I’ve been sitting on this photo for months, its really captivated me, mainly because Canning River has been such a huge part of my life growing up. Growing up I certainly always appreciated going down there during the summer months and going swimming at Deepwater Point. I was a Sea Scout at Deepwater point and spent pretty much every weekend of my youth down at Deepwater Point. At 15 I was no longer elible for Scouts so for a year I stopped going there.
Then I discovered rowing and for the next four years I spent pretty much six to seven days a week twice a day on the river before I became a submariner in the Navy. Before I left it was such a rare event to see Dolphins in the river.
When I left the Navy one of the first things I did was rejoin the rowing community. I was amazed at how much cleaner the river was, we saw dolphins at least twice a week whilst out rowing and lots of Pelican’s and Shags feeding on huge schools of fish. It was good to see that efforts to clean up the river were working.
I’ve spent the past few weeks just riding around the river and remembering all the great times I’ve had down there and capturing photos of the area, so stand by for more photos from this area over the coming months.
Have any of you guys tried to capture your childhood history via the photography skills you now have? As photographers we are lucky as we can document our lives as we see it.
I hope you all have a fantastic Australia Day.
I’m back in Perth for New Years Eve. It wasn’t the plan but things change unfortunately. Anyhow I had a fantastic time down south even though it was short. Melissa, Xavier and I were treated to a wonderful afternoon by Mark at True North Ashore. He was an amazing host and all three of us had a great time there. Folks, if you want a romantic weekend in beautiful Eagle Bay with your partner or just want to get away with the family, you can’t go past True North Ashore. It even has a little creek with rocks from the Kimberley running through the middle of the house and the master bedrooms are just amazing. It made it hard for us to go back to our humble little caravan! Thanks for a great afternoon Mark.
This shot is from a shoot that Mark and I did on Tuesday. It was extremely still and humid that day and we decided to head out to Quindalup before heading over to Injidup Beach. It was the weather that landscape photographers just die for. The skies were dark and moody yet the sun was sneaking through and highlighting all the colours in the plants. Just standing back and looking at it all was so cool, its times like these I realise I’m fortunate to be able to take Australian landscapes.
I hope you all have a fantastic and safe New Years eve tonight and that 2010 is a great year for each and everyone of you.
As some of you may or may not know, earlier this year I had the privilege of going down to Esperance with Neal of Spool Photography and Kirk Hille. This was from our second night out at Lucky Bay in Esperance. As there was stacks of seaweed on the beach I thought I would go in search of some water crashing against some really steep rocks. Remember as a landscape and seascape photographer we don’t always get to shoot what we want so rather than waste the sunset or sunrise we have to quickly find something else to shoot.
Well I found a little trail leading off past the big rocks at Lucky Bay and I decided to follow it. It took me 25mins of walking to find some decent rocks and I managed to get a few decent shots. I then commenced the really steep walk home and once I got to the top of the hill I just had to stop for some water. It was from here that I took the shot. I was admiring the rock and just looking over Lucky Bay and relaxing when being a bit slow from all the exercise I finally realised that this would actually make a pretty cool shot. I love this shot its a typical Australian Landscape married with a great seascape shot. You’ve got the red rocks with green bush and the beautiful colours of Lucky Bay below. I couldn’t have asked for much more.
Its amazing how some of our best shots happen when we least expect it. I’m definitely heading down there again next year probably a bit further East this time though as well as a bit more time around the town. Hopefully I can get up to Broome as well and maybe share a beer with Flemming.
Does anyone else have any grand photography trips lined up for next year? Can anyone else share an accidently shot that turned out to be amazing?
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This is another photo that I manged to capture up at Lancelin last weekend. As I said last weekend Lancelin with all its sand dunes is a landscape photographers dream. I was going to head back up this weekend but with the lack of clouds I didn’t think it was a great idea. I think this week I’ll be hitting the Perth beaches again like Trigg and Cottesloe to see what I can up with.
Did anyone get out of Perth this weekend and get some good photos?
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I managed to duck down to Dunsborough and Yallingup this weekend to chill out and capture some photos. I must admit it was a pretty heartbreaking weekend as Friday evening was the only time I really managed to get a few shots. I was totally rained out Saturday morning and Saturday evening and Sunday morning when I woke up I heard the rain just hammering down on the roof so I did what a normal person would do and went back to sleep and woke up at a decent hour! This is probably one of my more favourite seascape photographs I just love the way the heavy cloud is hanging above the water, its so threatening and yes it did rain shortly after the photo. Has everyone else had enough of this rain? It seems this year we’ve had stacks of it but I read today that we are still under average!
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This weekend I’m spending in Perth and hitting some local streams to see what they are like. Does anyone else have anything special lined up?
