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Snapping fingers snapping photos

Landscape photography naturally lends itself to my taste in exploring creation and all the marvelous sights many city-dwellers may never experience. I personally believe the beauty conveyed in capturing the essence of the natural world seems to evoke a greater sense of the surreal than those of concrete-jungles or portraits, even though they may not be able to provide the same connection to a viewer whom has never visited that particular place. I often find myself wondering how people come across places like these, however having investigated the true extent of some photographer’s portfolios, these shots are too consistent to be accidents.

The unique aspect taken by Jeff Grant in utilising the square-ratio brings an alternate thought upon traditional and conventional rectangular images, and his use of helicopter-taken images facing directly down upon the forms also adds to the unusual yet intriguing aspect of his work.

"Delta Study 9" - Jeff Grant

“Delta Study 9” – Jeff Grant

Perhaps a more conventional photographer who adheres to the landscape aspect of pieces, Ken Duncan has been a name synonymous with photography in Australia for decades, and his published works are often collected due to the preceding reputation of a seemingly eternal talent. Having partially been the inspiration for my brother to begin his own amateur photography business, I have been subjected to a lot of Ken’s works, and their consistency of strong colours and simple transfers between subjects – ie landscape-seascape crossovers – makes following his pieces an enjoyable experience.

"Mount of Beatitudes" - Ken Duncan

“Mount of Beatitudes” – Ken Duncan

Finally, Matt Lauder provides a vast diversity to his portfolio, touching upon Cityscapes, Landscapes, Ariel and Surf photography over his time. As mentioned previously, exploring the places some may never reach is a section of photography in which I enjoy dabbling, and surf photography delves into this through the famed “green rooms”, otherwise known as barrels, the grand prize, and as a surf-lover, this image is still yet to connect to a personal experience, whilst simultaneously turning envy into motivation to go out and “get pitted”.

"Morning Curls - Just Waves" - Matt Lauder

“Morning Curls – Just Waves” – Matt Lauder

The portfolios for all mentioned photographers may be found below.

Jeff Grant – http://www.jeff-grant.com/

Matt Lauder – http://www.mattlauder.com.au/maingallery.php

Ken Duncan – http://www.kenduncan.com/gallery


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Infectious Bryon vibes

Byron – notoriously relaxed atmosphere and relaxed lifestyle – is synonymous with shaping many personalities and attitudes. Similarly, the infant anger of James Cachia was shaped and moulded by the vibes expelled by the Byron locals through annual family holidays to the area. The fond memories and bonds formed there have shifted the persona of James into being a well-known nice-guy who is willing to sacrifice his own needs for the sake of others – this humility has extended his circles to encapsulate many people and acquiring entry into illustrious academies, yet his anger is presently non-existent.


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Byron Bay – An Interview Planned in Heaven

I hope to convey the sense that place has a significant impact on the people constantly involved with it, and how it moulds the people through the community vibes evoked by that particular place. My subject – James – has a close tie to Byron Bay, which was a key place in altering the underlying anger issues of him at a young age. As a long-term friend of his, I am rarely made aware of this as he is now a kind and sincere teenager, with this place close to his heart obviously of significant impact.

His voice definitely matches his calm nature, thus I hope to focus on this with little interruption – perhaps for soothing sounds like waves rolling. I am seeking to extract a single, key phrase to emphasise by isolating it and being a stand alone within the piece – backed up with the rest of that story and a story as a result of Byron’s effect on James. The mood I am seeking is a very calm and passive one, yet a mood that shows the changes that have occurred, and a tone suggesting James is thankful for these changes.


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Multimedia Journalism – does it run itself?

Multimedia journalism has a funny habit of circling huge stories around and expanding the parameters extensively so that by the time the audience reads the updated happenings, the story has completely shifted focus.

Modern journalism will inherently become this morphing cycle which is presently emerging, and as such sensationalism and outrageously exaggerated stories will become commonplace, and this is the topic discussed in this week’s post on Storify.

See the full story here:

https://storify.com/davidatherton5/multimedia-journalism-ruining-journalism-itself

 


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Fast paced world breeds fast paced news

Fast Journalism: Speed or Quality?

Fast Journalism: Speed or Quality?

Newspapers and the nightly TV news used to be the fastest means of coverage, however the emerging digital age is seeing the development of “fast journalism”. This is the idea that journalism in the modern era is more focused on speed rather than accuracy, as the sooner the news breaks, the more traffic is generated; and whilst the information mustn’t always be accurate, the timeliness seems to be the main scrutiny.

 

Everyone knows that journalism is a game of speed and accuracy. The online sector benefits from the ability to link from one story to the next – a feature print media cannot achieve – and this aids in the ongoing development of the story. A headline can break immediately with preliminary information and rumours, whilst the actual story is being written. This “fast and true” journalism has resulted in the current trend of aggregated and annotated news stories, whereby the writer “links, attributes, and adds value” – thus finishing with an altered story of their own.

