Prague.

An assortment of wondrous Prague Street Scenes for your viewing pleasure.

Selfie

Selfie

Wandering. At this stage film stocks were low, so I eventually found somewhere after this place and avoiding getting run over by a tram.

Wandering. At this stage film stocks were low, so I eventually found somewhere after this place and avoiding getting run over by a tram.

Another tram

Another tram

Railways

Railways

Highways near Railways

Highways near Railways

Car Alotment

Car Alotment

By night

By night

Lamborghini

Lamborghini

Castle on a hill

Castle on a hill

Old timers are common place

Old timers are common place

Sunset flares are the best

Sunset flares are the best

New stuff coming.

I've been shooting some 'new' things in the past couple of months. Trying new things for the new year. 2017 will be starting wonderfully.  

Still life and a bit of nature. There'll be some surprises for me also as I often forget what I've been shooting. Especially with going onto roll 6 + 7.  

 

Friends in the fridge. 

Friends in the fridge. 

What else is planned for 2017? I do not know. No travel plans, but that could change. As I am mosdef keen on Scandinavia and Hawaii.  

Technique & Approach #20 - Film Review Cinestill

Having shot a number of rolls, Cinestill offers 800T, 50D and BwXX (of either 200 or 250 speed depending upon light conditions. Essentially cine film with the remjet layer removed.

Tech Alert - (Remjet, a removable jet black layer, is the coating of carbon black particles in a water-soluble binder on the bottom of the film. It has four purposes: anti-halation, antistatic, lubrication,and scratch protection. Light entering the film can reflect off the front or back surface of the film base and return into the imaging layers to expose them. When light spreads laterally beyond its intended boundary, an image appears to have a halo around it (halation). The anti-halation layer prevents this by absorbing light that reaches it. The remjet carbon layer is conductive and prevents the build-up and discharge of static charges that can fog film. This is especially important in conditions of low relative humidity. Rem-jet also has lubricating properties. Like the supercoat on top of the emulsion, remjet resists scratching on the base side and helps transport the film through cameras, scanners, and printers. --Kodak)

800T, view of Brisbane City by night from atop Mt Coo-tha. - Long exposure time, allowing for more light to hit the film and so because of this 'hotspots' occur with much brighter light sources. A sort of halation effect or cinematic effect. A little bit longer exposure time and stars would be much clearer.

800T, view of Brisbane City by night from atop Mt Coo-tha.
- Long exposure time, allowing for more light to hit the film and so because of this 'hotspots' occur with much brighter light sources. A sort of halation effect or cinematic effect. A little bit longer exposure time and stars would be much clearer.

Cinestill 800T shot at 1600 (+2) daytime in Monaco, French Riviera. - Due to it's tungsten white balance, without filtration it gives daylight a blue/ purple tint. This can be corrected with filtration (85B - warm)

Cinestill 800T shot at 1600 (+2) daytime in Monaco, French Riviera.
- Due to it's tungsten white balance, without filtration it gives daylight a blue/ purple tint. This can be corrected with filtration (85B - warm)

Both day and night have their different colours, I probably prefer night / dusk. Although I haven't really shot much of the 800T during the day and probably won't. Being that it is definitely obviously suited to tungsten lighting / artificial.

50D, early morning. Sigma 70-210mm lens, Canon A1 - Shallow depth of field (horizontal compression - limits depth of field at longer focal lengths). - This can also be obtained with a wider aperture (iris).

50D, early morning. Sigma 70-210mm lens, Canon A1
- Shallow depth of field (horizontal compression - limits depth of field at longer focal lengths). - This can also be obtained with a wider aperture (iris).

BwXX at 200 speed, Canon A1, Canon 50mm f/1.4 - With the shallow depth of field and wide aperture, you get some rather nice scratchy bokeh from the lights in the tunnel. - BwXX has little grey, selecting different films for different looks. This particular stock is similar to the Kodak stock that Schindler's List was shot on.

