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Introductions: Julia Anna Gospodarou

One of the reasons I am so excited about the next issue of Dynamic Range is because I got to interview a woman that I have admired for quite some time. I love her architectural work and so for you today I am giving you a little glimpse into the work of Julia Anna Gospodarou. I’m sure you will love it as much as I do.

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There is an amazing quietness to the work. Those of you who have been following me for some time know that I love that in work and it is something I try to get in my own. Hushed tones.

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While I tend to think of her as doing more architectural work she does do other things as well. I love the photos she has of snow. Another one of my favourite subjects. You could almost say another quiet subject.

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Her long exposure work is a great inspiration to me and I’m now reading the book that she co-wrote with Joel Tjintjelaar, FROM BASICS TO FINE ART, in the hope of getting some insight into how they do their images. It is important to me to always be learning. I find out how others do their work and then work out what I can use in my own.

I would also like to thank Julia for giving me permission to feature her work for you. If you like her work then I know you are going to love the interview we have of her in the next issue of Dynamic Range. It is all done and will be on sale tomorrow. In the meantime, I hope you enjoy these images.

Latest News and Photos from Melbourne

It seemed to go down well last week combining the Bits and Bobs post with the Weekend Wandering one. It seems that time is becoming something that we are all struggling with and with so many places to go and see work it almost seems selfish to post too often. I am also enjoying have more time to work on my photos and promote myself on other platforms.

Dynamic Range Magazine

I have to start with this, only a week to go and it looks like we are all set to publish issue 3 next Sunday. It was a hard one to get together, but we got there. It looks fantastic and, if I say so myself, the best one yet. We are so excited about what is in it. There really is something for nearly everyone. I like it having lots of variety. I have part of the cover for you.


It looks great, and we are so lucky to be able to showcase some of Julia Anna Gospodarou’s work and I was also very privileged to interview her.

With only one week to go don’t forget that subscriptions are now available. You can subscribe and get the 4 issues over the year for $25. If you are interested in just getting a link sent to you to download the magazine, then click the following link.


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The magazine is still available to buy individually and it will be for sale next Sunday for $7.

Book on Banyule Flats

It is getting to crunch time and I’m feeling very pressured to get the book done now. It is great that it is finally coming together, but it also means that I have a lot to do. 

We are now at the stage of meeting with the Wurundjeri Elders to get some stories that melbourne-architecture-shops-wide-angle-5617will go with quite a number of the photos. That is almost the final stage and then it is finalizing the layout and sending it to the printers. I am looking forward to the finished product, but I am also looking forward to it being finished. It will give me some breathing space which is something that I could do with.

One on One Photography and Editing Classes

I’ve been getting quite a few more inquiries about these, especially since I’ve bee doing far more architectural photography. There seems to be many people who like that work from me and want me to show them how. It is very interesting.

If you are interested in learning from me, go to my website and find out how to buy classes.


I was in town the other day with a client and we were taking photos around the city. I was teaching her about ISO and that meant going inside and outside many places around the city. I used my 14-24mm wide angle lens to see what I could get. So I have some of the photos for you.

Introductions: Norbert Rupp

Here we are again and it is time to introduce you to another photographer. I’ve found you someone today through Flickr. I think it is the first time I have really gone searching to find photographers for these Introductions posts there. I’m always amazed at the great quality of photography there. Today’s Introduction is a great photographer too, Norbert Rupp. Turns out he is also a blogger and his blog is Nobsta’s photo blog.


Norbert does a lot of architectural images, but there is a simplicity to them which is really good. A simple scene, but it looks so serene, perhaps the black and white help that look as the colour is stripped away.

My first questions, where in the world are you?

I live in a very rural part in Bavaria/Germany between the big cities Munich and Nuremberg, a few miles away from Ingolstadt, which is known for Audi cars, and from photography point of view an hour drive away from the northern side of the European Alps, which offer many attractions to take pictures in nature.


There are also many landscape images to be found on his sites. Now that we know where he is from I can understand these great images of the mountains. Sounds like where he lives a rich place for taking photos.

I asked about how long he had been taking photos for and why.

I started at an age of 10 years with a point and shoot camera of my fathers in the film age of photography. With the first money I´ve earned with a job in a holiday season, I bought a SLR with a 35mm/50mm/180mm lens, which I  used for around ten years. Because I had a lot of fun and shoot most of the time in B&W, I had also my own darkroom. And then there was the time, when I had to change to a “professional” camera body and because there was only one serious dealer for such equipment in my hometown, I changed to Nikon, which I now take my pictures for around 20 years with different bodies.


There are macro shots as well, though this was the only one I found, but a recent edition and I hope it is something he will do more of. Great addition to his portfolio.

