New Hair and Mens Fashion

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The dreaded Before image. Now that I'm looking at it, my old hair was rather atrocious. 

The dreaded Before image. Now that I'm looking at it, my old hair was rather atrocious. 

Those of you that know me, know that I've had the same hair style for nearly 10 years now. Medium length and rather un-stylable, it was pretty boring to be honest. Given that it's nearly 2016 and I'm almost an adult, I thought it was about time that my hair reflect my age... And the decade for that matter. I've been thinking about it for a couple of months now, but haven’t really done anything about it until I had an excuse. I’ve been looking on Pinterest, creating a mood board of hair inspiration–I assure you, it’s not nearly as pathetic as it sounds–for something modern and simple.

I searched the internet for a Barber and eventually found one that looked promising and booked and appointment. I showed them a photo of Joseph Gordon-Levitt (oh uh, there’s a clue) and away we went. I didn’t hesitate, we just went for it.

Of course, me being me, I didn’t want to go with the usual take a selfie and post it on Facebook–No–I wanted something with a little more class; so I asked my friend and fashion photographer, Chris, to take some men’s fashion style photos. Well, actually, it was mainly to redo my recent headshot (seen on the left) that we took a week beforehand. I thought it was a good opportunity to showcase my new hairstyle in the best possible way. Armed with a gold Nixon watch, a classy black jacket and plenty of Muk® in my hair, we hit the photography studio to produce the most swarve before and after you’ve ever seen. When you’re ready, click the button below to be introduced to the new hair style.

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A huge thanks to my mate Chris Haych for taking the photos. I've done the retouching and editing, as I wanted them done as soon as possible and to save Chris from having to do it. I'd love to know what you think of my new do, so leave a comment below. Also, if you like the photos, you can comment about them as well.

And because I'm awesome, here's a speed retouching video for you to enjoy. Just click the image below to start playing.

Photographer: Chris Haych - www.chrishaych.com.au | Retoucher: Nick Jeremiah - www.indecisivemodernist.com | Model: Nick Jeremiah | Music: "House" BenSound.com Copyright © IndecisiveModernist | 2015

To watch the video in HD, click the vimeo button on the bottom right of the video.

A Sneak Peek // New Images Coming Soon

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Well hello there, it's been what? three months since I've posted an update here on my blog. yeah, I'm really sorry about that but I've been busy with Uni and have been shooting a lot. Here's a sneak peek at some new images that will be coming to my portfolio in late November or early December. I'm really, really excited about these.

1010 Customs Building, Docklands

A building in Geelong

An apartment building on South Bank.

I'd love to know what you think in the comments below.

Pinteresting Is Interesting

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So lately I’ve decided to jump on the Pinterest bandwagon and have been using it a lot. I use it for researching and inspiration for mood boards as well as just pinning images to certain boards for ideas to shoot or for potential locations. It has taken me a long time to start using Pinterest for a reason that I’m not entirely sure why. I guess it’s to do with the fact that now I’m starting to actually understand the art and design world and my processes are becoming more professional and refined. I used to never do any form of research, instead I would just jump straight into the work and unfortunately a lot of my artwork has suffered because of it.

I’ve come to realise how important it is to gain inspiration and just undertaking simple research to see what other Creatives have done. An example of this, is what I’ve just recently done to my blog. This isn’t Pinterest related exactly but I published a post yesterday about inspirational blogs and it gave me the drive to actually make my blog look good–and so I did. I went through and removed posts that I didn’t really want and decided to create a thumbnail image for each of them. This is to add some visual interest to my site and for my posts to have a specific look when shared on social media.

So I’ve decided to two helpful things to use Pinterest for.

  1. | Set up a business account with Pinterest and start pinning.

Pinterest is the go-to website to search for DIY projects, recipes and other stuff. The more you pin your blog content the more web traffic you’ll get. Pinterest also links directly back to your site so your images will take users to your site.

  1.  | Allow visitors to pin from your site.

If you hover over any image on my website, you’ll notice a Pin It button pop up in the top left. This lets Pinterest users Pin any image from my site to their boards. An easy way to get your stuff out there.

Retouching For Beauty

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I recently completed a fashion shoot and decided that these images were perfect to try out some new retouching techniques I have recently learnt. I'd love to know your thoughts in the comments below.

I'll be updating this post in the coming week to feature some more images as well as more information. Check out the post below to learn how I retouched this photo.

Hasselblad Masters 2016 // I'M A FINALIST, VOTE FOR ME!!!

