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The Price of Photographic Quality and the Psychology of the image

Rightly or wrongly we have entered a period of low recognition of quality. Much of this is down to the development of the smart-phone. The smart-phone has seen the extension of the selfie culture. We live in a world of selfies and celebrity worship. This shallow culture may have been with us long before the smart phone however the speed of modern day mass communication is allowing more people to participate in this limited culture.

Quality is suffering as a professional photographer I often hear people say I’ve taken some wonderful photographs of the family and possibly they have. However, there is still a world of difference between what the professional produces and what the snapper produces. Most people will react to an image but few will know why they react, however reaction happens. Reaction may be triggered by many factors the clarity of the image, sharpness, strong highlights, deep shadows, composition, colour or lack of, saturation, positioning of the black points, distortion and even use of blur. Impact dictates that there is a world of difference between soft and strong images. Have you ever thought about why the eyes of a model on a station poster follow you? The professional will know what the objectives are and use the psychological and technical knowledge built up over the years to achieve the goal and will be able to through consistency arrive at the required result. This means that the equipment must cover the range of variables required to get the message across. Even with wedding photography the romance of the most important day in the lives of the participants needs to be recorded. However, most people don’t walk past an image and say WOW the highlights have made me register that photograph the reaction is far more subtly controlled than that and the explanation out of reach of the lay-mind.

Building the best possible solution is why there are different levels of quality in equipment, most major camera companies offer equipment that runs from entry level to high-end professional level. Such a spread can also be found in lenses why are some lenses more expensive. Variation in f stop can have a major impact on cost (The f-number of an optical system such as a camera lens is the ratio of the system’s focal length to the diameter of the entrance pupil. It is a dimensionless number that is a quantitative measure of lens speed, and an important concept in photography. It is also known as the focal ratiof-ratiof-stop, or relative aperture.] The f-number is commonly indicated using a hooked f with the format f/N, where N is the f-number),  the size of the sensor, the speed of the camera some run at 6/10 frames per second enabling the competent photographer to capture all the action, the level of ISO that allows the camera to be effective in very low light, the quality of the glass grinding (very important), the size of the aperture, the ability to control depth of field, the number of pixels, the breadth that the lens covers and pixels can also be part of achieving the objective giving cropping power however less pixels on a sensor can also be a tool, as less makes for bigger pixels that suck in more light that can sometimes be used to create clearer images. Prime lenses have no zoom capabilities but can produce images of an extremely high quality as they have few moving parts and tend to be at the high-end of grinding quality and more expensive than zooms.

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The night bus -the bus lighting and the highlights give the feeling of outside darkness at 0.3 sec f7.1 ISO 320 
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The night stop – Most people try to escape the journey home the mobile helps looking for the light bouncing off  the people high selective highlights but control the burnout leaving a feeling of late darkness everywhere else.  To get a shot like this you need to slow the speed way down 0.3 keep the fstop high 7/8 and keep the ISO as low as possible to cut noise this was 320. Also remember to keep checking as light changes even at night a higher passing vehicle can change the light. Remember everything in photography is a trade off all this goes for the picture above as well. on any shot bracketing can help in the selection process

Of course, lighting is one of the most important items; lighting ranges from the use of natural light to sophisticated studio lighting. The word photography from the Greek word ‘photos’ ‘phos’ (light) representation by means of lines or ‘drawing with light’   One of the problems with phone cameras is small sensors packed / cluttered with small pixels’ low quality glass small aperture but adequate for the family photo. The phone camera sensor layout will work with low resolution images that will be only utilised on social media transported to the viewer via phone, tablet or laptop. Press, posters, brochures, magazines printing requires high resolution to 300 ppi or ‘pixels per inch’; not dpi which is ‘dots per inch’. One of the issues that causes me to smile is the psychological role-playing by major phone companies trying to demonstrate the high quality of images shot on their phones. Many of these companies show blown-up images most of these blow-ups demonstrate the drafting and creative design talent of the participating photographers rather than the technical achievement embodied in the phone. The images although well-constructed tend to be pixelated, lack clarity, have some Chromatic aberration and can be soft when compared to the high impact of the professional images on posters in the same locations. The unfortunate reality of this type of promotion is that it convinces the lay snapper that they are working at a professional level. The camera phone has a real place in society but can sometimes try to move into a market that is currently out of reach. The use of professional well-constructed images in business photography can’t be emphasised enough even the simple head shot takes on a sales role when photographed properly ensuring that the model is believable and someone you would trust to do business with. A professional image is also a statement of competence by the company. Image is so important in business and good photography is the strongest way to convey that professionalism.

