I've been a supporter of the Tasmanian Land Conservancy for a few years. They recently launch a new TVC campaign.
Just before the Christmas holiday kicked in the TLC's first TV ad was launched on SBS, and I might be biased, but it's looking pretty schmick.
The ad wouldn't have been possible without the generous donation of time and talent from Mark Ringer and Andrew Charles, who guided the creative concept development, Red Jelly Hobart for production development at cost and the SBS Foundation for awarding TLC free-to-air advertising time.
Find out more about the Tasmanian Land Conservancy
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A Sense of Place is more than just a travel photography workbook; it's geared towards helping you learn to experience a place more fully, see it with wider eyes, and photograph it more intentionally.
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Based on his trips back home to Morocco, Younes guides you through his process of making photographs in a place that is both foreign and familiar. Through this experience, beautiful photographs, and a series of excellent creative exercises, Younes teaches you how to see in new ways and do the work needed to make beautiful photographs of places near and far, strange or familiar.
Starting off with a quick section about shooting At Home, he then jumps head-long into a much longer section on making photographs Abroad, but the two can not be so easily separated: the skills, and exercises, needed to make compelling photographs in either place are the same.
For those looking for a discussion about traveling with gear, he touches on that too, but it's so much more. Younes is a patient and capable guide, though he'll make you work for it. If you're looking for a primer on photography of places, this is an excellent place to start.
Younes Bounhar is a scientist turned travel, architecture, and landscape, photographer. He is based in Ottawa, Canada. His clients include St-Joseph Media, Apex Publications, K2 Impressions, National Institute of Scenic Arts and Music (Spain). His photographs have been featured in several magazines in Canada and abroad (including Canadian Geographic, PhotoLife, PhotoSolutions, Photography Monthly, and Craft & Vision's PHOTOGRAPH).
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For me this is the most treasured part of Tasmania...
Franklin River Rafting are taking 2013 bookings now.
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This is the Blu-Ray unrated trailer for Blood and Chrome...
While not the greatest music video I've seen, it is my favourite song from Nada Surf's album The Stars Are Indifferent To Astronomy. Here is the newly release Nada Surf clip for "Jules And Jim".
I notice a 'menage a toi' theme going on here. I'm into sharing!
Youtube clip notes:
The music video for the song Jules and Jim was filmed over the span of several months on location in Arch Cape, Oregon and inside a historic house in Providence, Rhode Island. It gently alludes to the classic French New Wave film of the same name. The video brings you into the dreamlike world of three characters who are both intertwined and isolated and into three different worlds which are also intertwined and yet isolated. The different perspectives of both the three characters and the three worlds seek to evoke the ever changing feelings and roller coaster ride that comes from being a rational being crazy in love - desire, jealousy, security, ecstasy, sadness, beauty and the like, and yet to be able to see clearly outside ones own feelings. The sets are either actual outdoor settings or were composed from organic materials and found objects. The characters were made from found objects, wire, and Sculpey.
The film was directed, animated and edited by Rachel Chaiya Blumberg. This is her second music video. In addition to film making she is also a painter and a musician.
With the first episode of Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome about to go online, here is a exclusive teaser clip to get you pumped.
In other Battlestar Galactica news...
HOME RELEASE SITREP: BLOOD & CHROME will be released on Blu-Ray and DVD on 19 February 2013. Pre-order now via... fb.me/B0yfrobx— BSG: Blood & Chrome (@bloodandchrome) November 8, 2012
Gary Hutzel and Doug Drexler talk about how LightWave was instrumental in the creation of the 1,800+ VFX shots for... fb.me/w4eXDZiG— BSG: Blood & Chrome (@bloodandchrome) November 8, 2012
Southern Cross Production in Tasmania have been putting in the long hours to get Big Australia 6 part series on air this Saturday evening. Tune to 7Mate at 7.30pm.
View the sizzle reel at Cineflix.
Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome is the prequel to the re-imagined BSG television series of 2004 and follows on from the BSG: Caprica series.
