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05.10.17

IPA AWARDS!

Found out earlier today that all three of my entries in the professional section of the International Photography Awards were awarded Honourable Mentions – ‘Perfect Imperfection Dogs’ photo series in the Special : Pets category, ‘For the love of dogs’ photo series in the Special : Pets category, and ‘Winged’ in the Special : Digitally Enhanced category.

Considered to be the ‘Oscars of Photography’, the 2017 International Photography Awards received 14,273 of submissions from over 165 countries. Pretty thrilled to be awarded amongst those numbers. Congrats to my buddies and fellow WA photographers Seng Mah from Venture Photography Workshops, Johannes Reinhart from johannes.com.au, and Brett Canet-Gibson of Twine – Ideas That Bind who also took home HM’s. What a way to represent.

It’s bittersweet that the featured image for my ‘Perfect Imperfection Dogs’ photo series submission is rescue pooch Jakk as a puppy. Jakk was discovered in a rubbish bin when he was a day old and ended up being cared for (and subsequently adopted) by Edith of WA Pet Project. He had malformed front legs but he never let his disability hold him back, learning how to bounce around to get from A to B. Everyone who met him fell in love with him, and he had a global fan club of people inspired by his determination. Sadly Jakk passed away recently and our collective hearts were broken. He lives on forever in our memories. ❤️

https://www.photoawards.com/winner/hmention.php…

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05.10.17

FRANCINE THE SHEEP!

Yesterday Deb and I visited Possum Valley Animal Sanctuary with a group of lovely friends, to meet and photograph (and cuddle) the resident animals. The sanctuary is run by Chris and Mark, two dedicated humans who have created a haven for rescued farm animals and native wildlife. From alpacas to chickens, pheasants to possums, cows to goats, peacocks to donkeys, the animals now have a safe and happy place to live out the rest of their lives.

This pic of Francine the sheep was my fave of the day. I felt it did more justice to her watchful gaze to change the image to black and white. This is only my 4th B&W conversion and it’s a treatment that’s definitely growing on me. Some photos, and subjects, are just made for it.

Thanks so much for a lovely day out Chris, Mark, Deb, Dave, Di, Angie, Lorri, Linda, and Cath. And Francine.

Taken with Tamron Australia 70-200mm f 2,8 Gen 2 lens. #TamronProTeam#TamronCreates

22.09.17

LENS DUO!

When Andy from Blonde Robot & Tamron Australia was in Perth recently he personally delivered my new lenses – the Tamron 24-70mm f2.8 VC Gen2 lens and the Tamron 18-400mm f3.5 VC lens. How’s that for service!

The 18-400mm lens will be going onto our office camera which has a crop sensor, and will be given a road test on a range of different subjects. It’s looking like a fantastic compact and light travel lens with excellent zoom.

Meanwhile, the 24-70mm Gen2 is about to be unleashed from its box for the first time today, during a big project shoot. We are filming behind the scenes, so you’ll soon get to see it in action. This will then become my main go-to studio lens. I’ve used the original version for 4 years solid and taken over a million images with it. It’s a beauty of a lens and I can’t wait to get snapping with its predecessor.

Photo thanks to Geoff Temple.

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22.09.17

WINGS AHOY!

Here’s an out-take of Bluey the Red Tailed Black Cockatoo in flight from today’s photo session held at Perth City Farm. We have another image to release soon, and something special is built around that one, but in the meantime I must shout out big thanks to Peta, Mitch and Bluey, Ben from Team Digital, Julian from Julian Masters PhotographerElinchrom LTDTamron AustraliaSpider HolsterLaCieSeagate and Ilford Imaging Australia. Oh and my new Tamron 24-70mm f 2.8 Gen2 lens worked like a dream. It was so smooth!

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11.09.17

NEW HORIZONS!

Last Wednesday Deb and I hosted our last Perth photography workshop. We ended on a high with 19 keen photographers and a day of perfect weather … and a few dozen delicious cruelty-free cakes. Bliss!

Our courses have run for the past 5 years and have been held in front of hundreds of attendees in Perth, Sydney, and Hobart – with one more pencilled in for Canberra in 2018. It will then be retired fully in its current form.

I thoroughly enjoy teaching and helping enthusiasts understand that photography can be easy. A real highlight is seeing the moment it clicks for people and this is something I want to continue to nurture.

We are now exploring three amazing new opportunities in photography education – watch this space. Thanks to all of our past course participants, sponsors Whiteman Park and Caversham Wildlife Park, and supporters. We are looking forward to announcing our plans soon.

