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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.

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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.

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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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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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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,Β  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 πŸ™‚

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 πŸ˜‰ Maybe not quite the same, but they’ll do me for a while anyway haha.

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Luck doesn’t just happen-you create it

Well after Jamie’s turned around and referred to me as “Mr Stirling”, I thought i’d best pump out a post from my beloved Stirlings. This is an image quite similar to others, with the harvested crops leading towards the hills. But as usual with me it’s got a twist- that being that this isn’t Bluff Knoll. Just about every image like this contains that peak- so here I am giving Mt Trio some love too.

Head to the hills

Head to the hills

If you’re wondering where the title came from, the story will fill you in on that. This image was lucky that I got it, but it wasn’t a case of me driving down the road, to just happen to see it there. I sure earned it. The evening before I climbed Mt Trio late in the day to try for some nice sunset photos, something that unfortunately didn’t eventuate due to an amazingly thick band of haze on the horizon. Which literally shut out all light about 15min earlier then normal!

Anyway I climbed the peak, and while I was up there I noticed this field far below me, and thought what a good place for a shoot the following morning. So I tried to make note of the side roads that led to it, and then the following morning tried to navigate there in the dark. I got there in the end surprisingly easily πŸ™‚ The hardest part was actually standing in the field while mozzie’s nipped away at me in crazy fashion! haha. I waited for the light, which once lifted above the ground lit up the stubble beautifully. So when it’s all said and done, if I didn’t trek up the peak late the day before, this shot would never have come about.

Mt- Trio

Mt Trio Pano

This is the sunset from on top of the peak anyway. Not the best as you can see due to the thick haze. A bit unfortunate, but then as you can see here, it also created a pretty unusual effect the other direction, with the haze causing some intense colours, and then Mt Trio casting a shadow into the sky itself.

Bluff Knoll from Mt Trio

Bluff Knoll from Mt Trio

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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.

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Rising Up

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The Holland Track- now for the details!

The other week I touched briefly on my trip along the Holland Track- which was mainly about the amazing storm we experienced on the first night. So here’s a bit more of an in depth post about the trip and what the Holland Track is.

The Track

The Track

Originally cut back in 1893 by John Holland- the track was made as a short cut for miners coming up from Albany who were heading out to Kalgoorlie in their rush for gold. It set off from Broomehille, heading North East through dense scrub land to Coolgardie, 530km’s away! Unbelievably this was cut in 2 months, led by John Holland who set out each day on horseback to locate the distinct rocks that trace the track. These were generally the only source of reliable water. What makes this feat even more remarkable- was that the section of track to the North East of Hyden regrew very soon after due to the Perth to Coolgardie train line being completed. It remained overgrown until in 1993 Adrian Malloy and Graeme Newbey retraced the route as close as they could with a tractor. I’m not entirely sure how long they took to cover the same ground to re-open it- but the first official trip occurred 5 months later.

2 months to cover that distance, in the dense scrubland and extreme climate conditions really is something to be admired. We went for a bit of a walk to try and locate some remnants of the original track at Thursday rock (which is no longer used for about 15km) and that was enough to realise partially what the original team experienced. It still wouldn’t even come close. The crossing was only made possible with the help of local indigenous people who knew where the rocks and their precious Gnamma holes were. Gnamma holes are water holes, kind of like wells that naturally occur in some of the large rocks found in the region.

The section from Hyden to Coolgardie is a popular 4wd track, with some tight, twisted and rutted sections to negotiate but all in all a pretty simple drive. We cruised along at a reasonable pace, taking in the sights. The Goldfields and their especially Mallee sections are stunning- when you see the magnificent Gimlet Tree’s you will be blown away. Growing in groves of hundreds of thin, wiry tree’s- the reds that can be found in their bark is unbelievable. Unfortunately this time I wasn’t able to get any pics of them, but next time I’ll be making sure i’m at a nice location late in the afternoon when the sun lights them up in spectacular fashion.

