This will start off sounding like a bad joke.

A guy walks into a camera shop and says….

Seriously tho, he says to me, I need a new lens for my camera. He says that when he looks through it all he sees is the person in front of him and he can’t zoom in our out. I said Ah, ok, you must have a lens that’s specifically for portraits. Do you know what type of lens it is? He says Canon. I said ok, but do you know if it’s 50, 90, or 100mm, something like that? He looks at me all pissed off and says… Do you know what hook to use to catch a blue Marlin? Or how to catch a Barramundi? I’m like… ah No? And then he says then how do you expect me to know what lens I have?

Now I’m thinking to myself… you BOUGHT the ‘effin camera! You should KNOW what the hell you BOUGHT! I said, well ok, then, what do you want to use the camera for? He said taking pictures! By now I’m about to slap him upside the head. Then says, I’ll just bring in all the lenses we have for this camera and you can tell me what I need. Uh… no I can’t, not unless you tell me what sort of pictures you intend to take. So I immediately told him to get an all-in-one lens. Like an 18-200mm lens. This would allow for him to take landscape shots as well as zoom in for closeups. And this is assuming he bought an SLR, because, he doesn’t know what he bought!

The wife standing next to him then says… maybe we should read a book on how to use this camera instead of wasting a couple grand on it and it’s still sitting in the bag.

I nodded and said, even a class might help. The guy grumbles and says, I’ll just bring all my lenses in and you can tell me what I need… he walks out, wife in tow.

Bloody idiot!

Seriously tho? If you’re considering a camera, find out what you want to use it for before going out and wasting your money on a high end professional camera and then coming in to a completely different store and frustrating the hell out of a sales girl when you can’t figure out how to use it!

Rant over… carry on! :D

Thought of the idea of having one of my frogs model next to a travel size bottle of perfume. CK One to be exact, a Calvin Klein favorite of mine. I then took a black back drop and hung it in the lightbox. Nice change from white I thought. Took both of the frogs out but only Anthony seemed to want to cooperate. Cleo couldn’t be bothered. She must not like ckOne. Anthony was all excited! Hopped on the top of the bottle and I snapped away! I then laid the bottle down to get him to sit on that but instead he sat beside it and stuck out his sexy little frog leg. What a ham!!

So I reckon Anthony should become Australia’s next Top Model… whatdya think?

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So Lyn and I headed up towards Yarrabah the other evening, around dusk. I dragged her with me because I wanted to try a technique that I haven’t attempted yet and thats long exposures with water. Ideally it should be dusk to dark for these sort of shots or at least I should’ve had an ND filter but until I can purchase one… I had to wait till dusk.

Many itchy bites later (and suffering badly!)…. these are the best shots with long exposure. If I had waited longer the ocean water would have been much smoother and the clouds would have a motion look to them. My exposure timing was about 1.2 secs in length. I really wanted a longer shutter speed- about 5 to 10 seconds in length but just couldn’t deal with the bug attacks to wait for the sun to go completely down.

Another attempt will be made but I’ll be more prepared with long pants and bug spray. Until then… I hope you like!

Long exposure to soften water.

Long exposure to soften water.

Second Long Exposure attempt

Second Long Exposure attempt

I wanted to take some pictures of the frogs today but I couldn’t think of any props to use. I must go yard sale-ing….

Anyway, I decided to see what I could do with my sunglasses, and I managed to angle one just enough that it sits pretty big on Anthony’s nose. Two good shots came out of that one.

I walked around the living room and checked out what we had on the bookshelves and found the knick knack of a pug on a motorcycle with a Mom tattoo. Thought OK! Here’s an idea! I tried to get Anthony on the back but he wasn’t cooperating anymore. Musta had too much exposure today and the glitz and glamour of it all made him tired. So out came Cleo.

She worked out perfectly and I got her clutching onto the back of the pug. Then I took an old photo driving through Colorado and created the backdrop. Gotta keep my photoshop skills up to par if I wanna get another design job, so here are the results from today!

Comments are always welcomed!

Cleo Hits the Open Road

Cleo Hits the Open Road

No Pictures Please

No Pictures Please

Ok, Just One More!

Ok, Just One More!

My partner likes to take pictures of me taking pictures. She tends to catch me out in all different positions and stances. Some are pretty funny and embarrassing. So today, after paying a very short visit to the local Botanical Gardens and getting pretty much…. wet, I headed home but with some of the shots I DID get, I found myself on the “wet”ground getting muddy and full of grass and leaves. Then it struck me.

Can be purchased at Redbubble. Just click on the image.

Can be purchased at Redbubble. Just click on the image.

A newer version of the above image has been created. When you click on the image it’ll take you to the updated version.

A good photographer will get the shot no matter the consequences. Which is normally why I never wear white when I go out on a shoot… and find my undies full of beach sand!

Anyway, if you’re a photographer and you “get it”… why not wear it? As soon as I get myself a job then I’ll be wearing my own! This can be purchased on Redbubble as a t-shirt (colour of your choice) or sticker at the same site. If you’re on deviantArt, feel free to download the image for 500 points and do with it as you see fit!

And now for a few embarrassing shots of me taking pictures.

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