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Murder in Mexico

I was lucky enough to shoot a few portraits for Stab magazine a few weeks ago. The portraits were of Josie and Lirio, girlfriend and mate of Dean Lucas, one of the Australian surfers, tragically murdered in Mexico last year. We got to spend the afternoon with Josie and Lirio, as they hung out, going over stories of friendship, love and adventure and most importantly sharing time with Dean.

As the conversation rolled, the common bond between Josie and Lirio was undeniable and it was great to see them share laughter over some of the crazy stories they shared.

The story has gone live over on Stab Mag's website, check it out here.

Sydney, Hyde Park, stab, surfing, mexico, dean lucas,

Sydney, Hyde Park, Dean Lucas, Mexico, Photography, Surfing, Danny Armstrong,

Arvo light with Jed

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I got to shoot a couple of portraits for a story on violence Jed Smith wrote on the weekend. It's up live on news.com.au and you can find it here.  Jed is always on the pulse, hunting for engaging stories to write about and ruffle feathers or provoke interest. His almost gonzo journalism is a breath of fresh air and always an exciting read when something pops up with his name attached to it.

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He runs a podcast with Vaughn Dead of the Goons of Doom called Ain't That Swell and throws up some classic surf coverage vids with friend Kirk Docker via The Pipeline.

Be sure to check them out. Happy Monday!

North sure thing

Second day on the North Shore today. I could probably fill a small swimming pool with the amount of pterygiums I saw on eyes stretching from Waimea to Sunset. There sure are plenty of sea-dogs in this town, washed up or not, they live in a great place. We got up early to check pipe, where they were running trials for the Volcom Pro. We watched a couple of heats with some Acai bowls in hand (pure sugar health food) and then continued on the bikes to check out some more sights.

Sunset lived up to expectations, in terms of scenery and tourists, with waves that were probably about 30-40 stacked fedoras high. Around the corner is V-Land where we got to throw some ultra foggy speedo goggles on and swim with turtles in the flats.

As all scottish/irish descendants do, we retreated to the shade mid afternoon for some R&R and soaked up some of the relaxing landscape, watching another day fold it's way in to the memory bank.

I was shattered to rock up to Keiki and see it unswimmable because of sharp rock.

Kel at Crispy Grinz stocking up on a sugar filled bowl of Acai.

Jamie 0's house, Pipeline.

Sunset/V-Land surf check

Rock Piles was pumping with noone out most of the day.

Pupakea garage

My turtle photos suck ass, but swimming with them was so rad.

Waves blowing up Shark Cove

Bottom turning at Off The Wall.

Off the wall sunset

My 5 favourite VSCO images from 2015

I use VSCO on my phone, just for a bit of fun and to relieve boredom in waiting rooms, on transport etc. The ease of editing photos on your mobile makes everyone a photographer (see instagram). Nevertheless it's a pretty rad app and comes up with some cool results at your fingertips. Here are my 5 favourite images from my VSCO library in 2015, uploaded from my phone, most probably in low-res. ant, mound, danny armstrong photography, australia, desert

surf, photo, danny armstrong photography, bw

tasmania, explore, binalong bay, bay of fires

 

Kelly, Hot Springs, Darwin, NT, Explore, Danny Armstrong Photogrphy,

Muslim, Mosque, Sydney, Religion, White Coats, Danny Armstrong photography

 

December scans

I hope everyone had a great new year! I certainly did. Very chilled for once and it was great fun heading up to explore Shoal Bay for the first time. Anyway, last month I got some scans back from Hillvale Photo in Melbourne. It was the first time I'd used the service which was pretty handy if you are after a no frills development service with plenty of time up your sleeve.

I haven't received notification of where my negatives are, although I did receive the digital scans in a dropbox link. The scans were pretty bad and contained a lot of noise, especially on the Black and White Portra 400 film. I'm not sure if it's from the user or developer end because I haven't seen the physical negs, but I might choose to go somewhere else next time.

All of the photos uploaded in my film contain no post processing from my end, to keep the original in tact. I'm not sure what spec Hillvale are running, but the contrast and gamma differs on nearly every shot. Once I get the negs back, I will get them under a lightbox and properly scan them. Here are the best of the bunch of the Black and White roll:

Cadillac, car, kodak, BW, 35mm

Cadillac, car, kodak, BW, 35mm

Rain, Sydney, Weather, ricoh, kodak, BW

Birds, ubran, smoko, sydney, city

Family, Waves, Surf, Bondi Beach.

Rainbow, Surry Hills, Concrete, Urban, Exploring.

Rainbow, Surry Hills, Concrete, Urban, Exploring.

Alvy, newborn, child, parents, ricoh, high grain, kodak

Surf Doggin'

It's been a while since I've used my housing and even a longer time since I've used it in any fun kind of waves. Since moving to Sydney, surfing has definitely taken a back seat. Living in the most crowded city in Australia, it's always better for the mindset to find a nice area and go for a little dip to clear your head and leave the thousands of battlers and frustrated surfers to fight it out for a sub-par wave in the area.

In saying that, when there is a really good swell, I'm generally off on the road chasing a swell. Here are a few shots that have been laying around collecting dust.

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Shark, Island, Surfing, Waves,

Surfing, Wave, NSW, Purple, Foam