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Incoming Tide_Loch Ard Gorge_Great Ocean Road

Incoming Tide_Loch Ard Gorge_Great Ocean Road

Hasselblad X-PAN II camera and Hasselblad X-PAN 30mm f5.6 lens with Fuji Velvia 100F film

Can you see the crashing wave in this image?

Shot on a wind blown, overcast day this image of Loch Ard Gorge is a favourite location for tourists along the Great Ocean Road. Famous for a range of shipwrecks, including the Loch Ard in 1878, the rugged cliff faces and enclosed nature of the landscape were well suited to the panoramic format. The wide-angle lens exaggerated the foreground elements and, as a consequence, increased the sense of diminishing perspective in the background.

I made the above image with the wonderful Hasselblad X-PAN II camera (no longer made) with the amazing Hasselblad X-PAN 30mm f5.6 lens. When used in conjunction with the panoramic format the wide-angle characteristics of this lens open up a world of interesting photographic possibilities.

The original color transparency was scanned then imported into Adobe Lightroom 3 for basic processing. Adobe Photoshop CS5 was employed to convert the color file into black-and-white and then to apply a lovely warm, chocolate tone.

It’s all very well to travel along the Great Ocean Road to The Twelve Apostles. But rather than spending most of you time in the car, travelling to and from, consider taking your time and spend 2 or 3 days breaking the trip up into smaller sections. That will give you time to stop, walk and explore. You’ll be able to stop for decent meals in one of the numerous seaside towns along the way and, for the more intrepid, discover secluded locations most tourists well never know.

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Looking Seaward_Whisky Bay_Wilsons Promontory National Park

Leica MP camera and Leica 21mm f2.8 Elmarit Aspherical lens with Fuji Velvia 100F film

Quite light at days end provided a great opportunity to explore the relationship between the various elements within this scene. There’s a lot of information within the foreground shrubs and rocks. Their inherent color, shapes and textures provided a fairly complicated foreground. I had to be careful to position myself so that I could find the best arrangement by which I could do the following:

  • Illustrate each individual foreground element
  • Contrast the softness of the scrubs against the hardness of the rocks
  • Ensure there was sufficient space by which the viewer can navigate their way, from element to element, and then pass through to the island in the background. The small patch of sand at the bottom left of the frame provided a nice pathway into the image.

I’ve employed Adobe Lightroom 3 and Adobe Photoshop CS5 for image processing. The vivid color saturation associated with Fuji Velvia 100F film helped lift the otherwise subdued color palette. I’ve increased that saturation further during image processing. If I were to make a fine print for display I’d work to reduce the degree of saturation, particularly in the aqua/blue and magenta colors. But this is a small image, viewed on the web, and I doubt the extra punchy color will upset too many people.

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As Above_So Below_Port Campbell_Great Ocean Road

Ocean, Rocks and Sky_Port Campbell_Great Ocean Road

Canon 5D camera and Canon 85mm f1.2 L series lens_Exposure Details: 1/4000 second @ f8 ISO 400.

I made this image late one afternoon in Peterborough on Victoria’s Great Ocean Road. I drove down to the seaside, right next to the golf course, for a walk around. It was bleak and very windy. Just before I arrived back at the car the sun came out. I turned around and noticed the beautiful, fluffy clouds standing out against the dark, brooding sky. I ran back to the beach to make the above photograph. I made sure I timed tripping the camera’s shutter release with the waves breaking onto the rock outcrop, just off the shoreline. Moments later the sun disappeared behind a cloud and the scene’s luminosity diminished.

While the image features water, rock, sky and clouds it’s really an exploration of light, tone, shape and moment.

Image processing was conducted in Adobe Lightroom 3 and Adobe Photoshop CS5.

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Coastline_Port Campbell National Park_Victoria

Wave crashing on cliff face near Port Campbell_Victoria

Canon 5D camera and Canon 17-40mm f4 L series USM lens @ 17mm. Exposure Details 1/80 second @ f5.6 ISO 100.

This photo was made from a rocky outcrop near Port Campbell along the Great Ocean Road in Victoria, Australia. I produce a range of postcards and greeting cards and was at the end of a long day selling and stacking stands. I needed to make some pictures and, despite the dreary weather, managed to find this interesting location right at the end of the day.

