Its hard not to notice how similar Baboons are to humans, their appearance, behaviour and the little mannerisms that look all too familiar. Unfortunately, for us much bigger primates we have the worries of taxes and laundry to keep us occupied, something your average baboon would care little for. Then again, taxes and laundry aren’t the only things that separate us, believe it of not. I think its something like 2% DNA that defines us from them genetically and a whole world of rules and infrastructure called civilisation. Also, the theory that we as humans possess this empowering conscience that gives us the moral high ground over animals. However, sometimes this can lead people to commit terrible acts against animals, and believing that a lack of conscience gives justification.
As I watched and photographed these kind Kinda Baboons in Zambia, I struggled to see that lack of conscience or compassion, and the whole them from us debate. It might have been my dehydration due to the sweltering heat, but whatever these funny looking Baboons had or didn’t, it looked relatively bliss. It was as though materialism hadn’t been introduced to these characters, all they had was each other and their journey through life was central to sustaining one other. Maybe materialism is all that separates us from them?
You might be wondering its just a picture of some baboons, settle down! My time in Africa was eyeopening to say the least, and one thing that resonated most with me was Africa’s reliance on their natural resources, animals. As I post more photographs in the coming weeks of Africa’s most extraordinary walks of life, I will talk about the struggles that these animals face with humans materialistic obsession. I hope I haven’t read too much into this photograph and made it more than what it is, I just think we could learn a thing or two from them.
Anyway, how cute do these Kinda Baboons look!
The Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology prides itself in design excellence and with first-hand experience I can say I am proud of my university – especially when it comes to the state-of-the-art buildings springing up around campus. The abstract photograph below was taken of the new SAB Building 80 located on Swanston street in Melbourne, which opened just under a year ago. Only now have I finally got around to photographing it, and there is so much more to ‘expose’. Anyway, the photo before your eyes is somewhat non-descriptive of the building, yet in a way shows you just how unique it is and why it has become a landmark on RMIT’s campus. Having shot in raw, I was able to pull much of the detail lost in the sky out and really uncover the rich colours of the buildings ‘spiky’ exterior. I think the ‘before & after’ screenshot might be interesting to those adamant about their jpegs!
Its a dead tree! Wow, yeah not much to talk about here, just a really cool exposure. My eye was drawn to its bleached white trunk, seeming to illuminate in contrast to the dull shadows. Also, facing east at sunset presented the dramatic darkening sky, which was just too good of a backdrop. I made the most of that in Lightroom, contrasting tree and sky. Although the foreground is pretty much silhouetted there was no point lifting any detail out; after all the tree is the subject. Nevertheless, anything in the frame should always be attended to, and I thought maybe just a hint of colour in the foreground would balance things up.
After a long arduous day of university (..yeh right!) a friend and I decided to photograph the new building on our campus (not pictured). After spending a good amount of time inside the new building we ventured outside to get the remaining ‘blue hour’ light. Which worked out nicely with this very colourful apartment building; a good find by my friend Mr Zhou – by the way, thanks for bringing your much sturdier tripod! So, once I had the raw file imported into Lightroom it was just a matter of selectively saturating the near spectrum of colours. Particularly I really wanted to bring out the rich blue of the sky, but I cheated a little bit with some split toning. This point-of-view or angle struggled against the ambient street lighting from below, so some clever cropping was employed to lessen the impact.
After finding some inspiration in a colleagues exhibition, I had to do the same (obviously…not exactly the same!). The Koonung Overpass has been a structure I have passed under for many years, twice daily, and up until now I had never photographed it. It is an elegant pedestrian bridge that has been photographed many times before, so I wanted to change things up a bit and really differentiate mine. With the addition of light painting it all changed! This is the swirling lighting effect in the bottom right, achieved with a cheap 5 LED torch and the 20 seconds long exposure. Mind you it wasn’t as simple as swinging a torch around (well it was), but it is a suspension bridge so being ‘not heavy’ (pun avoided) on your feet was essential to minimise blur. Fortunately I had the help of my very patience and loving mother to hang onto my camera in case it fell – Thanks Mum!