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Archive for July, 2012

V8 Power

For our son’s birthday the family organised for him to play ‘Race Cars’ at the local track.  The speed, the noise, the adrenaline, after several terrifying laps around the course you would have had to hit him in the mouth with a dead fish to get the smile off his face.

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When you think of Ice Skating who doesn’t immediately think of Western Australia.  Well me for one.  But apparently every winter they put up a rink in Fremantle, so last week we went down to have a look.  Now coming from tropical Queensland the ice is not my natural environment but it was a blast watching the kids sliding and bouncing their way around.

The rink was packed so getting a good photo was neigh on impossible, you’d see the shot and by the time the shutter was pressed someones head was in the way.  Even at an ISO of 1000 it was too dark to capture the action, so if you can’t beat em join em.  I opted for a slower shutter speed and panning to blur the action.  It took a bit of playing around to get the right shutter speed to achieve the effect I wanted.  Anything more than 1 sec and there was too much blur, any less than 1/4sec and there wasn’t enough.  To get this shot I had to wait until the end of the session when everyone was being ushered off the ice.  I took a couple of hundred photos (thanks be to digital) and this was one of only three that I was remotely happy with.

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Cicerello’s

It’s a pretty flash sign for a Fish ‘n’ Chip shop but it’s a bit of an icon in Fremantle, oh and the fish and chips aren’t bad either.

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If I’d got to see it.

It appears that I haven’t been getting a lot of your posts.  I had a ‘like’ this morning from a blogger that I follow and an it occurred to me that I hadn’t seen a post of his for ages.  So I checked his blog and found that he had been posting regularly and that I hadn”t been getting the notifications.  I currently in the process of going through all the p0sts that I follow and trying to catch up.  So I apologise if it has appeared I have been ignoring you, it certainly hasn’t been intentional 🙂

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Waters on Fire

OK the last of the Shoalwater sunset posts for a while.  Hope you’ve enjoyed them.

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Mad dogs and Englishmen may go out in the midday sun but only baggy arsed photographers are stupid enough to drag themselves onto a beach on a bitterly cold, wet and windy afternoon to photograph a lighthouse.  On the entire beach there was only 5 people and all of them photographers.

I did learn one important lesson from this shoot, no matter how close you get to it, a tripod makes a very poor wind break.

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