Panning at Nollie Faith

Friday, September 23rd, 2011

I’ve always struggled with shooting panning shots of moving subjects!  I decided that a great place to practice this technique is at Nollie Faith in downtown Johannesburg.  The kids are constatnly skating up and down the street, all you need to do is find a good spot and wait for them to come zooming by!  These are 2 of my favourite shots taken at Nollie Faith while practising my technique.  There will definitely be more to come!

Drawing time at Nollie Faith

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

I noticed this kid while shooting photos of the kids skating at Nollie Faith, he just had the cutest expressions on his face as he watched everything goin on around him.  I had to shoot a couple photos of him!

 


 

Using my Fish-Eye Lens at Nollie Faith

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011

I love using the Canon 15mm Fish Eye lens to create different images. It’s fun to use for portraits and distort the image and create a different feeling about an image that might other wise be pretty boring. These are some of my favourite shots from the skate contest at Nollie Faith last Saturday
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Happy kid at Nollie Faith

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011

This is another shot I took at the Nollie Faith gathering on Saturday. I noticed this little kid sitting on the curb, all by himself while the other kids were skateboarding and having a good time. He looked like he’d been crying. I decided to approach him and try chat to him and maybe sheer him up and get him to enjoy the day with the other kids. I soon realised that his English wasn’t the best but he definitely understood the language of photography and when he saw himself on the screen on the back of my camera, he could barely contain himself! Just by taking his photo, I had completely changed his mood. I’m not sure if he was just excited to see himself on the camera or maybe it made him feel special that someon had taken enough interest in him to actually take a photo of him, either way, it made me feel warm inside. Viva la power of the camera!

 

Nollie Faith Girls

Monday, September 19th, 2011

These girls from Nollie Faith don’t care to skate much, as you can see they’d rather play with their dolls and chat on the sidewalk.

Nollie Faith Skateboard Contest

Monday, September 19th, 2011

I headed back into the city this last weekend to shoot some photos of the skate contest that Nollie Faith was putting on for the kids.  As always, I was greeted with smiles and giggles and most of the kids couldn’t wait to get in front of my lens!  The contest was a great success and I could see the joy in the kids faces and I just couldn’t believe how excited they were to see their friends competing for first and second place.  I spent most of the day shooting some portraits but also shot some pics of the contest itself.  I’ll have to split the blog posts into seperate parts as there are quite a few photos!  This is the first post.  Enjoy.

Wild in the Streets

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011

The ‘Nollie Faith’ community is basically a couple guys that are helping street kids in the area of Maboneng, Johannesburg.  I’m not quite sure how the whole thing works but it seems the kids have access to skateboards and other cool stuff.  I went down there on Saturday to take a look… these are some of my photos.

Cultural Contrast

Thursday, August 18th, 2011

Johannesburg is definitely a place of diverse culture, with so many different languages and tribal back rounds, just about every person you meet has his or her own individual story of tradition and belief.  It’s an interesting place to say the least!  I’ve been going down there to meet up with the local skateboarders for the past couple weekends now trying to capture moments in time as they move about in this crazy, contrasted environment. 

Madagascar and Nosy Be island.

Tuesday, January 20th, 2009

I recently went on Honeymoon with my wife Sarah to Madagascar, needless to say, it was totally amazing and very different to anything I have ever experienced!  I was totally humbled by the native people, living off approximately $1 per day and still, they are hardly ever without a smile, just doing what they have to do.  Oh, these are also the first pictures I have blogged so I hope this works!