Easter 2024

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As we pass through 2024, and human society continues recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic, we continue to wage war on each other—both literally and metaphorically. In eastern Europe and western Asia, amongst other places, people continue to kill and destroy. Even in regions that are ostensibly at peace, crimes and injustices continue at various levels.… Continue reading Easter 2024

March 2024 action

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First Tae Kwon Do Cockburn Branch instructors and black belts, March 2024, Perth

First Tae Kwon Do Western Australia held its autumn grading recently under the head of the school— Master Vernon Low, from Adelaide. I was again shooting with my Nikon D700 and Nikkor AF-S 70–200 mm f/2.8 lens, giving me a reasonable amount of telephoto reach and typically excellent background blur in the out-of-focus areas. Students… Continue reading March 2024 action

October to December 2023 action

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First Tae Kwon Do flying side kick, December 2023, Perth

The last quarter of training in 2023 has been a busy one for First Tae Kwon Do Western Australia’s members. Several senior belts at the highest coloured belt rank (1st Kup; brown belt with black tip) underwent preliminary testing for black belt status in October. As normal, most candidates did not make it through. From… Continue reading October to December 2023 action

July to September 2023 action

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First Tae Kwon Do pattern, September 2023, Perth

After many years of shooting almost exclusively with an 85 mm prime lens, I picked up my 70–200 mm telephoto zoom lens again, so visual perspective may look different in these photographs. (I will include some technical observations at the end of this post.) First Tae Kwon Do students have continued training through the winter,… Continue reading July to September 2023 action

June 2023 action

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First Tae Kwon Do two-on-one free sparring, June 2023, Perth

First Tae Kwon Do Western Australia held its winter grading examination recently. Master Vernon Low and Chief Instructor John O’Brien flew to Perth from Adelaide, joining Chief Instructor (WA) Dane Meade and the WA instructors and black belt members in this major event. FTKD WA students attended as candidates to be tested for promotion in… Continue reading June 2023 action

March 2023 action

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First Tae Kwon Do Master Vernon Low, Chief Instructors, and newly promoted instructors, March 2023, Perth

First Tae Kwon Do Western Australia held its first grading examination of 2023 recently. Apart from the many coloured belt students who earned promotions in rank, several instructors were promoted through the higher Dan ranks (2nd Dan and above). To start off today’s photographs, we have some girls demonstrating excellent side kick and front snap… Continue reading March 2023 action

Digital Photography Review is closing down

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Key photographic website Digital Photography Review (DPReview) is closing down on 10 April 2023. It appears that parent company Amazon has decided it is not worth keeping that website running. Amongst the websites that I used to follow closely when I started digital photography, and which were not solo photographers’ website, I think this leaves… Continue reading Digital Photography Review is closing down

December 2022 to February 2023 action

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First Tae Kwon Do back kick, February 2023, Perth

Time is a limited resource for many people in the present economic climate, but First Tae Kwon Do Western Australia members have continued training hard through the summer. After many years of training, our newest adult black belt member achieved his 1st Dan ranking at the December 2022 grading examination under Master Vernon Low. The… Continue reading December 2022 to February 2023 action