Even though I tried to take it a bit easier these summer holidays, I still managed to pack in 3 crazy interstate trips, the first of which was a road trip with my high school bestie and her other half to the 12 apostles along the Great Ocean Road in Victoria. It was the first time I’ve ever hired a car and the first time I’ve ever undertaken that amount of driving. The trip was epic and really made me appreciate the rugged desolation of Australia’s untamed coastline. It was also the first time that I really tried my hand at some landscape photography. Although I was severely disappointed as the sun ducked behind heavy clouds in the last hour or so of golden light at the 12 apostles, I still managed a couple of good shots, still a lot to learn though.
My 2nd trip saw me head to Brisbane for some tennis and to my absolute suprise, I also discovered that Brisbane has one of the coolest art museum complexes in Australia. I was mighty impressed with QAGOMA and in particular the Falling Back to Earth exhibit by Cai Guo Qiang. My partner in crime and I also discovered yummy delights in the QAGOMA cafe in between our bouts of tennis fueled glee courtside at the Brisbane International. It was my first time shooting tennis with my new 5D MKiii and Canon 70-200mm F4L IS combo, and along with eliciting camera envy from those around me (and possible annoyance as well), it was awesome getting the results in lowlight and with ISOs of 3200. It makes it insanely hard to go back to crop sensors now however my wallet is still screaming distress.
And of course my last trip was to be my yearly pilgrimage to the Australian Open in Melbourne once again. Of course the main reason was to stalk Roger Federer and watch him play/practise (after all how many more years is he going to play right?) but I was more relaxed about my photography this time round. I didn’t shoot every match I saw, I tried to be a little different, perhaps a little more artistic this year. I wanted to get closer and capture more emotion…some black and whites even crept into the final mix. Overall I was balled over once again by the new camera/lens combo and I hope one day I can get accreditation to just get even a bit closer and personal to really capture those intimate shots.