It is not possible to move on without mentioning the amount of work that goes into post shoot production to achieve a quality reproduction of the subject with all the right balances blacks’ greys colours. A shoot is not the day of the shoot but includes the days following the shoot where each image sometimes 1000s must be gone through individually looking for dirt specs, focus, handshake, Chromatic Aberration also known as ‘colour fringing’ draughtsmanship and general quality. In some instances, a high-quality shot that carries the exact massage may be too small in frame and may need cropping and resizing it also must first be found. High resolution images usually shot in RAW by professionals (a camera RAW image file contains minimally processed data of a digital camera. RAW files are not yet processed so not ready to be printed). RAW files make it easier for the profession to manipulate the data. JPEG files are usually processed in the camera and are compacted very like a PDF so not the available data required for high quality image manipulation. Most printers digital and mass require a high or maximum JPEG at level 10 or12 once the image has been finalised from the RAW. In photoshop a high or maximum JPEG opened will open as a TIFF this is a large file containing much of the information in a RAW file Such a TIFF can be worked on then save once again as a maximum JPG.   Conversion to PDF can also be used many printers will accept such an image. Usually files are saved in high JPG at 300 ppi and a duplicate png file is made at 72ppi for web and mobile use. The smaller file for internet use is at a size that will hold viewing quality and download quickly but can’t be blown up for print purposes, as it lacks data. You can see the amount of post shoot work that is required to achieve a usable portfolio of work.

Printing is another issue the amount of times that people say I will get it printed at the local high street super market that’s cheap. If quality prints that you can be proud to place on a home wall next to the family art collection or in gallery are what is required prints that have clarity separation of the blacks and the whites or definition of colour, true reproduction of the high resolution image a printer that can give a good spectrum of the grey scale and colours in RGB is required ( RGB Red, Green and Blue) as opposed to CMYK (Cyan, magenta and yellow, the K stands for Key as the colours are carefully Keyed aligned) used in high number mass printers usually the offset system as opposed to digital ink jet used by the smaller run quality art and photographic printers. Brochures, posters and magazines are usually mass offset printed working in CMYK. Common printers tend to use dye inks and have a limited number of ink reservoirs where the higher quality printers have anywhere from 8 to 12 ink reservoirs using pigment inks giving a good colour spectrum including a grey scale and extremely long life running to 100s years non-fade in theory. Achieving a high-quality print also is highly dependent upon paper and its coating. The different coatings on high quality photographic and art papers gives tremendous variation in tones/colours. These papers range from gloss through lustre to matt. Papers of quality are acid free and quite often made from cotton. Art photographers will understand the variation in papers and coating using such variation as a tool helping to achieve the target result. Galleries look for reproduction on high-end archival gallery quality art paper. Galleries understand that a high quality photographic art print is a work of art.  Some papers make the image bounce some a flatter feeling, some are better with black and white and mono colour others with full colour. High quality images tend to take longer to go through the print process as the fine accuracy of the printer slows the process.  All this quality increases the visual experience. High-end printers are manufactured by Canon, HP, Epsom. It is also important to guarantee the best results to utilise only genuine inks manufactured by the printer’s manufacturer this makes for consistency of colour or greys and an understanding of how to achieve the final result.

There is nothing like having a high quality precious photographic image on your wall especially one that tells a story and can be a major conversation piece.

An image is an experience the more the experience can be enhanced the greater the experience.

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Sharlette – Image of the singer Sharlette looking to enhance the very attractive ivory quality of her skin. Shot in black and white without a filter but a very light dusting of orange from photoshop achieved the quality we were looking for. The lighting gives the overall effect with just the right amount of definition on her the black dress really helps This shot also had some use of the ‘high pass’ filter in photoshop as a skin smoothing agent adding to the ivory quality. Composition was important here placing the model slightly to left of centre gave the feeling that others may be in attendance, the remote look gives the feeling that she is the centre of attention important the only thing that matters to her is her music and the setting has a slight period feel from the 60s a popular music period. 
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The Shopping Trip – an image of pure composition an exercise in design and draughtsmanship very flat light few shadows the subject to the left gives the feeling of movement. Movement is something that can be used with dramatic effect quite often when shooting a tennis tournament I turn the camera sideways at an angle this can add to the drama also a technique used by photographers  to add speed to speeding cars.

