I’ve made it no secret that I love the Denmark region of Western Australia. And even though I’m yet to visit the area in sunshine, i’ve still managed to get some quite nice photos. With the thick clouds and overcast conditions, some nice atmospheric scenes can be found. Especially just before sunrise or just after sunset.
This is one of those occasions, when I was staying at Ocean Beach caravan park late last year. I’d visited this beach earlier on that day, and was eyeing off a few compositions that would be nice when I returned for sunset. By the time i’d returned, the wind had picked up a bit and the clouds were quite thick. Unfortunately the first 3 compositions I was wanting to shoot had fisherman on them haha. So I had to re-think.
This is what I ended up with, and when it’s all said and done I’m glad the fisherman were where they were- because I would have been at the other end of the beach if they weren’t. So it worked in the end. The mossy rocks were obviously an eye catcher, and slowing the exposure down in the dying light caused the boiling of the water as the waves came through. Believe it or not I actually had to bring the green back in this image as it was far too strong originally.
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Here’s another shot from my local…… well 40min away beach, Point Perron. This is actually from quite a while ago- so I guess i’ve posted these images a bit topsy turvy. I went out with a good friend Anton, who is another member of the Gem Camera Club. He’s great at getting portraits out of crowds- and has some fantastic shots of chinese lady’s in full attire, some others from Peru and some more recent action shots from the Avon decent and surf boat races.
The cloud continued to thicken as dusk approached- and I was unsure if we were going to manage anything at all. But on this day for whatever reason, we were treated to some amazing water. From the moment we saw it we knew we were in luck. I saw some nice moss on a rock so decided to use it for my foreground, and waited for a nice wave to come through to add a bit of motion. As you can see the water was stunning this evening- i’ve not seen it anywhere near this on any of my trips here. This is also an area I quite frequently snorkel with mates during the summer.
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Well i’m not gona make any excuses- or promises for or about my blog being asleep for probably the last month. I’ve not had any real chance to get out and shoot for months. The other weekend I went out to the coast- and got blown away, and blasted by rain going what definitely appeared to be more horizontal then vertical. Then the following day I went out to shoot some of my fav waterfalls, only to find out that DEC (our “environmental” watchers) had closed the area off to vehicles-this is only into the carpark. Adding an extra half hours walk each way, so I wouldn’t have time to get in where I wanted to go. So I will be getting back there with my bike to chop off a bit of time!
Hmmmm….. sounds like an excuse don’t it…. damn! Well anyway- due to all this i’ve been more happy to view others success with conditions and shoots then worry about my own bad luck. But seeing as though I have some images from ages ago I thought i’d best put something up here!
This is an image from Point Perron (or Preston Point for Will ) which is basically the nearest beach to me. It’s quite a nice spot, and during summer you can quite often see my mates and I out amongst it snorkeling.
I’ve always wanted a “sun flare” image. But it’s something that has always eluded me. It’s one of those things I’ve always felt that when it works- it works really well. But if it doesn’t, then it’ll look horrible! So far this is the closest I’ve got to one that doesn’t look horrible.
The mossy rocks were reflecting the sun wonderfully- so I had to capture them. But the only way I could do that was to include the sun. Something that I usually don’t like doing when it’s this high.
For this reason I thought I’d jump at the chance to get my “Flare” going. Managing to get the flare at the 45deg, I thought was quite effective.
This was also my first shoot with my new camera. Canon 40D. Now most people are raving about their 5Dmk II’s these day’s- but i’m pretty happy so far, with the limited times i’ve had using this camera. A big improvement from my old Olympus E300.
As is discussed quite often- the lack of ability for the digital camera’s to capture the bright area around the sun is limited with this image. But I think it could still work, so i’m interested in any thoughts
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