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A while ago I heard about a new Social Media site called Steller. To be honest I can’t quite remember how I heard about it, but I joined up, got the app for my phone and then forgot all about it. Typical of me sometimes. Then the other day my friend Chris put it up on her site and I said, “hey what is it”. She told me about it and when I went to get it I realised I already had it.
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This post is a day late, I’ve been away at my mums. I went up there to take photos of a project that had just finished. It was also a great opportunity to try out the Nikon D500 a lot. I think it is a great camera, can’t believe it is almost time to give it back.

Christmas Presents

It is only two weeks to Christmas and if you are still looking for gifts I hope you will take a look at what I have that you could give someone as a gift voucher, or buy a copy of the book.

Articles

I told you last week that I had been published in the magazine Better Photography, but then earlier in the week another article I had written for a different magazine, Australian Photography, published it on their website. The first one you have to buy the magazine, but the second, 7 Tips for Better Cityscapes is online and you can read it on their website, click here to see it.

Gear List

I keep forgetting to mention that at the top under the About page I have added a page that lets you know what gear I have and use. I’ve had people asking me from time to time what I use, so thought it might be good to add the list.

Photos

Summer is here now and I thought it might be nice to take a look at some photos from Flinders. The photos were taken last year. I love it down there, I should think about another trip, but not soon. The busiest time to visit any beach is the two weeks after Christmas, so I’m staying clear. I made the mistake last year going down to Sorrento and spent more time in traffic than I did taking photos. It will be nice to get back down there after the summer break in February.

Last week I did this post and I’m not sure many saw it, so I am going to repeat some of it, I hope that is okay. It has been a slow week really. I moved my desk into the room vacated by my daughter and I have spent a lot of time this week setting it up. It is nice to be in a separate room and one that will make it much easier to Skype from.six-seasons-cover

Book Launch

I had my book launch last night. It wasn’t a big affair, but very glad to have it done. The book is still for sale and now i have to market it, not sure how I am going to do that, but will see what happens.

I had to give a speech, which is something I always dreaded, me speaking in public. However, this was the second speech I’ve had to do recently and I have to say, I almost enjoyed it. I wasn’t nervous at all. I just got up and said what I had to say. I think the teaching has helped a lot with it. Gives me confidence for something new I want to try out.

Dynamic Range Magazine

The magazine is still available for you to purchase, and you can buy it by following this link.

As I said last week, looking at sales for the current issue, the next issue will be the last. It is, of course, disappointing that the magazine hasn’t worked out, but I am happy to put it behind me and move onto some new things. I have enjoyed doing it and I’ve learned a lot. I have done things I didn’t think I would be capable of, especially in dealing with other people. It hasn’t all been good, but that is how it goes I suppose.

One thing I’ve learned is that I do really enjoy writing, and it is something I definitely want to continue. I am on the look out for more places that I can write for.

Article for Digital Photography School

My latest article for dPS is now available to read, follow the link:

7 Common Questions About Long Exposure Photography Answered

New Ventures

I’ve been toying around with the idea of doing some sort of course about editing. The truth is, I want to do something, but I don’t want to add to the millions of tutorials that are out there already. My thinking is that I should work on my strengths. I’m told constantly that my work is unique so perhaps that is the angle I need to come from. The artist that uses photography.

To start with I’m going to do some podcasts or short videos on being an artist. They will start soon. I want to start sharing things about being an artist and hopefully people will find them interesting.

Now that I have one book done, I’m looking forward to doing some more. I’m planning on one with a friend next year. There is another one I’m thinking about, but will have to think about that one more.

I suppose it is the constant search to find something that will be successful and make me more successful. I don’t know what it is about me. It is weird, but people don’t seem to take me seriously. I have friends who will pay others to teach them, but not me. It is weird, not sure what I can do about it, but there you have it. Anyway enough of that.

Photos

Today I am taking us back to 2014 and a trip I did into the Docklands one weekend. Sounds like it was a big trip, but it was just for a day. Back when I was trying to do the Social Snapper outings, no more to say about that. Docklands can be an interesting place to take photos, just have to look really. I will be back there this weekend, I wonder how it will look then.

