NicolMcNicolSometimes a fascinating area to explore. Yesterday I took a break from building my new shed and went for a drive to get some camera time in. I ended my drive at a place called Memerambi and its small country grave yard. Grave yards give us untold stories. There must be a fascinating story behind Nicol McNicol born Dalhousie Canada and his wife Jane born in the State of New York USA. What brought a couple such as them to a little farming community in Qld Australia….watch this space!

FirstBlossomsBlossoms are an English indie pop band from Stockport, Greater Manchester. Formed in 2013, the band consists of Tom Ogden (vocals, guitar), Charlie Salt (bass, backing vocals), Josh Dewhurst (lead guitar), Joe Donovan (drums) and Myles Kellock (keyboards). They were on the BBC’s Sound Of new music list for 2016 where they finished in fourth place. It was commented by the band and several other people that they were one of only two guitar bands on the list, alongside Rat Boy.

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.