Monday, 11 July 2011

I love a sunburnt country (town called Albany)

I never ever thought the day would arrive when i could say 'I got sunburnt in Albany'. Especially when it was the middle of July, Perth maxed out at 12 degrees celsius and the entire south west was covered in a thick cumulus carpet. But there I was enjoying coffee and croissant at Cosi's in Albany and I git a touch of the sun.

I have to eat my words. Those stories that i spread around about it raining in Albany 300 days a year and te water dripping off the trees the other 65 just aren't true. I love Albany now. In fact I think love truly abounds in Albany.

Likewise I have to eat my words about photographing in harsh or 'splotchy' light. When Douglas Kirkland* ran his workshop at Foto Freo in 2006 I assisted him for a week and learned more about lighting in a week than the previous ten years.  If you place the subject's face in the 'spotlight' and expose for that highlight, everything else falls into place.

Friday, 1 July 2011

Fiddle with your gear while shooting people

By now you should be getting the idea of how to take really boring shots. Its easy! But here's another hot tip - you jump on a  plane (suggest avoid Tiger*) and head on over to Kota Kinabalu in Borneo. Then you head on down to the night fish markets. You should ignore the smoke in your eyes (atmospherics) and certainly don't stop to smell the roses - or the fresh grilling fish or fried chicken. Oh, and keep your headphones on so you can't hear the sizzle of the food and the chatter of the local people.

You should spend several hours calculating aperture, shutter speed, colour balance and focus. Just make sure you ignore all the people and the sensuous surrounding. Set up a tripod or three, check the levels with a spirit level and take the shot.

Now, if you are still bored you buy a couple of beers and a whole bag of chicken bits for $3MR ($1AU). Oh the joy. Only when you get back to your hotel room do you realise the joy of your purchase - you've just bought ten parson's noses! Yes, I actually did the last bit here!
*Tiger announced that you will have to pay $50 per flight extra if you want a pilot to fly your aircraft. However, they are still offering 50% discounts for anyone wanting a fly/drive holiday where you and your boyfriend can pilot the aircraft some of the journey.