This is a photo from my first morning in Esperance when I was there in May. Poor Neal had to drink a bottle of Red to help him sleep as Kirk and I apparently aren’t the quietest of sleepers. I don’t know what he meant as I didn’t hear anything! This is one of those sunrises that you just get lost in as you stand there in amazement, you have to remember to keep taking photos. After we’d had a few days of average light in the Stirling Ranges this sunrise was definitely a welcome sight. If you’ve never been to Esperance you should do, its a must for landscape photography, its such a beautiful and diverse place.
We revisited Twilight Cove a number of times over the next few days but nothing matched up to this sunrise, in fact it was probably the best one the whole trip. I remember after catching these photos walking away from the camera for a couple of minutes and just watching it unfold before me, dare I say it was almost a spiritual experience?
Have any of you guys ever grabbed a few photos and then stepped back and enjoyed the view and allowed yourself to be caught up in the moment?
Hope you enjoy the photo and as always comments are appreciated. 🙂
Well it looks like everyone here is writing about Summer and how much they miss it and how close it now is, so I’d thought I’d post another photo of Cottesloe Beach. This is another shot taken in summer, again it was a really warm night and after taking this shot I put my stuff into the car and then jumped into the water myself. Its so relaxing being in the water late evening or night time, one of my favourite times to dive is at night. Anyhow back to the main story, hurry up Summer and bring on some wicked sunsets.
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How shocking has the weather been of late? Its been hard to try and get out and about to get any decent photos in this weather! This photo was taken last summer, it was a beautiful evening, there were lots of people strolling up and down the beach, with quite a number of people also still swimming. Just think only a few more months and we’ll be back to that lifestyle again. Woo Hoo! There is nothing like taking seascape photos on a warm summer’s evening down at the beach.
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What is everyone elses’ favourite time of year to shoot?
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I’ve just returned from a trip down south. I was hoping to capture some awesome stormy, winter landscapes whilst I was down at Dunsborough / Yallingup but I was pretty much rained out all weekend. This was my view from Meelup Beach this morning, at 6 degrees outside there was no way I was going to get wet. Have to give a big hand to the people who were doing a personal training session in the carpark, talk about commitement. All this rain is good for the dams but not photography! Any weekend down there is still a good weekend though, Melissa and I managed to find a few nice spots to have dinner and have a few wines.
Last weekend I was driving around the hills and they were had so much green grass in the pastures it was a fantastic sight to see, get up there soon before the grass starts to die out.
What did everyone else photograph this weekend?
We were lucky enough last Monday to have a beautitful intense deep red sunset, I was unlucky enough to be at home whilst it was unfolding before my eyes! So making the best out of a bad situation I grabbed my camera and headed outside to grab this shot from my backyard and managed to capture the last minute of the sunset before is started to fade. Its no Ansell Adams landscape but I can’t get over the amazing red in this sunset. Did anyone else get to see this sunset? Even if you didn’t see it what do you guys think of it?
When I saw this surfing shot on my computer after my Trigg Beach shoot on Saturday, I thought it was really funny, it really reminded me of that song ‘Walk like an Egyptian” by the Bangles this is exactly the same pose they were in during their music video.
Anyhow, in the past 18mths I’ve been out shooting heaps and have heard heaps of stories from you guys, the most dramatic one being Christian’s story about stalkers , but I’ve never experienced it myself until Saturday. I was quite happy shooting on Trigg Beach when this guy came out of the water with really bloodshot eyes and I reckon high as kite still and started yelling at me asking if I wanted him to catch a real wave. I laughed and said that would help me out heaps, which he found quite funny. He then decided that he was going to be my personal bouncer / photography director and started to yell at people if they got to close to me and yelling at the guys in the surf to ride good waves so that I could get better photos. Needless to say I was totally speechless and beetroot red by this stage. I mumbled that my card was now full and that I really appreciated his help in getting some surf photographs and started to make my way back up to the carpark. He started to follow me and I was thinking “70-200mm you’ve been a great lens to me, here is your chance to go out like a hero if he tries anything in the carpark”. Fortunately someone else distracted him on the way back up to the carpark and he started to yell and bark at him instead.
So with my first ‘weirdo’ experience under my belt hopefully I can now shoot in peace without being disturbed again! Why do they always seem to strike just as you”ve got your best photography lined up?
Have any of you guys had the full stalker experience as yet?
I was lucky enough this weekend to slip away down to Dunsborough for Thursday night, Friday and Saturday and it was absolutely awesome down there. Friday night saw me at Wyadup Rocks capturing some awesome seapscapes, though when I turned around I saw that all the colour in the sky on the otherside of the cape. Typical!!! 🙂 Friday night I went down to Canal Rocks and found some interesting areas that I hadn’t investigaged before and on Saturday morning I snuck down to Bunker Bay and had a blast. The light was fairly subtle all weekend but the conditios wee still pretty good. All in all it was a great couple of days.
