The cockatoo’s beauty revealed itself as the vibrant crown shone outstretched in brightness. The call was loud, alerting its flock to the whereabouts of my loitering. Pausing, I locked focus onto the bird’s-eye and shakily pressed the shutter, temporarily losing myself in its grandeur. The flamboyant, cocky and ever so loud character of this bird was what I wished to portray, an animal portrait if I may, and in a split second after checking the image I felt exhilarated to have captured it.
Does time disappear when you take photos? I know it does for me!
Recently over the last few months I have disowned this blog – Camera Smash to put all my energy into growing F Stop Lounge. Now I feel F Stop Lounge is balanced in my photography world I’m planning on putting this blog back into good use by sharing my world.
Since November last year I have taken many photos, been busy with life and published article after article on F Stop Lounge, so I thought I might give you all a quick catch up on the last few months…here goes:
I moved to Melbourne as many of you may know now and after living with some great people who helped me find my feet it was time to find my own place. I had always wanted to live in an apartment so it felt right to move to trendy Prahran where every day seems to be different. I love being able to leave the apartment and walk down the street to find a new cafe or restaurant I haven’t been in. The image you see below was taken at the junction of Chapel Street & High Street, which happens to be my closest intersection.
Driving alongside the trams in Melbourne is an interesting experience, so far I haven’t managed to hit any pedestrians!
While were talking about the subject of driving, I also managed to cross an experience off my bucket list. I finally made it to the 12 Apostles along the Great Ocean Road. Yay for me! The scenes along the drive were spectacular and I would highly recommend travelling the road to see them. I can save you the trouble if you live far away by showing you some of the photos and also a video of my journey.
Last month I was so excited when Andrew Newlun, one of F Stop Lounge’s contributors flew over from the USA to meet up on Landscape Photography Workshop based in Port Stephens, New South Wales. The workshop was run by Varina & Jay Patel (who also happen to be contributors to F Stop Lounge).
Both Varina & Jay are accomplished wilderness and landscape photographers who travel the world educating ‘beginners’ like me (and professionals) to take better photos. I learned so much at the workshop and I’m happy to say I gained two great friends in Jay & Varina and also many more who attend the workshop. I’ll make sure I include a link to their ebooks at the bottom of this article as there is some great info and tips on how to improve your landscape photography. I conducted an interview at the end of the workshop which you can watch below.
As I work for Fujifilm Australia the company was very happy to support the workshop by supplying gear for all of the participants who attended. The image below is Andrew Newlun in action modelling the Fujifilm X100s. For me this was a stand out camera during the workshop and also after when Andrew and I wandered the streets of Sydney…Andrew if you are reading this then I still need to find those images….lets hope I have them and haven’t lost them!
Here are a few images I managed to capture on the workshop, starting with my latest image which I edited today. All the images shown below were captured using the Fujifilm X-E2.
Well I might leave it there for this update. If you want to see what else I have been up to then just check out F Stop Lounge where you can see some great articles, news and reviews. Also check out those landscape photography ebooks I was talking about earlier (links below). My recommendation is the complete collection – you’ll save quite a bit buying them this way.
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