Sunday, 25 March 2012

Sheds.



I have noticed that many photographers are giving their images a big "ping" by creating a more realistic and "3D"ish quality by applying HDR ( high dynamic range ) to their images.
Usually, three photos are taken, at different contrasting exposures, and then merged together, either through photoshop, lightroom or an external plugin called photomatix pro. 
It is not usually achieved with moving objects, that is generally why you won't find a HDR image of a butterfly, for example, because they move so fast! And a person only rarely, as they would have to stay completely still for the different exposures to be taken.


So, my old shed and building fetish begins!!! 






Oh yea, and what's better than finding some random old "dunny" out in the middle of nowhere, off the beaten track, under a tree, no houses in sight, with just a beautiful view. ( And I'll bet a red back spider or two under the seat...)
I would bet you $5 it was just some Farmers whimsical sense of humor that put it there in the first place.



All in life is an experiment. 
The more experiments you make the better. 

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Monday, 19 March 2012

Vintage child, in a modern way!

I spend so much of my time looking at old photos. It's a bit of an obsession, because I love the faded colours, and the way they were taken, all still and fancy. I love the old victorian images of children, the way the child was positioned, in their very best clothing, and made to stand oh so very still, because of the long exposure time it took. Sometimes, you can see the image is a bit blurred, or a hand is out of focus, because of the impatient movement of a little person. How those parents managed to keep their children still for long enough, is beyond me! When I look at a golden boy, and see the impish longing to be free in his eyes, or that little girl with her dolly, itching to run away, bows flying as she escapes, it makes me sad and filled with a kind of wonder too. Those little people, all grown up, or passed away, some of their spirit still captured, for the world to see. 
To be remembered.

I love photographing this girl. But she really is so hard to capture! Being 2 and a half, one would expect that, but I love that I can take photos of these children of mine, and have a memory that is so clear, such a realistic and vivid take of their faces and souls.

I've created a photoshop action for these photos. It's called yellow haze. 

 Here she is, my girl, driving me crazy because she wont sit still, and then, looking at the images I took, filling me with love, parental bliss and adoration. Thank goodness I don't have to stress about the long exposure these days, because I would never achieve the photos I catch otherwise!












Tuesday, 6 March 2012

Family Fun!


What a gorgeous family! 
I had a lovely time, just being able to watch them, the boys running and being silly, ( as all boys should be doing ) their mum laughing and their dad joining in the fun. It's what a family is all about.

Beautiful people, thanks for the evening and for giving me the chance to work on something special!





















Rejoice with your family in the beautiful land of life!  
~Albert Einstein


Sunday, 4 March 2012

Just A Boy.


When I have the opportunity to photograph smaller people, I always take lots of photos, just to be sure I get that shot with the right look or expression... and no blinks or frowns!
But while editing, and I look at each one of these images, I can see something different, and special, in each expression or look.

 How can I resist such a beautiful boy!








"Between the innocence of babyhood 

and the dignity of manhood, we find a delightful creature 

called a boy."

Author: - Unknown