While I timed the exposure to coincide with the wave crashing into the cliff face I also wanted to draw attention to the rocky terrain and the foreground foliage. This is the reason why I placed the crashing wave slightly away from the centre of the frame. The use of the 17mm focal length added extra emphasis to the foreground, thereby further diminishing the power of the wave.

Image processing was conducted in Adobe Lightroom 3 and Adobe Photoshop CS5.

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Afterglow_Harcourt Reservoir_Central Victoria

Canon 5D camera and Canon 85mm f1.2 L series USM lens. Exposure Details: 1/250 second @ f8 ISO 100.

For 12 years I regularly ran photography workshops in and around the small town of Chewton in Central Victoria. A short drive further north, towards the regional centre Bendigo, will bring you to the small town of Harcourt. Famous for its apples Harcourt also has wineries, a great pub and rolling rocky landscapes. I’ve photographed the Harcourt Reservoir a number of times, always around sunset. The light has always been interesting and, on occasions, spectacular.

The above image was made after a beautiful, but brief sunset. I couldn’t believe how quickly the sun seemed to set and how the sky above remained bright for around 20 minutes after sunset. I made this photo after the sun had sunk below the horizon. The conditions were such that its rays illuminating the low-lying cloud formation above and reflected that light back down into the reservoir. White clouds and water are, after all, highly reflective.

The color and shape of the clouds are major design elements within the image. The color of the clouds is reflected in the water, while their shape is somewhat repeated in the reeds springing up through the surface of the water. This reminds me of a saying I learned during my days as a photography student: “As Above, So Below”. If you think about it it’s a very powerful and thought provoking saying. This may suggest a relationship between heaven and earth, sky and ground, spirit and body.

Symbolism and metaphors aside it’s rare when, during daylight hours, the ground is as bright as the sky. From my experience photographing under these conditions is a quite magical experience.

Processing was conducted in Adobe Lightroom 3 and Adobe Photoshop CS5.

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Fisherman_Central Victoria

Soft Light and a scenic location for this photo of a fisherman in action

Canon 5D camera and Canon 180mm f3.5 L series lens. Exposure Details: 1/20 second @ f3.5 ISO 400.

I made the above image of a fisherman with the last light of the day. I positioned myself low to the ground and timed the shot to coincide with the fisherman casting his rod. The shallow depth of field emphasizes the fisherman and separates him from his surroundings, while the color of the water ties in with that of the sky, highlighting the image’s 3-dimmensionality.

I love landscape photography. In this case the fisherman enhances the image by his position in the lower corner of the frame (looking into space), by adding a human element and providing a sense of scale to the scene.

It had been a long and busy day and the opportunity to photograph this scene was indeed fortune. It even made my arrival at a local pub too late for a meal worth it. Really, it did!

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Sunset_Bemm River_Victoria

A dramatic sunset from the beach near beautiful Bemm River_Victoria

Leica R6.2 camera and Leica 90mm f2 Summicron R series lens with Kodak Ektachrome Elite 100 Extra Color film

Bemm River is situated on the edge of Croajingalong National Park in far southeast Victoria. It’s a glorious location in a sparsely populated area of the state. The clean air and often-wild landscapes provide plenty of inspiration for the photographer. I visited the region on a quick detour from a planned long loupe drive I undertook from Melbourne to Mount Buffalo and along the Great Alpine Road down to Omeo, prior to heading back to Melbourne. It’s a wonderful trip that I undertook in mid February around 10 years ago.

The above image was breathtaking to behold. It was made at the end of a very full day exploring and photographing the region. I started the day before sunrise with an exploration of some of the local waterways with a local fishing identity. While I didn’t get any great shots it was a very interesting excursion. I spent the rest of the day visiting nearby beaches prior to returning after dark in the hope of a good feed. I missed out on a meal, but made the above image that made it all worthwhile.

While many consider sunrises and sunsets to be photography clichés it’s, nevertheless, undeniable that they provide positive, life enriching experiences for those fortunate enough to witness and/or photograph them. Over the years I’ve photographed numerous sunsets, some of them incredibly beautiful. These experiences were amazing. Time seemed to move more slowly and I felt myself very much in the moment. During such events it’s possible to glimpse something of the sublime. Such experiences and the desire to share them with the world is why I do what I do.

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