It’s always interesting photographing a home that you’ve shot years earlier. I archive everything, so I was able to look back at the photos of this home that I’d taken 4 years, 2 cameras and a lot of practice ago. Back then the place was vacant and unfurnished and currently looks much more appealing.

If Santa Slid down a Fig Tree…

It’s holidays, so here’s one I shot on a visit to Ballina over the past few days. ‘Strangler’ Figs germinate in the branches of trees after birds poop out fig seeds they have eaten. The fig sends out runners that wrap around the trunk of the host tree on their way to the soil below. They branch rather like capillaries. In some cases the host tree dies (not due to the presence of the fig), and the trunk rots away leaving a hollow tube formed by the fig. I laid the camera on its back at the base of the tube and set it to take 3 exposures which were late combined. The colour has been tweaked toward red also.


Real estate photographers spend so much time with their butts jammed into a corner I’m surprised we aren’t wedge-shaped! It’s all in the attempt to capture as much information as possible about a space. To me, wide shots, though essential as part of a mix of RE photos, provide information at the expense of emotion. They don’t convey a lot about the ‘feel’ of a home. So it was refreshing for me to be able to zoom in recently and show some of the effort put into the decor by their appointed stylist.

Cat Crazy

I do love cats, but recently was able to video two superb catamarans for the guys at Multihull Solutions In Mooloolaba. Filming or photographing a boat involves similar skills and equipment to that required for filming a house; boats being rather like floating homes, albeit with low ceilings and the chance of drowning should one step over the boundary.

“Cattiva” is filmed with the camera gliding on a short rail mounted on a tripod. I love the soothing feel of such “slider moves”.

“Shellette” combines slider clips with walk-through’s, useful for connecting the various spaces in a boat or home. If you’ve ever carried a full cup of tea you’ll appreciate the jerky motion that could be imparted to a hand-held camera. This motion is smoothed out somewhat by mounting the camera on a gimbaled and counter-weighted ‘Steadicam’.