Bondi;

All photos taken by Eugene at Aquabumps.com

Ever since I first went to Bondi in September 2010, I’ve been obsessed with the place ever since. I spent a week in Bondi, going for walks every morning, acting like a local as much as I could in that week. I was lucky enough to have my best friend S with me half the time so I dragged her along the coast, checking out the houses and surroundings in Tamarama, Coogee, Maroubra and Cronulla (I blame my obsession with the Bra Boys for the last two).

So when I came home and discovered Aquabumps, my fastination with the coast never died. Every morning, I get into work to a nice little post by Eugene, the photographer behind Aquabumps. Whether it’s the east coast of NSW, or somewhere in Indonesia, I hang off every word and stare at the images in complete admiration. If there’s someone’s life I would love to have: it’s this guys.

So until my next visit to Sydney at the end of the year, I’ll continue to get lost in the daily newsletter made up by Eugene (or uge as he signs off).

Check out the site here and sign up to your daily piece of the Bondi action in the top right hand corner. He’s also got a shop in Bondi if you’re ever around!

Stand still;

A collection of photos I’ve taken over the years

Last night, I decided to update my flickr account, something I haven’t done in about a year. After I uploaded a collection of my favourite photos over the past year, I took the time to look at things I’ve done over the years and the places I’ve been.

Although I’m currently in a stand still with university & work taking over my life as of late, I know I will never be in one place for too long when the world is such a beautiful place, every corner of the globe awaiting to be explored and observed. There is so much beauty in this world and if there’s one thing I was born to do, it’s to see that beauty with my own eyes. I don’t have a long list of things I want to see & do in every city, all I’ve ever dreamed of, is to just go somewhere new and stand still. Watch the people, traffic and days pass by and capture a glimpse into someone else’s life.

If you have the time, you can check out a collection of my favourite photos I’ve snapped over the years in a fraction of the world I’ve seen so far: here.

Latest obsession;

So last week I received some little goodies for my iphone. For the price of $49, I got four new lenses for my phone (two are joined together). There’s the fisheye, macro/wide angle and telephoto lens. Over the weekend I snapped away with every lens except the telephoto (it zooms in, a little boring, no?)

First off, here’s an example of the wide angle lens. It’s perfect for sneaky/lazy little photographers like me because 1) you don’t have to move to get everything in the frame and 2) no one around me at work noticed me snapping away at my computer screen like a weirdo. Plus, the wide angle lens also has a little bit of a fisheye feel to it in that it curves a little which I love because I found the fisheye to be a little much for me…

The fisheye. I thought I would enjoy you more but maybe it’s a little early to decide just yet. I only got the opportunity to snap a few different objects…me being one of them. It turned out okay other than the stupid face I was pulling; I won’t rate the fisheye just yet.

And now to the other part of the wide angle lens- the macro! I fell in love with this one…once I realised how close it had to be (pretty much touching I realised). Who knew the ground could be so interesting?

What do you guys think? Fan of any of the lenses? Interested to try them for yourselves? They can be purchased here.

Keep in mind these were shot with a iphone 3GS camera….will post more photos once my new iphone arrives (hence why I delayed this post and STILL failed miserably)

New goodies;

I’ve been tossing up for MONTHS about what lens I want to buy next for my DSLR. I don’t use my camera all that much these days unfortunately so deciding on what one lens would be the most practical is so tough!

I have been however, using my iphone to snap away at everything, thanks to my instagram obsession.

I mentioned last month that I purchased something off the photojojo site but it was out of stock. Well my order finally arrived! (See photo above). When I received the order at work, I was like a little kid on christmas day- I could not wait to play with my new toys!

I have snapped some photos with the new lenses but photos will have to wait because the only subject I’ve experimented on is my messy room & I don’t think everyone wants to see that!

Stay tuned for photos this weekend!

Photo a day: June edition;

Above is a 30 day photo challenge. I attempted this photo challenge in April….and failed miserably at Day 8. I’ve found ways NOT to fail this time. To put each days word into my iCal so the first thing I see every morning as my alarm goes off is the little reminder to take a photo.

Too much? Not at all. The things I have to do for my brain to remember things is a little crazy sometimes.

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Photography fix;

Tonight, I discovered this great (but dangerous) site called Photojojo. Browsing the various items in the store, I came across this AWESOME USB Drive in the shape of a camera shown in the picture above and below.

I don’t know about you, but that item instantly went into my shopping cart. It’s cute, little and the fact that you can pick Nikon OR Canon is awesome.

Check out the other items for DSLR’s and cellphones HERE. I’ve already purchased something else but it’s currently out of stock. You will all have to wait until it’s in my hot little hands before I go boasting about it!

ABH

Fascinated;

Every now and then, I randomly stumble across blogs that blow me away. Whether it’s the words or the photos, these pages get instantly saved to my favourites.

Tonight, I came across the blog of We Live Young, a 19 year old photographer with so much talent, it’s mind blowing. I feel like I’ve taken a walk down memory lane and I’m looking into my life 10 years ago. I just don’t come across photos like that these days.

It’s just funny the timing of it all. Just this morning, I got into a conversation with a lady about how much I miss experimenting with photography because all I ever do these days is work or study. Coming across this blog has only made me more certain about my direction.