In keeping with this years theme (refer - http://www.nicolehume.com/blog/the-new-year), instead of curling up in front of the tv this past wet weekend, we packed the wet weather gear and headed out to find some waterfalls. I didn't want the normal tourist type falls where vantage points were obscured by people. I wanted a hidden track that led to something amazing and isolated...and we found it!
There's something about wandering along a bush track, the lushness of fresh air and the tranquil birdsong that makes you feel renewed. I guess it could be a physical meditation of sorts. Something to remove the static of everyday noise and help you calm and centre yourself. Not knowing where the path leads, no timeframes, not a worry in the world. Heaven!
As we ventured off, we could hear the subtle flow of the stream beside us. Knowing that this would lead to a waterfall or waterfalls of some sort gave an excited anticipation to hurry along and find the treasure. Although it was raining, we were protected by the canopy above. Small breaks in the bushland didn't impede the journey. It was like the rain parted so we could make our way as dry as possible. Divine intervention?
Our first stop was a smallish fall that then flowed along smooth sandstone bushrock. Reminded me of the natural rock slides at Cascade Falls in Port Vila, Vanuatu. Surrounded by maidan hair ferns and lush greenness, it's a slice of mother natures perfection. There was a small cave where you could climb up behind the falls. I couldn't resist the opportunity, so dragged myself and my gear along in a crablike motion. Was well worth the leg cramps.
The next waterfall was a lot higher. The path walked you into the cave and behind the falls, then the it swept around to some sandstone stairs and branched off to a small path to view the water from the front. Breathtakingly beautiful!
A lovely way to spend some quality time with my husband whilst playing around with waterfall photography. Not sure who enjoyed it most. Can't wait to see what the next mini-adventure is.
Those who know me well, know that I'm a one eyed Matchbox Twenty fan. I've been seeing them live for the past 15 years and have around 500 photos for each of the 20 odd show's I've attended. There are only a couple of other bands that I see each time they tour, but when it comes to my favourite I just can't get enough.
There is a difference between what the average ticket buyer and professional paid event photographer is able to do (Todd Owyoung & Matthias Hombauer have great articles for pro concert photographers). For the regular folk, venues either limit your camera to a point and shoot (no detachable lenses) or not allow them at all. One big fear is that you get a tap on the shoulder from security and are told no photos and to put your camera away. Its hard for them to police the camera on your phone, but I've heard of it happening and it makes for very disgruntled fans. Yeah, I get the whole 'no flash photography', because there's nothing worse than being blinded by one flash let alone thousands. Then you have to contend with such things as where you are positioned the lighting and how active the band is. Yes, there are some great point and shoot camera's on the market that can make things easier. I'm quite fond of the Panasonic Lumix range when it comes to this type of photography.
Some tips for concert photography with your point and shoot -
1. Override your automatic flash and turn it off. You'll only capture the heads infront of you if you don't.
2. Time your shot when the lights are bright. No use shooting when its pitch black because that's the image you'll get.
3. Bump up your ISO.
4. Try and slow your shutter speed.
5. Try and open the aperture to allow more light in.
6. Zoom is tricky as the more you zoom the more shake you'll get. Digital zoom is just a nightmare so keep out of that zone. If you are seated way back, try to include the crowd to capture the atmosphere.
7. Play with your 'scene' settings. Point and shoot camera's have some great presets, give them a try.
8. Take lots of photos. It's the digital era afterall.
9. Processing your photos in black and white reduces some of that concert noise and make for some great grungy images.
One thing to not forget is to actually enjoy the show. I overcome this by doing multiple shows but I'm a little weird like that. If you got to just one, make sure you don't spend the entire show behind your camera.