BwXX at 200 speed, Canon A1, Canon 50mm f/1.4
- With the shallow depth of field and wide aperture, you get some rather nice scratchy bokeh from the lights in the tunnel.
- BwXX has little grey, selecting different films for different looks. This particular stock is similar to the Kodak stock that Schindler's List was shot on.

Curations, Kaleidoscopisch / Technique & Approach #19

Based on the ideas of the wonder that is a kaleidoscope, the past few months I have been experimenting with different double exposure techniques. Here are some of the results.

Tilt camera 45degrees

Tilt camera 45degrees

Slightly off camber. Double exposure overlay with a sort of 'diamond effect'

Slightly off camber. Double exposure overlay with a sort of 'diamond effect'

Buildings, sky, glass and window / frames

Buildings, sky, glass and window / frames

Structure, shading

Structure, shading

Rotate camera 180degrees. Inner city office space

Rotate camera 180degrees. Inner city office space

Rotate camera 180degrees. Inner city office space

Rotate camera 180degrees. Inner city office space

Rotate camera 180degrees. Inner city office space

Rotate camera 180degrees. Inner city office space

Different focus levels - one frame in, the other out of focus

Different focus levels - one frame in, the other out of focus

Rotate 180degrees, Riparian Plaza Eagle Street

Rotate 180degrees, Riparian Plaza Eagle Street

Light overlay

Light overlay

Blender effect

Blender effect

Curations, Mountains.

A collection of mountain photographs from at home and abroad ~ 

Jungfrau Region, Switzerland

Jungfrau Region, Switzerland

Pag Island (off the coast of Croatia)

Pag Island (off the coast of Croatia)

Lake Bled, Slovenia

Lake Bled, Slovenia

Kirchdorf, Tirol Austria

Kirchdorf, Tirol Austria

Glasshouse Mountain, Sunshine Coast Qld Australia

Glasshouse Mountain, Sunshine Coast Qld Australia

From Mt Tinbeerwah Lookout, Noosa Sunshine Coast Qld Australia

From Mt Tinbeerwah Lookout, Noosa Sunshine Coast Qld Australia

Noosa, Sunshine Coast Qld Australia

Noosa, Sunshine Coast Qld Australia

Jungfrau, Switzerland (one of my most favourite places on earth)

Jungfrau, Switzerland (one of my most favourite places on earth)

Lauterbrunnen Valley, on the path to Jungfrau, Switzerland

Lauterbrunnen Valley, on the path to Jungfrau, Switzerland

More of Jungfrau, Switzerland.

More of Jungfrau, Switzerland.

Glasshouse Mountains, from Glasshouse Mountains Lookout. Sunshine Coast, Qld Australia

Glasshouse Mountains, from Glasshouse Mountains Lookout. Sunshine Coast, Qld Australia

All of these are available as fine art prints, just holla.

BNE OpenHouse 2016

Brisbane Open House is a free public festival that celebrates Brisbane’s architecture and offers behind-the-scenes access to 100 buildings across the city
— BNE Open House

This year I was determined to visit some new places. I also made an exception a revisited Woods Bagot, Architectural firm right in the city. Mainly because I love their repurposed (and done so in a thoughtful manner) office space and catch up on their latest projects.

Woods Bagot foyer.

Woods Bagot foyer.

Workspace, Woods Bagot

Workspace, Woods Bagot

Woods Bagot Feature

Woods Bagot Feature

Architectus Light Space

Architectus Light Space

bureau^proberts, Architecture. Again a thoughtful repurposing of the existing space. A blend of new with the old.

bureau^proberts, Architecture. Again a thoughtful repurposing of the existing space. A blend of new with the old.

Interior details

Interior details

Street Lines

Street Lines

My focus being on lines/ light > details. Finding a point of interest, determining the best angle / approach for the photo. And the occasional post edit. One day soon I shall purchase a tilt/shift lens, ideal for tight spots and shooting verticals.

