Opera House during Fire Water Festival 2009

Opera House Slideshow.gif

I've been going through my Aperture library looking for photographs to publish on my Photo a Day journal. A couple of weeks ago I found a series I shot in 2009 during the Sydney Fire Water Festival of the Sydney Opera House being illuminated by a light installation and posted one of them.

The show was amazing and I took many photographs that day. The Opera House was illuminated with abstract designs that changed constantly. It looked awesome.

I thought it would be a good idea to create an animated gif of them, so here it is.

It's the first gif I create and I'm still learning. It's a little over 2mb, so it may take a while to load. Sorry about that. I'm not sure how to make it smaller.

The process was fairly simple. I created a slideshow in Aperture with each slide playing for .10 seconds and the transition in dissolve for .01 second. I exported that as a video at 720p resolution. Then I dropped that into a beta version of Gifrocket and what you see is what I got.

I'm excited to play with animated gifs more in the future.

Introducing A Photo a Day Journal

My Aperture library contains a lot of photographs that have never seen the light of day. During December I went through them and figured I should share them.

So, for 2014, I'll be posting a new photograph every day.

However, I don't want to include them as part of the main blog for a couple of reasons. First, it may be too much for some of you that subscribe via RSS and weren't expecting it. Second, I want to publish the photographs as large as possible, which I can't here because of the sidebar. As a result, I created a brand new section with its own feed you can subscribe to.

Check it out at A Photo a Day.

There are already 8 photos posted. It is, after all, the 8th of January today. So far so good.

The photographs will be about everything with no particular topic. They're just photographs I've taken over the years that I like. Some will, of course, be around the subjects I normally shoot. But you'll find many undexpected images. For example, today's photograph is this one:

As I mentioned, if you're a subscriber to the current RSS feed for Disturbances in the Wash, you won't get the photos in your feed. But if you'd like to get them as well as the regular content, you can subscribe to the Photo a Day feed as well. More info in the follow section.

The photographs will be licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License unless otherwise noted on the specific image, which means you're welcome to download and use them as long as it's not for commercial purposes and you provide attribution with a link back to this site.

I hope you enjoy them.

Roberta Burksaite from Lithuania for People of the Globe

Roberta Burksaite from Lithuania for  People of the Globe

Roberta Burksaite from Lithuania for People of the Globe

Recently I had the chance to photograph Roberta Burksaite for the People of the Globe project. She's originally from Lithuania and is currently living in Sydney.

I've always found it fascinating that I can find people from all around the world in this city. The cultural diversity is both astounding and refreshing at the same time. Every time I meet someone from a country I've never been to I get the urge to read about it and learn a bit more.

Lithuania, from the little I know about it, sounds like a captivating place. Just a quick Google images search for lithuania scenery, for example, reveals a beautiful and charming country. And if Roberta is anyting to go by, the Lithuanian people must be equally charming.

She was a pleasure to shoot with and it's pretty much impossible to take a bad photo of her.

Fast Food - Ads vs. Reality

Fast Food - Ads vs. Reality:

So, I went to some fast food places (I won’t say “restaurants”, just “places”), and picked up burgers and tacos, so I could compare them with the ads. (I’m always on the hunt for little projects like this. Stoked.) I brought the food home, tossed it into my photography studio, and did ad-style shoots, with pictures of the official ads on my computer next to me, so I could match the lighting and angles.

Burger King is the worst. McDonalds seems to be the closest to reality.