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Some oldies get Bronze

Here’s a couple of other images that I’ve had for quite some time that went ok in the recent Landscape 500 photography competition held by Christian Fletcher.

Stirling Ranges, sunrise, landscape

Bronze in Landscape 500- Score 77

The first image here is from a while ago down in the Stirling Ranges. Read my previous post for info on this image.

albany, sunset, beach,

Bronze in the Landscape 500- Score 77

I also took this image a while back in Albany. For the full post check out this post.

Click here to see my other competition results.

 

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Landscape 500 Awards

Christian Fletcher held his first photo competition this year, and with top photographers such as Peter Eastway, Tom Putt, David Evans and Nick Rains being the judges- I thought it was a perfect chance to get my work rated by the best in the business. I never really thought i’d win, but if I got a Silver or 2 would have been pretty happy.

As it turns out I got all Bronzes, this one being the first of them. Just off a Silver , so still pretty happy with the result.

esperance, sand dunes, landscape

Bronze in Landscape 500. Score 79

Here are the top 50 images, and judging by the amount of Karijini images in there i’m now resenting my choice to not enter mine haha. I thought with so many from that location it’d be a bad choice to enter them. Oh well, only the first big comp i’ve entered so I still can’t complain 🙂

http://www.landscape500.com/Top-50-Results.php

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And the quest continues

This is starting to creep on me as my favorite image from my time on the sand dunes in Esperance. It actually was lost in my images from the day and I only got round to looking at it with promise a week or 2 ago. Since then I’m thinking it is the better out of my previous shots. Whether Flem will agree is another thing- and no I didn’t get down low, just thought i’d save you the typing time there Flembot! 😛 haha.

Martian Sunset

Martian Sunset

It’s a much more simplistic image, and a lot more like the standard dune images everyone has- which I think is why I wasn’t drawn to it at the time. But with the ripples, nice clear ridge line and some nice clouds I am happy to post it. Of course some awesome light helps, and this is definitely treated with that! As I mentioned in my previous posts the dunes really were transformed when the golden glow hit them.

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Wylie Creek Sand dunes – Esperance

Here is another image from the Wylie Creek Dunes, that are found just near Esperance. Taken as the sun was getting lower in the sky to the West, but not at the stage they had lit up in that glorious gold light that my previous image. While the golden light really is beautiful, the whiteness of this sand still lends itself very well to photography.

Wylie Creek Sand Dune

Wylie Creek Sand Dune

This is the main dune right next to the entrance, and I trecked around the back end of it to the top. From there I had an unobstructed view down the ridge line. I liked the ripples of the immediate dune, so used them in combined with the curve of ridge.

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Twilight Cove- Esperance

Even though Twilight Cove makes me wince at the memory of my first trip there, which after only 30min- left me with a wet camera and a headache. The headache occurred the day after anyway as I chose to live it up at the pub to try and forget my woes haha. I still love it there, it is such a beautiful place, and obviously sits very highly on the list of visitors who visit Esperance.

Twilight Pool

Twilight Pool

I’m not sure if it gets it’s name from the wonderful soft light that occurs there in the twilight hours, but anyway I reckon it’s such a fitting name. For some reason, even though spectacular at sunset- it’s after the sun goes down that the absolute beauty comes out. I found that the first time I was there, and this time it proved to be the case again.

This shot also reminds me why it’s important to scout out an area thoroughly before I start shooting the sunset. I arrived, set up and shot away for a good hour, about 20m away from this spot. It was nice, and I got some shots from it- but I don’t think any of them come close to this. The sun had well and truly gone down, and I was in basically complete darkness when I decided to climb up the rock and see if there was a nice location for the morning. I then saw this! Argghhh!! @#@*!!!! There was awesome colour in the sky directly behind this, but as I didn’t walk up the rock I missed it! Anyway in the soft light I still thought there was an opportunity, so I set up again and fired off a couple of shots.

It ended up being nearly a 2min exposure, at ISO 320 from memory- but when I saw it on the screen I was glad that I set up and gave it a go. With no harsh light the rocks were perfectly and evenly lit, and then the blue cast coming from the cooler light. It’s quite a different shot from my standard landscapes, but one I really enjoyed. I hope you do too 🙂

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Living on the edge

This is another image from Two Peoples Bay, found near Albany. Very very close to the image I had in mind, and my favorite of the images i’ve got from here to this stage.

