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Hard core kung fu action

Don’t you hate it when someone critiques your work.

Makes you feel like they’re picking on you.

Then after the anger passes you reflect on what they said.

Well this happened to me yesterday when I casually dropped in on a curator in a well established art centre.

And after a quick bit of hard core kung fu action he agreed with me.

Ok that really didn’t happen. What he made me think about is do I have a collection of images that tell a story, portray a common theme? A collection that will really stand out from everyone else?

Am I the one, do I have what they call the way (kung fu terminology)?

Well the little demon inside me thinks..

I do things my way and I do them for a reason – to shoot adventure for inspiration with real people.

Being a photographer, art lover what defines you?

The Wheelbarrow Way

Starting in Mareeba and finishing 140 kilometres later in Chillagoe, the Great Wheelbarrow Race has completed its 10th year. I’m pretty sure they had 57 teams and over 400 competitors, but don’t quote me on that, it’s media right?

Unlike many other races this is a very family orientated and community event. There were a few characters that really stood out, the Fossil being an iconic 76 year old man who broke the 1000km mark. Brad Weaver and his family as support crew (pictured below) and the blistering sheer pace the lead teams set.

In a team of 10 each member would take turns in a sprint lasting 20 seconds then swap, on the other hand the solos would pace out the day.

If you’re ever after an event that’s full of spirit, fundraising for charities and have a love of the outback, this one has my approval.

Mike Le Roux running Red Bluff

Profile shoot Mike Le Roux – Ultra Running – Red Bluff, Cairns

Like holy sh*t you don’t get a photo like this every day. Thanks to Nikon for looking after my lens for the last eight weeks, sometimes repairs take a little bit longer than expected.

Well hopefully since stunting my creativity someone got some great use out of this lens and it wasn’t just sitting on a bench somewhere.

Anyway moving on..

I’d like to share what a few of my friends are up to:

John from My Camera Focus sells some serious photography gear, cheap, get over there and check out his personal gear list. John is gear savvy and knows what he is talking about, so if you need to call him here’s his # 0413 667 356.

My great mate Perrin is having a Seascape Photo Comp this month. With $350 in gift vouchers to Image Bank Australia, what more incentive do you need? I’ve put my entry in what about you?

Cairns Adventure Film Festival is starting next week it’s gonna absolutely rock! As a judge I’ve already voted on the best adventure photos yet. Great to see a diverse range of entries and some really talented photographers out there. Come along and see how awesome it really is.

I know a great photographer who is available to photograph the Cairns Airport Adventure Festival in just over a week.. hint hint!

Paddlemag and Hot Yoga

Adventure.. the hell with adventure when you have a chick like this.

Beautiful sunrise, beautiful weather, gorgeous model, perfect location and a breakfast to kill for afterwards. This is what teaching photography is all about.

The perks.. haha moving on.

Remember all that whitewater action earlier in the year. Well I made nine pages.

As Patrick Kinsella put it.

“Monsoon madness was a rocking, rolling, hucking, boofing extravaganza of whitewater paddling”

You can check out the rest of the epic stories in Paddlemag’s first edition 46mb jam packed full of action. Or see their website at paddlemag.com

Youth Week, Tips and a Chook

I’ve had a sensational week with the privilege of photographing the events of Youth Week. Gordonvale Movie Night, Inclusive Games Day, Suicide and our Community, Declan Crouch Facebook Page Launch, Spark Your Say, Uniquity Art Exhibition and to finish off, The Amazing Race. A big thanks to Glen Martin from Cairns Regional Council for creating such a rad event.

Images above from The Amazing Race and below from everything else.

More images on Cairns Yea! Crew

MY TOP FIVE PHOTOGRAPHY TIPS:

  1. Use your largest aperture
  2. You can never get too close
  3. Look for light not objects
  4. Compose for the third
  5. Keep moving

What do you use? Tell me what works or doesn’t on Extreme’s Facebook page.

Gary and Prize Chook