Sunday, 31 July 2016

Pink Lakes, Murray Sunset National Park, Victoria Australia 2015



A wonder night staying at Pink Lakes in Victoria. Watching the Milky Way rose with a bon fire to warm me up during the night was one of the most memorable of my trips to Victoria last year. I'll visit this spot again just to recapture the memories one more time.

Saturday, 30 July 2016

Kiama Sunrise, South Coast NSW Australia



Only in Winter did I have the time and energy to woke up early to capture some sunrise photos. I'm not the lucky one that happens to live next to the beach. Usually for me it's roughly an hour drive away from any beach in Sydney. But I must admit sunrise is somehow better than sunset. 

Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Jumping Roo, Pink Lakes Victoria Australia



I think this is the first time that I have post up an animal shot on my blog. Jumping Roos that you going to get if you travel in the country side. It is very dangerous  animal when you're on the road as they could jump out of nowhere. Especially around dawn and dusk. The best time for photography but after that you have to be extra careful when you on the road.

Monday, 25 July 2016

Aroma Festival 2016: Blinded by Red



When there something big festival like the Aroma Festival, there was so much going on that you have to concentrate on a theme otherwise you will lost track of what your shooting. I decided to capture red or people wearing red on the day. Since the day was cloudy and cold. Red colour certainly pop out of the photos. 

The other theme I focused on was people having a cup of coffee on their hand. It was a coffee festival after all. I came back with many keepers. So next time if you shooting an event, challenge yourselve and pick  a colour as challenge. You're photography will certainly improve. It's all about training your eyes to see things differently from people.

Sunday, 24 July 2016

Aroma Festival at The Rocks, Sydney Australia 2016



Well the Aroma Festival certainly can pull a crowd. Sydney residents really have a serious caffeine challenge, with the chilly weather the lines to get a cup of coffee was long. I just managed one cup, still want to go to sleep tonight.

Also, I was hosting a Sydney Street Photographers Meetup as well. The public trains had a scheduled maintenance, it nearly threw off my plans to be there on time. It doesn't look good if the host turning up late for a Meetup especially first time hosting the event on behave of the organiser. Luckily for me I managed to get to the Meetup location on time.

There were some new photographers joining the group and some old ones. I had about 16 RSVPs on the Meetup site and roughly 12-14 people turn up which was a very high percentage. Usually we get around 30%. 

Thank you for the Sydney Street Photographers that turned up today, it certainly makes my job easier as a host. I felt a little pressured when we start heading to The Rocks as I was now a senior shooter and there was beginner followed along. It certainly restricted my usual self when I'm out looking for photographs. But this was my first time and if I didn't have some butterflies in me then there certainly a real problem. I'll learn and get better next time.

The fascinating thing about coffee making was on display at the main stage. The skills involved was extraordinary. I learnt to appreciate the art now once I have witnessed the making process first hand. Congratulations to the winner of this year challenge. It certainly open up my eyes and I have totally new respect when I have a coffee from now on.

Saturday, 23 July 2016

Sydney Street Photographers Meetup: Chinatown Night Market 2016



Another Meetup on Friday night at Dixon Street, China town Sydney. Surprisingly there was 50% turn out. Some were new to the group some just like to know about how to use the camera. But the purpose of the meetup was to socialise. 

I'm hosting a meetup tomorrow, so it could be interesting. First time I am going to host the event so it could be interesting. Hopefully I have a better turn out. Otherwise I still take photos tomorrow no matter what. 

Some people say that they interested in learning photography. But they don't spend the time mastering the art. Just imagine a guitarist or pianist that hardly practice. How could you get better? Usually at these kind of meetup I am usually offer free lessons if they want. But no one has chased me up to learnt more. Mystery of the mind.

Friday, 22 July 2016

Sydney Central Station, Sydney Australia 2016


Sydney Central Station

I've walked pass this so many times in my life but for first time I have noticed the light reflections off the tile. I have to take to show to the world. It was peak hour at the station and I couldn't get rid of people in the photo. Photoshop can do it but it will take me hours and the biggest train station in Australia without people is not a real photo isn't it?