This wave photograph was taken down at Injidup, the swell was huge and I mean scary huge and they were just exploding against the rocks, so much so that you could feel the rocks actually shaking. It just makes you remember that the sea is such a powerful force.
What were the conditions like here in Perth? Did anyone get out and about at all?
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I managed to pick a wicked Saturday morning to go shooting down at Bennion Beach! I started off down at Cottesloe Beach and then saw it was high tide so I worked my way up to Trigg Beach and then settled at Bennion Beach. The surf was smashing through and the waves were coming in huge sets. Just before I captured this shot I was lining it up when a freak wave came through and covered me up to my waist, I had to hold the tripod above my head to keep it dry. I certainly felt like I was in an action movie instead of trying to capture a half decent seascape! Unfortunately there was a casualty from the wave soaking (aside from wet tracksuit pants), I lost a saftey thong, fortunately I managed to put my camera into a safe spot and then had to wade back into the water waist deep again to rescue my thong.
I certainly got a lot of weird looks from people when I crawled back up to the carpark soaking wet with camera in hand. Oh well, no pain, no gain. I certainly think the shot was worth it, hopefully you guys do as well.
What is the craziest thing you’ve done to capture a photo?
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About four weeks now I was down south relaxing around the sametime Dylan Fox and Clint Baker were down there. The farmers in the Dunsborough and Margaret River region had been buring off for days and it was really hazy down there. Though it made taking landscape photographs during the day extremely hard, what it did do was provide amazing sunsets that just seemed to hang around for ever. I had been taking a stack of photos of the waves crashing over the rocks at Redgate Beach (which is near Margaret River) and I was walking back to the carpark when I saw this photo opportunity present itself, how could I resist?
Hope you all enjoy the photo!
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This is a shot that I managed to get on a recent trip down to Busselton. The farmers had been burning off the whole time I’d been down there and the smoke was ensuring that the sunsets were staying around for ages (at least 20mins) and were a really deep red. Its a pleasure taking landscapes like this when the sunset hangs around for ever instead of the usual two second sunsets that we get here in Perth, Australia. Normally as any other West Australian landscape photographer will tell you, we get about 5 maybe 10mins max to capture a sunset so if you ever see someone tearing up and down a beach clambering over sand dunes and rocks and doing crazy things chances are its one of us taking photos.
I know that Dylan Fox and Clint Baker were down there at the same time and I’m sure we’ll be seeing some more awesome photos from those guys shortly. I think with light like I had down at Busselton / Dunsborough / Margaret River during that week Clint’s Curse is finally broken. 🙂
So has anyone else been caputring any good photos? They don’t even have to be landscapes.
Anyone want to place a bet on how long Clint gets to stay in Greece before we see in the Greek news “Australian Landscape Photographer deported for bad light” lol.
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Today is bonus day, two posts in one day! This photo was taken my first morning in Esperance, what an amazing sight to wake up to. As landscape photographers we spend so much time up early in the mornings and out late at night chasing the elusive landscape photograph often only to have nature spoil our plans, so its a great feeling when you arrive on location and see something like this unfold before you. This was taken next to Twilight Cove in Esperance.
Did anyone get any good photos whilst we were away? What was the light like in Perth?
Well my 16 day photography trip is finally here (well it will be in the morning) and I’m damn excited! My first 10 days will be spent with Neal and Kirk travelling down the Great Southern part of the state and the Stirling Ranges getting all sort of landscape photographs. The second part of my trip will be six days down at Dunsborough taking photos of the area and keeping the place warm and photographyically loved while Christian is away. 🙂
Neal, Kirk and I are mainly focusing on Esperance and the Stirling Ranges but we have 10 days to drift where ever we want. Woo Hoo.
Now for the above photo it was taken at Redgate Beach in Margaret River and its another favourite landscape photograph of mine. Again when taking this it was in between showers just like the last Redgate Beach photo. Hope you like it.
Anyhow, I’ll be keeping you all updated as to where we are during the trip so stay tuned.
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Okay I admit this is just a shameless plug to get my twenty thousandth visitor to the site, but hopefully it will work. 😉 Its a number many around here have passed but starting out 12mths ago its a number I personally thought I’d never reach. Its a great feeling to be almost there. My next blog post is definitely going to be back to basics and a landscape photo at that, I just love photography so much that I thought whilst there is no great light or clouds around I might as well capture the great talent out there surfing. (Check out Aquabumps for some really cool surf photos of Bondi or Clark Little for some great wave photography in Hawaii)
Its an exciting week for me as I am about to embark on a 10 day landscape photographic safari with two of WA’s most talented landscape photographers Kirk Hille and Spool Photography and slowly but surely I’ve been packing all my stuff. Its awesome to think that in just over a weeks time we’ll be off into the sunset (hopefully a good one) touring throughout the Great Southern area of the state. Roll on next Friday!
