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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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Glenn Guy, Blue Sky Photography

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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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Glenn Guy, Blue Sky Photography

Pic of the Week_Dusk_Port Campbell National Park

Low light photography at Port Campbell National Park_Victoria_Australia

Canon 5D camera and Canon 24mm f2.8 L series Aspherical lens_15 seconds @ f2.8 ISO 400

I’ve opted for a relatively surreal rendering of this scene. Many of you will recognize the location, near the famous Twelve Apostles, in the Port Campbell National Park along the Great Ocean Road in Victoria, Australia. The image was made, with darkness encroaching, with the very last light of the day.

The slow shutter speed, required by the very low light levels, helped add a soft glow to the incoming tide. Clearly the light illuminating the large foreground cliff face is the main focal point within the image. It is further emphasized by the brooding darkness that surrounds and seems to envelope it.

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

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Glenn Guy, Blue Sky Photography

Looking Seaward_Port Campbell National Park

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

Here’s a relatively straightforward image that explores the concept of a frame within a frame. The rock face on the top of the cliff acts to frame the waters of the Southern Ocean below. Made along the Great Ocean Road in Victoria, Australia the serenity of the image has been enhanced by rendering into black-and-white prior to the application of a warm sepia-like tone.

Image processing was conducted in Adobe Photoshop CS5.

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Turmoil_Great Ocean Road

A  brooding image of a stormy sky on a wind-swept beach along the Great Ocean Road

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

Here’s an image that speaks of a stormy morning on a wind-swept beach. The location itself was a lonely beach along Victoria’s Great Ocean Road. The strong wind and high tide caused me to continually scamper backwards to avoid the fast approaching water. I managed to make a few images before having to retreat back up the beach and to the car. While a brief session, it was worthwhile. The cold air and frenetic activity was invigorating and I hope the above image adequately captures the experience.

Image processing was conducted in Adobe Photoshop CS5.

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Glenn Guy, Blue Sky Photography

Sunrise_Split Point Lighthouse_Aireys Inlet

Canon 5D camera and Canon 600 f4 IS lens. Exposure Details: 1/1250 second @ f7.1 ISO 400.

There’s little better in life than the glory of a beautiful sunrise. I was fortunate indeed to be on the beach at Moggs Creek, along the Great Ocean Road, to witness and photograph this wondrous sight.

I made the image with the huge and seriously heavy Canon 600mm f4 IS lens, firmly mounted onto a heavy aluminium tripod that I’d pushed into the sand for extra stability. A fast shutter speed of 1/1250 second was sufficient to freeze the fast breaking wave, while an aperture of f7.1 provided sufficient depth of field to ensure the image was sharp from foreground through to the background.

Image processing was conducted in Adobe Lightroom 2 and Adobe Photoshop CS5.

My career in photography started over 30 years ago. While it’s never been an easy road, photography has provided me with great joy and introduced me to people and places to which I would not have otherwise been exposed. It has been my passport into the world of sight and sound and beyond, into that special realm that exists outside of our everyday experience.

Enjoy your photography and push yourself towards ever-broader horizons.

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Glenn Guy, Blue Sky Photography

River Reflections_Lorne_Great Ocean Road

Canon 5D Mark II camera and Canon 24-105mm f4 IS lens. Exposure Details: 1/8 second @ f8 ISO 400

Late afternoon light and very little breeze provided great conditions for this image of the Swing Bridge and Boathouse in Lorne on Victoria’s Great Ocean Road. Nestled by the shoreline, at the mouth of the Erskine River, both structures are icons of the township.

I suspect that, for many folk, the above photograph is as much about memory and nostalgia as it is about the bridge and building. I composed the image in such a way to make a pleasing arrangement of the various focal points (bridge, building, boats) and their reflections. I hope the design of the image serves to bring the individual elements together in a pleasing and cohesive form.

Initial image processing was conducted in Adobe Lightroom 2, prior to final tone and contrast adjustments being applied in Adobe Photoshop CS5. A predominantly warm split tone was added to further enhances the nostalgic nature of the image.

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Glenn Guy, Blue Sky Photography

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