Well after what appears to be an extremely long absence shooting other stories and working on my upcoming exhibition in Sydney in the Headon Photo Festival I am back and in the mood to take some great photographs of the local surroundings.
And what better time of year than this to organise an impromptu day long photographic workshop in the visually blessed Snowy Mountains region of Australia?
For all of you who wish to celebrate the brillance of the summer wildflowers in the high country by taking home a photographic memento of the experience I invite you to join me in a journey of discovery of the Alpine region on Sunday 15th January.
With the perfect long days, soft light and mild temperatures what could be more pleasant than a drive to one of the many beautiful wilderness walks in the area carrying a pack lunch and a camera?
With years of experience in teaching photography I can help you get the best out of your camera equipment and create the best images you possibly can.
Starting at one of the many walking tracks in the Alpine area we will discuss what particular interests, expectations and goals students wish to achieve through the course of the day and examine each individuals photographic equipment.
After completing the walk and photographing particular areas of interest, while discussing the best techniques for creating atmospheric images that best describe and capture the experience the student has had the class will be invited back to a thorough review and critique session of the photographs at the beautifully appointed Hogben’s Hut.
Students will meet in Jindabyne at 9.30am and travel to one of the walks in their own transport. The class will conclude at sunset at the Hut. For more details, what to wear and what to bring please email email@example.com. Course cost excluding transport or lunch $140.00 per person. No concessions.
Yesterday in the Snowy Mountains of Australia the sky at sunset was ethereal…there is no place in the world where I have ever experienced the range of effects lighting the landscape as I have here…Its so awesome in the real sense of the word that I stood gobsmacked and meditative at the incredible variety and movement in such a still landscape…
Now for most people that last sentence would hardly make sense…movement and stillness in the one landscape?
Well for anyone that has seen Michelangelo’s half carved ‘Four Warriors’ emerging from the marble at the Accademia in Florence, they would know that it is possible to capture that sense of monumentality and energy and movement in a fixed medium if you are a genius…
But what if you are not a genius? Where do you start to try to translate something as fixed and unmoving, yet as changeable as an ocean wave as a Snowy Mountain landscape, into a work of art?
As a photographer I could merely look at the myriad highlights, shadows and tones of the mountain landscape that were constantly changing in front of my eyes and just gasp at its incredible beauty…It was sometime before I realised that I would run out of time and if I wanted to attempt to take a photo that might capture this feeling that I had better go and grab my camera.
But where to start? The vista that I was confronted with was so broad that it was difficult to determine how to make it fit into my viewfinder. I shot twelve photos all up and eleven missed the point completely. In my desperation to photograph this feeling I twisted my head left and right, marched up and down so that I looked like a madwoman and then finally, staring at something I see everyday, I watched the light turn it into a miracle.
Thats the twelfth shot above…
I have desaturated it to emphasise the contrast and the tonal range because I find colour can be quite distracting but I am going to put a colour version below…I have cross processed the film if you are wondering how I got that colour effect and I feel it gives it a kind of painterly effect, like those posters we used to have at primary school of the great Namatjira’s work…maybe they have seeped into my bones…after all the central desert is so similar in spirit to here…
So the question is what do you think best portrays the Snowy Mountains landscape? Do you like the black and white or the colour version of the ‘Three Sisters’?
To go and grab a copy of todays Weekend Australian Magazine…Go and get one and check out the ‘Heart of The Nation’ section in the rear, it features quirky and unusual shots and today features one of my favorite images that I took of a Snowy Mountains local in his element.
Todays featured shot on ‘Its A Hard Life’ is an incredibly beautiful image from the back country. This photograph was taken just outside Charlotte Pass on a beautiful sunlit afternoon. It has been published in TIME, seen worldwide on the CNN website, exhibited in Sydney and Melbourne and I have sold a number of copies.
If you would like to improve your photography or take it to the next step then time is running out for you to register your interest in our weekly workshops which begin on Tuesday 2nd August and will be held at the SMGS Library. Please look at our Photographic Workshops page for further details. Its a rare opportunity to be taught by a complete professional with many many years of editorial and commercial experience at the cutting edge of publishing and multi-media.
Classes are filling fast so send us an email or give us a call by Tuesday 2nd August and we will book you in…
For further information contact Lisa at firstname.lastname@example.org or 0458 727 324.
This is Mike Bowers and he is the quintessential GoPro!
The shot has been taken on a GoPro system but Mike is also one of the most notable photojournalists that Australia can lay claim to and a Pro in every sense of the word. So much so that even this ski self portrait is perfectly composed!
Mike’s biography is more than impressive…As a photojournalist his development started out with 14 years in the Press Gallery in Canberra covering five Federal election campaigns and accompanying 3 Prime Ministers on various national and international trips and extended to include tours of duty in conflicts in Cambodia, Kosovo, Bougainville, PNG and The Middle East. He was Pictorial Editor for the Sydney Morning Herald from 2001-2008. Mike was also Chief Photographer for The Sydney Morning Herald before becoming freelance.
Mike is a regular commentator on ABC radio and the host of Talking Pictures on Insiders which airs on ABC 1 and NEWS 24 on Sunday mornings.
He has published 3 books, “Gallipoli Untold Stories, The Big Picture”, “175 Years of The Sydney Morning Herald” and “A Century of Pictures, 100 years of Herald Photography”. He is in the Final stages of his fourth book, “Armageddon, Trouble On A Faded ANZAC Trail” a joint venture with journalist Paul Daley.
So while the GoPro system is easily accessible to most consumers today it takes a master of their art to create a shot as well balanced as this one….Nice to see Mike GoPro!