21 Oct 2015 at 11:53am
I have just returned from a fun week of flying with my brother Michael and pilot Roger Avery. We covered around 7000kms and flew a total of 38 hours. Let me tell you, it ain’t all beer and skittles. The thought of all that airtime taking photographs is very romantic. The reality is there were countless hours flying over flat dry and very baron landscapes. As much as it was interesting to see there was a lot of nothing out there.
We started in Busselton and made a track towards Lake Grace and Lake Dumbleyung. Such awesome aerials around there with the salt lakes coming in all shapes, sizes and colours. We had pinks, reds, oranges, green and fluro yellows. It was amazing. From there we flew to Kalgoorlie for a top up on the fuel.
Next was Lake Leroy and then down to a pretty cool sand dune range on the south coast. We approached it at 9000ft as the air had heated up and we were looking for less bumps. Opening the window of the plane at this height was not my idea of fun. The outside temperature was 4 degrees. The boys in the front were ok but i was freezing! An hour later and we were on the ground for our first night in a small train stop called Forrest. What a cool place, lots of aviation history.
The next morning we cleared out really early as a thunderstorm was heading our way. We kept ahead of it and found clear skys over Marlalinga. I was hoping the town was a bit more interesting but most of it has been removed. There were new sheds there and a tourism business for those who like it a little HOT. We kept going to Coober Pedy and got more fuel. Now that is a crazy place. The amount of holes everywhere was staggering. Great to shoot from the air. But man it was hot and windy! From there we finally ended up at our base for the next three days, Leigh Creek.
We shot all around there venturing over the Flinders Ranges, Lake Eyre and even Birdsville in Queensland. Of course we stopped at the famous pub, but didn’t have a drink as it was still only 9.30am.
On the last day we headed back home via Ceduna, Nullabor Village, Forrest and then Kalgoorlie. We flew low, high around in circles and back and forth. I now have over 3000 photos to process. The clients were happy, we were happy and our families were happy to see us home safe and sound.
What a great trip, can’t wait for the next one!
15 Oct 2015 at 4:04pm
Nice sunrise for an iPhone pic. Half way to no where.
15 Oct 2015 at 10:49am
Some. Didn’t get any of the hanger unfortunately as it is really cool. Only an iPhone pic as we were leaving.
13 Oct 2015 at 11:08am
It’s mind blowing how time moves and the course your life takes over the years.
Here is an email Glenn Middleton sent to me in 2002 and my response at the time to his question of whether I would ever consider doing workshops.
I visited your gallery during a recent visit to the South West, and I just thought that I’d let you know that really enjoyed your images. Their simplicity, and the stunning use of light is haunting. I found them very inspiring. So, after a lay-off of well over a decade I’ve dusted off my trusty OM4 and begun taking photography seriously again. Thanks for providing the inspiration, it’s something I should have done long ago. It’s all to easy these days to get so involved in your ‘day job’, that you literally let life pass you by. It’s refreshing to have an interest that requires you to take a slow look at life from a different perspective, and appreciate the subtleties in everything around you.
Perhaps you could tell me if you’ve ever run any workshop type event in the past, or if you plan to run any in the future. I would be very keen to participate. Alternatively, an opportunity to accompany you on a shoot would be gratefully appreciated. I know this is a big ask, and I’d fully understand if it couldn’t be accommodated.
Once again, thanks again for providing both the motivation to get re-started, and setting the standard in terms of the quality of image to strive for.
Thanks for the compliments. I have a real passion for photography and am as excited about getting photos back today as I was over 13 years ago when I started. I’m glad to hear your getting back into it too and hope your getting some goodies!
I haven’t ever run a workshop as I’m not comfortable doing the public speaking bit and generally only take good pics when I’m on my own. I think photography is a bit that way, something you need time for and no distractions. Who knows I may one day have photography nights and talk about how I get the shots I do. The biggest thing for me is I dont really know what I could say that couldn’t be said in 5 minutes. It would be a short night.
My biggest advice would be to make sure you get your work processed at a professional lab and if at all possible get into digital. All my images are now digitized and corrected through photoshop. It gives you the control to make the images come alive and be as impressive as an original transparency. Of course you cant make a bad image awesome so you still need to get the right composition and exposure. The most important thing would be the composition as it makes all the difference. I always use the rule of 3rd’s and generally try to shoot at about 45 degrees either side of the sun. This gives the best modelling on your subject. Also I always shoot in the first and last half an hour of the day. You cant beat this light and it can really help an image. I have taken heaps of average images but these days I’ll only shoot if it looks great and wont waste film. This works for me and it isn’t uncommon for me to come home without even getting the camera out of the bag.
My advice is to read heaps of magazines and books and check out what everyone else is doing. I taught myself and then spent the next 13 years trying to perfect it. Even today I am improving which is such a great feeling. Once you learn to see light like a camera then your on your way to understanding what makes a great shot.
Hope this is of some help to you and good luck with your photos.
6 Oct 2015 at 12:55pm
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5 Oct 2015 at 3:38pm
Photographers needed for a good cause. Come on peeps, don’t leave it up to someone else. Get involved, get active and allow your talents to make a difference. Contact John Swainston, he is a legend!
John Swainston to Photographers for the Environment
I am seeking some volunteers. End of November – Melbourne (27th) Brisbane (28th) and Sydney 29th – Australia will host key People’s Climate March events, culminating in Sydney the day before the Paris COP21 meetings. We want to make clear to the Turnbull government that most Australians find the current offer of a 26-28% CO2 reduction by 2030 as inadequate, encouraging government to go further and faster. I am involved on the Arts and Media teams for the Sydney Committee. Our goal is to get between 30-50,000 marching in Sydney alone. A Public website is due for launch shortly. I am briefing as many employee photographers of newspapers, and other news media as I can/know, but we are also seeking volunteer story-teller photographers who we can team up with some of the marchers to document their stories as part of a project to keep telling the story of impacts in different areas well after the Paris summit, as well. Doctors, Farmers, Faith, Frontline people (Islanders), Unionists, Business people, Academics, Students and Children – the people inaction will most affect – and more. We are doing some more work on providing a proper brief, but if you could contact me via FB Messenger, so we can know if some of you might be a source of pro-bono images. If you are outside of Sydney I’ll get you in touch with local organising teams for other cities. The People’s Climate March would seek a licence for specific use, copyright remaining, of course, with the photographer. If you are in Sydney, then please also put November 29th in YOUR calendar for The People’s Climate March (1.00pm to 4.00pm). See you on the front line! This is not a rally so much as a community of concerned citizens and their families who want to make a very clear statement that we want more action.