Thursday, 21 July 2016

St Patrick's Cathedral Melbourne Australia 2015

St Patrick's Cathedra

An exploration around Melbourne CBD could take you to the house of God. Why can't every church be photographer friendly? Then again everyone is a photographer these days. Who can stop someone take out their smart phone and take a selfie? Public safety was a concern but I have never heard anyone got any serious injury from a tripod. Or the church has something to hide? I'll leave you with that question.

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

CBD Photowalk 2016



Walking through town after a photo meetup, happened to look up and marvel at this building on the corner. First time walking through this part of town with an intention to photograph something. It's good to look up and down. When you have a camera with you, have your photography eyes wide open for opportunities.

Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Hornby Lighthouse, Watsons Bay NSW Australia



Woke up early to capture this closest lighthouse to where I live. Somehow this was the lighthouse that I said to myself. I'll get it one day, that was a few years ago. Now finally I captured it in good light, not the best light. I was hoping for the sunrise on this morning but not as lucky as I hope. I did some long exposure to smooth out the water.

Oh, help out a fellow traveller jump start his car. It started to rain so I help him out. Took him half an hour  just to find out where was the car battery. It was hidden under the boot. Modern cars could be troublesome. 

Monday, 18 July 2016

Tasmania Sunset, Tasmania Australia 2016



The best sunset that I've witnessed while in Tasmania. By the way the foreground is a field of poppy herbs. It is a herb but the big pharmaceutical took off the hands of herbalists and make profits out of natural plants. It is schedule 1, which mean you could go to prison if you use it in your herbal formula. 

Cherry Pickers Forever Young, NSW Australia 2015



Young Cherry Festival 2015, where the town comes alive. Young town is not young without the influx of cherry pickers from around the world. The town is transformed once the cherry harvest in in full swing. The old sleepy town comes alive once they have the young back packers harvest workers come to town. Parties every night on some farms and it certainly bring back a lot of memories for me.

Saturday, 16 July 2016

Crowdy Head Lighthouse, Crowdy Head NSW Australia 2016



Could not be at sunset as I was on a road trip. This was just a stop over. It was not as crowded as other famous lighthouse but worth a visit if you into lighthouses. Another one in the bag for me by the way. I'm a lighthouses collector, photo wise.

Thursday, 14 July 2016

Lake Bellfield, Mount Grampians National Park Victoria Australia 2016



First time visiting Mount Grampians National and my photographer friend always compared the National Park to the Blue Mountains in NSW. He was a proud Victorian I must say. When it comes to landscape, mother nature is a winner here, so no matter which states you originated from the landscape still take your breath away. 

Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Gordon Dam Lookout, Tasmania Australia 2016



The wild of the wilderness. A national treasure in Tasmania. Not many people have set their foot on this mysterious landscape. Only the adventurist of the adventurers will trek this forests and successfully do so. I simply capture it to share not to conquer the landscapes.

Tuesday, 12 July 2016

Lake Pedder, Tasmania Australia 2016



A wonderful day trip to South West of Tasmania. Visit this beautiful lookout to see the massive and majestic lake Pedder. So peaceful and serenity of the places just capture your heart. And I know why I should go back to Tasmania next year.
Sophie reading up on the history of  Lake Pedder.
We had a group of 15 backpackers on the trip and I need someone to be in the landscape for scale. It happened to be Sophie from Cologne Germany. She happened to be very photogenic as well. 

Monday, 11 July 2016

Sydney Harbour Sunset, Australia 2016



Is there a better view than the Sydney Harbour during sunset? If another city in the world that claim to have a better view, I'll like to see it and I will one day. So far I've only seen the Eastern cities of Australia but from what I've seen in my life. This location here cannot be beaten.

Sunday, 10 July 2016

Very Fast Motorist, Just outside Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney Australia 2016



Another meetup this time just outside Art Gallery of NSW. Before the meetup I had a chance to look around the Art Gallery. There were some interesting exhibition was on, especially the contemporary work by German director with Cate Blanchett starring in multiple roles.

Okay the meetup had a theme, photograph the photographers and try catch some people on public places. The location was  Royal Botanical Gardens. Very familiar place with me but I usually go there for flowers not to photograph people. Anyway that was the challenge and the it turned out alright. Not as great as the last similar theme at Cockatoo Island. 

While I was waiting to go to the Royal Botanical I start to do some slow shutter photography. Panning with the actions is technical term for it. Moving cars, motorists and bicycle riders were on subject list. I got a few decent shots to share as a result of the short experiment. 

