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Lucky Light

This is an image I was quite lucky to get. Returning from Karijini a couple of months ago I was watching the light to see where I could stop for a shoot. Nothing was grabbing me until I saw the light start to hit a large hill to the South West. There was no way i’d be able to get a shot so I continued driving until finally, I saw a hill close to the road.

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Newman Sunset

Parking up I grabbed my gear and sprinted, hoping to catch the last bit of light. Hoping a barbed wire fence in my haste, I continued up the hill. Anyone who has walked through spinifex country will know what I mean when I say it’s not easy to run through haha. I got to the top and set up, waiting for the light to cast it’s gorgeous light on the last bit of shadows. Which was unfortunately not to be as the angle was not quite right.

Not to be wasted though, I turned around and the hill to the East was cast in magnificent light. As was this stunning white gum. I loved how the light hit a few of the higher tufts of spinifex in front of and around the tree.

 

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Flashback to Karijini

I’ve posted a few topside Pilbara images lately so thought i’d head back to an image from Karijini, which really is one location I get excited about whenever I think about it. Yes it’s been photographed a million times, but so has Cottesloe, The Boat Shed, Sydney Harbour etc etc- all images that are in just about every photographers gallery.

Those places have no real meaning to me- so therefore won’t appear in my image galleries, Karijini however ignites a passion within me. My love for the outdoors, my love for adventure, my love for my home- Australia, or more specifically- Western Australia, a place I could not imagine living without. Many a times it has taken my blood, in some funny silly ways, some more serious ways. But forever it will be in my blood, feeding an insatiable desire to experience even more magical moments and create memories I’ll never forget. Well I hope not for many many years anyway. I’ve had a taste, and will not stop until i’m totally fulfilled.

 

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Kermits Cascade

This image is again of Hancock Gorge, or more specifically- Kermit’s Pool. I’ve mentioned previous times how fortunate i’ve been to experience this unbelievable spot by myself on 3 occasions now. For about 2-3hrs each time. Each time i’ve snapped a few images, then sat in awe for the rest of my time. Yes it is a more classic image, but it is pretty hard to go past a place that stirs such emotions it does within me and not bring a bit home with me.

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Hancock Tease

When it comes to the Pilbara, there’s really only one thing people expect. This has become evident when after my previous posts from the region, I got “where’s the waterfalls, where’s the gorges”. So, here they are! 😀

I love the top terrain, but in the gorges I definitely am in my prime. I love clambering, so gorges are perfect places for me. I’ve not had a chance to head down into the grade 6 area’s as every time i’ve been by myself with camera gear- not very often I listen to common sense but this is one lol.

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Kermits Trickle

More of Hancock gorge when I return from Perth, so to start is just the one image (and a nifty wordplay in the title lol) from the amazing Kermit’s Pool. I was once again privileged to have this place to myself for about 2-3 hours. Freeking awesome!! 🙂 Click on the thumbnail to see it in near full size goodness!

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Visiting Karijini as a photographer

While there are many fantastic locations in the Pilbara, well just about everywhere anyway, it is Karijini National Park that is the most well known, and probably beautiful location. In my posts from my first visit here, I referred to it as Magical Karijini. This is really the only way I can begin to describe it. It can’t be real, surely it’s not possible for a place like that to actually exist! But it does!

There are rolling hills, long valleys, vast plains, deep gorges, spectacular waterfalls and waterholes, the list goes on. I couldn’t wait to get back there, so of course on my first weekend I couldn’t resist the lure, I must get back there. So off I went.

Now my first visit, I still consider as being the step towards where I am today with my photography. At that time, I was still reluctant to call myself a photographer. I was someone who simply went around, snapped some pics and was lucky enough to snag the odd one that came up ok. Since then i’ve come a long way, my standard got to a level where I actually felt comfortable to call myself a photographer, and I hope I continue to keep going forward at the same rate in the future.

So on this trip, it was like my very first visit there. I saw everything differently. Everywhere I looked, I saw compositions, some that would work, others that wouldn’t. All of which I don’t think i’d have even thought about on my first trip.

I was just there this time on a scouting trip, I bet ya that there are a number of landscape photographers cursing me at that haha. But it was a quick trip in there, just to remind myself what was there- as I said, I was there with a brand new set of eyes. I only did a quick run down into Joffre Gorge to check that out, but apart from that I was walking the back country. Sourcing out more white gums and other classic Pilbara photographs.

Joffre Creek

Joffre Creek

My morning started at Joffre, as there were a couple of images I was chasing. The first here is my favorite from the day I think. It’s taken from the top of the falls, in the dry creek bed. I certainly wouldn’t want to try this shot when the falls are actually flowing! The reeds, the rocks pools and the fabulous colours in the rocks caught my eye. It was a tough exposure due to the extreme light contrasts you get in this area. But I was lucky to still get some relatively even light.

Eye of the beast

The second image here is actually one of the reasons i’m heading back again this weekend! Yeah, yeah…. more cursing haha. The water flow has obviously been limited over the past few months. This is not too pleasing on the natural eye as there is algae everywhere. However look at what it does to an image! The algae has given the water an amazing emerald green tinge, I was blown away by it when I got the images off the camera when I returned. So this time i’ll be decending into a few gorges to get some images with these unique conditions.

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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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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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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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