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March 31st, 2009 by admin

Here is another random pic from Japan earlier this year, this is Kumakubo’s new Evo X in the foreground, with the old Evo IX in the background. The IX was the car which almost dominated the D1GP year in 2007, winning rounds and cleaning up Exhibition events in the US. This happened to be the same event at which we took the Auto Salon Industrie S15 to, so were in awe of the car and driver.

EvoX

The Evo X was Auto Salon Magazine’s issue 74 cover and it was a very long drive from central Tokyo to the K-Style workshop at Nihonmatsu, not to mention the A$80 in tolls we spent getting there. It was however, a worthwhile trip to see where these amazing cars live.

Spotted.

March 23rd, 2009 by admin

A few weeks ago I did a shoot for the PR Company that looks after McDonalds and So You Think You can Dance Australia. It was last minute gig, and I only received the short brief on the day of the shoot. They did however, like my shots and will use them in Posters in McDonalds and Westfield stores. Last night while walking past the TV that no one was watching I saw an Ad for the event, a road trip featuring one of the Dance hosts/Choreographers, so I checked out their website, and spotted one of my pics:
SYTYCD

Not a terribly exciting photo, but hopefully the poster will have some cooler action shots.

Allen and Gloria – Pre wedding shoot

March 16th, 2009 by admin

Last weekend Carol and I had a ball photographing Allen and Gloria. They are a fun couple who love joking around with each other, and us. Can’t wait for their wedding later this year, it’s going to be a blast.

Some sailors from the Royal Australian Navy popped in for a pic as well. A stack of navy ships docked into Sydney Harbour over the weekend, they had the city open to them, and had a ball apparently.

Fuel.

March 9th, 2009 by admin

Here are two photos from a shoot I did for Wheels a few weeks ago.
The story is in the March Issue of wheels, and was a pretty amazing experience. The car is a 6.0 litre V8, with 260kW, and it went from Sydney to Melbourne on one tank of fuel. I was sure impressed. Read the full story in this months issue.

V8

While the drive wasn’t all that long, I can’t remember the last time I drove to or from Melbourne.

Geek out

March 5th, 2009 by admin

Being such a gear head, I have a natural affinity for anything techy, I find myself helping out family and friends with many an IT/Audio/Phone/Camera recommendation, setup, or in this case, build. Michael at work wanted a cheap PC purely for Counter-Strike, so this is what I came up with.

Asus P5KPL-CM Motherboard
2gig 800mhz Ram
160Gig SATA HDD
9800GT 512MB Video
E5200 CPU
SHAW 680w case.

Total cost: $512.
220fps in CS makes it all worth it.

Favourite Software

March 2nd, 2009 by admin

CD

With so much talk regarding what camera does what, which lens does this and how many gigapixels my new phone has, little effort is allocated to discussing the software that photographers use. With digital photography, software is so important and different raw converters, image editors, etc all make as much difference to the final image as the camera itself. Here is a basic list of what I use, I am still refining this and trying new applications, so I will try to keep you informed if I find anything I like.

OS, Vista Business.
As mentioned previously, I’m no Mac fan. I use one at the office and although I have finally become used to it, I still prefer Windows for the most part. I haven’t had any issues with Vista so far, it seems fast to me, plays the games I want, runs the applications I need, and I like the way it looks. I run Business as that’s what the laptop I bought came with.

Image viewers
I use 2; ACDSee, and Photo Mechanic. PM is awesome, it manages pics well, and nothing compares to it for speed of viewing RAW files. They are viewed faster than Jpegs using some applications. After a shoot, I copy the pics, and crank up Photo Mechanic, giving me the fastest way to view my shots. ACDSee I use as my default viewer, its pretty cool for browsing hard drives, and is fast for web sized pics, as well as a one click send to Photoshop.

Image editors
Again I use two, one more than the other. For the most part, it’s Adobe Lightroom.
After trialing version 1, I wasn’t very impressed. On my old PC it was unusably slow, so I basically gave up. Version 2 helped resolve my speed issues, and now I run it as my main editor/processing software. I import the pics, select and edit them in LR, then I can export easily for high res, print size, web size, print packages, whatever. It has a few cool web gallery plug ins installed, and the main one I use, simpleviewer is cool but a little slow in LR, so I do that in the most serious of serious editors, Photoshop. PS I really only use for major work, i.e. de-rigging a car, retouching portraits, etc etc.
I do also use Bridge for one thing, generating Contact Sheets as PDFs. That part of it is cool too. Bridge used to be painfully slow in its early versions, it’s now at a point where it is actually useful.

FTP programs.
So many different variations of the same thing, I used to use WS_FTP religiously, however have now discovered SmartFTP, and I really like it.

Raw converters.
This is a minefield. Adobe Camera Raw is almost a standard, but CaptureOne has some pretty strong supporters. I have only briefly played around with C1, and wasn’t instantly converted, perhaps when the 5DmarkII arrives and C1 supports it I will do more testing. At the office we still use Canon’s Digital Photo Professional on the Macs, as its the only one which can do Raw to CMYK Tiffs in one easy step.

Web Browsers.
I only use Firefox now. It’s quick, slick and efficient.

Burning software.
I’ve tried a few here and there, Toast on the mac works OK, but isn’t hardcore enough for my tastes. On Windows it has to be Nero. It’s pretty much perfect, that Roxio stuff which came with the laptop is a joke.

(Not so) Free Weekend

March 2nd, 2009 by admin

With last weekend being the first for this year where I didn’t have a job or event booked, it was time to tackle some odd jobs around the house which have been needing attention for a while. After mowing, edging and weeding the lawns, I had to replace an old screen we had the front of the house. This old thing was a real eye sore, 1970s white lattice, it was held in place with old coat hangers, and managed to move, read; fall off the balcony, during windy nights. A more modern and permanent solution was needed and here’s what I came up with;

screen

It’s a plank of treated pine dynabolted to the house, with horizontal planks screwed in place. I did that good a job that Carol now has given me approval to tackle the same job in the backyard, on a much bigger scale.

screen2

$100 in wood, half a day cutting, drilling and screwing, and I impressed even myself. Now, do we stain and lacquer it, or paint it white?