Monthly Archives: August 2010

Last one from Kalannie

This is another image of the tree I did some night time photography with during my visit. Similar but I think still very different from my previous image, so i’, interested as to which one people prefer 🙂

Lonely Nights

Lonely Nights

The previous was a much more atmospheric sky, where as this one I utilized the thinner clouds to get the lovely streaks through the sky that you can achieve with fast moving clouds. They were quite light, so the streaks weren’t as strong as I was aiming for, but the effect was still captured.

I’m very much looking forward to playing around with this technique with some of the awesome Pilbara white gums when I get up there in a few weeks! 🙂

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Kalannie Special Ops

After a cool light show at sunset, I thought i’d try and get another image I had in mind for the weekend, that being a nice old tree stump with star or cloud trails. I spied this tree so set up, and waited for the light to get to the right level for this lovely mystical image to take place. I did a slight bit of light painting on the tree to help that out, and also on the surrounding bushes, but not to the level that some other photographers do. There are some amazing light painters out there and I wouldn’t even come close to that- so why kid myself haha.

End of Days

End of Days

I love the soft light that can be captured with long exposures long after the sun has gone down. It’s funny how some days it’s there, others it’s not. The only thing is that you don’t know until you try and capture it on a camera- it’s invisible to the naked eye.

A lot of photographers try and make night time images look just like day light by ultra long exposures. But I really try to capture the feeling of night- it is after all pitch black, so why remove that element totally. In this image I love the lighter cloud in the background behind the tree, “nestling” it within the image. Hopefully the detail shows up ok on everyone’s monitors, I know sometimes these on the edge images can get darker then they should be!

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Time for some fun!

Well I took this image at Kalannie the other week. Liked the straight lines contrasting with the curves of the track, also the rich colours of red, green and yellow. It’s not really come up as I would have liked, so I thought hey- lets put it out to you guys to rip it up and see what you can come up with in post processing. I’ve done nothing to this but convert the RAW file, and honestly have no idea how to do anything else. But quite a few of you are pretty nifty.

So if you want to have a bit of fun, and completely cook this image and show us what you can do. Let me know and i’ll send you an email with the image file. It’ll just be jpg as I can’t work out how to export the RAW file back out of Aperture, so unless someone knows how to find that file?? I’ll google it later on when I have a sec anyway.

Work your magic, send it back to me in web size and i’ll put it up on here of course with credit to you for the processing. Wish I had a funky prize to offer, but I don’t. So you just get to gloat for the favorite image haha.

Anyway I hope you think this is a good idea anyway, i’m looking forward to seeing what an imaginative mind can do! 🙂

Kalannie mission

As I was heading into Kalannie to join the invasion party who had no doubt unleashed hell on the poor townsfolk the previous night, I was blessed to have the cover of fog for much of the trip. It extended my travel time by about 2hrs, but that was only due to me being like a lil kid…. ok, it was due to me just being me! I love fog, always have and I think always will! haha.

Rural Fog

Rural Fog

I snapped a few shots along the way, but was struggling to get anything I was really happy with. It just wasn’t quite coming together for me. Anyway as I was driving along I caught this scene over my right shoulder, and had to stop to try and capture it. I really wish I had a longer lense to get in a bit closer, but working with what I had I was quite happy with this abstract/rural image. The sun was shining intensely on the field, while the surrounding hills were still in shade. To top that off, the edge of the fog was just behind it, fading away to nothingness!

Lifeline of the Wheatbelt

Lifeline of the Wheatbelt

This is another image from the sunset shoot previously posted on. After the light came on strong, it went back behind the clouds. But even still it kept some lovely light across the sky. The drainage ditch then transformed, so using it in the foreground I took this almost cloudscape image.

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Kalannie gets invaded…. by photographers

I briefly mentioned before about my trip to Kallanie, a small remote town on the outskirts of the Wheat Belt, so I thought it’s about time I posted something from that trip! I was there for a WAPF (Western Australian Photographic Federation) event that was held there. The mission was that 70 odd photographers, from clubs as far away as Bunbury descend on the town and shoot whatever moves, or doesn’t move as well I spose. We were also there to have some presentations from local photographers Jo Ashworth and Danni McCreery of wheat belt photography. Neal from Spoolphotography also presented some fantastic lessons as well, all in all making for a fantastic weekend.