My next question was about his inspiration.

I´m a very “visual” person and I´m taking pictures the whole day: With or without my camera. Photography is also a way to have a more intensive, more responsible life. Most of the time I´m looking for the details others don´t notice. Maybe someday I would loose my sense of hearing, but it would be more fatal to don´t see anymore.


There is a quietness about his work. I’ve talked about this a lot and it is something I try to get to. It is almost like you are there and no one else is. Getting these places on your own to photograph.

I asked if there was anything special about the way he worked.

It´s weird, but the only thing special of my portfolio is, that sometimes it seems the images are taken by many different persons: B&W, color, square, 4:3, nature, cities. On the other side this maybe is a reflection of life.


I like the architectural shots. They really appeal to me. Something about the lines and shapes of what he finds to photograph. More so now as I am getting more and more into architectural photography.

Finally I asked Norbert about his gear.

At the moment I have two different camera systems. If I don´t care about size and weight I have my Nikon D810 full frame DSLR and a few Nikkor lenses (16-35mm/70-300mm/20mm/50mm/85mm/105mm). If I don´t want to take this big equipment with me and also for poeple photography, I have a small mirrorless Fuji X-T1 and a bunch of fine Fuji lenses (10-24mm/55-200mm/23mm/35mm/56mm). And both systems I love to use, because every body/lens has it advantages/ststrengths. Since a few month I also use some neutral grey and graduated grey filters.

I would like to thank Norbert for giving me permission to feature his work here on my blog. I am sure it was quite strange getting an email on Flickr from some woman who wanted to use his images.  I hope you will all go and take a look, either on his blog, Nobsta’s photo blog, or on his Flickr page.

Here is a gallery of some of my favourite images from his blog.

Introductions: Robyn Graham

When I was in New York I got to meet this lovely lady. We spent an afternoon together and it is lovely to be able to introduce her to you. She is a portrait photographer, but she does a lot of gorgeous macros as well. I hope you enjoy seeing Robyn Graham’s work.


There is such a lovely softness to her work. I am not sure how to describe it, but it seems very delicate, which is so different to what I do. You can see how delicate the flowers are. The lighting is really stunning as well.

I asked Robyn where in the world she was.

I am located in the United States near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in beautiful Bucks County. My location is perfect for visiting several major cities as well as the shore, which allows me to do day trips to places with fabulous photography opportunities.


She has some architecture shots as well, and this is one that I am fairly sure she got the time we were together. It is from the Public Library in New York.  It is a great shot, not one I got.

My next question was to ask her how long she had been taking photos for and why.

I have been taking photographs since I was a child. At a very young age I began using my parents’ Polaroid camera. I went through numerous point and shoot film cameras and then in my 20’s was able to get a film SLR, which eventually led to digital SLRs. Photography has always been a part of my life. I love to capture the world around me. I suppose the main reason I photograph is to freeze moments in time for the sake of a lifetime of memories and inspiration. I will photograph anything for the sake of capturing it, sharing it, and inspiring others and making them smile.


She really uses depth of field well. You only get to see a small part of the flower and the depth of field really forces you to only focus on a small part of the flower.

I asked her about inspiration.

My inspiration is the world around me; People, places and things! I look at things like flowers, buildings, bridges, landscapes, and find wander in their intricate details. I am inspired by people; their creativity and brilliance, how they see the world and create within it.


This image was a surprise for me. I don’t really think of Robyn as a landscape photographer, but seems I am wrong. It was nice to see that she has a great variety of images as well.

I asked if there was anything special about the way she worked.

I think that the most loved photographs I have created are my floral images and the use of light. I love to use a shallow depth of field and back light to create a dreamy, ethereal feel. When photographing people I use light in various ways to help capture their personalities. I love to use light to accent the eyes – the source of soulful expression of people. I love to shoot in close and capture the intimate details of things and people.


I haven’t really included portraits here, though I liked this one. Her website and blog have a lot more. I tend to steer clear of them, but since she is a portrait photographer I thought I should show  you one.

As per usual the last question was about what gear she used.

I am a Nikon girl at the moment. I primarily shoot with a D800 or D810. For my macro work I use a Nikkor 60mm f2.8 or a Nikkor 105mm f2.8. For headshots I use the 105mm and for family portraiture I use my Nikkor 20mm-70mm f2.8 and sometimes a 50mm f1.4 prime lens or my 70mm -200mm f2.8. When I am in the city I use a Nikkor 50mm f1.4 prime lens to decrease the weight I am carrying for the day. I also use my Nikkor 70mm-200mm f2.8 when shooting sports and wildlife. I have a wide-angle 16mm-35mm f2.8 lens that I use once in a while for landscapes but I am not crazy about it.