Patrick Wharf Brisbane on Tri-x 400. Nice wide feature shot of the Control Tower.

Patrick Wharf Brisbane on Tri-x 400. Nice wide feature shot of the Control Tower.

Port of Brisbane, Main Center

Port of Brisbane, Main Center

Internal Feature - Port of Brisbane

Internal Feature - Port of Brisbane

Stanchions. Kind of reminded me of TRON. Robotic Container Pickers "Straddlers". 

Stanchions. Kind of reminded me of TRON. Robotic Container Pickers "Straddlers". 

Patrick Yard

Patrick Yard

Technique & Approach #18 - ND Filter - Comparison

A while back I arose before sparrow fart and headed off to the coast at Sandgate/ Shorncliffe. 

Unfiltered - Aperture priority f/8 (ish), 100 speed Ilford, 28mm (manual focus set to infinity)

Unfiltered - Aperture priority f/8 (ish), 100 speed Ilford, 28mm (manual focus set to infinity)

Variable ND +9 - full manual - f/8, 30sec, 100 speed Ilford, 28mm (manual focus set to infinity)

Variable ND +9 - full manual - f/8, 30sec, 100 speed Ilford, 28mm (manual focus set to infinity)

Either photo has it's own qualities. Both are the same setting, the only difference is the use of an ND filter. Blocking out more light allowing for a much longer shutter duration, the result? Blurred lines. Drama, a cinematic look, I guess. The extreme vignetting comes also from the ND filter and wide angle lens. Both photos are straight from developer / scanner.

A tripod and cable release was used for both and is highly recommended in low light and especially when doing long exposures (< 1/20th). Manfrotto is my preferred brand.

Shot Ilford 100, Canon A1, Sigma 28mm.

Purchased from BH Photo Video New York. They stock a range of photographic accessories. Including filters, film, tripods, etc.

Purchased from BH Photo Video New York. They stock a range of photographic accessories. Including filters, film, tripods, etc.

QUT + Botanica

The QUT Precinct would have to be some of my favourite modern architecturally designed buildings in Brisbane.

Surrounding (sort of) the QUT Gardens Point Precinct, is the glorious City Botanical Gardens. So plant. Much photosynthesis. With Qld putting on the best weather all year round, guaranteed greenery. 

All on Kodak Ektar 100, Canon A1.

Grey Street

"Black & white is the new black & white. Film."

Keeping it simple, a vintage camera, lenses to suit, 2 rolls of film. Cinestill bwXX 200 and Kodak Tri-x 400. Styled and inspired by Ruby Reginato and Amber Rose Stewart, set amongst slightly disused warehouses in Virginia Brisbane.  With a sort of cinematic approach, an emphasis on light and lines. So mood. Much mono tone.

Going for a relaxed / casual approach, working with both of the girls in different parts of the yard in the mid afternoon until sunset. A number of fashion items, mixed and matched in a thoughtful way. The sun being the only source of light, working with different shadows and tones, High and low key photographs.

Ruby, on Cinestill bwXX. At 200.

Amber on Kodak Tri-x 400. With the afternoon setting sun, making some beautiful silhouettes and some softer grey tones. 

It's all about the light, considering it's position and how I can sculpt each portrait in a different way. Using a 70-210mm lens for most of the shooting, allowing for nice background dropout. When the light started to dim, the 50mm f/1.4 was perfect.

High key ~ very little grey tones.
Low key ~ with lots of grey variation. 

Technique & Approach #17 - bwXX

Excerpt from Cinestill.com

"CineStill bwXX is a high speed, classic black & white film emulsion, with an EI of 250 under daylight and 200 under tungsten lighting. Recommended development in Kodak D-96 developer, but is compatible will all black and white film developers.

