The last two years, part 4/6

Here are more photos of Northwest Australia in part four.

Parked up and taking photos of a storm.toyota_troopy_storm_clouds_rain_weather_webres

A scrub fire ripped though here but left the path alone.fire_burned_bushfire_scrub_pilbara_karratha_webres

Parked up again, looking for storm photos.toyota_troopy_4x4_pilbara_milstream_webres

The early days of Ktown Dirt. Before the jumps.ktown_dirt_bmx_digging_beginning_jarrod_pilbara_webres

On a road trip, the roadside had been burned at some stage.road_toyota_burned_pilbara_bushfire_webres

Making a bet on horses at the 2011 Roebourne Cup.george_roebourne_cup_pilbara_betting_punter_horses_webres

Ktown Dirt, a while ago.ktown_dirt_bmx_jake_whip_trees_pilbara_webres

Travelling in style, in Roebourne.Van_couch_john_travel_roebourne_webres

On the road.driving_george_mirror_rear_van_vehicle_webres

The Roebourne Cup race. Plenty of red dirt.roebourne_cup_2011_horses_racing_crowd

The last two years, part 3/6

Part 3 of this photo dump from Northwestern Australia.

Ktown Dirt, Brad Mas, turndown.ktown_dirt_bmx_turndown_brad_trails_pilbara_australia_webres

Outdoor cinema, Pannawonica.pannawonica_outdoor_cimema_drivethrough_movies_webres

Dust storm taking over Karratha.dust_storm_karratha_clouds_webres

A ride at a festival in Karratha.fenacle_festival_wa_karratha_fair_show_carnival_webres

Work at Dampier Salt, on the pump station.work_dampier_salt_boat_boileys_monos_webres

List of people whose grave markers have been lost in Cossack cemetery.cossack_list_of_dead_people_cemetery_webres

Jumping a BMX into a river on a 40+ degree summers day.pooljump_bmx_pilbara_upsidedown_webres

One of the many abandoned cars on the salt flats surrounding Karratha.abandoned_car_saltflat_pilbara_webres

Ktown Dirt, Jarrod Hepburn, the early days.ktown_dirt_bmx_jarrod_night_flash_webres

Crowd with a costume, Roebourne Cup, 2011.crowd_bear_costume_roebourne_webres

The last two years, part 2/6

The second part of a photo dump from Australia’s Northwest.

Here we go.

Three Friends enjoy a walk at Hearson’s Cove during sunset.hearsonscove_burrup_pilbara_sunset_walking_webres

A Kangaroo, also near Hearson’s. kangaroo_burrup_pilbara_grass_habitat_webres

Turtle.turtle_sealife_dampier_webres

Sunset in the hills behind Karratha.sunset_pilbara_powerlines_haze_webres

Driving in the outback.holden_ford_ute_driving_pilbara_summer_webres

Pilbara golf, where it’s too hot for grass greens. golf_karratha_sand_green_webres

This was the first photo i took in the Northwest, from the plane on the way in.flight_aerial_ocean_indian_webres

The Troopy going over the ‘jumpup’. Burrup Peninsula.troopy_4wd_jumpup_rocks_burrup_pilbara_4x4_webres

Stabilization. troopy_4wd_burrup_pilbara_4x4_webres

Roo hunting at sunset.troopy_hearsonscove_pilbara_sunset_4x4_webres

Film love

Well, a time has come for me to get ‘back’ into film. I say ‘back’ like that because i never really was seriously into photography before digital. I always had a small camera of some kind, but it was for fun and nothing of any thought. The last 4 years or so i have had a DSLR and have been learning from others and teaching myself on all kinds of YouTube tutorials and camera forum threads. Endless forums…  Lately i have felt the need to slow down my photography. To know what each shot feels like when i click that shutter. To take my time and take in the world and my surroundings. So, film rangefinders it is. I like the rangefinder because it almost is like an extension of my eye. I can look through the rangefinder and see pretty much what i see without it there. The 0.85 finder and 35mm lens is a great combination. Real life. Now, i have a few film cameras. All of which i like.

Except this one.

It is a Leica M6.

And i love it!

Leica M6 ttl with a 0.85 finder to be exact. Plus a Voigtlander 35mm ƒ/2.5 lens on it.

Don’t get me wrong, i will still love my DSLR and use it for most things, but this little beauty will be with me everywhere and be documenting my life around me more than ever. It is built so well and even though it’s over 10 years old, it’s in mint condition. It feels like something that’ll out last me and keep on going. Many thanks to Bellamy at Japancamerahunter.com for finding this for me. He’s a legend.

Now to just find some bulk film and setup a home developing studio.

Here are a handful of images i took with my 100mm macro and the 5dmkIII to show you some details of this fine camera. The last one is a shot of my bag setup when shooting film only. Ready for anything.

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The Wedding Weekend

This short clip is made up of every photo i took on Jason and Lizzy’s wedding weekend and the 2 days before. About 40gb in 4 minutes, around 1300 images. On location in Whananaki, Northland, New Zealand.

This is my way of saying thanks for a great time up there. Beautiful place, Beautiful people. Cheers guys!

Music: Ween – I fell in love today
Camera: Canon 5DMKIII with 50mm ƒ/1.4, 14mm ƒ/2.8 and 70-200 ƒ/2.8 taken in RAW and converted to JPG, unedited except the first and last images in video.

Oh, and definitely watch this in full screen and with the speakers turned up!

 

Jake and Brad, Ktown Dirt.

Here is another image dump from the Ktown trails. This time Jake came along to ride with Brad and again i saw some talent go down. A couple of firsts at these trails that arvo, a backflip from Brad and Jake got the 360 tailwhip happening.

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Double rainbow and other storm images.

More images from the lightning afternoon session the other day. It was also the first rain in the area for over 6 months.

doublerainbow_Panorama2_webresstorm_night_webres rain_on_windscreen_webres troopy_lightning_webresHere’s to a great storm season!

 

Lightning on the Pilbara coast.

This shot was taken a couple of weeks ago. We had a lightning storm pass by on a sunday evening and almost every photog in town would have been out getting some shots. I took 9-10 shots and stacked them to get maximum strikes of lightning in one shot.

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Dollars vs Decisions.

 

 

A problem i’ve thought about every time i come home with a card or two filled with images. What to do with the overflow of images i cannot use right away, or are unusable all together. They fill up hard drives, both internal and external. If not needed now, will they be needed tomorrow (or next year). If totally useless, do i put them to death forever. Instant, brief existence, then death. At the time of writing this i keep everything. Empting all contents of cards onto hard drives, and backing up on a mirror drive. Always two copies of everything. But as the cameras i own get sizable and the megapixels and shutter speeds are growing, i am thinking of other ways to deal with it all. It all comes down to dollars vs decisions. Spend the dollars on backup systems, or make decisions on what to keep and what to cull. I read this artical on the Assignment-Chicago page, and it kind of made sense. I have to change the ways i’ve gone so far. I have to learn to like deleting. It has to be done. I might start tomorrow.

Here is the link: http://newsblogs.chicagotribune.com/assignment-chicago/2012/10/delete-some-of-those-imagescarefully.html