The Window Bird Chronicles
I don't remember exactly when the outer window to my bathroom was broken, but I do remember the day. The North Carolina outer banks had been under a hurricane warning (possibly Hurricane Arthur), and strong winds and rain pounded the Sandhills. I had braved walking outside after hearing a loud noise that morning and saw that a tree behind our house had slumped over. There luckily wasn't any damage except for the broken window, and since it was an outer portion and there was still a screen and another glass portion we could put up, we didn't think much about it. Not too long after, there was a lot of rustling in the window area in the mornings. A bird had begun building a nest neatly in the corner of the small rectangular window area.
The Secret Camera Stores Don’t Want You To Know
Every hobby, sport, and profession has stores or other distribution channels that sell the equipment and supplies specific to that genre. And whether a camera store, a music store, a craft store, a motorcycle shop, a video game store or any other, to the aficionado, they are all candy stores.
On Squirrels, or: The Joy of the Unwilling Photo Subject
There's a story behind my first squirrel picture. I was coming home from a different photo opportunity - a little concert in an indie music store, perfectly lit to the eye but it might has well have been half a mile below the surface to the camera. As I passed through a small park, I noticed a single squirrel skulking around in front of an adjacent business. Inspiration struck: As long as I'm carrying this gear bag, why not try to get a shot of the little furball?
Collecting Moments: My Favourite Photoshoots
Hello, welcome to a new blog post! Today I thought it would be fun to show some of my favourite photoshoots I've been lucky enough to take part in! I have collaborated with tons of amazing artists and creators ‑ and am so grateful for these wonderful moments caught on camera.
- Second Place in Thrift Finds Challenge
My First Film Camera
Spring had come to stay in Boise, Idaho. The bright, April afternoon light filtered through the windows and around the bookcases and clothing racks that lined them. Whether as a result of the sunshine or thanks to the warmth of my own nostalgia, I remember a corner of the thrift store being bathed in orange light, with dust and the smell of old books sparkling in the air.
For the love of the image
There is an abundance of advice online, and in books on photography. How to set up the camera, White Ballance, Aperture, Shutter speed, Exposure, depth of field, Filters, Lenses, camera types. the list can be endless and it can be daunting to an amateur or someone starting out in Photography.
7 Steps for Developing Digital Images
Prior to digital photography, developing images was best left to the experts. Today, with the intelligence built into modern cameras, the camera can handle the processing and do it fairly well. But once you progress to where you are truly getting it right in camera, the next step is to learn to develop your own images. Here are five steps to getting that done.
How to Set Up an Online Print Store to Sell Your Photos
So you want to open up a print store? Some friends, or maybe even followers on Instagram have asked you if you sell prints. What a compliment! It's amazing to think that someone likes your photos enough to want to hang one on their wall. You'd love to help make that happen, and maybe even make a few bucks doing it. But where do you begin?
The Time I Danced With the Black Swan
It was 2013. I was alone in Ottawa, Canada for Thanksgiving as I was not able to travel home due to work. That morning, I awoke feeling alone and restless despite the sun's rays stroking my face; staying inside my cold apartment was not an option.
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Have you ever felt so beautiful yet so captive? That is what I saw when shooting this image. A creature held captive that I could relate too. Think of something in life you have faced as you read these words from my heart.
John the Map
I was followed everywhere. It’s one of the problems with making maps. You just kind of get security bureaus become interested in you. They’ve got nothing better to do. I became majorly paranoid for a while, but if you know you’re paranoid, it’s not so bad. I think I got arrested 13 times in Asia, usually to do with making maps. Over the years I got to know a lot of members of the armed forces and the Kings and the Khans and the Emirs, so if I was arrested I’d mention one of my friends, who might have been the head of the frontier constabulary or the head of the northern army and then the charges would disappear. In China I had problems. I was followed by, at one stage, three cars, two motorcycles and about 20 walkers and every time I moved and I’d stopped to write down an angle, the whole street would stop with me. It got really weird. There were four Australian cyclist friends I kept meeting in the Himalayas for three years running - they became like bodyguards for me. One night I was sat in a café and the Australian lads had just left to go for dinner in the old Russian consulate. I looked out the window because I heard these sirens blaring and the police cars came from every angle and they were aiming guns in the window and they were going a bit crazy. There were all these police cars up on the pavement and a General got out and the head of the Secret Police, as I discovered later, and a couple of plain clothed officers, and they all kind of marched in and stopped at the table in front of me and sat there and pretended they were talking to each other and ordered tea, with all these guys pointing guns in the windows. Eventually I said, “Can I help you, gentlemen?” and we got chatting and I was under house arrest for three days and questioned and then deported. This had been going on for quite some time and I was staying in the old British Consulate, which has unfortunately been knocked down since then - I was staying in this dormitory with a bunch of hippies. Afghanistan had been invaded by the Russians and the Mujahideen were going crazy and very little Afghani hashish was getting out, so most of the hashish was coming from Kashgar in Western China, very nice un-pressed pollen. All these hippies were out there basically for the dope. They lived in Goa the rest of the year and they’d come up during the hottest months in Goa, to the Himalayas where it was cooler, and some of them ended up in China and they’d spend all day long inventing new ways to smoke enormous quantities of grass, which grew everywhere. So for a few days I’d been quite heavily followed and they said, “Oh, you’re just paranoid, you’re smoking too much weed, man,” which was weird because I was hardly smoking anything. So on the day I was arrested, the authorities insisted on going to my hotel because they wanted to get all the films out of my camera and I had about ten films already taken. As I arrived there I had the General and the Secret Police and these couple of plainclothes guys with me and I thought, oh no, they’re all in there smoking their heads off, so I pretended I couldn’t open the door, and I said, “Let me in, the door’s locked, I’m here with the Secret Police,” and there hadn’t been a sound before that but suddenly there were all these people jumping up and running round and windows opening and then the head of the Secret Police kicked the door down and pushed me inside and there were all these mad hippies chucking bags of grass out of the window. It was pretty funny because they’d told me I was paranoid and here I was with a General and the head of the Secret Police.
Is Unsplash will be free or will charge you money
When I write stories on Vocal, Medium, everything I believe is to attract readers, followers, claps, and more views. But it is an outcome.
Grey Reef Sharks Norfolk Island
I captured this image in Norfolk Island in January 2021. I went there for a short holiday purposedly for sharks diving, but also to get away from my routine in Eden, NSW. I am highly passionated about sharks and have been making some short footage and capturing images while I scuba dive and snorkeling, although not in professional way, some messages are delivered in my footage with intention of encouraging people to have more respects towards sharks by stop consuming or fishing. I believe by showing people how beautiful sharks are, it could positively change people mind-set that have been brainwashed by social media that telling sharks are a monster. At the same time, people also need to know that sharks are a territorial wild animal. If we want to dive with them, we have to dive respectfully in safe ways, by keeping distance, eyes to eyes to sharks and never dive in murky water when we can't see them. It's highly likely that sharks could attack people as a mistaken identity. Despite, sharks are intelligence and awesome animals, we also need them for healthy oceans.
My last week. This week is my last week at University. I have been studying photography for about two years now doing the course part time, really taking my time to soak up as much as I can throughout the course. As I write this I am sitting at my desk working on my final ever assessment, well trying to anyway.
For those who may be a bit squimish at the sight of insects ... warning, there’s an image of a Praying Mantis, Crane Fly and a Cicada.
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