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Sunday 29 April 2012

Improve your travel photography at the 2012 Grenfell Festival Travel Photography Workshop

By Darren Stones

Hi folks, my upcoming 2012 Grenfell Festival Travel Photography Workshop during the 55th Henry Lawson Festival of Arts in Grenfell, New South Wales will inspire photography enthusiasts to create better travel photographs.

It's shaping up as a fun learning experience, so check out the Workshops page and book your place today.

As part of the workshop:
  • I will facilitate group interactive learning
  • We will photograph various subjects and share thoughts
  • We will do some brainstorming in the field
  • I will provide one-on-one advice and tips to each participant
  • I will display the use of filters and other pieces of photographic equipment

This unique 3-hour workshop experience will be held in the great outdoors and I will guide photography enthusiasts around the historic town of Grenfell.

I will provide friendly instruction in how to photograph:
  • Architecture
  • Streetscapes
  • Landscapes
  • People
  • And the festival itself
We will also cover:
  • Composition
  • Lighting
  • Technique

As an endorsed event of the Henry Lawson Festival, this workshop is a rare opportunity to learn about travel photography during one of Australia's best arts festivals.

If you have any enquiries, contact me today by email or phone. My contact details are located on the About/Contact page and I am happy to chat with you about this workshop.

Saturday 28 April 2012

Cancer Council's Relay For Life inspires Kylie Hungerford

By Darren Stones

As part of my business activities each year, I enjoy randomly selecting initiatives in which to get involved. It is a privilege to be able to connect with good-hearted people and various organisations for the purpose of donating, supporting, and assisting with their publicity.

The Cancer Council's Relay For Life has recently caught my attention. Kylie Hungerford from Sydney is currently battling the odds to get out on the track due to back pain, however she is determined to take part in this important charity event.

Kylie informs me that "other than some back pain I'm doing reasonably well. Trying to stay positive as much as I can."

Kylie recently posted on her fundraising page: "A big thank you from the bottom of my heart to those who have been sending me positive messages of suppport and to those who have been wonderful enough to sponsor me.

I thank you all very much and even though I currently have some back problems, I will be out there on the weekend of May 19th/20th to do the walk. I am being seen by a fantastic physiotherapist who is sure I'll be back on track very soon."

Kylie Hungerford

The Relay For Life is an inspiring community event that attracts teams of 10-15 to participate in a relay-style walk or run to raise funds for the Cancer Council. This popular event draws the community together for a night of fun, celebration, entertainment, and remembrance.

The health benefits of walking or running are also another positive spin-off for participants. Each Relay For Life event is organised by a local volunteer committee on behalf of the Cancer Council.

The Relay For Life provides opportunity for people in their community to celebrate cancer survivors, remember loved ones, and fight back against cancer.

Kylie's goal this year is to raise $150.00 for her team - Excelsior Public School Emus - and the Cancer Council, so if you would like to help her reach her goal, please give generously to the cause. In doing so, you will help inspire Kylie and also help others. Donations are tax deductible.

Kylie Hungerford: Relay For Life: Cancer Council NSW

Wednesday 25 April 2012

ANZAC Day 2012 - Lest We Forget

By Darren Stones

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them.

Lest We Forget.

Cooma, New South Wales, Australia, War Memorial IMG_8234_Cooma
War Memorial
Cooma NSW

Torquay, Victoria, Australia, War Memorial IMG_6580_Torquay
ANZAC Memorial
Torquay VIC

Tuesday 24 April 2012

Business Moreland website goes LIVE

By Darren Stones

An exciting new initiative developed by the Moreland City Council is the Business Moreland website. As a proud resident of Glenroy in the City of Moreland, I am delighted to be able to list my business, Darren Stones Visual Communications, on their site.

Business Moreland is a FREE service, and there's plenty of information contained. If you're looking to do business locally, and who isn't, I highly recommend you check out the site.

Information includes:
Business Moreland, backed by the Moreland City Council, is an excellent portal for all things business.

Sunday 22 April 2012

Coburg Lake Reserve

By Darren Stones

Spent a pleasant Sunday afternoon at the Coburg Lake Reserve in Melbourne today, and what a pleasure to see the stunning autumn colours and a brilliant rainbow adding to the mood.

The Coburg Lake Reserve is about a 10-minute drive from my place, so it provides me with an excellent opportunity to sharpen my photographic eye close to home.

Got a little caught out when the heavens opened, and my gear got quite wet. But hey, that just added to the experience of being out in nature and enjoying my photography.

Coburg, Lake Reserve, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia IMG_6093_Coburg
Coburg Lake Reserve

Sunday 15 April 2012

ANZAC Appeal Bag Tag

By Darren Stones

Folks, here’s a new way to show your support for the ANZAC Appeal. For $4.00ea, you can buy a bag tag and attach it to your camera bag. Be seen with one of these as you take your photos on Anzac Day April 25. Let everyone know about this new product.

Friday 6 April 2012

High quality framed photographic prints that will enhance your decor

By Darren Stones

Affordable framed photographic prints enhance the appearance of interior decor. Whether it's a reception area, CEOs office, or even the kitchen at your workplace, framed photographic prints are attractive art pieces that catch the eye and create a talking point.

When considering framed photographic prints for your wall spaces, consider whether you require an exhibition-style frame. I highly recommend the box frame style because the photographic prints look as if they are projected out from the wall.

We offer our framed photographic prints to businesses, organisations and the general public. Purchasing is easy via our online sales partner Redbubble, who offer a money back guarantee on all products.

If you're looking for that special gift for your partner or friend, they will love receiving a framed photographic print from you.

If it's Australian rural or coastal scenes you are looking for, view my works, make your selection, and buy with confidence.

See my extensive portfolio of images today.

Medium size framed print
Off white matboard
Box walnut frame

Brainstorming and breakouts at festival photography workshop

By Darren Stones

During my 3-hour photography workshop at the Henry Lawson Festival on Saturday June 9, 2012 at 8.30am, I will be facilitating brainstorming and breakouts. This will encourage participants to provide creative input and ideas that can be immediately transformed into creating better photographs.

The goals of the workshop are:
  • To inspire participants to create new photographs of travel photography subjects
  • To provide a friendly and relaxed environment for participants to learn
  • To provide participants with the opportunity to seek instant feedback
  • To provide participants with the opportunity to ask photography related questions

The workshop will be conducted "In The Field", and will be a great opportunity to meet and interact with like-minded people.

The 2012 Grenfell Festival Travel Photography Workshop is specially designed to encourage participants to think critically in a short time frame and then create quality photographs of various subjects at different locations in Grenfell.

Book your place today. Check the Workshops page for details.

2012 Grenfell Festival Travel Photography Workshop