I’ve posted a new macro video shot with the Canon MP-E65mm macro lens. And below is another image of obsidian, volcanic glass, shot with the same lens.
Below are some still images and a video I shot with the Canon MP-E65mm macro lens, an amazing lens that covers the 1-5x macro magnification range. All are shot of one piece of obsidian, a natural volcanic glass.
I’ve been the last two days at the University of Melbourne for a documentary film making course, and in my spare time I shot some infrared images of the university. Here is a selection of them. They were taken with my converted for IR Canon 350D using a 720nm IR filter in the body and [...]
I was introduced to Byte magazine in 1978 by one of my tutors at university. It was a very core part of my life for the next 20 years. Byte was a magazine focused on microcomputers, though it did also cover other interesting developments in the world of computing. Its first issue was September 1975. [...]
Photography is sometimes art and art sometimes uses photography. But what is the determining factor? The answer is that photography is art when it mirrors contemporary art concerns. So just what do I mean by that? Well tough as it might sound, contemporary art moved beyond just being beautiful or representational back with surrealism, futurism, [...]
Be Courageous In Your Photography, and Life Doing good photography is risky. Living a full life is risky. But can you really be happy doing anything less? The Oxford dictionary defines courage as “the ability to do something that frightens one; bravery” and as “strength in the face of pain or grief”. If you think [...]
Boredom plays an undervalued role in stimulating your creativity and improving your photography. On Saturday my wife had an exhibition opening. We all went there early as she had to setup food, etc. There wasn’t anything for my daughter and I to do and no one had really showed up yet so, given that we [...]
Well, so far my Flash free Mac is working great. I haven’t missed Flash at all. Since a web browser communicates back to a site what technology it supports, what I am finding is that sites that were really annoying with Flash enabled, like the local The Age newspaper and the News Ltd Australian site [...]
Since I was recently adding more memory to several MacBooks a friend has, and so had my anti-static mat out, I decided it was time to add some RAM to my MacBook Pro. Over the years I used various RAM in my computers but tend to prefer Micron (Crucial). They make life really easy on [...]
This morning I got pissed off at my Mac. I use a MacBook Pro 15″ for much of my work. It is a great machine that mixes suitable portability with a decent sized screen and can run a much larger screen when I’m in the office. Love it. But there are times when it gets [...]
The Nikon D800 seems to be generating far more buzz and interest than other cameras released recently. Why is this? On first sight it can be pure technological lust – here is a camera with a MUCH higher resolution than anything with a 35mm camera price tag. You need to go to medium format to [...]
Yesterday I was in a conversation with my closest friend, Steve Danzig, about how art affects us. I put forward to him what makes a work of art or a photograph great and it got me really thinking about it. So in this post I want to explore that. For those who don’t know, Hermeticism [...]
As you might know, I blog for HP on their Professional Photography blog. My two recent posts have been: MagCloud and Publishing for Photographers covering my experience using MagCloud to produce the DIMi print edition and Why Apple’s iPhone Can Be a Fun, Useful Camera for Photography Pros covering my ideas on why we should [...]
There’s a new blogging site in town, jux.com, and it is worth a look. Jux provides an interesting, new approach to blogging. I’ve started experimenting with it and you can see the results at digitalimagemaker.jux.com. What makes Jux interesting for photographers is the approach with images. The idea is to make them full screen or full [...]
Photographers need to take pictures. It’s a practice thing. Like every skill, you need to practice. But that means having a camera with you all the time. The one thing pretty well everyone has with them all the time now is their mobile phone. The iPhone is a great platform for photography. Not only have [...]
My latest article on the HP Professional Photography blog covers the real reasons why photography competitions are worth entering.
I must admit to being deeply conflicted as a digital image maker. I love the image making. But, and this is a big but, I really hate the physical stuff necessary to present my work, like printing and framing. Truly and profoundly hate it. Photographers and digital artists come in all sorts of shapes and [...]
As you may have heard, the iPhone tracks your movements continuously and stores this info in a file on the iPhone that gets backed up to your computer by iTunes. It does this using the mobile phone tower triangulation that is used as a backup for and to speed up your GPS system. Below is [...]
As I look around the web I see so many photographers, including serious, well-respected professional photographers, getting all excited about photography with their iPhones. What’s going on? Well, in the spirit of scientific investigation I have downloaded a bunch of photography apps for my iPhone and will start shooting with them and see for myself. [...]
My latest article on the HP Professional Photography blog is on passion, what it is, why it matters and how to find it. Passionate Photography article
2010 was a mixed back year for me. Personally there were a lot of distractions associated with caring for my mother-in-law who sadly died on New Year’s Eve at 11:05pm. Her cancer caused much pain and other issues that often made life difficult for everyone in the house, and since I work from home it [...]
In 2010 we had over 160,000 visitors to the site, which considering all the distractions that 2010 had, was not too bad afterall.
I came across an amazing video on Youtube. It is an animation done to a speech by Sir Ken Robinson. Now I had heard him speak before and can only say I agree fully with him about the complete stupidity of the way we educate our kids and even, since I’ve spent most of my [...]
I entered two images from my new, experimental series and picked up Bronze Awards for both of them. I was testing the waters with these as I’ve only been working on this series for the last few months and whilst feedback from photographers I knew was very positive I decided to use the Awards to [...]
The Photography Business, Part 11: Contemporary Art Photography as a Business is now up on the HP Pro Photography blog. It discusses how to approach contemporary art use of photography.
Part 7 of my photography business series on the HP Professional Photography blog is now up. It covers turning services into products.
Many students doing a photography or fine art study program fail completely to get out of it all they could. Here is how to improve on this. During the course of a semester of study, students are caught up in the tasks of note taking and doing projects/assignments. This dominates all thinking: the looming deadlines [...]
An article from today on Fast Company presents some really interesting information about smart phone takeup rates and market penetration, so I recommend you go to the article and look it over. It has me thinking about many things to do with the iPhone and iPad. What it shows is that while smart phones are [...]
Part 2 of my photography business series is now up on the HP Professional Photography blog. It is on the topic of Time Management.
For us creative types there is a real compulsion to create. Exercising our creativity is also a key to maintaining our balance and harmony.