Monthly Archives: July 2013

Penrose Yacht Club

When I first moved to the Southern Highlands I had heard stories about a steel-hulled yacht in Penrose State Forest. Until recently, I had long forgotten about it. I wanted to check the hashtag for SouthernHighlands and one of the images that popped up was a yacht in Penrose State Forest! I then commenced searching on-line for clues as to its possible location. Despite it being a geocache destination I could not find specific co-ordinates. However armed with a topographic map and cross-referencing various mentions on the web I thought I had narrowed down its location.

Inserting a way-point and a possible route into my GPS I set off with my daughter armed with our cameras to see if we could find it. Despite being reasonably confident that I was on the right track we arrived to an empty intersection. From published photos, this surely was the right place! We persevered up one trail and found two old wrecks. After a quick look we decided to continue our search. After back-tracking we continued down another track and how exciting it was to catch a glimpse of the yacht through the trees!

I am not sure the story behind why they yacht is in the forest in the first place. On the web there are various theories. Whatever the case, this is a large steel-hulled vessel that would require a significant amount of effort to get it there.

What is weird is that periodically it gets relocated!

If you can shed more light on this mystery I would love to hear from you.

Yacht Bow

Yacht Bow

Yacht Stern

Yacht Stern

Yacht Hull

Yacht Hull

Handrail Detail

Handrail Detail

Deck Detail

Deck Detail

Hull Graffiti One

Hull Graffiti One

Hull Graffiti Two

Hull Graffiti Two

Hull Graffiti Three

Hull Graffiti Three

#SouthernHighlands #Penrose  #Yacht

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Beautiful Waiheke – Part 1

Waiheke Island is a beautiful part of the world. In April I was fortunate to be the photographer for Mark & Manon’s wedding. Apart from attending and capturing the event, I was able to spend extra time exploring and photographing this wonderful place. It included a fishing trip with Cliff Fishing for Snapper with soft plastics.

This series of images are the more “colourful” ones, I am working on a more subtle series 🙂

Waiheke_Island_Alien_Cloudscape

Alien Cloudscape

 

Waiheke_Island_brilliant_sunrise_02

Brilliant Sunrise

Waiheke_Island_brilliant_sunrise_pano

A brilliant sunrise – panorama

 

Waiheke_Island_Coromandels

Sunrise towards Coromandels

 

Auckland on Fire

Auckland on Fire

 

Waiheke_Island_Full_Moon_Setting

Full Moon Setting 

 

#Landscape #Waiheke #NewZealand

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Eiffel Infographic

Another assessment task from our TAFE course. The brief was to construct a infographic poster from a number of set topics. The poster was also to be based on an aspect ratio of 80 x 30cm. With my engineering background I chose Gustav Eiffel.  Obviously with a name like his most people can assume what he is most famous for. However after conducting some research to help with the poster content I was surprised with the number of significant achievements. These included:

  1. Early adopter eg compressed air caisssons & hollow-cast piers.
  2. Pioneer of insistence that all engineering decisions based on thorough calculation of forces involved. He combined this analytical approach with a high standard of accuracy in drawing & manufacture.
  3. Growth in rail network immense effect on people’s lives, but required many bridges to be built.
  4. Both the Eiffel Tower & the Statue of Liberty are immense symbolic importance – internationally recognized landmarks. Established aesthetic potential of structures whose appearance is largely dictated by practical considerations.
  5. Contribution to science of aerodynamics probably equal to his work as an engineer!

I had several attempts at designing the infographic. These first was really just a quick sketch to see how the elements could fit.

Next I carefully pieced together key elements based on the research. I was happy with the overall composition, but unfortunately I got sucked into too much detail. I also started to incorporate some subtle visual elements such as the stress/strain diagrams as part of the Statue of Liberty gown and the tattoo of the steelwork plan. An infographic’s core function is to convey information to the audience and I think these elements were too obscure.

The final version I altered the aspect to create a vertical panorama and use the idea of linking trusses as a time line. I then added various details of key dates of achievements.

