Archive for April 2011
There will be no post today as I will be attending ANZAC Day Dawn Services to remember those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.
On a head stone in France, this is engraved on Private Ball’s head stone by his family.
“I have fought and died in the war to end all wars. Have I died in vain ?”.
Lest We Forget
For a greater understanding of ANZAC Day, please click here
I couldn’t believe it, I wanted to capture just how busy melbourne streets are and amongst the hustle and bustle are these thriving Cafe’s shoved away in the alleys that I had been photographing. I set my tripod up, mounted the camera, found the settings that worked (I only use manual settings on my camera). I had probably taken half a dozen shots, watched a pro photographer give lessons on Aperture and Shutter Speed to a group that was out and about practising their newly learnt skills. Whilst I was standing there with my shutter depressed a model walked into my shot and started to pose for another photographer that appeared out of the blue.
Maybe the photographer doing the shoot thought I was just some hack that wouldn’t mind or say anything, to say the least I was stunned and she was right, I didn’t say anything due to my mouth being open wondering what the hell was going on. never mind even acknowledging my existence, be polite and ask.
I must have kept the shutter open for too long and I ended up with the above shot with many others which worked in my favour because when the photographer and model left, she decided to leave me with a snarl and a dirty look. By now I had shut my mouth and said thanks for the model and the shots that I got. She wasn’t impressed and told me to delete the images or she would sue, I wished her the best of luck because once I had taken those shots they were copyrighted to me (Australian Copyright Law). Just before she stormed off, she stated that I would be hearing from her lawyer.
To this day, I have no idea as to how she intended to sue me as I never told her who I was or gave her any details. Oh well, maybe she shouldn’t have been so rude to me and others because sometimes it backfires.
I don’t know what it is but when I saw members of Thai Army, nearly all of them had a smile on their faces everyday, maybe they were happy to go to work much like this guy who was riding his scooter to work in the morning.
Or maybe its just the Thai’s in general are a happy people and that smiling everyday is well, just normal.
The laneways of Melbourne are the stuff street (graffiti) artists dream of, Space to openly contribute art without repercussions. And for the the photographer it is literally a spot to go with camera and tripod because of the colour that has been splashed on to the walls of the lanes. The area is quite busy with people drinking coffee in the small cafes that litter these lane ways. It is also fairly common to see photographers using the lane ways to shoot commercial, portrait and wedding shots. I must admit that its not hard to spend all day there shooting and drinking coffee. I am looking forward to going back and doing it all again.
The two links below, link to a photographers guide which is an awesome source for photographers all over the world. These two links provide excellent information before stepping out of the door. I have also written about this previously here.
I took the above image whilst I was there early in 2010.
Whilst wandering around in the central deserts of Australia, I found this old Holden car which nature had started to reclaim. Rust was slowly eating away at the panel work and all of the valuable parts had also been removed. Some one also had decided that it was a good spot to set up camp and sleep in the car. I figure they must have been desperate to sleep in it but when I got there the only thing living in the car was a dirty great big snake. I don’t know who was more surprised, me or the snake. The snake left and I decided that I had walked to far not to come away with at least a couple of shots.