Living on the edge

Living on the edge

I was really drawn to the tree hanging on to the rock, as a matter of fact it had stuck in my mind ever since the first time I saw it. And I was very excited to try and use it in an image upon my return. The water here is so clear, and as it’s so shallow you can still see all the rocks on the bottom. I was actually set up further along the beach, taking images very similar to my previous photo, but with the late afternoon sun hitting the rocks. The sun went behind some thick clouds on the horizon, so I thought the chance of a good sunset had disappeared with it.

So as I waited for the light to improve, I walked down to the rocks and clambered over this scene. Just as I got here, the light went insane! What had happened was the sun was below the horizon, still with the thick cloud killing any direct light from it. But there was a lot of higher cloud, and that was acting as a huge natural reflector to the left of this, and as it lit up- cast this perfect light across the rocks and scene. I sprinted back to get my camera, and got back with minutes to spare. It was interesting balancing out on this rock, but was well worth it in the end.

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Two Peoples Bay- Albany

From the first time I saw these rocks, I knew there were a few images to be found amongst them. So I’ve headed there a few times since to get it, but never quite got it. I took it to the next level on my trip South a few months ago, and stayed for 2 nights at the Kalgan River Caravan Park, which is about 10min drive from this location. So i’d have a good chance of getting something I like.

Two Peoples Bay Dawn

Two Peoples Bay Dawn

Unfortunately Albany put it on for me….. and I got 2 days solid of rain haha. No surprise really. But,  it gave me a chance to get a nice atmospheric image. Again I know haha… one day I may get a “happy cheerfull” image, until then you’ll have to settle for these 🙂

I got up nice and early to get out here in the hope for a ripper sunrise over the rocks. The cloud was in real thick, and as you can see there was no light to be had. In the low light however I was able to lengthen up the exposure, really flattening the ripples in the water. From there the rocks were the perfect subject.

I still find it funny with this image, because literally a meter behind me, was seaweed. Mounded up about a meter deep along the whole section of beach. It was pretty horrid to walk through lol.

And to Neal and Kirk, to think yus went all the way to America, and Lake Tahoe to get rocks like this. When they’re in your own backyard the whole time 😉 Maybe not quite the same, but they’ll do me for a while anyway haha.

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Wylie Creek Sunset- Esperance, Western Australia

This is the second image from pretty cool sunset at Wylie Creek, near Esperance. As you can see, sunlight has huge impact on sand such as this. With the previous image I posted being pure white- to this golden yellow sand. Within about 10 minutes, the sand went from beautiful white, to freakin awesome gold! 🙂

Whylie Creek Sunset

Whylie Creek Sunset

This is one of the few parts of the dunes which weren’t torn up, or scattered with litter and campfires, which as I touched on in my previous post was incredibly disappointing. I was even there midweek, so the wind did have some time to cover up the evidence of the weekends activities. I probably shouldn’t go saying this otherwise i’m sure you’d imagine this image was taken in some remote area, relatively untouched.

I guess that’s why photography is such a powerful thing, as we can take the parts from a scene that we wish to remember- and until some fool blabs like me, no one would even no what else was around it 🙂

Either way it’s an image i’m quite happy with, the lovely light and slight ripples were stunning. I was really drawn to the nice reeds on the slope. I passed up a close up image of them for another scene, which didn’t work out too well anyway. Perhaps not the right thing to have done, but if we got it right first time everything would be boring I reckon lol. 😛

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The superhero of all sand dunes

While Esperance is known mainly for it’s white beaches and amazing water, it also has some pretty cool sand dunes around as well. Of course that white sand that stretches the beaches also makes it’s way into the dunes. I’d seen the dunes on my previous trip down there and also on Google Earth, and really wanted to get in and check them out.

Esperance Sand Dune

Super Dune

Getting there a bit before sunset, the sun was quite low- intensifying the shadows and lines. As with any location I go to, I wanted something different to the standard sand dune photo. So when I saw this “S” curve in the dune, with a perfect amount of light hitting it’s edge I knew it was that unique image I was after. It was interesting getting images here without tracks all through them from 4wds and motorbikes, or remains of campfires. There was stuff scattered all through the dunes which was a bit disappointing. Why can’t young people enjoy these places for what they are!? Instead of only going there to proceed to wreck it! Grrr…

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A morning at Greens Pool

This is the second image I got from a lovely sunrise at Greens Pool in Denmark last year. Just before I took “Dawn of Time” , the sun kissed the top of this big cloud, which was just sitting all by itself in that section of the sky. The cracks and puddle provided me with some nice foreground, and a hint of a reflection which I quite liked.

greens pool-denmark

Rising Up

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