Monday, 31 December 2007
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Monday, 17 December 2007
Posted by Malcolm Garth at 17:03
Sunday, 9 December 2007
I took out a medium format camera today. An old Mamiya C3 twin lens reflex camera, one of the ones with two lenses, one above the other... Very cool, a bit of fun, very heavy and I might just do it all again one day soon. I need to get the film developed and if any have come out nicely I might try and scan them... Stay tuned.
Posted by Malcolm Garth at 23:08
Thursday, 6 December 2007
If our brains are so creative how come we can't remember dreams? And, this being true most of the time, how come when we do remember parts of dreams we can't work out what they mean?
Being able to fly by flapping my arms always seemed like a cool dream, why couldn't I fly higher than the powerlines? Why were there powerlines in my dream?
Posted by Malcolm Garth at 14:45
It took much longer than a few days but the answer is here...
Posted by Malcolm Garth at 14:27
Sunday, 2 December 2007
Posted by Malcolm Garth at 17:49
Wednesday, 28 November 2007
Posted by Malcolm Garth at 22:34
Tuesday, 27 November 2007
- Something cool...
- Something you can't touch...
- Something small...
- Something of my town that would attract overseas tourists...
- Something that sells renewable energy...
- Something that shows an Australian summer through recreation...
- An image that can only mean one thing...
- A landscape at dusk or moonlit...
- An image where music is the theme...
- A publicity image of myself...
At last the fun stuff begins. This is the first "creative" assignment for the course, the previous assignments are to show that you know how to work your camera... I already have some ideas (I can't touch my toes, for example! LOL Seriously; if I can find a rainbow with the moon behind it I may be on to a winner - this will lead nicely into the moonlit landscape). If you come up with any ideas let me know.
These images must be taken on 35mm slide film rated at 100 ISO so the technical side of getting an image to work without any manipulation or post processing comes in to the mix as well.
Now the real fun begins!!!
Posted by Malcolm Garth at 17:17
Friday, 23 November 2007
- Match exposures
- Match colours
- Add fill light
- Bring back highlights
- reduce shadows under eyes and around the face
- generally fix minor problems (the wardrobe error that I tried to fix yesterday would have been so much easier to fix before the photo was taken - the clients had already approved the photo for a poster without noticing it.)
- Move and resize images into pre-designed album pages
With about 600 images per wedding (+/-) just the first four on that list takes about an hour if the photographer is consistent with their settings.
And we got our first "creative" assignments from school this week. The first couple were "make sure you know how to use a camera" assignments. This means that over the next couple of months I will be out with my camera. The brief is quite simple and yet stimulatingly complex... EG: present a single image - a photograph of "cold". I'm looking forward to making things frosty! Stay tuned...
Posted by Malcolm Garth at 08:28
Tuesday, 20 November 2007
Posted by Malcolm Garth at 08:22
Wednesday, 14 November 2007
Posted by Malcolm Garth at 08:43
Friday, 9 November 2007
Thursday, 8 November 2007
My first wedding, as an assistant, is on tomorrow with another one on Sunday... Nothing like getting started... The pay is ok as an assistant but to be the lead photographer is a much better wage so working towards that will be the next step. Mark also wants me to do sales and when the studio is set up portraiture.
It looks like this will be a fun and exciting learning experience. Bring it on!
Posted by Malcolm Garth at 09:03
Thursday, 1 November 2007
- Take more photos.
- Increase your skill so that your percentages increase.
I know which I will be aiming for, I want to be a photographer, not a photoshop expert...
Posted by Malcolm Garth at 10:07
Sunday, 28 October 2007
I have been looking around all of the photography blogs I can find - well those that list themselves as photographers anyway (apparently there are 13000 of them in blogspot land alone. I am up to about the 1000 mark)...
I need to change my profile photo! Some of you are very good looking! My photo is just that little bit scary and certainly not as professional as I should have it if I am to call myself a photographer...
Self portrait time.
May need to wait until the hayfever settles down otherwise I will just look scarier (then again, Halloween is just around the corner).
Posted by Malcolm Garth at 11:50
Friday, 26 October 2007
I had an interview early this week, I got the job! The owner called tonight having spent most of the day until 8pm answering client calls. He said that he fully realised that he needed help with both the business side and the photography side and that I was right for the job.
Assistant photographer and assistant on the business side too. Life is good!
Posted by Malcolm Garth at 21:44
Wednesday, 24 October 2007
The second night of the course is over... Ben is the second photographer/trainer we have met and he was in tonight because Brian was doing some family stuff (sending his son off overseas, I think?). Ben has a passion and enthusiasm for photography and a fairly kooky sense of humour (associated with a very infectious laugh). Everyone left tonight with a smile on their face...
