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FIVE GORGEOUS GIRLS

Posted by katerross on December 21, 2012 at 2:15 AM Comments comments (0)

Rarely have five children been such a dream to photograph. Even when coerced into a gully full of green ants and leaf litter they still managed angelic smiles. Favourite models ever !!! Grandma will be so pleased with her Christmas portraits. Check out a selection from their photo shoot in my gallery pages under Johnston/Mitchell


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TOWNSVILLE FASHION FESTIVAL.

Posted by katerross on October 29, 2012 at 4:35 AM Comments comments (0)

WOW what an experience to be a part of Townsville's first fashion Festival. It was truly a first class turn out. All the organisers should be extremely pleased with the way the festival looked and the volunteers who gave their time and skills to make it all happen over the last year were the life blood of the entire production. I personally enjoyed seeing the Mainie designs evolve from my computer screen to walking down the catwalk and getting a chance to work with so many talented photographers. It's a rare chance to see other photographers in action, how and why they do things to really capture their amazing imagery. I can hardly wait till next year!

MINIATURE PLANETS

Posted by katerross on October 15, 2012 at 12:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Here's a fun thing to do if you have a fish eye or wide angle lens, a tripod  and a copy of Photoshop.

Set up your tripod where you have a good 360 degree panorama with plenty of sky and plenty of ground. 
Set your camera to manual so you don't have changing exposures as you swing around. 
Take your photos with plenty of overlap between frames and if (like me) you only have a standard wide angle lens take two panoramic sweeps. One angled towards of sky and the next  one angled a bit more toward the ground.
Open your photos in photoshop and do any curves or levels to make them match a bit.
drop down menu File> automate> photomerge (auto)
You should end up with a huge panoramic image of many layers. 
Flatten the image then crop at 8000 pixels wide (leave length blank)  EXACTLY where the left and right sides repeat for a flawless globe.
drop down menu Image> size>  then unclick constrain proportions and type in 8000 px in the length window.
You will end up with a squished up square image of your scene.
drop down menu Image > image rotation > 180 degrees.
the drop down menu Filter > Distort> Polar coordinates. 
Viola ! one mini planet.

Feel free to message me if you go wrong and I'll try to straighten you out.

Kate 


MAINIE FACEBOOK PAGE LAUNCH

Posted by katerross on October 12, 2012 at 12:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Mainie Designer Fashion Australia has launched her Website (www.mainie.com.au) and facebook page featuring my fabric designs and Yvette's (Bespoke Designer Pattern maker) Fantastic resort wear clothing designs. The dream child of fashion designer Charmaine Saunders, Maine features a line of gorgeous luxury garments with stunning aboriginal designs photographically printed on silk. Charmaine and Yvette have jetted out today to China to set up production in a special district outside of Shanghai that boasts a 5000 year old tradition or silk clothing production. Quite fitting when you consider that each design is lifted from an authentic aboriginal painting of the ancient dreamtime stories of the Tanamai desert tribes. These paintings have been carefully hand picked for their beautiful craftsmanship and vibrant colours. On top of the purchasing the paintings and copyrights Charmaine has generously offered the artists to each receive commission for every garment sold. As an extra thank you Charmaine has also run a competition to launch the careers of three aspiring aboriginal models. The lucky girls have received a fully paid modelling package at RTF school and Graduate this Sunday !   I think its a great that the same symbols that women have been using to adorn their bodies for thousands of years now reach a new generation of Australian women through these incredible artworks. 


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