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Save the Kimberley Concert

25 Feb 2013 at 12:07pm

Save the Kimberley Concert


Yesterday was an amazing day. Not just for the three excellent bands but because so many of you turned out to oppose the gas plant at James Price Point. It was an unbelievable sight.

The day started with a press conference with the musicians and representatives from the environmental groups. They all had their turn to talk about what was important to them. It was great to see. We were lucky to get all access passes to cover the event however we wanted. I have to say watching a concert from the stage is a great experience, I am spoilt now, will have to try and get these gigs all the time.

First off was Ball Park Music, they were fantastic, then Missy Higgins who is an unbelievable talent and finished up with John Butler who just went off. You could see how proud he was of the day and the turnout.

The speakers were fantastic, all of them. Bob Brown delivered a speech that would have had Colin Barnett shaking in his boots. Spoken with such passion and bringing in to focus what exactly is at stake for the Kimberley if we don’t make a stand.

Between acts the musicians lead a march through the streets of Fremantle. I was up high in a building overlooking South Terrace. There were so many people the line went past me for about half an hour. I was staggered by just how many people were there.

Yesterday I felt the fight was won, there was so much good feeling and positive energy, no I am not trying to sound like a hippie! There is only one person we need to convince that it is a bad idea and that is our illustrious leader Mr Barnett. Hope he was watching the news last night. I might have to send him this photo so he knows he is on borrowed time!

As we are all saying, take the gas, make the jobs, just don’t destroy the Kimberley to do it.


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22 Feb 2013 at 9:02pm


curtis progression

This afternoon I had enough. I was doing BAS statements, emails, other business type things. My brain was hurting and needed some stimulation. I felt the urge to have some fun on the computer. This is a work in progress.

This is an illustration of a guy named Curtis who the ND5 boys had the pleasure of meeting on one of our Pilbara Project trips. Curtis is studying filmmaking when we met him. Hope he is making some great work.

I thought I would show you how the work progressed. It isn’t finished and I spent about 2 hours on it so far.

I am still crap at getting the scale right and putting the eyes, nose and other important bits in the right place. Because of this I cheated and the first frame I traced the important stuff off a photo I have taken. Once the scale was right I removed the pic and everything else was done by eye.

My wife thinks I’m a cheat, and I guess she is right. I could have gridded it up and drawn it that way or I could have used the Camera Obscurer (look it up on google if you don’t know what that is). I chose to use my computer and well, I guess that is cheating too. I mean REAL artists use oils right?

Anyway Film and oils are dead and I’m sticking to my methods! I can see the backlash coming my way very soon!! Bring on the debate!

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Concert for the Kimberley This Sunday

20 Feb 2013 at 11:09am

Concert for the Kimberley This Sunday



Make sure you get down to Fremantle this Sunday the 24th and lend your support to saving the Kimberley from industrialisation.

What an awesome day with a FREE concert by John Butler, Missy Higgins and Ball Park Music.

Go to the link here to get more details on the day.


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14 Feb 2013 at 10:13am


FOR SALE : Canon & Zeiss Gear

1 Canon 5 D Mrk II Includes
3 Batteries
1 Battery Charger
1 Remote Cable


Zeiss 50mm f/2.0 Makro-Planar ZE Macro Lens for Canon EF Mount $1000

Zeiss Distagon T* 21mm f/2.8 ZE Lens for Canon EF Mount $1550

Zeiss Makro-Planar T* 100mm f/2 ZE Lens for Canon EF Mount $1550

All items come complete in original boxing/packaging. All items listed are of excellent condition and quality. Will ship worldwide at buyers cost …

Will sell separately or as package for $5450

Any interested parties please contact myself at info@spoolphotography.com or 0406 408 317

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South West Light – Melbourne

11 Feb 2013 at 8:27am

South West Light – Melbourne

South West Light Seminar – Melbourne 17 Feb

Tickets at Door This Sunday – $245

We still have room for the South West Light Seminar in Melbourne if you’re interested in coming along – it’s on this Sunday 17 February and we’re holding the early bird price at $245 because we’ve been told we didn’t start advertising it early enough! Sorry!

It features the ND5 group, meaning Les Walkling, Tony Hewitt, Christian Fletcher, Michael Fletcher and Peter Eastway. We’ve booked out the State Library of Victoria, Village Roadshow Theatrette and there are five presentations spread across the day, everything from inspiration and creativity to the more practical aspects of Photoshop post-production, colour management and printing.

The event is sponsored by Epson, Canson and Kayell and a similar event which we ran in Western Australia late last year received a really positive response, so if you’re in Melbourne, we’d be delighted to see you there…

State Library of Victoria, Village Roadshow Theatrette, Entry 3, 179 La Trobe St
9.30 am to 4.30 pm (see program)

Dr Les Walkling – Colour management, contemporary art photography and printing.
Tony Hewitt – Inspiration, vision, creativity.
MIchael Fletcher – The South West Light Documentary – full screening.
Christian Fletcher – Fletch’s Freaky Photoshop
Peter Eastway – Layers for creating photographs.

The South West Light presentation will also be held in Sydney on 7 April 2013 at the Australian National Maritime Museum, Darling Harbour. You can also book Sydney on the website if you wish.

To download the South West Light program, click here.

Click here to book your place on the Better Photography website.

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Don’t forget our Karijini Workshop 2013

8 Feb 2013 at 9:17pm

Don’t forget our Karijini Workshop 2013


Peter Eastway, Tony Hewitt and myself are running, for the 4th year, our Karijini workshop.

Karijini is arguably one of Australia’s best shooting locations. This will be my 9th trip I think. If you want to come along and learn and take amazing photos head on over to Peters website and book your spot.

Dates are from the 11th to the 14th of April 2013

Book at Better Photography

This almost aerial abstract was shot in one of the gorges. The colours and patterns of the rock are amazing, with a bit of post production you have a nice image to hang on any wall.

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