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Back From the Desert

31 May 2010 at 7:45pm

Rudall River National Park

Hi everyone

Just returned home from what was an amazing shoot in the heart of the east Pilbara. Myself, Les Walkling, Peter Eastway, Tony Hewitt, Michael Fletcher, Larry Mitchell, William Fox and our guide Tim Acker drove about 300kms inland from Newman to check out the Rudall River National Park now called Karlamilyi National Park and to spend some time with the local Parnngurr aboriginal community. We were lucky enough to have access to the community and to be able to photograph the artists and teach the local kids a thing or two about photography. It was an amazing experience and we all agreed that the land has a hold on us in an almost spiritual way. It is hard to describe unless you have been there. It is so remote and so surprising I’m sure I will be going back.

The park sits on the boundary between the Great Sandy and Little Sandy Deserts and if you decide to go you have to be self sufficient. There is no fuel, food or medical help available. A great place to go and get bitten by a snake, we actually saw a Death Adder on our first day photographing around Newman. A guide is recommended and we were lucky to have a great one in Tim who  was a great cook to boot.

I have lots more stories to tell from this trip so will gesticulate more in coming posts. Oh and BTW, it is not good to be home to the real world!

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Michaels Video Workshop @ Team Digital

21 May 2010 at 11:11am

My bro is doing his first workshop on how he gets his stunning videos. If you want to find out on all the inside info have a look below for the details. I believe Muzz and Merv will both be there making guest appearances. Worth the admission price alone!

Team Digital is very pleased to present “The Moving Landscape” seminar. This will be the first time that Michael Fletcher has given an insight into how he has created such a stunning body of work. What he’s been able to achieve using  the DSLR Video format is a must see. Please click on the link below to see some of those works.

Michael’s Vimeo Site

In this 2 hour seminar Michael will give us an insight into how powerful DSLR Video is , and how to unlock that power. Covering points on




Frame rates

Editing workflow


Saturday 12th of June 11.00am to 1.00pm $ 39.00 per head
Held at Team Digital 268 Lord Street Perth
Limited numbers to book contact Bianca on 93283377 or email bianca@teamdigital.com.au

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What you can do with a Phase One

19 May 2010 at 9:13pm

These photos were taken through the fog from a distance of about 1.5kms I think. All the crops come from the one image and it is pretty cool carving it up and seeing what you get. Ok the file sizes of each crop aren’t huge but you would still get a usable print from them. Thought the scene needed sepia toned B&W. Thanks to Nik Silver Efex Pro

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Mt Beauty Autumn Tree

17 May 2010 at 8:14pm

Mount Beauty

This is a classic Victorian Autumn scene. As Tommy mentioned on his blog we were waiting for the light on this bridge whilst Markie had shot off down the river. After 30mins we thought we had better see what the guy was up to. And what did we find, Markie all over this tree like girls to a pink feather boa! There was no danger so I took the shot! The early morning fog was the icing on the cake. hmmm making me hungry! After this golden moment we went into Mt Beauty for some breakie, what a morning.

Phase one P65+, 645df body, 80mm f/2.8 Schneider lens.

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Follow up from Nick Melidonis

17 May 2010 at 9:03am

Hi Christian

Thanks for your kind wishes and for keeping people informed about me.

The Greek tour finally got away and reports are that all is well and the
group is having a great time over there. I’d kill to be able to chew a
souvlaki at the moment

On June 14th , I undergo surgery again to remove the wiring in my jaw and
soon after I’ll get some temporary teeth leading to some more permanent
implants down the track. I’m very lucky to be alive; I’m in great spirits
and look forward to the future.
Below is a paragraph I posted on my ‘What’s New’ page on my website with
some photos from Cliff Winfield of the Karijini rescue

If you are down this way, pop in for a visit, I’d love to catch up

Warm regards

Nick Recovering Well from Karijini Accident

Nick had an unfortunate accident on Thurs 2nd May in Karrijini. While
descending to the bottom of Knox gorge with friend Cliff Winfield (ex
Regional Manager for the Pilbara), he lost his footing and fell 5 metres
face first of some hard ironstone. This fact probably saved his life as he
avoided skull and brain damage (face acted as a crumple zone for the brain)
and miraculously didn’t suffer any spinal or limb damage either. He broke
his jaw in 5 places, broke his nose and lost most of his teeth. It took the
SES and volunteers 6 hours to get him to the top of the gorge  and after a
few more adventures, he was flown by Royal Flying Doctor to Perth and was
operated on immediately. He is now back at home for the long recovery
process and the reconstruction of his mouth.
Nick is in great spirits and healing well and was overwhelmed by the
hundreds of ‘get well’ emails and messages that flooded in from all over
Australia and overseas. In particular, he would like to thank the many
generous helpers who cared and comforted him at the bottom of the gorge and
helped the SES to carry the stretcher for a couple of hours. His partner,
Carol, has been at his side as soon as he arrived in Perth and has been
tireless in her quest to keep people informed and looking after a very
grateful Nick.
Thanks again to all the people who have sent their concerns and warm wishes
to Nick and he will get around to responding to the emails in due course.
Cliff Winfield took some images of the rescue, (attached)

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Mount Hotham Valley View

16 May 2010 at 8:51pm

Mount Hotham

Took this photo with Mark Stothard, Tommy Putt and Tony Middleton. What it doesn’t show was the apparent temperature, -2.2. It was a wee bit chilly, i.e Tommy being all rugged up. I only had an army shirt with the sleeves cut off as I don’t think -2.2 is really that cold. Still the P65 gives off a bit of heat when she is going flat out. When I’m shooting I’m running on pure adrenalin, it is UN-BELIEVABLE !!!

The old ND filter came in handy for this pic. Kept telling the boys the dynamic range of this scene was going to kill them. They kept telling me they were going to kill me if I didn’t shut up. Still you can’t argue with 12 stops of dynamic range. Ah yep, yep, yep, anyone else want to kill me?

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16 May 2010 at 8:03pm

I found myself with a little time to play today so I pulled out the studio light and asked my ever ready super gorgeous model to strike a pose for me. The original image wasn’t brilliant so I decided to have a little play with “arting ” it up a little. What do you think.

Shot with the trusty phase one P65+ and Schneider 80mm combination. As you would expect laceratingly  sharp, ouch!!!

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More Blue Steele

14 May 2010 at 9:40pm

Tommy Steele

Have a look at the guy would ya, all action man. I haven’t seen another photographer look this rugged since Peter Lik. Tommy your on the way my friend.

Shot this with the Phase, oh so sharp. Straight out of the camera too. No massaging pixels. Couldn’t stand looking at Tommy for longer than a few minutes. Felt a little wrong!

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