I'm at Chris Reid's photo lab Blanco Negro in Sydney Alexandria, looking at a nicely printed selection of Tim Page's photos and listening to fellow photographer Stephen Dupont honoring one of the masters of war photography.
I'm filming a short video for Andreas Rost from the Organic Bread Bar in Sydney Paddington. The hardest part of filming Andreas working through the night at his bakery, the Organic Bread Bar, is getting up at 1:30am. My admiration for Andreas and his team for baking such great bread every day has risen enormously. I now understand why there is a shortage of good bakers - it's a hard job with friendship destroying work hours. Try watching the video full screen with quality set to HD.
I'm snapping a couple of pics in a side alley in Kings Cross with people walking right into the blindingly bright sun or straight into the pitch black shade. A couple of years ago I took similar photos right at this spot. It's important to have a camera with little to no shutter-lag. The Sony NEX 7 doesn't disappoint in this respect. All pics are taken with an equivalent 50mm lens (35mm F1.8). I underexposed by 2-3 stops to make sure that the faces are well exposed and did some minor shadow/contrast/colour correction in Aperture.
Strolling down Bronte Beach on a glorious morning and trying out my new 75mm lens. I like the subtle compression of the perspective with this light tele-lens. The light, even so early in the morning, is beyond my cameras dynamic range. It doesn't matter, I'll fix that in Aperture.
The vast majority of people out and about today are doing fitness things. Why do people jog - its so not good for their longterm health. Photography is good for your mental & physical fitness I reckon. That is if you aren't some professional photographer stressed out with making a living with your pics.
.... coming across a couple of coffee roasters and a no-frills car hire. I stop at the busy Allpress Espresso Cafe on 58 Epsom Road for an Ethiopian Yirgacheffe. Specs: Chemex, 20gr coffee, 300ml water at 90ºc.
It takes two pair of lips in the same room for kissing to take place. We organise our social life with a number of Apps. I grew up having non so called social life but simply a couple of friends. It was, I believe, Marshall McLuhan who said "We amputate what we extend".
Is there some fuzzy rule about when the attention of a person, or pony, should be drawn straight into the camera or left unaware of being photographed?
When photographing people I don't know, I aim not to be spotted, so that the scenery or facial expression isn't altered by my presence. Photographing friends however works often in quite the opposite way. I like to snap them just at the moment when they look into the camera but before they put on face for the camera. Apart from avoiding motion blur, I think there is a fascinating mental aspect to a camera's ability to stop motion within a short 1/4000 of a second.
I'm sometimes surprised to why the suburb of Manly, located on Sydney's north-shore, attracts ferry loads of visitors while being somehow oblivious to its rather spectacular location. Parts of Manly's attraction might be simply the fun of taking the ferry out there.