There is an energy in the early hours, in that breath-held half-time between night and day, between dark and light, which cannot be felt at any other turn of the 24-hour spiral. It is alluring, addictive, compelling. Perhaps that is why I like to rise in the mornings at 4:30 and meditate, to sit in the silence and just be, with only the joyous komako (bellbirds) and the wind in the trees for company. Tane and Tawhirimatea, enjoying a moment of brotherly companionship before the day’s squabbles begin. Perhaps that is what draws me to make photographs of the land at this time, to wrestle myself free of the seductive pull of the duvet and feather pillows, shake myself awake, dress roughly but warmly (a shower can wait), pack my camera gear, and add a thermos and a packet of gingernut biscuits to the mix. Outside the door, once my truck is packed, I will take a moment to regain the balance and stillness which has evaporated in the bustle of preparation. I will stand in the tonal space between light and dark and breathe, just breathe, attempting to feel the day, to sense its subtler nuances and anything it may be trying to tell me, for the music of the spheres is easier to hear at this time. Of course it is always being transmitted but it takes an accomplished person to hear its signal through the chaos and static of daily life……
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Morocco. The very name of the country always had a mythical meaning for me. Deserts meet mountains in North Africa. Pictures of Tuareg nomads riding in the sand instantly flicker before my eyes. The names of the cities were no less fascinating. Casablanca, of movie fame. Marrakesh, with the red gates and walls. Fes, with the old medina. And the infamous Tangier, once a city where anything went, home to the Beats and spies. Many of my friends have been to Morocco, several have lived there for long periods, everyone highly recommended it. The excitement was high as Charlene and I stood on the top deck of the ferry from Spain, approaching the old port of Tangier in September 2013…..
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…. a big part of the job in landscape photography is getting there. That’s why the way you pack your gear is crucial. Instead of using a dedicated camera bag, I use an insert that can be placed in any regular backpack or shoulder bag. This particular one is a Horus Bennu HD321022. In this photo, I packed the camera, wide lens, cable release, filter holder assembly, filters, charger and two spare batteries. The filters go in a Cokin plastic case or filter wallet, both available from eBay. As you can see there is plenty of room to spare (and I’d love to fill it with an interchangeable Fuji X system soon ). Using an insert keeps your photography kit discreet and flexible. When it’s all packed and folded, it looks like this (note the soda can for size reference)……
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Sharing some new images. And light setups, because everybody loves them, right? I’m not too fond on using strobes when shooting on location. Too much hustle, way too much shit to carry with you. But it is winter, and days are dark, so shooting only with natural light is a bit of stretch. I had a shoot with lovely Iris few weeks ago. I was going for something fashionable and sexy, with kinda laid back, life-style, snapshot feel in the images. There is some nudity, so beware, NSFW after the jump. We started the shoot outdoors. Lighting is simple, one bare speedlight, with 1/2 CTO gel to warm up the light, zoomed to 50mm and shot through tree branches to create some interesting shadows. There are some ambient light mixing in but most of the work is done by the flash. Bare flash and CTO gel create a nice, late afternoon, direct sunlight feel. Shot with Fuji x-pro1 and 60mm macro lens……
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Was invited to spend some time in a studio last week too see how the Fuji X-Pro handled the workload. It was a chance to show the Fuji up against a Nikon D800 which the owner is thinking of changing to a Fuji. And a chance to see if this bad boy can step up to the haters. Used along side a D800 and its owner it did stupid good work, synced with Bowens triggers and a bunch of Nikon Speedlight’s it was totally at home. I’ve called this little set Modelflesh and there probably will be more in this series as it time progresses and allows. Set up was easy the fuji uses flash shoes which can see Nikon triggers so once the metering was done, off we went. Again this was one of those OK impress me moments, and it did straight off the bat. Having dials for ex, shutter and aperture right too had was cool making a adjustments without having to delve into the screen, made you feel more connected to the work……
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Falling Back to Earth is the work of Cai Guo-Qiang, a contemporary chinese artist. His exhibition in GOMA Brisbane is the largest single installation ever displayed in the gallery. Some of the display were previsously featured in well known galleries and museum such as the Guggenheim museum.
99 animals coming together for a drink in a large lake. The lake reminds me of ones found on Frasier Island, with crystal clear water in fine white sand. Despite the obvious fact that some of the animals are predators and others are preys, there is a sence of coming together. Symbolising that we all have a common need in life when stripped of our differences. There is a periodic drip of water from above into the lake, which brings a sense of renewal. Although the environmentalist in us may see that this renewal of water is much slower than the rate of which we tend to consume it…..
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Living in Norway, I’m used to all kinds of weather. Rain, snow, tough winds and storms. Sometimes plus 25-30 degrees celcius in the summer, and down to minus 30 degrees celcius in the winter. So – I’m waiting in big anticipation for the upcomping Fujfilm X-T1 with its weather sealed body. My biggest concern is that it seems very small. I like the size of the X-Pro1. But, being weather sealed is a big plus. For now we only know of one weather sealed lens, the 18-135mm zoom, so perhaps I will wait a bit longer than the mid February release. Anyway – who says I have to wait? Today it was minus 18 degrees celcius, snow and wind – and my Fujifilm X-pro1 with the XF14mm f/2.8 and XF 35mm f/1.4 performed flawlessly….
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The Limestone Islands in Georgian Bay, near where I grew up in Canada, are an official nature reserve; you need a permit to visit them – unless you’re accompanied by someone who’s been appointed a steward of the reserve. These are my parents. They’re birdwatchers. They’ve travelled the world doing this together, for over fifty years, and they’ve covered the globe from pole to pole – well, the Arctic to the Antarctic – and most stops in between. Their hats, bags & jackets are dotted with souvenirs of their travels, and their bookshelves bursting with field guides to various countries. Their life list of species they’ve seen is long, but never full; and even at our cottage, where they spend every summer, there’s always the chance of a new species extending its usual range (in 2006, there was a pelican!); and a moral responsibility to document this year’s hatch, for long term trending of which species are moving in, or moving out of their familiar territory. All as volunteers, of course. When I was a child, these expeditions seemed interminable; but now, living on the other side of the world, I miss them. Picking our way through the reefs to find a spot to land the boat, tossing an anchor over the back, making sure it’s got a hook on a rock, then dashing to the front before we clip the shore…….
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2013 was an interesting year for me! I re-branded, did some travelling & met incredible people. I created X-PLR, documented some cool weddings & made new friends. I held interesting conversations, discovered awesome stories & begun to see the world differently. The Fujifilm X-Pro 1 and X100s became my tools of choice and I discovered the work of some brilliant photographers. Here is a selection of some of my favourite images from last year. Thank You to everyone that was part of my 2013. New York City, Paris, Tuscany, Dubai, Zambia and London were simply awesome to explore. Let’s see what 2014 brings……..
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I’ve recently returned from a convention in London where I spend time catching up with some colleagues in the industry as well as presenting my own classes on Wedding Photojournalism and the Business of Wedding Photography. You can read a little bit more about the awards I picked up in yesterday’s blog post. I created several slide shows for the presentations and I will in due course share them all. For the time being, here is a short show-reel, titles; twenty photos. A short collection of some of my favourite images taken over the last five years. Relax, turn the sound up, press full screen and hopefully, enjoy……
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