I hope you’ve all had a great weekend. Have I jumped on the black and white bandwagon with this shot? Certainly not! I see things in colour and in the past have converted the odd photo to black and white when the composition and light was good but the colour wasn’t.
In this case though I always saw this Cottesloe Beach shot in black and white for some reason, perhaps its because of Brett Morgan’s latest photos. Either way I’m glad I saw this one in black and white as it really works. Now should I rock Mark’s boat and do a third post for the day? I think so.
I decided this afternoon to head down to Cottesloe Beach again despite the heavy rain and huge seas slamming into the groyne. I always knew that I was going to get soaked so I just wore an old jumper, shorts and put my camera into an underwater housing. I’m glad I did, here is a shot of me just about to be soaked with the spray of a wave hitting the groyne. It was heaps of fun though the few people who were there looked at me as if I was crazy. Yes I did get soaked form head to toe. To be honest it was pretty uplifting being sprayed by the ocean, like new life was being splashed onto me.
Hope you guys enjoy this photo of Cottesloe Beach.
I recently went out to Wave Rock at Hyden which is about 3.5hrs East of Perth in heart of wheat country. I went out there as I didn’t want to spend another weekend in Perth shooting, the past couple of weekends travelling down obscure country lanes have been really enjoyable so I thought I’d extend my reach yet again.
I always knew that Wave Rock was going to be a tough gig. There aren’t that many great photos of Wave Rock and when you get there you realise why, its short extremely curved and high with a stack of trees in the middle so that you can’t capture it in its entirety. Any way I started checking out compositions and figuring out how I was going to shoot it.
The sun started to set and once the sun had actually set, the orange light on the rock really fired it up. There was unfortunately a really strong wind which as we all know doesn’t help in long exposures.
So what did I learn from the trip? Have a really wide angle lens, this is a must. The best shots are from the right (if you are facing the rock) almost at the end of it , lean right against the rock and go for it, this makes the rock seem more imposing and allows you to capture more of the rock.
Due to the direction of the rock and its curvature it is nearly always in shadow at some point in time so don’t get hung up on the shadow, some part of your photo is always goning to be dark use it creatively.
Would I go back? Probably, but my widest lens is 24mm, next time I’d take a wider lens, I’d even like to try a fisheye out there that would be pretty cool!
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Who is up for a pre Christmas Shoot? I’d certainly like to catch up with you all before the end of the year comes upon us. Is a shoot a good idea or should we all just turn up to a spot with a few beers? I thought we could turn up to somewhere like Kings Park or Fishing Boat Harbour where a number of us could squeeze into with cameras if we so choose. Anyhow I’m open to ideas. If you’re interested let me know. 🙂
Hello Everyone. This is from a shoot that I did a few weeks ago, the more I worked with the photo the more I was convinced that it should be in black and white, I think it turned out really well. This was a really fun night and everything just ticked along like clock work, this was done with just one light as well which made life very easy. Normally we use four lights and are continually adjusting them.
Again having Alina as the model made life easy as she just knows how to work the camera. Anyhow, it was fun and the results were awesome. Enough said!