Oxers Lookout – Karijini

•July 28, 2011 • 7 Comments

Hey Merv, two posts in a day!!! As the title says……pretty cool spot!!

Tanks – Port Hedland

•July 28, 2011 • 4 Comments

On our recent trip to Port Hedland, Tegan mentioned that she’d never been to Port Hedland, so thought I’d better take her there for a visit!! On the way in we came across these tanks which everyone has seen, and shot, so thought I’d do the same.


Golfing…..

•July 4, 2011 • 3 Comments

Hi all, yep, I’m still here!! Haven’t gone anywhere, just been busy on the farm and working on my golf handicap!!

The golf bug has hit me again after being out of the game for about 8 years. With some new clubs  and some revived enthusiasm to try and get back to a single figure handicap, I haven’t spent much time behind a camera. I’m off to Port Hedland for the annual Indee 500 Desert Race in a couple of weeks to shoot the event, something I’ve done for the last 4 years. But I guess I need to spend some time with the camera to get used to looking through glass again!!! The only thing I’ve taken a pic of lately is my new Mizuno MP-63 irons!!! Now if anyone here are golfers, you may get a little excited like I was when I picked them up. My last set, Maxfli FX-31’s, were awesome, but after 15 years it was time to upgrade. I had looked at the Mizuno’s before, but did some research, and decided on the forged irons. They are amazing, absolutely pure!!

If anyone is ever keen for a game, join me at the Manjimup Country Club, our little secret in the south west, one of the best country courses you will ever play golf on.

Insulted!!

•May 31, 2011 • 10 Comments

So, I’ve been having a bit of a whinge lately, if you don’t like it, I don’t apologize, because I’m trying to stand up for photographers.

As I’ve whinged about before, I’ve been banned from shooting my hometown motocross event this year, and I’d say in the future, simply because I wouldn’t agree to give the organisers “free” images to use for promotional use, even though I had agreed to it previously.

I’m not going to go on too much about it but I felt rather insulted after the organisers put out a request for flaggies for the weekend. Now if you don’t know what a flaggie is, they are the marshalls that are based on each jump on the track. If a riders falls, they wave yellow flags to notify oncoming traffic of the impending danger. Hell, I even put down my camera equipment last year to help out during the practice on the Friday of last years event. Now being a flaggie to be honest is shit, you get covered in shit and you don’t get to watch the race properly because you have to watch the backside of the jump in case someone falls, but, you can’t have a race without flaggies! Very important!!

Now, the insult to me comes in this form “Desperate for flaggies for Sat and Sunday-Free entry, food and drinks during the day and $50 and the best view of the event”.  Are you for real!!…………Now I’m a farmer (apparently we’re not that bright!!) but say you need 20 flaggies –  $50 fee + $30  free entry + lets say $20 for food and drinks. $100 per flaggie, that equals $2000!! Now a photographer rocks up with 25k worth of gear, spends 3 days there shooting, and is expected to do it for nothing??? Give me a break!!! Now you wonder why I’m having a whinge and feel I’ve been shafted. As well as losing jobs and money with the publications I deal with, you wonder why I’m fucked off!!!

Now this is a public forum, don’t be shy to voice your opinion as I have done, I do it all the time!!! Tell me if I’m a whinger (I expect a couple to!!), I have broad shoulders, I can handle criticism, but I’m just trying to stand up for photographers so they don’t get shafted like I have.

If you want to be a flaggie, you might be lucky enough to get your photo taken!!

Crisp Autumn Mornings.

•May 19, 2011 • 2 Comments

Why would one want to live in the country, and wake up to crisp, fresh, clean air every morning?? You have to be mad to want that everyday!!!

Chilly Morning

•May 16, 2011 • 6 Comments

This is another shot from the other morning I did for Merv.

This paddock was seeded just before the first rains this year, and look at it go!! If all goes well we should be strip feeding by the end of the month. I feel guilty in a way, as I know how many other farmers don’t even have a blade of grass on their property. I hope these systems this week will produce some solid rainfall which will spread though the whole farming region. We need La Nina’ to piss right off and give us our winter pattern back!!!

I know it’s not an exciting image, but that green to some people is like gold!!!

Major Disappointment.

•May 15, 2011 • 17 Comments

A lot of you will be aware of a post from a few months back, about me making a stand to not give away my images for nothing.

Well, fast forward a few months, only a few weeks before an event, and I’ve effectively been banned from shooting at an event.

Lets go back a couple years, to the first time a first shot the event. I agreed to give the organisers photos for promotional use, as I was told if I didn’t agree to that I couldn’t shoot. I had just spent $900 on airfares from Karatha plus $1500 in lost wages to come down for the weekend and “shoot” the event.

So last year, same thing. I had supplied photos for all the promotional material leading up to the race, without complaint, only praise and support from the organisers. I was there for the Friday’s practice, Saturday and Sunday. Only thing that had changed was the fact the number of photographers at the event had grown from 3 the year before, to about 6 or 7. I just carried on and did my thing, trying to stay away from all the others, but found a few times where someone else was shooting over my shoulder, or as soon as I chosen a new location, they’d be straight in there after I’d moved!! So three days shooting, and the next full day processing to get the photos out to where they had to go. It was at this time where I’d felt this wasn’t right. It was at that stage I thought this is the last time I do it for nothing, especially as, and I don’t want to “blow my own bags”, but I felt I got the job done and produced the best and cleanest images at that event, and I had total support from the organisers, who once again praised me for my quality of work.

So this year, I had no contact with the organisers at all leading up to the event, until I’d seen the link for this years event on Facebook, with someone else’s image. So this prompted me to make a call, after I frustratingly posted a comment on facebook, which offended some people. I was told by someone that I was not welcome at this year’s event, so I wanted to find out, but I had the feeling I wasn’t anyway, considering I’d gone from hero to zero from the year before. I was told we had a deal, which yes, we did, but I didn’t agree with that deal anymore. If I didn’t agree to that deal I couldn’t shoot, so I stood my ground and  made my case, but it didn’t change things, just made it worse. Even after being organised to once again do my news story on the event with ADB, as well as my local paper and other publications as last year, I was effectively banned. It is a shame because I love the event, and the fact I do the job, and produce the images.

What’s more frustrating is the money spent to bring over riders from overseas and the east coast, paying video crews to record the event and even paying the flaggies to man the jumps, but the people that produce the most beneficial promotional product have to do it for nothing if they want to shoot at the event. This to me is disappointing.

I know the link from this post will be sent to the organisers, but that’s ok, I’d expect that, I can live with my decision, but in the end I’ll probably die by my own sword, but I’m happy with the decision I made, as I feel it’s the right one for photographers out there. Maybe we need a “Photographers Union”!!! thoughts???

Anyway, as frustrating as it is, especially with the fact that Billy MacKenzie, Jay Marmont and Matt Moss are confirmed to be coming this year, it hurts to not be  part of it, but I’m not backing down, even if it is costing me money to not do it.

But I guess if you feel strongly for something you need to make a stand, and hope others follow.

Let me know your thoughts on this issue, or if  you feel I’m being a prima donna, tell me!!

This was one of my favourites from last year.