Double-x is a classic black and white film stock left relatively unchanged since it's release in 1959 for still and motion picture use. Some of the movies using the classic Eastman double-x film stock (5222) include: Schindler's List (1993), Memento (2000), Kafka (1991), Casino Royale (2006), I'm Not There (2007), and many many more.

Kodak no longer offers this wonderful still stock to the still photography community so CineStill Film has decided to release and distribute it under their label. This is a limited run (only 2000 rolls available) sold out fast, but if all goes well it will become a regularly stocked CineStill Film's emulsion.

CineStill bwXX is an excellent choice for those looking for a classic film stock to fill the void left by the discontinuation of it's wonderful sister films, Kodak Plus-x (discontinued in 2010) and TXP320.

36 exposures professionally spooled into high quality 135 Non Dx-Coded Cartridges"


My first roll and let me just one word "wow". Such mood, such rich mono tones. Shooting a mixture of street, portrait and architecture. Blown away by the results. Certainly has a unique look to any other black and white film I've shot. Very contrasty and certainly works well for portraits coupled with a bright lens, such as my Canon 50mm f/1.4. Shadows are a bit low in limited light, but this can be manipulated in either develop or print / photoshop edit. I generally choose to leave the editing out. Only in rare circumstances will I edit my work. And of course like the other 2 cinestill films, 50D and 800T, bwXX has that unique halation effect, a sort of glow in certain light. 

I'm still looking at getting an anamorphic lens, which I believe will the icing on the cake with these films. 

Wheel, Southbank Brisbane

Wheel, Southbank Brisbane

Wheel, Southbank Brisbane

Wheel, Southbank Brisbane

Wheel, Southbank Brisbane reflected off of the Cultural Centre

Wheel, Southbank Brisbane reflected off of the Cultural Centre

For portraits

For portraits

Canon 50mm f/1.4 love the dropout on this lens. 

Canon 50mm f/1.4 love the dropout on this lens. 

Technique & Approach #16

Let's talk filters. I finally got myself a red colour filter for some wonderful black and whites. It basically makes them pop or adds more contrast by filtering certain lightrays. And a variable ND (neutral density) filter, which essentially blocks light and allows for either wide apertures (for dreamy bokeh portraits) or long exposures both of which in full sun.

ND +9, approximately 15sec exposure. 50mm

ND +9, approximately 15sec exposure. 50mm

Red filter only with 50mm

Red filter only with 50mm

ND +9, 50mm

ND +9, 50mm

Breakfast at King Arthurs

Sat 21st May (my b'day), I decided on breakfast at King Arthurs, a sweet little café on Arthur Street, in Newfarm. Selecting the 'streaky bacon bap' w/ fried egg, mozzarella, tomato relish & cress ~ was certainly without regret. A good start to a glorious Sat in SE Qld / Brisbane.

Located in a previously unknown building, the interior is modern and mostly minimalistic. With touches of homely adornments and thoughtfully furnished with plywood tables and chairs. I recommend an early start as it is quite popular amongst the locals.

The staff are very friendly and the menu is tasteful.

 

With hints of a former life, the interior includes these wonderful louvers which welcomes the warm sunshine, allowing it to fill the upstairs space.

For more information about King Arthurs, please check them out on the webernet ~

Technique & Approach #15 - Vertical Pano

It's been a while since my last post. Many exciting things have I been working on. This one in particular with you I will share with delight. The idea is not terribly new, however I was inspired by a setting in Brisbane CBD (Central Business District). And so went about testing it on my iPhone pano mode and thought, this'll work. 

The setup, trusty tripod, the old bag, camera with cable release. It's recommended to check the sweeping angle of the tripod and for straightness (depends on the look you're after).

The setup, trusty tripod, the old bag, camera with cable release. It's recommended to check the sweeping angle of the tripod and for straightness (depends on the look you're after).

And of course the result (with a bit of tweaking and what not in Photoshop CC ~) The use of a leading line with a weird curve. Shot Cinestill 800t (tungsten balanced cinematic style), which has some wonderful colours in daylight.

