Monday, December 21, 2009

Avatar. Go See. Be Amazed.

5 stars in the Auckland Herald Weekend. It seems people are liking the film. That's good eh?

I'm still not sure what exactly it is we have created. But it is cool. If you can, please see it in 3D. It makes sure you really go to Pandora.

- J

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Eric Testroete

If you've seen the great papercraft head Halloween costume, then you are looking at Eric Testroete's talents. He's a games artist working in Vancouver. He also takes great photos:

Head over to his website or flickr pages to see more:


Tuesday, November 17, 2009

October Holiday in Central Otago


I bring to you the Reindeer Cormorant:

Along with underwater ducks and other delights from our recent trip to Clyde and Queenstown in the South Island. Take a look if you wish:


Monday, November 2, 2009

Canon Photo5 Competition


I didn't make the finalists round. How sad. Waaah. Oh well life goes on... and I had a lot of fun making the shots I made... I'll have to look for another photo competition now... they really motivate me to try different stuff!

origninal post:

So a little while ago I entered the Canon Photo5 competition. The entry period for the 2009 contestants has just closed and now I can show you my entries. Here's the site itself if you want more detail about what you gotta do etc...  Canon Photo5

There are 5 categories/briefs that can be entered into, presuming that you registered in time to recieve their secret folding box full of props: Bokeh, Portrait, Close Up, Splat and Low Light - Practically Black [open brief].

My Bokeh entry:

My Portrait entry:

My Low Light entry:

I only entered 3 of the 5 briefs. I neglected to attempt the Splat, and tried something for Close Up but it didn't really work out. Incidentally, my Bokeh entry is the photo that I built this rig to shoot...  Fibre Optic Rig

Now it's up to the judges to shortlist their favourite 10 entries in each brief for the public to vote on. They'll do this by November 9th. Then it's up to the public to pick their favourites and vote for the winners by November 22nd. The winners each recieve a Canon 5DMKII and lens kit and a 3-day photo safari trip with Australian photographer Chris Bray!

Wish me luck! And vote! I'll post details on how to do that, closer to the time.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Thistle Hall Gallery Exhibition

It's on! Thistle Hall Gallery in Cuba St, Wellington have confirmed my exhibition spot for April 26th to May 2nd 2010. I'll be exhibiting my collection of infrared photography of Wellington, Fiji and other locations!

I've got a lot of stuff to plan now... the opening, framing and organising the prints, promotions on the radio and the web, flyers to go round town, and then also staffing the gallery for the week of the show... These are very exciting times we live in!

Thistle Hall Gallery Website

My infrared gallery


Thursday, October 22, 2009

Projector on the cheap

I'm trying to project an image on-site without any power. I need to throw a really wide image too... something commonly out of the hands of your run-of-the-mill slide or digital projector. Someone said 'Why not make one out of your lens?'... so last night I gave it a go and what do you know? A little lego, a slide, my 430EX speedlight some patience and ... well.. it works!

I'll post the result when my experiment succeeds...  for now it's under wraps.



Original image that the slide was made from:

Saturday, October 10, 2009

200mm f/1.8

So my friend Matt has allowed me to baby-sit his 200mm f/1.8 Canon L lens for a little bit. The thing is a monster and quite heavy. I'm only mostly re-assured that the neck strap attaches to the LENS not my CAMERA. But seriously, Canon doesn't make this lens anymore and I'd hate to have to replace it.

'Dad, your new lens is broken, I can't see anything...'

'Yes, Son.'