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Pic of the Week_Afterglow_Oberon Bay_Wilsons Promontory National Park

Photo of Afterglow_Oberon Bay_Wilsons Promontory National Park

Canon 20D camera and Canon 20-35mm 2.8 lens @ 20mm. 1/100 second @ f5.6 ISO 100

Here’s a nice secluded spot: Oberon Bay on Wilsons Promontory National Park. Photographers can only access this beach by hiking along a relatively easy, extremely well marked track for 3 hours from the Telegraph Saddle car park. Alternatively you could undertake the moderately difficult 2 1/2 hour coastal hike from Tidal River.

Once there you’ll be well rewarded with great views along this lovely beach. But be aware the prom is known for wet and, at times, windy weather. The evening I made this photo was extremely windy. I was constantly pushed backwards by the incoming tide, propelled onto the beach by the near ferocious winds.

I’d moved back almost to the dunes to make the above image. This allowed me to introduce the shapes of the foreground creek together with that of the distant hillside and islands to the fantastic sculptured cloud formations above.

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

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Glenn Guy, Blue Sky Photography

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Shapes_Curves and Shadows in Architectural Photography

Shapes and Curves_Etihad Stadium_Melbourne

Canon 5D camera and Canon 24mm f1.4 L series USM lens. Exposure Details: 1/200 second @ f16 ISO 800.

Here’s a photo with which I’m happy. It’s nominally an architectural photograph, as it features the bottom part of a sculpture at Etihad Stadium in Melbourne, Australia. But really the image is an exploration in abstraction utilizing shapes, curves and shadows to shape the image.

In fact the shadows have been used to link individual man-made elements within the frame. And, of course, there’s no shadow and, therefore, no shape, without light.

So, while I prefer to photograph under low light conditions, both indoors and also outside in the landscape, the above picture is an example that, with care, it is possible to make compelling images outside under very bright conditions.

Basic image processing was conducted in Adobe Lightroom 3. A warm tone and gentle glow were applied in Adobe Photoshop CS5.

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Glenn Guy, Blue Sky Photography

Landscape Renewal_Wilsons Promontory National Park

Grass Trees Regenerating After Fire_Wilsons Promontory National Park_Victoria

Canon 1D Mark II camera and Canon 24-70 f2.8 L series lens @ 24mm. Exposure Details: 1/50 second @ f11 ISO 400.

I love Wilsons Promontory National Park. Situated on the southern most tip of the Australian mainland, its one of my favorite places for landscape photography. Over recent years several fires have adversely affected the prom’s landscape and wildlife. In response to this devastation I undertook the production of a series of photographs that explored nature’s regenerative powers at work at the prom.

The above image of a common grass tree, photographed along the Lighthouse Walk track, was an ideal candidate. While the central element was severely blackened, the surrounding blades of re-grow suggested a positive outcome to the story. In fact many Australian flora species rely on fire to stimulate the grow process.

The original color image was rendered into black-and-white in Adobe Lightroom 3. A subtle warm tone was then applied in Adobe Photoshop CS5.

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Glenn Guy, Blue Sky Photography

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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Glenn Guy, Blue Sky Photography

Shrubs on Dune_Mungo National Park_NSW

Photographing shrubs on a sand dune_backlit by the rising sun_Mungo National Park_NSW

Leica M7 camera and Leica 35mm f2 Summicron-M series lens with Kodak Ektachrome Elite 100 film. Exposure Details:

Mungo National Park in far southwest NSW is a great place for the intrepid traveler and landscape photographer. The harsh, arid environment and the park’s formidable distance from capital cities, around an 8-hour drive from Melbourne where I currently reside, ensure it doesn’t receive the quantity of tourists it deserves. And that’s one of its charms. I travelled around the park for several days and only saw one other independent traveler and a bunch of retirees on a tour. But the very best times to photograph, early morning and early evening, I was alone. And that’s heaven for a landscape photographer.

The above image was made just after sunrise with the shrubs backlit by the fast rising sun. I decided to render the original color transparency into black-and-white to better achieve the starkness I needed to convey the sense of eerie silence I experienced at the time the image was made.

It seemed to me that this relatively banal subject matter, somehow surviving in a most inhospitable environment, offered me an opportunity to explore notions of survival, hope and growth, despite adversity.

