MegaPhotography #6! Benjamin Eriksson Photography and I have put together the most fun Mega Photography Weekend yet! Number 6 will feature the most popular workshops from the first 5 weekends plus a special workshop facilitated by Rowan Wales from the Phillip Island Observatory. Rowan will have a couple of his massive telescopes on hand to get a detailed view of objects in the night sky as well as the possibility of mounting your camera to the scopes to get your own unique shot.
On the weekend I posted a shot of a few rolls of film. Wanna see what was on those rolls?
One of the rolls was in a camera that had not been touched in almost 14 years. On that roll, there's a shot of baby Willow (who's now 14.5) and some shots of our other daughter Juni winning an ice skating competition. Juni would not let me post those shots. It was like walking down memory lane!
The other rolls had shots taken during a beautiful wedding, a professional shoot for a local florist, a few family snaps and some landscape photography.
Here is a selection of the film shots. Most taken with a Canon EOS 55.
These 4 rolls are ready for development. We love shooting film because it makes us slow down and thoughtfully consider every shot. And then, you've got one chance to get it right. No spray and pray digital style with film.
I'll be announcing another film workshop soon. If you want to try your hand at shooting film come along. We have cameras all the way from fully auto point and shoot to fully manual no light meter cameras for you to use for the workshop if you don't have your own.
If you would be interested in a 35mm film workshop, let us know
"History is merely a list of surprises... it can only prepare us to be surprised yet again." Kurt Vonnegut
From largest three-masted steel ship in the world to a hulking wreck sitting on a reef in the middle of the night, the S.S. Speke surprises.
Taken during our last One to One workshop.
The Mega Photography Weekend #6 will launch next month and we are so excited that this weekend will feature the Milky Way, shooting the stars and light painting.
Benjamin Eriksson Photography and Photo Rangers wants all our participants to experience the magic of the cosmos and we will have our very own Phillip Island Astronomer on hand to help us understand the night sky and even bring along a couple of high powered tracking telescopes.
You can see all the details and workshops offered over the weekend under our Events Section on Facebook or the website or you can book your ticket on this link https://www.trybooking.com/BASFZ
Places are limited.
Last night we held our Adventure Based Landscape Workshop. We were able to put the Athabasca Filters from PROtog to work. Athabasca Filters is one of our supporters of the @benjaminerikssonphotography and Photo Rangers MegaWeekends.
We had stunning conditions and put the suite of filters to work. In the first 2 images we used the Athabasca gradient filter and the third was the gradient filter plus the ND1000 or 10 stop filter. What impressed me was the lack of any colour cast and ease of use of Athabasca Filters.
Check out our Events section for upcoming workshops.
We are going on a photography adventure and would love to have you join us! See Facebook or website for event details.
Adventure Based landscape workshop this Saturday. Try out @athabasca.australia filters. Check workshop details on our Facebook or website. Message asap to book your place.
This Saturday on Phillip Island. Learn how to take eye popping landscape photos. We'll trek around the Cape Woolamai Track and get stunning shots of The Pinnacles and Two Caves. See event details or message us for more info or book your place. Cheers dale
This Saturday is our very popular Catching the Wave Workshop here at Cadillac Canyon. This is my favourite place to shoot around Phillip Island.
I'll have an Athabasca Filter kit on hand if anyone wants to try their hand with a quality ND filter kit.
Let me know if you are interested.
Fujifilm XT2, 10-24mm f/4
The good folks at PROtog have sent me this awesome Athabasca Filter kit. If you want to try Athabasca ND Filters, come along on our Catching the Waves Workshop on Saturday. Let me know if your interested in attending.
Also, here are a couple of shots taken at the last Catching the Waves Workshop using Athabasca Filters.
Our Adventure Based Basic Workshop started with perfect weather but 5 minutes into the workshop the wind changed and started blowing a gale. Rather than head up the coastal track we walked up the forest track to stay out of the wind.
We saw heaps if wallabies and some awesome skies. Next week is our slow exposure workshop, if you’re interested shoot us a message.
A few product shots of the Rockwell Razors 6c Safety Razor Shave Kit with Phoenix and Beau Spitfire shave soap. Rockwell has taken the classic double-edge razor that your bad-ass grandpa would have used, and completely re-engineered it from the ground up. I've ditched the expensive plastic razors in favour of this cheaper and environmentally friendly old school option. Not only does it look cool, it's a damn good shave on my prickly face.
The Old Ones say the raven lives between two worlds - the present or the now and the spirit world. They can move freely between the two carrying messages back and forth. Next time you see a raven, send him away with a thought for a loved one on the other side.
Shot with a FUJIFILM XT3 and 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 lens
Taken during tonight's One to One Workshop.
I was hanging with my mates again tonight. One likes to think he's a fashion model - here's his 'blue steel' look. Another is a wannabe gangster and the last is painfully shy.
Fujifilm XT3, 100-400mm.
The Moon provided the perfect back-light for last night's light-bending star magic.
We still have spots open for tonight's Astro Photography workshop. If you are interested, contact me asap.
Fujifilm XT3, Samyang 8mm f/2.8 fisheye
Don't miss those golden moments. Learn how to unleash the power of your camera and get stunning photos.
Come along on our Adventure based Basic Camera workshop coming up Saturday 23 March.
I took this shot on Sunday while on a One to One Photography Workshop out on the Cape Woolamai Track with a Fujifilm XT100 (Fuji's entry-level or base model camera).
Stars, that's what's up. This Saturday night we'll be shooting the stars and the tail end of the Milky Way. If you want to learn all there is to know about how to get stellar stars, join us on this great workshop.
You can find all the details in this link - https://www.photorangers.com.au/events/2019/3/11/adventure-based-astrophotography
If you are interested in attending let us know ASAP to reserve your place.
Social media has assisted photographers in fast-tracking their skills and learning new techniques and genres. I have loved looking at other photographers photos and wondering how they got the shot? How they edited the shot to get the particular look? Or discovered a new technique or genre to try for my self.
It also validates the photographer in getting quick feedback on images. This is usually based on the number of likes or favs on an image.
But, what I am discovering now is that is also homogenising creative photography. It's actually removing the creative aspect and encouraging photographers to shoot, compose and edit in similar ways. I think of social media and its influence like a drug dealer. Slowly drawing the photographer in with likes and social media attention. Then, gradually over time, the desire for increasing likes and followers leads to producing images in a predictable format. In a format that will draw the most likes. The images become about the likes and less about the creative image or the unique scene.
I'm guilty of this too. Photo Rangers does not advertise and communicates to customers and potential customers through social media. Getting likes and followers means enlarging our sphere of influence and marketing our workshops to greater numbers of people. I have found myself thinking 'what will get the most likes/attention?' and then posting an attention-grabbing shot.
Shots that generate the most attention for landscape photographers are wide angle, long exposure, water or waterfall shots at golden hour with plenty of nice colour in them. A nice astro shot with a lit foreground is also increasingly popular. Actually the more red or the brighter the Milky Way the more likes. These are always well shot well composed perfect landscape shots. They are also shots that have become easy to take with modern camera equipment.
This makes me sad because I think it is sucking the creative life out of us photographers. I challenge you to go out and take a landscape shot that is not the 'Instagram Gold' standard. be creative and experiment. Use a creative eye and see what you can discover. I look forward to seeing your shots!
Here are a couple I took last night using a super telephoto lens (100-400mm).
Fujifilm XT3, 100-400 f/4.5-5.6