Image: Taken with 70-200mm f2.8 VC Gen 2 Tamron Australia lens and converted to B&W.

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30.08.17

THE NATIONALS!

Last weekend the  (AIPP) Awards, the APPAS, were held in Melbourne. The APPAS showcase the best of Australian photography and there were many incredible, creative, inspirational, masterful images entered.

It can be nerve wracking watching your own work being judged by (and in front of) your peers, but it’s invaluable for feedback and growth and to ensure you are producing photographs of a consistent professional standard.

Huge congratulations to AIPP Photographer of the year, Keren Dobia of Keren Dobia Photography, to Pet and Animal category winner Angie Connell of Angie Connell Photography, and to my awesome friend Leah Kennedy of Leah Kennedy Photography who took out the Creative category.

A big pat on the back to the rest of the WA crew who were deemed the best in their respective genres (Barbara Brown for Emerging; Yane Sotiroski for Landscape; James Simmons for wedding; and the North Metropolitan TAFE Photography for Tertiary Institute of the Year 2017) and to all of the category winners and finalists, who produced world class portfolios. We really do have some insanely talented photographers on our fine shores. View all winning images here http://bit.ly/2x0bImf

I entered the Pet / Animal category and was thrilled all my images were deemed to be of professional standard, and to receive one Silver Distinction Award for “Gracie and the bug” and two Silver Awards for “The Gift” and “Reptilian” respectively. Each photograph was captured using a Tamron Australia 24-70mm f 2.8 VC lens, and was taken in my studio. I’ve attached the judges feedback (transcribed from the live judging feed) on each individual pic for those who are keen.

I’ve been an Accredited Member of the AIPP for several years, and this was the third time I’ve entered the APPA Awards. My next challenge is to work hard to gain the remaining points I require to reach the heights of “Master” photographer.

Big thanks to Paul Maietta, PJ, and crew from Fitzgerald Photo Imaging for their attention to detail and meticulous printing of my images on Ilford Imaging Australia fine art paper. Each print is judged on its quality, as well as on the actual image itself, and receiving judging feedback of “It’s so beautifully handled in the printing, not just in the composition. That brought it home.” (Pet / Animal judge Andrew speaking on ‘Gracie and the bug’) is just magic to hear.

Thank to the APPA team members and volunteers who put together a fabulous awards event and worked tirelessly for the past week to make it happen.

And last but not least, thank you to Debora Brown for putting up with my APPA stress, incessant image selection banter and doubt, and for always being a measured voice when I’m sometimes too close to my own work. This year she picked the pics of mine which would do the best, so she knows her stuff.

APPA success is always a team effort. Bring on 2018!
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09.08.17

COMPETITIONS

I enter competitions to challenge myself personally and I use them to measure the relevance of my work, to see if I’m maintaining a consistent standard, and if I can rate well across a number of different photography categories on an international playing field. It’s always hard putting yourself out there and handing your work over to be judged.

Every competition has a different “feel” to it, and you have to enter images relevant to the tone of each respective competition. What does well in one competition won’t necessarily rate in another … then there are images that kill it no matter what they are entered into.

As the bar in photography is raised higher and higher, I love the nerve wracking wait to see if I’ve sunk or swum, and whether my take on the vibe of the comp matched what the judges were looking for. I find it the best way to grow and learn, as it flows into all aspects of my photography.

I was very happy with some results just in.

The Australian Photographic Society recently participated in the FOUR NATIONS competition between Canada, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. Canada took out the overall 1st place (congrats Canada), with Australia coming in second. I entered ‘Orangutan’ into the Monochrome category and the image was selected to represent Australia, placing 5th in the Australian submissions (out of 35 images selected to represent Oz) and 11th overall (against all international entries), helping Australia claim 1st in the Mono section. Aussie Aussie Aussie … !

Described as the “Super Bowl” of photography awards, the PPA (Professional Photographers of America) International Print Competition was held last week. As a first time entrant, three of my images were awarded merits (meaning they all received a combined scored over 80/100 from a panel of esteemed judges) and were accepted as part of the PPA General Exhibition. It was an interesting experience watching the live judging online and seeing the work of many of my US photog friends do well.

And winners of the Moscow Foto Awards were recently announced. I picked up a 2nd place (silver) and 3rd place (bronze) in the Nature – Pets category for my series ‘Bird Face’ and composite image ‘Dogs Vs Cake’, an equal 3rd place with myself in the Nature – Wildlife category with my series ‘Orphaned Babies’ and image ‘Orangutan’ (both bronze), and two Honourable Mentions in the Nature – Pets and Nature – Underwater category for ‘Zen Dogs’ and ‘Blue Clams’. That totally exceeded my expectations!

