In the #BlueCity, #Jodhpur, a man makes a phone call in the late afternoon sun.  (at http://DavidJoshuaFord.com)

In the #BlueCity, #Jodhpur, a man makes a phone call in the late afternoon sun. (at http://DavidJoshuaFord.com)

Today is my birthday! So I thought I’d do a #tbt to former years of summers spent on the east Australian coast. Some of my most powerful memories, images and associations in the world are to this coastline: its vastness, its rolling wildness, and its spirit that cannot be tamed.

Today is my birthday! So I thought I’d do a #tbt to former years of summers spent on the east Australian coast. Some of my most powerful memories, images and associations in the world are to this coastline: its vastness, its rolling wildness, and its spirit that cannot be tamed.

A #selfportrait on the beach in Bali..mixing ambient light with a strobe. What’s your favorite place in the world to take a #sunset photograph? (at http://DavidJoshuaFord.com/photography)

A #selfportrait on the beach in Bali..mixing ambient light with a strobe. What’s your favorite place in the world to take a #sunset photograph? (at http://DavidJoshuaFord.com/photography)

The #hillstations of #Munar are stunning. Perfectly pruned tea trees form a blanket that wraps around the many valleys and steep embankments.  (at http://DavidJoshuaFord.com/photography)

The #hillstations of #Munar are stunning. Perfectly pruned tea trees form a blanket that wraps around the many valleys and steep embankments. (at http://DavidJoshuaFord.com/photography)

Good tucker is worth getting stuck into, no matter where you live. #Delhi  (at http://DavidJoshuaFord.com)

Good tucker is worth getting stuck into, no matter where you live. #Delhi (at http://DavidJoshuaFord.com)

Motorbiking through #Munar, the weather changes as rapidly as the altitude. Climbing up through the hills and into a cloud bank, we were freezing! We pulled off the road to join an Indian family around the fire they’d built and warmed our fingers. Then we went down the other side of the mountain and into a valley where a little village was preparing for a town meeting. I took this #portrait of one of the organisers loading a speaker into a truck in the broad sunlight…such a different atmosphere than just a couple of minutes earlier.  (at http://DavidJoshuaFord.com)

Motorbiking through #Munar, the weather changes as rapidly as the altitude. Climbing up through the hills and into a cloud bank, we were freezing! We pulled off the road to join an Indian family around the fire they’d built and warmed our fingers. Then we went down the other side of the mountain and into a valley where a little village was preparing for a town meeting. I took this #portrait of one of the organisers loading a speaker into a truck in the broad sunlight…such a different atmosphere than just a couple of minutes earlier. (at http://DavidJoshuaFord.com)

Getting creative with random kids in #Bali… While playing around with a #sunset #selfportrait on a beach using an off-camera flash, a local crowd gathered to watch me. This kid wandered into my frame, so I picked him up to use him as a prop! This photo would be a #silhouette if not for the #flash, so if you’re interested, here’s how you would accomplish a shot like this: 1). Set your camera to manual exposure on a tripod. 2). Adjust the ISO, aperture, and shutter speed to expose for the sunset. My settings here happen to be ISO400, f8, 4sec. 3). Place your flash to the left or right of camera to get more shapely shadows. You’ll need a wireless trigger on your camera. Put your flash in manual mode, and test out how much power output you need to fill the shadows on your subject. 4). I have a wireless shutter remote in my right hand on a 2 sec delay. This allowed me time to pick up the kid before the camera fires. 5). Because the burst of the flash is so instantaneous, we are sharp even though we’re moving. The black shadow beneath me is the trail of my silhouette over the other 4 seconds the shutter was open.

For a more detailed information and to view the final shot, visit my Journal at http://DavidJoshuaFord.com. (at http://DavidJoshuaFord.com/photography)

Getting creative with random kids in #Bali… While playing around with a #sunset #selfportrait on a beach using an off-camera flash, a local crowd gathered to watch me. This kid wandered into my frame, so I picked him up to use him as a prop! This photo would be a #silhouette if not for the #flash, so if you’re interested, here’s how you would accomplish a shot like this: 1). Set your camera to manual exposure on a tripod. 2). Adjust the ISO, aperture, and shutter speed to expose for the sunset. My settings here happen to be ISO400, f8, 4sec. 3). Place your flash to the left or right of camera to get more shapely shadows. You’ll need a wireless trigger on your camera. Put your flash in manual mode, and test out how much power output you need to fill the shadows on your subject. 4). I have a wireless shutter remote in my right hand on a 2 sec delay. This allowed me time to pick up the kid before the camera fires. 5). Because the burst of the flash is so instantaneous, we are sharp even though we’re moving. The black shadow beneath me is the trail of my silhouette over the other 4 seconds the shutter was open.

