So, it was my birthday a couple of weeks ago, and my beautiful wife organized a dawn hot-air balloon ride followed by a champagne breakfast. Every year she comes up with the most thoughtful way to spoil me, this year didn’t disappoint! Thank you Becky, i will never forget this. x
I’ve been without a point and shoot for ages now, finding myself either without a camera on me, or lugging around a big Canon. So i was pretty happy to stumble across a bargain the other day.
A Leica D-LUX 2 for a hundred bucks! Full manual controls and the prestigious red dot for little over the price of a tank of gas. I have a nice little leather case on the way, so i’ll have no excuse not to shoot something every single day.
Heitor Alves pulls a skateboard inspired pop-shuvit Round 5 of the Quiksilver Pro at Snapper Rocks on Tuesday 28th of February. Heitor was knocked out of the round by Local shredder Josh Kerr.
Thank you David Magahy for the use of the 600mm lens and the good company. Note to self, pack sunscreen when going to shoot a day of surfing, the top of my feet are still sunburnt.
Saturday 25th of Feb 2012 Microflora blowing the tiny minds of many onlookers..
Listen to this > http://soundcloud.com/microflora/on-giedi-prime-working-mix
It’s been just over 12 months since my last blog post, and a lot has happened since. I’ll try to fill in the past year bit by bit over the coming weeks.
P.S. Merry Christmas!
The brief was to recreate a scene from the T.V. show Lost, while focusing on the Nike S.B. Blazers from the Lost pack. We also got to have a few laughs in the process.
For all your Sneaker needs, check out Sneak and Destroy on the Gold Coast Highway in Mermaid Beach. 07 555 455 06.
As one of the official photographers for the Pan Pacific Masters Games, i shot the Moto-X on the weekend. It was both hot and dusty, but that didn’t deter the hundred odd riders from giving it their all in a great days racing. All of the Masters Games photos are available for viewing and purchase on the Masers Photos site. http://www.mastersphotos.com.au/
Last weekend i attended the Brisbane Zombie Walk with some zombie friends. I don’t know how many zombies were there but it was well into the thousands. A lot of brains were eaten, i’m looking forward to next year.
On the weekend i had the chance to shoot photos and also assist a friend, Sue Black http://sueblackphotography.com/ at the Gold Coast Body Painting Expo http://www.facebook.com/?tid=1398771973267&sk=messages#!/profile.php?id=100001255441958 . It was an excellent experience, with a huge range of amazing art and photographic opportunities. Sue placed in the top five of the photography competition with some brilliant shots. My only regret for the weekend is not having any business cards on me. Next time…
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- On 20 Aug | '2010
I’m sure you have all seen photo’s where people appear to be levitating, but have you ever tried it out for yourself?
It’s not really all that hard. All you need is:
- Flash. (optional)
- Ladder, milk crate, box , chair or anything to support you above the ground.
- Photoshop or any editing software that allows you to work with layers.
First of all, set up your camera on your tripod. Set your camera to manual and take a background shot. Once you get your exposure how you want it, be sure to keep your settings the same in all of your shots.
Next step is to get levitating! To help you fight gravity, position yourself on a ladder or whatever you have handy. (I’ve used milk crates here) If you’re shooting alone you’ll need to set the timer on your camera or use a remote to release the shutter. Or, if you have a good friend named Dean, like i do, set everything so it’s ready to go and get him to press the shutter release for you. (Thanks Dean)
Now it’s time to open up photoshop where the illusion will all start to take shape. Open both images using the image without you in it as the background. There are a few ways to remove the milk crates. The eraser tool will do it, but it is irreversible, so if you make a mistake you’ll have to start over. The best tool for the job that i’ve found is the “Layer mask”, it lets you paint out any detail you like, and if you make a mistake you can paint it right back in again. If you don’t know how to do layer masks, go and google it. But hurry back, we’re just getting to the good bit! If you do know how to do layer masks go right ahead and start to paint out the milk crates. When you’re satisfied they’re all gone it’s time to go to layers and “flatten image”.
Once the milk crates are gone, there might be a dent in your bum, legs or stomach in my case, from where your weight was on the milk crates. To fix this go into filters and select “Liquify”. Use a medium size brush and carefully push out the dented area.
Once you have everything where it should be, just edit the image to your liking as you would with any other photo.
I hope you found this tutorial helpful.
Now go get levitating!
Dean, part time model, full time web designer. http://thriveweb.com.au/
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- On 29 Jul | '2010
This morning a friend and i went to Fingal Head for a sunrise shoot. After just a few minutes of shooting a freak wave came in and drenched me and my camera before i could get out of it’s way. Luckily my camera is weather sealed, and so am i. I got a few keepers, so it was worth the wetness.
Here’s a pic of my last dry moment..
I have a piece in the ‘Decksabition’ exhibition in the ‘oneway project’ which is a part of the Surfers Paradise festival. A hand full of artists were given skateboard decks to use as canvases. Mine of course is photo based. Come check it out this saturday if you like arts, music and food and have nothing else on.
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I have a few block mounted photo’s on display and for sale at Reap n Sow in Burleigh Heads.
Even if you’re not interested in my stuff, you have to go and say hi to Chryslyn and Magnus and check out this amazing little gallery/shop/artspace located Upstairs at 6/1710 Gold Coast Highway, Burleigh Heads between Sunnies Central and Burleigh Photos. 5535 2704. firstname.lastname@example.org
Yesterday, along with the Gold Coast Photographic Society (www.gcps.org.au), i attended a photoshop workshop with Philip Andrews.
Philip Andrews is Adobe Australia’s official Photoshop and Elements Ambassador. He is an experienced photographer, author, magazine editor and online course creator. He was previously a lecturer at the Queensland School of Printing and Graphic Arts, Australia and Nescot, England. He is a beta tester for Photoshop, an alpha tester for Photoshop Elements and a Photoshop specialist demonstrator for Adobe Australia. Philip is also co-founder of photo-college.com an online photography training college. He’s a regular contributor to several magazines including Shutterbug, Amateur Photographer, Australian Photography and Better Photography, he is senior contributing editor for Better Digital, columnist for What Digital Camera and Co-editor and publisher of Better Photoshop Techniques magazine.
He is a great guy who really knows his stuff, and had an answer for every question.
Thanks Philip and everyone involved in making the day happen.
Photo courtesy of whatdigitalcamera.com
New logo thanks to Dean Oakley at ffive.com.au