I would like to thank Robyn for spending time with me in New York and for giving me permission to feature her work here. I am sure many of you are already familiar with Robyn’s work, but I hope you enjoy what I have chosen to show you. Please go and visit Robyn, either on her blog or her website.

Here is a gallery of some of my favourites.

Weekend Wanderings: Looking Around the City Again

It is getting to that time of the year where places are limited as to where I can go to take photos. I seem to be going into the city a lot. Sometimes it is just to take photos, while other times it is while I’m teaching. I never tire of it. The other day I found myself teaching again and we were taking photos along the lanes and at the graffiti.

I like the lanes with the graffiti. It is always changing and every time you go there is something new to look at. I heard on the news the other day how the City of Melbourne are saying that taggers are ruining Hosier Lane. I don’t know how they plan on stopping it, but I do hope they do.

I will just leave you with the photos from the earlier part. It is heating up here and could be good to experiment with trying to photograph it, or maybe I can stay indoors and do more writing. I hope you are having a good weekend.

Introductions: Peter Hill

When I went to Aireys Inlet on Friday I was discussing with my friend Chris how I didn’t have anyone to introduce to you today. She often gives me the names of people and she came up with another suggestion. She said why don’t you ask Peter Hill. She said his work was amazing, so I looked and she was right. So I asked Peter for permission to feature him here to you.


I wasn’t at all surprised to find lots of black and white images, or waterfalls. If Chris recommended his work then there would have to be a lot of those types of images there. I certainly wasn’t disappointed, there were lots of images like that. Beautiful atmospheric images.

I asked Peter where in the world he was.

I am based in the Blue Mountains, in NSW, Australia. My wife and I have a 100-year old farmhouse on half an acre of gardens and fruit trees. We are surrounded by huge oak trees and clouds. I also spend a lot of time living in inner-city Melbourne.


Recently Robyn Graham mentioned how she liked to see how others photographed New York where she is. I have to say I feel the same way about Melbourne. I like to see how people take photos of my city. I get a lot of inspiration from the images. The infrared that Peter does are just amazing.

The next questions were how long had he been taking photos for and why.

I first got into photography in the mid-1970s when I was awestruck by some landscape and landscape “extract” monochrome images of Ansel Adams in American Photographer magazine. His compositional fastidiousness and control of light was a revelation, and being very young at the time I wanted to “be like Ansel”. I wanted to photograph the natural world and capture its beauty and power and I wanted to do it well, with images that deserve being printed large and hung on walls to be looked at. I am greedy in that respect.

My first serious camera was a just-released Olympus OM-1, which I bought in 1978 and still have and took with me on several treks in the Himalayas in the early-1980s, shooting with Ektachrome slide film.

I was on the verge of creating my own darkroom when I discovered girls and rock’n’roll, which led to my photographic urges taking a back seat. However, the emergence of digital photography 10 years ago saw me succumb once again.

Before long I was regularly arising before 4am to either head to the coast to capture seascape sunrises or, increasingly, to the Blue Mountains to trek down into its many valleys and capture waterfalls and the like. I am never more than happy then when emerging from a long morning shoot soaked wet and covered in mud but knowing I’ve got one or two moments of magic safely stored on a CF card.


You think you know what you are going to find and then you find images like this. I love symmetrical shots and this is a great one.

I asked Peter about inspiration.

Nature being awesome is my main inspiration. When the light is of the dawn or early-morning type, crisp and interplaying with a rich natural environment in some minor or major way, my lens will always be drawn to capture it. Knowing the outcome has only minutes, sometimes seconds, to be captured before the light changes just makes it even more a drug to take right there and then. When at home in the Blue Mountains I am constantly reviewing the prevailing light, cloud and wind for that wonderful mixture that I need to grab the gear and head off and do some shooting, whether it be 5am or 5pm or anywhere in-between.


While most of his work is black and white,  there are quite a few colour ones as well. The lush green of a rain forest around a waterfall. The ferns fanning out. So beautiful.

The third question was if there was anything special about the way he worked.

My work has been described by Paul Burrows, Editor of Pro Photo, as “real photography”. That is, I eschew manipulating images with a computer and prefer to focus on the craft of photography as it is done with the camera. Ansel Adams, my first and greatest inspiration (along with Eugene Atget), is sometimes labelled (by ignoramus’s) as a great manipulator, but this is rubbish. Adams was a perfectionist. In the darkroom he used dodging and burning to correct over and under exposures of light on his plates to bring the print back to what his eyes saw. He never replaced a bland sky with a dramatic storm-cloud laden one, or removed a fence line or indeed any objects from the images. He never bracketed or created composite images. He shot what he saw and developed and printed what he saw.

