In support of the Springs of Hope Orphanage Kenya, thousands of photogs around the world joined the Scott Kelby Worldwide Photowalk. Although 2014 was the seventh anniversary of the walk this marked my maiden photowalk as I joined the photogs in Newcastle NSW Australia.
This is a group shot mostly made up of the Newcastle Sundance Group (image courtesy of Nigel Paterson. The groups image of the day can be found here. On arrival I could not miss the group, some had the big DSLR’s such as the Canon 6D, 7D mkI, 60D and small collection of Nikons. To my surprise some carried the old film greats and I believe I even saw a Rolleiflex. Now that is old school but so cool.
The day was bright and the sun was high that made shooting very difficult. Our route went through townhouses of Newcastle East and onto the sea and harbour edge of Newcastle. The walk made easy with four fine brewing establishment set along the way making it easy to capture the people and places that belonged to the beautiful city of Newcastle.
With so many photogs about, my strategy was to mix it up by shooting angles to work with the dark harsh shadows. I also find it good to capture different perspectives, either higher (like a bird) or lower (like a frog). I take more shots from the floor as this is always available but when the opportunity can come from a height something standard can get very interesting and unique.
A photo walk is all about observing and learning how to capture things and moments as they arise. There is not often time to think as life can move so fast. I am not one for sticking a camera in some ones face and walking away. Rather I like to use photography as way of getting to know people and learning more about the way we live.
A bride to be had just stepped out on the way to her wedding. She was looking beautiful and was kind enough to smile for me.
Passing the Emporium in the Newcastle Mall I noticed a fly sitting on the nose of a mannequin. Shoo fly.
My setup included:
- Olympus OMD E-M5;
- 2 prime Olympus’ lenses being the 45mm 1.8 and 17mm 1.8; and
- Olympus FL-600R Flash.
To my surprise out of the 30 odd there was three or four others that had also found the guiding light to the mirror-less cameras as myself. All praising the system for the following reasons:
- Compact and fast enough to capture the action with no shutter lags or focusing problems;
- Great variety of prime lenses that are small, light, versatile and very sharp.
- quiet, more discreet and compact.
- I also added the FL-600R flash as it is a great versatile flash to match this system.
Collecting Shells on a bright Saturday afternoon.
Recommendation is to have your own style of post processing and improve upon. However, to be honest I don’t have a style at the moment and am working on it. For these images my process was simple and is as followed:
- Import to Lightroom;
- Rate images in the import screen;
- Utilise pre-sets I have made out of the SLR Lounge V6 Beta Preset System;
- Minor brush touches to portraits (if required);
- When going for the same look due to similar elements and lighting I synchronise the images to make it a one step process for most images.
No Image take more than 5 minutes, most are less than a minute and even more are synchronized. For this walk I took about 50 shots, processed 20 in less than half an hour. Some would call it lazy.
Along the coastal walk I noticed a strange being leaving the water. It was this guy surfacing in full gear, snorkel and spear.
Fishing was the common them along the Newcastle Foreshore. These kids doing it the old way.
This marks my first post with the new look site in an aim to make this into a magazine for the community. Where photographers both professional and enthusiast can share their inspirations, gear and life by submitting their own journal entries. This has been available previously but I am building upon it. If you have a something to say through images, say it here.
Just working the shadows. The end.