Wednesday, December 28, 2011
|Filtrate Sunglasses shoot. Picture courtesy of Dave Gregerson.|
I'm sitting outside Starbucks poaching their free internet. It's pretty windy out here, I always think of Hawaii as being warm but it's actually a lot colder here now than back home in Australia. It sure feels good to be back on the islands though. It's the little things I've missed, like the abundance of amazing fresh fish, the palm trees and of course the waves.
I've come to Starbucks for a coffee and to write a quick little post welcoming my latest product sponsor, Filtrate Eyewear. I usually have a bad run with sunnies. I always end up either sitting on them or leaving them somewhere, so I was super stoked when Filtrate hooked me up with a nice supply of their lovely polarised sunglasses, and I've been doing a really good job of not losing any of em! Check out all of their styles at
www.filtrateeyewear.com/ and also at www.actionsportseyewear.com.au
Here are some pics using Filtrate Sunglasses from a recent shoot I did in Hawaii with my photographer Dave Gregerson. I really love these sunglasses, especially the red ones in the picture above!
|Picture courtesy of Dave Gregerson|
|Filtrate's Green Tea Sunglasses in "choc". Picture courtesy of Dave Gregerson.|
|Picture courtesy of Dave Gregerson|
Monday, December 26, 2011
|Kauai Style Truck|
Driving on the wrong (right) side of the road. It scares the pants off me. Especially late at night when I try to turn a corner. I also look the wrong way when crossing the road, and often find myself almost getting run over by cyclists when I automatically move to the left. Scary stuff!
The self flushing toilet. I encounter these machines in many places, such as airports and restaurants. Every time I stand up and they flush, it makes me jump a mile. Plus sometimes they flush while you are still sitting on them. Not good.
Any kind of reality television. MTV, Teen Mom, The Kardashians, ANYTHING Housewives related (New York, New Jersey, definitely the most scary reality t.v. out there). If you don't think this stuff is scary, then you've got problems.
|Teen Mom 2 in all its Glory|
Giant American trucks (For my Aussies, truck means Ute - same thing). They make them big, fat and wide here. Especially the lifted ones. Lifting is where you raise the body of the truck above the axel. In American culture, your social status can often depend on the size of your truck. If you need a ladder to get into your truck, then you've taken things a bit too far.
Costco (warehouse style grocery store). They have a deal where for $1.50 you get a hotdog and an UNLIMTED soda. That is just plain scary.
MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYBODY! <3 <3 <3
|Presents under our Christmas tree on Kauai|
Thursday, December 22, 2011
|Me and my 7D in Hawaii. Photograph courtesy of Dave Gregerson|
My camera and I had a few initial hiccups working together here on Hawaii. I pressed a few wrong buttons, it got upset. I somehow set the shutter so it would take around 20 seconds to take a picture, then it would be all neon and fuzzy. I stayed up until 1am crying trying to read the manual and fix it before I gave up and went to sleep.
But now as my 10 day work stint on Oahu comes to a close I look at my camera with lots of love. It's so big and shiny and the buttons (there are still so many!) aren't quite as scary... I'ts sitting here with me now, and I have to say it's about the best purchase I've ever made.
|Conducting a video interview with Roxy team rider Vanina Walsh|
For those of you interested in camera gear, I have a Canon 7D. It's a great multi purpose camera, it takes great stills and has really good HD video too. For accessories I have a Hoya CPL and a Marumi UV filter, but I think my most valuable accesory purchase was a Rode shotgun mic. I got it from here:
and it was $140 well spent. I also bought a couple of 16GB memory cards, I have found it's much better to get the bigger size ones, that way when you are doing a full day of shooting you don't have to worry about constantly changing cards. An extra battery is also absolutely essential, as is a good tripod. I made the mistake of buying a really flimsy tripod, and will be spending the extra money now for a good quality one. When a tripod isn't solid you're shots are wobbly.
I want to say a BIG thank you to all the people who have helped me with my camera, from figuring out buttons and settings to deciding what gear to buy. You guys know who you are (especially Dave, Fiona and Brendon)! Big mahalos and aloha from Hawaii, I can't wait to share all my new video projects soon! xox
|Putting my camera to good use, Waimea Bay at sunset|
|Shooting Pipeline has to be one of the most fun things in world (for me anyway!)|
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
|Vanina SUPing at one of her local breaks on Oahu|
|Vanina cruising her local streets. Photograph courtesy of Dave Gregerson (www.20foot.com)|
When meeting with a surfer for an interview I'm always a bit nervous. Vanina met up with us on the West side of Oahu for a surf shoot, accompanied by her parents, and they instantly made me feel at ease. The whole family was super friendly and even invited Dave and I into their home for a lifestyle shoot.
