Journal

Still on the road ...

I’m not sure if anyone would have noticed my lack of recent updates, but I’ve been travelling (and away from the computer) Since late November.

Fortunately I should have a heap of new stuff once I get back in a few weeks.

Off site back up

I’m looking in to online / remote back up for my photos … so far of the ones I’ve looked at Acronis and Carbonite look decent.

Does, any one have any alternate recommendations?

PS. I’d prefer that the company charges Australian dollars if possible.

I'm in the Herald with Captain Ratz!

Or more specifically, one of my shots of Captain Ratz is in the paper.

The shot is question is from the first roller derby bout held at the Hordan Pavilion a few months ago. It was used to promote the roller derby horror show in the Metro section of the SMH (Sydney Morning Herald). Unfortunately I didn’t find out about this until afterwards,but luckily for me Angie Schiavone managed to organise a copy (Thanks Angie!).

And the original shot …

More on derby shots on flickr.

Roller Derby Bout One 2010

I was lucky enough to get a media pass to the first Roller Derby bout for the year.

The bout itself was held at Syndey Boys High between last years winners The D’VIANTS and the runners up S.A.S (Screamin’ Assault Sirens).

The conditions really pushed the limits of my gear, particularly the low fluorescent lighting of the gym. As a result most of my shots were at ISO 6400 using my 70 – 300 VR wide open with a flash. If I’m going to do this type of shoot more regularly I might just have to invest in a D700 / D3s and 70-200 f2.8 VR.

Half time entertainment was burlesque dancer Sarina del Fuego

In the end the bout was won by S.A.S.

Anyway here are the shots, I’ve also uploaded a few more to my Flickr stream, otherwise if you’d like more info on Roller Derby check out http://www.sydneyrollerd

Now the shows over ...

I’ve uploaded all of my shots from the exhibit here to RedBubble

I tried to make these a little different from my normal shots, hopefully I’ve succeeded at that.

Most of the effects were achieved in camera using LED’s, an off camera flash and a few torches in camera, not in Photoshop.

Exposure varied from about 1:40 – 2 minutes and all were shot using my Nikon D300 and 18-70.

The remainder of the processing was completed in Lightroom 3.

An iterative process ...

As I write this the FSC Contrast exhibit only has a few days left (closes Sunday April 11)

I thought I’d add a few details on one of the shot’s I’m exhibiting as a few people have asked how it was done.

In essence it is a light painting shot, the exposure was just a little under 2 mintues and was shot with my Nikon D300 and 18-70 lens.

The tree was illuminated from behind using a blue LED light strip, each of the girls was then lit by my flash with a blue gel on it and then the front of the tree was lit with a large rechargeable torch. The red ropes were created using a single red LED.

The shot was then cleaned up in Photoshop and Lightroom 3 (no major changes, I just cleaned up a few distracting background objects, then adjusted the contrast, crop etc).

The interesting…

Prints!

I picked up my prints for the Cutting Room Floor section of the FSC Contrast, a working title exhibit today.

I’m rather pleased with how they turned out.

These are basically some of the shots I rejected from the show, as well as a few experiments / prototype shots for the 4 works I’m displaying. You’ll have to come along to the show to see these.

Opening night is on the first of April (No Joke) 7pm at the Chrissie Cotter Gallery- Pidcock St, Camperdown, Sydney.

Time lapse from the opening night of our last show …

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FSC Photography Exhibition, Sydney.

I’ve neglected RedBubble for the last few weeks, because I’ve been spending the majority of my spare time attempting to get some new shots for the Contrast: A Working Title exhibition.

I’ll likely upload the final shots here once the exhibition is over, but until then if you’d like to see some new shots from myself and a few friends, come along to the show.

Details Below:
The Fringe Shutter Collective’s upcoming exhibition, Contrast: A Working Title explores the concepts of sameness and difference inherent in the societies where we may find ourselves. Through various interpretations of a stimulus, in this case the word “contrast”, the Fringe Shutter Collective display the diversity of contemporary communities, and the ability of the photographic medium to exploit t…

A few camera related iPhone apps.

Over the last few months I’ve been playing with a few photo related iphone apps, BestCamera , Photoshop Mobile and CameraBag

First up BestCamera

Developed by Chase Jarvise the app promotes the idea that the best camera is the one you have with you. In this case you camera phone. It allows you to apply a number of filters (stackable) then upload the results to a few websites (thebestcamera.com, Flickr, Facebook, Twitter).

The various filters can be used to create quite pleasing images, but unfortunately there is no way to adjust the amount that is applied to the image, so stacking multiple filters can sometimes require using one of the darken or flatten filters in between some of the more interesting ones.

The app also tends to drain quite a bit of battery power.

Photoshop Mobile

The shine hasn't warn off yet ...

A couple of months ago I picked up a Nikon / Nikkor AF-S DX 35mm f1.8G and it has hardly left the camera since. The shine hasn’t warn off this new toy just yet!

This week end I took the D300 and 35 1.8 to a local gig

I’m more than happy with the results, so I thought I’d post a few here.

Most of the shots were shot at ISO 3200, f2.5 – 2.8, 1/100 s. I also used a feature I never really thought I’d use on my camera … live view! It’s very handy when shooting over your head, even if it is much slower than the normal auto focus.

More on my Flickr page

The band is Oryus