Anyhow who will be the 20 000th visitor? Who ever it is thank you for getting me there.
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This morning I headed out to Trigg Beach to get some more surf photos, however this time rather than focusing on the surfers themselves I was more interested in some experiments with capturing the surf. Perth isn’t known for its great surf but for this one I got down low to make the surf appear larger than it was and I was pretty happy with the result. I also got the privilege of meeting Charlene from November Images thanks for coming along Charlene I’m guessing its not the last time you’ll head down to the beach and shoot surfers now. I did notice though she was taking lots of close ups of the guys instead of the waves though!
I managed to catch up with Neal from Spool Photography last night at Hillary’s Boat Harbour and we watched an awesome sunset unfold before us.
Did anyone else capture the sunset last night?
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Well Saturday saw me heading down to Trigg Beach to capture some more surfing shots as I knew the surf was up but also knew there was no landscape action happening here in Perth that morning. I got down there early and it was already very crowded at the point and I’m not surprised though as there was a decent and consistent swell coming through so I managed to snap quite a few good surf photos for the short time that I was there. There were some mini barrels happening at Trigg which was cool to see, even cooler was that a few people managed to sneak into some of them.
Has anyone else here tried Surf or Wave photography?
Its stacks of fun sitting on the beach watching the surfers, surf and seeing all the activity on the beach. Not sure that I could do it for hours on end, day in and day out though.
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Well as most of you know Neal from Spool Photography and I went down south and managed to capture some absolutely magnificient light. However, on Sunday I decided I wanted to simplify things and experiment and to try take a shot that required no Photoshoping what so ever. I wanted saturated colours, slightly blurred water movement, not a great deal and yet still have a sharp image. I think I came pretty close. I had to do some creative cropping but that is it.
So how did I do it? Firstly, I utilised a Hoya 5 stop ND filter to ‘slow’ things down in other words to allow me to leave the shutter for longer, I figured that would blur my water movement and alllow the colours to really soak in. Then I put on a polarising filter to take some of the glare away from the subject. In reality this would allowed me to have the shutter open even longer.
You can buy filters from Singh Ray that do the same thing now but as I said I was just tinkering / experimenting. I think I got pretty close to my objective, which was to produce a decent shot in camera that required almost no Photoshopping.
I notice that a lot of other people are trying to simplify their photography. What are some of the steps that you are taking to simplify your photography. I’m guessing Lightroom will be mentioned heaps.
As there was only one bikini shot request I’m afraid I’ll have to archive the photo. 🙂
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Recently I was fortunate enough to take a trip to Mars errrr or was that Lancelin? I think the effect was the same. This was shot on the same day that Neal, Kirk and I went up to Lancelin and went crazy and shot all the sand dunes. The thing I remember the most about the trip was getting excited about all the sand dune effects but getting really stressed out at all the sand getting into my gear and car. I think when shooting on the sand dunes a polariser is almost an absolute must to take the glare off the sand and look for lots of dark shadows as they can create some crazy patterns. I also learnt as I went up the following week that if there is heavy cloud cover don’t even bother shooting the sand dunes as you get very little contrast because there are very few shadows. Also you need a good plastic bag to cover your gear whilst you aren’t shooting so sand doesn’t ruin your gear. I’d love to get out to the sand dunes near Eucla and try my hand at them, I know Beau took some pretty cool shots out that way.
Has anyone else got any cool sand dune shooting tips at all?
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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Now days I believe that we all have a spiritual ‘Anchor’ on this earth. Flemming’s is Hawke Dreaming, Neal loves the High Sierra and Lake Tahoe. Well mine is Injidup Pt / Wyadup Rock. I have always been fascinated with it and always felt extremely cleansed when I go there. I have seen whales and their calves there and schools of dolphins swimming through there, not to mention its a great surf spot. My favourite photos of Christian’s are nearly always of Wyadup Pt because I feel such a strong connection to that place.
Well now I have a second place one, that isn’t as far. Its just magic, for the past two weekends I have just sat up on this hill taken a few photos and then just put the camera away and allowed myself to be aborbed in the moment. I’ve felt the last rays of the sun fall on my face, the wind gentley blowing through my hair and the night slowly embracing and soothing me. Okay, okay I know that sounds very hippyish (nothing wrong with hippies) but I’ve really felt clean and soothed when coming away from this place and that is a great feeling.
Does anyone else have a place like this that they like to head out to and just get ‘lost in the moment’?
Anyhow I’m off to Wave Rock tomorrow afternoon for an evening shoot, a star trail shoot and then a morning shoot and then I’m returning on Saturday morning. Wish me luck, apparently its a difficult spot to shoot.
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