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I’M ON HOLIDAY!

So it is holiday time for me.. I am in San Francisco  for a few days and then I am off to Seattle for a little bit. There are many plans in the bag for the next couple of weeks so I am really excited… Today was my first full day in San Francisco.. I started the day by asking an employee at the Hotel I am staying for directions to somewhere that isn’t a huge tourist trap.. somewhere local, quiet and somewhere that has good coffee… He past the test on all the criteria! I saw some pretty amazing sights today, “hilly” streets, beautiful houses and stunning views of the river and the amazing Golden Gate Bridge .. well, the bottom half of it anyway (the top was covered with low cloud).

I was going to get a taxi to drive me the 13 blocks down to Filmore St. , but then I had a little journey over destination moment and decided to walk the distance, camera in hand. The pictures below are a small collection of images I took on my walk along a very “normal” San Fran st.. These were all taken in a window of about an hour and I would have missed them all had I grabbed that cab. Nothing special, just little moments captured but I really enjoyed this part of today and felt it was worth documenting…

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Christine Pobke - AMAZING. so glad i get to do the seattle journey with you! these are beauuuutiful. not like any photos i’ve ever taken in san francisco! :) ps give ziggles a hugsie for me! xoxo

alyda - awesome awesome (that’s double awesome). Love the one with the pigeons and the last one big time yeah!

Scott - Cool shots. Let’s see thet golden gate bridge covered in cloud that you talk about!

Katie - Woot! Loving these!

Angie Baxter - Yee haa Dan – see how we love to hear of your travels. Glad you got techie for us :) Pics are amazing. xx

Ben Blood - The background behind this photo story really adds to the photos. Thanks for sharing these.

Justin Hill - Awesome series of images Dan! The best way to see any part of the world is by walking through it, eyes wide open. Great work man!

Tim - Some great shots – love ‘em.

GARETH & MARCELLA

There was an amazing energy surrounding us the afternoon I shot Gareth and Marcella’s wedding. I really think it is visible in these pictures. I also got to shoot lots of film on this one! (thanks guys).. I hope you enjoy xx

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Eva - Beeeeeautiful!!! Especially loving the dress in the window and all the laterns….so atmospheric!!!

alyda - this is 62 kinds of awesome :D. the last shot and 012 are so so so good!

Thommo - Amazing work as always brother. That dress shot is one of the best i have ever seen!

I love the feel of the shots from the reception as well.

Christine Pobke - dizzle. you KNOW how i feel about this. right? right.

Stewart Leishman - Love it! Simply gorgeous, from the begining to the end. Film is not dead!

Amanda Thorson - that last shot is amazing!

Julian Beattie - Whoop! The rolls of film you shot, rock. Nice stuff, Dan.

REBECCA ON THE ROCKS

Last year, I spent a couple of day’s down the coast at Guerilla Bay.. I was there shooting for an exhibition I was holding later that year. I took this pic of Bec on the rocks.. Aside from the boat and the birds, it felt like we were the only two people awake at that time of the morning

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Katie - Superb. Love those birds – my favourite bit. :-)

alyda - x60

Christine Pobke - what birds, kk?

hehehe. i adore the silhouette – you can’t tell whether they’re two people kissing or one big man pondering. (i’m choosing to ignore the fact that you said it was bec – it’s my own interpretation!) :)

kristen - dude, that’s so personal.

Beth Jennings - Love this man, nuff said

mujzisme - wow super nice =)

STUART & ALICIA

The first time I met Alicia was 2007 in Berlin. I never asked her what she did for a living and Alicia never asked me, we shared a brief conversation through a mutual friend outside a hostel in the heart of the city and then parted ways. It was purely by chance that two years later I receive a query and shortly after, turned up to Alicia and Stuart’s house to discuss the details of their wedding day. It was at that moment Alicia and I looked at each other and said, “Your face looks familiar?!”

Small world..

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Christine Pobke - So beautiful… man, those close up shots are pure magic, Dizzler. What an absolutely gorgeous wedding.. ENCORE, ENCORE!

todd hunter mcgaw - dude.. close up b/w action (027) is so awesome I think I might be pregnant!

Alicia - Wow – Love it Dan – You rock… It was the most amazing day of my life, and I am so happy you and Christine were there to capture every moment of it!! Leesh X

Eva - As per ToddyMctodderton, but I’m pregnant with TWINS!!! Adoring the bouquet against black….

Katie - Love love love love love love. Love. Love. Love love love. Should I go on? LOOOOOOVE. So many favourites.

alyda - Gold distinction! x 58

ps. great! Now my husband is pregnant – good one Dan!

John Benavente - nailed it!

Kristen - Cut it out, Dan.

caspix - Dan, you are king of the up close portrait… so gorgeous

Nicole Landgrebe - WOW, you have an amazing style…. just gorgeous…..

