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Dragged my warm butt out into the cold this morning to roam around Fremantle with a bunch of other photographers on a ‘Photo Walk’ organised by Leigh Diprose (http://leighdiprosephotography.wordpress.com/). Had a great time, met some great photographers, managed to get a few good shots and talked cameras, not a bad way to start a Saturday.
 
Check out the ret of the ‘keepers’ on my facebook page http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.231839250269792.49693.101093903344328&type=1
 

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 In November 1941 the cruiser HMAS Sydney II and her crew of 645 disappeared after a battle with German raider HSK Kormoran.  It was the largest loss of life in the history of the Royal Australian Navy (RAN).  Her final resting place was not discovered until March 2008 when she was found in 2468m of water, 290kms off the Western Australia coast.

This  memorial honours those Australian sailors who were lost and is steeped in symbolism.

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During a recent ride along the Swan River I stopped at this idyllic spot for a rest.  I wouldn’t imagine there are too many capital cities in the world that offer sandy beaches with city views.

 

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For those who enjoyed my previous post ‘That one particular harbour’ here’s an encore.  After a night of cyclonic winds and torrential rain the beach was littered with grounded boats.  Arghh  the sea is a fickle mistress indeed.

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Getting good candid shots at a wedding is a combination of anticipation, constant vigilance and a just a little bit of luck.  Of course the better your anticipation and vigilance the less luck you need.

Wedding vows tend to make the mothers tear up, whereas seeing their little baby girl in her bridal gown for the first time always does it for the dads.  Learn to anticipate such moments and make sure you’re in the right place at the right time AND focussed on the right subject.  It’s no good focussing on the bride as she walks into the church, she has a long walk down the aisle and there’ll be plenty of time for photos of her on Dads arm, but there is only one chance to get the look on the grooms face when he first sees his wife to be.

It’s also very easy to get tunnel vision and only see what’s happening in front of you, but often the best photos are happening behind you.  It only takes a second to have a look around then go back to what you were doing but it can make a world of difference.

While photographing the bridesmaids I glanced around the room to see what else was going on.  How easy it would have been to have missed this gorgeous moment between a mother and her daughter.

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