Catching Up

On the Way to Portofino

I love January. It is the quietest month as summer settles in after the silly season. Suddenly there is time to catch up with sleep, friends, family, the backlog of half-sorted photos, unfinished projects, the blog (ahem!), travel plans and everything else that gets pushed aside during the busy times.

I am still sifting through my photographs from Italy. This pair were taken from the bus on the way to Portofino, on the last afternoon of the Liguria Within The Frame workshop.  I love the challenge of photographing from a moving vehicle – it is a lot of fun as well as a wonderful exercise in timing and composition – and wrote about it in my November 2011 Different Strokes article, here (on page 23 of Capital Image).

My last article for the year was Holiday Tasks (here, on page 13), which takes a light-hearted look at ways to keep some photography happening during the festive season when we don’t really have time and energy to spare.

Twelve Months

Inspired by Susannah Conway and some of her blog friends, here is a review of my photographic year.

 January

Near Guthega

 A Southside Camera Club excursion to Guthega, Kosciuszko National Park, NSW gave me a chance to test my legs on some easy mountain walks and prove I was fully recovered from past injuries.  I still grin with delight at the memory.

 February

Sydney Reflection

 Seen on the way to the Annie Leibovitz exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art on a busy day trip toSydney.

 March

Tyres for Sale

Still working hard on the Fyshwick project.

April

Venice

Italia!  A joy, a delight and a photographic feast, including a wonderful tour with my friend Luiza and an excellent Within the Frame photo workshop with David duChemin and Jeffrey Chapman.  Special thanks to all concerned, old friends and new, for a delightful experience.  It’s thanks to you that I’m still dreaming of Italy! More of the iPhone in Italy series can be seen on my website.

May

Night Tree

Home again and having fun challenging the iPhone camera in tricky light.

June

Seen in Kembla Street

A gift!  Spotted at the very end of shooting for the Fyshwick exhibition.

July

Done at last!

August

Wired

Taking a break and playing around with the iPhone.

September

Squares

I love this Ballarat café, with its retro décor, soft colours and hearty breakfasts.  The 2011 Ballarat International Foto Biennale was also a special treat.

October

Benedict House is always a joy to visit.  We love the food and the photo opportunities in equal measure…

November

Favourite Cactus

Two splendid potted succulents guard the front door of PhotoAccess.  Sometimes I snatch a photo as I go by.  More often, I remind myself to go back when I have time to make some cactus portraits…

December

Kiln Reflections

A visit to the ANU School of Art brought some unexpected ph0to opportunities.  I particularly liked the fragmented reflections in the faceted surface of a kiln (I think it’s a kiln) in the courtyard.

Have Cameras, Will Travel – the Art of Being There

 

Beach Huts Near Portofino

I had a wonderful time in Italy last April – not least on the Liguria Within the Frame workshop with David Duchemin, Jeffrey Chapman and a small group of committed photographers. I am still absorbing what I learned along the way – more on that and the workshop in future posts and/or articles – but my latest Different Strokes article talks about the core lesson: preparation is important, but being there is essential. You can find it here, in the July 2011 edition of Capital Image (page 25).

An iPhone in Italy (II)

More exhibition images from my iPhone in Italy series. The flowers and the church are from Portofino and the others are from a morning excursion to Burano in the Venetian lagoon.

This set is part of Out There 2011, the Canberra Photographic Society‘s annual exhibition which is now showing at the Watson Arts Centre. More information, including an online catalogue, is available here. The exhibition continues until 10 July.

An iPhone in Italy

Roman Flare and Afternoon Trees 

Many of my favourite images from my visit to Italy last April were taken with my iPhone. The Hipstamatic app I was using just seemed to suit my subjects and the holiday mood I wanted to convey.

I exhibited this pair in Access all Areas 2011 – The PhotoAccess Members’ Show in May. I was trying for silhouettes but the iPhone sensor, the Hipstamatic app’s Helga Viking lens and the angle of the sun conspired to deliver some additional special effects. The only post-processing I did was to crop off the white border around each photo, which doesn’t look good in prints.