a local bloke came down to where I was shooting and told me a little bit about the place.  I was stoked to discover that I was actually shooting the last remains of the original Wallaroo jetty which was built in 1861.  148 years later this is all that remains.


The Mighty Ghan

December 1, 2009

I recently got back from a trip on The Ghan for the magazine (article HERE if you’re looking to kill a few minutes 🙂 ) and this is one of the shots that I took of the carriages as we got off in Alice Springs.  The trip was great but when we stopped at Katherine and Alice I didn’t want to get back on….just wanted to get into a 4wd and take off in search of ‘perfect light’.  The second shot is Cape Spencer lighthouse on Yorke Penninsula in South Australia.  I have been guilty of bagging out South Australia in the past, I’m not usually a wine drinker so the Barossa Valley doesn’t really thrill me. When I got off the Ghan I decided to take off to Yorke Penninsula for a few days instead and was suprised to discover just how beautiful it is down there.  Will post a few more shots from that region soon.