CRANKWORX ROTORUA NZ 2015

What can I say... Crankworx rocked the house in New Zealand. Check the photos  here

 

 

Vertical World

Out and about after 4 years of absence in the rock climbing world, I finally got a chance to spend a day outdoors photographing boulderers and managed a squeeze on one of  Tom Thumath's boulder problems - he put up 3 boulder problems and manage to loose a line  he set the day before. Here are a couple of images on that loveley day. Enjoy.

 

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Day dream

Every time I drive pass this location on the way to visit my parents, I always dreamed of doing a photo session with a mate of mine, Scott Taylor. So when I finally decided to go for it, I scouted the spot, took some photos, message Scott and asked if its possible to shred it and when he said it was possible, we organized a weekend and trashed it, well, he did. Thanks to PocketWizard for the HyperSync Technology to make this shoot possible. Stoked!

 

1/3200 sec at f3.5, ISO 100 @ 85mm (EF70-200 f/2.8L)

 
1/640 sec at f11, ISO 400 15mm (EF15mm f/2.8 Fisheye)

Shout out to Scott for killing it and specially to Duane (Dwayne) for making my day dream a reality, you guys rocked the crap out of it. More photos on my FACEBOOK

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Images I took with my phone. Tilt shift effect by Tilt Shift Generator app.

 

 

Defining Moment

As my knowledge grew from assisting other photographers for the last 3 years, I got to know myself as a photographer and not just a photographic assistant. I realized who I am in this big world of creatives. I can now differentiate myself from other photographers that are in the same boat as me. The biggest thing I have learned from assisting photographers and assistants alike is, to have your own identity and to be true to yourself to stand out from the rest.

 

How can I make my images better and put my own stamp on it, is the question I always ask myself. To answer this question, I had to ask myself a series of questions over and over again, what do I love, what is important to me and what makes me happy. These are the questions that runs through my mind and it always goes back to my early years, remembering my first bike race in my early teenage years, my first camping trip and all my first adventure experiences in my adult life. One thing is common in these fond memories and that is, "being in the outdoors". Outdoors is where I'm happy, it is where I am true to myself, it's where I am at peace and it's where I am most creative at.Outdoors reflect my photography, whether it be, sports or simple portraits. It is what I love and passionate about.

 

Marti Friedlander, a prolific NZ photographer once told me, shoot what you love the most and it will define you as a person and as a photographer. So here I am, year 2013, shooting what I love, defining myself as a person and as a photographer.

 

My first photography blog

Writing my first blog about my photography is pretty daunting, specially when I haven't been in the industry that long (3 years) but I guess I have to make that jump and test the waters... so here goes nothing.

 

First and foremost, my background is outdoor adventure. I use to work as a rock climbing and abseiling instructor. I love the outdoors, it was my 9 to 5 job. I did it for 4 years then did outdoor retail for 8 years to fund my outdoor adventures and gears. Being in the outdoors exposed me to different environments which opened me up to landscape photography.

 

Here is one of my first HDR landscape images that was shot with my old and trusty 350D

 

My first camera was a basic Sony Cyber Shot point and shoot , we had some good times- Sony and I, until one day I left it on top of my car and drove off for a ski trip and trashed it. After that painful accident, I decided to look into DSLR and ended up purchasing a Canon 350D which I had for a while. The 350D was a great beginner camera in my opinion. I produce lovely landscape images with my 350D and learned a lot about photography... good times! But the 350D had limitations on what I wanted to shoot so I decided to sell it and upgrade to a Canon 50D which was a camera I wanted at that time. It was fast enough to shoot what I wanted and gave me extra features that the 350D can't. I was happy, now i can shoot fast action sports.

 

Local downhill race shot with my 50D with 24-70 lens at Woodhill Mountain Bike Park

 

Fast forward to 2010. I decided to pursue photography by enrolling to a private training college focusing on commercial and advertising photography. From there I started assisting some of the best photographers in Auckland. All the stuff I learned in the classroom made all sense. It made my transition from being a student to a full time photographer's assistant smoothly and may I say in a short time frame and at the same time working as a photographic technician for the school I graduated from. I was happy. Learned a lot about studio shoots, the lighting, dealing with art directors, make up artists, stylists and models. Also learned about marketing and the business of photography. It also makes me happy to share my industry knowledge to the students who are studying photography.

 

But being in this industry made me forget what I love to shoot because I was too busy learning new things about the whole commercial and advertising world. I was like a sponge, soaking everything up from all the creative people I work with, don't get me wrong, It was great, but I miss shooting my own ideas, most of all, I miss being in the outdoors.

 

2013... now this is my turning point, guess you gonna have to follow me on this blog to find out.

 

Well, that's pretty much what my background is all about, hope it wasn't too much of a bore. Thanks folks. Till next time.

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