Always interested to hear others opinions :)
I've been lucky enough to have been hit by the travel bug. My first ever flight was long haul to LA to feature in the Biography Channel's popular show 'My Ghost Story'. I've visited the islands around Fiji and New Caledonia and travelled interstate to take in Queensland, Adelaide and Tasmania. At home (NSW), I've stayed at some nice places up and down the east coast and ventured off-road and followed remote beaten tracks (6 hours from the nearest Woolworths is as far inland as I've been). So being an avid photographer, I've always travelled with a camera. I mean...who wouldn't though.
There's something about being in a new place that opens the senses so you can take in all thats around you. You seem to delve deep to ensure you don't miss a thing. Finding wonders in nature, obscure architecture, native people or just watching the world go by from a different angle. Its something that feeds the soul. Yes, carrying your gear around can be arduous and strain a muscle or two. But, when you capture the beauty of a travelled moment its something that you have forever.
What you take with you is dependant on where you are and what you hope to capture. I'd say I'm of average fitness, but you wouldn't catch me hiking hours on end with a mammoth heavy ass backpack. I travel quite light but make sure I've got enough gear to be ready for anything. Basically, I carry my nikon body, spare batteries, spare SD cards, wide-zoom-prime-kit lenses, flash, torch, emergency poncho, cleaning cloth, tripod, panasonic lumix, bug spray & business cards. I'm a little OCD, so everything is tetris like organised in my backpack. Of course it goes without saying that the iPhone is always handy with the Hipstamatic app. Fine tuned photographic juggling act.
I've got some more travel planned and I'd like to perfect a photography travel kit. I love what I have, but feel it could do with some tweeking.
What gear to you pack and whats your favourite travel photography genre?
I was trying to find a rustic yet contemporary and cool way to display a photo from one of my recent shoots as a thank you gift and came across wood photo transferring. Its an easy process of taking a normal paper print and transferring it onto a piece of wood. In this case I've used a placemat board.
You'll need - photo printed on plain 20gsm paper, block of wood, gel medium (I used gesso and it worked just fine), matte mod podge, paint brush, ink/s, sandpaper, water and a cloth.
1. clean board
2. brush gel medium over the board in an even layer
3. place print face down and smooth out air bubbles
4. allow to dry overnight
5. use wet cloth to soak paper then gently rub in circular motion so all the paper comes off, leaving the print on the wood
6. gently sand edges of wood and slightly over the edges of the print for rustic look
7. roughly and quickly ink the edges to distress
8. brush mod podge over the top and allow to dry
Quite simple with stunning results. Inexpensive thank you gift that looks great.
Below is my first attempt...now I know how its done its time to perfect it!
Being born in the 70's, I look back at my baby and childhood photos and its obviously apparent that in my existence I've lived through vast change when it comes to the humble printed photograph. Many of my baby photos are, now almost blackened out, polaroids. Damaged from years spent in magnetic, acid drenched albums. It wasn't until I went through my scrapbook phase that I realised the unrepairable damage of such precious memories. I salvaged what I could and now have them in photo boxes. My kids are lucky that they won't have their childhood images lost to poor photo storage.
When I went through the scrapbook phase, I spent countless dollars doing so. But, I have some wonderfully creative albums that are a pleasure to go through. Colourful layouts where I've incorporated buttons from their clothes, tokens from the places we visited and stories that open up the memory. All lovingly placed on acid free papers inside high quality albums. Whilst this was a therapy of sorts, it was very time consuming and with working, studying and maintaing a family and household, I let it slip. Now many memories are in digital files that have been backed up and backed up again.
This is an age where we are forever snapping away. Yes, if its a not so great photo we can instantly delete it. But what are we doing with the good photos. Photobooks are a great way to showcase a vacation or event as you can create great pages with photos and text. I happen to religiously do one each year for my middle daughter. She is right into Physical Culture (now in her 5th year), so I ensure I snap some great pics of her throughout the year and keep a journal to tell her story in a way she can happily look back on. I'm also known to give handmade photobooks as gifts to family and friends. They have provided many good laughs and many heart felt tears. I know the recipients were grateful for a gift of great memories.
