G'day all, where ever you may be,
Been a while between drinks but as we fast approach the end of the year, it's time to pack up the 4wd and put in some miles. Two weeks from now I'll be heading into the south west of Western Australia, I've seen quite a bit of the south west already but never all on one trip and will also throw in a few places I haven't been.
I'll be driving east out to Lakes, Dumbleyung, Grace and King then heading south to Esperance and Cape Le Grande. I will then make my way back up to the Stirling ranges, down to Albany and then pretty much follow the coast around to good ol' Dunsborough and back home.
A lot of miles to drive but nothing I haven't done before. Now here's where the trip gets really exciting, not only will I be working with my normal Nikon gear but I will also get to test the new Tamron 35mm 1.8 (massive thanks to Geoff from Tamron Australia for organising that).
In addition to that (and this is a big one) Team Digital here in Perth have kindly lent me a Hasselblad X1D with a variety of lenses to test for the week, for those that don't know, it is a 50 megapixel mirrorless medium format camera. I will definitely be putting it thought it's paces to see just how good this camera can be. I can't talk too much about it now as there are some other ventures happening with the camera, but it is all damn exciting. Another massive thank you to Ben from Team Digital for all their support.
In other news the Australian Professional Photography Awards happened a few weeks ago and for my first time I was able to receive two Silvers and a Professional practice for my three images, very happy with that outcome and great to see so many crew from West Australia do so well, 4 category winners, multiple finalists and North Metro Tafe took out best Educational Institution, so W.A. rocked it this year and can't wait to start preparing for WEAPPA 2018 haha.
In other competitions I have been named a finalist in the annual Subiaco Photographic Awards, which I handed in my print this morning for the exhibition, but wont know anything until the awards night on the 13th November. The Focus Awards are just about to close in which I have 10 entries, 5 of them in the new Urban Landscape Category and the other 5 spread across the other categories so that I am eligible for Photographer of the year, a long shot yes but hey, gotta be in it to win it. The Urban category is what I'm really gunning for, hence the 5 images entered. Make that one more for Urban, after this mornings outings. Now for those that don't know I also work in a Camera House and we run a Photographer of the Year comp for staff members only throughout Australia, it's a fun comp and some pretty sweet prizes, last year my store did particularly well with myself and a co worker winning a category each. My co worker also took out the overall prize, so we are both hoping to go back to back and maybe I can get the overall this year. Australian Photography Magazines Annual Photographer of the Year Awards are now open so will have to start thinking about what to enter, maybe after the trip I'll have some sweet stuff from the Hasselblad.
Well that's about it for me, time to start working on the finer details of the trip and pack the 4wd. I will try to put up some images as well as a blog while I'm away but until then.
Stay safe and I'll talk soon