Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Self promotion


For some it’s a hard one to work on, promoting oneself.
I love marketing and to produce promotional items, it’s a great time..
I love the design part, working out a theme, a look a feel to work alongside you and your product.
I admit its tricky to step away from your business and objectively look inwards, say to create a marketing and promotional strategy but you can do it..
as Nike say "Just do it! "
The pull up floor banner came from http://www.quickcolourprint.com.au/ and it looks smart.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Ariel shots by the other half and a great flower micro shot







Okay he’s creative but he’s never been up in a helicopter.
And he took my camera, which he has had limited usage of and I thought you know he may get one or to shots but he took some great shots.

Here is a panna, for this shot I simply cropped the helicopter out of the shot.
The next shot I left the helicopter in to give perspective.

The other is a lovely micro flower shot I took with a fellow photographer.
We were playing around in the kitchen with lighting and using lunchbox lids as diffusers.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Exhibitions


Over the last couple of years I have really loved exhibiting.

I love the stress, the thrill and the excitement of collecting the pieces together.

My first exhibition was of course with ceramics nearly 20 years ago and since then its evolved from ceramics to ceramics plus photos to photos.


Last year I was fortunate enough to have a fellow photographer come on board.
Don Wilson is a local landscape photographer and we exhibited over Melbourne Cup weekend at CEACA in Alexandra.
See enclosed flyer.

So guess what?
We are doing it again this year.

Even though this year has been a challenging one we will put on a great show over Melbourne Cup weekend at the Black Spur Inn in Narbethong - Details soon.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Books books and more books - e books



Book books and more books, just when you thought you had filled up the book case, now you can fill up the ol computer.
I was snooping around for a book today, looked in the bookcase and like clothes in the cuboard nothing I liked today.
So online I go and I found it.

Perfect Digital Photography By: Dickman Jay and Kinghorn Jay
Published By: McGraw-Hill Edition: 2
According to ebooks.com, this is a the second edition from Jay Dickman and Jay Kinghorn.

They go on to say
" In this completely updated, full-color work, a Pulitzer Prize-winning National Geographic photographer and an Adobe Photoshop Certified Expert guide you through the entire photographic process, from composition to printing and archiving.

The expert techniques inside this masterful guide help you greatly improve both the quality of your photographs and your proficiency in the digital darkroom.

Perfect Digital Photography, Second Edition covers the latest technologies, including digital SLR cameras, Adobe Photoshop CS4, and Adobe Photoshop Lightroom, and offers tips for developing an efficient workflow.

Stunning color photographs throughout the book show you the results that you too can achieve."

I was so impressed with this e book I bought it..
Nothing like a good read on a lovely sunday afternoon....and you can never have enough books or e books!!

Friday, September 11, 2009

Triptych always a group of three..





Did you know the traditional triptych comes from early Christian altar paintings?
Here I have created a modern one from one photo with a help from Mr Photoshop.

See before, during and after.
I cropped/ chopped the original photo in to three, played with the mode to lab colour, adjusted curves, saved each piece, then opened up a new blank file, adjusted the canvas size, made the background black and began layering.

Great fun and the results definitely have got a slight oriental feel.
Very different from the original photo and where I wanted it to be.
Sometimes you have just got to go along with the flow!

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Upper Goulburn Wine


Wine oh glorious wine!
Did you you the Upper Goulburn wine has wonderful cool climate wines?

From the wine growers themselves "This is a super-premium wine-producing area.
Yields are low, and the ancient soil is full of gravel and minerals.
Here, the cool climate produces fine, stylish, wines with elevation being the key determinant of style. The many gold medals gained for the region's wines are for white wines as well as reds. The whites range through crisp, tangy, herbal, sauvignon blanc, elegant, aromatic riesling and pinot gris to spicy gewurztraminer.
Chardonnay is usually refined, stylish, and often European in character."

And they are superb to photograph as well!

Friday, September 4, 2009

Forked


Okay a little risque but I love forks, see my ring of forks, they are such great models to work with.
There was a slight shortage in the house for the few hours I was playing with them, all shiny like on black velvet. Soft light on from above in the studio set up with no flash.

Nothing like a good fork ring.