National Geographic has recently singled out one of my popular and successful photographs with an 'Editor's favourite' on the National Geographic website. National Geographic as you probably know are not some fly-by-night photography organisation, but are widely regarded as a benchmark for media outlets in the field. This is a fantastic boost for my confidence leading up to the coming South Australian AIPP professional photography awards where I will be entering 10 prints of my work. This particular image of the Split point lighthouse with milky way in the background, south of Geelong has won be numerous awards in the past, including a gold award in the AIPP nationals Science category, and 4th overall in the International Aperture awards science category (currently Loupe awards). Not to mention being one of my most popular shots here on DA.
National Geographic may even choose to use this image in an upcoming publication of theirs, as is the purpose of this small award they give. Quite exciting.
Hi all! as you may have guessed, Hawaii was awesome, I wish I had a better underwater camera, but ah well :/ I think I have some good shots.. not sure though not overly confident, but we'll see.
Anyway, Any and all comments on the layout and function of my new website is greatly appreciated! I designed it over the last week so that it would be fully mobile-compatible while being easy to access and obtain information.
Soon to come should be some photos I took in Hawaii, and of course wedding photos that I have been working on recently. Job enquiries on that front has really taken off in the past year, so that makes me very happy.
woo, yay for *drakeo1903 for coming up with such an original and thought-provoking name! HIGH FIVE! YAEHAH
Tell her what she's won Jill!
devdrakeo1903:, you're going home with.... A BRAND NEW CAR! oh wait, hang on... no... sorry about that, jeese this is awkward.. Sorry, you only get a year subscription to DA.
You're terrible. :/
Seriously, if it weren't for DA I'm not sure I'd have any reason to do any personal work that I put up here, and I really enjoy doing it. It's just hard to find real support for this kind of stuff in real life you know?
Well anyway, I seem to have received a few more print sales from the recent interest in my page generated from my DD, so I have some more money to spend on you guys to welcome all you new watchers.
I'm going to give out a year sub to whomever can name my fish the awesomest (That a word?).
here he is here. I know I need to clean the tank..
I'd just like to thank all my watchers, all 1,521 of you, and all the other people on here that has kept me around this long.
Now, I have about $150 worth of print sales money in my DA account, and I figure I can give out some goodies. I'd run a contest, but no-one seems to enter my contests, well ok, 5 of you did... where were the rest of you? But anyway I wish I could give something more substantial to the DA community than buy crap for you all, but that's pretty much all I can do.
So perhaps, maybe you might get a package from DA, or maybe not, depends if you're under my mouse cursor when I go clicking about. I've already started.
"When flatulence permeates the library, I will drown my knees in butter and show-tunes."
Such powerful words!
With a runner-up of 1month sub
"Methodically I sidestep the saccharine torpedoes in favor of a wet embrace with a hare I once bumped into while snowshoeing down 42nd street."
Eye opening stuff!
A whopping 5 entries for a year sub! yaaay!
Ok, that's out of the way.. Fact was I was in the area it struck just hours before it hit, but boarded a plane just before so I was in the air, and diddn't find out about it until that evening on the news with my Home-stay family in Kyushuu.
So, back from my tsunami trip, unfortunately diddn't visit the most heavily effected areas, so didn't get the photo journalistic shots I had hoped, but I had a great time anyway. Getting back to Japan is always great. (Especially when it's free like this, haha)
Anyway, the most strange and weirdest original phrase you can come up with as a comment on this journal will win a year sub. woo! Deadline is a dayish from now.
Which means I'll be in Japan from the 3rd until the 13th of December, so a bit of a chance for me to bust out my photojournalism skills to document something worthwhile. Quite looking forward to it.
In other news I've been trying to convert my print sales monies on DA into points to give you guys back some subbies, especally with this sale on at the moment... but the damn thing wont let me Help desk is no help either. So yeah, awesome...
In other news I'm growing a moustache for movember, and I'd appreciate it if anyone has a spare buck to sponsor my efforts. In doing so you'll be helping the 3,300 men diagnosed with prostate cancer each year and the 1 in 8 men who experience depression. Together, we can change these statistics.
To make a donation head over to my 'Mo space' page at au.movember.com/mospace/343952…
Or this image:
Basically my most successful image ever, winning a gold award in the AIPP National Science awards and various other honours.
Please give me a small birthday present and vote for me please? THANKYOU!
And the WINNER is ~Sophia-Christina 12 month subbie to her
Here's a feature for ~Sophia-Christina
I've awarded ~Sophia-Christina with a month subbie for being the first entrant, and ~KylerTheMighty, ~genericwin, !Shep610 and ~Que-Lastima for being awesome! YEAH!