A mile long stone.

It's been just over 3 years now that I started along this journey that is (and will continue to be) film. And in just under 3 weeks I will be having my first ever solo exhibition. Pretty pumped. This of course is only the beginning. With future plans for more travel, Scandinavia looks wonderful, and of course more exhibitions both solo and group. 

I have thus far partaken in 5 group exhibitions and soon 1 solo exhibition. Some I was not able to attend due to location, but that's ok.  

I write an occasional blog post about what I'm up to, projects, features and my creative / technical process. I guess I just love sharing my knowledge and experiences, to hopefully a wide audience. Having recently decided to start leading group workshops, to share and even learn myself a thing or 3 not only to share my things, but also hear and see what others are making with their cameras. Conversation starters. Learning from each other. Even potential collaboration opportunities.

There are still many photographic areas that I would love to explore, such as medium and large format. With a multitude of different camera systems, shooting styles, film types. I've got a few ideas, but this will have to wait for now. And also my current setup of 35mm, looking at different lens types to explore such as animorphic, tilt/ shift, fisheye, ultra-wide... The list goes on. Having recently developed a fascination with cinematic/ cinematography techniques alongside my personal pursuit / obsession with lines (architecture) and light. All being a major focus of my work or my 'style'. Street, architecture and landscape.  Good lighting is generally the key to a good photograph. Whether it be hard or soft, light sculpts a photograph.

This is me in a shell of nut. 

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Chocolate Brownie Leather, Brisbane

Handmade goodness right here in Brisbane.

Chocolate Brownie Leather, having recently opened up a cozy space in Paddington that makes beautifully handcrafted leather goods. I stopped by recently to see Eleisha's new space and took a few photographs of some of her works. An assortment ranging of pieces including tags, to wallets, sunglass cases, wrist straps to bags for a laptop, iPad, or the back. (She also does commissions, of which I've had 2x camera straps made).

Be sure to pop by and say "g'day". Open Saturday mornings from 9:30am until 1:30pm. View more of her wonderful work www.chocolatebrownie.com.au

 

Technique & Approach #14

Rarely I will 'edit' my photographs. I think it's only been of recent that I've been a bit more critical in analysing my work. From a technical point of view, in this case wide angle lens distortion. It would be wonderful to invest in a more complex photographic apparatus, but with a few tweaks (occasionally) you can correct any technical errors (mostly). The alternative is a tilt-shift lens. There are so many options for both film and digital, but for now, I'm sticking with what I have.

In the example below, is the original image photographed with a 28mm Prime lens. You'll notice around the edges there is a slight twist. Starting from the centre and heading outwards, the image bends. This is due to the natural distortion from the lens. The lower the number, the wider the angle of view is, and vertical lines will generally distort as you get closer to the edges. Hence why it is often recommended not to photograph close-ups of people with a wide (less than 50mm) lens as you'll get a 'fishbowl' effect. Sometimes this can work if that's is what you're aiming towards artistically, however in this case, I opted for something a little more 'optically' correct. This can be adjusted using 'lens correction' in Photoshop CC.

Most the time I enjoy using a wide lens for architecture and finding a 'line' to use as a reference point / guide for the final photograph. In this case, a wide lens is perfect. Much practice.

As a reference point, the red lines define key areas of lens distortion. Both vertically and horizontally. As you follow the vertical lines, the vertical lines in the photograph bend inwards. Horizontally there is a slight bend downwards.

As a reference point, the red lines define key areas of lens distortion. Both vertically and horizontally. As you follow the vertical lines, the vertical lines in the photograph bend inwards. Horizontally there is a slight bend downwards.

The final image with lens distortion corrected and a crop to throw out some unnecessary environmental elements which don't assist in the telling of the story behind the photograph / distractions.

