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Urban Exploration with the Quattro

13 Jul 2014 at 6:56pm

Urban Exploration with the Quattro

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Tony Hewitt and I had a very successful Workshop on Saturday starting with a 6.30 walk around the city to find all those elusive but highly rewarding urban images we love to shoot. The participants on the workshop got some great images and we all soon realised just how much fantastic material was there. After that we had a nice breakfast and then it was on to Team Digital to do our classroom presentations.

It was a fun day out for everyone and there were lots of laughs as well as inspiration, ideas and techniques to take home.

Keep an eye out for our next excellent adventure.

 

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Just back from Shark Bay

16 May 2013 at 10:08pm

Just back from Shark Bay

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We got back late last week and now currently working on images for an exhibition with ND5. Shark Bay throws up some challenges but that makes it more interesting. It is a great location for photography, you just have to look a little harder.

However, leave the ground and the aerials are world class. We have managed to capture it in all its beauty, it’s shape, texture and colour. More to come!

This image suited a Black and White conversion.

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Bringing back the Beauty

18 Mar 2013 at 9:05pm

Bringing back the Beauty

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I am getting into beautiful pictures again. After a long period out in industrial oblivion I am finding getting back to nature refreshing.

This was shot on our first South West Light trip. It is a view out from Sandpatch in Albany. Don’t know what that little island is called, more a rock than an island actually. Tina would know??

Join us in Sydney on the 7th of April for the South West Light experience. Fun learning and a lot of piss taking! How could you resist. Go to Pete Eastways website to book

 

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Foto Freo Talk

28 Mar 2012 at 2:25pm

For those of you attending my talk next week for Foto Freo I will be showing how I arrived at several images. The shot below was taken on one of our South West Light trips with Peter Eastway, Tony Hewitt, Nick Rains, Les Walkling and Michael Fletcher. This image was in Bremmer Bay. Below is the before and after images.

   

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Sugarloaf Rock, Not another one!

14 Apr 2010 at 6:25am

Sugarloaf Rock

Sugarloaf Rock

Ok, Ok I know this place has been shot to death but it is in my backyard in fact only a 10 minute drive from my front door. I had the choice of going for a bike ride in 80kmph winds or go take some pics. Sorry to my riding buddies, work got in the way! Some times you just have to leave the lycra at the door.

Shot with the Phase One of course. Unfortunately as this was a 30 second exposure the image isn’t as sharp as I would have liked also I didn’t stack the focus on this one. I will print it today and take to the Phase one night being held at Team Digital. If you want to see it in the flesh come and say hello.

P65+, 45mm Phase lens, 645df and my trusty Gitzo tripod that I am falling in love with!

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Storm Shot

29 Mar 2010 at 4:49pm

100 Year Storm

100 Year Storm

This was my take on the storm that ripped through Perth last week. Michael and I got this one and decided to pack up when the lightning went behind us. When I got home a huge crack hit so close it was the thunder and lightning together. The old gradient filter can work wonders with these scenes. This was one bolt, with a small one on the horizon. The Phase One stayed home for this shot, couldn’t get the little girl wet or electrocuted. She doesn’t like the dark anyway. Took my old flame out, the 5D2, she is alright but you wouldn’t marry her!! A good work horse though, and not the glamour babe you take out to show off.

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Portraits

26 Mar 2010 at 10:01pm

Christian Fletcher

Christian Fletcher

This is the sort of portraits I want to get into. Nothing too glossy and nice, more gritty, dark and interesting. If you want to be photographed in this way let me know and I’ll rip you through a price list……………. actually don’t know what to charge yet but will probably ask my good mate Tony Hewitt.

I like the idea of the photo being an art piece that you would hang on the wall not a little 5×7 you put into an album and never look at again. I want it to be interesting and don’t want to end up hating doing it because of creative restrictions. No smiling, no cuddling, no looking lovingly into each others eyes. I want none of that. If you need that sort of a photograph I’m not your guy.

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Phase One – see for yourself

24 Mar 2010 at 9:45pm

Yallingup Beach

Yallingup Beach

I think photographing with a camera like the Phase One has given me the spark I needed to get back into shooting. I can’t wait for the day to start so I can go out and shoot, or should that be reshoot all my favourite locations. The P65+ is proving to be better than I could have imagined and at last I know what it must have been like to shoot 8″x10″ film. Not every image is a winner and you have to make sure your technique is spot on. I am having to focus stack to get the depth of field I want which is new to me after having so much depth of field with the DSLR’s. Still the extra effort is worth it and it has made me slow down and concentrate on the image.

Anyway you can’t get a very good idea how good this baby is until you give it a go for yourself. Have a word to Benny or Trev at Team Digital if you are serious about getting into this sort of gear. It will blow your mind.

Now have a look at this portrait of a very good looking fellow! Ok so I couldn’t find a model for the TNFP shirt. Hey the camera even has a self timer so you can shoot yourself as many times as your ego can cope with, mine got up to about 50 shots! Have a look at the 100% crop. That is all man, er I mean camera! The detail is astounding and if anyone out there would like a copy of this for their wall let me know, I can overlay a target so it would be awesome as a dart board. This is the ultimate weapon for a photographer, maybe Peter Eastway was right all along……………… nah!!

Christian Fletcher

Christian Fletcher

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Canon Eos 1Ds Mark II For Sale

9 Mar 2010 at 1:32pm

My Canon 1Ds Mark II

I am selling my trusty 1Ds Mark II to make room for the new Phase One. Looking for $2995, body only. It is still a relevant camera and some of my best images were taken with it. Have a look at this one

Also, one of my all time favourites if you have any doubt about the quality of this camera. I paid $9500 for it and I know you can get a 5D2 for $3500 but you can’t get that thing near any serious dust or water. In fact, and some might say this is a big call, I think the files from the 1ds actually looked better. It is solid, reliable and like all one series Canons indestructible.

Send me an email if you would like it christianfletcher@westnet.com.au

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Gold Mine Colours

7 Mar 2010 at 12:57pm

These large tanks were at the scene of the “Cyanide Affair” one that almost claimed the life of one of australia’s best idiots! They were actually shot in the shade and the light has been stylised for effect. I just love these colour together. I was out shooting this location with Peter Eastway, Tony Hewitt, Michael Fletcher and Les Walkling.

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