Saturday, November 18, 2017

Reptiles and wildlife macro

This week we attended a reptile and wildlife macro workshop with Canon collective. We used some canon cameras with 100mm macro lenses that were set up in stations with speedlite flashes and various reflective surfaces to enable us to have some fun shooting these beautiful creatures. As we don't usually use flashes in our photography it was interesting to see how lighting makes such a difference to the final result. 

Here below are photos of Tardini, the magnificent tree frog, Goldilocks, the Darwin Carpet Python and Squirt, the Macquarie turtle. They weren't always happy to stay still so we had to be patient and manoeuvre ourselves into the best position to capture our models. We were pretty happy with some of the results. 






































Leanne: top left, bottom right
Justine: top right, bottom left

Friday, October 20, 2017

Polaroids

This week is #roidweek2017 on social media so we decided to take our instant film cameras with us on our walk from Bondi to Bronte in the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney. It is the most perfect walk to do. You are spoilt for choice as you pass by the iconic Bondi icebergs pool, Bronte pool and the lifeguard tower at Bondi beach. 

Using polaroid film makes a pleasant change from the iPhone or the DSLR. You have to wait for your film to develop out of the sun and in the case of the polaroid 600 you only get 8 chances in a roll of film.  Then you will end up rejecting at least four of the pictures as you have limited control over the settings and can't change the ISO. 

There is something magical about polaroids, the noise as you release the box, the click of the film as it comes out of the camera and the result is a timeless memory. They are also very easy to pick up on eBay for not much money so if you are thinking about getting one, we highly recommend them. 









Top left, bottom left -Leanne (fujifilm instax 210)
Top right, bottom right - Justine (Polaroid 600)

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Water

It's been a little while but yesterday we headed off into the city. We love that Sydney has so much water. There's pools for swimming, fountains for birds and of course our beautiful harbour which was sparkling in the spring sunshine. 









Top left, bottom left - Leanne
Top right, bottom right - Justine

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Street photography

Street photography captures people and places within the public domain. It's always interesting to observe the surroundings and try to take a photo at just the right moment. 

Yesterday we went to the State library to see the World Press Photo 17 exhibition and Beauty in Difference: the street photography of Jon Lewis. We were quite inspired by this style of photography so spent the next hour or 2 snapping away in the streets of Sydney and in Hyde Park. A lot of photos were taken but we've decided to post a grid that focusses more on places than people.

Here are our two takes on street photography.....









Top left, bottom left -Leanne
Top right, bottom right -Justine