We didn’t stay at the intended campsite the first night as there was a large number of travelers staying at Sandlewood Rock- so we made do on a side track. Which of course provided the incredible view of the thunderstorms that were in the region. A night that I still think about daily. After packing up we set off to our campsite for the next 2 nights, which was a nice big campsite nestled at the base of Thursday Rock.

Here we were lucky to pretty have it to ourselves for the 2 days, and each morning and afternoon I headed up the rock to try and get some photos. Managed a couple but nothing that I was really happy with. The light just wasn’t co-operating and I managed to find myself in the wrong places. There’s always next time πŸ™‚

So here’s another couple of photos I got on the trip. The first is sunset on the first night. The clouds lit up quite uniquely, so I used the track we came along for the foreground. As you can see there was no foreground interest anywhere as the tree’s are still quite young after the fires that swept the region. This is quite a contrast to the scene that was unfolding to my left.

Electryifying Sunset

To the left was were the storm was building, sparking up and then going nuts! The ground lightning just wouldn’t spark out of the storm head for me, so I had to go a bit wider to get some. Unfortunatley resulting in a bit too much black for my liking in the top right, but the clouds were that thick there wasn’t much else I could do. A nice bit of cloud lightning in that area would have topped this off I think. I love how the rain has been iluminated by some lightning!

Golden Sunrise

The last image here is from Thursday rock. I waited for sunrise to light up the rock face. I think this image sums up the feel of the Goldfields. The precious water, a golden bit of light, and then the harshness of the region. I still didn’t quite get what I was after, and I wish I tried a few other things with this pool. But that will unforetunately have to wait untill next time.

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Dawn of Time- Denmark

Ok well it’s 2010- so now for the cheesy pledge ofΒ  New Years Resolution πŸ˜› That being I hope to actually get on here with a post every so often. I think there was about 20 last year… which is a pretty poor effort on my behalf!

After a crazy few months with work moving warehouse, as well as calendar promoting etc- by the end of the day my brain was not working enough to construct anything decent. So I thought i’d save you all the boredom haha. Got plenty here now ready to go though.

Here’s the next image I got on my trip down South in October last year. Again it’s Greens Pool, just to the West of Denmark it’s a place I absolutely love going to. I’m hoping to get a couple more trips down that way again this year. So many boulders to work with, and then pristine water. On this trip it wasn’t so tranquil with storms coming across- but they all added to the atmosphere of this image I feel.

Dawn of Time

Seeing the crack filled with water from the previous nights rain, I got down nice and low to pick up the reflection of the sky. ThenΒ  waited for the sun to come out- and when it did, itΒ  hit the rocks in the water with wonderful golden light.

Hope you all enjoy this image- sorry it’s another seascape though Flem! And a few more to come- hopefully I can manage to get out and shoot some landscapes to break them up a bit for ya πŸ™‚

All the best for the new year too everyone- I’m looking very forward to it with a few trips away. A couple of weeks up in the Pilbara again, as well as a few weekend trips away to some neat new locations (and not so new as well). On top of that i’ll be following up with another calendar for 2011, as well as a few other projects which is exciting. Should get round to updating my website too i spose lol.

Take care

Stephen

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2010 Landscape Calendar

Well some of you may know about, or did see my 2009 Calendar, which went very well for a first off effort. Due to that success i’m happy to announce i’ve had a freshly published calendar for 2010.Β  A slightly different design, and much better images have combined for what i’m sure you’ll agree is an even better edition this time round!

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Cover

As with last year, it’s a high quality machine pressed calendar, with a unique design and personal spiel for each image. Very different, and higher print quality to the mass produced calendars in most shops.

With a print run of 1000 copies, and sales outdoing last year you’ll need to get in quick if you wish to secure a copy. Appolgies for the lateness of the post notifying of this, as i’ve only just managed to get all the artwork together to get them on the net.

They are available direct through me- for $12 plus a small postage fee, which I can provide upon inquiry. Also if you purchase 3- you’ll receive a 4th for free.

