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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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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Ah the serenity you can almost feel it. This image was taken when I went down south with Neal and Kirk in November. We got there with high hopes and saw that a break in the clouds was starting to happen, but rain also started to make its way to us and it was heavy rain. Neal chucked the trusty $1 shower cap onto his camera, whilst Kirk and I hid under a rock. Eventually we all ran up to our cars, extremely disappointed as we had no backup location. We hung around for another 10mins and we got lucky, all of a sudden the rain stopped for a few minutes, the clouds allowed the sun to peak through and we scored a magnificent sunset! Talk about everything falling into place at the right time. Needless to say we headed back to Photo HQ very happy campers.
Has this happened to any of you guys? You get there and think that its not going to happen for you, when all of a sudden it does? Its pretty cool isn’t?
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Every Rock Star Landscape Photographer needs their boat. Last time I looked in Better Photography magazine Peter Eastway and his friend run photography tours in a boat. I was thinking that perhaps with all the money I’ve made from my Landscape Photography I could purchase this boat and do my own tours. Any takers? 🙂 Seriously though I love this shot, I was going to call it ‘When I grow up’. Its part of me learning to grow and extending my photography boundaries and ‘eye’. Hopefully you will all see the sense of humour in this shot as I did.
Has anyone else got any quirky little shots like this?
This is a photo I got a few weeks ago when I was on my way to work and I was pretty stoked with the results. Its funny because even though there wasn’t any colour the other photographers left but as you can see it was still a really moody start to the day which I thought was still great to watch unfold. I have to admit I was really exhausted after this shoot because so many personal trainers were yelling and screaming at their classes and everyone was sweating so hard. I felt like I lost weight just by being there. I can think of better things to do in the morning than run around having some bloke scream at me.
This photo also has my new logo especially designed for me by Beau Mitchell. Thanks Beau!!!
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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I had arranged to meet Neal from Spool Photography at Burke Drive in Bicton for an afternoon shoot on Friday afternoon, however it was not to be due our timings. Whilst standing at Burke Drive I couldn’t help but feel that it was going to be a decent sunset but that I was in the wrong place. Does anyone else get a ‘feeling’ about these things? I decided I would head over to Attadale instead and I had given up shooting the sunset as I didn’t think I would arrive there on time to capture it. I must admit I was extremely surprised and pleased when I turned up to see this beautiful sunset appear in front of me. It gets so frustrating to go out weeks on end only to come home with nothing, so this made a fantastic change.
Did anyone else manage to capture this sunset on Friday evening?
On another note, Tony Middleton has written an extremely poignant post about what is happening with the bush fires in Victoria. My heart is certainly with the people in Victoria.
As we all know there have been no clouds so I’ve been experimenting and I came up with this which I quite like. This was taken down at Scarborough beach last Sunday when I went down to take some photos of my friend surfing (I love photographing surf). I took this photo whilst there was a break in the surf and I didn’t really think much about it until tonight when I just started to tinker with a few photos. It just felt to me like I was walking down a beach in a dream like state hence the title. I’m off down to the beach tonight to try and get some more photos of the shoreline now that I know it can look quite artistic / abstract.
Lens: 50mm F1.2
Well off to the beach to try and capture some different colours!!!
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This is something I captured on a trip down south to Dunsborough, the light had been terrible for days and I just got the urge one morning to head out to this spot that I’d been checking out for months and it was the only day that any clouds were present at all so I got really lucky. 30mins after this photo the wind picked up and started to blow the clouds away. Straight after this shoot I went into Yallingup to check out the surf and was pleasantly surprised, firstly because the waves were massive and secondly because I got to see a school of dolphins surfing at the Yallingup main break. What a wicked way to start the day. Oh, and why ‘Meelup on the Flipside’? Because Meelup is on the other side of the point.
I just love this spot and I’ll be back to take some photos with different points of view.
Focal length: 50mm EF F1.2
Did anyone get any shots this weekend at all? Fireworks don’t count!!! 😉
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This was taken whilst down at Point Piquet in Dunsborough recently, it was one of the first night’s that I was there and over almost two weeks it was almost the only night that I saw any clouds! The only other time I saw a good sunset was when I gave up going out in the evenings and decided to relax and have a beer. Well as I sat around with friends having a beer you can guess what happened, yep one of the best sunsets I’ve seen in months popped up. What can you do but be patient?
