Journal

Serindip Sanctuary

Melbourne Cup day 2009 the awesome foursome (as Kathryn has come to call us) went on a little photo shooting trip. David, Kathryn, Sue and I went to Serendip Sanctuary at Lara in Victoria. Sue had bought her camera just the week before, a Sony Alpha A350 with dual lens kit.

We try and get out every now and then but it has been a little bit of time since our last outing and Kathryn found the perfect place, right in our own backyard (as they say).

Serendip Sacntuary is about a 20 minute drive from home near Lara on the way to Geelong, in the shadow of the You Yangs Regional Park. It’s an expansive park with wetlands, grasslands and a couple of averies with native birds. And the best bit is entry is free.

We were lucky to see that there was a baby brolga at the sanctuary, and as you can see

Get back to shooting you lazy bastard!

While it’s true I’ve been somewhat under the weather on and off for almost an entire year I was just reminded by Tyra Banks on an epsode of America’s Next Top Model that we can either create photos that are a product of our excuses or we can put our excuses aside and make some great photos.

For the past while I guess I’ve been doing the former and while Tyra was talking to a model, as a wannbe photographer the advise still applies.

Time to kick that crap to the side. Health can sort itself out along the way.

Heaven forbid something should be seriously wrong and I end up leaving the world without having followed my passion as far and as furiously as I have always dreamed I would.

So body, suck it up it’s time to go shooting.

Another Great Workshop Day

Huge thanks to Tony and our model of the day Jennifer.…

Today was my second shoot with Tony and a group of five other photographers as part of an Empowered Beauty Workshop.

I tell you now I don’t know how the models do it, but they do. Stand there and looks so perfect with six people hovering around snap, snap, snapping away and at today’s location, also having a whole lot more strangers gawking at what we are doing.

Jennifer did an amazing job. While she protests that it doesn’t come natural to her, I’m sure you’ll agree when you see the photos that we took, she does a damn good job faking it.

So if you’re like me, a photographer who has done other things (like estate openings, landscapes, sports) but not a lot of people. I thoroughly recommend taking one of Tony’s workshops. It will give

Workshop This Weekend and Two Cameras

How sweet, I have a workshop with Tony Ryan this weekend ( Empowered Beauty Workshops ).

As part of my job I also have been asked to review cameras that come across the desk of our MAG magazine, so I’ve been given a review model Sony Alpha 300 to try out and report on by Wednesday next week.

So I’ll be taking two cameras along to the workshop and have twice the fun.

If anyone already shoots with a Sony Alpha let me know what you think and what I should look out for.

Exciting Times

This past weekend I was paid for a job, sure it’s not the first time, but it is the first “formal” time. As in I sent a briefing sheet, have created terms and conditions and invoice etc.

But I guess like all freelance people I don’t truly count it as being paid, until the money is in my account. Then I will be happy… but either way the work is almost done, the first half of the photos have been sent through and the client is happy with them.

I have a little more to shoot, some streetscapes that couldn’t be done on the day due to banners and work cars in the way. Will get them done later this week.

And then Saturday I have my first workshop with Tony Ryan, I’m very excited about this as it will be my first time in a studio and I’ll learn so much on the day.

Very much looking forward to it.

Have to go through my work

I’ve just realised when I first started uploading photos to Flickr I didn’t put the full versions of a lot of them online, which means I’m going to have to start going through my back-ups to find the full size photos for inclusion on my Red Bubble pages.

Better get to work…

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