I was holidaying in Byron Bay recently and had been out on a couple of mornings to shoot some of the coastline without much success. I got some "okay" images but nothing I was terribly pleased with, mainly due to the conditions, and not having enough time to explore locations prior.Read More
I recently spent the weekend at the Riverland with the family, so I took the opportunity to get out for a morning photo shoot at Lake Bonney. If you haven't been to Lake Bonney then you need to check it out, especially at sunrise or sunset, as the trees around the edge of the lake make for some beautiful scenery.Read More
The latter half of 2014 was very busy personally so I wasn't able to get out much and make any images. In the middle of the year I participated in the Shitbox Rally, after which I became quite busy with work and preparing for my first child, including some renovations to our home. Finally, in December Mandy and I became proud parents of Angus. Last week we headed down to Middleton for a week with some friends on our first family holiday, and luckily I found some time to get out one morning with the camera and produce some images. As I was heading out for sunrise I decided to head to Freeman's Knob at Horseshoe Bay, Port Elliot. I chose this location as I knew it would provide a rocky seascape with an easterly aspect, which is good for sunrises. I'll now briefly explain what happened on this morning to give you an idea of what happens on one of my early morning shoots.
I arrived at the location just before dawn (in the dark) and with my head torch on I headed to the breakwater at the point of Horseshoe Bay. I found a small pool in the rocks that looked kind of interesting, and with the clear skies I wanted to capture a pre-sunrise image so I set up for this first image. Usually sunrise images work best with some scattered cloud cover to bring out the beautiful dawn/sunrise colours, but with the clear skies I knew I should capture an early dawn image as these tend to work best in these conditions (i.e. with the orange sun light only slightly lighting up the sky). When making this image I didn't want to use too long an exposure so that some movement would be captured in the waves while showing the stillness in the small pond that had formed in the rocks from the outgoing tide. I also wanted to create a leading line/curve to lead the viewers eye from the bottom of the image along the breakwater and out to the golden light and island on the horizon. Hopefully you can see the line that is formed by the rocks in the bottom right corner and then up through the pond and along the breakwater.
I then wanted to create an image showing the waves which incessantly pound the breakwater at Freeman's Knob. I moved closer towards the edge of the water where the waves were hitting the rocks and set up so that I could capture an incoming wave while also showing the water flowing over the rocks from a previous wave. As I was setting up for this image some heavyish cloud over rolled in quite quickly as you can see in the image below.
I knew the sun was close to rising so I was hoping the clouds would hold out and not block the sun as it hit the horizon. Also, with minimal time till the sun was due to rise I stayed in the same position hoping to get an image with the sun just kissing the horizon. This time I wanted to capture the water flowing over the rocks as some foreground interest, and not have a wave in the mid-ground as I had captured with the last image. This is where you need to observe the wave conditions and patterns and time the exposure to get the water flowing over the rocks nicely. I knew that a shutter speed of around 1 second should work nicely to capture the movement in the water so I set up for this appropriately (f/16, ISO 100) and then watched the waves coming in with my remote shutter release in hand at the ready. It can be a little bit of trial and error when capturing these types of images so I usually take a few frames which I can then choose from later. Thankfully I managed to time the image below just nicely.
Once the sun had risen the clouds blocked the sun so I knew there probably wasn't much chance to capture any great images from down near the waters edge. My plan was to walk back around the bay to the jetty before heading back home for Angus's next nappy change. As I was walking back up the hill from Ladies Beach and the breakwater I noticed this old fence post and a nice vantage point looking back towards the beach and breakwater. From this spot I was looking easterly, so I thought a long exposure might work here due to the clouds moving in an easterly direction creating the effect of movement towards what was left of the golden hour light (which wasn't much at this point).
Finally I headed to the jetty with the plan to capture a long exposure with the jetty in the foreground, and some nice smooth, milky water and the moving clouds in the background. Given the strong lines and contrast created by the jetty I decided a black and white image would be good here to accentuate these lines.