Tonight was interesting and gave a little background on photography and some very basic terminology regarding how light is captured in a camera and how the parts all relate. Aperature, shutter speed, film speed (sensitivity)/sensor 'sensitivity'... All very basic so far. I wanted to do this course partly to find out what I didn't know and I'm expecting that part to come. I certainly don't know everything, it's just that the basics are the basics...
Ben took us on a tour and showed us the darkroom, the studios, the computer room and the staff offices. Then he did a portrait session and took all of our photos using a single studio flash with a medium sized soft box. He showed us some basics of how to position someone and get them at ease. I cannot believe the comments from potential professional photographers about not liking to have their photo taken! (Girls; if you ever read this - please try and get over that feeling and learn to love it. You will be so much better at getting your clients to relax if you have worked out how to do it yourself)... Ben also showed us some basics for adding and removing light with light and dark paper. Basically to either fill or shade part of an subject to give a more sculpted look to the model.
Tonight everyone was a little more relaxed as the first was over and we are starting to get into it. The comment "we are all going to spend the next two years together" made everyone relax a little more and go with it (thanks Paula)...
I have had my first roll of slide film developed and as soon as I work out how to scan them I will show some of them here. Stay tuned...
Posted by Malcolm Garth at 22:19
Thursday, 18 October 2007
- You can't cull your mistakes, you will learn more from the mistakes than from the fluked "good shot"...
- You will consider your image making more if there is a financial cost to each shot.
- You can't modify the image once it has been taken... You can't tweak it before you present it!
So, with the expectation that we will probably shoot 4 rolls of transparency film (36 shots each) per week I am considering the possibility of purchasing bulk film and loading canisters myself... Woo Hoo, a real step back into the age of dark rooms, dark bags, knock before entering signs, red lights, the smell of the processing chemicals...
I am in the dark, my eyes are open, I can't see a thing a timer is ticking behind me, I can hear my father fiddling with the development trays... Hmmm, nostalgia kicks in big time!
Mission in the first week, shoot a roll of film using various manual settings to show an understanding of (or to learn about) the relationship between shutterspeed and aperature...
And so it begins!!! :)
Tuesday, 16 October 2007
Posted by Malcolm Garth at 09:33
Wednesday, 3 October 2007
Seriously considering which way to go with photography? Do I use digital or film, 35mm, medium or large format?
What do people pay for in photography (other than the never ending supply of new gear)? Let me know...
If there was one photo that you would like to have on your wall; which would it be? Then I can work out how it was done, if I could do it and what I would need to learn (or buy... I said it was never ending!) to do it.
Posted by Malcolm Garth at 08:59
Monday, 1 October 2007
I'm sure that if you were interested you could find any number of ramblings on blogs all over the internet by people who put their own meaning to life...
So I thought that I would tell anyone who visits about mine...
Let's start with this; until you know where you are you cannot look at a map and work out where you are going!
I had someone yesterday try to tell me where we need to get to on the map and I understood completely that that was where we needed to go. However I was in a new town and didn't know where I was to start with; so it was almost completely useless to tell me where I needed to get to.
This resembles life from time to time; you have a clear idea of where you want to be but because of circumstances you have absolutely no idea on how to get there. Not because you don't know how or that you don't have the means but quite simply because you don't know where you are to start with.
This will inevitably lead you to significant frustration as you try to move ahead but continue to run into barriers to your progress that you had no idea existed. If only it was as simple as pulling out a map and driving around a few blocks until you saw some street signs so that you could orient yourself. Oh for an internal GPS and a map!
I find myself in this situation at present; I am in a fantastic new relationship having recently been divorced. I have just cleared 99% of the wreckage from that previous life. I have a good job doing what I know (30 years this year of pre-hospital emergency care training and career has qualified me for it), I have signed up for a photography course which has been my passion for many years and would still like to complete the paragliding course that I started last year (Hmmm, combining all three, photography, paragliding and pre-hospital emergency care??? Maybe not!). My finances are starting to improve (anyone who has been divorced will understand) and I didn't dip below zero... So things are on the up and up.
So why do I still feel disoriented? I need to know where I am on the map; I need the GPS to kick in. I need this to happen quickly for my own sanity and for the sanity of those around me. Once I work that out it will all start to make sense again and I will believe that I can get to where I want to go; believe me when I say that that will be a relief!
Depression, post traumatic stress disorder, grief, loss and stress have all visited me in the last 18 months. I have been separated from my wife, lost my mother, lost interest in and sold my business, had to move house due to financial issues relating to all of the above, had to sell my vehicles to avoid bankruptcy. I have found a new love briefly and lost it due to all of the above, found Jacinta, found a new job and find myself trying too hard to make it back to the top of the pile which just seems to be straining everything.