If you would like to learn more, please check out my other entries on "Technique & Approach". I also offer Personal Learning Sessions, find out here

Technique & Approach #13

6 rolls of film. The streets of Brisbane, looking for new inspiration.

Valley Metro. Lost in Transportation. Blended together to give a double exposure.

Valley Metro. Lost in Transportation. Blended together to give a double exposure.

Support structure. Photographed in South Brisbane on the way back to my car, the sun was beaming through the encroaching clouds, providing some spectacular lighting on these neighbouring buildings.

Support structure. Photographed in South Brisbane on the way back to my car, the sun was beaming through the encroaching clouds, providing some spectacular lighting on these neighbouring buildings.

Street-side Fairytales. Teneriffe, Bus Station. I've seen this street art maybe a dozen times, thought it was long overdue for a photograph.

Street-side Fairytales. Teneriffe, Bus Station. I've seen this street art maybe a dozen times, thought it was long overdue for a photograph.

Afternoon Traffic. Gateway Bridge, Sigma 28mm, Polarising Filter. I had always wanted to photograph this bridge and thought this angle would be perfect.

Afternoon Traffic. Gateway Bridge, Sigma 28mm, Polarising Filter. I had always wanted to photograph this bridge and thought this angle would be perfect.

Side Walk. 2 complete strangers, 2 different parts of the afternoon. A mish mash of 2 photos, into 1. South Brisbane.

Side Walk. 2 complete strangers, 2 different parts of the afternoon. A mish mash of 2 photos, into 1. South Brisbane.

A Story about a Bridge and 2 People. Early morning sunshine and strolling (probably exercising), Story Bridge - connecting one side of Brisbane to another.

A Story about a Bridge and 2 People. Early morning sunshine and strolling (probably exercising), Story Bridge - connecting one side of Brisbane to another.

Line Drawing, Fortitude Valley. A little linear and a little vintage. Probably 70s/ 80s styled.

Line Drawing, Fortitude Valley. A little linear and a little vintage. Probably 70s/ 80s styled.

Roma Street Parklands, early morning. Along the boardwalk this stainless railing glistens in the morning sunshine.

Roma Street Parklands, early morning. Along the boardwalk this stainless railing glistens in the morning sunshine.

Bird of Prey x2. An accidental double exposure. Somehow. Most likely the film didn't advance / double exposure engaged accidentally. I like it when this happens, makes for an interesting photograph.

Bird of Prey x2. An accidental double exposure. Somehow. Most likely the film didn't advance / double exposure engaged accidentally. I like it when this happens, makes for an interesting photograph.

QUT (Queensland University of Technology, Gardens Point Brisbane.

QUT (Queensland University of Technology, Gardens Point Brisbane.

Grid Lines, use for reference.

Grid Lines, use for reference.

Down Town Meet. I enjoy incorporating the surrounding environment to give a bit more of a story and provide placement / relevance in addition to the focal point of the photograph. In this case, a regular street portrait, with a tight framing provided by the bars in the middle and on the right.

Down Town Meet. I enjoy incorporating the surrounding environment to give a bit more of a story and provide placement / relevance in addition to the focal point of the photograph. In this case, a regular street portrait, with a tight framing provided by the bars in the middle and on the right.

The key was geometry, lens type and composition. Vertical lines will (almost) always (should be) vertical. Find a line in the framing and use that as a point of reference.

Technique & Approach #12

I would love to share my experiences and knowledge with you. I now offer One on One photographic sessions, where anything you want to learn from the basics (a good starting point) to something a little more fancy (schmancy). 

Once you have the basics down-pat, we can progress with additional sessions if you wish. For a 2-3 hr session, with guidance and critique along the way, will be $150/ person. Discounts apply for multiple sessions and for groups.

Partially based on my Blog Series 'Technique & Approach', covering my creative workflow and other interesting things. 

To find out more, please take a look-see here. If there's anything you're curious about or want to know more (workflow, websites, social media, hashtags, etcetera), please holla here.