Set in the tenth year of the First Cylon War, the story follows William Adama as a young man, with the call sign "Husker." William, being a recent Academy graduate, is assigned to the newest battlestar in the Colonial fleet: the Galactica. He is ordered to escort a young woman, who eventually turns out to have vital information that carries significant importance to certain Cylon secrets. He is accompanied by Coker Fasjovik. The routine mission eventually turns dangerous and becomes a pivotal part in their story. (source: Wikipeadia)
I remember seeing Luke Pasqualino on the Skins TV series a few years ago and have been following him on Twitter, awaiting news of the Blood & Chrome series. That news came today...
Hey guys check this!!Please spread the word :-)insidetv.ew.com/2012/11/05/bat…Enjoy!!— Luke Pasqualino (@LucaPasqualino) November 5, 2012
Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome starts this Friday as online at MachinimaPrime YouTube channel.
When "just-in" ain't big enough...
Today I made a small contribution to beautiful documentary about Stanley Park. I had the opportunity to visit this amazingly scenic park in May this year and walked the surrounding seawall.
Stanley Park: An Urban Wilderness is a full length documentary telling the remarkable story of Vancouver's iconic park.
As of this posting they had only raise $235 of their $100,000 target with 42 days to go. I'm surprised the local Vacouverites haven't shown much support for a film about their deeply loved 404.9 hectare park in the heart of the city.
Film-makers Adrian Green and Grant Finlayson started the project last year and need finance to finish the documentary off. Please visit their website Beautiful Earth for more information about the film, or drop by the campaign page to make a contribution.
Take a moment to view the work they've completed so far...
Nada Surf's front man Matthew Caws got in the spirit for Halloween.
chapel hill, two-thousand-and-something, look at that cinnamon bun hair! twitter.com/nadasurf/statu…
— matthew caws (@nadasurf) October 31, 2012
I look in the mirror
To see what my hair is doing
Is it kind of skywalker
Or kind of stupid?
This comes on the news that Disney acquired LucasFilm for 4.5 billion dollars which includes the Star Wars franchise and operating businesses.
EPCOT, an acronym of Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow, is a Utopian city of the future planned by Walt Disney and are probably looking at a few makeovers.
— Jase Wells (@jasewells) October 31, 2012
I am 100% against new Star Wars episodes. That being said, if they'd cast me in them, I am 100% FOR new Star Wars episodes.— David Blue (@DavidBlue) October 31, 2012
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Back in May & June this year I traveled to British Columbia, Canada. A feature of this trip was a day cruise on the Inside Passage aboard BC Ferries Northern Expedition from Prince Rupert to Port Hardy on Vancouver Island. There are snow capped mountains, waterfalls, whales and other wildlife, all stunning vistas to keep a photographer happily occupied for hours along this sheltered waterway. I'm currently reviewing several hundred video clips shot on my little Nikon AW100 and also capturing a few still frames of scenes I'd missed taking with my DLSR.
On a few occasions while travelling, I come across items that are made in my home state of Tasmania. Below is a video frame capture taken on the cruise and shows a liferaft capsule made by Liferaft Systems Australia who operate out of Derwent Park in Hobart, Tasmania.
I only discovered this today. How did i miss it?
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One of my favourite photographers has a new book coming out in December. Although I specialise in landscape and not portraiture, I really like the lighting style of Joey L .
Amazon book description:
Aspiring photographers are always looking for that edge, that fresh point of view to add drama to their images. Photographer Joey L. found his vision early, drawing critical acclaim as a brilliant commercial photographer with a distinctive technical expertise for lighting.
In Photographing Shadow and Light, Joey lifts the curtain on his dramatic, creatively fearless approach to portraiture, sharing his personal philosophy and a behind-the-scenes look at 15 striking photo sessions—from personal projects shot in Africa, India, and Brooklyn to commercial shoots for 50 Cent, the Jonas Brothers, and Project Runway All Stars. Joey provides readers with a step-by-step description of how he visualized each shoot, formed meaningful connections with his subjects, and “built” his signature dramatic lighting effects—one light at a time.
