Capturing the SAAS MedSTAR Helicopter on Kangaroo Island!

The SAAS MedSTAR helicopter flew to Kangaroo Island on Saturday 19th August 2017 for a pickup.

As my son and I stood at the Kingscote memorial at the top of Reeves Point,we heard it before we could see it traveling across the ocean. It flew overhead, slightly scaring my son but he soon realised how lucky he was about to be!

We watched the medical evacuation helicopter travel over the trees, then landed at the Kingscote helipad. As my son and I approached by foot (staying well back from the fence-line), we watched as the propellers came to a halt and the crew disembarked.

I was informed they were there for a pickup. I took the opportunity to catch a few amazing close-up shots, utlising my Canon 7D and new Tamron 18-400 f3.5 zoom. My 5yo son has crossed another thing off his bucket list!

Check out the top 5 of my 23 photographs:

The SAAS MedSTAR (P2)

The SAAS MedSTAR (P6)

The SAAS MedSTAR (P10)

The SAAS MedSTAR (P13)

Crew of SAAS MedSTAR and Paramedics from Kingscote Hospital (P14)

Be sure to check out the entire series within my online photo gallery .

PS. The photos are available for print in newspapers or magazines.

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Persistence + Perseverance + Perspiration = Walking Again

See my right knee?
It’s the one on the left.

I’m standing on it.

It still aches, particularly after walking on a rocky beach from the Kingscote Jetty to the bird-house at Reeves Points, then up 75° incline – with my amazing 5yo son Jai alongside me, my Canon 7D and new zoom lens. I shot some amazing shots, some of them without Jai in them.

It still aches because about 55 weeks ago it somehow collapsed under me for no easy-to-explain reason. I stood at the kitchen sink of our Adelaide home with 1yo Aidan in my arms, went to turn right – and my knee basically slipped to the left side of my leg, stretching ligaments and hurting so bad that Aidan’s (still sitting in the nook of my left arm) eyes bulged out from the naughty words I screamed. Holy mo…. you get the picture. But I thought of him, and twisted my leg to the left – because I knew I was going to collapse BUT I DIDNT WANT TO FALL ONTO HIM. The knee then twisted around to the right side of my leg. I fell, no I collapsed. Aidan was bawling his eyes out.

But me, despite the fuc… intense pain, I started pulling my pants down. I’ve done some seriously bad injuries to my knees, ankles, elbows, and hips in many stupid stupid accidents over the last 30 years. I knew the parademics were going to cut my pants off. But I liked those denims, I didn’t want to lose them. (I did.) But I really had to know how bad it was.

Fargnl. I screamed for everyone – who were out in the shed doing something. Probably making bee boxes for LSBeez Kangaroo Island Honey. I didn’t care. Jai arrived first. I yelled at him to get mummy. Know what he did first? Got me a towel to put under my leg.  

Then Sarah (my wife) and Lynne (my MIL) arrived. I did not care that my jocks were on show. My right knee was expanding – and only I knew how bad the injury was.

But I was lucky. Sarah knows why and how I break so easily. She rang for an ambulance. I sat on kitchen floor, ice on knee, waiting. 40mins later it arrived.

Ambulance took me to Flinders Hospital.

We ramped behind 4 other amb’s for about 3 hours. 

Then I got a bed, a vomit bag filled with ice chips to hold on my knee … and the doctor arrived around midnight. The accident happened around 4.30pm.

There’s much more to the story. 

But my knee works again. I walk just fine. I was still limping from thr injuries when I first arrived on KI in Feb 2017. I don’t think any of you would know if I didn’t tell you.

Persistence. 

Perseverance. 

Perspiration.

I may not have a paying job right now. But I know what it means to fail and succeed.

Photos from today can wait. My knee aches.

/ Originally written for Facebook. But go so long I decided it needed bigger audience!

The Answer to the Penultimate Question! 

Being a parent has taught me some amazing life lessons, one of which contradicts what I have always believed.

So I am producing a informative tongue-in-cheek video that will reveal my answer to the most important question of all time. 

What is the question? Aha, no! That too will be revealed! To see the video late next week, subscribe to my channel: 

https://www.youtube.com/user/stephentrepreneur
If it doesn’t make you laugh, it will make you groan!

Shoot Buoys in a Pond

Photography Prints Ok, it is not a pond: It is a tidal pool.

If you have never seen the tidal pool, ask any of the locals in Kingscote to point you in the right direction. They are nice people, they will.

These five photographs were shot about 3 pm, the perfect time of the day to capture moments and things in ideal light, casting sufficient to show all the craggy lines of each buoy in high macro.

Peruse and purchase your favorite of my photographs below! Links are in each image back to the full version.

Photography Prints | Sell Art Online

Photography Prints | Sell Art Online

Plus an extra shot. This is a combination of rusted corrugated iron and a windmill on family property on Kangaroo Island:

Art Prints

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Orange Clover 

I’m adding new artwork to my Pixels photo gallery (formerly Fine Art America).

Now that we’ve moved to Kangaroo Island, both my style and genré has changed dramatically. No longer do I see modern highrise architecture. Heritage architecture is few and far between, or else difficult to peruse without visiting private property.

So I have turned back to flowers and organic artwork, and enjoying the post production aspect. 

Here’s one I uploaded last night:



As it has been quite some time since I uploaded to this gallery, last night I discovered they offer a new medium to view my artwork upon: Coffee Mugs! Lucky you! 

Does Your Online Audience Understand Your Social Media Business Description?

​If your business is on Facebook or any social media site, your business description is very important. 

I should know. I modify and update both my own and my wife’s business online persona regularly, and I would never say they are perfect! (Links in sidebar)

Businesses shouldn’t be afraid to amend and/or totally rewrite their online persona. They should seriously consider every aspect and word-choice of their business description, or they will fail to entice new clients, and may even put-off regular clients. 

Because it’s difficult, sometimes embarrassing, to give a positive review on a place if their online presence is 2nd-rate and shabby. 

It’s like driving a dirt or a bitumen road into a small town for the first time: The initial view can determine if we swerve back to the highway OR if we want to see what else you have on offer. Yes, a ‘Cars’-movie analogy!

So last week I was advised of a food-outlet (seriously vague to avoid trolling) on Kangaroo Island where tourists and local can do lunch. So, as I always do, I checked out if they had both a facebook page and a website. They have a Facebook page – which is often enough.

Oh, wow. Their name makes no sense to me (but may be based on location), so I moved onto their description. 

Bigger Wow. So I politely (via Facebook Message texts) advised them of the major grammatical and unfortunate spelling mistakes.

Their response: “It’s a low priority, we have bigger things to worry about.”

That’s crazy speak! Are your café menu’s written with the same spelling errors? Do you speak like a five-year-old to your customers, investors, and bank manager? I am guessing not. So why screw up the one place you have the biggest presence?!

If anyone is going to have a web presence – particularly upon social media – your business decription needs to read as you want to be perceived and renowned. 

So now I am having problems taking this business seriously. I’d like to have a professional social media person talk with them, just to advise them. Yet I fear they won’t listen to them either. 

It’s a real shame when small businesses fail to see how social media presence can increase their profit margin OR wipe them from online existence. 

Never ignore your online audience. They are both your advisers (via either compliments or complaints) and customers (when they want something, they go hunting online first).

I am going to ask a few SME’s I know for their opinion, and if they’d help. I’ll let you know if this gets resolved.