"Hindsight is always twenty-twenty. " Billy Wilder
"Hindsight is an exact science. " Guy Bellamy

30 March 2011


To put a simple idea into reality in After Effects is easier said than done! To concoct a short animation that lasts less than 2 minutes has taken me an inordinate number of hours. This short piece is about 2850 frames - the mere thought of making a 10-minute stop motion animation would to me be like redefining eternity.

Although learning the basics of the software was manageable, the execution proved painfully slow. Hopefully, given time, I‘ll learn more of the keyboard shortcuts and After Effects tricks so I can speed up the process. However, having had a glimpse into what can be achieved with the software, I’m eager to learn more.

27 March 2011


The project looked fairly easy when I first saw it – however, not quite so easy when I first started putting the images together. First attempt using my photos from Frankston looked rather clumsy and ill conceived, so there was just one remedy – off to the City for another round of images.

The composition above is more to my liking. Still not quite sure how it will finally look in print, however, as we appear to be having some monitor/printer profile issues.

23 March 2011

Hunting and Gathering

I enjoy hopping on a train to the city for the sole purpose of gathering images. Although I usually have some kind of plan and purpose for the outing, I often get waylaid and end up with a stack of photographs unrelated to the project at hand. And so it was with my last trip to get images for the David Hockney Project – I just cannot resist glass facades, windows and reflections.

I have put together a few images on a web page - click on the picture or just click here to have a look. Enjoy!

16 March 2011


First winter rain--
even the monkey
seems to want a raincoat.

                          Matsuo Basha

It fascinates me to observe how people change when it rains. Facial expressions, posture and gait   transform to match or reflect the severity of the down-pour. Crossing the street becomes hurried and often complicated by a sea of umbrellas. The landscape changes!

I spent a couple of hours in Melbourne CBD during a recent storm - took shelter where I could and captured a few images. Heavy rain, poor light and people in a hurry - all became a colourful blur:

12 March 2011

Catch Up!

Missing the past couple of weeks of classes has made it quite a challenge to catch up on the various projects. Still trying to come up with workable ideas for the “Fire” project. To make a video that can also form part of an installation - - - well, so far, simple, interesting and achievable solutions have eluded me! 

However, After Effects looks like it is going to be quite a bit of fun. As with all new software programs, learning the basics has its usual pit falls. I still think mastering the fundamentals is achievable, despite the annoyance that Adobe is inconsistent with their keyboard short cuts and menu layout throughout the CS4/CS5 suite. Not to be daunted and to gain some practise, I put together this 15 second AE sequence as a challenge – enjoy!