 

All the images have strong subject points with separation of subject from background this adds strength to the image.

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An Invitation to an Exhibition of Images by Australian Artist Photographer Shane Aurousseau

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Exhibition in Athens Greece by Australian Artist Photographer Shane Aurousseau

Opening 15th September Ianos Café The exhibition on 1 5/9/2016 at 20:30 with musical quartet Jazz.

 Supported by Australian Embassy of Athens

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Below: Link to article on Exhibition of work by Artist Photographer Shane Aurousseau Athens.

The link below also carries a potted history of “Banjo” Paterson the creator of “Clancy of the Overflow” “The Man from Snowy River” and “Waltzing Matilda”

http://www.allaboutshipping.co.uk/2016/08/03/photographer-shane-aurousseaus-new-exhibition-at-ianos-cafe-in-athens/

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‘IANOS CAFÉ’ Shane Aurousseau Photography exhibition

IANOS Canadian investment company «Syracuse Main, Inc.) and Innova fine art paper proudly present at IANOS CAFÉ a photography exhibition by Australian Photographer Artist Shane Aurousseau. A photographic journey through the sheep breeding region of Condobolin Central New South Wales and the vast rural areas of Australia where his lens recorded the hard work (“hard Yakka” in Aussie speak) of Australian sheep shearers collecting the finest micron wool in the world from Merino sheep.

The exhibition on 1 5/9/2016 at 20:30 with musical quartet Jazz.

Duration: September 15 – October 1 5, 2016.

With the support of the Australian Embassy in Athens

Sponsored by: Syracuse Main, Inc.

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About the exhibition

Condobolin (Central NSW) on the Lachlan River, the Overflow on the Lachlan is the setting for the poem ” Clancy of the Overflow ” by “Banjo Paterson”, one of the most important works in Australian literature. Banjo Paterson also the author of “The Man from Snowy River” and “Waltzing Matilda”, The Man from Snowy River was the basis for two movies one a Hollywood blockbuster.

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Click below link to article on the exhibition and Shane Aurousseau: –

http://www.allaboutshipping.co.uk/2016/08/03/photographer-shane-aurousseaus-new-exhibition-at-ianos-cafe-in-athens/

Shane Aurousseau an Australian photographer who has worked as a creative director and photographer in some of the largest advertising agencies in the world, in Sydney, Amsterdam and London and for clients such as Time Magazine, Time Life Books, Michelin, Chrysler, the AA (Automobile Association) and some of the leading bank and investment funds in the world.

He has designed CD covers and produced photographs for major record label companies promoting well known international artists including one Eurovision winner. His works have been published in magazines in London and around the world. His images of London have been used on posters and postcards marketed throughout the capital city including the main tourist shops of London’s dynamic West End. He has exhibited his works in London, Sydney, Amsterdam and Madrid (Madrid sponsored by the ‘American Women’s Association’).

He currently lives in London. He studied art, photography and psychology in Australia and Britain. Shane travels regularly photographing the world we live in and its incredible diversity of life. His works reflect the entire spectrum of life in deprived neighborhoods of large cities, social commentary, landscapes and life in remote, rural areas of Australia, portraits of friends and strangers

His photographs can be described as journalistic. In recent years much of his time is spent in the Australian Outback capturing the hard work (‘hard Yakka’ in shearing OZ speak) of the ‘sheep shearers’ and’ miners’ in the gold and Opel fields of New South Wales.

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The power of the photograph and for the love of photography

In an age where we have the development of the mobile phone camera and the selfie much photography is seen as a family snapping affair most people see it as a personal statement record of their and their familie’s lives.In away I guess this selfie culture really reflects the world that we live in. . Few  really look into an image trying to understand what the photograph is really depicting.A photograph is a photograph nice shot of me and friends or tourist icon with me.  Yet even with the advent and  sophistication of the new technology it still takes a good eye and  technical knowledge to achieve consistency in high artistic quality work.  A good photograph can be as interesting as viewing a film or DVD. The great single image states an awful lot remember the image of the skyscraper construction workers sitting on the steel girder hundred of feet above New York. A staged image but still tells us about the heights and the the working environment of workers in the early days of the great skyscraper the image screams period. Untitled-2 The great and iconic photographs of Marilyn Monroe, Untitled-3especially the skirt blowing up in the updraft and the man in front of the tank in Tiananmen Square and all the images that have depicted life changing events.