It was the icing on the cake to see my best selling limited edition print ‘Blue Clams’ receive acknowledgement. Taken in 2008, this image is still kicking goals. It’s the image that started my photography career and latest sale (just last month) was to my dear friend Sorrel Wilby, TV presenter and adventurer, who ordered a 40in x 60in canvas version for her new abode. Go big or go home!

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19.07.17

FINAL COURSE FOR 2017!

Over 200 people across Australia have participated in our workshops and due to popular demand, we are running one final Beginners Outdoor Photography Workshop in 2017.

DO YOU WANT TO MASTER YOUR CAMERA AND LEARN HOW TO PHOTOGRAPH ANIMALS? We can help! Our next workshop will be held on Wednesday 6th September 2017. Our workshops always fill fast, so don’t miss out.

WHAT: Photography CAN be easy and SHOULD be fun. Enjoy a relaxed, practical, full day of learning and photographic discovery with Alex Cearns, Houndstooth Studio’s multi-award winning, internationally renowned animal and wildlife photographer.

Learn Alex’s steps to stunning outdoor animal photography in the beautiful Woodlands Reserve Room at Whiteman Park, before finding prime photo locations for the incredible wildlife at Caversham Wildlife Park. This is an excellent opportunity to discover how to bring out the best in your animal subjects.

Alex’s workshop is aimed at beginner to intermediate level photographers and consists of a combination of theory and practical instruction delivered by one of Australia’s most respected animal photographers.

We invite you to come along and learn how to get the best from your DSLR camera. It’s a fun day with like minded people, hosted in a beautiful environment perfect for learning.

You can check out the latest selection of Tamron Australia lenses and see the Spider Holster Pro Camera Holster in action.

This workshop is strictly limited to a maximum of 18 people, with bookings in advance essential to secure your spot.

WHO: Do you have a DSLR camera but struggle to use it? Want to improve your animal photography? Keen to learn how easy and jargon free photography can be? Alex can help you! We personally guarantee you will see an improvement in your photography on this workshop.

WHERE & WHEN: Whiteman Park and Caversham Wildlife Park on Wednesday 6th September from 8:30am until 4:30pm

COST & INCLUSIONS: Cost is $495 per person and includes expert tuition, set of flash cards, meals, drinks, entry to Caversham Wildlife Park. Laughs are free.

LIMITED TO 15 participants – 10 places still available.

TO BOOK OR FOR MORE INFO – Please email Colleen from our office on info@houndstoothstudio.com.au or call 0413 174 069.

Here’s what participants had to say:

“This was a great refresher course for me. Alex’s energy is infectious and she is a wonderful presenter. I loved her explanations about how to get the shot and the examples were excellent. Great day! Thank you.” Fran

“This is a fantastic course that I would recommend to anyone needing inspiration and confidence with their photography. Alex is a great teacher – down to earth and easy to understand. I have attended several photography courses in the past and left feeling confused about the technical details. I’ve already put into practice the things I’ve learnt, with great results! Thanks so much.” Joanna

“Somehow Alex is able to explain and demonstrate how to use and control your camera much better than any other course I have attended before! Thank you so much for a fabulous day. I have learnt so much that I know I will be able to remember.” Liz

“It was great! I loved the anecdotes and examples. Was so relieved it wasn’t full of hard to understand technical stuff. Am recommending it to all my friends who have a DSLR.” Beth

“I had some real “Aha!” moments today. The practical session was excellent and the afternoon session was awesome. Thank you!” Anne

“What a joy! This course exceeded all my expectations! I finally understand aperture. Finally! Thank you so much.”
Mel

“A fantastic day. Thank you. It’s hard to single out a favourite part of the course, it was all fantastic! I think the shift in my understanding about the technical side of things was a huge help for me. Also loved the food, the jokes and above all the tips! I can’t wait to get out there to put everything into practice.” Steph

“Excellent value – worth more than the price!” Todd

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05.07.17

GOOD GEAR!

Tamron Australia has released details of their new 18-400mm f/3.5-6.3 lens. This is the first ultra-telephoto zoom lens to reach an 18-400mm extended range for APS-C DSLR’s (crop sensors).

Priced at $999, it’s compact, light, and has Vibration Compensation to assist in capturing sharp shots. It’s perfect for travelling, when you need an all encompassing kit but don’t want to change lenses. Can’t wait to trial this on our office camera!

