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Grae is the new black

Self Portrait and more

I haven't done a proper self portrait before, really - except maybe for [ a long exposure ] from about 2 years ago.

This is one of the results from my experiments with metering focused tonal areas, non-direct natural lighting and my new telephoto lens.



Taken a few months ago in Canberra
about 50 metres from Tim's place in the middle of suburbia




Taken in December on the way home from Manly




A small water lilly from the annual Floriade Festival in Canberra




The break at Rocky Point, Manly


More scans this weekend.

New computer soon - especially made to not suck at graphics and not crash - should increase my productivity a bit.
Grae is the new black

A few black and white photos

This is from a series I shot in a seedy motel room in Queanbeyan a few months ago. It was the first time I'd used a telephoto lens, and the first time I'd done anything creative with my flashes.



I was so stoked that this shot worked the way I'd hoped.
Yay for being able to figure out technical stuff.




This was trying my hand at IMDB style promo / headshot portraiture.




Fun with flash freeze frames



I finally got some decent results from my flash - and I finally got a chance to use a telephoto lens for portraiture/fashion.

I've got two series sitting here undeveloped at the moment - that I really want to see.
Grae is the new black

A few photos

The following photos are taken on an oldschool manual 35mm SLR film camera. You could pick one up for about $75-100AUD, or perhaps even less. The second shot is taken on some 400ISO B+W film I picked up on location so it's a bit rough. The other two are taken on some 100ISO colour slide film I picked up on location. They've got a fair bit of detail in them. You can spend a little and get a whole lot these days.



Port Kembla, Wollongong, from a coastal headland facing west toward the cliffs




Sydneysiders surfing the break at Rocky Point, Manly




One of my nephews on xmas day, enjoying his present



Now that I'm using a CRT Monitor that I've colour calibrated, I'm starting to scan and publish some of the photographs I've taken over the last 4 months. I might have about 20 or so new shots which are keepers. It's the first time I've had this much new material in years.
Grae is the new black

It's a bird, it's a plane, it's me and my camera

Neat thing #1 : huge prints and jigsaws

I caught up with an old friend yesterday. He's the father of Mandy, one of my models. Mandy had shown him some of my landscapes, and he wanted to talk to me about licensing them for commercial use.

I took over my latest photography backup DVD.

Ken's got a large format commercial inkjet printer - an [ Epson 7600 ]. He wanted to print out some of my landscapes, to use with his new jigsaw making machine.

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So - I spent last night making jigsaws and retardedly-large, frame-worthy prints of my [ Melbourne @ Dusk ] photograph.

Have some happy snaps to clear it all up.



two of the jigsaws I produced from my photo - the MX1000 mouse is for scale



holding a piece of the jigsaw



a tasty 60x140cm archival quality print - held up by my father.



the large print, the jigsaws, and MX1000 mouse for scale.


He's given me carte blanch to use the printer, and make jigsaws while he's off in China for the month. So, you might just be one of the lucky people who'll check their mail one day, and find a large white tube addressed from me. You won't win a prize for guessing what's inside.


Neat thing #2 : aerial photography and me

After I realised the official photograph of the [ Sea Cliff Bridge ] was taken from the air - and can't be taken from the ground - I decided I had to get in on that action.

I called up my sister's pilot.

For the princely sum of $50, he'll take me up for an hour so I can do some low level aerial landscape photography. I've installed The Weather Channels [ Desktop Weather ] application - so I can pick a clear day with the right winds. If that day arrives between a Saturday and Tuesday anytime in the next month, I'll be up in the air.

Conveniently, the airfield, his house, and his plane, are 10ks from where I am sitting, right now.


Neat thing #3 : brandtastic

The investors dug my branding concepts. They selected one from my spread of 8 - unsurprisingly, the least intriguing.

Once I've refined their selection, and they sign off on it, I'll post the 8 concepts and the nifty origami based brochure I whipped up.

A close black and white crop is all you get for now.

They paid - too.



Neat thing #4 : scanning for errors

I took my medium format film scanner up to the Nikon service factory in Sydney today. I'll find out what's going on in about five days. But, the wheels have started turning, and I'll have my baby back sooner, rather than later. Here's hoping my hunch is right, and it's just a firewire issue.

I think that's all I've got - but really, in under 24 hours, isn't that enough?