Hi folks and welcome to PhotoStream #009. Sorry it has been a while since I last posted but I have been away working in other parts of Australia, but I still managed to take my camera with me on those trips and I will be posting some photos very soon (just don’t look at the date-stamps – because I am posting my latest ones first).
Photographer and Interviewer Karen Hutton has a chat with two photographers I go to for inspiration all of the time when I go out shooting, especially Matt Kloskowski as he and I have the same interests in Landscape Photography and Scott Kelby for his thoughts on photography and the training videos his company Kelby|One provides to us Photographers and Digital Artists on Photoshop.
I have tried several times to get my photographs under the noses of these two for some time when they perform their blind critic of peoples work, because I would value their opinion of my work and their thoughts on what I should focus my efforts on.
Here is hoping that either Scott or Matt see this blog post and they get in touch.
Welcome to PhotoStream Number 08, it has been a while since the last PhotoStream post (November 2012), sure that has been some posts about photography since then but nothing that specifically focuses on a particular type of photography.
For many years I have wanted to share my photography with the world and I currently do with the help of this blog, and 500px.com and alongside this I have wanted to possibly sell some of my creations, many of the photographs you have seen on this blog over the years are also available for sale through 500px.com, but I am yet to sell any.
Photography has always been hobby and I do it out of enjoyment not for financial gain, but it would be nice. I have used my photography skills for over seven years helping a local photographer in my home town in the United Kingdom, but Landscape and Sunset Photography has always been my passion.
Since moving to Sydney, I have managed to get some quite dramatic pictures of several locations around New South Wales, and sharing them with you, my friends and family, the thought never entered my head that these photographs would get noticed by someone who runs his own Framing Business and wishes to print and sell prints of my Sydney Storm Photograph.
He also has it printed in Black and White, and Sepia and it is currently pride of place in the front of his window display.
If you happen to see this post and are in the Sunderland area, head on over to Grays Framing, Sea Road, Sunderland and I am sure they will be able to help you out with what you need, even if it is not to buy a print of my photograph.
In my last post of Batten Down The Hatches… You Never Know When That Storm is Going To Come Rolling Through!!!, I promised I would go out again and attempt to get some sunset shots of Sydney Harbor.
Since moving to Sydney, I have found it a little difficult to get in the right place at the right time to try and get one of my trademark shots.
Every time I go to a new place, I always seem to come back with at least one Sunset shot, and my parents have always wondered if I ever take photographs of anything else… well… it just so happens I do, it was only because I was out and about on Saturday afternoon making a concerted effort to get into the right place at the right time to get a Sunset shot across the skies of Sydney Harbor Bridge and Sydney Opera House, only to be presented with storm clouds, so here are some photos from that day. I will upload more when I have finished going through them and editing them.
The Calm Before The Storm
Canon 30D EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM
ISO: 100 / Focal Length: 17mm / Aperture Value: f/4.0 / Shutter Speed: 1/125 Sec.
The Storm Rolling Through Over the Sydney Opera House (Black and White)
Canon 30D EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM
ISO: 100 / Focal Length: 22mm / Aperture Value: f/4.0 / Shutter Speed: 1/80 Sec.
The Storm Clouds Over the City
Canon 30D EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM
ISO: 100 / Focal Length: 20mm / Aperture Value: f/4.0 / Shutter Speed: 1/80 Sec.
I was sitting near our balcony watching a little television and keeping an eye on what was happening outside. We had had quite a warm muggy day with very little sunshine, but as a result, we ended up with quite a spectacular thunder storm… or certainly spectacular by my standards, not something I had experienced when I was living in the UK.
At first glance it just appeared to be flashing with lightning above a very full sky of clouds, but no actual forks were making their way down to the ground. Additionally to this, there was hardly any Thunder rumbles after the lightning and no rain.
Those of you who know me, my main area of photography has always been Landscapes and Sunsets, of which there have been many on this site.
But I thought I would do an experiment, I had never done storm photography before, but I had a problem. Since moving 12,000 miles across the world to Australia, I had only brought over my Camera and Memory Cards and not my Tripod (way too heavy), and I haven’t yet gotten round to buying another one.
So, with the camera propped up on a box, and the lens propped up with an empty Diet Soda can, I started taking pictures of what was happening outside, only to get very light pictures because of the lightning above the clouds. But after several attempts at 30 seconds a piece, I finally got one picture I am quite proud of considering I had never done this type of photography before.
So this is the result:
Well that’s it for this post, hope you like the photo, which has had a nice response on my 500px site.
Let me have your thoughts in the comments below. Have you done this type of photography before, I would like to get tips and tricks to get more like this or is it trial and error.
Until next time.
Today I want to post three videos that I have found from around the web. I think they give a great understanding of how technology has progressed over the last 25 years.
The Mac in 1985
We start with a video that was produced by The Computer Chronicles where they demonstrate the latest in the Mac Hardware and Software and where it is heading. The quality isn’t great, but it is 1985 after all….
A look at Japan’s underground bicycle parking system
Secondly we take a look at something that I think that should be adopted by all major cities. Now I know Japan (although I have never been, but hope to visit in the near future) is a nation that loves to travel around the city by Bicycle and have far more of the things than other cities (combined, probably).
This system is absolutely fantastic… I will shut up and let Danny Choo of Culture Japan show you how it works.
Photoshop Live – Street Retouch Prank
Finally we have the Photoshop Live – Street Retouch Prank. This thing made me cry with laughing. I would love to see this done here in my home town. Just watch it you will be amazed at how quick they are able to edit photos and the peoples reactions.
In preparation for a Camera Club Event, I have been spending some time around the city where I live creating some night-time photographs.
I was inspired by Matt Kloskowski’s latest blog entry: What I Learned on-my First Star Photo-shoot. It certainly may not quite be Monument Valley, but you can only work with what you have at the time.
I was required to visit Glasgow, Scotland this past weekend and while I was in the area I thought I would take the opportunity to take some pictures on the edge of Loch Lomond. I have been to Scotland on a couple of occasions and find the countryside to be very beautiful.
Some photographers like to take the time to explain their story behind their photographs, and thought I would share my story to get the photographs you see below…
… Have I a story for you… you’ll get such a kick out of this one…