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Caravaggio the Beheading of John the Baptist a painting but also photo like and exercise in light and drama.

The art of the great photographer is depicting the story in the most dramatic format possible just like the old masters Rembrandt, Caravaggio with their use of light to make the most powerful statement along with the professional’s ability to spot the moment and be quick enough to catch it.The word “photography” is a combination of the Greek root words “photo-,” meaning “light,” and “-graphia,” meaning “writing” or “drawing.” Thus, “photography” literally means “writing or drawing with light.” . The moment can also be subtle and not totally dramatic requiring an interested eye to gain understanding. The professional photographer uses light composition clarity diffusion all to gain maximum impact, post shoot development can be as important as the shoot. Professional work can take many hours in the post shoot period in order to achieve the desired result whether for a wedding, artistic image, journalistic, fashion or magazine shoot. With all the innovation there is still no click and produce method that will give a planned result.In fact in professional photography Photoshop is one of the most un-user friendly programmes, however it is also one of the most powerful.  Photoshop is designed to allow the professional to develop his or her own templates and techniques for developing the  right image for the right moment. It is now necessary that the professional understands a raft of powerful programmes  all designed to help achieve the required result.  Even simple photographic shoots are time consuming, images need to be checked in there hundreds usually at 100% in size bad images need to be eliminated, the files need to be reduced to an acceptable quality and number.  Quite often this means the professional eye spending days on the exercise of selection and correction.

Point and shoot camera compact and phone are built around  small sensors  with many pixels too small to take in enough light to give images the definition achieved by bigger professional cameras. Pixels can be a red herring as the bigger the pixel the more light it attracts and the better clarity of image. A camera with a large full frame sensor or bigger  and not so high number of pixels can sometimes give a clearer image than a high number of pixels as the larger pixels attract more light.

Understanding the camera is  vital for having the control to achieve the result and consistency of work. Today the digital camera is an incredibly complex piece of machinery. I have great respect for the photographers of the past working blind relying on their mathematical knowledge to gain results although there was a period where image composition could be checked using  polaroid. Today working blind has been taken away  from the photographer however  the modern era has seen the  development of a raft of sophisticated technical settings giving the photographer the potential for great control over the resulting image.  We live in a world where focus and understanding seem to be considered less important unless there is personal relevance. The world of the professional photographer is understanding the mass of technical developments, lenses, fundamentals of camera development,  lighting, composition, printing papers, studio working, Software development and printing, mathematical ability is still useful, in fact today’s professional photography is as complex as the days of film and in some ways possibly even more complex in order to eliminate random.  The camera gives us some of the greatest understanding of ourselves and the professional photographer can take this understanding to even greater levels – Knowledge is and should only be the road to understanding. The camera is the tool or paintbrush allowing us greater levels of understanding.

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Photographer Shane Aurousseau

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Let the image speak in colour and black and white – Images of London

A camera is only a paint brush tool the importance is the image’s voice. Let photography start speaking again taking its place with the great artistic mediums of the world once again.

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London a diverse and alive place – Images of London Edition 2

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See work by Photographer Shane Aurousseau at Leyas Camden High Street. Why not drop in, have a coffee and relax while viewing some unique images. All prints are personally signed by Shane A, are limited Leyas editions and for sale give a family member or friend a unique gift. Prints are on Innova museum quality acid free cotton paper printed with long lasting pigment inks making them of the highest art exhibition quality.

Location: Leyas, 20 Camden High Street NW1 OJH very near Mornington Crescent tube station and in the newly revamped square now one of London’s most thriving meeting places.

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Shane Aurousseau an Australian Artist Photographer born in Australia he has worked as a creative director and producing photography with some of the World’s largest advertising agencies in Sydney, Amsterdam and London with client’s such as Time magazine, Time Life Books, Michelin, Chrysler, AA (Automobile Association) and major Global institutions in the financial world. He has also produced designs and photographs for record label and CD covers working with many successful global artists. He has been published regularly by glossy magazines in London and a number of countries. He has had exhibitions in Sydney, Amsterdam, Madrid (sponsored by the American Women’s association) and now London. He is currently a resident of the UK living in London; he studied art, photography and psychology in Australia. Shane now travels extensively and produces high quality images from around the Globe, promoting the diverse nature of life on our incredible planet. His images of London have appeared on posters and postcards throughout the city including the key tourist shops in the West End of London.

