Posts tagged photography
YouTube Channel launch

It’s been a while but there’s been lots going on in my photography life. I’ll catch up about that over the next few days but for now, here’s the Channel trailer for my YouTube channel that I have launched, featuring my photography, travel, time lapses and life.

I’ve been acquiring new gear, learning new skills, including video editing and music creation. There’s lots to talk about over the coming weeks. I’ll look forward to that, so stay tuned.

App Review: The Photographer’s Ephemeris suite

In astronomy and star navigation, an ‘ephemeris’ gives the positions of naturally occurring astronomical objects like the sun and the moon, as well as artificial satellites in the sky at a given time. The Photographer’s Ephemeris app is an amazing, comprehensive app that helps you to check what the quality of light is going to be at any given position at any time of day, so you can plan where you need to be and when in order to get the shot you want. I’ve also reviewed two other related apps by the same developer - The Photographer’s Emphemeris 3D, and The Photographers Transit. These are fantastic apps with a host of features. Check out my blog on giffgaff.com to see how it can help you to make brilliant landscape photographs, whether you’re taking photos using your smartphone or dedicated camera. 

Kerala Floods Art Auction Fundraiser
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Yesterday evening, Labour List MP Priyanca Radihakrishnan organised an art auction at the New Zealand Parliament to raise funds to assist those affected by the floods in Kerala - the worst that have happened there in over a century. The fundraiser event featured Chris Carter who is a former Labour Minister of Government here in New Zealand and UN advisor for the Rakhine State in Myanmar, as well as previously holding the role of Programme Manager of the UNDP Governance unit in Afghanistan. The auction featured some amazing pieces of art sold to the highest bidder by guest and very able auctioneer, Michael Wood, MP for Mt Roskill and Undersecretary to the Minister for Ethnic Communities. Also in attendance and speaking on the night was Jenny Salesa. MP for Manukau East, Minister for Ethnic Communities well as other portfolios. Jacob Rajan, acclaimed playwright and actor was also in attendance and spoke about his personal connection to the unfolding disaster in Kerala. I decided to try to help by donating this piece for auction to help to raise funds for the cause: 'Connection' was recently exhibited and was shortlisted for the final of the 2018 Wellington Regional Arts Review.

It was a successful event, raising funds for the Kerala disaster assistance appeal. Here are a few photos from the evening, just to give you a flavour of what happened. Tricky light to take photos in, that's for sure.

 

 

The red pin
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Last night, 24 August 2018, was the opening night of what is likely to be my last exhibition for the year. I am part of a quartet of photographers showing Point of View, a group exhibition located at Photospace Gallery on Courtenay Place in Wellington, New Zealand, until 15 September.

It was a fun evening with a good 50-60 people coming along for the two hours of the opening, including one of my portrait sitters, my local MP and friend, Paul Eagle.

Lots of great conversations too, including people wondering what paper I had used to print two sets of my photos on to, as I had omitted to include that detail on my information about the sets. Fortunately, the excellent printer I use, Oliver Zavala from Picaflor Fine Art Printing, was on hand with the information. It is called German Etching: and it performed really well for the grey scales of my urban landscapes set, as well as the deep blacks for my portraits.

The red pin in the title of this post, referee to what happens when a Paiul Eagle,  is made at an exhibition. And the reason I point this out is that this has never happened to me before last night. I had an interesting conversation about my set of photos taken at a second-hand shop (known as op shops in New Zealand), and the equipment I used to make the photographs. After talking for a time, the lovely woman said that she was really taken with a particular image and wanted to buy it. So, I'm chuffed. My first ever gallery sale. I hope to sell a few more from that set in particular, as I have pledge 10% of the net proceeds to the charity that the shop supports. Here's the set below:

I'll post each set into its own set on my online gallery in the next few weeks. Do come along and have a look if you get the chance.

 

 

 

App review: Easy story-telling on social media with Article

Article helps you to tell your story in a fast and easy way, without stressing too much about design and layout. All that is taken care for you through a few easy-to-select options. You can build an article quickly through combining photos, videos, text, maps, even music and more. You can also publish your Articles to Facebook as Instant Articles, which means they are treated as native content and load instantaneously on your audience’s phones. Read my short review here on giffgaff.com 

App review: Photofox delivers Photoshop-style editing for your iPhone or iPad

The new version of the Enlight (now called Enlight Legacy) app, is now called Enlight Photofox. If we cut to the chase, the key feature in this powerful app is how it uses layers and blending modes to help you turn creative ideas you might have to brilliant art on your iPhone and app. And in order to help you to do so, it uses excellent tutorials that are easily accessible even while you are in the middle of an editing process. Check out my latest review on giffgaff.com here.

App review: Google Photos

Google photos has been around for some time now. It's just one of the many services to choose from to upload your photos and make room on your device; iCloud, OneDrive, Dropbox, and Flickr to name just a few. But Google Photos offers a few things that make it stand out from the competition. Here’s 8 reasons why Google Photos might be a good option for you in my review for giffgaff.com

How to add text to your mobile images for added impact: Typorama

Here's another review I did for giffgaff.com - a mobile / cellphone network in the UK. Typorama is an app that enables you to add text in different styles to your images to create memes or social media posts. The best thing about Typorama is that is doesn’t use set templates. Instead, it generates text design layouts that change as you choose different styles. Check out my recent review of the app here.

'Waiting for the greens' gets expert judge commendation in Street Markets contest on Photocrowd

I'm really pleased to write that one of the images I entered into the Street Markets contest on Photocrowd.com received a commendation from  the expert judge for the competition.

Here's a copy of the brief:

"Street markets are sensory overloads of colours and shapes and spices – all combining to form an exciting and condensed snapshot of human life. Choosing what not to leave out can be just as important as choosing what to include here. Choose a point of interest and compose the scene around it. Good luck!"

It's been a great week with some of the photos that I have made being recognised in various forms around the world. It's really quite exciting and rewarding to get that kind of feedback - especially from expert judges. Big week coming up next week - but that will be all about learning and creating. First week of the Portrait Module in my Photospace 3 journey, and also off to Australia to join the photography team shooting TEDxSydney.

 

Do we take too many photos? Does it change our experience of life?
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I run a podcast called Who cares? What's the point? In it, I interview people from around the world who are doing interesting things in psychology. In one recent episode, I spoke with Alex Barasch from the Stern Business School at New York University about how we may often hear the message that we should stop taking so many photos and just be in the moment and enjoy our experiences without trying to record everything. But is this true? Does photography - especially using our smartphones - get in the way of our experience of life? You can listen to the podcast and read the transcript of my interview with Alex here. I hope you enjoy it.