Monthly Archives: July 2008

Bluff Knoll Clouds

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As the Stirling Ranges rise very abruptly from the surrounding plains, they generate magnificent cloud formations around their peaks. While spending time on a summit, you can actually see clouds form in front of your eyes as the winds blow warm air which hits the mountains and rises very quickly. It is quite an experience and one I never get tired of seeing.

This was one of my more enjoyable times on Bluff Knoll. A peak I have climbed a good 60 times, with plenty more to come i hope. On this day I headed up with a couple of mates. When we reached the summit there was not a cloud to be seen. Then as it does many times, Bluff Knoll turned on a show for us. The clouds blew in around mid level, and spilled over the Eastern Ranges. They then continued to rise and enveloped us. I have been lucky to have experienced all of this before, but never had all of this on the same day.

Here is one of the shots I got on that day

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Sometimes everything just falls into place….

srwa13Every so often things fall into place, and Western Australia  experiences snow. I’ve been lucky enough to be in the Stirling Ranges on 4 occasions and it truly is a remarkable thing to see. It is usually extremely rough, with near blizzard conditions usually required to produce the white stuff.

This last Friday was one of these times where everything lined up. At the last second Friday I decided to shoot off down to my beloved Stirlings. Arriving a little after 12 I set the tent and tried to get some sleep before getting up at 5:30 again. Setting off I passed 3 groups and 1 lone walker coming back down. I was there to experience a lovely snow flurry around 7am.

There was no-one around and i had fresh snow to work with for about half an hour. I spent around 2 1/2 hrs in the snow before heading down as the masses started arriving.

Quite happy and feeling satisfied that my drive was now worthwhile i walked back down to pack up and return to Perth. While saying bye to my good friend Tony and Ayleen at the Retreat the phone rang and the Sunday Times was asking about the snow. Upon saying that i had been taking photographs they requested that i send few some photos and if they liked them, they would publish them in the paper. After all was said and done my photos got published on page 4 of today’s paper. And it was not a little insert tacked onto the bottom. I was really quite please with that. My little brush with fame, although i was outed by the pope and Mrs Spears…..haha. Anyway here’s some of the results with a couple more to come

Thanks 🙂

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Bluff Knoll Sunrise

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I was lucky enough to work down in the Stirlings for a year back in 2006. I’m a born mountain goat and fell in love with this area a long time ago. As i was working as a care taker at the retreat, i didn’t have much time to climb any hills. So to make this up i did my climbing before work. This enabled me to see many sunrises from the summit of Bluff Knoll and other mountains. This is one of the better scenes i got from these mornings.

This is looking East over the Eastern Ridge from Bluff Knoll summit. For me, it has to be one of the best ways to start a day…atop a mountain with nothing but yourself and the eagles soaring past 🙂

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Afternoon Light

Afternoon Light

Afternoon Light

This has been one of my favorite photo’s for quite some time. This is taken from Bluff knoll looking west over the Western half of the Stirling Ranges some 370km south of Perth. There were some clouds building around the summits of the peaks in the afternoon. I decided to head up at the last minute to try and get some sunset shot’s from the summit with the clouds in the picture.

I was half way up when i saw this magical light to my right. I scouted around for some foreground interest and loved the way the light hit the leaves of the grass tree. I framed it with the Eucalypts as i also liked the redness caught in the leaves.

After taking a few exposures i headed up the rest of the hill. I made it up for the sunset but unfortunately the clouds came in so i couldn’t get any shot’s i was initially after. I was more then happy with this shot though.

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A little about me

Hi

I’m quite new to this blog thing so just thought i’d put a little bit out there so you all know a little about me.

I’ve been into photography to some extent all my life, always interested in Steve Parish’s work for as long as I can remember. But I never really did start taking any photo’s myself (except happy snaps) till mid 2006 when i decided to get myself a DSLR. I was going down to work in the Stirling Ranges for a couple of months and thought it would be a great buy. Little did I know how much a great buy it would be. I still enjoy viewing Steve Parish’s work, and other great photographers such as Christian Fletcher, Ken Duncan, Peter Lik all have a standard i strive towards. And i have come across many other up and coming photographers who i always enjoy viewing their work.

I ended up getting a Olympus E-300 DSLR. As I had no prior experience with DSLR’s I didn’t want to spend too much until i knew what I was doing. While the quality lacks a bit compared to the major camera brands it was a fantastic beginners camera to learn on. Extremely easy to use. Now i’m looking at upgrading to Canon some stage in the future.

I shoot mainly landscapes, seascapes and some nature/wildflowers as well. This is all very good for me as i’m a very passionate bushwalker and love the outdoors. For the majority of my photo’s i shoot in manual mode, i really enjoy having full control of my exposures and finding the balance that my eye see’s in the scene.

As what i shoot is natural, I like to shoot the same way, and therefore don’t alter or enhance any of my images. I use white balance in camera to warm up a photo or cool it down. And the only photoshop I do is to crop my image. To enhance or not to enhance will always be discussed in photography but this is my personal preference for my photo’s. While i don’t like overly photoshopped photo’s, i do enjoy viewing some moderate enhancements. My aim in photography is more to capture an image, not create one.

While i would love to at some stage become a full time photographer and travel the world, i realize that this is a long long way off. I have a 2009 calendar in the works, and currently have a web site under construction. I hope to have some success with these, but the main reason is to reach out and see what people think of my work. I love bringing images to people who otherwise would never have experienced the things that i have.

So in the meantime i’ll be posting some of my images and look for some feedback. I’m forever trying to improve my photography so some constructive criticism is more then welcome, i’d prefer to hear how i could have improved the shot more then i would like to hear you say that shot is good. But hearing that is good as well 🙂

Well i hope that you all have some idea about me now and i hope you enjoy my photo’s.

I look forward to hearing your thoughts.

Thanks,

Stephen