So what can a landscape photographer do in times like these? Is everyone else kicking back enjoying the summer months and not worrying about the lack of light? I know myself I’m going out there despite the light, testing out new ideas and trying to get different POV’s on popular subjects so that when the light does come back I’ll be able to head out and start shooting away knowing the sort of shot that I’m trying to achieve.
Hope you are all getting better light than me,
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?
I was fortunate enough the other night to catch up with Neal from Spool Photography and Kirk Hille of Kirk Hille Photography for an end of year shoot. We started off at Narrows Bridge and hung around there for awhile but the light was not good to us unfortunately. After watching the sunset we attempted to take a few photos under the bridge with higher isos to see what happened. The results were pleasing but not sensational. We then decided to play iso wars against the Mosman Bay boatsheds which have been my nemisis for the year.
Neal and I cranked up the isos on our camera and smiled with delight at the results. Well at least I smiled, I was wondering how much Neal had to drink as he was jumping in the air, yelling obsceneties and giggling like a school girl. My guess is that he was happy with his Canon 5D MkII. I think its awesome that I’m taking these sorts of photos late at night now, but when does one sleep? I blame this latest lack of sleep squarely at the feet of Christian Fletcher, up until now I’d be heading home an hour after the sun set, but it was 10:30pm last night when I headed home and I was still tempted to fire off a few more shots at some other locations on the way home.
Well now thanks to Flemming and Christian I can now shoot 24hrs a day!!!
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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This is my new favourite place in WA. Its called Shelly Beach, its 40mins out of Denmark and its simply a stunning beach. I took another shot of it from a lookout which I’ll post later. I was just struck with this place the moment we drove down to it and you have to drive down along the cliff face to get there. The surf was great though I doubt I woud ever try surfing there, as I think a few massive bities might be lurking near by. This is my first draft of the photo, but I like how its shaping up.
A little something I took last weekend. It was 8 images stiched together using the 50mm F1.2. Again this was shot with Neal and Kirk and we got some awesome shots. The best thing about being out and about on Sunday was that we got to see the most awesome sunset, in fact it was so good that I decided to just stand and absorb it all. Was a great feeling. We spent the Saturday and Sunday scrambling all over rocks and cliff faces so much so that I was struggling to walk until Thursday as I was that cramped up.
Here is a pic I took down at Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour with Neal and Kirk last Sunday morning, it was extremely cold and I came pretty close to just sleeping in. Glad I made the effort though, especially since the mug of Mocha at the end of the shoot tasted so nice and refreshing.
This was a shot I captured whilst I was shooting with Neal and Kirk this morning. This tree kind of caught my eye. It was a fantastic morning and as always I just couldn’t wait to drag out my camera and get cracking! I met Neal at Noble Falls at around 0600 this morning and Kirk wasn’t far behind. We spent ages shooting in this location and its definitely got stacks of potential. Afterwards we headed back down the road to the nearest roadhouse to partake in a much needed morning coffee. It was heaps of fun and I’ll definitely tackle this spot again in the near future.
This shot I love. Yeah its got its flaws but what I really love about the photo is the reflections in the water, they are almost perfect!!! On this morning I met up with two extremely talented landscape photographers, Neal from Spool Photography and Kirk Hille. We got a couple of great shots and then heading off for the real business of the day, coffee!!!
I’m going to go back to this site when we have more dramatic sunrises and sunsets.
I absolutely love shooting around this area, I’ve done tons of fashion shoots around here because you can go to one location and have a stack of different backgrounds without having to go anywhere. Everytime I go down here I see something new to shoot. Anyhow, I decided to pick up the camera yesterday (Saturday) afernoon and try and get an evening shot of East Perth and I must admit I’m really pleased with the results. Again the 1Ds MkIII picked up so much detail that its incredible. I’m not sure how to make this picture bigger in wordpress though, so that I can show the detail.
I’d like to get an early morning shot of this place as well so if anyone is interested in catching up this coming Saturday morning for a shoot down here let me know.