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  • February28th


    I.Scales of South Australia who guessed correctly that Dave was at Bryce Canyon in Utah, USA. The fantastic Bumblebee Ultra-Light backpack from Kata Bags is on it’s way to the lucky winner as we speak. A huge thanks goes out to Kata for supplying the prize – you can check out more of their products here, there’ll be another chance to win one of these great backpacks in the next Issue of Self Indulged which will be out on the 1st of April, yes it’s a month later but it’ll be worth the wait, I promise! Over the coming weeks I’ll be posting our planned route through China, we leave on the 20th of May and will be taking Self Indulged with us. Lets hope there’s somewhere out there to ‘upload!’

    If you want something to read in the meantime check out my guest post at Got Saga, ‘5 places I would take a visitor to my home town of Perth’. One of the 5 just had to be Rotto….check out my other four picks HERE.

  • February7th


    There are some exciting things going on at the moment and this is just one of them. I’ve been asked along as a guest speaker at the very first ‘Photography in the Valley’ workshop in March, organised by Gitte Eyres and Karen Castle.

    I’ll be joined by another guest speaker, Karin Calvert who is an editorial photographer for The Sunday Times with a wealth of experience and an awesome portfolio.  This is going to be a fantastic weekend workshop held at the picturesque Chittering Valley Retreat for beginners and lovers of photography.  The aim is to inspire, inform and motivate in a laid back setting and to develop your passion for photography further.

    Click HERE for more information, numbers are limited so book early!

  • February1st

    Seamans Hut_Sandra Herd1

    It’s been a while between posts and, even though I haven’t put in an appearance here, I have been busy working on a million projects…honest!

    After spending a fantastic Australia Day aboard the True North I was keen to try out some of the sharpening techniques that Nick Rains discussed and, with all of the storms that are flying around Australia at the moment, I thought this image was fitting. (Pleased with the result on the hi-res file…it’s hard to see the effects with this squished up jpeg!)

    It was taken last year on our hike up Mt Kosciusko, the very top of Australia. There was a storm rolling in, we were kitted out in our warm waterproof jackets and hiking boots and I grabbed this shot on the way up. On the way back down we could barely even see the hut, never mind photograph it so, like many others before us we took refuge inside Seaman’s Hut until the worst of it had passed over.  We sat inside munching beef jerky and yearning for a hot cuppa. There’s a visitors book inside full of messages from other hikers who have made the trek from Charlottes Pass, some caught in snow storms, some spending the night so that they can be at the peak for the first dawn of a new year and some just looking to take a 5 minute break from the 18km round-trip.

    It was built in 1928 as a sanctuary for travellers after Laurie Seaman and Evan Hayes died on the mountain in 1928. They were skiing on the mountain and were caught in a blizzard and probably didn’t stand a chance. The hut was built by Seaman’s family as a shelter to help prevent further deaths on the mountain.  Although we were in no danger that day it was still a very welcome sanctuary for our weary, wet bodies!

  • January19th

    Actually we didn’t see any horses, but we did see lions, rhinos and rangas!

    My 1 day beginners photography course was held at Perth Zoo on the weekend and it was heaps of fun. Lots of ‘catch-lights’ being caught, eyes in focus and great exposures being made.  Thanks to the participants for being so enthusiastic, especially as it was so HOT on the Sunday.  New dates will be announced before the end of this week. Classes are small and relaxed (relaxed as long as you don’t mind sharing the room with a boa constrictor…he spent all day fast asleep in his glass enclosure, obviously he already knows how to take great ssssnapssss!) so if you’ve been thinking about learning how to use your new DSLR but haven’t yet got around to it…2011 is the year to learn.  New dates will be posted HERE on Friday.  Hope to see you there :-)

    P.S. Will also have another exciting beginners workshop to tell you about soon so stay tuned!

  • January5th

    Southbound_Shots International

     Kitty Daisy and Lewis_sandra Herd1

    2011 kicked off with the first festival of the year, Southbound!

    Dave and I headed down to Busselton for New Years Eve and saw the new year in dressed as pirates at the Esplanade hotel. (The less said about that, the better!)

    Next morning we strapped our gear to a fridge trolley and headed across a paddock full of cow patties for 3 days of camping at Southbound music festival.  I was shooting for Virtual Festivals and spent 3 days in the HOT HOT HEAT, clinging to any shade I could find and chugging down gallons of luke warm water (drinks got hot real quick too – except for the beer, drank that fast before it heated up!).  On the second day we got chatting to some guy who asked how old we were…when we told him he said “God you don’t look that old! It’s nice that you still get to come to things like this!!” I told him I was shooting the festival which then seemed to make sense to him, god forbid I’d be there just to have some fun….next time I’ll pack my zimmerframe!

    Had a great time although next year I think I’ll give the camping a miss and head for a lush hotel with a pool instead.

    Peaches was WEIRD, The Jezebels rocked as did good old Living End, Public Enemy kept the public waiting for over half an hour – Flava Flav’s clock had obviously stopped but they did get the crowd pumping when they finally took to the stage. Ash Grunwald was a pleasant surprise and The Cuban Brothers were hilarious, a great choice as last act on the last night.

    I’ll be posting some band shots later in the week…still recovering from the sleep deprivation. Us ‘old people’ need our sleep.

    Hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas with a fabulous 2011 to come!!

    PS. Come to think of it, out of all the bands we saw Paul Kelly was kind of a highlight for me. Uh-oh, maybe I am getting old afterall.

  • December2nd

     Nepal Cover

    POP!! That’s the sound of a champagne cork popping (actually it’s not because it’s 6.30 in the morning) but it will be tonight!

    Since it’s launch on the 1st of September 2010, the first issue has been viewed by over 30,000 readers. That’s not just hits, that’s people physically turning the pages (well virtually turning them…you know what I mean!)

    So I’d just like to say a huge THANKS to everyone who has flipped through and I hope you’ll enjoy this second Issue just as much.  It’s much more ‘interactive’ and the pages contain links which I thought might interest some of you.  There’s also a chance to win a fabbo Kata backpack if you know ‘where Dave is’.

    So grab a cuppa, take a load off and sit in front of the computer for just that little bit longer.

  • November17th

    Welcome to the new look Self Indulged website and blog!  There may be a few issues that I need to tweak my way through but I was so excited I wanted to see it LIVE :-)

    Lots of exciting things happening……and Issue 2 of Self Indulged out SOON.

  • October26th

    Tiny Central Station_Sandra Herd

    I’m a huge fan of this sort of tiny town perspective – I blame my parents for taking me to all of those model villages when I was a kid growing up in the UK. Sadly, I got excited when I discovered that there was a miniature village ‘Cockington Green’ in Canberra. I love the work of Keith Loutit who combines this look with timelapse to produce some wonderful footage. On the weekend I ‘found’ this image of Grand Central Station which I took while I was in New York a while ago and it was just crying out to be transformed into a ‘Tiny Terminal’.

  • October6th

    Quinns Rock Sandra Herd

    When I first looked at this image in lightroom I thought I must’ve knocked the tripod while I was shooting because it looked like a double exposure on the rocks at the back….on closer inspection it was the sea spray from the wave that was making it look this way.  After getting back from Bali it’s really made me appreciate just how beautiful (and thankfully mostly rubbish free) our Perth beaches are. The beaches I saw in Nusa Dua were particularly disappointing, covered in rubbish left by the tide each day.  Very glad to come home to this…Definitely the lucky country.

  • October5th


    Self Indulged was featured on Wangle today. It’s a great site and really flies the flag for all things West Australian.

    Thanks Wangle!

    Check it out HERE

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