I must have flown two metres into the air after the captain of my banana boat made the decision to charge straight into the wall of water that was about to crash down on us at Cloudbreak, Fiji’s premier surfing site. …..
Had I not been charged with capturing the photographs for Coral Expedition’s 2024 promotional collateral, I’m confident it would have been me receiving the accolades from Mr Nakashima (below) for making the best chopsticks Japan had ever seen (of course, those who know how practical I am, may beg to differ)…….
“There will always be that one person in the group who thinks they know more than you do – and they’ll be an absolute pain in the arse.”
Such is the advice I’ve been given as a prepare, for the first time, to lead a couple of photography tours overseas in 2024.
“Let’s focus on getting some appealing shots of the property, a few friendly staff pics, and some cultural shots of the Holiday Inn that shows it’s in Vanuatu,” was the brief …..
Phew, a boutique bed and breakfast, two resorts, a photography workshop, and some photos to complete Vanuatu – The Gift, the next book in my souvenir series on countries in the South Pacific.
I’ll be ready for my Christams break by the end of it all.
Here’s a few pics from the shoot for Breakas Resort:
I’ve just finished-up a shoot at Papaya Villa – a remote bed-n-breakast nestled in palm trees on the north-east coast of Efate in Vanuatu.
While its location would have to be its biggest drawcard (you feel like you have the entire coastline to yourself) – its unique selling feature is that it caters to foodies – handsomely….
With the South Pacific finally re-opening, its time to revive the production of our souvenir publications. First cab off the rank is a wall calendar of Papua New Guinea, followed by a wall calendar and coffee table book on Vanuatu….
After six months of looking around, I have a new home – a charming, 115 year old Queenslander on the Sunshine Coast.
I’ve just moved into an apartment overlooking the beach at Surfers Paradise and I’m toying with the idea of publishing a souvenir book on the Gold Coast while I’m here……
I’ve just upgraded my camera gear in preparation for the “next chapter” I’ve been rabbiting-on about
So, gone is the medium format camera and the range of lenses I previously used with my 35mm Nikon. My priority now is to travel light and limit myself to just one camera and my three most frequently used lenses….
I struggle with Australia’s current Prime Minister, Scott Morrison (I know, I’m a photographer not a commentator but – while I had no option but to sit back and cringe watching America and the world suffer under Trump – I figure I’m entitled to vent about the leadership in my own backyard)….
I’ve embarked on another coffee-table book – the fourth in my South Pacific gift book series – anticipating travel restrictions caused by this wretched virus will be lifted shortly……(I know, wishful thinking)
A silver lining of this wretched virus is that I’ve had some spare time to dive into my digital archives to strengthen my commercial Photo Library and expand my range of Limited Edition Prints (it’s also given me the chance to practice some of those advanced post-production techniques I’ve been rabbiting on about in the past few posts).
My intention is to leave “big picture tourism photography” over the next five years to concentrate on photo essays like this one I’ve just drawn from my archives on the land diving ritual of Pentecost Island. So much tends to be overlooked rushing around in search of that one big promotional photo. So, I look forward to slowing it all down, spending longer in the countries I visit, and capturing images like these that tell a deeper, richer story.
I’ve just spent a couple of hours photographing the Anzac parade in Brisbane.
Apart from wanting to show my gratitude to those who fought and died for the freedoms we enjoy, I thought it would be a good opportunity to play with my new Nikon f2.8, 200mm zoom lens…..
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