Hill Baltic

Like Ships In The Night

One thing I’ve not been able to shake since childhood is a sense of wonder at long haul travel. Whether it’sView full post »

Libertine I

Libertine

Within the accepted bounds of photography one is taught never to place the horizon in the centre of an image. We areView full post »

Hypersilence I

Hypersilence

A funny thing happens when you sit at a beach for a long time. You become numb to the crashing waves. Sounds blend intoView full post »

Don

Don’t Fall

Photographed in the months following my mother’s death, this series visually deviates from the airy nature in muchView full post »

Amnesia I

Amnesia

Childhood toys represent all that is playful and innocent, however a transformation takes place when they’re leftView full post »

The Process

Long exposure photography is a process where the camera shutter is left open for extended periods. To put this inView full post »

   

Landscape Photography : Cloudscapes

Like sitting beside the ocean, the sky brings me a sense of openness, a sense freedom and calm, it awakens possibilities and is a great source of hope and inspiration. As a child I wanted to be two things, a race car driver and a fighter pilot. Whilst I still wouldn’t mind being a race car driver as age caught up I realised being a fighter pilot meant war and killing. This certainly took the shine off the prospect of flying military jets. Whilst I haven’t ventured down the path of flying just yet it’s certainly on the cards for the future, albeit in a recreational manner.

In the meantime I enjoy a fascination with pointing my camera towards the sky. Here is a shot I captured last week whilst out shooting. Oh, just for the record the other thing I wanted to be as I grew up was a photographer, I found magic in the process, it grabbed my attention and has never let go. Landscape photography has taken me to so many amazing destinations, it’s given me the chance to spend time seeing and feeling, and I’m so thankful for that!

   

Jack Chauvel - Hmm really dig this frame Sam. Such a peaceful thing to go out and shoot, I often forget to just take shots of the sky as it changes. Should change that one day.

Book Cover : Aldo Nove : Tutta La Luce Del Mondo

Mamma Mia! Well, right about now I have exhausted my best attempts at passing myself off as Italian. Come to think of it my grandmothers father was Italian, so I guess in some small way I can claim my Italian heritage, anyway, I digress…

My image Amnesia VIII has been selected as the cover for the new book by Italian author Aldo Nove, Tutta La Luce Del Mondo. I could claim that it’s a sultry novel exploring the dark recesses of the human spirit, love, lust and destiny, but I would be lying. All I really know is according to the Google machine ‘Tutta La Luce Del Mondo’ translates to ‘All of The Light Of The World’. If nothing else given my fascination with light I find an air of mystery and excitement within that notion.

If they ever release an english version of the book I’ll have to read it to find out what it’s really about. In the meantime if any of my Italian audience happen to read the book feel free to leave your review, I hope it’s a goodie!

   

Landscape Photography : Long Exposure Sun Trails

Sunlight brings me a sense of peace and calm. Feeling it against my skin lifts my mood instantly and reminds me that there is more to the world than any problems I may be facing. In general I find being outside and open and uplifting experience, my sense of adventure kicks in, a child like wonder gasping to explore and discover. I have been lucky in building a life whereby I can spend time outside each day, time searching, finding, creating and feeling free. This is a stark contrast to how I feel when I’m stuck inside an office, fluorescent lights flickering, green and sick. I feel trapped, I don’t think it’s how we are meant to live. Whilst certainly a reality of the modern world, it has become who we are. Rise in the morning, head to work, spend the entire day stuck in an office, head home and do it all again. It’s a lifestyle so many are unhappy with, yet there is so much pressure to do it, because it’s how things are done, it’s life.

I’m not a religious person, but i find a sense of power, of something greater within nature. As such I love spending time with nature, just being, feeling and breathing. I am currently working on a new series that documents the path of the sun as it rises and sets. Captured using long exposures over a number of hours I get to spend time with the sun and with light. The extended exposure times are almost a forced meditation, the sense elf calm reflected within the subtle tones and textures of each image.

This is a series in the making, I have been experimenting with various techniques to capture sun trails for years, a new series will be released around this technique soon, but for now, here is a sneak peek.

Landscape Photography Sun Trail 1

   

Five Long Exposure landscape Photography Tips

If you want to delve into the world of long exposure photography there are a few things to know, read on to find out more!

Amnesia I

Amnesia I

1. Get your camera out of your hands and onto a tripod, not just any tripod either. Using a cheap flimsy tripod is a recipe for camera shake, the shutter of the camera can be enough to cause a vibration in a flimsy tripod. Although they aren’t cheap do yourself a favour and invest once in a sturdy tripod such as those by Manfrotto and Gitzo.