As a photographer, and particularly a landscape photographer, you need to be able to observe and adapt to the conditions. No matter how much you may plan and research a location or landscape things can and will change, and you need to be able to observe and adapt to these changes. These changes may happen during a shoot, or the changes may be in relation to your expectations from either a previous visit or from your research prior.Read More
Wow 2013 has almost finished, where did the year go?! It was a big year for me personally as I married my beautiful wife Mandy in March and then went on our honeymoon (part 1) to Tasmania. In September we travelled for a month to Turkey, Paris and London. In the final few months of the year I started a big new project at work and then of course it was the crazy Christmas period.Read More
I was reading David duChemin's recent "thoughts on done" and as with most of David's writings it got me thinking. As an aside, if you haven't seen any of David's work, read any of his articles or books then I suggest you do as his work is always thought-provoking and inspirational! As I was reading David's post I was thinking about his idea that we should "just start" that new project (whatever it is) rather than waiting till we have it all figured out.Read More
Sadly our trip is almost over and we are on the journey back to Australia now. Will be good to see everyone back home though. We thoroughly enjoyed our time in London and here are some snapshots of London (and Oxford).Read More
I'm sure Paris needs no introduction so I'll just let you feast your eyes on some of the images I captured from our 4 days in Paris.Read More
I don't think Gallipoli needs any introduction for us Australians, it is almost our Mecca, and is a big part of our identity as a nation. The Gallipoli peninsula is basically broken up into two main areas of interest. The northern area is centred around ANZAC Cove and Lone Pine where the ANZACs famously fought their battles. The southern area, near the tip of the Gallipoli peninsula, was where the British and French forces tried to make their advance in to Turkish soil, and was where the sea battle on the Dardanelles was focused prior to the ANZAC advancement.Read More
The next leg of our Turkey adventure was a short but romantic stay in Behramkale harbour just next to the ancient city of Assos.Read More
Our last two days were spent sipping fruity wine in Sirince in the hills near Selcuk, swimming in the pool in our accommodation at Natureland Efes Pension (amazing place!) and visiting the ancient city of Ephesus. There were a couple of other quick visits to the house of the Virgin Mary and the Basilica of St. John thrown in also to get our full compliment of historical and biblical experiences.Read More
Hoscakal (Goodbye) Datca, merhaba (hello) Selcuk. We've now left Datca after spending the last two days on the Datca peninsula. Datca is a quaint little fishing town on a remote peninsula where the Agean and Mediterranean Seas meet. Knidos, an Ancient Greek city that dates back to 4th century B.C., lies at the tip of the peninsula.Read More
The Oludeniz leg of our Turkey journey is now over. We spent the last 4 days in Oludeniz, with Sunday being our friends wedding, and the rest of the time mostly just catching up with friends (who were there for our friends wedding also) and relaxing by the beach or pool. I did manage to capture some images of the beautiful beach and sunsets of Oludeniz though, and we also squeezed in a small excursion to Saklikent Gorge.
So our time at Istanbul has come to an end unfortunately. When we first arrived we were a little overwhelmed, more with the heat than anything i think after coming from our winter. We soon acclimatised though and fell in love with the place. Fantastic food and people, and so much history!Read More
I took a trip down to Myponga Beach on the weekend with the plan to capture some images of the old jetty at sunrise. I hadn't been down there for many years so I was interested to see what the place looked like now and how much of the old jetty was remaining.Read More
It's only a week and half now till we (myself and my wife Mandy) leave on our trip to Turkey and Europe and last minute preparations are now in full swing. I thought I would let you in on some of the pre-trip planning I have been doing.Read More
Last weekend I was down at Middleton, on the Fleurieu Peninsula south of Adelaide, and I wanted to do a sunrise shoot on the Sunday morning. Now making photos isn't just a matter of going somewhere and taking some snapshots, a little bit of planning is required, well to get good results it is.Read More
Mandy and I spent the recent long weekend at Goat Island, which is an island in the Clayton Bay area of the lower Lake Alexandrina / Coorong region. Our friends actually own the entire island and the only way to get there is by boat so it feels quite remote, even if it is only a 10 minute boat ride back to 'civilisation'.Read More