My work recognised
My portfolio of skatepark aerial abstracts was accepted into the field and was judged favourably. Very exciting for me as an amateur amongst pro photographers.
Just before dawn at Scarborough
Some skate parks are just plain grey. I guess some councils might have an aversion to street art/graffiti. Then there are some wonderfully grungey parks that bear the marks of hundreds of visitors. I love those. Scarborough skate bowl/park is somewhere in between. It has a spectacular colour scheme, which after a year or so of grinding skateboard wheels, is starting to look very cool. Some of these are drone pics, others are iPhone 11.
Perth is great for sunshine. And shadows, which usually mess up my skate park compositions. So in summer, when overcast days are rare, there is no choice but to be on site before the sun gets very high at all. Today, that meant 5.30am.
I haven’t been shooting skate parks for a while. The last few I got up early to shoot were rubbish from the air. I’m looking at you, Clarkson and Kingsbridge! So motivation - low. Bibra Lake has had a makeover and looks great from the sky. I’m back on the train.
It's just 850 km down the road! My second trip to a wholly peaceful spot. This time, I shot with the drone and my phone.
I decided to simply shoot the statues with Hipstamatic. What a fun app.
My friend Jules and I headed up to Nambung National Park last week. Just for the evening. That's a lot of driving, but the Geminid shower storm promised much. It didn't deliver, but there was a cool storm to the south, so we stayed up late and shot that instead.
Its funny, this looks much better in Lightroom.
I shot 37 skate parks this year. It was my favourite thing to do in 2018. I'll never do that many again.
The gallery is here.
Blink Photographic Awards
My image was chosen as the best in the mobile category of the City of Stirling Blink Photography Awards. You just have to have a camera with you wherever you go.
I entered the 33rd Perth National Photographic Exhibition recently, putting entries into all five categories. Two of my images in the "Rural Life" category were awarded Merits.
And, having a total of eleven images accepted into the exhibition, I was awarded the prize for Most Successful Photographer from WA.
Carine Skate Park
Out at dawn this morning, which isn't too hard this time of year. Have to admit this shot was an accidental capture.
Swan Valley Mudfest
Hundreds of people having fun getting filthy made for a great day behind the lens. I shot jpgs, which I don't often do, to make for easy uploading to Facebook on the day. Low aperture values to give my subjects some separation from their surroundings and fast shutter speeds. At times, it was chaotic, especially when the dog owners arrived on the scene.
I shoot for fun, with a Sony A7rIII, a Mavic Pro and my trusty iPhone 11.