2010 AUSTRALIAN PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS (APPA)

Well…. I finally got there and it was well worth the wait. Yesterday I returned home after spending a week in Melbourne for the 2010 AIPP Australian Professional Photography Awards (APPAs). The 2010 APPAs are like the photography industry’s Oscars. Over 700 photographers from all across Australia submit over 3000 prints to be judged by the best of the best of the best. And I must say, I’m pretty stoked with how I did this year. Out of the four prints I submitted, I was awarded 1 Silver, two Silver with Distinctions and 1 Gold with Distinction.

My Gold with Distinction print scored a 99 out of 100. When three of the five judges scored it 100, I just about fell over. Needless to say, it was one of those moments that I’ll never forget. And not only was that 99 a first ever for a Wedding Category print, it was the Highest Scoring Print overall. It was truly humbling and amazing to say the least. For that print, I was blessed enough to receive the Ilford Trophy – a trophy that I was hoping to maybe one day receive in my LIFETIME.  A trophy that has so many of my photo hero’s names engraved into it and now I get the honor of sharing that real estate with them. So it goes without saying that receiving this award only last week stills seems a little crazy to me.

Also, I have to give a shout out to my good friend (and fellow Canberran) Emily Hannah who was awarded 2010 Documentary Photographer of the Year! I could not be happier for you Em!! Also, I have to give props to worker bee Christine ( Pookles) Pobke who manage to walk away with 2 silvers in her first APPA’s (an amazing effort). The Gala Awards Dinner was a black-tie event held at the Melbourne Crown Casino and was so well put together. It was an awesome night filled with lots of champagne, dancing, champagne, and… well, champagne. Will post some pics from the celebrations soon!!

Aside from the obvious, the other highlight of the week away was getting to meet so many other photographers from around Australia and developing new friendships.  I’m confident there were at least a few potential life-timers in there so I cant wait to see what the future holds for myself and my new-found friends.

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Christine Pobke - sir dizzler, you are amazingly inspirational, uber funny, and a wonderful friend. thanks for constantly putting a smile on this worker’s face – you deserve ALL of these accolades and MORE. your talent goes beyond these awards, and the world is gonna see Sir Dizzles-A-Lot everywhere, very soon! mark my words! xoxox loves you and am so very proud.

michelle fiona - wow wow wow. wow.

Samm blake - Congrats Dan!!!!! These images are awesome!! :) Xoox

Mark - Congratulations Dan, Your work is amazing! 1 point off the perfect ton you join the likes of Sir Don Bradman. 99 not out!

Jonas Peterson - Huge congrats, Dan. Which print scored the 99?

Katie - You are such an inspiration Dan. Love your work, love you, and feel very privileged that I was there for that amazing moment in your life and career. To infinity and beyond for Dan O’Day! (Sorry, I couldn’t resist throwing that in there seeing as Toby is watching Toy Story as I type, and it just seemed too appropriate!!) Many congratulations to you, clever. xo

Gemma Carr - I have been wondering which were your award winners. I got to see them at the awards, but didn’t know they belonged to.
Awesome& inspirational stuff Dan, and well deserved wins.
You’ve set the bar pretty high, you should be very proud.
Enjoy!!! :)

Kristen Cook - Totally well deserved Dan, seriously. what an amazing, wonderful achievement for you. I am so excited to see how things shape up for you over the next few years and what dizzying heights you reach. Onwards and upwards friend x

John Benavente - well done mate, your work is awesome!

Robyn Geering - seriously amazing news – congratulations. Such a prestigeous award to such a deserving person.

Beth Jennings - Well done Dan, you deserve every minute of the glory, savour it!! you’ll probably crack the category next year! xx

Lelle - Wow buddy, that is some amazing stuff, your a bit clever!!!
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Nicole Ramsay - You rock!!! Totally awesome achievement. I was wrapped with my two silvers and it’s no wonder you’re full of excitement. Most deserving I say. Lovely to meet you too!

Tim - Congrats Dan – that’s an amazing outcome. So is it the top photo which brought home the trophy?

Cheers,

Tim

caspix - Dan, these images are inspiring and visionary – can’t wait to see what the future holds for you

Steph - Congrats again Dan. I particularly LOVE the last pic, what a handsome man!! You’re the best. Xoxo

tasj - Congratulations Dan! Beautiful work!!

Dean Bolton - Totally stunning images. I would have scored the 99 a perfect 100. I can’t stop looking at it. It’s been said many a time already… but congratulations!!!

suzie edwards - I’ve watched your journey with interest and admiration Dan – so much more ahead. Keep on keeping on.

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RYAN & ROS – A KISS

I love them… more from these guys later

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Christine Pobke - hahahahaaa!!! LOVE IT!!! beautiful frames, dizzle. xoxo

Ros & Ryan - We love it Dan!!! I was probably laughing at something you said!!
Can’t wait to see more XOXOX

Thommo - Great sequence Dan. It really shows their personality!

Mark - Love your work! If you scroll really quickly on the post of Ryan and Ros it looks like an old flickering film projector. Congrats on your listing in the top 10 wedding Photographers in Australia list in Capture Magazine.

Gemma - That does a trick with my eyes, what a spin out. Captured beautifully – LOVE IT!

kristen - So awesome. SOOOOO awesome. soooo AWESOME.

todd hunter mcgaw - dude.. you are off the chain !!!