In his photography Shane covers everything from inner, urban street life, social comment, landscapes and the remote Australian outback, portraits of his friends and strangers that he saw passing by. His photography can easily be described as documentary or journalistic. He spends a considerable amount of time in the Australian Outback photographing the backbreaking work carried out by Australia’s sheep shearers and miners especially in the black opal fields of Lightning Ridge NSW. Shane uses both black and white and colour imagery dictated by the story that the image conveys- a camera is only a paint brush, tool lending impact to the picture’s voice.
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Call: +44 7778 058064 Ask about long lasting Gallery Museum quality prints.

Email: shanea@kiamafoto.com

Shane A

 

 

Diversity in Black and White -A Monochrome World

Photography is about telling the story sometimes in colour sometimes in the drama of black and white, what is the story behind an image in whatever medium works for that image subject. It can be your story not necessarily mine. The vast majority of people look at an image and see only a nice photo few look beyond  seeking purpose. Knowledge that it is a nice looking snap of a family member does not have any ties to understanding, it is akin to amorality. The mass availability of phone cameras and general compacts has taken the general perception of photography into the world of the myopic monochrome and away from artistic achievement. Professional photographers now find it hard to achieve true value for their hard worked images, for in order to generate a truly creative image it still takes hard work and a creative mind. Photography of the highest quality still has its high place in the world of creative media. Like the master artists who use the right equipment in order to achieve their chosen objective the best photographers select the best tools for their creative path . The camera is only the brush. Pointing a phone and clicking and accidentally achieving a good snap is not a creative path, it is usually a good family or travel record. At my recent exhibition in London the curator Ruta Sasnauskaite cleverly devised a competition whereby people had to find certain information buried within the images. The winner was the one with the closest answers to the ones held by the curator. Everyone took part; the answers where not the issue what it did was to make the audience look into the photograph and not at it. Involvement with an image can give the same level of intellectual enjoyment that a fine piece of music does moving the viewer from knowledge to understanding.

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Images by: Shane Aurousseau – Shane A

Exhibition of work by: Shane Aurousseau – Shane A Leyas 20 Camden High Street London NW1 0JH

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Australia the Country its Outback Art

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Australia Aboriginal paintings electricity poles Broken Hill NSW

A journey around Australia will bring the traveller in contact with some of the most interesting and creative art in the world,  Indigenous, European descended , Road and Urban The first great artists of this stunning country where the Aboriginals dating back some 50,000 years. The creativity of this highly sophisticated people is now legendary. One fellow traveller meeting me by chance on an outback road told me ‘ Europe has history Australia has art’.

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Broken Hill NSW Desert Sculptures
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Broken Hill NSW Desert Sculptures
Broken Hill NSW Desert Sculptures
Broken Hill NSW Desert Sculptures

Many Australian outback centres have established artist’s names  past and present associated with their local community some with international reputations, Albert  Namatjira, Pro Hart , Howard William Steer, Arthur Boyd – worth seeing the Broken Hill desert sculptures. It would take some time to name all the talent that is and has created the Australian  unique character.

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Much of the art of Australia contains great humour of a real Australian Character. The vibrant hard colours of Australia make for strong clear work by artists. Ochres reds of the dust, blue of the never ending sky make for some of the most vivid images that can be recreated by artists. As you move away from the green coast travelling over the great dividing range the landscape moves from a light ochre to a ochre red dust and then to the red heart with the bright red dust covering the car. As you get to the red heart the sky becomes clear and cobalt blue.

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Dunny by Howard Steer Silverton NSW

This is what many Australian artists from the aboriginals to the humorists of the European descended art community depict somewhere in their art. Australia is a country close to the earth the aboriginals mixed earth colours the European community recreates those colours. The traveller looking closely will also discover the abundant road and community art of this incredibly creative country with its stunning landscapes and history of 50,000 years and the development of the second nation from the late 1700s to present day . Australia is a country of Artists.

Car Artist John Dynon Silverton NSW
Car Artist John Dynon Silverton NSW

Photographer: Shane Aurousseau

The working dogs of Australia

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I recently had the privilege of photographing and filming Kelpies working with Merino sheep the invitation came from Peter and Terrie L’Estrange, they are the owners of a station on the outskirts of Condobolin Central NSW called Belswick Merino  Stud. I believe they have around 7000 acres running  mainly Merino sheep including prize animals that are regularly shown at the Royal Easter Show in Sydney .

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Australia NSW Condobolin Prize Merino sheep Belswick Merino Stud Peter &Terrie L’Estrange

The Merino is of course the sheep that gave Australia its place in history as the leading wool producing country in the world. Wool production of Australia accounts for approximately 30% of world production.The Merino originally from central Spain (Castille). Its wool was highly valued even in the Middle Ages.

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Fine Micron Merino Wool Belswick Merino Stud Condobolin NSW

The fine micron quality of Merino wool  gives this commodity its reputation as the highest quality of all wools.

Merino sheep introduced into Australia from Spain  in the late 1700s and developed by Captain Macarthur in the early 1800s into the valuable commodity it has now become for Australia. The production of Merino wool adds some Aust $2 billion annually to the Australian GDP. From the 1800s it was generally accepted that Australia rides home on the Merino’s back. The droving and organising of the sheep has always been a hands on exercise however those hands do have assistants – the Kelpies.

Although different breeds of dogs work with sheep it is generally Kelpies that the the Australian stations use. These dogs tend to have great personalities and have an inbred desire to work and to organise.

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Working with Kelpies

The Kelpie tends to be a one man dog and is great with children if brought up in an environment with them. A good working dog is prized and can change hands for anything up to $30,000 Australian Dollars and as one station owner pointed out is worth 2 men. Watching the two drovers working with the dogs moving some 100  sheep around was an incredible experience. The handlers shouted orders to the dogs more or less indicating to them where they wanted the sheep to be directed. The dogs quickly respond to  signals even to a glance. To see a sheep cut from the group and the speed of the dogs forcing the sheep to rejoin its mates gives  an insight into how intelligent these animals are.

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The agile Australian Kelpie

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The Australian Kelpie is the most popular of working dogs and their agility gives them the ability to move around tightly packed sheep, see the dog in the photograph clearing the sheep by jumping them. They are workaholics easily trained herding is in their nature.

The agile Australian Kelpie
The agile Australian Kelpie
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The reward hosing after hot work

The workaholic nature and energy of this breed can be demonstrated by the image of the Station hand hosing the dogs down following an intensive working session.  The dogs actually seek  the cooling hosing when work is finished.

 

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When travelling in  Peter  L’Estrange’s  4×4 one of the dogs Lucy sat between us. This particular dog is as pointed out the house dog  and rarely leaves Peter’s side however she still needs to  work and knows when he is preparing to move the sheep and more or less demands participation. She can be seen travelling on the back of Peter’s quad bike waiting for one of the flock to make a false move.

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One man dog Lucy on quad bike with Peter L’Estrange
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Photographer: Shane Aurousseau

Australia’s Unique Character

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Australia Molong 'Time Warp' town
Australia Molong ‘Time Warp’ town

From the time of the arrival of the First Fleet under Captain Arthur Phillip in 1788 Australia has been developing a unique Character that makes Australians who they are today. A greater proportion of the people who came with the first fleet and subsequent fleets were transported and then given land grants. The growth of the colony was of up most importance and transportation key to the colony’s development. The Australian climate dictated the type of living structure that gave the best lifestyle. A climate hotter and dryer than England’s and Europe’s required the development of living structures with broad and low roofs creating a cool internal environment that would also hold heat during winter months.

It was the heat of this dry land that was mostly addressed by early settlers giving  Australia the ‘Veranda Towns’. Towns with homes with broad verandas for enjoying those balmy evenings on, shops with cool shade giving awnings. This type of architecture really started to come into its own in the 1800s as settlers moved inland from Sydney,  much of it still exits on a habitable basis today. All across Australia can be found towns with  architecture straight out of a Western film set and houses with broad verandas. This architecture coupled with the Australian Landscape and the hard working people in the commodity driven industries, mining, wool, cattle and grain farming gives Australia a unique character  that make Australians who they are today. It is the ‘Time Warp’ veranda towns of Australia that i found most interesting from a photographic point of view. Towns like Condobolin NSW, Braidwood NSW, Molong NSW, Wellington NSW, Cowra NSW, Sofala NSW, Bungendore NSW, Boorowa NSW Clunes Victoria, Ballarat Victoria

Shane Aurousseau

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