2 minute slow motion video of buddhist temples in Asia

Finally put together a short video of my recent trip to Malaysia, Thailand and Cambodia. I found myself visiting a lot of temples throughout the trip and just because I could, I recorded a whole bunch of slow mo footage at 180 frames a second on the Panasonic GH5. Had a blast playing with the new camera... before it went for a swim in the bottom of my bag during a massive downpour that I got caught in 2 days before my trip ended.

A mesmerising video shot in slow motion of Buddhist temples in Kota Kinabalu, Chiang Mai and Siem Reap. Captured with the Panasonic GH5 with the 180fps variable frame rate setting.

2017 APPA Award print #1

I may have stumbled across a fool-proof technique to win gold awards for photographs: Use a broken light, make the image really quickly and present it wrong.

So in the recent Australian Professional Photography Awards I somehow scored a 90/100 for this image which was actually mostly a mistake. The original images of body builders turned out how they did only because my main light failed to fire on occasion, leaving only the rim light at the back to do it's thing. I eventually just ran with it and had planned to create some abstract images from them at some stage, just for fun. Further down the track and 45 minutes before the South Australian online awards entries were to close, I only needed 1 more image to complete my 4 image folio. So I whipped up 2 versions of this image and decided on the one you see here. I had it expertly printed that week and brought it to my framer to have it mounted. In the state awards it achieved a Silver Distinction award with a score of 88 out of 100. I sent the exact same image to the national awards where it scored two points higher. It wasn't until it was hanging on the wall under the 'Gold' sign that I realised it was mounted sideways.

NB: I accept no responsibility for loss or damage cause by following my amazing fool-proof technique.

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APPA 2017 Award print #2

A lot of the photography jobs I get are referrals from colleagues in the industry and this particular client, an elderly fellow who loved his garden, was one such recommendation.

I rang the doorbell and eventually a small, crooked man by the name of Hubert greeted me at the door of his tiny 2 bedroom apartment. He had just finished preparing his oven baked chicken breast for lunch and was letting it cool as he showed me the artwork around his house. It didn't take long to see all 5 or 6 small painted artworks on his walls before we went to the small courtyard at the back of his house. His pride and joy were his daisies. They brought him so much joy every day when he wakes up and looks out the window. He wanted to have them photographed and framed so it would increase the value of his house when he put it on the market so he could travel around Europe. I suggested a more artful approach to producing a picture of his daisies rather than just a simple snap; I wanted to capture the life cycle and photograph them separately on a black background. He hadn't thought about that and was hesitant at first but eventually trusted my skill and creativity. I collected three flower specimens that represented the start of the flower's life, brought them back to the studio and using a long exposure light painting method, I utilised the torch on my iPhone to light paint each individual specimen. Then with Photoshop, I combined and blended each of those images together, multiplied them and kept on going until finally this piece happened. Hubert opted for a more simple version of the flowers where it was just simply the 3 stages of the flower coming to life, but it was the daisy wheel that won Silver Distinctions at both the state AIPP awards as well as the nationals.

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Make the world a better place

I created this image for the Canon Light awards in Adelaide as part of a brief following a master class presented by Toby Burrows, a Sydney based commercial photographer. 

The brief was to create an image to advertise a new line of bottled water without being too obvious or literal about it. So using a single light source, a fish bowl, blue paper, water and a cordless drill, this simple image eventually came to life and was expertly finished off by some powerful words quoted by my colleague Peter Barnes. Although he may not actually be a professor on paper, his words still suited the image perfectly and were profound nonetheless. 

The technique was simple - create a vortex of water with the drill and shoot it, freezing that movement. The hard part was choosing the right image out of over 300 pictures. I didn't want to see bubbles as they would give away the sense of scale; I wanted to give the illusion that this was a large mountain or iceberg against the sky with the sun rising behind it. 

So here it is, an image I'm proud of accompanied by a quote that we should all consider.

 

 

Hybrid World Adelaide media event photography

Wanna know what the future holds? From Wednesday 4 October to Sunday 8 October, 2017 you'll want to be at the Tonsley Innovation Precinct for South Australia's first Hybrid World Adelaide event. HWA is basically a 5-day tech festival that explores how the real and digital worlds are intertwined.

I'm a bit of a tech fan myself and was lucky enough to get a glimpse of what's to come while being the official photographer at the media launch event last week.

Below are a handful of images I photographed at the launch. You can get more details at https://hybridworldadelaide.org

See you there!

 

Stinky's Tribute

19 years and 1 month ago, mum came across a kitten in a pet shop that had a price tag of $25, which was cheaper than the others because this little cat had long fur. Being rather young and inexperienced at being a cat, she didn't yet know how to clean herself properly and was aptly nicknamed 'Stinky'. Her real name was Mepus which is a name that was given to the cats in our family at any given time. When I was growing up, we had a cat with a curly tail named Mepus. We adopted a stray into the family that we named Mepussycat, because you couldn't have 2 cats named Mepus at the same time.

It is with great sadness that we had to put the latest Mepus to sleep this morning. She had a good innings and was loved by everyone who met her. Here are a few pictures I've captured of her throughout the years. 

New website

Welcome to my new website. It may just be a temporary placeholder for the time being until I can get a more comprehensive site built but it's got all the essentials: Contact details, pretty pictures, a little story about me, my CV (bragging rights) and this blog. Simple but (hopefully) effective. 

2012 NPPP Finalist

An image of a cattle station worker by the name of Ned was selected for the finalist exhibition in the 2012 National Photographic Portrait prize in 2012. It was exhibited on the prestigious walls alongside some amazing Australian photographers, and I am absolutely honoured to be included. 

The exhibition opening in Canberra was amazing and it hit me then just how powerful and important photographic portraiture is in this day and age. Recording our lives and people around us is something I strive to do a as a professional photographer in Adelaide because long after we're gone, future generations will only have images and video to truly depict what life was like today. 

As one of 46 finalists chosen from a selection of 1500 entries across Australia, I can truly say that this is one of the biggest achievements of my photographic career to date. 

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