 

It has been a strange week. Not being able to get onto the internet while at my mum’s place was a little hard to cope with. It has never happened before, so I don’t really know what the problem was. It did give me a lot time to reflect and work out what I want to do. I don’t have all the answers yet, but I am thinking through some options.

Book Launch

My book, The Six Seasons of My Backyard, is having the official launch next Thursday night, the 24th of November. I’ve been busy organising everything for that. I have never done a book launch before, but hopefully I have everything I need in place. Tom Melican, who wrote the introduction to the book is going to give a speech and now that he is the mayor of Banyule give the event a little more class perhaps.

Oh, I better order the wine, I need to get a dozen bottles of some Toi Toi Wines.  I love their Sauvignon Blanc, but I haven’t been able to find any of their red here, have to order something else locally. It has been good, since the book is about a local area I’ve been trying to source local produce for the launch. I don’t know how I will go, but will see.

I’m looking forward to it. I do have to make a speech which is going to be interesting. The last time I got up and spoke in front of people there were no nerves, I just did it. It was great, so I think I might be getting better at this public speaking.

Article for Digital Photography School

My latest article for dPS is now available to read, follow the link:

7 Common Questions About Long Exposure Photography Answered

Magazine

Issue 6 was published last week without too much fanfare. I think it is safe to say the next issue will be the last. But that shouldn’t stop you from buying this awesome issue.

Dynamic Range Magazine, Issue 6, out now.

Photos

The photos were taken last year on a trip to Aireys Inlet to take photos of the milky way around the lighthouse there. We did get there earlier and took some other photos as well. I love it down there, I must get back.

I hope your day is going well.

As I was saying the other day, it has been a strange week, in a good way, but I have felt a bit all over the place. Some good things have happened, which is nice. I haven’t been out as much taking photos, but think the following week will make up for that.

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We did it. Issue 6 is ready to be sent out and will be emailed to the subscribers tomorrow, and then on sale for everyone else the day after.

This Issue has been hard to do. It doesn’t help when we don’t know the future of the magazine and if it will continue. I still think it is amazing and I know those of you who have purchased it in the past feel the same way.

It is the first time my image has been on the cover. It seemed like a good issue to do that.

I really hope you are all looking forward to seeing the next edition.

Benro Australia Ambassador

I finally got my wish and have been made an ambassador for a company. I was informed the other day that Benro Australia would like to make me one. I am so happy, I was dancing around the house. I do love the Benro Tripod I have and am really happy that it will now be part of my kit.

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My Book

I am getting ready for the launch of the book. We are having it on the 24th of November. Seems not a good night for the council, so not sure how many people will actually be there.

If you are interested in purchasing the book the details are here.

Photos

I’m off to Woomelang again next week. Not sure if I will get a lot of photos taken, apparently the mozzies, or mosquitoes are in plague proportions. They have had so much rain up there so it is hardly surprising. I’m not sure if I will be brave enough to spend too much time outside. However, it will be nice to see my mum. I always enjoy catching up with her.  Will have to see what is in her garden. Note to self, pack the Lensbaby lenses.

I thought it might be nice to reflect on another past visit I did there. This one was almost two years ago. It is amazing how much can change. Some of these buildings are no longer there, so I can’t photograph them anymore. Still plenty more there and in other towns close by.

The weeks are flying by and before we know it Christmas will be here. I have a lot going on and a lot I want to do. I am trying hard to be productive, but I can get distracted quite easily at times, especially when it comes to going out and taking photos. Let’s take a look at my news.

Dynamic Range Magazine

As I’ve stated previously, if things don’t get better with it, meaning sales, then I am going to shut up shop with it. The people who have supported it have been amazing and I truly thank you for that. However, we do sell very few copies cover-finaland the money made certainly doesn’t cover my time, let alone anyone else’s who works on it. We are not giving up just yet, but the writing is on the wall.

To try and improve things for the next issue, which will be out in a couple of weeks, we are taking away the Photography by Women. I don’t know if that makes a difference, but there is this idea that if it is meant for women then it must be pink and frilly. If you knew me you would know that is not me at all. I never wear pink and am far more comfortable in black.