Featuring more than 85 stunning portraits, detailed lighting diagrams, and a foreword from industry icon David Hobby (aka Strobist), Photographing Shadow and Light shares the creative process behind one of today’s most exciting photography talents, providing serious amateurs and professionals a fresh perspective on creating compelling, professional quality portraits.
“Joey Lawrence is . . . the future of photography. Get used to it.” —David Hobby, from the foreword
Get inside the images of commercial and fine art portrait photographer Joey L. with this behind-the-lens guide to his fearless approach, creative vision, and signature lighting techniques.
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Stayed up to watch the world's best Parkour athletes compete at Art Of Motion in Santorini, Greece.
This is Ryan Doyle (UK) performing. Ryan was knocked out in the final round, coming 8th.
For a full event replay, follow the link in the tweet below...
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Kevin is a veteran commercial photographer who knows how to cut to the chase and provide photographers of all levels with the practical advice they need to create and manipulate light in order to produce the best aesthetic. Whether you’re using studio lights or off-camera flash, an eight-foot octabank or a bed sheet, you’ll learn about how to get light to do what you want, regardless of the tools.
Back around May this year I spent a few weeks in Vancouver to explore the pleasures the city has to offer. Vancouver is renown for its film and television industry, just check out the listing on IMDB. Here's a trailer for an small independent file, Do Something With Your Life. In it you'll see a few of the iconic landmarks of the city.
From Vancouver Is Awesome:
Directed by Darren Borrowman… the unofficial working title for the film was actually “Vancouver Is Awesome”! They made the film for about $15,000 over the course of the last 3 years and while I don’t imagine that independent filmmaking is an easy road to travel down producer Bob Woolsey told me that “At the end of the day our greatest asset was the city itself. No matter where you point the camera you’ve got a beautiful shot and no matter who you talk to they know someone who is involved in film in someway and they’re always willing to lend a hand.”
Mike Browne is in the middle of a quarter life crisis when Lindsay (the girlfriend that never was from high school) and Kara (the exciting new girl he falls in love with) both (re)appear in his life. Mike must navigate his feelings for both women while also trying to figure out who he is and what he wants out of life.
His best friend is an amateur wrestling manager, his brother just got in to university but doesn’t want to go and his dad smokes more pot than he does. With no one to look to for guidance, Mike is left haphazardly wandering from one problem to the next with a feeling that life is passing him by.
This is the second video I'm seen of a seagull taking off with a GoPro.
And there's the other one, posted about a year ago...
Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up." - Thomas Edison— Bear Grylls (@BearGrylls) September 11, 2012
Tourism Tasmania is conducting a special two-month tactical advertising campaign to encourage Australians to visit Tasmania during spring. The campaign will also create further consideration for travel to Tasmania over the following summer and autumn period.
Based on Dr. Seuss's final book before his death, this is a story about life's ups and downs, told by the people of Burning Man.
Sometimes I need a little help around here too...
It's like Parkour only on a bike.
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Although it is not unknown for the marsupials to take to water, experts believe the animal might have felt trapped on a tidal bank in Tallebudgera Creek and decided the canoe was its best way to escape. (via towleroad)
Aussie Olympic diver Matthew Mitcham and his ukulele take Rome by Segway
This is a new wacky animated comedy that explores what daily life is like in a galaxy far, far away. There are no Empires striking back or attacking clones here. Instead, Star Wars Detours focuses on the universe's regular folks and their everyday problems... which, to be fair, do frequently involve famous bounty hunters, crazed Ewoks, and even a Dark Lord of the Sith.
Welcome to Star Wars: Detours: the other side of the stars, between the wars.
So here are a few Tweets that have grabbed my attention today.
I know what I'm watching tonight...
Billy Connolly + British Columbia - what's not to like? Tonight 7.30pm on 72: last ep of his Journey to the Edge of the World series.— BeCuriousinBC (@AussiesLoveBC) August 27, 2012
I've been looking for a solution to synchronise Lightroom catalogues on my MacBook Air and iMac. This comes close but not quite...
