Back in 2008 I did my first photography course with Christian Fletcher and just after that course I went on a PNG trip on True North with my new found skills.
It was the perfect way to practice what I had learned from Christian and i was disciplined enough to make sure I wrote down what info had ‘gone through to the keeper’ as such, so that I could relearn from Christian on my return.
Back then I was a Canon shooter and like everything I do, I like to ensure I have the best kit available so that then it is only my skills that are the limit and I can grow into the kit.
So, my camera of choice back in those days was the Canon 1DS MK3. I loved that camera and its weather proofing was incredible and i was often out shooting with in pouring rain whilst others had their cameras in bags. This was the start of a great journey for me and photography is now very much a big part of my life.
It is during isolation times like these that taking on new skills like photography, art, woodwork etc can be very fulfilling and it gets the creative juices flowing.
These are my favourite images from that trip.
Thanks Christian for setting on this wonderful creative journey….its been a ride and a half!
True North departed for this years cruise season today, 4 weeks and 2 days from when she was lifted. The upgrades to the bow area and the cocktail deck really have improved these areas considerably and the new paint job makes her shine better than new. A huge effort by the Echo and True North teams in getting everything done in time for today’s departure and I am sure there will be some catch up sleeps happening over the next few days.
I was down at the sailing club refuelling my boat when I looked up and saw this coming down the coast, so I cut the refuel short and dashed back to the pen, then opened up the back of the cruiser then remembered i hadn’t charged my drone batteries from this morning’s True North shoot…doh!
Note to self….charge batteries after each flight!
So, with only 2 batteries with 35% in each one I shot the drone up from where I stood in the sailing club carpark, pinged one set of stitches with one battery, landed then did the same with the second one.
I had just enough juice in each battery to do one stitch and land. How’s the water coming out of those clouds and getting lighten up by the setting sun and how’s how solid the cloud above the system was?
I then packed up the car and tried to get ahead of the system and down to the Power Station only to be foiled by traffic!
Net result rain pouring down and lightning all around me and me sitting inside devastated that I didn’t get a second crack at the system. Pretty happy with this shot but!