This is my first image in a long time. A result of the realities of work and a period of creative block. More excitingly this is also my first image from the Canon G1-X. Im really excited by the possibilty this camera will provide me. This high end compact from Cannon offers suburb image quality from the largest sensor in it's class. It's a camera that i want to try and keep on me as much as possible to shoot whenever opportunity arises.
From the limited shots i've taken i can say I've been very impressed with the results thus-far. The 14MP camera, features a 4x optical zoom from a very nice lens. Noise from the RAW images is very low even at high ISO's.
This shot in-particular was shot hand-held at 400ISO on a overcast day on the Applecross foreshore south of Perth, Western Australia. I look forward to posting a more comprehensive review of the camera soon, but really happy so far.
In January I have been fortunate enough to be able to take some time off and travel to Bali, Indonesia. These images were taken when I was presented a unique opportunity to go inside a family commune on the outskirts of Ubud. Hidden behind high walls was a small congregation of basic accommodation and buildings.
It was fascinating to discover how these people live and associate with each other. Generations of family living in close proximity to each other with a hierarchy of buildings dedicated to God, the elderly grandparents (pictured here) as well as food and meal areas and special recognition for chickens who are important in their culture.
I absolutely love the faces of the elderly grandparents i have photographed in these two images. To me it feels like you can see the wisdom and experience in every contour of their face. Being invited to experience the way of life for these traditional Balinese people was probably the highlight of my trip. These type of experiences are what makes travel photography so rewarding, particularly when you visit cultures and places that are so different from our western lives.
Travel photography is so enjoyable and as an Australian, I feel so lucky to have Asia on our doorstep to offer amazing experiences and photographic opportunities. Bali is only 3 hours flight from Perth and in less than a day you can leave behind the demands and hectic lifestyle of a modern western city and feel like you've traveled back in time where people live such basic, yet happy and fulfilling lives. It often makes me question who has it better? Yes i have plasma TV, ADSL internet, brand name clothes...but for what? Are we any happier than these traditional people who live off the land and live in a tight community where family is everything?
I always come home asking myself these questions and that's what i love Asia for.
For more images from my latest trip to Bali, Indonesia: Click here
Another image after one of the most remarkable storms in Perth in recent history. This Mother and son took advantage of a clearing of the clouds just before sunset to visit Cottesloe beach, Western Australia and see the aftermath of the storm. I like the fragments of the setting sun that are starting to break through the heavy cloud cover and the "happy" colours of the umbrella.
Chris Bishop professional commercial, landscape & travel photographer based in Perth, Western Australia.