Such notions provide powerful metaphors for the photographic artist that can help take your photos up to the next level. So remember, your photographs should not just be about what you see, but how you feel about what you see. And that is as important for landscape, portrait, architecture and documentary photographers as it is for the painter, sculpture or writer.

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

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Glenn Guy, Blue Sky Photography

Family_There’s Nothing More Important

Portrait Photography is best undertaken in controlled light conditions

Canon 5D camera and Canon 85mm f1.2 L series USM lens. Exposure Details: 1/30 at f4.5 ISO 200

Having photographs of your loved ones is a great benefit of being a photographer. The older I get the more importance I place in making these pictures and the happier I am to share them with my own family. Though not always easy, it’s absolutely worth the effort.

The above image features my dear old mum, Mary Guy, and my younger sister, Gabrielle Luhrs. The photo was made at my mum and dad’s house in Hamilton, Victoria.

It was one of those bright, sunny days when folks are happy to go outside and be photographed. The problem, of course, is that bright light spells death for the portrait photographer. To make a good picture under such conditions you have two options: use diffusers, reflectors and/or flash to control the light or, alternatively, move your subjects into softer, more flattering light. I do both, but usually favor moving the subjects into open shade where the light is less harsh and they can open their eyes.

Referred to as the windows to the soul the eyes are probably the easiest way by which the viewer can interact with the subject. What’s more when the eyes are open their color is revealed and wrinkles are reduced.

The above picture was made under my parent’s front verandah. It wasn’t hard to bring the two of the girls closer together. I utilized the overhanging creepers and background shrubs to fill the surroundings and allow the eye to travel easier towards the subjects. A very subtle vignette and a lovely warm tone were applied to further enhance the photo.

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

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Glenn Guy, Blue Sky Photography

Charity_We Can All Help

Here’s a good news story.

My idea of a hero is an ordinary person living an extraordinary life. While the day-to-day hassles of working for the man stop most from living the life they desire, there’s no reason why we all can’t find a way to live the life of a hero, at least some of the time. Today’s post is about one such person, Alana Holmberg.

One of the joys of teaching is the opportunity to meet great people and help them along the way to realising their dreams. I had just such an encounter recently while working with Alana at one of my Melbourne based photography courses. Alana has recently journey to South Africa where she will be helping out a friend of hers, Rebecca, who has set up a not-for-profit organisation called CCOP: Connecting people who want to help, with people who need help. Working in developing communities in Kwa-Zulu Natal near Durban, Alana will be utilising her writing and photography skills to document Bec’s work and the programs she runs. In addition Alana will be running a photography workshop where the young participants will learn basic aspects of photography prior to going out, in pairs, and making photos with simple Single Use Cameras (SUC). You may know them as disposable cameras, a somewhat less environmentally friendly term.

Alana sent out an email to friends and family requesting support to raise enough money to purchase the cameras and fund the subsequent processing of the photos. Her efforts have been rewarded and the $1,050 raised will allow her to run 3 workshops. The last time I saw her she was about to embark on what I’m sure you’d agree is a wonderful adventure.

I understand that participants will use their photos as reference points from which they will produce paintings. The area in which Alana will be working is known as the Valley of a Thousand Hills. 50% of the population are HIV positive and 40% unemployed. Growing up in such an environment must be incredibly difficult, which is why such programs are so greatly appreciated by the local community. As well as a pleasurable pursuit, art provides a powerful way by which the local children can express their joy and aspirations. It also allows them to work through many of the issues that their environment places upon their young shoulders. There is great value in this program and the work that Alana and Bec are undertaking is to be commended.

I was really pleased to be able to contribute to this endeavour by producing a PowerPoint presentation with images and text to support Alana’s teaching. With luck I’II be able to provide further assistance upon her return: I know Alana has considered running an exhibition to raise awareness and, maybe, more funds.

You can find out more about Rebecca by clicking here

You know how it is – we all want to help, but don’t know how. Giving money is always good, but there are so many other ways we can help. Direct and positive feedback is always appreciated as is spreading the word. How many people spend a good portion of their day forwarding silly or smut-laden emails around the world? How many take a keen interest in the woes (weight, relationship and substance related issues) of ‘so-called’ celebrities. Maybe once in a while we should make a point of spreading some good news around. The internet is a powerful tool and it costs nothing to bring some joy into the lives of others. In doing so you’ll make a positive difference by helping to bring attention to the good work of others. And you know what else: it feels good too.

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Glenn Guy, Blue Sky Photography

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