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I have now moved next door from my old premises where I was based for 13 years. I am now at level 1, 64 High St, Fremantle. I am here Tue – Thurs, 12 noon to 5pm.
Stock Clearance Sale
After 13 years on High St in Fremantle I have moved next door to a smaller cosier space. I still have a few great pieces of excess gallery stock on super special Click HERE>> to see what’s available.
I just had a few days camping around Margaret River, something i haven’t done for ages. It really is a beautiful place and a very odd site to try and build a coal mine…
The first couple of days were a bit rainy and grey, which is the perfect weather for stuff like this…
Shot on the 5D Mk II with that really cool 17mm f4L tilt shift lens i keep writing about. Seems its almost permanently glued to the camera these days, in fact most times i seem to leave the rest of my camera gear at home or in the car (heavily locked and secured of course). I just love the texture of the weathered wood in this shot, it was really an experiment to see just how much depth i could get with the lens tilt and an extremely close subject, and this old gnarly tree was a great subject. By tilting the lens so the focal plane was parallel with the tree trunk i was able to keep all of it pin sharp while dropping out the background very nicely, its almost like having a field camera again, but not as big or clumsy.
By Friday afternoon the weather started to clear and i found myself down at Redgate beach again, where the sunset was just amazing!
I had brought a very heavy bag with all my Canon gear and the 6×17 down with me (and mostly left it in the car), and although my brain told me i should take out the 6×17 and use that… stitching not being so great for beaches and moving waves… i just couldn’t bring myself to do it. Really i needed 2 tripods set up next to each other so i could shoot with both at once, oh yeah, and an assistant to carry all this gear, and a second assistant to set it all up… Working on these lovely clean digital files has really spoiled me, its hard to go back to spending hours dusting huge scans, removing fingerprints and chemical smears that turn into whole continents when enlarged to 100%… maybe i need an assistant for that too…
This image is of course shot with the canon 5D Mk II and the 17mm f4L tilt shift lens… its actually one image of a 7 or 8 image stitch, which i haven’t done yet. i’ll play around in the coming days and see if i can get it to work, stay tuned.
Well today Shell Oil announced it had sold 30% of its controlling stake in Woodside Petroleum (10% of the total shares on issue), and they are open to offers for their remaining 24% stake. You might remember Woodside is one of the major players in the current bid to turn James Price Point into a major industrial precinct and is a big favourite of Colin Barnett. (The Australian. The Melbourne Age.)
Now whether or not this fire sale has anything to do with the building groundswell of resistance to this current land grab at James Price Point is anybodies guess, but it is interesting timing, could it be that Shell no longer wants to be a part of such un unpopular and imoral project?
The case or not, its good incentive to add your voice to the fray by coming down to the Kimberley Rally at the Cottesloe Civic Centre on Sunday the 28th of November at 11am. Check out the info here. Its going to be a great day of positive action, come along and find out whats going on and what you can do about the proposed Kimberley Gas Project. You don’t have to chain yourself to a bulldozer to help, there are many things you can do to get your voice heard, come along on the 28th and be a part of it. I’ll be there, I’ll be the one wearing the orange T-shirt!
Phew, what a weekend!
The Perfect Printing photography workshop concluded last night, after 2 days of intensive hands on digital printing and workflow down in lovely Margaret River.
I would like to thank all the participants for making the course such a success, and an extra special thankyou to Trevor from Team Digital, who came down for the Saturday with a whole car load of toys, including Eizo Screens, screen calibrators, a awesome Epson 3880 printer, a whole selection of new Cancon paper and canvas to try, a Gigapan and the Phase One. He certainly worked hard for his lunch that day with a whole room full of enthusiastic participants firing hard questions his way.
There was a wide range of experience levels within the course, and Greg and I tried to ensure we aimed our talks so everybody got something out of them. We then modified the planned presentations according to the discussions from the day before and the most common questions being asked, there was even a couple of impromptu info sessions to ensure everyone understood the concepts behind the topics, and a couple of bonus discussions on Photoshop tweaks and tricks.
I do hope everyone enjoyed themselves and found this 3 day printing workshop fulfilling and useful, any feedback from course participants would be most welcome right here on the blog, so dont be shy!
The first day of the Perfect Printing photography workshop for 2010 was last Sunday at the Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club, it was the most concentrated day of the three, packed with explanations and printing terminology definitions. There were a few confused looks during the talks, especially during my presentations on colour management theory (what the %#$@ is a Rendering Intent?), but most of those had changed to comprehension by the end.
The test of all of this will come next weekend at Margaret River when the second component will be run; it will be more relaxed and more fun with everyone working on their own images and making prints on the Epson 3880 printer, supplied by Team Digital. We will soon find out who has done their colour management homework…
Back in 2003/2004 i spent a year travelling around Brasil, a country of amazing diversity. Why i was there is another story for another day, but i took a vast number of images in that year (the majority of them on the Hasselblad XPan), most of which have never seen the light of day. I put the first one up last week, and gradually i will be putting more and more of them here as i think the Blog is a great place to finally show them and eventually create a category on the website for that and other adventures.