It felt like we were overdue for a post, and when I took the time to look back at what had come before, I realised yesterday we turned three. So before we get into it, thanks once again for another year of fine imagery, thoughtful comments, and general all round support and wonderfulness.
Capturing objects in motion, with either high shutter speeds, freezing action as it happens, or slow speeds, creating movement with artistic blurs, often brings unexpected results.
We'd like you to have a go, and because it's been a long time since we had a competition on here, we'll give away a copy of this fantastic book Tell You What, edited by PA luminary Jolisa Gracewood, and Susanna Andrew at AUP, for the shot which best captures movement.
Entries close Wednesday 17th December. Prize will hopefully reach the lucky winner by Christmas.
Pay it forward photography.
As you all know, we do this for love, not money (cough), and I'm fortunate to have another job paying the bills. Which means even when the opportunity arises for being remunerated for a photo, I find myself thinking how complicated it is, and isn't it nice to have a photo in Metro, or on the Herald website? Ahem.
So when I recently had the chance to photograph Doprah at the Sundae Sessions, and Hugh subsequently asked to use them in the Herald, I thought, wait, there must be another way.
I'm sure I'm not the first to think of this, but rather than continuing to give away my work, and being conscious of how in a freelance market this can undermine fellow photographers struggling to make a living out of what they do, perhaps I could pay it forward in some way.
After putting this proposition to Hugh, he responded very positively, to his absolute credit, and made a payment to the #TwitterAunties charity in return for use of the photos. So there you are. I am now a 'Pay it forward photographer'.
All inquiries welcomed. Rates and charities may vary.
(I won't claim the same was true of the photo used at the VNZMAs last night in tribute to Peter Gutteridge, as the consideration was two tickets to the show. I'm not a bloody saint!)