A feature from them!
As most of you older chaps might know, I like to do a random give aways of sorts, to celebrate whatever I might like celebrating... perhaps I bought some m&ms? or I'm getting married? or I feel like throwing money at people? heh, in this case I'd like to welcome those new people here, and I hope I don't disappoint
So without further ado, I'm going to give a year subscription to whomever can submit a photo of an amusing word written using something found in the kitchen (not a pen or other traditional writing materials) by Saturday night, 10pm my time.
So submit, upload into your scraps and post a link in this journal. Winner will depend on how amusing the chosen word is, and artistic use of materials. My judgement is final.
And for those of you too lazy to do something like this... 1 month sub to the 8th person to comment on this journal! (no repeat commentors!)
OK then, I've awarded ~Sophia-Christina with a month subbie for being the first entrant, and ~KylerTheMighty and ~genericwin for being awesome! YEAH!
A feature from them!
~Furiousxr tends to favour the panoramic stiching style of photograph whereby many photos are stitched together lengthways to form a much higher resolution image of a scene. He is featured on TV in Western Australia and one of his claims to fame if that he took the image used on the backdrop of the local news cast for Perth. Unfortunately for some reason his stuff is little known on DA...
So there you go.
You may have seen my most recent shots from that trip to Japan appearing in your watch lists pretty happy with them, I'm looking forward to putting together an exhibition at some point... dunno when.. School holidays coming up! So hopefully I find some time to do it then.
Anyway, I thought I might outline where I'm headed just in case anyone currently in Japan wants to meet up? Also bit of a chance to showcase some more DA work other than mine from these places.
Flying into Singapore on the 8th - stop over for 7 hours, so HERES THE AIRPORT! YEAH!
Get to Osaka on the 9th
Himeji on the 10th
Okayama the same night
Adelaide is the capital of South Australia, the city has a population of a little over 1million people, founded in 1836, it's the fifth-largest city in Australia. It's considered a hub for university students, with a very large population of international students, and has a focus on stand-up comedy and international art and craft.
Adelaide does however have the reputation of a boring city due to the fact it NEVER CHANGES! heh
Anyway, here's my showcase..
These images have a remarkable 3D effect in depth due to the harsh contrast these images produce, coupled with the incredible whites-produced from light reflecting on the embossed silver plates the images are developed upon. Unfortunately the digital representations I've included as part of this journal cannot replicate this sense of being. However there is a way to describe it. Think of those holograms you would get in a packet of chips, or on the VISA sticker on your credit card, but the effect doesn't 'move' when you tilt it around as these holograms do. It's really quite spiffy.
You'd hope so too, considering the amount of time and dedication it takes to develop a true daguerreotype. Usually produced on a silver-surfaced copper sheet, or any embossed metallic surface coated with silver halidades or other photo-sensitive material, daguerreotypes are an exposure of a scene or image through a lens, forming a 'latent image' (or invisible image). The latent image is then made visible, or "developed", by subjecting the exposed plate to the fumes rising from a quantity of heated mercury. The mercury vapour condensed on those places on the plate where the exposure light is most intense (highlights), and less so in darker areas of the image (shadows). The developed image is then dipped into hyposulphite of soda to fix it, and remove any lingering photosensitivity. So as you can appreciate, the process can be very dangerous, and very rare to come across in the modern world, and older ones are hard to come by as the actual image produced is very fragile and very prone to damage. In fact the daguerreotype fell out of favour by professional photographers as early as the 1860s in favour for less dangerous methods.
Still, the marvellous process is still possible today, and very few dedicated deviants still practice the art. It's a real shame these artists truly do not receive the exposure they deserve due to their devotion to a highly unorthodox method of creating an image that would be made so much simpler with modern equipment. I guess this unfortunate phenomenon can also be attributed to the tiny percentage of people on DA who have dabbled in this kind of thing, and hence don't recognise the skills needed to produce works like these below. Indeed, actual daguerreotypes, and those mimicked using digital textures are very difficult to tell apart sometimes.
~sludge-factory Seems to have dabbled in a method with Becquerel instead of silver halidade producing these Nude Studies.
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*MordsithCara seems to have more of a grasp on contrast and detail with her work, but still following along with the nude theme. Seems pretty popular with Daguerreotype photographers
~VivianDeMilo uses a wetplate tin-type process that is very similar to the traditional daguerreotype, but differs in the way that these are photographs made by creating a direct positive on a sheet of iron metal that is blackened by painting, lacquering or enamelling and is used as a support for a collodion photographic emulsion. Tintyping was developed shortly after the daguerreotype, it's slightly safer, but still takes alot of preparation.
actual daguerreotype though:
And a few others: