How a Coffee Got us Snap Happy

It all started one morning over a post-cycle coffee at a Bunbury café.  Wanda Ariano and husband Mark happened to be sitting near photographer Steve Lloyd-Smith.  Initial chatter was about the recently completed ride, but then drifted on to photography.  Wanda was describing the challenges of photographing artwork which eventually led to talk about Art Partners.  Steve recalled meeting the partnership of Sam Everitt and mentor Verity Lee at a Photography Group of Bunbury meeting.  Steve generously agreed to explore how he might be able to support Art Partners to get snapping.

Thus, it was arranged for Sam, Wanda and Artistic Advisor Helen Seiver (Verity was otherwise engaged) to have a coaching session with Steph and Steve Lloyd-Smith.  Sam was asked to bring along a few of his beautiful flower photographs taken at the Chelsea Flower Show.  Wanda and Helen were self-assigned the task of snapping their own flowers, developing them, and bringing them along.  The Art Partners team thought that some interesting conversation would come from Steph and Steve contrasting Sam’s rather accomplished photographs with Wanda and Helen’s quick pics.

Photograph taken by Sam Everitt at the Chelsea Flower Show and much admired by Steph and Steve Lloyd-Smith

Photograph taken by Sam Everitt at the Chelsea Flower Show and much admired by Steph and Steve Lloyd-Smith

Image captured by Helen Seiver as part of the Art Partners flower snapping assignment

Image captured by Helen Seiver as part of the Art Partners flower snapping assignment

Image captured by Wanda Ariano as part of the Art Partners flower snapping assignment

Image captured by Wanda Ariano as part of the Art Partners flower snapping assignment

Tips for Photographing Flowers

The Art Partners trio was graciously received at Steph and Steve’s studio.  The photographers loved Sam’s prints from the Chelsea Flower Show, and had lots of helpful tips about photographing flowers including ensuring the sun is behind the subject, avoiding the breeze, experimenting with a spray bottle to simulate the morning dew, and photographing at certain times of the day.  It was agreed that the trio would have another flower snapping session, and send a few of the results electronically to Steph and Steve for feedback.

MOSAIC:  24 hours of life in Western Australia

Since the Bunbury sun – which is really helpful for photographing flowers – has been conspicuous in its absence for quite some time, it was decided that MOSAIC would be an engaging activity while the team waits out the weather.  According to the invitation from Propel Youth Arts, “Anyone and everyone in Western Australia is invited to set aside a couple of minutes on Saturday, September 28th to capture a moment from their day on camera for MOSAIC, a unique photography project which captures 24 hours of life in Western Australia. All submitted photos will then be used to create an exhibition in Brookfield place this November.”

Destination:  Marlston Hill Lookout Tower

Thus, Sam, Wanda and Verity (Helen was otherwise engaged and probably decked out in purple given that it was AFL Grand Final day) met for a coffee in the CBD on the morning of the 28th.  The trio then took a leisurely stroll down Victoria Street towards Marlston Hill Lookout Tower.  The Tower and the park at its base seemed like an ideal destination given that Sam is intrigued by flowers and clouds.  This unassuming but beautiful park would provide easy access to flowers, and scaling the Tower would ensure unobstructed views of the clouds.

Sam Everitt and Verity Lee checking out their shots at the base of the Marlston Hill Lookout Tower

Sam Everitt and Verity Lee checking out their shots at the base of the Marlston Hill Lookout Tower

Along the way, Wanda snapped a few architectural highlights, Sam focused on flowers and the Victoria Street banners, and Verity experimented with a variety of subjects using her camera’s manual setting

View of the Bunbury 'milk-carton' Tower on Victoria Street and Wanda Ariano's MOSAIC choice

View of the Bunbury ‘milk-carton’ Tower on Victoria Street and Wanda Ariano’s MOSAIC choice

The park didn’t disappoint as it provided Sam and Verity with a variety of flowers to choose from.  Despite the grayness of the day, there were great views from the Tower.

When it came down to making a choice for MOSAIC, Wanda offered up an angled shot of the Bunbury ‘milk-carton’ Tower, Sam chose a cluster of flowers he shot in the park at the Lookout Tower’s base, and Verity, well, she’s keeping a low profile.

Flowers at the base of the Marlston Hill Lookout Tower captured by Sam Everitt.  This was Sam's MOSAIC choice

Flowers at the base of the Marlston Hill Lookout Tower captured by Sam Everitt. This was Sam’s MOSAIC choice

When the sun does come out, the group is planning a flower shoot and hopes to report back to the Lloyd-Smith photographic duo.

Over to You

If you were to publish one photograph from a typical Saturday, what would it be?  Share your thoughts with us by selecting ‘reply’ below the article’s title.

14 thoughts on “How a Coffee Got us Snap Happy

  1. Johanna

    What a great initiative, and wow you’ve all come up with some amazing photos. I love Sam’s Mosaic choice, but all of them are great. Cool tip about spraying flower to emulate morning dew!

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    1. Wanda

      Thanks Jo for checking out the post. Steve passed on another piece of advice from a former boss which goes something like: “don’t come back to the office unless you’ve taken the shot from two different angles with two different lenses.” It’s a simple but great piece of advice, isn’t it!

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  2. helenseiver

    Love your image of Bunbury Wanda, what a great perspective. Steph and Steve would be pleased to see their tips on composition etc have had such a great effect. Sam, you flower was an excellent choice and so beautifully photographed. I really appreciate your close focus and blurred background. This is what I struggle with but hopefully after the session with S and S my work will improve as well. Good luck with your photography Sam. Helen

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    1. Wanda

      Thanks Helen for stopping by. Yes, the tips from Steph and Steve are much appreciated, and some are relatively easy to put into practice. However, there’s the ongoing challenge of getting to know one’s camera that can’t be easily bypassed!

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  3. Steph

    It was a pleasure spending time with the three of you and we always love discussing the wonder of photography and the joy it brings people. We think Sam has a fantastic “photographic eye” and look forward to seeing more of his work in the future. Kindest regards Steve and Steph.

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    1. Art Partners Post author

      Thanks Steph and Steve for stopping by. We so enjoyed meeting you and are excited that the images we shot after meeting with you will be part of MOSAIC which opens in Perth on November 4. In addition, new work by Sam will be part of the As We Are Art Award & Exhibition opening in Perth on November 9. We look forward to keeping in touch.

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  4. propelyoutharts

    Thanks so much for participating in MOSAIC this year and for writing about the project! We always enjoy reading about the stories behind the photographs so it was great to read about your process in greater detail.

    Congratulations on the photos you have taken- they are absolutely beautiful! We hope you’ll participate again next year.

    The video from the set up and opening event will be ready soon and we’re looking forward to sharing it with you. Until then, happy snapping!

    The Propel Team

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    1. Art Partners Post author

      Thanks Propel for checking out the post. It’s great to hear from you. We really enjoyed participating in MOSAIC. We’re just so disappointed we missed the opening night. We’re watching with a keen eye for the time lapse of the opening! See you in 2014.

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  5. Denise Aitken

    Congratulations Sam (and Verity), I hope you will be sharing some of your photos at the Photography Group next year

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    1. Art Partners Post author

      Thanks Denise for popping by. Meeting the Lloyd-Smiths was a terrific experience as was the MOSAIC shoot. We’re looking forward to more photographic opportunities in 2014.

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