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LCC Charity Ball

Working with Liverpool City Council as an Event Partner for their 2019 Charity Ball we captured some great moments of the night which raised $50,000 dollars for the Ingham Institute for Applied Medical Research. The black tie event with a Tokyo theme included Japanese entertainment and cuisine. The event held at the William Inglis Hotel, Warrick Farm provided an exciting venue with their major function centre turned into Japan in cherry blossom season with additional effects with multicoloured lighting and fog adding atmosphere and making photography a challenge but with the right techniques in capture and post production the end results speak for themselves.

 

 

 

Creative Artwork - Space Station

2018 AIPP APPA Awards

The Australian Professional Photography Awards (APPA) is Australia’s pre-eminent photography event. It is open to professional photographers from Australia and all over the world from all photography disciplines and seeks to reward current Australian image making.

It is held over 3 days with judging in groups running concurrently in 5 different rooms. Over 1800 printed images were presented one-by-one in 12 categories across 16 genres of photography before of a panel of 5 expert judges. The judges admire the image from their seat before getting up and examining the print in fine detail, literally a few centimetres away before they return to their seat to access and enter a digital score.

It can be a very tense time for the photographer waiting to see their score finally come up on the screen either in person at the judging venue or watching it streamed online around Australia and the world.

I am grateful to say that two of my three images were bestowed with Silver Awards this year, which were the images that I pre-qualified with at the state awards. I really enjoy the challenge of creating these artwork pieces and it is so nice to know all the hard work is worth the effort. When they are printed on archival matt art paper they do look another step ahead as they might on screen.

 

Creative Artwork - Jellyfish Docking

2018 AIPP EPSON NSW AWARDS

The AIPP (Australian Institute of Professional Photography) Epson NSW Awards are combined with the ACT Awards, so after a number of years being held in Sydney it was NSW’s turn to travel to Canberra for two days of intense scrutiny of over 700 prints by teams of Master Photographers. I am pleased to say that the three prints that I entered were all awarded a Silver Award. These images are part of a geometric architecture series that I have been working on for some time. I have always enjoyed Architectural photography but creating these geometric designs takes it to a new intriguing level of art.

 

Space Station

 

Jellyfish Docking

2017 AIPP APPA Awards

Each year, the Australian Institute of Professional Photographers (AIPP)  hold the Australian Profesional Photography Awards (APPA) and this a great event with thousands of entries from the best Aussie photographers. The awards are run over 3 days in 5 seperate judging rooms and it is live streamed to the world for those who can’t attend. The images are judged in each room by a panel of 5 judges who are either Masters or Grand Masters of Photography with many years experience.

I had 3 images entered into the ‘Illustrative’ category which was judged over 6 hours and across 3 different rooms.

I am extremely proud to say that I received 2 Silver Awards and a Silver with Distinction Award for my entries. These image are more abstract architectural images.

NSW AIPP Awards Image 3

Blue Opera Bugs

©Neil Loomes – IMAGEOLOGY

This is another image that received a Silver with Distinction at the 2017 Australian Institute of Professional Photographers (AIPP) NSW Epson Awards. By mirroring an image of the Opera House it creates an insect like creature especially with the coloured lights of vivid adding intrigue to their exoskeleton. Once these insects start to swarm a beautiful hexagonal mosaic is formed.

NSW AIPP Awards Image 2

Busselton Burst

©Neil Loomes – IMAGEOLOGY

This second image received a Silver with Distinction at the 2017 Australian Institute of Professional Photographers (AIPP) NSW Epson Awards. This photo is actually a picture of Busselton Jetty in Western Australia. The jetty is 1.841km long. It is the longest timber piled jetty in the southern hemisphere. The Mandala effect is creates buy using 9 rotated layers of the image and blended together as smart objects in Photoshop. A mandala is a spiritual symbol in Hinduism and Buddhism which representsnthe universe. In modern times a mandala has become a generic term for geometric patterns that represents the cosmos. This effect can be very mesmerising and the level of detail keeps your eye searching for new things while the gold and blue tones are very pleasing to the eye.

NSW AIPP Awards Image 1

Kaleidoscope Clock

©Neil Loomes – IMAGEOLOGY

This photo received a Silver Award at the 2017 Australian Institute of Professional Photographers (AIPP) NSW Epson Awards. I wanted to try something a bit different for this years awards so I created some geometrical images of structures. This image started as a small piece of Melbourne’s city skyline shot from the southern side of the Yarra River. From there the mathematics takes over working on angles and repetition. These types of images can be very mesmerising and the more you look the more detail you find. The image also won the Champion Best in Exhibit in the professional photographic category at the Camden Show.

