April Fool’s

The month started off with an appropriately foolish status update on facebook. I stated that I was quitting my day job as a doctor and transitioning to the world of instagram fame . Many people reading that thread believed I was stating the truth and were giving me heart warming support! I took it well and truly as a compliment that people felt that Marianne and I could pull it off as full time ‘everlook photography’ but in reality, we both enjoy the stability of our regular jobs.

Green goodness transforming during the month of April . A third visit was too late as most of the leaves had dropped!

I had started this year with an intent to create a few field videos mixed in with a description of the shooting rationale while browsing lightroom and to finish off with an in depth description of post processing steps in photoshop. Four months in to the year and I still have the raw footage left unused due to a lack of motivation and a stronger desire to look after my own needs. At times, a personal need can be to look after the needs of others, but a busy schedule at work meant that I was doing enough of that during the day. After hours, has been left more as ‘me time’ as a result. Hopefully, the creative educational juices will get up and running again some time soon though. Stay tuned, but we may have some discount codes for Nisi filters available to bundle with educational content.

One of the scenes around which I hope to create some online tutorial from field to finish.

Hopefully, we will add to this collection of tutorials !

Shooting opportunities were good at the start of this month. An overnight solo trip to shoot the stars and dawn and Lake Bonney was very fulfilling and this was followed up by a four day family trip to Kangaroo Island where we based ourselves at Vivonne Bay. During this road trip, we managed to shoot some of the local icons ‘properly’ to make up for previous attempts which were not so successful in 2007 and 20012. Hopefully, we will be able to explore more of the island, particularly its east coast and north coast in future trips. These are some of the highlights.

Kingscote’s old pier has some very cool wonky pylons to photograph at dawn

Remarkable Rocks : The rapidly shifting cloud during the day gave great opportunity to keep using Nisi’s ND filters

Little Sahara has been popularised but walk farther and you can still find untouched dunes!

Admiral’s Arch was ablaze at sunset!

Vivonne Bay gave us a nice subtle farewell, accentuated by movement seen through a 10 stop Nisi filter.

On the editorial front, we managed to snag a cover for Australian Photography Magazine’s May cover as well as a full page image in Australian Geographic. Fingers crossed for some articles in Australian Photography later this year!

A modified version of Mount Geryon appeared in Aus Geo magazine for May and June

The rest of the month was spent sorting and editing images from these trips. Lately, with increasing instagram engagement and requests for prints from various sources, I have been much more careful with editing. In the past, my emphasis on editing was to rapidly have images to show on social media to keep ‘momentum’ going (whatever that means in the social media world). This would often mean editing on the fly on laptop screens or perhaps not so careful editing whereby and requests for print would result in a complete redo of the image. These days, I’m preparing every image as though someone will request it for a large print. This takes more time up front but less time trying to recreate an image from scratch should the original file be imperfect.

Long exposure at Lake Bonney – an image I spend a bit more time on up front should someone want it as a print!

By putting images up for viewing on social media, it does expose the images to all sorts of critique and the latest issue I’d like to briefly mention is the idea of ‘kitsch’ art . I’ll admit I had never heard the term kitsch before I saw it appear on one of our images on 500px. I was certain that it had negative connotations and in some definitions, the theme of ‘poor taste’ comes into play. In other definitions, it refers to taking the easy option in terms of depicting popular scenes in a popular style. Regarding the latter, I find it no insult whatsoever to consider our images ‘kitsch’ just as I have no issue with popular music or watching marvel cinematic universe movies. Excluding popular tastes from ones repertoire of enjoyment is an individual decision but I find that making an attempt to enjoy all forms of expression has far more potential for happiness than restricting one’s vision. I find I delete as many songs from a ‘popular’ playlist that I will never seek to listen to again as I do from an ‘indie’ playlist. Seek not to deride but to  accept other’s presentations of joy and your life will be ever more the fuller 🙂

A rehash of an old image turned out to be very popular and was something I had in mind since mid 2015 but never got round to processing this scene! For what its worth , the clarity slider was used very sparingly on this shot (as suggested by a comment that was more ‘attack’ than critique. There really isn’t a place for that kind of response in any forum!

Amidst the landscape shooting, Marianne and I were also involved with her brother’s wedding. It was an opportunity for us to take some family photos of the kids in particular (and to remind us why we gave up doing formal wedding photography!)

Marianne, Jaime and Charlotte at the wedding where she was the flower girl.

Marianne, Jaime and Charlotte at the wedding where she was the flower girl.

Thanks as ever for looking and though May will be quiet in the field, it will be hectic with some writing assignments to finish off and preparing for our first stall appearance at a the Red Umbrella Market on May 29. See you there if you are in Adelaide maybe?


Posted on May 2, 2016, in Australia, M&D Corner, Photography, Random Musings, South Australia and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. You have a gorgeous family :).

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