Then I just got silly… I made an Eiffel Tower out of Gustave Eiffels! I hope you enjoy 🙂

Initial Sketch

Initial Sketch

 

Version One

Version One

Version One - detail

Version One – detail

 

Final Poster

Final Poster

 

Gustave Eiffel Tower

Gustave Eiffel Tower

 

Gustave Eiffel Tower - detail

Gustave Eiffel Tower – detail

 

 

Beautiful Hobart Harbour

An earlier post (Spectra Light Tower) showed images of Ryoji Ikeda’s amazing installation as part of the Dark MoFo Festival. Whilst in Hobart I shot several images from my hotel room which overlooked the harbour. Most of the week it was dull rained-out grey, which was not that interesting. I would imaging that the harbour does get wild weather from the south.

However on a couple of occasions the light was right to show off the harbours beauty.

The last rays of light

The last rays of light

Evening Glow

Evening Glow

Winter Morning

Winter Morning

#hobart #harbour #landscape

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Afanador Sketches

Ruven Afanador is a wonderful and creative photographer. His specialty is mostly fashion and celebrity portraits. I can highly recommend looking at his work. The images of Amanda Seyfried are just awesome (those eyes!) However he has another body of work that is probably best described as outrageous.

Refer to the Ruven Afanador website and his books.

Please note this is a purely a drawing exercise for our TAFE class. Our lecturer wants us to get used to a flowing free brush, and not clean stiff analytical tracing. This is actually very challenging! (especially for someone who does not like to colour outside the lines…)

An additional challenge is to use very few different brush types.

The whole objective was to get us to try to draw freely. Instead of getting stuck with the “blank canvas” some of Ruven Avanador confronting portraits from several of his books were used as the basis for our character sketches. We were to use underlying photos to draw several sketches of only one character or element.

These are my first attempts. I really did struggle with this exercise! After quite a few goes I started to get a feel of getting a shading effect by building up brushstrokes. I found that swapping between a black then a white brush and varying the opacity I could get the desired effect.

After the characters we repeated the exercise for trees, clouds and backgrounds from a limited number of supplied photographs.

Once we had a library of elements, the next task was to assemble them using a classic arrangement:

  • foreground (our sketched character)
  • mid-ground (trees)
  • background (European village scene)

Rather than a “conventional” landscape we were to incorporate our sketch elements ensuring that the foreground comprised one of our characters. Further, this element was to dominate the composition.

Don’t worry if you think my sketches are “weird” – they are meant to be! Have a look at Ruven Afanador (under books -> “Mil Besos”) they MAY make more sense then… 🙂

 

Sketch 1

Sketch One

Sketch 2

Sketch Two

Sketch 3

Sketch Three

Sketch 4

Sketch Four

Sketch 5

Sketch Five

 

Composite 1

Scene One

Composite 2

Scene Two

Composite 3a

Scene Three

Composite 3b

Scene Four

I Feel The Need For Speed

I have posted blog entries before about Nick’s super-fishing boat (Looking For A Cover Shot) and how it is bristling with technology. I may have mentioned it is also very fast! The ride between fishing spots is generally short and thrilling. This week Nick invited me on to join him in another session out on the lake.

The lake is glassy-smooth. Nick comments that normally the fishing is better with a bit breeze. Later we find that when the breeze picks up we immediately start hooking fish. When it drops off so does the catch rate. Whilst not scientific we observe this behavior enough times to see a definite pattern.

Nick fishes in various competitions and has several different sponsors. The lures we are using are Atomic blades. They are skinny fish-shaped metal lures. You cast them out and wait for them to sink to the bottom. The retrieve is an erratic one. You wind to take up a bit of slack line then lift your rod. With braided fishing line you can feel the lure vibrating. After this lift you let the lure flutter to the bottom and then repeat.

I am still a newbie at this style of lure fishing but thrilled when I catch a very solid bream very early in the session, then immediately follow with a lovely snapper. These are one of my favourite fish to catch on light gear. They are a beautiful fish with the iridescent blue flecks, they fight hard and are good to eat.

Despite Nick insisting it is a slow fishing day I keep a snapper and a couple of bream for dinner and we return most of our catch. Hope you enjoy the photos.

 

Nick's very cool fishing boat

Nick’s very cool very functional fishing boat

Marks first bream of the day

Marks first bream of the day

Those teeth munch through oysters and clams with ease

Nick at the helm

Nick at the helm

Just another beautiful day on the lake

Just another beautiful day on the lake

I feel the need for speed

I feel the need for speed

cold steel...

Cold steel…

the lake is glassy smooth

The lake is glassy smooth

last light - last cast

Last light – last cast

a good result

A great result

#fishing #bream #snapper #atomic

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