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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On Sunday I had such an awesome day that I wanted to share it with you all. I was asked to record a visit of a VIP touring some company facilities in the North West of Western Australia and of course I jumped at the chance, it was a change from doing landscapes and I absolutely love helicopters (I had always wanted to be a helicopter pilot) and don’t need to be asked twice to hop into one espcecially when its a Kawasaki BK117, they would have to be one of the best helicopters around. At least they are my favourite.
The morning started at 0400 for me as I had to be at the airport by 0530 in the morning. I was fortunate enough to be invited into the Qantas Chairman’s Lounge where we all had a quick bite to eat and some coffee to kick start the day. We took off from Perth at 0630 and arrived in Karratha at 0830, early morning Karratha was warmer than Perth in the middle of the day at the moment!!! After a quick helicopter briefing we hopped into the Kawasaki BK117 and took off, once in the air we did a number of circuits around Karratha and Dampier where I managed to get some aerial photographs. If you look closely you can see two mini drilling rigs just sitting there.
We then headed off to some offshore installations and the VIP got a tour of the facilities. We then headed back inland, which took 30mins of flying time across the water and coast, the best thing about a pilot’s job is the view from their office! We reached our location and landed in the middle of a paddock and then did an inspection of another facility. At this stage it was time to say goodbye to the BK117 as the rest of the trip was via road.
Once the facility inspection was complete we headed back up to Karratha to experience the highlight of the day. We were going to be taken on a tour through Deep Gorge in Karratha to see some Indigenous paintings and the tour leaders were very senior Indigenous people in the area. We walked into the gorge and after our eyes were used to spotting the paintings we saw at least a hundred paintings, it was amazing. We were told the meaning to some of the paintings as well as shown grinding stones and other interesting artifacts.
It was a trully rewarding experience to spend time with the guys and at the end of our visit the senior law man sang us two songs which they sang to the Kangaroo and Emu. After that it was back to the airport, and after a 30min wait we hopped onto the plane. I ended up getting home at 8pm and headed straight to bed. What an awesome day!
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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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So could I sell this photo to the corporate motivational world? I headed out to a place about 5mins from me that has stacks of grasstrees and after realising I probably got there a little too late in the date, I managed to spot this little one still glowing from the afternoon sun so I thought why not give it a try. I’m really pleased with this as its the only grasstree in amongst all the other trees. I will be going back here in the very near future as there are some aboslutely awesome groups of grasstrees.
Because I haven’t worked out how to put tabs across the top of my page I’ve posted a happy snap pic here its just a fun shot.
Did everyone have a great weekend?
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I’m trying to decide which version I like better and I can’t really make up my mind, so I thought I’d leave it to the masses to help me out. Which one should I use? So why the tittle ‘Distant Memories’? Well the house in the photo is an abandoned house which is starting to decay. I am absolutely obsessed with history and historical things so I had to get a photo of it. I feel drawn to these houses (or other things like disused mines etc…)because it often causes me to stop and think that very real people lived in these places, often in extremely harse conditions. They had hopes and dreams and worked hard to try and achieve them. What happened to them? Did they prosper and move on? Did they try so hard until they had to give up?
So that explains why I took a photo of the ruined house, now back to the original question. Which version do you prefer?
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I just love this shot, its so uniquely Australian, the red dirt, the grasstress everywhere and the vast distance could only mean that this photo was taken in Australia. I felt a bit like Peter Lik in his helicopter when I was taking this shot, I was driving along at 110kmh and I just slammed on the brakes, hopped out of the car, ran across the road and started to shoot away! I’m sure he would’ve been proud of me. Has anyone been out and about and caught some of those amazing sunsets lately?
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This is another shot from my day at Lancelin. You just couldn’t go up there and take a bad shot, I’m sure its almost impossible. Going to Lancelin was such a welcome change from our unfortunately lack lustre photographic opportunities in Perth this summer. The only reason why I left was because I was getting tired otherwise I could’ve shot there all night. Guys and ladies, you just have to get up there and have a go. Lancelin definitely rocks!!!!
On another note don’t forget that Christian Fletcher’s exhibition is coming up soon. Make sure you turn up to support an extremely talented West Australian Landscape Photographer.
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Yesterday I spent an awesome day up at Lancelin with both Kirk and Neal. We hit Lancelin at around 5pm and we just knew that we were going to have an awesome photography session. After stopping off at the servo for some fuel and food supplies we took a quick look at the beach and then headed off into the sand dunes. It didn’t take us too long to work out that if we were going to get out of the car we had to point it into the wind first, otherwise the car would just fill up with sand. It took me two hours to get all the sand out today!!! 🙂
Our biggest issue was that we had to watch out for other vehicles particularly motorbikes, and then secondly there were just so many dunes to photograph we didn’t know where to start, rest assured we tried to photograph every single one of them. We didn’t leave until 10pm and we got to Neal’s at 11pm where he unselfishly gave me his only beer in the house, after being in the sand dunes all day that beer tasted so good.
I hope you enjoy this photo, I’ve got a stack more sand dune shots to come and I’m sure both Neal and Kirk do as well.
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Welcome to 2009, I hope its a great photography year for everyone. I’m really amped up to take lots of photos this year and to produce some great quality work. This photo was taken down south over the past few weeks, the light down there was terrible so I decided to do some night work instead. I drove out to these grasstrees at 11pm and I must admit everytime a grass leaf would move or a tree would rustle I felt like jumping straight back into the car. After about an hour I heard some weird noises coming from the bush so I decided to hop in the car and call it a night.
I was really pleased with this shot and night photography has really grabbed my attention for the time being. Has anyone else been considering night photography during summer whilst there are no clouds?
This was the first sunset that I saw on my Canning Stock Route trip. We’d travelled 13hrs to get here and it was like an oasis in the outback. I was so excited when I saw this and rushed down to the water to take it, I didn’t even worry about setting up my tent first. This is what I love about the outback, the amazing sunsets and sunrises.
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It doesn’t get much more Aussie than this! Red sand, blue skies and burnt out bush. This is a happy snap that I took using the Canon 350D while we were still driving and I think it was a pretty cool pic. It was even shot using auto settings! I’ve been putting together a few stiched photos but I’m having real issues stiching some of them. Its really weird, its the third photo in a series of six that is coming out heaps lighter, I’m not sure why though, when you review it in Adobe Bride it looks exactly the same as the others. Christian Flecther took 17yrs to become the Australian Icon that he is and I’m beginning to think its going to take me 17yrs just to get this photo right. 😉