If you’re interested, you can contact me via e-mail at

enquiries@swilliamsphotos.com

A big thank you to the team at Point Graphics who were fantastic during the process, and a big reason for the tweaks in design.

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January

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January Text

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Back Cover

Salt Lake Views

Well I have a heap of images ready to post, and had every intention of posting about 3 since my last post…. But damn, things take too much time! πŸ˜› Hopefully things will slow down a bit and I can get some of these new images up. The more I post, the more I have to go out and shoot. Gets me off my butt a bit more anyway.

Salt Lake Views

Salt Lake Views

Here’s another shot from the morning down at the Stirling Ranges. The haze basically wrote off most of the trip, but also created my previous shot. 15 or so minutes after I took that image, the sun had risen above the horizon and was casting some wonderful side lighting on these dead trees. After ending up shin deep in the mud (I wish I could say only once….) I got out to this spot and set up. I couldn’t set up with any conventional composition involving the tree’s and the mountains. So I thought I’d go for something outside of the box. Basically a 50/50 set up. I wasn’t sure how it would work, but when I viewed it back at camp I was quite pleased.

The light off the timber really catches my eyes. And basically I had clouds I had for the whole trip whisped across the sky, thank god for them! The peak you can see is Toolbrunup Peak. Which has to be one of the best climbs in the park. Definitely one of my favourite mountains,Β  apart from the Eastern Peaks.Β  But being so much more easily accessible it’s got to be one of the best.

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My second home

Well anyone who knows me, or spends any decent time with me- knows how I feel about the Stirling Ranges…. I love them!!! πŸ™‚

Every chance I get I go there, even if that means a total of 15 hours (of which most was driving) to see snow there last year. Something i’ve experienced a few times there but could never get sick of. I worked down there for a year, which for me is heaven! I used to climb a mountain before work! Oh how many times i’m sitting at work these days dreaming of where i’d rather be. A few of them a week is good for the soul.

So with the global finance crisis taking hold. My company did as so many are doing and forced us to take excess leave. So I thought what better way to use them then going down to my beloved Stirling’s for a few days. So off I set, with a new image in mind. I’ve seen many images of the Stirlings, and really wanted to get out a new vantage point. Something that sums up my love for the place, and shows a different side to the tourist side which is what is mostly shown. A image which has been in my mind for quite some time, but i’ve never quite got it. Then as i’m driving down- I start realizing it might all be falling apart….

As they so often do, the farmers of the area are burning the remnants of their crops from last year, and clearing tree’s and rubbish- also burning. Now with the weather forecast (dry and no wind and no clouds) fresh in my mind I knew what this could mean… haze- and lots of it!

Oh well, i’m here so lets make the most of it! So up I got early to climb Bluff Knoll for sunrise. I misjudged the rise just a lil. Not that it was to matter anyway as when I rocked up at the carpark I bumped into none other then Kirk, Neil and Jamie. Who were down there on their trip. So I hung out with them a bit and watched a pretty ordinary sunrise (one of many to come). It was good to finally meet them. And I would have loved to have got out for a shoot with them- but that never eventuated.

Anyway the next morning I headed round to where I hoped I may be able to snag the shot I was after. They’re probably going to hate me for not informing them of this location. But not really knowing it yet- I couldn’t direct you somewhere I had no idea about. And also I couldn’t give away the prime location I’ve been waiting for, for the last 3 years! Sorry guys, you’ll get it next time πŸ™‚

Cotton Candy Hills

Cotton Candy Hills

Well that’s enough blab from me. Here’s the first shot. As you can see there was an incredible amount of haze. It’s really given the image a very different feel. I like it, i’m still thinking of converting it to B/W as well to give that a go- I just need some more work at the conversions. But the early light coming through the haze has given it some very unusual colouring. I saw the branch in the lake and thought that would make the perfect addition to the reflection part of the image. It would have been great with a nice clean blue sky with the same clouds white. But with the conditions I was given I came away quite happy with this image.

I hope you enjoy it too. πŸ™‚

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