Archive for July, 2010

Wicked Wednesdays: FREE High-Resolution Sydney Street Textures


28 Jul

Welcome to another enthralling installment of Wicked Wednesdays, here at HoskingIndustries.com.au! After a recent trip to the city (see more photos HERE), we were able to secure a raft of excellent new FREE high-resolution texture images for you all within the Sydney CBD.

You’ll find six very high-resolution textures taken from the streets of the city, including drain grates, stainless non-slip knob thingies and plenty more. We’re sure to have enough left over to bring you another set or two down the track, too!

As usual, all our texture images are FREE for personal and commercial use. However, we do not allow the resale, repackaging or redistribution of our textures by other parties. So don’t go passing them off as your own, compiling them into new collections or other cheeky stuff like that!

Click on the thumbnails for the high-res experience:
Sydney CBD Texture Sydney CBD Texture Sydney CBD Texture Sydney CBD Texture Sydney CBD Texture Sydney CBD Textures

Image Gallery: 127 Images from MotorEx 2010 in Sydney


26 Jul

MotorEx 2010 in SydneyMotorEx has long been one of the biggest and most impressive indoor car shows in Australia. Sadly though, the shine had worn off the event in recent years due in part to the influence of both the former owner and the hotrod club that controlled much of what went on and how the event was laid out. Thankfully that all changed last year when MotorActive bought the show – lock, stock and barrel.

MotorActive is owned by Bruce Morrison and distributes a number of high profile product lines in Australia; including Meguiar’s, House of Kolor automotive finishes and Liqui-Moly. For years, Meguiar’s had been naming-rights sponsors of the MotorEx. So it made sense that MotorActive should take it on. With Owen Webb – one of the country’s top elite show car judges – taking the reins of the show, it returned this year with a renewed vigour and vitality that it’d been long lacking.

Walking into the expansive dome, the quality of the vehicles – as well as the quantity – was immediately apparent. For a few years past, most of the main action took place only in the front of the venue, with the rear halls consisting pretty boring car club displays of restored and classic cars. While there was always a smattering of modified cars ‘out back’, the quality drop was like falling off a cliff as you walked out of the main dome area. Not so in 2010!

This year, the quality from the front to the back of the full-sized venue was excellent with all makes and models well represented. Whether you were into the rods, muscle cars, late-model muscle, bikes and choppers or high-tech Jap’ stuff – MotorEx had you covered with some of the best examples in the country on display.

Owen Webb did an amazing job of pulling all the cars to the event and being the show’s big anniversary, organised for all past winners of the show to come back and compete against one another again. It was truly a spectacle to behold and the punters lapped it up.

So, without any more rambling; check out our 127-image gallery from MotorEx 2010. All images are 1000-pixels wide and you can click on the thumbnails to see some of our favourites at full size – or CLICK HERE to visit the full gallery.

MotorEx 2010 in Sydney MotorEx in Sydney 2010
MotorEx 2010 in Sydney MotorEx 2010 in Sydney
MotorEx 2010 in Sydney MotorEx 2010 in Sydney
View the entire MotorEx 2010 Image Gallery

Wicked Wednesdays: FREE High-Resolution Organic Food Textures


21 Jul

We’ve got something a little more unique for you on this fine, cold Wicked Wednesday – organic food textures! All the food images presented here are of fresh, very tasty organic food items, mainly salad (vegan) foods. They were shot while visiting family for lunch over the weekend.

The set includes such gems as walnuts, mixed salad, cutlery, beans and the cool brain-looking thing I can’t remember the name of. Either way, as usual, all our texture images are FREE for personal and commercial use. We do not permit the resale, redistribution or repackaging of them, though. So just don’t do it!

Click the thumbnails for the high-resolution experience:
     

Wicked Wednesdays: FREE High-Resolution Urban Textures 2


14 Jul

It’s been a while since we brought you the last batch of high-resolution urban texture images and we had plenty more excellent ones building up. So, here’s Urban Collection #2!