For a more detailed information and to view the final shot, visit my Journal at http://DavidJoshuaFord.com. (at http://DavidJoshuaFord.com/photography)

Whether you’re living in the riches of NYC or in the poverty of a #Delhi slum like this girl, kids have the same #cheeky attitude the world over: the joy of the human spirit.  (at http://DavidJoshuaFord.com/photography)

Whether you’re living in the riches of NYC or in the poverty of a #Delhi slum like this girl, kids have the same #cheeky attitude the world over: the joy of the human spirit. (at http://DavidJoshuaFord.com/photography)

Rice paddies in #Bali….even the simplest of places can form the most beautiful patterns.  (at http://DavidJoshuaFord.com/photography)

Rice paddies in #Bali….even the simplest of places can form the most beautiful patterns. (at http://DavidJoshuaFord.com/photography)

The Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland. A land of majesty where giants walk, raingods thunder, and locals answer the phone with “Wat da crack?” (at http://DavidJoshuaFord.com/photography)

The Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland. A land of majesty where giants walk, raingods thunder, and locals answer the phone with “Wat da crack?” (at http://DavidJoshuaFord.com/photography)

Leading actress in my #shortfilm Ferdinand The Third, the beautiful @bridielatona, at North Bondi. If you haven’t seen the film, watch it now at http://davidjoshuaford.com.  (at http://DavidJoshuaFord.com)

Leading actress in my #shortfilm Ferdinand The Third, the beautiful @bridielatona, at North Bondi. If you haven’t seen the film, watch it now at http://davidjoshuaford.com. (at http://DavidJoshuaFord.com)

Is one rock bigger than the other? Or is it just a matter of perspective? “There is no view from nowhere”. If you have problems today the size of this rock, try relocating to a different vantage point and survey your life’s landscape from there. These are the Devil’s Marbles in NT, @Australia. #seeaustralia (at DavidJoshuaFord.com)

Is one rock bigger than the other? Or is it just a matter of perspective? “There is no view from nowhere”. If you have problems today the size of this rock, try relocating to a different vantage point and survey your life’s landscape from there. These are the Devil’s Marbles in NT, @Australia. #seeaustralia (at DavidJoshuaFord.com)

SoHo: I love the textures of New York; every neighborhood a different country, every street a unique canvas; new ideas and personalities and groups to mix with; the feeling that at any moment, opportunity could materialize and propel me forward. Of course, alongside the enthusiasm is terrible value rent, subway cars packed until you can’t get on them, construction grinding and rail lines scraping and sirens screaming until you’re ears bleed; the challenge to find a single square foot of tranquility and privacy amid 9 million. Yet I chose to be here, to grow, to experience the best life has to offer, to explore, to play. Photo by @megansnedden  (at http://DavidJoshuaFord.com/photography)

SoHo: I love the textures of New York; every neighborhood a different country, every street a unique canvas; new ideas and personalities and groups to mix with; the feeling that at any moment, opportunity could materialize and propel me forward. Of course, alongside the enthusiasm is terrible value rent, subway cars packed until you can’t get on them, construction grinding and rail lines scraping and sirens screaming until you’re ears bleed; the challenge to find a single square foot of tranquility and privacy amid 9 million. Yet I chose to be here, to grow, to experience the best life has to offer, to explore, to play. Photo by @megansnedden (at http://DavidJoshuaFord.com/photography)

The happiest kid in Durban. While filming a documentary in #SouthAfrica in 2008, I photographed a number of children at a children’s home. This kid’s #supersmile wasn’t an anomaly, but it was the biggest! (at http://DavidJoshuaFord.com/photography)

The happiest kid in Durban. While filming a documentary in #SouthAfrica in 2008, I photographed a number of children at a children’s home. This kid’s #supersmile wasn’t an anomaly, but it was the biggest! (at http://DavidJoshuaFord.com/photography)

PLAY: what are you going to do today for the fun of it? Just for the hell of it? Where’s the #joy in only doing the things you have to do, instead of also doing the things you want to do? In 2010 I took a road trip with a children’s home in #Thailand up to Phrao. Halfway there we pulled over just so they could run around and let off steam. It’s by exploring and playing that we generate new ideas, problem solve laterally, and find fulfilment and meaning in the activities we’re engaged in. What will you do today? (at DavidJoshuaFord.com)

PLAY: what are you going to do today for the fun of it? Just for the hell of it? Where’s the #joy in only doing the things you have to do, instead of also doing the things you want to do? In 2010 I took a road trip with a children’s home in #Thailand up to Phrao. Halfway there we pulled over just so they could run around and let off steam. It’s by exploring and playing that we generate new ideas, problem solve laterally, and find fulfilment and meaning in the activities we’re engaged in. What will you do today? (at DavidJoshuaFord.com)