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Pilbara Project Exhibition

31 Jan 2011 at 1:58pm

Here is the official invite to the Pilbara Project Exhibition. If you want to be there for the opening night and get to talk to the  guys and/or myself, come along. It is going to be a big night, actually a huge night. The photos will get you thinking about what photography is all about. You will either love it or hate it. It is what it is and I would love to hear your thoughts.

This is going to be the photography event of the year, don’t miss it!

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Second Bunker Bay Workshop A Success

31 Jan 2011 at 10:04am

It was another awesome weekend for our second Bunker Bay workshop. Nick Rains and I entertained the crowd and lives were changed. I pulled out a few Altered Landscapes and the oohs and aghhs were almost drowning out the snoring noises! We had on awesome sunset too, everyone got some great shots of that.

Photos courtesy of Nick Rains and Leica.

This is what some of the participants had to say.

Hi Christian and Nick,

I’ve finally arrived home from a week with the family after the workshop so I’m itching to get in and start processing some new images and then have a crack at some of my older stuff, but not before dropping you a note to thank you for the excellent course you ran.
I was only half joking when I replied when asked what I wanted from the course that I was looking for salvation from the monotony of failure!  Unbeknownst to you guys, I had marked this course as a kind of make-or-break point in my photographic journey.  To say that my passion for photography had become stale was an understatement but nevertheless I wanted to be better at it, both in terms of capturing the image in-camera as well as post-processing, something that I had done in only the most basic fashion previously.
Within the first few minutes of arriving at the first shoot (after I had found my glasses) I had a whole new approach to setting up the tripod and camera ready for the stitched panos I had been looking forward to trying.  I could tell already that my photography was about to improve significantly!  Those few minutes spent guiding me through the setup process and the rationale behind it were invaluable.
As far as the classroom component went, I couldn’t have been happier.  There was a great dynamic between you two, both bringing your own styles and qualities to the educational process that while distinctly different, complemented each other very successfully. As a result we ended up with the benefits of two lifetimes worth of knowledge on tap, shared generously and enthusiastically and with a healthy dose of humour.  It must have been very difficult to balance the delivery of the information to a group with such varied levels of skill and knowledge, yet there always seemed time to share some one-to-one tutoring as necessary.  Your enthusiasm and passion for photography was infectious and made it an extremely enjoyable weekend while at the same time presenting new challenges in approach and technique that will take some time to absorb and integrate.
While the workshop filled a large void in my knowledge, it has whetted my appetite for more – maybe one day there will be an “advanced” workshop, not that this one was in any way basic, but just because I’d love to come on another one!  I’d certainly recommend it to anyone interested in photography, especially those thinking of improving their post-processing understanding and skills.
I’m already looking forward to more – somewhere, sometime.
Thanks again to both of you for a great weekend, and for the enjoyment I’m about to get from my new improved skill level and recharged enthusiasm.
Cheers, Muzz
Murray Spittles

G’day gents,

I know i said this to you both personally before i left, but i just wanted to say thanks again for a great weekend. I learnt so much from the both of you and also confirmed a few things that i had learnt already. I cant wait to go back through my catalogue of photos and see what i can do with them now that i can visualise the potential of the photoshop techniques you taught.

I was expecting lots out of the workshop based on the feedback i saw on the previous ones and you delivered. You are both very likeable characters and there is no sense of ego from either of you, just a willingness to share what you know, which is very refreshing for people in your position. Perhaps what is not mentioned too often in the feedback is that the environment created in the course is very personal and relaxing; its was really fun to be able to ‘nerd it up’ with a bunch if like-minded people and make some new mates.

So, when i head off on my trip to Canada in the middle of the year i will be armed with some renewed vision and enthusiam. If you happen to plan a trip to the US or Canada late this year or in 2012, drop me a line cos I will be looking for some good places to shoot and probably some good company too!

Cheers and thanks, Kris Holmes

Hi  Christian and Nick

Just a note to thank you both for the recent Bunker Bay workshop weekend.  This would have to be the best photographic workshop of any kind that I have attended.  The presentation was delivered in an easy to understand format  and the small class size made it easy to ask questions as we went along.  The two of you are undoubtably experts and leaders in your craft and it must be frustrating  at times for you to teach mere novices. The friendly manner in which you delivered the content  and the time spent by you both as you helped us all as group and on a one to one basis all weekend is a quality that is very rare these days and one to be admired. We learned many things out of the course but if nothing else then I’m sure we all came away with a large dose of enthusiasm.

This is a course that I can highly recommend to anyone.

Merv French.

Hey Nick & Christian,

What can I say……thank you…..thank you for sharing your passion…thank you for sharing your knowledge…..and thank you for inspiring me to be a better photographer…

I had a fantastic weekend in Bunker Bay at your workshop on the 15th & 16th……Despite being an “absolute amatuer”, your knowledge and passion for photography was contagious…

You’ll both be happy to know, the first thing I did was retire my wobbly old tripod and buy a new one !!!

Best regards

Darren Devenish

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Just when you thought I was back!!!

30 Jan 2011 at 9:44pm

Forget the wheelie bins, Shopping trolleys are so now! Not only can you get your groceries to the car you can photograph it it in compromising positions.

What does this shot mean? If I can explain it then it is art and worthy of a million dollar price tag! here goes!