A collection of six high-resolution texture images of urban surfaces, like concrete, weather board walls, Armco guard railing, sidewalk plastic knobly things and a distressed timber wall surface. They’re all there, they’re all FREE for personal and commercial use and they’re all for you.

One thing we must insist on is that you don’t resell, redistribute or repackage our textures on another site, or other form of medium. Our hired goons will be onto you if you do!

Click the thumbnails for the high-res experience (you can also CLICK HERE to view the gallery):
     

CD Review: John 5 – ‘The Art of Malice’ for Lifemusicmedia.com


13 Jul

Lifemusicmedia.com have just published my review of John 5’s latest album, ‘The Art of Malice’. An instrumental album, the former Marilyn Manson and current Rob Zombie guitarist adds his own distinct flavour to the art of shred. Read the excerpt of the review and CLICK HERE or on the album cover to read the full review on Lifemusicmedia.com:

‘The Art of Malice’ is a dynamic record that peaks and troughs well throughout its 12 tracks. Just as you get comfy immersing yourself within the drama of slower tracks like ‘Can I live Again’ and the tension of ‘Fractured Mirror’, you’re beaten over the head by thrashy outbursts and millions of notes in tracks like ‘Portrayed as Unremorseful’…

CLICK HERE to read the full review.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ix4kpCElgVk

CD Review: Steve Vai – Where the Other Wild Things Are


13 Jul

Lifemusicmedia.com have just published my review of Steve Vai’s latest live album, ‘Where the Other Wild Things Are’ – recorded during his ‘Sound Theories’ tour in 2009, with this performance taking place at the State Theatre in Minneapolis. Read the excerpt below and CLICK HERE to read the entire review or click the album cover:

…As usual, the performances are perfect – Vai’s choice of backing musician is always spot on. The set list was well paced; including classics like ‘The Audience is Listening’, ‘Liberty’ and ‘For the Love of God’ from his groundbreaking 1990 album ‘Passion and Warfare’. But for the most part, it all just feels a little dead…

CLICK HERE to read the full review.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mDZuNM3HmU4

FREE Wallpaper: Ibanez RGA121 Prestige Electric Guitar


11 Jul

I’ve been messing about with my new flash head a lot lately, shooting almost everything around the house from different angles and pointing the flash in different directions. Today I took a few shots of a couple of my guitars hanging up in my office.

You guys are the lucky ones, as I liked a few of the shots and turned one into a desktop wallpaper image that you can download for FREE! Just CLICK HERE or on the thumbnail image and you’ll be treated to a 1280×1024 wallpaper.

Just don’t go reselling, repackaging or redistributing the image. We break thumbs… seriously!

A Look Inside: My Office


10 Jul

Ben Hosking's Office Ben Hosking's Office

I was messing around with my flash last night, taking some photos around the house after spending the day painting a couple of rooms. I shot this image of my home office with my Canon 7D and 10-22mm super wide-angle lens. There’s about five different shots in here to get the lighting how I wanted it; all melded together in Photoshop.

The guitars pictured are Ibanez RGA121 Prestige, Ibanez MMM1, Ibanez TC420 Talman and ESP LTD V500. The amplifier is a highly modded Crate Vintage Club VC50212 tube model.

This is where I spend most of my day writing, designing or working pics. The desk faces a large window that unfortunately faces a high Colorbond fence. We’ve plented a bunch of Murraya hedge plants outside the window that should grow to cover the fence and look much nicer.

Click the image to see the full size version.

Memory Man


10 Jul

A shot from my first gig shooting live music, taken at the Oxford Art Factory in Sydney. Hadn’t shot any live music in about 10 years and back then it was all on 1600iso film; not digital.

Three Australian bands were playing: Kids of 88 and Howl, with Cassette Kids headlining.

Not my kind of music, but all three bands put on a pretty good show and gave me plenty of action to shoot.