2. ISO, the way to go. So we are about to photograph using low light levels, first things first turn your ISO up, right? WRONG. Digital sensor noise becomes particularly bad during long exposures and the best way to avoid such noise is to shoot with a low ISO. For most circumstances my camera performs best set to 100 ISO so I try to leave it there. Simply lower the shutter speed to obtain a correct exposure, after all, with a good tripod you camera isn’t moving anywhere.

3. ND is for me. The neutral density filter can be used to great effect in landscape photography. Sometimes you are shooting on your lowest ISO and smallest aperture yet you still desire a slower shutter speed. This is where the humble ND filter steps in. Available in a variety of strengths I recommend picking up a couple and having a play with slowing your shutter speeds even further.

4. Film is great for long exposure photography as it doesn’t build the noise that digital sensors do, if shooting film however you must be aware of a trait known as reciprocity failure. Essentially it is a phenomenon whereby films sensitivity to light changes with exposure time. The easiest option for dealing with this is to find a “reciprocity chart” for the specific film you are using and refer to this when calculating exposure times.

5. Carry a torch! Often when shooting long exposure photos it will be dark or getting dark, I can’t tell you how many times I’ve forgotten a torch and had to fumble around as darkness fell. A torch is so handy to keep in your bag for such occasions.

   

Jack Chauvel - Good tips Mr Burns! I’d add, if near ocean.. lens cloth & warm socks :)

Jeune - You really make it seem so easy along with your presentation but I in finding this matter to be actually one thing which I think I might never understand. It sort of feels too complicated and extremely extensive for me. I am looking forward in your next put up, I’ll attempt to get the hang of it!

Jesselynn @ JQ Photography - Holy crap, that picture is stunning. Thanks for sharing, can’t wait to put your tips to good use!

Sydney Advertising Photography : Horsing Around

So, I took these couple of pics a while back to put in my advertising photography portfolio. I like to bring an element of quirk to my photography, hmmm well… and to my sense of humour… so these cheeky photos probably speak somewhat of who I am.. yeah thats right… I like to make a habit of dressing in horse masks and setting buildings on fire*

*Samuel changed his last name to Burns as a result of his love of arson**

** Is not true… BURN! mwuhaha… ummmm.. hmmm.
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Advertising Photography

So I decided to post a lighting diagram of a photograph I took a while back for my advertising portfolio. When lighting shiny objects such as cars what you really see is the reflection of the light source in the surface of the object, thus for this image most of the light is coming from behind/above from soft light sources in order to reflect the light towards the camera. The passenger was lit with a softbox from the from front left and the trees with a strobe placed on the ground behind the car.

Sortly after the shoot the talent who was clearly agitated from my constant direction “thats it, work it, work it, a little more, gimme blue steel, no too much too much decided to lob the mcdonalds cola at my face. Narrowly missing me it connected nicely with my trusty assistant who happened to be handling a gererator at the time. RIP fry, if you are reading from up obove take note of your new nickname*

*Events may not have happened

Shot at 1/125 sec @ f8

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Recommended Sydney Wedding Photographers

Hi guys, thanks for stopping by my site. It’s fair to say that you’re probably here because you’re looking for an amazing wedding photographer. A wedding photographer complete with incomprehensible skills, an alluring beard and the ability to make you look 13.8 years younger. I used to be that guy. Ok, perhaps I didn’t possess all those abilities, I was however a wedding photographer and a bunch of people even enjoyed my work enough to fork over their hard earned dollars for my button pushin’ skills. Unfortunately the time in my career has come whereby I’m leaving wedding photography in order to focus (bad pun) on my landscape photography. Shooting landscapes drew me to photography in the first place, yet I have slowly drifted away from them as I got caught up with weddings, commercial work and everything else I’ve done over the years. It’s certainly a tough road making a living selling landscape photography, it is a road however that I must go down.

Alas! Your visit to my wedding photography site is not in vain! I have compiled a list of Sydney wedding photographers that I recommend checking out. Most of them shoot weddings in Sydney, throughout Australia and internationally so please get in touch with them regardless of where your wedding is. The list is in no particular order. Some of the photographers shoot in a style similar to myself, some are completely different. I encourage you to take the time to check out all the photographers and hope that somewhere within this list you find a wedding photographer that ticks all your boxes. Whilst I’m sure most of them won’t have a beard anywhere near as alluring as mine they all know their way around a camera!

And now to the list. Again, it’s in no particular order, there are some amazing wedding photographers lower in the list so please take the time to check them all out! Best of luck. Samuel.

Rachael Muller

Jack Chauvel

Michael Ralph
I Love Wednesdays
Robert Meredith
Olga Kowalski

Vincent Lai

Eclektic Photography
Firefly Images
Grant Davenport

Alma Photography

Jo Bartholomew
Candice Campbell Photography
Fiona And Bobby
James Frost
Lara Hotz
Photography By Marko
Matthew Mead
Lumsdaine Photography

Sarah Story

   
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