I'm looking forward to telling Vanina's story in full, it's a pretty incredible one. Without giving away too much I'll share with you that she spent her first 10 years of life living in Arizona trying to practice surfing in her swimming pool! Now that is dedication!
Monday, December 19, 2011
For those of you just tuning in, here is on the beautiful North Shore of Oahu, famous in the winter for it's pumping waves and pro surf scene. The stuff you read in the surf magazines, it's all here. There is so much I want to write about, but sleepiness is wining me over, so I'll leave you with a few photos from my latest work purchase, a new Canon 7D, along with a promise to share with you a more in depth look into the North Shore surfing world.
|Dave the fashionista. Protecting camera gear from the elements becomes an art form.|
|The girls out at Rocky's go hard.|
|Filtrate sunnies shoot. Photo courtesy of Dave Gregerson.|
|A Haliewa sunset.|
Sunday, October 16, 2011
Monday, October 3, 2011
Monday, September 5, 2011
Surf bum turned temporary 8-5 office worker, here is my take on office life - created with pens, post-its and photocopiers.
DON'T TOUCH MY COFFEE!
Clean your spoons.
There is nothing quite like the awkward elevator silence... little office sardines.
Monday, August 29, 2011
So here it is, the Youtube link to my mini Indo surf film.
Friday, August 12, 2011
Sunday, June 19, 2011
I have never been one for the “short vacation” style of travel but with university wrapped up and winter sneaking on in like the cold unfriendly creature it is, I decided to head for the warmer waters of Bali for two weeks. True to my usual travel form I have gone alone and with no idea what I'm doing. I figured I would meet some other surfers on the flight over, I mean it's Perth to Bali right? No such luck though, it was all families and couples heading over for their annual 3 day Kuta vacations! I don't usually go to the most touristy areas but as I stood outside the airport sweating trying to juggle my surfboards I found myself uttering those two dreaded words to the taxi driver... “Kuta, please”.
For those of you unfamiliar with Bali, Kuta is a town right near the main airport and is the hub of tourist activity. Situated next to a nice stretch of beach it's home to many hotels, bars, nightclubs and a whole load of obnoxiously drunken Australian tourists. I figured I'd spend one night here, find my feet and figure out where to go next. Finding accommodation was my first issue. It was hot, I was sweaty and the streets are narrow and filled with crazy scooter drivers and erratic traffic. Lugging my boards around was no fun so I went into the first budget accommodation I could find.
“Chempaka Losmen”, the sign read out the front. The first thing the guy at the desk tried to tell me was “minimum three night stay”. No thank you I said and went to leave. “Wait!” he tells me. “We only have one room with no bathroom.” He takes me to the room, it's dingy, dirty and FULL of a whole swarm of bugs. No thank you I tell him and go to leave.
“Wait!” he yells after me yet again. “ I have one other room!” This one is a little better (not by much) and I figure it's only for one night. I didn't realize at the time but I am the only person staying here, which is never a good thing. It has been alright though, all my stuff is still here and I don't have bed bugs. I'm still no good at using the squat style toilet in the bathroom though. Apparently co-ordination and leg muscles are two things I'm missing.
Now mum, I know I promised you I wouldn't ride on a scooter. Traffic here is crazy and my travel insurance doesn't cover scooter mishaps. But I met up with a friend of a friend from Hawaii who is stuck in Kuta waiting for his lost surfboards to be delivered by the airline and he has a scooter. We went to go find surf, him driving, me on the back and both of us holding surfboards. It was pretty fun, dodging and weaving through all the traffic and people, trying to hold onto my board without it sticking out and hitting something or someone. We did ride through a huge swarm of bugs on the way back though, that was not so much fun. I'm pretty sure I swallowed a few.
And mum, I know I said I wouldn't go nightclubbing here either. But I was curious. I was only going to pop in and see them for a few minutes. It was everything I expected, giant neon five story music blasting packed out drunken tourist dancing craziness.
It's day two of my trip and I'm sitting having a coffee waiting for my friend to wake up. Today we plan to get the five hour ferry over to the neighboring island of Lombok and hopefully score some good surf. I know it has only been one day, and I know I'm only in Kuta, but so far I really really love Indonesia. The local food is amazing, the people are friendly, the water is warm there is a certain Asian third world chaotic charm to the place. And I promise again mother, and I mean it this time, no more scooters.