Ready - Set - Go

Its been quite a break for me from weddings and this blog but things are all about to change. My wedding season usually runs from Easter to November so I'm about to hit the starting line for 2015. Of course my summer break has hardly been a break at all with lots of commercial and architecture shoots to keep me busy and a wonderful recharge trip to Japan in the new year. So as usual at this time I start to look through past images and plan my year ahead.

Here is a small sample with more to come soon...

Townsville Triathlon Festival

The hugely popular Townsville Triathlon Festival was held this weekend along The Strand. Due to other commitments I could only compete in the team event on the Sunday so "Team Awesome" had its third crack at the event in as many years. Amelia swam, Stephen on bike and I brought us home in the run leg. We came 15th in the mix non-corporate group. Next year I'd like to have another go at the individual event - all I need to do is to learn to love swimming or at the very least tolerate it. I love the atmosphere of events like this and seeing so many people having a go and enjoying the beautiful environment that we are blessed with here in Townsville.

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Strand Ephemera

The Bi-annual Strand Ephemera is almost over for its 2013 outing. Some amazing and quirky sculptures have been on display for the public to view along The Strand beachfront in Townsville. The conditions have been a major challenge to Gallery Services and the exhibiting artists as almost gale force winds have persisted for most of the week.These images were taken on iPhone and my DSLR with some "free lens" experiments. This is an amazing trick that one of my Norwegian students taught me. You disconnect the camera lens, hold it in front of the camera body and angle it to skew the focal plane. It works just like a tilt shift lens and gives you another optical look without the expense of a new lens. My contribution to the event is to hold an iPhone workshop to encourage people to shoot some mobile phone images and upload them to instagram with the tag #strandephemera as part of a photographic competition.

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Polaroids on a Sunday

This seems to be getting into a bit of a habit of mine. Sunday afternoon strolls with my trusty polaroid camera and a couple of boxes of Fuji. As it turned out I only had one and a half boxes as my shoot pulled up short when the last box jammed - such are the frustrations of analogue polaroid photography. Shame because the light was just getting into the zone for the 3000 iso black and white film. No client, no deadline so no big deal. Kind of street photography but I prefer the term "Psychogeography" - sounds a lot more important and arty. Polaroid street photographyPolaroid street photographyPolaroid street photography