As most of you guys know now I managed to spend some time above Ningaloo Reef in a helicopter. Well once we finished on the reef it was time to track up to Karratha to prepare the helicopter for the corporate photography gig the next day. We passed over numerous small islands and then hit the coast where we flew over a number of cool little mangroves. This being one of them.
I love these mangroves as they are like veins running out along our body with amazing deep blue or green water running through them. I’ve got heaps more of these sorts of shots so stayed tuned!
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.
I was fortunate enough to duck down south for the weekend and just chill out. In between having lunch with some good friends on Saturday and Melissa and I having the most awesome dinner at the Food Farmacy I managed to catch this shot at Meelup Beach. It was such a magnificient morning and I had the beach all to myself. 🙂 The colours in the water were absolutely amazing, when Meelup Beach has blue water, it has really blue water! Its a landscape and seascape photographers dream. Just think in another two months time this place is going to be plastered with people and almost impossible to photography no matter how early or late you turn up.
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What places do you guys normally get to shoot, that will be covered in the summer tourist crowd shortly?
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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?
I’m Chloe and I live in the great state of Victoria and photography is my hobby and passion. I started to have an interest in photography when I turned 18. Like nearly everyone else I tinkered around with photography for awhile until I had a moment when everything changed for me and I became extremely serious about my photography. I was on a trip to the Tooradin foreshore with my partner and I found myself watching the light patterns and trying to interpret compositions. I’m now 21 and since then it has turned into a full time (and very expensive) hobby, which has seen me upgrade my Coolpix P80 camera to the Nikon D90 slr this year. I don’t specialise in any one form of photography preferring to experiment with all forms of photography at least once. I do prefer nature and macro photography though. It’s my goal to have people buy my prints and have them hanging in people’s homes or offices.
I shoot almost every day, even if it’s just something small, like a pet or plant; I’m constantly trying to learn something new. When I’m creating a photograph I think about the composition, mainly the light, depth of field and leading lines and if I’m trying to convey a direct message, what emotion I attach to it. I’ve only recently started using photoshop to ‘edit’ my photographs as such. However, I do open every photograph in photoshop and do the following routine things; auto colour & contrast (if needed), add my Polaroid border and photography logo.
For the past three months I have been contributing to Ed Prescott’s “Sunday Stills” weekly challenges and more recently “Macro Mondays” – “Sunday Stills is a place to hone your photography skills.”
There’s a large group of photographers, varying from amateur to experienced, that get involved on a weekly basis; they’ve opened my eyes up to different perspectives on everything photography!
Since joining in on these weekly challenges I’ve found myself learning more about photography, my capabilities, and my cameras abilities & stepping out of my comfort zone which has been a huge positive for me.
Thank you and please take the time to check out my photography blog, I really hope you enoy the photographs. Please do comment and let me know what you think of them.
Also, a big thanks to Jamie for asking me to be a guest photographer on his site, I’m very honoured.
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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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?
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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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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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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.