|Posted by wolfersphotography on October 30, 2008 at 5:37 AM|
Wow, its spring already?
It has been a busy last few months. I have decided to resign from my place of employment in July (as a town planner) to work for my self. It has been busy chasing work, but at the same time easier to set my own agenda/work days and times and hence I have been able to get out and do more photography.
Photography wise, things have been changing, I have become more interested in photographging people and photojournalism style shots. Its hard to get up close to get candid shots so i often use a 200 to 400mm length D'slr lens to catch them by stealth (usually on the other side of a road). I like to get people in natural poses as theres nothing worse than a forced or fake pose. Some things I have enjoyed has been catching people doing graffiti art workers(generally these guys are ok to photograph as long as you dont get their faces too detailed ... and i always ask them first), sports n action such as: skaters, motorbike stunt riders at the Melb show and some action at the Australian Rules Football games. Some of the shots in the Sports page are from the Hawks v StKilda night game (It was the Preliminary Final ) and the Hawks went on to win the Grand Final in 2008. I got some nice shots of Robert Harvey (a famous StKilda player) in his last game ever. (Hooray, we are a Hawks family). I have also caught a fire twirler in action one night in the city at night and some cool young street dancers (see the People page).
Now that its Spring , I have been getting back into doing some more bird shots and I have just spent a week in Mallacoota (in far eastern Victoria) where there were loads of wonderful birds, eagles and Eastern Water Dragons (lizards) which were just amazing and they allowed us to shoot at close range. I have followed this up with a few more bird shots from Coolart Wetlands< Balnaring and Pound Bend, Warrandyte, so check out the Bird Life and Animal pages.
On the competition front, I have been doing ok with a few good 2nd and 3rd Placings and some Merits this year. I have just been awarded my Licentiateship Honours (LAPS) by the Australian Photography Society at Apscon in Sept 2008. Its the first stage of their honour system and I did it through the panel assessment process. I had to submit 12 images for assessment by a panel of APS judges. I have five images in the 2008 Canon 5 - creative competition this year and yes I made the finals again. Each year you get a box of 5 items that you have to use creatively in an image. This year we got: a crayon, a cocktail umbrella, a tea light, some bubbles and a red ribbon, so check out my images in my Creative page or go to the Canon, Aust web site and look at user name Lou Wolfers. (PS: I made the finals last year in 2007). Also recently I got four (4) images published in a book of Nature and Landscape Photography which were awarded Highly Commended entries in this years 2008 ANZANG - Nature Photography Competition. Go check out the www.anzang web site for the winners and runner up shots.
I still see some need for improvement technically (focus and overall image quality) and I am working towards this now!! Particularly ive been trying to get some good bird shots requires hours of patiences and just sitting in a chair (dressed in green) and waiting silently. Theres always something to improve on ! So please keep practising and you will improve.
A new camera would help ... xmas is coming !!
Bye for now and cheers from,