My Two weeks back in Tulamben and, once again, Liberty Dive Resort.
After diving here so many times I feel that my next trip will require that I try something different. It is something I will have to think about before I return and I might spend a bit of time looking at different aspects of underwater photography. Although I enjoy what I am doing I feel that it is becoming a little bit repetitive as I get a little bit more lazy in my later years.
My first trip back at Liberty Dive Resort for this year. Although I was only able to stay ten days it was a very enjoyable trip which saw me stick with wide angle for the entire duration. Although Tulamben is mostly considered a macro location apart from the Liberty Wreck I managed to shoot in many locations to highlight the fact that it is also a very good place for wide angle. All that is needed is an eye to this type of shooting and to use a model in your shots where possible.
Another home studio shoot but this time using a cello as a prop and, once again, using low key lighting. Productive shoot using a new octogon softbox with grid and shooting with Malvinita as the model again. Backdrop was an old mottled red one that I dyed to a much darker level and I feel it works very well for this type of shoot.
Two and a half week trip Back at Liberty Dive Resort with 24 dives. I, once again, spent a bit more time shooting wide angle and am starting to enjoy it more and more. I still did a lot of macro but I am a bit over the tiny stuff. I don"t find any fun in it at all. Visibility was a bit lower than normal for this time of year but still pretty good and also managed a day in Amed. Did a day trip up to Ubud with family for some shopping and lunch.
I got back into some studio shooting recently with a couple of black and white shoots. The first was a high key shoot with Steph and the second more low key with Malvinita. Both resulted in some images that were different to each other but very satisfactory. I recently made the switch to paper backgrounds and found they are much easier to work with.
I returned to Tulamben for the first time since Mount Agung erupted last year and stayed once again at Liberty Dive Resort. The village is a bit quieter now as many people are still worried about coming back and as the alert level is still at three it is hard for many to get travel insurance. Even during my three week’s stay there were a few small eruptions and the day after I left there was a bigger one that closed the airport.
Completed another headdress after a long year and put together another shoot with the ever reliable Hayley Beardman along with great makeup ( once again ) by Lauren Ranger of “Twist Creativ” fame. Really happy with the results and may even attempt another one some time in the future if I can come up with another crazy concept.
Finally got together with one of my nieces for a bit of a portrait session in my home studio while trying out a new background. Slowly getting a few rolls of paper to add to my gear and they are certainly good to shoot with. Will pick up a black one next. Always enjoy shooting indoors but will head out into the bush with Kayla in the near future.
Travelled back to Liberty Dive Resort in Tulamben with my wife for some long earned rest and relaxation. Spent a lot more time travelling around the Island than diving but had a great trip. There are many places to see around northern Bali and if the diving is not so great or you have a bit of spare time then talk to some of the locals and see what sights are around the area.
Have been getting back into my composite work while trying some new image blends. Happy with the way it is going but need to do some more shoots to get base images together. All in good time.The process works at its best with darker skin and hair but it is extremely difficult to find artisitic nude models in Perth with these features. I am working on methods that work with lighter models.
Today marked the launch of my new website which I put together to promote the path I have taken with my photography in recent years. Although I still shoot underwater I have finally moved to areas that have interested me for many years. I tried to keep this site as clean and neat as possible so that navigation was effortless and I also kept the number of images limited to, what I feel are, my best shots for a particular shoot or theme. I have enjoyed putting this site together and hope you all enjoy viewing it.