Another thing that I’ve noticed is how many people are surprised when they get it. Surprised at how good it looks and how professional the articles are. So it seems the pink and frilly thing continues, and people are expecting that and finding that it is really nice inside. So to combat this, we have decided to give away a previous Issue so you can see how good it looks. We have decided on Issue 3 to give away.

Here is the link that will let you download it for free,

Issue 3, Dynamic Range Magazine

That should work. We were really finding our feet with this issue and if you were to ask me, was probably the first one that we got right.

The Six Seasons of My Backyard

six-seasons-coverSales for the book have been interesting. I’ve sold almost none overseas, albeit a few, and sold a few here. I suppose I knew that people would be more interested in the book here, but I had thought I would sell more overseas. I guess you just never know.

I’m now getting ready for the book launch. It is going to be on the 24th of November, if you are in Melbourne and interested in going let me know and I can give you the details.

This Blog and Website

I have been talking about changes on this blog for a while and I think it is time I got more serious about it. I want to start being more professional with how I run it. I am figuring out that my writing is okay, certainly better than what it was, and that is where I should concentrate my efforts.

I’ve spoken about doing reviews here, but I also want to start doing some editing posts as well. I’m not keen to show people what I do, I think if I was earning a lot of money from it, yeah, I would be happy to. I just know that if I start sharing what I do then someone who is better at marketing than me will make a lot more money from it, and I don’t think that is fair.

However, what I am prepared to do is share my knowledge of Photoshop and Lightroom, and maybe introduce you to other software editing platforms. I have been given a couple to play with, and I know at least one of them seems quite good and not very expensive, but more on that later.

That is about all for now, but start expecting some changes soon, maybe even next week. I would also be interested in hearing what you thought and if there are posts and such that you would like to see me do.

Photos

Today I thought I would show you more photos from my day at Rippon Lea in 2013. This time I have all the photos from the garden there. They are magnificent and if you go on a lovely day the photos can look stunning. I must go back with my Lensbaby gear.

Things are almost settling down, but then other things pop up. Sometimes I wonder if I will ever be bored again.

The Six Seasons of My Backyard

We have a launch date, so it seems. It is going to be launched on the 24th of November, more details will follow.

I have done a page for the book too. I am still fine tuning it, but it is almost done. Take a look, “The Six Seasons of My Backyard“.

Photo Editing Classes

I was talking to a potential client yesterday and when I looked at the page for online editing I realised the prices didn’t make sense. So I have fixed them up and put them back to Australian dollar prices. Which for many of you, if you wanted to do them would mean they would be cheaper since our dollar is doing so badly.

The other thing I offered this client was to pay for each lesson as he went, but discount the classes accordingly so by the time he had paid for the 5th class he would have paid the same amount. I know how hard it can be to find all the money at once.

Teaching a Class about Macro Photography

I have decided to try teaching Macro photography. I have found a place that is okay with me doing it and will host the class. It looks like it could be really good. It is going to cost about $150 for 4 hours and will include lunch. Pretty good deal I think. I will start advertising it properly soon when I have all the details.

Photos

Today it seemed appropriate to look at some photos I took last year. It was winter and a very foggy day. We really don’t get many days like this anymore. We seem to get lots of rain, but not fog and now that summer is definitely on the way, not much chance of getting any this year. On this day a friend and I were going to Bonnie Doon for the first time to check it out and we took lots of photos along the way. I hope you enjoy seeing them again, or seeing them for the first time.

Perhaps this post should be called Decisions, as that is what I have been thinking about a lot in the last couple of weeks.

Dynamic Range Magazine

This has been the one things I’ve been thinking about for a while really, but a lot more recently. It seemed like such a good idea, a way to support the photography of women, but the reality has been very different. It has actually been like that for anything I’ve tried to do to support women, help women get some equality. I’m starting to think that majority of them don’t really want it, or want it as long as they don’t have to do anything. I don’t really know,perhaps my cynicism is coming out, I just know that anything I’ve tried to do to help that inequality fails.