Refreshing Sunset

Refreshing Sunset

During Saturday afternoon we had some free time to get out and shoot the sunset, so I headed down to the lakes near the town that I’d seen earlier on. There was a drainage ditch leading down into the lake so I thought i’d see what it would provide in the right light. As soon as i’d set up, of course it started to rain, luckily only ever so lightly. It wasn’t worth packing up so I just waited the 5 or so minutes until it had finished. The weather rewarded me for this, for as soon as the rain finished the sun came out, and cast some amazing light across the scene. It has to be perfect timing for this kind of scene as the rain brought out the strong colours of the land, especially the rich reds, and then the strong light topped it off.

Leading up to the event I was honestly not sure what to expect, whether it would be worth going along even. But by the end of the weekend I was 100% glad i’d attended. Neal giving in depth insights into his photography was fantastic, he really didn’t hold back and that sort of lesson you don’t get every day. Jo and Danni also had a great presentation of images and stories, and once again another way to think about, and involve yourself in photography was something very worth while. On top of that it really is a beautiful area. Very different to  what i’m used to in the South West, but beautiful all the same. It’s definitely an area I would like to return to, and only 3 hrs away there really isn’t any reason for me not to! 🙂

The trip should take this however, but on my way up I ended up taking 2hrs longer as for a good 200km, there was pretty much solid fog. Something that has always got me pretty excited for some reason, so can you imagine the delight on my face as I descended a hill not far out of Northam, looking out at this mass of cloud as far as the eye can see…. on the ground! Quite a surreal feeling, and a sight to behold. So after that I was hopeless, stopping the car and jumping into padocks to try and get a shot, going up sideroads to try and get a shot, just going everywhere and anywhere- to only take about 20 images in the end. But I had a beaming smile on my face the whole time haha. And I guess that’s what it’s all about! 🙂

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Sunset-Avon Valley style

This is an image from the Saturday, where I headed down to Cobblers Pool to see what I could get. I loved this view from early on, but had to wait till 15-20min after sunset before the highlights from the harsh light were manageable. Still a little blow out but at a minor level. So after shooting a few other compositions I returned and shot away.

Remnants of the mighty Avon

Remnants of the mighty Avon

As I mentioned in my previous post- the water level was incredibly low, and not looking at all good for the Avon Descent this weekend. But that low water level was perfect for me! 🙂 The rocks being exposed also lend themselves to the flowing water, creating the fantastic long exposure effects. The foreground here is magic, and I reckon could have worked as an abstract image too. But I ran out of light to try that out haha. Next time! 🙂

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Avon Valley

Well I had quite an enjoyable weekend spent in the Avon Valley region, between Northam and the Swan Valley. Obviously well known for the Avon Descent, the white water event held along the river annually. A race of this size requires a large support crew, one of which is the swiftwater rescue teams, of which I joined them on their scouting run of the valley. Hopefully i’ll also be there this weekend for the main event, but at this stage i’m not sure.

Misty Avon

Misty Avon

What a morning we were treated with as well, with stunning fog and low cloud as we descended into Northam. My trip to Kallanie the other week was also much the same, and I’d love to hit the region properly in those conditions again when I have no time restrictions! Anyway, the river was extremely low- so I imagine there’s going to be some sore and tired bods next weekend from having to drag the boats over the rocks which in sections is the only way to pass.

We stayed at Cobblers Pool, which is also the overnight camping area for the race weekend, and it didn’t disappoint with thick fog in the morning. So I headed down to the river and was able to snap a few pics. The low water level which will make it tough for the competitors, was perfect for me to use. As so many interesting boulders were exposed, creating nice cascades and water motion. It also enabled me right out into the middle of the river, which usually at this time of year would be under a meter or 2 of water!

Late in my shoot as I was about to pack up and head back I came across this little cascade. I love the vailed water, and also the streaming water around the rock in the foreground. For nearly 8am, the fog was so thick the sun was still struggling to penetrate it!

Got a few more to come from this weekend, and also my weekend at Kalannie a few weeks ago. With me moving up North shortly i’ve actually been incredibly motivated and inspired to get out and about- shooting some locations I’ve wanted to for a long time, and also some unexpected locations too! So stay tuned! 🙂

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