BeforeTheRaceThe Legendary Burrandowan Picnic Races is unique among picnic races – located only a few hours from Brisbane and the coast, yet located a million miles from the worries of the world. Set among tall eucalypts 60km west of Kingaroy, the race day started in 1922 when soldier settlers wanted to gather together, and the tradition continues to this day.

YukoI love to shoot as a natural light photographer as much as possible. Understanding how to use light and shadow to your advantage is critical for a good natural light photo. Finding soft, even light is what I strive for when I want to create a flattering portrait, as it helps to avoid having my subjects squinting, and it avoids the issue of contrasty harsh shadows falling on their face. I prefer the SOOC (Straight Out of Camera) colour tones when working in softer light as they make for an excellent Black and White portrait.

SamPortraitDoubleSometimes it s a hard decision between Black & White or Colour. This shot was an opportunistic shot of a work colleague at a local outing so the framing is a little out. The colour shot is basically unprocessed except for a little vibrancy and grain added using Camera RAW. The Black & White is the Colour converted and a white vignette added using Photoshop. All comments, criticism and tips for improvements are welcome.