It seems that adopting the same principles in the digital realm, as I do, is “old school”, and it is a bit sad that my photography is labelled as different for that reason. But it does rile me to routinely see photographs I know to be fake to be published, misleadingly labelled, marketed and awarded as “photographs” when in fact they have been created by a computer program. The problem then for me is that when people come to one of my exhibitions and see my images printed large on the highest quality paper and carefully framed, they often ask me what photoshop techniques I used to create them.

The viewer of landscape photographs is becoming attuned to visions of natural perfection – where nothing is out of place and the colours are ….. amazing. It saddens me that this visual vomit is becoming accepted as the norm, as more and more so-called “photographers” seek the nadir of “perfection” in an image when the real natural world is nothing like that.

For example, I often shoot rainforest creeks with tree ferns and such in abundance. The real composition naturally includes some dead brown branches or limbs. I don’t clone such clutter out of the picture in some twisted desire to make the scene “perfect” – I leave them there. At worst my composition of any given landscape photograph will take such things into account. As a result I get suspicious about any rainforest landscape “photograph” that is all green green green.

It is all about the light. And light creates shadows. And light and shadows create depth and body and mood and mystery and contrast and emotion. If I can convey those things in my photography then I feel I have captured something special.

I am creating more B&W photographs and less colour ones. Indeed my next exhibition, in June 2016, will be exclusively B&W. Whilst it grates me to be told “great conversion” when I publish B&W photographs on-line, the truth is I have learnt to visualise my B&W images, I shoot them in B&W (Infrared camera) or in B&W Mode (normal DSLR), and I process them in B&W.


I do love the architectural shots especially. I find them incredibly inspirational and I can’t wait to get out there and start doing some of my own. It has been strange lately I am so drawn to the city. A few months ago I was sick of it.

The last question, as always, was about gear.

I started my digital renaissance with a Canon EOS 10D, and have stuck with Canon bodies ever since. Currently I shoot with full-frames – a beat-up, cracked, old EOS 5D Mark II, a Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III, and a rather special EOS 5D Mark II – this one was converted when near new to shoot Infrared. It has a Deep B&W Infrared Filter inside the body.

In terms of lenses I use Tilt+Shift lenses a lot, mostly the Canon TS-E 24mm f3.5L II, but also the TS-E 45mm f2.8 and the TS-E 90mm f2.8. After curating my last exhibition I realised that every single photograph had been taken with a 24mm Tilt+Shift lens, either the original (which I still have) or the new model. the reasons are simple – when engaging the Shift function I can create distortion free landscapes at 15mm focal length equivalent. I also use the Tilt function (with or without the Rotate function) to carefully select the right field of focus depending on the particular landscape scene I am shooting.

For landscapes I also use the EF 24-70mm f2.8L (when I can get it off my son’s camera!), the EF 24-105mm f4L (when I can get it off my wife’s camera!), and the beautiful Zeiss Distagon 21mm f2.8 lens.

I have a large collection of filters. My favourite filter is the Hoya ND x400 filter which I use to create long exposures. But I also use B+W ND filters, the Lee “Big Stopper” ND filter and about 20 different Lee Grad Nd and other filters, e.g. Coral.

I use 2 Manfrotto 190XB Pro tripods. One is salt damaged which I keep for seascapes, the other I use in the mountains.

I would like to thank Peter for giving me permission to Introduce his work to you, but also for doing it last minute.You can find a lot more of  his work on his Flicker page and on his Facebook page, Peter Hill Photography. I have a gallery for you, as usual and I know you are going to love his work as much I do. These are the ones I loved.

USA Wanderings: Walking Around the Financial District in New York

When I spent the day with Stacy and Robert we covered so much of New York. We walked so far. It was fantastic. I think it was the day I realized that New York really was huge. I had heard it was, but I think until you actually go there and try to get around you don’t really understand. I imagine London would be the same too.

We walked over 8 miles that day, or 13 kilometres. It was a massive day, my feet were killing me at the end of it, but it was also worth it. I really enjoyed it and will always remember it as one of my favourites.

I am just going to leave you with a gallery now. I will put captions under the photos so you know where they are, if I know. I did get a bit lost really, but I had people who knew where to go, so that was good. These photos are from when we got off the train at the new Fulton Station, and until we got to the Brooklyn Bridge.

It is Saturday here now, I’m planning on having a quiet weekend. I was out most of yesterday taking more photos around Aireys Inlet. It has been strange since I got back, the place I keep itching to take photos of is the city. I think New York helped me to find architecture again. Take care and enjoy your weekend too.  Remember if you like the post, please share it.


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