I have been away on another photography adventure. This last trip took me to India where I have been photographing all kinds of models and scenes that will be making their way to the Getty Images stock photography library. I’m back in Australia and fired up for some local Northern NSW wedding photography and commercial photographic work.
I’m a professional photographer and I am also a time traveller.
The new iPhone is expected to be announced next week and I will most likely buy one. My current phone is over 3 years old now and so makes for an interesting look at my life. Looking back through the photos it chronicles a remarkable journey. Appropriately the very first photo I took with my iPhone was of an aeroplane.
Scrolling through the rest of the images is like travelling through time. My children grow from being 2 and 4 year olds into (mostly) lovely young girls, we buy a new house, move, go on road trips, Christmas and birthdays pass, babies are born, school starts, people get married, sailing trips, we go to the beach (many, many times), visit Europe and have fun. Lots of fun.
I’ve only just realised it. The images I capture on my ‘proper’ cameras are the story of my professional life. The images on my telephone tell the story of my private life.
Here’s one of my favourite images from my phone. Dad hamming it up with his 70th birthday cake.
As I travelled around Paris I constantly encountered enormous groups of tourists armed with the latest high end camera gear. Unfortunately for them, I can pretty much guarantee that their images are terrible and they would have been better off buying some postcards and sticking to taking photographs on their telephones.
In order to get photos better than that of the average tourists you need to do something the average tourist won’t do. You need to beat them to the punch and get up early. Really early. Really, really early. If you want great photos you’ll need to be ready to shoot before the sun comes up. Sunrise in Paris tomorrow is at 5.53am.
You’ll get great light and you’ll get the rarest of things in Paris. No crowds.
And you will be done with plenty of time to put the camera down and enjoy the sights. You’ll be first in line for the Louvre, the Eiffel Tower, the Musee Dorsay, everything. The queues for the usual sights don’t normally start building until 8am (but by 8.10am they are already enormous) and opening times tend to be 9am or 9.30am.
Here’s an image I made of Notre Dame Cathedral with only a few cleaners around. Bliss.