Art and music run in the family, but my life was spent in the Army. For a couple of years another fellow and I ran a couple of darkrooms; one in a building and one on a truck. A lot of time was spent shooting from choppers with a variety of cameras, including a thing called an Agiflite that took 12 metres of 70mm film and had Zeiss lenses set permanently on the hyperfocal distance. It took pin-sharp images from four kilometres away. My favourite camera at the time was a Linhof 4” x 5” view camera – yes I also used it from over 7,000ft. My favourite camera now is my vintage redwood with brass fittings 5” x 7” view camera of indeterminate make. It is a work of art in itself, but requires restoration before it is light-tight. A project for the future. I recently expressed an interest in shooting underwater on the Gold Coast beaches where we live, so my loving wife NautilusBlue gave me a 35mm Canon Powershot D10 for Christmas. Its image stabiliser helps counter my built-in shake. It’s a great little camera and gives me the macro capability to shoot insects and stuff as well. I just need to figure out how to fit a polariser to it, and look forward to using it underwater. We are away dodgeing floods through NSW and waiting for Queensland to dry out a bit. I look forward to being a part of this community. Happy shooting. Regards,
billypump

  • Joined: January 2011

Journal

Wither goest thou?

Wither goest thou? / DEDICATED TO – DEBORAH ZARAGOZA / Deborah, I read “We scrambled for a plaid golfer… but not 9-11” by Russell Holder and then read your comments and did a bit of thinking (not always a good sign – me thinking that is). / Deborah, I am pleased that you are, and can be, who you are. I am pleased that you are able to see yourself as being a bit naïve. …
Posted over 5 years – 2 comments

First Feature Experience

Yippee!!!! Thank you so much to JanieK and crew from Major Events group for Featuring “I wanna be just like you, Dad” and “Road Runner” shots from the Cooly-Rocks-On-Festival in June. What a surprise and what a thrill! / Bill
Posted over 5 years – 8 comments

DOLPHINS THREATENED!

At 0430hrs this morning (Thu 16 June 2011) my wife and I rose early to shoot the total eclipse of the moon from the small landing at the Tin Can Bay Dolphin Centre. It was a great morning and we took some awesome shots. Later, we hung around for a coffee and breakfast in the adjacent cafe. We sometimes spend Sunday mornings there to watch the dolphins feeding and read the Sunday Mail. Tou…
Posted almost 6 years – 2 comments

Blue Heeler

Detective Senior Constable Damian Leeding was shot about two weeks ago when he arrived during an armed holdup in progress at a Gold Coast tavern. He was honoured on Tuesday 7th June 2011 at a public funeral, having died of his wounds. It was announced at his funeral that he would be posthumously awarded the Queensland Police Service’s highest medal for valour, for the courage he showed…
Posted almost 6 years – 2 comments
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