Now the decision has to be made about the magazine, continue or not. We do have to go on for a short time because of the subscribers, but we have made the decision to stop allowing people to subscribe. Which also means that we will have to go until August issue to see out the subscribers, or refund some money.

Another thing is to stop marketing it as a magazine to promote the photography by women. Perhaps people will be more interested in it if they don’t see that. Perhaps the perception is that the magazine is soft and filly, very pink in a way because it is by and for women.  I don’t know, but something has to change. So we are going to change that aspect, and perhaps it won’t be a magazine to promote women’s photography at all, and may become more of a magazine that does a lot of landscapes and architecture, perhaps other sorts as well.

We will give another couple of months, but at this stage it looks like the August Issue next year will be the last, if not sooner.

The Six Seasons of My Backyard

My book is out and selling, well, let’s not go there, at least online. I’m making sales here from my friends which is great. At the moment we are trying to organise the book launch, that seems almost harder than it was to get the book done. Still we are narrowing down dates.

I know a few have said they wanted signed copies, which I am happy to do, but the price of postage to the US is so expensive from here. Not sure why I’m surprised, everything is expensive.  If you want a signed copy, then it is going to cost USD$80. That is for a signed copy and postage with tracking. You can email me if you would like to get one.

Otherwise you can order the book from:

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Amazon

If you have any questions let me know.

Website/Blog Changes

Another thing I want to do is get this blog going again with some kind of routine.  I feel like it has been flailing a bit, so I would like to start doing some of the posts that I used to do.

I loved the Up for Discussion ones and would like to start doing them again. It was a good way to talk about some things that I think should be discussed. On my old blog I’ve had to delete a lot of things as I was paying for space and the domain, so I needed to get how much storage I had down. I’ve been deleting a lot of posts, so it will give me an opportunity to repost some, or rewrite and update others. I would also be willing to start accepting guest posts again.

I also want to start writing some reviews of gear that I get to try out. I write them for Digital Photography School, and I don’t want to step on their toes, but I also want to start basing myself on this website. I probably won’t review things that I’ve done for dPS, unless it has been sometime since I did them. I’m at a point where I’m being loaned gear to try and experiment with, which is something I love doing. So it will be good to do that.

I am also thinking of bring back the Introductions as well. I had to delete all of them from my old site, so I can start anew and reshow people, that should be fun. Though I might refer to them as features instead.

Instagram

I reached a milestone yesterday 10 thousand followers. I don’t know what that means, if anything, but apparently it is meant to be good if you get that far. I suppose time will tell if anything great happens because of it.

Photos

I’ve been going back over old photos to see what I can process and it has been great to see some of them. I’m really pleased with some. Today I have some from 2013 and it was from a day in the city photographing the lanes. They are always changing, which is nice.

Please let me know your thoughts.

The Book and Instagram

For you today I have photos that have been up on Instagram this week, I also have a new page for you to look at.

The Six Seasons of My Backyard

Most of you, i hope, know by now that my book has been published, but some have expressed a wish to see inside the book. Unfortunately I don’t know how to do that where you can purchase it, so I have put together a page where you can see a random selection of about 5 double pages from the book. It should give you an idea of what the book is like.

It is separated into the six season, with a description at the start of each one so you know how the Wurundjeri saw the seasons. Then throughout the pages are lines of poems written by Courtney Colclough a local girl who grew up in the area. Where we could, we have tried to match the images to go with the words. The poems are so beautiful.

There are also instructions on how you can order your copy.  To see the page click here.

Instagram

Five photos for you today from this last week on Instagram.

Author, Author

The day has arrived and I am now an author, so it would seem. It is incredible that the day is finally here. The book has been published and now people can buy it.

The Six Seasons of My Backyard

This is a real book, not digital, so once you place your order the book is printed and then sent to you.

six-seasons-cover

It is now available on createspace and is being sold for USD$45.

For those of you in Melbourne who are interested send me an email as I will do a bulk order for you.

The book has been a lot of work, but I am so glad it is finally done. I am really proud of it and what I have achieved. Now it is time to sit back and rest before the work of marketing it starts.

If you would like to order a copy of it, then you can click on the image of the book and it will take you to the page to order it or click here.