Just 24 Exposures !

I’m a member (Apprentice) in The Arcanum where I have been developing my photography skills and I have to admit that this has had incredible result of dramatically improving my skills as a photographer, to a level that I’m really happy with and want to pursue the art of photography even further to explore what can be created. The Arcanum has really inspired me, its been great resource and learning environment where great friendships have been formed. Everyone offers up plenty of advice, processing tips and tricks on your images and aren’t shy in helping you over a hurdle when faced with one. During one of our cohort hangouts I mentioned that I was pretty interested in Film Photography as another way to create images and that I’m interested in the process of creating those images. Maybe I was feeling nostalgic or something but film photography is an old school art form and shouldn’t be lost to the digital age.


One of the cohort members offered a film camera that she had stuffed away in a cupboard and wasn’t being used. In fact it hadn’t been used in about 10 years and didn’t even know if you could still get batteries for it. I was surprised and extremely grateful that I was being given a camera. A few weeks later the camera arrived, a Nikon F75 with a 28-200mm Tamaron lens with the instruction booklet. Now before you ask, No I’m not going to read the instructions before I do anything, I’m a male! Instructions are for when you have tried everything else including youtube and it looks as though everything else is about to fail, then and only then can you refer to the instruction booklet. Until then the instruction booklet will be on the bookcase collecting dust. After the camera, lens and viewfinder had been cleaned I grabbed the wife and headed out to buy batteries and some rolls of film.


After some serious deliberating at the counter, and with a queue forming behind me, I decided to buy one roll of black and white and the other roll in colour. The black and white was double the price of the colour and I have no idea why. Once home the batteries were inserted and the camera turned on where everything was tested like the shutter, built in flash and if everything worked. Then a decision needed to be made, which film should be loaded first, colour or black and white, eventually deciding on colour. Strangely this turned out to be a pretty hard decision to make and I was to find out, not the last one either. The film loaded, the back closed I heard the camera mechanically wind the film on and the small LCD panel show that 24 exposures remained. The camera was ready to start taking photos again !


The next decision turned out to be just as hard, what to photograph? You can’t just wander outside and start snapping away because the results are going to be pretty poor and may dampen any hopes of shooting film again, especially as its going to take a week or more to get the negatives back from the lab. I needed to get this right because I’ve only got 24 exposures. So, no pressure !


The challenge of shooting with film is not knowing what the end result will be until the negatives come back from the lab. There is no memory card that can be filled, just 24 exposures! So its going to be an anxious wait which really forces you to think about what you are going to photograph before you take the photo. Then there is the big question, who will be in the first photograph or does it even have to have people in it?

I don’t think I even realised how much of a process, creative or otherwise this will actually be but I still have 24 exposures left.


Apple Aperture is Dead !

This morning I was saddened to read that Apple had made a statement to The Loop that they would no longer develop Aperture or iPhoto once OS Yosemite ships next year. Much like everyone else who uses Aperture, I have spent hours upon hours working processing thousands and thousands of images, developing a file system that worked, importing presets and eagerly waiting for the next update or big thing involving Aperture.  Apple hasn’t done any real updates to Aperture since Nov 2013 and I have had that sinking feeling that something was wrong. No updates/news means no good news ….right.

Apple have stated that they will introduce a new app called Photos when OS Yosemite is released and that will manage the photo needs of all, professionals, hobbyist, amateurs, basically everyone. It will be cloud based and you will have access to all of your photos all the time across all devices. Sounds great but my wallet is already hurting with the associated cost that will come with it.

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So right from the beginning I’m going to call Bullshit ! Bullshit that Apple will make a product that will handle all the requirements for Professional Photographers through to people just getting into photography, I’m simply not buying in to it.  To me, and I’m sure a few other people see, that Apples new Photos app sounds like nothing more than a souped up version of iPhoto and that’s about it. I couldn’t care less if its cloud based due to the cost associated with it. 5 Gig for free isn’t enough for anyone nowadays, 20 gig for free maybe. Most people I know have 5 gig of music and/or photos on their phones, let alone 5 gig of photos stored in a fucking cloud. Not to mention that Apple has given me the impression that they are basing all of the photography apps, wait their only photography app on the iPhone user market. Just add a few sweet filters right ?? Photography is a lot more than that and I am more than surprised that Apple has put all of its (Photography app) eggs in one basket. Apple have also stated that they will continue with development of Final Cut Pro X and Logic Pro, which, I believe, will also go the same way as Aperture sooner or later.

So now it looks as though I will be either learning to use Lightroom, which after my last efforts left me frustrated and extremely angry, or looking for another “app’ to process and manage my photos and right now Adobe are making a pretty good offer of $9.99 per month for Lightroom and Photoshop in Adobe Creative Cloud.

Apple Aperture is Dead, Long Live Apple Aperture.

The Horse Whisperer

Street Graffiti

Barber Shop

I walked past this Barber shop in Coogee Bay, New South Wales, Australia and there was something that really made me stop and look, I am not sure what but I looked at the extremely large shop window and it was like looking into another world completely. My mind really started to wander as I set up the tripod and camera for this shot. I started to ask myself questions like what sort of people work there, are they old style Italian guys cutting mens hair or are they young and hip. I also wondered what sort of conversations had taken place in those Barber’s chairs, were the conversations about the weather as old men seem to talk about all the time or was it about the surf that is less than 100 meters away.

