The first Wednesday in December was the last of Shaolin Punk’s Dungeon Crawl shows for 2013. I had missed a couple while I was overseas (did I mention I went to Greenland?) so I was looking forward to the Christmas special, and it was a lot of fun to photograph. And there was singing.
Ben McKenzie and Richard McKenzie took Nadia Collins, Sean Fabri, Michelle Nussey and Andy McClelland on a singing adventure to find the thief Tiny Peddler. An innocent puppy was killed, a dragon sang, rather reluctantly, an adventurer was tragically killed and a long lost identical twin sister was found, just in time for the happy ending. Except for the adventurer who got killed.
After each holiday I make a book of the images that I think represent what I saw and did, also the ones that I think are worth keeping. However, I don’t always get around to doing this straight away. I have just started work on the 3000 or so images from the trip to Iceland in September 2011.
On this trip I stayed in Reykjavik, Budir, Stikkisholmur, Isafjordur, Reykholt and Vik.
The image below is Dagverdara, an abandoned farm on the Snaefellsnes Peninsula.
One of the highlights of the recent trip was the afternoon spent iceberg hunting off Tasiilaq, Greenland.
I am not a great sailor, so fortunately the day was calm and clear, but bitterly cold, I don’t think I have ever been that cold.
Of course, standing in the bow of the small fishing boat for the whole trip so I wouldn’t miss an iceberg shot might not have been the best way to stay warm.
I arrived home yesterday after five weeks of travel.
The trip took me to Greenland, Iceland, Norway, Finland, Estonia (briefly) and Russia. It was a great trip and I can’t wait to visit that part of the world again, so much more to see and do.
The highlights of the trip:
- Helicopter flight over a bay full of Icebergs into Tasiilaq
- Sailing amongst icebergs off Tasiilaq
- The glorious east fjords of Iceland complete with northern lights
- The Flam railway in Norway
- Visiting the house of Finnish architect Alvar Aalto
- The Hermitage and Mariinsky ballet in St Petersburg.
Next time, more of Finland and maybe Lapland and Svalbard.
The image below shows the view from my hotel window in Tasiilaq, Greenland. There is no road access, the only way in is by boat or helicopter, or by hiking for several days across a ridge, as a Danish couple did. And yes, that white thing on the right is an iceberg floating in the harbour.
Tomorrow I am heading off to Iceland, Greenland and a few other places. Keep a watch on my Flickr page and my Facebook page for updates.
I am really looking forward to meeting some more of the friendly locals in Iceland.
The face of Melbourne is changing. A lot of inner city pubs are closing, being left derelict or being torn down. These pubs often serviced a small, local community providing a place to socialise and drink. Some of Melbourne’s social history is being lost.
This is The Commercial Hotel, Whitehall Street, Yarraville.
In June last year I was fortunate enough to get a flight over Lake Eyre in South Australia. This is spectacular country and I was fascinated by the patterns and forms in the landscape from up in the air.
I wasn’t equipped for serious aerial photography, but I was able to take a number of shots that not only captured the vastness of the land, but also had an element of the abstract about them.
The image below is of the dog fence that runs for more than 5,600 kilometres through South Australia and Queensland.
For some time I have been experimenting with long exposures. I have discovered getting a good result is harder than it looks. All sorts of problems occur: camera shake if your tripod isn’t solid enough, colour casts from the reduction filter, lens issues if you stop the lens down past its optimal performance point, and lots of others, including uninteresting images.
Long exposures seem to be very unforgiving, getting the exposure right is important. This often means you are chasing the light as it fades. If you need to increase a 120-second exposure by one stop, it has to become a 240 second exposure; 4 minutes. In that time the light can fade more than one stop late in the afternoon. But I am learning, I think.
Avalon Beach, Victoria, Australia
Iceland is a beautiful country with spectacular scenery and ever-changing light and weather. I have visited twice and am planning another trip later in 2013.
As well as the spectacular scenery, Iceland is also full of small, timber churches. These are often built on farms, in desolate locations and sometimes the spectacular scenery and churches combine.
One of my favourite places in Iceland is Budir on the Snaefellsnes Peninsula in Iceland’s west.
The black church at Budir, Iceland
The front page gallery has been changed to showcase five images from the Venice trip.