Click on the image to be taken directly to the Hasselblad Masters home page.

Click on the image to be taken directly to the Hasselblad Masters home page.


The Hasselblad Masters 2016 competition has seen a spectacular 10,700 images entered from over 4,000 photographers. Photographic ability; creativity; compositional skills; conceptual strength and technique have all made a compelling contribution to the art of photography.
— Hasselblad

Well the time has come and the jury has spoken. Over 10,000 photos from 4,000 photographers from all over the world were submitted for the Hasselblad Masters Award 2016 including three of my own. The public voting has now begun to choose the final 10 winners. Oh, did I mention I’m one of the finalists? It would mean the world to me for you to vote for my flagship (or what I like to think) photograph of Whisky Bay. I have entered into the Project//21 category and my image is the colourful seascape. All you have to do is vote my image with 3 STARS, another 2 STARS and finally a 1 STAR. Then click CAST VOTE. You will need to be a member with Hasselblad but that’s easy, just sign up.

I would also like you all to share my blog post and let all your friends know. Photography is my passion and to be a finalist will forever be something I’m proud of.

So how do I vote?

Visit the Hasselblad website and in the top right corner click Sign In. You'll see a Create Account link, you'll click this to create your Hasselblad account. The only information you need to provide is an email address, password and your name. Once you have done that scroll to the bottom of the page, accept the terms and conditions and click the Create Account button.

You should now be signed in but click the Sign In button in the top right again just to make sure. When signed in you'll see the Hasselblad Masters Awards finalist categories on your profile page. I entered in the Project//21 section–the section with the Mini Cooper as the image. Click into that and you'll see 10 photos. My image is the second image featuring a rather colourful seascape. Rate this image three stars then proceed to rate two others with two and one stars. Then above the gallery you'll see a white Cast Vote button, click that and it'll turn grey. You have now voted and can no longer vote again in that category.

Blogs I'm LOVING Right Now

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Recently over the last week or two I've come across a couple of blogs that I am absolutely loving. They are focused on design and lifestyle and have began to inspire me quite a lot. They have even made be begin blogging more and put more brand and design effort in to them.

1. |   Stuck With Pins is a fantastic blog by Californian Corrine Alexandra. The kooky creative nonsense of this self-made artist is inspirational to the core–well for me anyway. Her wedding photography style is very hipster/vintage but in a professional, non-cliché way which is very hard to do in my opinion. Her design style is right on point with mine and she's always coming up with something interesting. I highly recommend checking out her Instagram, Facebook and Portfolio.

2. |   Elle & Company Design is actually a blog I've just found today. It's mega interesting. Her creative lifestyle and design blog is colourful with beautifully designed blog headings as well as incredibly informative articles. Sometimes I wish I had a day that I could sit down, do nothing and just read this blog. Definitely worth reading.

3. |   Faded & Blurred is actually a blog I've been visiting for many years now. It's an amazing resource for photographers to read about related news and and stories as well as listen to fantastic in-depth conversations with inspirational photographers. Jeffery Saddoris is the brain power behind this blog and also a co-host of a podcast on the arts, science and philosophy of photography, On Taking Pictures. Whether you want to read the blog or listen to the blog, it's always full of interesting, inspirational and philosophical stuff to fill your creative emptiness.

No More Coffee

So I've made a large change in my life in the last couple of days, I no longer drink coffee. Instead I've changed the warm beverage for a gentle cup of tea... Why you ask? Good question.

I guess my tastebuds have changed after many, many years of drinking coffee. It all started when I decided to cut sugar out of my diet completely. That's right, I don't add sugar to anything at all. If I was living alone I wouldn't even own it. It took about a fortnight to get used to the strong savoury taste of the raw coffee but after a while I became quite fond of it. But all good things must come to an end and I've found myself not really enjoying coffee anymore, I guess I got sick of the taste.

So I ventured out to the next jar over and grabbed a tea bag one morning and decided to stick with it. I still add milk and now add a tiny pinch of sugar just to take the edge off the taste and it's a welcome delight.

But you're not to worry, I haven't given up coffee for good. I'll still order my cappuccino from cafés and coffee shops... After all that is real coffee.

A New Year

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I started this blog because I wanted to start writing more and to share more of my photography and art work that I feel isn't good enough to add to a portfolio, but I still wanted to show it off. But for some reason I just haven't been doing that. It's a new year, and new opportunities have shown themselves and differences are happening. My girlfriend is now going to design school for interior design, I have a new job as part of a content creation team and I am now more then ever, surrounded by creative work.