While I stood there just looking at the Barber shop, my imagination started to run and I could see people sitting in the waiting chairs reading newspapers and magazines, a father standing in the doorway with his young son getting introduced to Dad’s trusty barber and a couple of men getting their hair cut by two old guys that have been Barbers since they immigrated to Australia from Italy 50 years ago.

I just didn’t know as I haven’t been there in the daylight but I could only imagine.

8 Feet

Recently at a theme park, mine and our long time friends climbed aboard a ride that shot straight up into the air, instead of photographing their expecting faces of the anticipated terror and fear I decided to shoot it differently from another angle. I figure that the good old family outing photos don’t have to be boring or even self explanatory but they can be different.

Blogging for 2 Years…. What The ?

After the last blog post went live I received a nice little icon in the notifications bar that said ‘Happy Anniversary’ from wordpress which told me in a rather nice way that I have been blogging for 2 years and it was really a WTF moment ! has it been that long and what I have been blogging about for the last two years, has it been a waste of time, have I learnt anything from blogging. Well I would say that I have learnt a couple of things and one that stands out is the one rule that you shouldn’t be using the words ‘I’ or ‘me’ in your blog posts because no one wants to read about what ‘I’ have done but rather use the words  ‘You’, ‘We’ and ‘Us’.  So every time a blog posts gets hammered out, sometimes in a day and others over a week or more I now try not to use the words ‘I’ or ‘Me’. This simple rule is not that easy to follow but does make you look back at what you have written and how you have written it. You seem to spend quite a considerable amount of time reworking what you have written. That is not as easy at is sounds.

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I must admit that I was surprised at 2 years of blogging (there I go again with the use of  ‘I’) so deciding to do some research into the last 2 years only to realise that there have been 124 blog posts published. Wow, never thinking that so many posts would have been publish over that time or even if this blog would survive that long. That works out at about 5 blog posts published every month. So into the stats the researcher went (me) only to discover that the stats that accompany all those blog posts are incredibly distressing (reaching for the tissues). Surely the stats must be wrong, surely someone must read this blog, surely it can’t be all that bad, can it ?

Some bloggers do a synopsis of their most popular or controversial blogs posts for the year which is normally released around this time of year and I must admit that they are usually a pretty good read. I considered doing something similar but there is no possibility of celebrating what I have achieved blogging this year. So an idea was born to highlight the failures of this blog, highlight the posts that were not popular or didn’t even register on anyone’s radar. Looking back at what went wrong and why it went wrong is an effective way to improve. Improve in many areas such as writing, photography skills, topics and when is the best time to post (still trying to work that one out) etc.

So here are the top 5 worst blog posts that were destined to be never read, liked or even commented on.

1.  A Letter to my Wife from your Photographer Husband

Deciding to try some humor and then fatefully deciding to write an open letter to my wife about about what I wanted last Christmas, did I get it ? Noooooooo I didn’t !!!!! but there was plenty use of the word ‘I’ and ‘Me’. Did it register on anyone’s radar, sort of, not the people that I hoped to read it but rather some of my wife’s friends and they all commented that they liked it and only to be told that I had no hope of getting what I was asking for.

2.  Do I look Stupid Doing This ?

This is all about a self portrait project that was undertaken early in the new year in the hope of learning what it was like to be in front of the camera and Yes, I did look stupid doing it but I did enjoy myself and I learnt a lot.

3.  Watermarking Your Images

I actually managed to attract a number of comments and one blogger even liked it, unfortunately nearly all of the comments were spam………There is also a poll which attracted two votes (Whoohoo) and I still have the same argument with myself before I upload images to the web.

4.  Alphabet Spaghetti Photography

Designed to be a fun project photographing some slippery food which is slightly out of the ordinary and if it all fails, well at least you can heat the Alphabet Spaghetti and eat it.

5.  Dubai: A city of Many Souls

If there was a list for the most popular, this would have to be on the list, actually I don’t think that it could be categorised as a list with just one item on it. Its my first crack at travel photography/ blogging and I do think its not a bad effort if I don’t say so myself.

Ok, I know that I said 5 of the worst but please don’t make me go back into the archives again and those stats……it’s soooo depressing. Alright, there was all of the POTD (Photo of the Day) posts that were posted nearly every week for quite some time. There is no logical reason why they were posted, absolutely none. That makes 5 of the worst. There were other lessons learned as well like blogging is not a waste of time. Blogging is actually enjoyable and I learn something every time. It is worth the effort of sitting down, writing or posting photos even if its just for myself, for a few or several thousand loyal followers (I wish).

For those of you who do read this blog, get it in their inbox, RSS feeds etc, Thank You for taking the time to read and like it.

I would love to hear your thoughts on my worst 5 for the last 2 years and if you know of any more that have been posted, please let me know.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

POTD: Incense

POTD: The Morning Sun Peaks Over The Clouds


I have been busy photographing families and their friends recently which has prevented me from doing any personal projects. I would have to think that the perfect way to start the day is to see a sunrise like this and after seeing it, it was worthwhile being tired for the rest of the day. This one took some time to post process but the final results are pretty good.


Would love to hear your thoughts !

POTD: On the Phone

This bloke wandered up and down the street on the phone for quite some time. Out come the camera and I just waited for him to come past me again and …..snap.

Always take you camera with you everywhere you go.

Have a great week everyone