Saturday, 9 July 2016

North Head Lookout, Sydney Australia 2016



was hosting two beautiful ladies from Europe through Couchsurfing. I showed them around Manly beach and show this view of Sydney. They were in Melbourne for a couple months and after debating which city is better, after this visit they totally convinced that Sydney is the better city of the two. Who could blame them?

Friday, 8 July 2016

Road Trip Tasmania 2016



It was good that I didn't have to drive when I was in Tasmania at the beginning of the year. At least when the scenery was so delightful I can use my camera and capture it. I have many near accidents because of me driving and chasing the sunset or light. Don't do what I did, just an obsession with light that is in the blood of every serious photographers out there. 

Thursday, 7 July 2016

State Liabrary of NSW, Sydney Australia



Shot this during a photo-walk recently. The host has a chat around here and I was waiting for the crowd to clear. I put on a fish-eye lens to get the whole fountain in. An ultra wide angle really makes the scene very dramatic.

Wednesday, 6 July 2016

"She's the Devil" or Angel, Winter Magic Katoomba Blue Mountains 2016

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The wonderful thing about Winter Magic in Katoomba was the parade. You have people dressed up and the streets were filled with people. Great for street photographer like myself. Every seconds there were something interesting to photograph. I was putting on my camera on burst to get all the actions. 

I was using two cameras, one for the portrait and the other was for wide angle environmental portraits. This shot was using a portrait lens, hence the weird cropped. It was a fixed focal length at 60mm Micro Fourth Third or 120mm in Full Frame equivalent. One of my favourite focal length for portraiture. The 70-200mm f2.8 would be nice on my next lens wish list.

Tuesday, 5 July 2016

Mount Grampians, Victoria Australia 2016



Just relived the memories I have of my travel through my photos. I'm currently upload my photos to Smugmug for cloud storage. I'm also make it available for people to purchase if they like what they see. The best way to show your appreciation is through your wallet not pluses or like or love. Put it in your wall where you can appreciate every day. 

We live in an information age and for artists to showcase their work then the Internet is a great place to do it. But if you look back just 100 years, you have to go to a gallery to see up and coming artists and usually there's a gate keeper right? They don't let you in for free, why shouldn't it be any different because of the Internet. 

You can't expect artists to keep producing wonderful materials and have bread on the table at the same time without the generous support from the public. It is sad that some of the great photographers in our time didn't get the recognition and financial success that they deserve until they were in their later seasons. I'm probably follow that same path unfortunately and that's the life of an artist.

Monday, 4 July 2016

Russell Falls, Tasmania Australia 2016

Russell Falls Tasmania B&W

One of the most imprresive waterfall I've seen in my life. A national treasure in Tasmania. If you have  a chance to visit Tasmania make sure you visit Russell Falls.

Sunday, 3 July 2016

Vivid Sydney 2016: The Fan



Something you don't see everyday. The Sydney Harbour Bridge become a giant fan. A creative shot while at Mrs Macquarie's Chairs during my last shooting night during Vivid Sydney.

Saturday, 2 July 2016

Could this be a finalist photo in a competition?



I usually don't enter any photo competitions, I just take photos because I enjoyed doing it. I'm not after any special recognition. However, I feel that my photography has gone to another level and I hope my photos can reach as much people as possible. Hence the reason why I entered the competition.

One of the reasons why I want to travel around Australia for now was to capture the lighthouses around the coast. I have probably around 15 photos of it so far anther 100 or so to go. Another challenging goal was to capture all the Post Offices in Australia. 

Especially the Post Office, from my travelling I noticed that some of the old Post Office is been closed down or simply sold off to the private sector. It is a shamed that some the historical buildings was in the hands of private sector. Hopefully I can document it before another Post Office is gone under.

Friday, 1 July 2016

Queen Victoria Building Double Exposure, Sydney Australia 2016



I'm going through my photos and I though I share this photo I took inside Queen Victoria Building. One of the most beautiful building in Sydney by the way. It has boutique shops and many great cafes to enjoy your lunch or afternoon tea. 

I shot this when the best thing was to stay indoor. I was excited to find out that my camera can do double exposure so on this particular day I made an all day attempt to just photograph with double exposure. And this was some of the results in camera. Yes you could do it with Photoshop, but if I could do in camera. Why not?