Synchronize your Lightroom catalog with the cloud using Mosaic View: j.mp/MWfAZg— PetaPixel (@petapixel) August 27, 2012
This is a beautiful waterfall shot...
… and this stunner of the Milky Way pouring into a waterfall. Well thought out composition.
Milky Way + Waterfall: ow.ly/dfiKm— Amazing Photography (@AmazingPics) August 27, 2012
Although I'm not the conference type, I hear the best part is the free buffet...
British match racing sailor, Ian Williams started following me on Twitter today. No chance of reciprocating as I'm following the Kiwi FMJ team. (Yes I know I should be backing the Aussie teams.)
Just moved into the Badrutt's Palace hotel ready for St Moritz Match Race. Pretty nice view from the balcony! twitter.com/Williams_Racin…— Ian Williams (@Williams_Racing) August 27, 2012
Last I checked, bids were at $7,000 for the tin lid...
Tassie pro cyclist Wes Sulzberger retweeted this unfortunate gem...
Last year I stayed up all night to watch this event via internet streaming. It's one way to use up my monthly 30G quota, but worth it. Santorini is a natural environment for Parkour.
Early promo for this one. It's gonna be huge! :D instagr.am/p/O1fZ_BDUPj/— Airborn Academy™ (@AirbornAcademy) August 27, 2012
And the tributes continue...
Throw-away photographs shot during Neil Armstrong's visit to the moon: j.mp/SKwHxN— PetaPixel (@petapixel) August 27, 2012
It's been many moons since I last did one of these… strap yourself in.
Prince Harry's at the Reading Festival. You may not recognise him with his clothes on.— Elizabeth Windsor (@Queen_UK) August 26, 2012
She knelt before me on the shed floor and tugged gently then harder until finally it came. I moaned with pleasure, 'Now for the other boot.'— Fifty Sheds of Grey (@50ShedsofGrey) August 25, 2012
Suits finale secret: In that scene where Rachel wakes Mike up to go to give his eulogy . .i broke a toe after kicking the table.— Patrick J. Adams (@halfadams) August 25, 2012
Im still thinking....— Luke Pasqualino (@LucaPasqualino) August 26, 2012
— Andrew Shepherd (@SmirksTas) August 25, 2012
#RipNeilArmstrong.’I put up my thumb and shut one eye & my thumb blotted out the Earth.didn’t feel like a giant. I felt very, very small.’
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A three image panorama of Rearguard Falls in British Columbia, Canada.
Rearguard Falls is one of two waterfalls on the Fraser River, situated near the BC/Alberta provincial border.
Acquisition: Nikon D5000
Processing: Lightroom 4
Pushed the processing to give it a slight faux hdr/tonemapped look.
There's a larger view on my Flickr page.
Here's the before image...
Lions Gate Bridge at Prospect Point (Stanley Park). The bridge spans Burrard Inlet to North Vancouver.
Taken on an evening harbour cruise just after sunset.
Processed jpeg file from AW100 . The faux HDR look created by ramping up the Clarity slider in Lightroom's Develop module.
Dear Rouge: Heads Up! Watch Out! EP
Rock/Pop duo from Vancouver, Canada (****)
Waiting For Something
Nada Surf: The Stars Are Indifferent to Astronomy
New York indie rock band Nada Surf release their seventh album entitled The Stars Are Indifferent To Astronomy, it expands on the Matthew Caws-led group’s sparking indie-pop songwriting. Catchy, affable tracks that pair sunny melodies with propulsive guitar riffs that culminate in an infectious buoyancy. Good news: this style infuses the entire album. (*****)
Andrew McCarthy: The Longest Way Home
Award-winning travel writer and actor Andrew McCarthy takes us on a deeply personal journey played out amid some of the world’s most evocative locales. (****)
William Shatner: Shatner Rules: Your Guide to Understanding the Shatnerverse and the World at Large
I'm told this is quite a funny read.
Mark Cavendish: Boy Racer
Inspiring read on the early pro-cycling career of the guy known as the Manx Missile. (****)
Neil Pasricha: The Book of Awesome
This gem of a book reminds us that the best things in life are free. (*****)