Saturday, March 15, 2014

Sydney Suburbs

It’s a rainy day and the light is not great but I’m keen to do a bit of shooting around Sydney.  We start our shoot at Sydney Uni.  I’ve lived here for more than 15 years now but I’ve never really been here.  It holds a lot of memories for Steve because he graduated from here.  It is a wonderful university and there is a lot of ambience and character in the buildings.  

Photographing buildings is not my forte but I do like to challenged myself with projects that are a little outside my comfort zone.  There appears to be a lot of visitors walking around with cameras.  Perhaps this is a tourist attraction?

We make our way to Newtown, another great suburb with interesting buildings.  What’s brought us here though is the Martin Luther King mural.  It dominates the space and there is a lot of interesting activity happening in the square.  We chat to the guy selling CD’s and he allows me to take some photos.  It makes a great photograph to have him in the foreground with his CD’s and his guitar…pursuing his dream at the foot of this amazing mural. 

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Photo Shoot at North Narrabeen Lakes

My photo club has organised a sunrise photo shoot at North Narrabeen Lakes.  We have guests for dinner on Friday night so we decide to go for the second shoot at 1-am.  The Narrabeen Lakes is a picturesque spot and we have scored another brilliant weekend.  I sit in the sun and chat with Lorna who has organised this event.  She has a Canon camera that is very similar to mine so I have a great time learning a few tips and tricks from her.

After lunch Steve and I decide to drive around and explore the area a little more.  We find a good spot under a tree and Steve lies down to enjoy the sunshine and the great views while I wander off to photograph some more.

“To the complaint, 'There are no people in these photographs,' I respond, There are always two people: the photographer and the viewer.” ~ Ansel Adams

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Photo Outing to the Mardi Gras

The Sydney Mardi Gras is one of the most popular festivals in Sydney celebrating the LGBTQI communities.  This includes lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, and intersex people in our community.  The festival is a full of colour and a chance for the gay community to express themselves in their own unique way. 

It is of course a perfect photo opportunity so my photo club has organized an outing. It is a bit of a rainy day but we go early to mingle with them before the parade starts.  The men and women gathered here in all their colourful costumes are more than happy to pose for photos.  I love taking portraits so I have a ball.  

“People are who they are and, try as you might, you cannot make them be what you want them to be.” ~Leila Sales