Australia and New Zealand

Hi,

Let me first wish you a Happy New Year and I hope you had a great time over the festive period. For me it was something new this year. It was the first time that I've ever been away on holiday over Christmas and New Year and also my first time on a cruise ship. It was both a holiday and a delayed honeymoon for my wife and I after our wedding in the early part of last year. We had an unbelievable time on board the "Celebrity Solstice" and in the process visited some truly astounding places around Australia and New Zealand.

This trip was a great time to relax and refresh ready for whatever this year brings, but at the same time you cannot possibly visit a place like New Zealand and leave your camera at home. As I sit here now in my office and load the memory cards onto my laptop I'm already very excited to see some of the photographs that I made and I will of course, share them with you soon.

I went on the trip with a couple of bodies of work in mind as we saw a wide variety of places. As soon as I can I will start forming the photographs into these mini projects and begin to share them with you. As with all good holidays though we soon enough return to the reality of heading back to work. For me it begins tomorrow so it will take me a few weeks to get through the photographs and share them with you so please be patient in the meantime. 

For now I'll leave you with a single sneak preview of one of the most majestic places on the planet. The World Heritage listed 'Milford Sound' in New Zealand. I cannot possibly put into words what I was thinking as we entered this part of New Zealand's Fjord-land National Park, although playing the theme music from the movie 'Jurassic Park' would be a very appropriate backing track! The weather was icy cold from the Antarctic winds that meet the South West part of New Zealand's South Island. At the early hours of the morning this weather draped the sheer rock faces in spectacular mist and fog.

take care for now,

James

Milford Sound, New Zealand (Fuji X100T)

I've been quiet, I know!

Hey,

I hope everyone is keeping well. This post is partly to let you know that I still exist and partly to let you know what I've been doing and what's coming up soon. 

So, where to begin?

I've taken a little time away from here recently, mainly as I have a new project that I'm really focussed on but also to get away from the noise. When I say noise I mean monotony, boredom, the soul sapping crap that seems to be populating our news feeds, our facebook feeds and everything in between. I wanted to take a step away from my social media (You may have noticed the disappearance of my social icons) as it was doing very little to inspire me. In all honesty it has been frustrating me and I needed a break away from it to recharge and re-energise my creative spark.

I'm feeling good now though. I have some fresh ideas, some thoughts and a new direction (more on that to come in the future). During my break I've come to appreciate the little things, the details in life that we're often to busy to notice as we rush around filling our day. I've slowed down, I've stopped and considered the form, the shape, the structure of everyday things that so often pass us by. I've been photographing these details with only my smartphone. That's my challenge and there's no better forum with which to share this kind of mini project than on instagram. The last couple of weeks you will have seen the early stages of this if you follow my instagram feed. Many of them are natural/geology related (As a Geologist by trade, I can't help myself). All of them are natural objects, forming interesting shapes and patterns. I'll continue with this for a little while I think. I'm enjoying the slower pace...

What else is going on?

I'm very busy in the background making some connections and with this I will be trialling and reviewing some new (to me) products. The first is a new type of paper that I've come across from a company called Permajet. I met with a Permajet rep at a recent Expo and had a good conversation about their products. They have a beautiful range of papers that I have offered to put through their paces and review them for Permajet. From what I've seen so far from the feel of the samples, I'm very excited. The demo prints that I've seen look stunning so I can't wait to try them for myself. If i like the results there is the possibility that I may become a brand ambassador for Permajet which would be excellent for both them and myself. A review will appear sometime next week.

Another new thing for me is the trial of a different brand of editing software. I'm having a play with Capture One Pro 7 built by the folks at Phase One. This is not new software but another alternative to the Adobe range of products and their continual insistence that we join their subscription based model (Which I'm not a fan of). To give you an idea of how it fits in, it's somewhere between Lightroom and Photoshop but very powerful in it's own right and could be a replacement for Lightroom if all goes well. I'll have a review of it sometime soon too.

That's about it from me I think?

I apologise if it's been a bit long and tedious but hopefully you hung in there until the end, which is now...

Take care,

James

Peak Mountains National Park, Central Highlands, QLD

Hello!

I hope you're all well?

I'm just giving you a sneak preview of a new collection of photographs that will be winging its way to my website next week. I'm currently out in the Central Highlands of QLD where I've been photographing a number of locations around the Peak Mountains National Park over the last week or so. It's been early mornings and late starts but it's been worth braving the sub zero starts for the absolutely stunning views. Here's a sneak peak, a jpeg straight from my camera to you internet folk. A little taste of what's to come next week when I return home.

I hope you like it!

Best wishes,

James