I haven't walked into a scrapbooking store for many years (I hear my credit card rejoice) and I only print super great photos to display around the house and do my annual photobooks. The rest live electronically, doubly backed up.
I'd be interested to hear how people are storing their printed photographs. Plastic sleeve albums, scrapbooks, photobooks, photoboxes?
Let me know
I may have mentioned that I've had a long running relationship with photography and its only recently that I've started to get serious. Serious as in the sense of making my hobby my job. You know what its like when you take something you love and make it your soul focus...you tend to over do it and get that tired feeling. This is something that I want to avoid and I am doing this by making it fun and involving my family and friends.
I got super excited when my friend Mandy got her DSLR. Straight away we arranged a photography play date for some long exposure night work. I'd been itching to do more steelwool photography so I packed my battons ready to burn and headed down the South Coast. Not long after we set up and fired off our first few shots, we were blessed with a bonus of watching the waning gibbous (was full moon 4th Feb) rise over the horizon. It popped up quite quickly and was amazing to watch. We set up different positions on sand and rocks to get different feels and lighting out of the steelwool spinning.
Not sure who had the most fun, us or the kids running around on the beach at night. Speaking of, we got the kids involved and they played with sparklers and had a letter each - LOVE. A great night for all.
Heres to more fun with family, friends and photography! (more pics from the night can be found >HERE<)
For years I've been a collector of 'old stuff'. I love that eclectic feel of old and new whilst maintaining clean lines of contemporary style. The rust tones, flaky paint and crackled pottery all add character. Specifically chosen mismatched items that gel for viewing pleasure.
Antiques...retro...vintage! So how to display that with photography.
Many moons ago I paid a small fortune to have family photos done and they are still sitting in the tube I got them in. Bad me! I love them dearly but just don't like that clinical 'pop it in a frame and hang it' feel. I've trawled the net looking for inspiring ways to display ones treasured photographs. Whether you have had your photos taken by a professional or they are family happy snaps, you can be creative on how to pop them around your home.
Old cork top flat bottles are a little hard to come buy, but newer ones are readily available in brick-a-brac stores and come in different sizes and glass tones. Simply choose the size you need, gently roll your photo up and slip it in and ease it open to display. The same can be cheaply achieved using empty jars.
Vintage frames are a gem. Second hand stores have these by the truck load (slight exaggeration) but you get the idea that there are plenty of varieties of styles, sizes etc. Colour doesn't really matter, as you can easily choose your colour theme and spray them to match. Pop off the backing then staple gun some matting strips to attach your photos to. Hang on your wall and hey presto! gorgeous display that will get visitors talking.
There are a plethora of ideas floating around the net. I'm going to make it a little side project to get some of my photos on display in a creative retro/vintage way.
Join me if you like and share your ideas with #vintagephotodisplay on social media.
Today I had the privilege of photographing Brooke and Cameron. This couple of young love birds are just the sweetest. They started with 'how do we stand' and progressed to becoming 'outstanding superstars'. Plenty of b-roll out takes full of laughter.
We were lucky to miss the huge storm that rolled past. Blessed with a slight cool breeze.
Thank you for your time guys. Can't believe we managed three locations in just under an hour. Smooth work indeed.
A casual country shoot with the lovely Lara was the first shoot for February. Slightly overcast day shielded the harshness of the supposedly summer sun. We took in a few different locations to make the most of our time together. Encountered some bunnies, bats and loud chewing cows along the way.
Things went a little askew when my little helper, my daughter Caitlin, took a fall from a rickety gate and re-injured her already freshly broken wrist. Resulted in another long wait in hospital, but that's another story.
Besides that slight mishap the session created some stunning images.
Thank you Lara for your time. You're a natural in front of the camera xxx
Almost in the second month for 2015. WoW its been full of fantastic stuff thus far!
February...the month of love. Gonna jump in to a photo challenge and see what I can come up with. Something to keep me on my creative toes :) Feel free to join me.
Add #febphotochallenge to any posts.
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