Beijing

Elia Locardi in Sydney

Workshop + Photowalk – 10th Feb

screenshot4If you like HDR then you will Like Elia Locardi’s work. He runs a travel blog over at blamethemonkey.com and has some stunning images. Elia is running a digital blending workshop here in Sydney on the 10th Feb and then hosting a photowalk from the Opera House Steps at 5:30pm. The workshop has a fee of $60 but the photowalk is free to attend.

I have registered for his Digital Blending workshop, in 2 hours I am sure I will pick up a trick or two! If you’re interested in learning more about using photoshop this is a good value workshop – Elia has more info on his website HERE, I will also be attending the photowalk afterwards… To check out more info and register for his Photowalk CLICK HERE (you will need to be on Google Plus to register)

Today’s iCandy – The Great Wall

If you go to China, this is one place you have to visit… it was the highlight of the trip for me…

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Hydra Pro 3.1 Review

Is this the HDR software for you?

Let me start by saying that if you own a Windows PC then it isn’t for you… for no other reason than this is a Mac only app, and according to worldwide sales only 10.8% of you are mac users… so for one in ten of you, read on…

mac-vs-pc-user-profiles

As a writer for HDR one, I was asked by the editor to do a review on Hydra Pro 3.1, his reason for giving it to me to do… he is one of the 89.2% that don’t own a Mac! I haven’t done many software reviews so this was going to be fun. I loaded the app onto my iMac and straight away I had some challenges… There were some things that Hydra Pro does REALLY well, and some other things it struggled with… time for me to redirect you to the FULL review with screen captures and a quick summary at the bottom for all of you that can’t be bothered reading the full review… Here is the full review on the HDR One Magazine Site.

Today’s iCandy – Fan Fair

When I was in China I visited many of the parks, and in the mornings, a lot of these parks let the locals in for free to do there daily excersize and the likes. They played all sorts of games and would dance to Chinese music. It was nice to see that they did this every day!

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Are you on Pinterest?

I am starting to like it!

I find it hard to stay up to date on all the social media tools, and I am very active on Facebook and google+, recently I have also been posting a daily photo on Instagram and now I am working on mastering Pinterest! I like the way Pinterest works and have started several boards… rather than my posts (or pins) slowly going missing on some long and selective timeline, each board is easy to look through, to me it is like compiling some sort of album I can go back and look through from time to time. Anyway, you can find me over there with this link http://pinterest.com/benfewtrell/  – I hope to see you there!

Photomatix Coupon Code – Save 15%

The nice people over at Photomatix have given me a code for you to use if you want to get their HDR Software. I have tried lots of HDR software and find Photomatix the best. I use Photomatix Pro, use the Coupon code ‘ON3LEGS’ for a 15% discount, you can get it from here -> Photomatix DOWNLOAD

today’s iCandy – Beijing Harley

There are a lot of scooters, mopeds and motorbikes in Beijing. To me this guy just looked like a dude as he rode past on this cool looking scooter.

Beijing Harley

Beijing Harley

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Cradle Mountain I hear you calling…

Turning 40…

It’s kind of funny really, when I was 20, 40 seemed so damn old! Now my 40th is less than6 months away my thoughts on 40 have changed! 40 seems to be a very significant birthday for so many, and I sort of feel the same, maybe it is a celebration of making it this far… who knows, but I am going to spoil myself by ticking something off my bucket list. I am heading to Tasmania to photograph Cradle Mountain and the Freycinet Coast. Some of the best landscape Australia has to offer… but I am not just heading to Tassie, I am going to be meeting up with 2 award winning landscape photographers and joining them for a 7 day adventure of a lifetime. Michael Snedic and Luke O’Brien are not only going to show me some of the best locations in Tassie, they will also be teaching me some of their tricks of the trade, I don’t know what I am look forward to most!

Dove lake at Cradle Mountain – photo by Luke O’Brien

the daily pic – Temple on the Hill

I took this on my recent trip to China, One of the frustrations of photography when travelling is the amount of people at every attraction, most of the temples and parks in Beijing did not open until way after sunrise so I had to make do with whatever light conditions were thrown at me. I took this at the Summer Palace and lucky for me, this Temple was closed to the public, I was hanging over the edge of a stairway on another temple. I really love all the colours and details the Chinese have used in these buildings… enjoy!

