Well as you all the know the world is in a spot of bother with this Covid-19 virus. I for one never thought it would get this bad as did everyone else. But on saying that the world governments are working as hard as they can to get this under control. I don’t even think the governments of any country where prepared for what was going t happen. I know I wasn’t just like the millions of other people around the world.
The one thing that has come to mind that has really stuck in my head when-ever I have spoken to anyone about the virus, and that they have all agreed too is
A: We are in this together big time not one person is not going to make it out of the Covid-19 untouched by it, not by any means and
B: I also don’t think that any of us have experienced this sort of out-break of semi panic. Well not this generation anyway, and I am pretty sure the next generation won’t either as there will be massive steps put in place to make sure that it won’t happen again or if it does we will have plans in place to make sure the out-break will not be anywhere near as bad as the Covid-19 virus.
So to sum this little blurb up. I really hope we can get this under control soon as I would like to get back out-side and shoot what-ever the hell I want to shoot as I always have done. On a side note these shots from Bronte beach in Sydney, was the last time I was able to really pull together a set of images for LaMode magazine. Which sadly will have to be put on hold for a little while. Or maybe I will be able to shoot one last Culture editorial before Sydney goes on lock down. And if we do, the list of things I can do is going to be very long indeed.
Enjoy Keep it RAW.
Keeping it RAW
Where Art Meets Art
Have you ever walked around in your backyard and thought how lucky you are to live in the place that you live in? Well I don't think about that every day I wake up, but I do think that I am lucky to live in Sydney and be able to live in the city that I do. Not only is it close to the beach but, if I ever needed to get away from the concrete so called jungle I would be able to jump on a train and walk down to Hyde park and clear my mind and recharge and get ready for whatever I want to be ready for. Which is usually prepping for a shoot or coming up for new ideas to shoot for LaMode and or for a client.
I was brain storming one day and thought I have never done a editorial on Hyde park, so here I bring to you the top 30 images that I shot just after the new year. Again it is all in black&white and unedited just to show you, my reader that you don't have to throw everything into photoshop and change the contrast and brightness on every photo that you shoot.
So here I bring to you my art side of my photography: Where Art Meets Art
Birds Eye View
Well this was my second trip too the Gold Coast this year which was way back in early November. I love traveling to new places but then again who doesn’t?
Walking around or should I say driving around the Gold Coast, the thing is you really need a car to see everything as public transport isn’t that good.
So why am I returning too the Gold Cost. Firstly it was to do a couple of swim shoots then take in what the Gold Coast has to offer landscapes wise, so I decided to shoot a Culture editorial as well. I was able to take in the purity and beauty of what the Gold Coast has to offer. So after I had shot the two swim shoots, I decided to get into landscape mode and then start traveling from location to location around the Gold Coast, and shoot some eye catching images for this editorial.
When I get into that photographic mode for me it’s about natural light and capturing dramatic and most eye catching images. It is not easy to shoot that sort of stuff when you are on a time limit as I was, but you make the most of what you have got and shoot with your eye so to speak and not to mention have some fun while you are doing it.
In a lot of ways shooting landscapes is like casting a model. You only want to work with the best landscapes that are photogenic and easy to work with, and have the best angels where ever you shoot. Sounds weird doesn’t it but it is true.
The flip side to that is you don’t have to worry about directing the model and shooting lots of images to get the final image that you want. It’s more about seeing the shot first then taking it, then once you have it on your computer it’s up to you to decide on if you should use it or not.
I love shooting land/seascapes as it allows me to lose myself into another world and not worry about getting the shot in a limited time span. It is also a good way to learn photography, as your subject stands still and won’t talk back and it will only move if you want it too. It is also how I learnt photography way back when I first started taking pictures. The time of the day will dictate how your images will look when you have taken them. You learn how too take a light reading and add that to your settings on your camera. So too sum up this little piece, the Gold Coast is a very pretty and natural setting to take pictures it’s how and when you take them that will make or break how your images will be perceived
Did You Miss Me Much
When I travel to new places in Sydney or anywhere in Australia for that matter. Photography for me should be about capturing the vibe of the place you have just experienced. So when I shoot culture editorials for LaMode that is what I am aiming to do as well as create amazing eye catching photographs, or that is what I would like to think I am doing.
Sydney has so many hidden little gems, that you can discover when you want to find something new and exciting to explore. I did that today by travelling a hour on the train north of the CBD, Sydney. Where I found the Hawkesbury. It is mostly a fishing town by the river. The water is not as crystal clear as it should be for this part of Sydney but hay isn’t that what makes each and every part of Australia unique?
I love any chance I get to be able to create new images. I also decided to shoot some of the images in black and white, something I haven’t done for a while. That has a lot to do with me shooting sunsets and at a time of day where you really want to create a certain kind of mood, you can check out that editorial via my last post. Anyway with Spring having come upon us and Summer moving close behind it, that means Summer shoots on the beach.
The Bays of Sydney
Sydney has so many hidden places you can check out on a beautiful sunny day, I know that is a cliche thing to say but it's true .....you only have to bring up a map on your phone or device, and see how vast Sydney.
I was thinking about what to shoot for my next editorial post for LaMode and I really wanted to shoot something that was for my culture section of the magazine.I hadn't done anything for that section for a while, and I came up with the idea of finding a couple of remote locations that aren't that obvious to the everyday traveler. Both are close to the water and public transport. While searching, I found Como and Rhodes, Como isn't that common a place to most people even in Sydney but I think Rhodes is. When I document these places I like to shoot it in a way that is a little bit different and and most definitely eye catching. I waited till late in the day to shoot both locations as I wanted to catch the sunset and I also wanted to create a mood that was not only eye catching as mentioned in the last sentence but I also wanted to show you how beautiful the sun set is.
So the next time you want to explore Sydney, close your eyes and pick a place on the map of your phone and see where it takes you.
Video speaks louder than words
LaMode is a global online magazine in a blog-style format, or what I would like to call a blogZine. With a focus on Fashion, Swimwear and Culture editorials. LaMode Magazine is not seasonal with its editorials because we like to shoot imagery that is on point to what we think will entertain you as the reader with our point of view.