This has inspired me to be more creative and to start writing more. I'm not creating more work, but I'm researching it more, I'm getting more ideas and just scrolling through endless pages on Pinterest of photography, graphic design and now even interiors all thanks to Tiarna. It's more inspiration to stay in the creative mind set. Sadly being a creative isn't like riding a bike, you do tend to lose your touch after a while and keeping yourself immersed in artwork and designs can help keep that touch alive.

This blog post was more of a spontaneous response to boredom than anything else but I saw a chance to do it and so I did. I'm going to try and post more and create more, so keep your eye out on this blog for more. I believe you can subscribe to this post by RSS or email or something, I don't really know, there'll be some sort of link around this post somewhere :) 

5 Day B&W Photo Challenge Gallery

Over the last week, I have posted a black and white image each day as part of a photo challenge. Yesterday (November 1st) was the fifth and final day to the challenge. Today I'm including a gallery of four images so you can view them all together. (The fifth day image featured a model I was not able to gain permission to use).

I hope you enjoyed the five days of black and white images and I hope it was a nice refresher to see some new photos. I'd love some helpful critique on my images as well, just leave a comment on this post below what you thought.

DAY FOUR // 5 Day B&W Photo Challenge

 

So the second to last day has come. Today I'm uploading a landscape image. This photo was taken at Whisky Bay at Wilson's Promontory as an assessment for college. The assessment required us to take test shots to gain knowledge of the area and then return at a later date to shoot the final images. This image was one of my test shots and is almost just as good as the finals.

I've included a map if you want to travel to Wilson's Prom, it's a landscape photographer's heaven, especially during the winter.

ISO 100 - f22 - 6 Seconds - 18mm

ISO 100 - f22 - 6 Seconds - 18mm

DAY THREE // 5 Day B&W Photo Challenge

ISO 100 - f11 - 30 Seconds - 38mm

ISO 100 - f11 - 30 Seconds - 38mm

Another day has come and that means I need to post another black and white photo. This photo was taken on the same night as I took the Clock Tower image for day two. You can see that blog post here.

Unlike day two's long exposure shot, this was taken using a tripod. These lovely models (statues) are out the front of the Performing Arts centre in Melbourne. The streaks you are seeing are streaks of light caused by a moving light source and a long exposure.

This image was taken by an assistant standing behind the statues with a bunch of little LEDs attached to a long string. Once the shutter is pressed the assistant swings the LEDs around in a circle until the shutter closes.

In my circumstance I had to take another exposure without the lights and assistant (known as a clean plate) as the assistant could be seen in the shot. Later on in post I removed the assistant by painting in the clean plate image in the places where the assistant can be seen.


 
Original RAW Image

Original RAW Image

Clean Plate

Clean Plate

 

After an hour in Lightroom and Photoshop, cleaning up unwanted light streaks and getting exposure even across the image it's finally complete.

Don't forget, I've still got two more days to go. you can subscribe to this blog to get an email each time I add a new post. Or just keep an eye out on my social media, I'll be posting them there as well.


DAY TWO // 5 Day B&W Photo Challenge

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ISO 100 - f8 - 20 seconds - 50mm

ISO 100 - f8 - 20 seconds - 50mm

Yesterday I was nominated by my friend and fellow photographer Christine to participate in a five day photo challenge where I have to post a black and white image each day for the next five days. My day one post featured an image I had taken of a young woman sitting on a park bench out side the State Library of Victoria. You can view that image and post here.

Today's image is of a clock tower along Swanston St in Melbourne. I'm not sure which building this is, but it's near Starbucks if that helps. It was a long exposure taken during the night. I wasn't using a tripod for this image, I rested the camera on a tree branch to keep the camera steady. I wasn't able to get this perspective using a tripod so thinking outside the box came into play.

I used a 20 second exposure with an aperture of f8. Of course there were trials and errors and plenty of blurry images that will never see the light of day. But this one came out just right and delighted me once I saw it on a nice big computer screen.

Keep your eyes on this blog for the next three day's posts. I'll have a small gallery at the end to show case all the images in one place.

a Work in Progress

I just wanted to share some hobby work I'm creating. It's going to be a long work in progress, it took me about four hours to get to this point, (I've never done this sort of design before) so I know I've got a long way to go.

I'll keep this post updated as the progress chugs along.