The only thing I haven’t done so far is to find myself…
I said to my sister at one stage last year that if anyone else told me “take it one day at a time” I would have to kill them with a dessert spoon! In reality however, that is really the only way to do it; you can’t hit fast forward and skip to the next episode.
I think too much about what I would like and I am trying too hard to get there. I am not sure yet where I am and as a result I am spinning my wheels and trying to catch everything and hang on to it for dear life. I have lost too much recently.
I need to relax…
I need to breathe…
I need to slow down and smell the roses…
I need support…
I need to lighten up…
I need to realise that I need time and that it will happen one day at a time…
I need to help myself…
I need to find my location on the map…
Once I’ve done that there will be no stopping me, I will have my mojo back!
I'm sure that if you were interested you could find any number of ramblings on blogs all over the internet by people who put their own meaning to life...
Posted by Malcolm Garth at 11:26
I guess there are numerous ways but when we picked up this one he was nameless and we couldn't really decide... We already had a boxer and we wanted a tough little friend who could cope with the boisterous play that a boxer can dish up. I thought that a mini fox terrier would be a good choice. We found him at a pet shop, tiny (he could fit into my hand) and shaking as mini foxies tend to do... A trade was made and we took him home. On the way we decided to visit friends and show him off, they had an older miniature poodle called Bertie.
We arrive at Sue and Pete's with our new bundle of joy and rang the doorbell. I put the puppy on the front step and as the front door opened fully Bertie, completely unaware of the new addition, walked across the opposite end of the room. Well! Have you seen the cartoon Tassie Devil that goes into a spin? Our little bundle of joy and warm fuzzyness saw Bertie and decided immediately that he was a threat to his new mum and dad. The teeth (very sharp baby puppy teeth mind you) were bared and an amazing growl, no less threatening for it's high pitch was heard, followed by barking and Bertie was promptly chased from the room and didn't come back!
His name became Agro, not that he ever exhibited that type of behaviour again. and he now lives with my ex, his mum...
Posted by Malcolm Garth at 09:18
Thursday, 6 September 2007
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Monday, 27 August 2007
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Wednesday, 8 August 2007
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Tuesday, 7 August 2007
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Monday, 30 July 2007
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Sunday, 22 July 2007
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Friday, 20 July 2007
Thursday, 19 July 2007
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Wednesday, 13 June 2007
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Tuesday, 12 June 2007
Saturday, 2 June 2007
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Thursday, 31 May 2007
Posted by Malcolm Garth at 09:29
Tuesday, 29 May 2007
We are upgrading our internet access and we have been sent back to dial up for a couple of weeks! Apparently to upgrade from ADSL to ADSL2 the ISP has to do something that takes 7-10 working days. This is a ploy to make you feel like things are going faster than before because after two weeks your point of reference is dial up speed and I could walk faster than that!!!
Also having camera and lens challenges. All have been sent in for adjustments and I can't see an improvement, the saga continues...
Hence, no new photos and even if I did they would take too long to be uploaded.
Stand by for further developments as they occur...
Posted by Malcolm Garth at 10:55
Thursday, 17 May 2007
Wednesday, 16 May 2007
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Tuesday, 15 May 2007
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Sunday, 13 May 2007
Posted by Malcolm Garth at 19:55
Thursday, 10 May 2007
I first met Jacinta in Richmond at Boheme, a restaurant in Bridge Rd that we have since visited a couple of times. If you haven't been to Richmond in search of food recently, give it a try, there are a wonderful selection of fine gastronomic experiences to sample. A favourite for breakfast is Olmecs (also on Bridge rd) where they make their own bread and cakes in the bakery at the back of the restaurant.
Jacinta is a very creative person who is constantly looking for new things to experience. RSVP was one of those things and she met a few people before she found a "keeper", that would be me! :) The thing that she wanted to do last year that she didn't get around to was paragliding. Maybe when the weather improves we can get up to Bright and jump off a cliff together?
Jacinta is (in no particular order):
- Photogenic (she doesn't agree! They never agree!)
- Tidy (her flat is tiny, being neat helps a lot)
- Well travelled
- and heaps more
Posted by Malcolm Garth at 20:50
Wednesday, 9 May 2007
The relationship didn't last. It was too soon for me and I took a while to realise that. I will always keep fond memories and I wish her all the best for lifes adventures. I met Jacinta soon after...
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Posted by Malcolm Garth at 14:05
It was suggested that I set up a blog to show off some of my photos and to provide an outlet for the "creative juices". It was suggested, once again that I should set up a blog and then once more, until last night I logged in and here we have it.
The plan is to learn how to create the blog, upload some photos and then work out how to get people to look at them, comment on them and maybe even buy them...
Currently working on how to host photos so that they can be uploaded and viewed here.
Expect some changes as I work my way through this.
Posted by Malcolm Garth at 13:17