GO BEYOND YOUR LIMITS! (10 Years on Youtube)

Of all the YouTube channels I subscribe to, there is only one that I return to over and over again – Casey Neistat.

A recent vlog is now watched repeatedly. This one is a gentle yet constant reminder what I want to achieve on my own channel. I have watched it 5 times. It blows my mind. Which is it? Wait, it will be the last video I show in this list.

I have had a Youtube channel since 2007 – again, another 10 years with one channel – yet it’s not the longest! I digress. Back on track…

MY YOUTUBE CHANNEL HISTORY

For the longest time I did almost nothing on YouTube. I remember saying to someone in 2008“It’s just a fad, it won’t last.” Oh dear, how wrong was I! Mostly I liked and categorized videos, probably like a lot of people did. I had a U2 collection, plus some series of cartoons that intrigued me. But YouTube kept changing the privacy on stuff, and then deleted channels that somehow violated their terms – yet nobody could see why.

In early 2012, whilst working on a Government ITC Help Desk, I worked with a young guy who said “Instead of playing PS/Xbox/Wii games, I just watch their YouTube channels – it’s cheaper!” Within a month I was hooked on a few youtube gamer channels whose style was consistent, crazy-funny, and catching worldwide attention. You may know who I mean.

Late 2015, thanks to a friend on Facebook, I was advised to check out Casey Neistat Apple batteries vlog . Then he started vlogging daily. Vlogging became a word.

Early 2016 I revamped my YouTube channel, removing all the Liked videos and vlogs, and uploaded a dozen videos shot by my wife – using them to show off her honey business on Kangaroo Island, planning to use them on our GoFundMe page. The funding didn’t pan out as imagined, so that also needs a revamp! Yet I still love the bee vlogs I created…

Then I started vlogging our weekly visits to Cleland Wildlife Park … so all our Australian-Zoo visits also got uploaded!

In mid 2016, after a very long hiatus being the Dead Reds Wine Group photographer, I decided to vlog the night’s drinking – and everyone who went appreciated it. Actually, vlogging made it all the more fun – people spoke to their camera!

I found finances to buy a very decent movie editor program: Movavi. Windows Movie Maker was insufficient! Movavi has been great for creating eclectic music to go over wind-filled footage, converting and compressing, then uploading to YouTube without any problems.

Then in July 2016, I twisted my right knee so much that my vlogging took a backseat until I recovered sufficiently to get around without pain. I still shot a lot, but I was getting so tired from the exercise needed that tonnes of footage sits incomplete.

In early 2017 we moved to Kangaroo Island. Within a month I uploaded a short vlog that received 200 views in a few days – which blew my mind and reminded me of my journey. I was back on track!

Then Casey added his “DO WHAT YOU CAN’T” vlog. Wow. It was like a smack in the face for me.

It brings me back to his channel once a week to remind myself of what I am aiming to achieve.
Yet I say it is probably not the best mantra.

I prefer to say “GO BEYOND YOUR LIMITS”.

It’s true, a lot of people set limits on their goals, consequently limiting their potential. Ashamed to say I have done the same, and possibly still do on some issues.

Some people have budgetary constraints, some have fear of success or failure limits, and many put limits on themselves because they don’t believe in their ability – even though they have never had a go!

Whenever I think I have limits, I imagine living in a 3rd-world country where there is no money, life is all hand-outs from foreign aid, and living is day-to-day. You and I have a far better life than that: We have a roof over our head, a bed each night, and we know where your next meal is coming from – and it’s three times a day!

So what is your limit? Probably next to nothing by comparison!
I am not going to lie: When I had money, I bought things that I knew I would utilise and would last a long time. Good camera gear, particularly the accessories. What I didn’t forsee is how I would use them.

The planets have recently realigned for me.
Expect more vlogs over the next few months.
What will they be about now? Well, I have to thank my Radio show for revitalizing my self-confidence, particularly my speaking and writing skills. So I have a few ideas in mind. Now to create them with almost no budget!

Let’s see what I do next (week)….

25 Years of Musician Photography

Check out my photographs of Australian musicians at the 1992 Adelaide Grand Prix.

These were photographed at my first concert, shooting with my first SLR, in 1992.

I purchased a body (brand forgotten), telephoto lens, and a 40 rolls of 36 film somewhere in Adelaide – I think I had to hock something to pay for it all. Then I shot the lot in one day, despite the costs!

In the late 1990‘s I scanned the negatives and saved to 3.5inch floppy discs.

In the early 2000‘s, I dug up those discs and converted all that I could to CD.

In 2008 I found those CD’s, and in 2010 I found them again in my archives – and put them onto my flickr gallery

Finally, the negatives were found in early 2017 during a shed-cleanup.

Sometime this year I will have them rescanned, manipulated, saved, and archived again…

Jimmy and Johnny Rocking Hard, Adelaide GrandPrix Concert

I, The Photograph Reviewer

In mid 2016 I created this video where I review the why, where and how of seventeen of my own photographs. By the time I decided to edit the production, I had removed a few photographs from the online photo gallery they are in – yet I decided to go forward.

Finally, completed, here it is for easy viewing. Below it are links to every photograph. Take a moment to view them – then maybe buy a few. Or else buy a tshirt.

[01] Providence
[02] NO LONGER AVAILABLE
[03] Tranquiliser
[04] White Gums II
~ + : [ White Gums | White Gums III | White Gums IV | White Gums V ]
[05] Cart Behind The Horse
[06] Shell Necklace
[07] Austin A70 Hampshire Ute, Left Door
~ + : [ Austin A70 Hampshire Ute Portrait | Austin A70 Hampshire Tray II | Austin A70 Hampshire Ute Tray |
[08] Off His Hinges
[09] Waiting
[10] NO LONGER AVAILABLE
[11] Coffee in Carpark
[12] Spanish Dancer
[13] White Gums III
[14] Chair in Sepia
~ + : [ Chair Shadow | Ripped Chair | Sepia Shadow ]
[15] Waiting Red Bike
[16] Australian Icon
[17] Knotted Rope

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POEM: Dear Sun

Dear Sun,

I watched you raise your weary head
From the hills of Adelaide that were last night’s bed.

You rose up quickly, faster than expected,
Before 6.30am it was like you’d not even rested.

My camera caught your beauty,
your radiant explosion of orange,
You drew breath as you appeared as if a bride arriving for her marriage.

Mornings dew melted on grass around me, Flowers opened to grasp the first ray,
And garbage trucks rumbled along Kingscote Jetty,
a reminder that it is Wednesday.

Poem about these photos of this morning’s sun [08.Feb.2017] rising over the mainland as I sat at Kingscote Jetty:

Kingscote Jetty

Kingscote Jetty (First Sun)

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Kingscote Jetty

Capturing the Most Ferocious Animals in Australia 

For the last four years, pretty much since my first son was born, we’ve visited Cleland Wildlife Park every Saturday morning.

Whilst it’s been for the benefit our boys to (1) tire them out for a good night’s sleep that night so my wife and I can have a  peaceful evening, plus (2) to show them Australian wildlife up front and personal. Oh, there’s fences for the Tasmanian Devil, the Dingos, and the DropBears (Koalas), but the Ducks, Potoroos, Wallabies and Kangaroos can be patted easily. Just beware the Emu! 

I’ve taken my camera along nearly every time to catch the more ferocious animals in action or asleep.

Unfortunately tomorrow will be our last visit for quite some time. (My regular flat-white coffee will be gotten at Chocol’Art in Kingscote from hereon.)

At least I will have these memories to show our kids how much fun we had together… 

… and that we go again later this year! If not, we will be going to the many National Parks on Kangaroo Island as time permits. Watch out for more videos of me and my boys with wild animals around Australia!

First Visit to the Hope Cottage Museum

On Monday afternoon (30.Jan.2017) I decided to take my Canon EOSM with 22mm Lens with me on one of my daily exercise walks.

Originally I had intended to walk into Kingscote to get a coffee at Chocol’Art, but somehow I chose to go in the opposite direction: I went up the hill – and discovered the Hope Cottage Museum!

I had been told about the ‘Museum before, and you’d think that after visiting KI so many times over the last 20 years I would have visited already, but I had not yet.

So I readily paid my coffee-money (seriously, it costs so little) to step backwards in time to the yesteryear’s of Kangaroo Island.

Hope Cottage, built in 1859, is the restored home of Charles and Michael Calnan. The brothers, aided by a ship’s carpenter, built three small cottages from local stone. They were named Faith, Hope, and Charity. Unfortunately Faith has long since gone, but the National Trust have restored maintained Hope Cottage with the surrounding museum, along with the recreated Cape Willoughby Lighthouse. Charity Cottage, now a private residence, remains alongside.

Hope Cottage Museum is run by a team of volunteers. A dedicated group of people give of their time in various ways to maintain this fine museum. There is a group that cleans and maintains the indoor exhibits, and another group that cares for the outdoor and machinery exhibits.

More information on their website.

I am so glad I had my camera with me. Peruse my photography below:

On Flickr

Hope Cottage Museum

On Redbubble

Wheel Wall by Stephen Mitchell Wall of Wheels by Stephen Mitchell
Red Grill (Bedford Truck) by Stephen Mitchell Old Red (Bedford Truck) by Stephen Mitchell

I had a chat with a few volunteers at the Museum, and now am very glad for doing so. Seems they recognised my video from a few nights ago:

I am so going to love living on Kangaroo Island!