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I just posted the following on my blog (link) and I thought I'd share it here:
I had the great pleasure of shooting two weddings in June. I'm not a wedding photographer. I never envisioned myself as a wedding photographer. I came into both of these as someone who has centrally focused on landscape photography with a bit of dabbling in concert photography. These two weddings really stretched me in terms of my knowledge, experience, and abilities--especially the second one, where I was the primary photographer. Is it something I would consider doing again? Yeah. I think so--in fact, one of the bridesmaids and groomsmen from the second wedding asked if my wife and I would also do their wedding next year. I learned a whole lot and could go in with far more confidence than initially. My experience with event shooting is finally getting into something of substance now. Still, I would really love the opportunity of working under someone on an event. Lower pressure practice would only benefit.
At the very least, I learned that I could do it, if I chose.
The first one was a little more relaxing since I was a second shooter, focusing entirely on candid moments in a more photojournalism style.
#1. Don't jump into shooting a wedding on your own without some experience a second shooter first.
Honestly, I really wish that I could have been a second shooter at least a half a dozen times or more before ever doing an entire wedding on my own. There's a lot more to do than you could imagine from simply watching from the outside. Simply put: come out the other side of the second wedding: I had no idea that I knew so little. There is no other kind of shooting that can...
I just got back from a 3 day visit to Hpa An, Myanmar which is located about a 4 hour drive from Rangoon towards the Thai border. Myanmar is quite a popular destination for photographers but most people tend to go to Bagan, Mandalay and Inle Lake. It is a shame because there are some beautiful places in other parts of the country.
This first photo was taken in the kitchen of a local monastery.
This one after a long walk through the caves at Sadan
This is Kyaut Ka Latt located in a lake just outside Hpa An
These are some of the Kyone Htaw Waterfall located a little further south in Karen held territory.
Also from the waterfalls...
This was at a Hpa An Pagoda. The kids are looking at a photo I gave them taken with a Fuji Instax
And this was taken on the drive back to Yangon
I will post another set later...
Spent a nice few days out on Cockatoo Island in Sydney Harbour with the better half earlier this week. Fabulous place to explore and learn the history of the island from a very harsh penal colony, to girls reformatory then finally a glorious history of ship repairs and building. Remnants from all eras still remain. For me the machine shops had me mesmerised. I would have loved to have seen this place in action a the height of the ship building era.
Machine Shop by Southy, on Flickr
Lonely Lathe by Southy, on Flickr
Machine 1438 by Southy, on Flickr
Shift by Southy, on Flickr
Gears by Southy, on Flickr
Pull The Lever by Southy, on Flickr
Browett Lindsey by Southy, on Flickr
Spindle Speeds by...
The night skies at Piermont on the East Coast of Tasmania Australia this week were stunning. A full moon, and clear skies - cold with a little mist around made for some lovely shots - if not with the best clarity of the stars.
All taken with the Sony A7S & Vario Tessar 16 - 35mm - I generally start with 25 seconds, ISO 3200, f4 @ 16mm and vary from there with ISO first and aperure after that.
Milky Way over the amphitheatre (2 shot landscape panorama)
Moon rise halo over the Hazards
Piermont Resort Stone Cottage
House on the hill