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3 big time shoots

May 6th, 2009 by admin

My mind has been focused on 3 shoots in recent days, I have been constantly going over the three shoots, how to setup the lighting, the locations, all of the details, in mixed order for most of my waking and some of my sleeping hours. I completed the first shoot yesterday, and I am pretty happy with the results.


Here’s part of the setup I used, I’ll be able to post more in about two months or so. The other two shoots are still coming up. One is car related, the other is a pretty big sport star. Again, I will post more info as soon as I have the OK. Either way, I reckon my mind will be racing until both shoots are finished. I do know however, that I will be 100% focused at the task at hand. My time spent on the first shoot was about the only time that I wasn’t thinking about the other two. I liked that.


April 30th, 2009 by admin

My apologies for the lack of updates, I really have been too busy. Firstly, we had the toughest deadline in memory. Issue 75 has been a hard fought battle, it seemed almost everything that could go wrong did. The week of the actual dead line, we spent every night finishing the magazine, and shooting various parts of it, unit as late as 1AM for me, even later for the other guys. I can’t show you any of the results yet, but hopefully it will have been worth it.

Here is a bit of a teaser:

Ramen Kan

April 30th, 2009 by admin


The winter cold has arrived all of a sudden in Sydney, it seems like it was summer only weeks ago, and now we are in the throws of winter. One thing I look forward to in winter, is Ramen. There’s nothing like being cold and wind blow, and easing that pain with a steaming hot bowl of Ramen.

Ramen Kan is our favourite Sydney ramen joint, its the closest we have found to the amazing tasting Ramens we find in Japan. I usually order a tan-tan ramen, which is with pork and chilli, and it never fails to satisfy.

5min later and the bowl was empty.


April 30th, 2009 by admin

Living with us at the moment are my wife’s sister and her husband, and they have been looking for their own property for some time now. On a recent Saturday, the husband, Michael, had a property to inspect, and it just so happened that the auction was on later that afternoon. We convinced Mike to stay, and cutting a long story short, he ended up being the winning bidder. A big congratulations. This was the first auction I was involved in, other than what I have bought and sold on ebay. I didn’t know exactly what to expect, but I thought it felt basically the same as ebay, just on a larger scale.


Tofu Delivery

April 30th, 2009 by admin

Not quite as cool as the vehicles which deliver tofu around the Gunma Prefecture, I spotted this truck on the M5 the other day. It made me want to eat tofu that’s for sure.


New lights

April 30th, 2009 by admin

I’m always looking for ways to improve my shots, using new techniques, new equipment or new styles. One thing I’m currently experimenting with, is various types of lighting. I built myself a flouro setup, which uses 36W tubes powered by either a generator, of an inverter run from a car. So far I’m happy with it in some ways and not in others. In one way they are too powerful, not blending into the environment neatly. However, I do need to try them at more than one location.


Easter at Kiama

April 13th, 2009 by admin

We spent this Easter weekend away at my sister’s new holiday house in Kiama. The highlight of the place is the view.

200 odd metres walk to the beach, but we were content just lazing on the lounges and watching the world pass us by.
I first saw the plans that were drawn up for this place a while ago, and this was the first time I saw it in the flesh. I was very impressed. The plans made it seem a little plain and small, however in reality its, fresh, modern and spacious, with high quality fittings and everything you need to have a super comfortable weekend away.


Easter show

April 10th, 2009 by admin

Took a day off from work to take my family to the Easter show, I just had to take my camera along too.

This was breakfast, it’s one potato attached to a drill and pushed through a spiral cutter. It’s almost continuous, and if it wasn’t for the dripping oil, would have been an awesome chip.

People take goats seriously.

Three little pigs. I’m liking pigs more and more, I think I’ll eat more bacon.

The kids always love the animals.

Lunch was a nice Weisswurst, a German pork sausage with curry sauce and mustard, along with onions and lots of sauerkraut, one of the better hot dogs I’ve had.

Plenty of pram parking.

Art cows.

The TV show MasterChef was being filmed in front of us, I didn’t get to sample their creations as a horde of school kids surrounded their stands just after I took this shot.

A few nice hot rods were on display out the front of the Dome, this one is actually a friends car.

Apple fish.

Our drift car was also on display in possibly the busiest hall in the show, the showbag hall.

The NSW police displayed an Evo X, that’s one car which I’d pull over for.

Racks of Fape hoodies.

Heart attack

April 7th, 2009 by admin

Dropping my equipment is always a fear of mine, and thankfully it hasn’t happened too often. Tonight it did and my heart skipped a few beats. I had the body on a tripod taking a shot of a potential location, adjusted the camera and as the ground was sloped, the weight of the body just tipped the tripod over on its side. When I picked it up, the lens was half attached to the body. At this point I felt like I was in a car crash. My main body was about to be toast. Having a broken lens mount isn’t something you can fix on the spot, and as my 5D is way out of warranty, it wasn’t going to be a cheap fix. After a bit of a jiggle I managed to remove the lens, quick grab another to test the body mount and it was fine. Phew.


The lens mount had the issue, and I noticed the screws were now loose and the mount looked barely attached. As soon as I returned home I tightened all the screws and everything now seems fine. Phew. Double phew. I didn’t want to be forced to pick up a 5DmarkII and 24-70 tomorrow at locally inflated prices. The body did suffer some new scratches (to go along with all the others) but that gives it character.


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.


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.

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