Get Up, Get Going but Stop and Look

Misty Sunrise

©Neil Loomes – IMAGEOLOGY

Some mornings it doesn’t pay to get out of bed. But sometimes it does.

The human internal time clock is naturally set to awaken after sunrise, so it always difficult to buck this trend and beat the daylight hours to start the day. Most times this is probably to get up and go to work to beat the ever-extending peak hour traffic. We are usually reluctant to throw off the bed covers and start the day with another bout of road rage from some lunatic that has to make up 0.3 of a second by cutting in front of you. All this bad karma can often take your focus off what is special about getting up early.

The half hours before and after sunrise can be the most magical time of the day and sadly we don’t always get to appreciate it. The air is clean and crisp, the birds just start their morning songs and the light has an ethereal quality to it.

The colours of the light at sunrise and sunset are the product of a phenomenon called scattering. When the sun is low sunlight has to pass through more atmosphere therefore extra molecules, which scatter the shorter wave length violet and blue rays. This leaves the longer wave length yellow, orange and red light spectrums for our eyes to enjoy early in the morning. Add a bit of mist, which is caused when warm moist air is suddenly cooled and the perfect morning scene is set.

Enough of the science lessons, lets just sit back, relax and enjoy the view when we have to opportunity to rise early and enjoy it. Beats any other stress reduction methods that I know of.

Take a Ride

Cruising

©Neil Loomes – IMAGEOLOGY

Who wouldn’t want to go for a drive in this beast? This magnificently restored 40’s Ford would be a dream to ride around anywhere on a Sunday afternoon. This one of a kind car takes you back to checkered floored milk bars with booth seating and the smell of freshly cooked hamburgers.

Wikipedia explains “cruising is distinguished from regular driving by the social and recreational nature of the activity, which is characterised by an impulsively random, often aimless course”. In other words the fun of the trip is the journey rather than the destination. It doesn’t matter where you head in this car the sheer joy is just sitting behind the wheel and listening to the V8 motor howl in delight as you accelerate away from the lights. People stop, stare and whistle in admiration your ride and you tip your head in their direction acknowledging their appreciation.

Many hours of blood, sweat and tears are willingly poured into the rebirth of these old curved beauties. Transformed from rusted old forgotten shells to gleaming paint and squeaky fresh leather seats and enough horses under the bonnet to pull several stage coaches. What better way to remind yourself of a classic car like this than to have a professional photographic session from IMAGEOLOGY to capture the curves, colours and cubic inches, so you can hang it on your wall or create a brag book. You’d photograph your first born, what about your first build!

Persistence Pays Off

Resting Place

© Neil Loomes – IMAGEOLOGY

I love photographing on cold winter days and particularly on cold foggy mornings. Fog adds an extra dimension to any landscape and like all weather, it’s variability adds an extra layer of challange for the photographer. You can study the weather forecasts all you like but it is not until you rise before sunrise on a chilly morning and stick your head out the window to see if there is any fog around to be sure if there is a chance of capturing a great misty shot.

On this particular morning there was an extensive layer of fog and so I grabbed my gear and headed out to some of my favourite sites to see what area was the best. Places that I had got some great shots previously weren’t working for me that day so I continued to travel around to find a better image. Finally, as the morning had progressed and the fog had started to lift a little I came across this dam and set up my camera on the tripod. The stark baron tree and the fence posts disappearing into the water appealed to my eye. I started capturing images using HDR (High Dynamic Range) bracketing which involves taking a series of images at different exposures so that they can be blended in software later (I’ll explain more about this in a later blog).

After about three quarters of an hour I thought that I had a good as shot as the day was going to provide me, however I kept thinking that there was something missing in the photo. There were a variety of water birds on the pond further around the corner but I figured they didn’t want to come anywhere near me. I was about to give up for the day when suddenly this group of cattle egrets flew up the pond and landed on the railings. They flicked out their wings and then settled and I took one bracket of shots and then as quickly as they came they took off agin. I hoped that I got the shot right because I didn’t get a second chance. After about four hours of shooting I didn’t think I had a winning shot apart from this possibility. I think that the egrets just make the image. What do you think?