Temple on the Hill – Summer Palace Beijing

 

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The Forbidden City

Make a photograph…

It is so true that you don’t take a photograph… you make it. In fact, I am going to take the quote of the famous Ansel Adams that one step further and say that you don’t make a photography, you make a memory. For me there are several elements that keep me interested in photography. Making a memory is one of those elements… of course, the art of making a photograph is a part of that. To simply press the shutter and hope for a great photo would be ignorant. So what does it take to make a great photograph?

Henri Cartier-Bresson said “your first 10,000 photo’s will be your worst”… I would have to agree that one of the best way to make a great photograph is to take a lot of photo’s… slowly but surely you will get better. Stop waiting and wanting for the latest gear, stop making excuses that you’re too busy… make time to make photographs!

the daily pic – The Forbidden City

This was an amazing place to visit. As I was walking around I could see another temple on a hill, it would have the best ‘birds eye’ view of the Forbidden City… I made sure to find out where it was and headed there the next morning. The only downside in all of these temples is access times. Unfortunately, most of them open and close outside of the golden hours leaving little choice but to shoot during the day… I am still happy with the outcome of this one… all the people in the forecourt of the entrance really give you the scale of the Forbidden City… enjoy!

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the tail of the dragon

Heading back to China

I am seriously considering heading back to China next year for a photography tour… there are some absolutely stunning things to photograph and there is plenty of history and culture to soak up, from the Great Wall to the Hutong’s and Silk Market… the street photography is plentiful… I will put together an itinerary and some rough pricing to see who is keen on joining me… stay tuned…

the daily pic – from the tail of the dragon

A night shot from the tail of the dragon. Pangu is a 7 star hotel in Beijing built in the shape of a Dragon. That is the head that you can see in the distance… I took this from the Bar in the tail of the dragon…

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on3legs Photowalk

Save the date – 1st September

I am running my first official on3legs photowalk in Sydney on Saturday the 1st September. This is your chance to get together with like minded people that will actually enjoy hearing all about your photography stuff and adventures… And it doesn’t matter what type of camera you use, if you love taking photos, even if it’s with your smartphone, then come along!

We will be  starting at Blues Point Reserve for a 3:00pm meet and greet, and of course photo’s of the Harbour Bridge and the city, we will then make our way to the McMahons Point Wharf and jump on a ferry to Circular Quay, followed by a slow wander around to Mrs Macquaries Chair to watch the sunset… this is a great spot for sunset and night photos of the harbour and the city…  everybody welcome!

REGISTER HERE (you can just rock up on the day if you want… but if you feel like you want to officially register… you can!)

the daily pic – Another one off the Bucket List

After seeing the movie ‘Bucket List’ I compiled a list of things I would like to do before I die, and visiting the 7 wonders of the world is on the list, so it was great to be able to visit the Great Wall on my China trip. Photo’s don’t do this wonder justice, the Great Wall is amazing! It stretches for 8000kms accross China and took a couple of hundred years to build, and they did it some 600 years ago! If you have a ‘bucket list’ I would recommend making sure a trip to the Great Wall of China is on your list. This photo was from Jinshanling, a quiet part of the wall, not many tourists will make it to this spot as it is nearly 2 hours from Beijing. This part of the wall was only recently opened to tourists and alot of it has not been restored and can be a little tricky to climb… so make sure you wear good shoes!

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What lens should I get next?

One of the most common questions I get…

As an enthusiastic photographer I get asked a lot of questions by a lot of people about all things photography! However, the most common questions I get are about what gear to buy. In particular there is a fair bit of confusion when choosing what lens(es) to buy. I decided it warranted it’s very own page so you can read about it HERE, I also go through the lenses in my kit and explain what I use each lens for and what I like and don’t like about each lens. Hopefully it will help you make a better decision when buying your next lens.

the daily pic – The Water Cube and Birds Nest

On my recent trip to China I spent most of my time in Beijing. I visited the Birds Nest a day earlier and rode a Segway around the running track inside the Olympic Stadium. This was one of the best vantage spots to be able to capture the two sights in one shot, I took it from the Bar in the 7 star ‘Pangu’ hotel building accross the road…

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Kung Fu

Everybody loves Kung Fu Fighting!

yes… I am probably showing my age, if you don’t know the Kung Fu Fighting Song you’re probably younger than me! Anyway, whilst in Beijing I went to a Kung Fu Show, and as always, I had my camera with me. Unfortunately, they did not allow photography in the theatre, so all I was able to get a photo of was this young actor dressed as a monk in the foyer…

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