"The conviction is general that a compendious elementary treatise on the principles of design and the methods of execu- tion in the fine arts is a special desideratum in Australian photography. The general education of Australian youth, male and female, the aspiration of men in every pursuit to fit themselves for cultured society, the growing fondness for foreign travel, have awakened a desire for compendious information as to the great world of art. The limited time given to general education, and the brief leisure of business men, have created in Australia a demand for shopping trollies."

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Cyclone all hot Air!

30 Jan 2011 at 7:28pm

Well it was a bit of an anticlimax. I was hoping for some very cool weather, we got some but nothing that would put the fear of god up you. I took this shot of Wyadup Rocks a couple of nights before the cyclone was to hit. The swell was up a bit and this spot only works with a big swell.

Focus stacked on the Phase one P65+, yes thats right the old one!

I am going to the night Team Digital are having with Phase One and the new IQ 180 digital back. I hope I can rip a few files off this beast. I will be there at 6pm for the start of proceedings. Hope to see any fellow Phase One enthusiasts there.

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Australia Day Rotto True North Workshop

27 Jan 2011 at 10:35am

Had an awesome day out on True North yesterday. The workshop was well received and everyone went home happy. We had a ball too and it was great to meet so many people for the first time.

Big thanks goes to the True North Crew and Skipper Brad. Thanks for giving up your Australia Day AGAIN, it was brilliant service as usual. I always feel a sense of loss when I get off True North, sort of like chopping off a leg, you just don’t want to do it. To those people who signed up for a cruise, lucky buggers, it you need personal photo tuition please let the owners know, I am more than happy to help out, although I think Markie will put his hand up for that, Doh!!!

Also a huge thanks to the Sponsors, The boys at Team Digital, Epson, Roddy Thomas and the amazing F-Stop bags and Fitzgerald Photo labs. Trev, hope your feeling better mate, migraines and sea sickness aren’t fun but it was good to know you only spewed twice. Good effort!!! I felt sorry for you mate I really did.

Now to the photo competition open to only those on the boat

1st Prize Epson 1900 printer valued at $1000 or the equivalent value off another Epson Printer (I would Buy the 4900)

2nd Prize an awesome F- Stop Bag. The best bag I have ever owned

3rd Prize a 14×50” Acrylic mounted print – valued a bit over $400.00

So what do you do?

Send your resized photos (max of 3) to Ben at Team Digital. Make them 1500 pixels wide @ 72dpi and the email address is ben@teamdigital.com.au

You have until the 4th of February to get your images in. We will select the top 10 shots from the day and they will be posted on my blog. You will then be able to vote for the top three and these will become the winners by popular vote.

The shots have to have been taken on the day and we will be checking to make sure this is adhered to.

Here is a shot of Flemming Bo Jensen an F-Stop bag evangelist shot on the island yesterday with my Phase one P65+ and the Amazing Elinchrom Ranger Quadra lights.

See the boys at Team Digital for all these products. Ask them about the new Phase One IQ180 digital back.

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John Butler Facebook Page

27 Jan 2011 at 9:43am

went riding with John Butlers Manager the other week, yes that is right we are both M.A.M.I.L’s (middle aged men in lycra). A really nice bloke and we got talking about James Price Point. As you would probably know JB is right behind saving the Kimberley so I thought I would send him some photos to use for any purpose regarding JPP. Philip posted them on JB’s facebook page. Awesome, would love to meet him one day, good to see people willing to put their names behind such important issues. You can check it out here http://www.facebook.com/JohnButlerTrio?v=wall and add your own comment.

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Things on Offer for Australia Day True North workshop

25 Jan 2011 at 9:49am

On Australia Day

Book a test drive of the Phase One Camera Systems , Gigapan Pano System, Quadra Lighting Kit and the Pentax 645D kit.
Hopefully we’ll get Christian to demo the Quadra system on Rotto.

We’ll also be demonstrating the F-Stop Back Packs, EIZO Self Calibration monitor , EyeFi Wireless Transfer ,iPad, Canson Media, Rode DSLR Microphone and a number of Speed light flash accessories.

If you want book a one of the camera systems please book with Trevor 93283377. Please bring your own card for the cameras.

We’ll also have Great Promo on the day

Look forward to seeing you all on the boat for an amazing day.

Ben Walton
Sales and Marketing

Team Digital
“Technology to capture, create and communicate”
268 Lord Street, Perth W.A 6000
Ph:  +618 9328 3377
Fax: +618 9227 7137

The last I heard there are only 17 spots left so today is the day to book for the best floating workshop in Australia. Call the girls at Northstar Cruises on 08 9192 1829  or cruise@northstarcruises.com.au

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Sand Dune B&W

24 Jan 2011 at 8:25pm

This is my take on possibly the best view we had at these dunes. We all took turns on the peak of this dune shooting that beautiful s- curve. It was screaming B&W at me so I gave it a go. I like it, love the drama.

Phase one P65+ , the detail ohhhhh yeah!! If only I had the new Phase IQ180 80 mp back! Phase are you listening??

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Abandoned Homestead

24 Jan 2011 at 7:32pm

On our way home from Esperance a few weeks back We stopped at this old house on the side of the road. Flemming and I went inside for a closer look and this scene took my eye. I love old stuff. I am finding more and more subjects like this are keeping me inspired. I don’t expect sales of this but love the richness of the colours, the grittiness and the subject.

Shot this on my beautiful Phase one P65+, if only I could get the new IQ180 phase one back! Imagine live view on a medium format camera!

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