C = Courageous

H = Helpful
A = Adventurous
O = Optimistic
S = Smart

Reframing Chaos.

This is what my childhood was full of, riding my bike around, playing in dirty creeks, catching tadpoles and coming home with all sorts of leeches and parasites attached – but hell it was fun :)

I think I have forgotten the feeling of mud between my toes and the carefree nature of not knowing, nor caring what I was treading on..only concerned about the chase :)
I gotta say, i never read books in trees tho, whilst Chaos can't quite read a novel yet she enjoys the audio books of Roald Dahl and JRR Tolkien and reads them like she can't wait to be able to do it all by herself…

Courageous – for getting in that water which if swallowed would prolly give you the runs for a month.

Helpful – willing to play and help other kids there get in the water – much to other parents dismay :)

Adventurous – never shy of trying something different :)

Optimistic – not giving up when there were no tadpoles to be found in the bottom dam.

Smart – packing herself a change of clothes for the ride back home – yup I never did that

Ya'all gonna have to forgive my unforgiving swathe of kid pictures :) its about the only pictures I have been taking lately :)

Our house might be the size of a shoe box and messy as hell, but when I come home to Chaos barrelling down the hallway for a hug before I have even got in the door and asking how my day was, followed by Tickles with the warmest hug and gentlest 'i love you dad' and then little E with guaranteed toothless gummie smile – and of course my best pal and partner Sarah who if i am really really lucky I might get a kiss off, makes any day …. the best day.

Dad's little helper

Little E helping out finishing off a little project. Shes such a great little work companion, so happy to sit and watch, but ya gotta keep everything at arms length, shes got a mean grip on her and when shes got something she definitely does not like to let it go. We needed to have a little discussion about how vernier calipers are not appropriate for the under 6months olds ;)

A little sneak peak at what we were working on :).
La Pavoni rebuild with a side project of 3D CAD modelling the whole thing…really, every little part :)

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Sigma 35mm f1.4

Thanks to Focus Committee crew on such awesome prizes for the awards.
Its great to get a prize second place and one that I can use straight away :)

Pretty sweet lens too, interesting focal length, not what I would normally look for in a prime lens however when shooting at 1.4 it comes alive, definitely looking forward to more with this.

Ta Tickles aka Mayhem for being my little guinea pig, we had a great walk around the harbour and in the Lane Cove bushland

The Complete Picture

The full set of images from the focus awards – Its taken a few years, but I find less thought and deliberating over the images seems to work better for me – basically just scroll through the last 12 months of my flickr images :) . Each year I say, i'll get my act together and select them with plenty of time, but sure enough everytime, its a Saturday night jobbie with some much valued advice from my dear partner :)

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Focus Awards – Seascape

Every year I throw several images into the Focus Awards, an excellent local photography community which a mate introduced me to awhile back.. kinda glad he did :) ..

This year one of my favourite seascape images got second place in the Seascape Category, I have done very little photography by the ocean this year with only a handful of shoots at new spots. A family trip to Tweed heads got me a few new cool spots, one of which was where this image was taken, Snapper Rocks. Like most mornings when considering whether to drag ones ass out of bed to go and shoot some pictures, this one was no different, the temptation to grab that extra couple of hours sleep is sooo very tempting especially with a bunch of kids to deal with during the day :) kinda glad I did get out of bed tho….

Having never had to stand up on stage and try and explain a picture.. and hopefully won't have to again ;) I thought I might deconstruct this image and show people the images behind it and the starting point. I know I always wonder about how others process images and as someone who actually has very little skill in PS its quite useful to see the starting point and a bit of the process of how a image develops start to finish, so here is my stuff behind my final image.

This image, really is just a bunch of rocks in the ocean, I love it because of that, its not of a familiar place, its not recognisable as a location and it has a few elements which for me give it a bit of abstraction and minimalism, not to much to be too wild, just enough like adding lime to your beer but not drinking Bolivian hard pressed chilli-lime ale. There was some level of self awareness of what the final image would look like, I knew it would be a simplified scene, slightly desatured with yet a hint of green, think lime in ya beer kinda green :) I also remember it well since I was trying out a Leofoto pano head in the wild for the first time – thanks Kudos Cameras and Cameron, with out it this would not have worked and it tipped me over the edge to start using a pano head for ultrawide style panoramas.

The image is 6 vertical shots (@17mm) taken in quick succession as one or two waves rolled over the rocks, the shutter was 1.6 s and this was just enough to get a bit of motion in the water but also get through shots quickly before the water drained away off the rocks. I could have probably done it in landscape orientation, however the field of view would have not been as wide.

The 6 images used to make the panorama are included here, a stitched version (uncropped) from a series of images taken several minutes before as a test run are also included, more just to give an idea of the stitching of the images and the field of view. The final stitch and crop also included and also shows the removal of a few rocks and the removal of the skyline of Surfer's Paradise, this is done using content aware in PS, clone tool and also the motion blur. The motion blur is also used on the water near the horizon to give more sense of motion.

The cloud which is that cool abstract element is real and unadulterated. This part of the image just makes it for me and I recall watching this cloud float on by thinking what a awesome little cloud, I just gotta nail that in the right spot, it did move pretty fast which was handy.

Final processing was contrast, vibrancy and various selective applications on parts of the image, like the cloud, (some clarity), the rocks (lots of blacks and clarity) and accentuating the greens on the rocks. This was all done in Lightroom and an obsolete program called CaptureNX2 which I still dabble with for certain things. Photoshop was used for the stitching and clones etc.

Conveniently enough I also have a awesomely out of focus phone shot of my camera setup at the time. It had the 17-35mm f2.8 lens (thanks for the loan Cameron!) Lee graduated 0.9x filter and Hoya circular polariser.

I hope this helps some people understand whats behind this image and also the level of processing that went into it.

Thanks to the focus crew for a wonderful photography competition, its a hoot every year and a pleasure enter and support. Thanks to the Sigma for the awesome prize too!

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Camdenville Public School Garden Party

Pretty good day I reckon, I highly rate the International Food stall run by two very professional young chaps, for the record the German Bacon and Cream tart was a cracker and excellent value :) These guys are so efficient they had the change ready before I had even paid them…

The Cake stall in the gardens was also a bit of alright (as it was last year), the world finest/famous Ginger cake is certainly worthy of a mention and the cupcakes have set a new record with Tickles, that being, she ate more than the icing… so they gotta be seriously good ;)

It was also great to see some teachers get the opportunity for a little pay back on the kids in the dunking tank :) here is looking at you Chaos :)

We needed a timelapse of the garden section of the Camdenville Paddock Community Garden, so I gave it a crack and even with a bit of wind some rain it turned out alright, got most of the day too.. 7 hours out of a gopro with a external battery sitting out in the rain.