 

The benefits to having the initial information in the market is obvious: generating readers. Whilst this is key, the important factor is in getting the information they are reading to be correct. An eternal aim in the investigative media world is to “Get it Fast, But Get it Right.” News-writers and journalists alike are keen to drill into students that quality and speed are equally significant.

 

However, an emphasis on speed will inherently limit the amount of valid and accurate information the story can contain. “Instantaneous everything” is leading the media to be lacking the type of critical analysis it is needed for – any regular citizen can gather the basics from an image or quote. And whilst the analysis is lacking, the descriptions themselves are susceptible to inaccuracy in the quest for being the first report outputted.

 

Image Link: http://ethics.journalism.wisc.edu/files/2011/09/FastMedia_screenshot.jpg


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Blogging: Journalism or not?

Blogging vs Journalism

Blogging vs Journalism

Modern technology has facilitated the rise of the blogging army. Often, the media holds a considerable sway in the realms of social change – perhaps due to the anonymity, or the geographical irrelevance of members. Whilst traditional journalists, and many citizens, may consider blogging to be a direct threat to the ongoing professional practice of journalism, blogging provides an invaluable platform for which budding journalists can publish their work and generate a portfolio.

“The enemy is bigger than we think, they are powerful, strategically placed around the world.”

 

However, there are no doubts that blogging has both positives and negatives in the flux of modern happenings.

 

Blogging and its simplicity offer journalists an easier platform of production, whilst simultaneously aiding the viewer’s uses by commonly supplying copious amounts of links to related materials for further consideration. The theory that blogging may soon overtake online newspapers may or may not be grounded, however both offer their unique benefits, and the “blogosphere” clearly has much to offer traditional journalism in all its forms, not least news reporting.

 

On the flipside, online groups such as Anonymous, who adopt a Robin Hood style of collaborative hacking to gain equality with the world’s big organisations and governments, have been shown to have a huge effect – the perceived effect depending on the viewer’s standing. Victims will naturally criticize breaches of privacy, whereas general population will support the actions which usually extract confidential and incriminating information from those covering it up.

 

Thinking realistically, blogging may well become the newest medium of next-generation journalists. The freedom and lack of red-tape restrictions placed on traditional journalists under their respective agency. Freedom of speech is emphasized, with no editor or brief to fulfill. For these reasons, it may in fact be the purest form of journalistic reporting, with no bias outside that of the writer.

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Realistic dreamers compromise

Following childhood passions is something kids are taught from a young age – and this advice was evidently taken on board by University students Jovica, Thomas, Mitchell and Tom. All admit to sharing a passion for sports of all kinds, imparted upon them from father’s and copious amounts of hours spent yelling at the TV on weekends and long summer afternoons after a good game in the backyard or local park.

 

The drive to make this hobby a livelihood  is epitomised by Tom’s attitude of “I do it at home, why not be paid to do it? If I was offered a job, f*** oath I would do it.”

 

Players turn writers

Players turn writers

 

The realisation of not having the natural ability to be a professional athlete is a phase which strikes most teenagers, Mitchell Finlayson and Jovica Babunski included, and leads many down the path they chose – “writing about the sport I love” for a living. This group of peers have excelled in their respective sports, with most reaching representative level, and this intimate knowledge of the sport at a higher level will no-doubt provide them with the insight a regular blogger is unable to construct.

 

Role models are key in the ongoing development of any professional, skill-based professions more-so than others, and these students are not lacking their ambition, matching their goals against European footballing greats, SBS anchors, fast bowlers and swing kings. All stated the paternal figure played a significant role in developing a keen interest in sport, with Mitchell stating “He taught me everything… he ignited my love for sport and I haven’t stopped loving it.”

 

The emerging theme from these four students was the modern versatility and variety of skills and content they are interested in utilising – with none having narrowed their options down to a particular medium of production, and with all being open to reporting on an array of sports. Mitchell was driven by the videogame NBA2K to shift from cricket to his current NBA craze, with Thomas (Horse Racing), Tom (Baseball) and Jovica (Tennis) also widening their horizons to greater enhance their employment opportunities and ongoing professional development. Thomas’ diversity in particular speaks for itself, with “Rugby League being the sport I identify most with, but I’d be happy to cover horse racing or football. Any sport really…” – and this ability to apply his skills to any sport in focus will be an ongoing trend in the increasingly competitive journalism industry.

 

The thirst for journalism as a career path is clear by their universal desire to travel in order to be closest to the most elite competitions – England and Spain for Jovica and Thomas, with America for Tom and Mitchell. Holidays to Europe and America have furthered all four student’s desire to commit their time and effort to getting the latest scoop in sports news, and whether it be football, baseball or basketball, these four will be there to write about it.

 

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