About the Place
(The Scene by Hird Newsletter)
Edition #23: June 2006
The cold winds of change are blowing – or is that just the sudden onset of winter? There is certainly change in the air at Scene by Hird.
Read on, McDuff!
quit my day job!
It’s still way too early to judge whether the move is shear folly or an act of bravery. In any case, sometimes that distinction is blurred beyond recognition!
What I can discuss with some certainty are the reasons behind my decision.
Around 10 years ago, it dawned upon me that there is only one asset I truly own: my time. Every other “asset” in my life could be re-acquired after losing it, selling it or giving it away. However, my time is the one thing I can never get back – once I’ve spent it, it has absolutely gone for ever.
Once that simple fact had sunk in, many other aspects of my life crystallised. Time for myself (which includes my time with my family) became most precious – literally priceless. Work time – the time I trade for someone’s money – was a different matter. That time can be valued, and I place a very high value on mine.
Unfortunately, employers do not always agree with my valuation - in fact, they never have - so I have always compromised between working in a profession I enjoy and being adequately compensated for spending my time. Now, the time for compromise has passed.
I’m forty years old. I estimate I have between twenty and thirty years of productive time remaining in which I still have the ability to make the photographs I’m proud of. It seems like a long time, but it’s not. For instance, twenty years ago Bon Jovi were topping the music charts and the Chernobyl Disaster had just occurred. Admittedly both were devastating events in the history of the world, but they seem like only yesterday in my memory.
However, what worried most (even more than a Bon Jovi revival) was the thought of sitting in my comfy chair twenty years from now, realising the chance to reach for my dreams had passed just as quickly.
I quit my day job
so that I could spend more of my time doing something I love. If I were
to delay the decision any longer, I would have festered in my later
years regretting the things I had never done – and surely, that’s
no way to spend time …..
For Our Second Gallery
It also means that,
with some reluctance, we’ll be moving to Perth after nearly 13
years in the Goldfields. We will be keeping the Kalgoorlie gallery open
because the Goldfields will always feel like home for our family. However,
we can’t be in two places at once, so we are currently looking
to employ a manager for our Kalgoorlie gallery. Do you know anyone who
might be interested? Give us a call or send an email
Would You Like Fries With That?
With more time available to me in the near future, I’ll be putting together some notes for more workshops, including:
• Photoshop for Photographers
• An over-night trip in the goldfields
• Getting the most from your camera (a beginners guide to using your camera)
have ideas for a workshop, let me
know and I’ll come up with a course structure if it’s within
my sphere of knowledge.
Taking Advantage of the June Light
During the year, the direction of sunrise and sunset changes. It is only near the spring and autumn equinoxes that the sun rises at due east and sets at due west. During winter, it rises and sets further north. During summer, it does so to the south.
Now is the time to get those shots where you need the sun coming from the ENE in the morning or WNW in the afternoon. The low side-lighting which is idea for landscape photography is currently as far north as it gets.
In the Goldfields area, the sun rises about 30 north of due east (ie on a bearing of 060) throughout June. It also sets about 30 north of due west (ie. on a bearing of 300).
Armed with this knowledge of the lighting direction at each end of the day, it is possible plan for landscape photographs which can’t be produced at any other time of the year. Last year, I used winter light to make my shot of the breakaways 70km north of Leonora (which I call "Painted Cliffs”).
"Painted Cliffs", made June 2005
"Lucky Bay" - Photo of the Month in June, 2006
This month I have published a shot of one of the most beautiful beaches in Australia – Lucky Bay, Cape La Grande NP. It represents a departure from my usual style of working, since I shot this while the sun was still quite high in the sky.
Normally, I’ll wait until close to sunset for low, warm light to engulf the scene I’m shooting. However, in this case, I wanted bright sunshine to illuminate the beach, highlighting the brilliant white sands and pure blue waters of the Southern Ocean.
In the Goldfields, we are blessed to be able to call this beach our local one ….
Thanks for reading once again. I appreciate the replies I receive each month and your own related stories make each day that much more fun.
Things will be hectic for us over the next few months, so please don’t give up if the gallery is closed when you come to see us. If we aren’t here and we haven’t hired a manager yet, call our mobile number to find out what we are up to (0408 951 176 for Michelle, 0427 18 66 50 for Graeme)
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