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NORTH

7 Jan 2015 at 9:05am

NORTH

This is a short sample of the up and coming project for ND5 in the North of Western Australia. For those of you who don’t know who ND5 is, it’s a COLLABORATION of five image makers being Christian Fletcher, Peter Eastway, Tony Hewitt, Les Walkling, and myself. Our collaboration has been working together since 2009. NORTH will form part of a new exhibition early in 2015 which will also feature images from the amazing LORD HOWE ISLAND. Stay tuned for more details.

 

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In December 2014 ND5 travelled to the North of Western Australia’s Kimberley region to commence a project photographing the build up to the wet season. The Kimberley wet is an amazing time to photograph with regular storm build ups and amazing light shows.

Man and machine was tested to the limits with temperatures reaching 47 degrees celsius with 100% humidity. It was all worth it however as the Kimberley didn’t disappoint.

All shot with the Canon C300 and GoPro Hero 4.

Aerial work by HeliSpirit, kununurra

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International Landscape Photographer of the Year

2 Sep 2014 at 10:19am

International Landscape Photographer of the Year

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We are very pleased to announce the winner of the inaugural International Landscape Photographer of the Year is Christian Fletcher of Western Australia!

Christian says, ‘I was pleasantly shocked to be announced the International Landscape Photographer of the year. When the call came in that I had won, I was thinking it was a prank. Looking at the top 101 images I was blown away by the quality and depth of the work. ‘My aim was to produce striking images from the air that had an industrial theme. I am concerned about the path we are heading down. By showing what is beyond the view of most of the public, I hoped to create a conversation about why we are heading down that path and if it is necessary. Of course it is a vey complicated subject and not one tackled lightly. As a photographer I feel it is my duty to capture the world we live in, be it pristine wilderness or industrial oblivion. Both are inspiring in a photographic sense but only one is sustainable. I choose the wilderness any day!’ And we’d just like to mention that it was our esteemed international judges who were responsible for the decision to award the overall folio prize to Christian, not his ND5 colleagues.  Peter Eastway

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“Down South” My New Book

12 Aug 2014 at 3:25pm

“Down South” My New Book

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I had a meeting with Mike Scott from Scott Print in Perth http://www.scott.com.au to discuss the printing of my upcoming new book “Down South”.

Scott’s have just installed their printers and they use the very latest green technology.
Not only can they print my book on recycled or plantation sourced paper every aspect of the printing process is green from the electricity to the handling of any waste.
Being Australian made and environmentally sustainable is very important to me.

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Siem Reap, Cambodia Workshop 13 – 19 October 2014

9 Jun 2014 at 11:57am

Siem Reap, Cambodia Workshop 13 – 19 October 2014

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Come with Nick and Christian for 6 nights as they lead a group of “Tomb Raiders” deep into the jungle of Siem Reap in Cambodia. Think Indiana Jones meets The Big Bang Theory! Two self confessed geeks exploring the only way we know how, with cameras in hand and a luxury hotel lounge to unwind in at the end of the day. I know, we do it tough! We will be visiting all the temples not just Angkor Wat and will be taking in street photography around the Old Market area. This should be on everyones bucket list.

This will be a photography trip to remember.  There will be danger (you might spill a cocktail on your laptop), drama (Nick likes to sing and dance), spectacle (Phase One ,Leica shoot out) but most of all awe inspiring images (mine of course).

We will take small group, only 8 people, so whilst the emphasis will be on shooting during the best times of the day, we will still have plenty of time to work one on one with each of the participants to help refine their images.

Price will include all meals,  luxury accommodation, transport, tuition and best of all, our jokes!

I am taking expressions of interest with three spots already spoken for you might like to get in quick. Send me an email christianfletcher@westnet.com.au if you want to be considered.

Check my Training website for more details and to book www.christianfletchertraining.com.au

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Sigma DP2 Merrill the Super Camera

4 May 2014 at 3:50pm

Sigma DP2 Merrill the Super Camera

_SDI0325 I have been completely blown away by my new Sigma DP2 Merrill. Loving the B&W it is capable of, reminds me of the good old days of shooting film. Image quality wise this is probably the best mirror less camera I have ever used. I cannot believe what this thing can do. Combined with Iridient Developer it has been a fun ride. Edge to edge sharpness is the best I have seen period, no lens I have used beats this. Check it out for yourself, you won’t be disappointed.

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Sigma DP2 V Fujifilm XT-1

28 Apr 2014 at 8:39pm

Sigma DP2 V Fujifilm XT-1

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Well everyone knows I love cameras, I love a toy and I love quality. Today my new Sigma DP2 arrived. I had heard lots about this little weapon and was keen to try it out for myself. I had heard it was as sharp as medium format (at the  same resolution) a big call but who knows!

So I did a very non scientific test and lined it up against my favourite Fuji ever the XT-1. Ok so don’t take this as gospel but holly crapolly, the Sigma just made me let out a big woooooah. Then you look at the price, $558 delivered to my door (yes that’s right). Bang for buck this camera is a giant killer. The first image I looked at was so sharp I thought I was looking at a Phase file. Ok admittedly it is only 15mp compared to my monstrous 80mp IQ180 but the look was the same. Sharp and with great clarity. Not mushy like the files from some of the other cameras I have used.

So what is it like to use? well I feel like I have my hands on a consumer point and shoot, no flippy screen, auto focus is a bit slow, the build quality seems good it just isn’t like using a fuji XT-1. It kind of sucks. Still I am happy to accept a bit of sucking because that lens and sensor combination works unbelievably well. I so want to get Rainsy and one of his overpriced Leicas and have a shoot off. It would be fun.

And to let you know, I paid for my XT-1 and I paid for my Sigma. Also I am no expert so don’t think this is a fair test of both cameras. I shot a toy dinosaur with both cameras, the focal lengths are slightly different but I tried to get everything else as similar as possible. I still think in this crude test the Sigma came out on top. Saying that you will not use it for lots of things you would use the Fuji. The Fuji loves low light, the DP2 Merrill is scared of the dark (so I have read, not tested that theory myself yet)

So go try one for yourself. I’m heading out to do a nice stitch to put together a file with some meat. See how close I can get to Medium Format with a $558 camera.

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