It hits stores mid July and you can find additional info, including specs, at http://tamron.com.au/18-400mm-f3-5-6-3-di-ii-vc-hld-b028/

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17.05.17

2017 AIPP WA PET / ANIMAL PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR & ORANGUTAN GOES GOLD!

Earlier in the week, the 2017 W.A. Epson Professional Photography Awards (WAEPPA) were held in Perth. The awards run in each state throughout the year and lead up to the national awards in August – effectively the Golden Globes of the Australian professional photography industry, building up to the Oscars.

I entered two categories, ‘Portrait’ and ‘Pet / Animal’, and my hope was to win a silver award or two. My beloved image ‘Orangutan’, soon to be retired from Australian photography competitions, was the highest scoring print in the ‘Pet / Animal’ category and picked up my first ever WAEPPA gold award. I was humbled to also receive another gold award, two silver distinction awards and two silver awards, based on scores out of 100 for my other images (which are embargoed now until the national competition.) These results well exceeded my expectations, especially the gold awards, and I would’ve been more than satisfied if my good fortune had ended there … but the best was yet to come.

Yesterday at the presentation night ‘Orangutan’ was selected by the competition print handlers as their favourite image from 453 entries spread across all categories, and it received the 2017 AIPP WA Print Handler Award. I heard the news while I was thousands of kilometres away in Colombo, Sri Lanka, and I found it hard to comprehend. Could’ve been jet lag, but I knew immediately that this special recognition was something that might not come around again. Thanks so much to the hardworking print handlers!!!

Next I received word that I was a finalist in the ‘Portrait’ category, along with my good mate Steve Wise of 27Creative I Steve Wise. The category was won by the lovely Sarah Adams of Sarah Adams Photography with a meticulous set of beautiful images. Congrats Sarah!

And then the icing on the cake … I was named as the ‘Pet / Animal’ category winner – the 2017 AIPP WA Pet/Animal Professional Photographer of the Year. This is one of the highest accolades of my career and I’m still reeling from the result.

I’d like to extend a thank you to the AIPP, the AIPP WA committee of Steve, Kirsten, Amber, Shaireen, Des and Russell, the volunteers, the print handlers, the category sponsors, and the experienced local, state and international judges, for the time and effort they each invested in the awards. Thanks also to everyone who messaged me with kind congratulations, including several other pet photographers within WA and nationally. Your support means a lot.

The WAEPPA’s are as much about the print quality as the image execution, and a huge thank you goes out to Paul Maietta, Paul Jays and the crew at Fitzgerald Photo Imaging for their meticulous printing of my award images. PJ was instrumental in helping to get my entries across the line and we spent hours discussing each photo. Other staff provided invaluable input on what worked and what didn’t. This was a team effort and I’m so lucky to have the best pro lab in WA on my team.

I’d like to thank Sarah Adams for sitting in on the ‘Pet / Animal’ judging and relaying me my scores, and also for updating me during the awards night. And to Erica Serena from Erica Serena Photographer for advising me to darken up ‘Orangutan’ when she first saw it 8 months ago. It was well heeded advice from an esteemed industry professional.

Thanks also to Shaireen VanTuil, who was deservedly recognised last night for her contribution to the WA photography community. Two years ago I was lamenting to her that I didn’t have anything suitable for the awards, and not having a bar of it, she convinced me that I did. Turns out she was right, and I was just making excuses. Sometimes we are too close to our own work to see it for what it could be.

All of my images were photographed using #Tamron lenses and I’m very appreciative for the ongoing support of Tamron Australia and Tamron Lenses USA. Their super performance series range enables me to capture those millisecond moments and from them, develop the concepts I see in my mind’s eye. I know their lenses inside out and they are an interwoven, integral part of my photography.

And last but not least, I must give thanks to my two biggest supporters – my partner Deb, and my office manager Colleen. They go through every trial and tribulation with me, supporting me 110% and always having my back. Photography might seem like a solo occupation but it’s actually a joint effort on all levels – from business support, to home support, to printing, to trusted advisors, to equipment. None of us is an island. Or something!

Congratulations to Aaron Dowling of Aaron Dowling Photography for being crowned the Professional Photographer Of The Year for the second year running with his ethereal landscape images, and to all of the category winners and finalists. I’m honoured to be in your company and to call many of you my friends. http://stateawards.aipp.com.au/WA/2017-wa-awards

With gratitude,
Alexxx

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