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Rising Sun_Uluru_Central Australia

Rising Sun_Uluru_Central Australia

Hasselblad 503CW Camera and Hasselblad 150mm Sonnar f4 lens with Kodak Professional Ektachrome 100VS film

Here’s a most untypical view of Uluru, a photographic and tourist icon in Central Australia. I’ve been fortunate to photograph the rock at sunrise and sunset; in bright and inclement weather; at midday and early evening. I’ve walked around Uluru, but have never climbed it. It never fails to awe me with its beauty and power.

The above image was made shortly after sunrise as the quick rising sun began to warm the landscape. With most folk either sleeping or shooting from the designated sunrise location, I continued around to the opposite side of Uluru and position myself for a very different experience.

The dynamic diagonal line of the rock and the shape of the trees produce a strong silhouette while the presence of the sun adds a sense of hope and explores the notion of time within the still photograph.

You haven’t experienced Australia until you visit the Uluru/Kata Tjuta National Park. Do all you can to visit and, when you do, ensure you stay for at least 4 days. You’ll need that much time to explore the many wonderful photographic opportunities offered.

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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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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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Dusk_City at Night

Finding unique views of your city will allow you to produce unusual and, sometimes, great photographs

Canon 5D camera and Canon 85mm f1.2 L series USM lens_Exposure Details: 3.2 seconds @ f11 ISO 100

When photographing a city skyline it’s often a good idea to look for an alternative view to those more commonly depicted. The above image was made from the south and west and places the city in relation to a more industrial, working class foreground.

It’s a highly composed image with diagonal lines running through the industrial structures in the foreground, vertical lines defining the outside of the city buildings and less defined horizontal lines marking the demarcation between floors. The shapes of the buildings are rectangular, as are most of their windows.

Despite the quiet nature associated with most photos made at the end of the day, this image’s warm/cool color scheme gives it an extra dynamic which lifts the buildings lit with warm light out from the cool blue background.

Next time you’re out and about in good light don’t forget to check out what, at other times of day, might seem banal. Beauty is a matter of perspective, and also of viewpoint. And unfamiliar viewpoints can produce interesting results from both iconic and commonplace subject matter.

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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Play Your Own Tune_Night Photography

Great Night time Photo Opportunities in the City of Melbourne

Canon 5D Mark II camera and Canon 24mm f1.4 L series lens. Exposure Details: 1/8 second @ f2.8 ISO 1600.

Here’s a very recent image from a winter’s evening photographing at Birrarung Marr in the City of Melbourne. I love the image’s rich gold and red color palette, the strong shapes of the bells and the extra impact given to the image through a low angle of view and the use of line to enhance the illusion of 3-dimensional space.

All light sources in the image are artificial. Spotlights illuminate the bells, from below, and the low-lying clouds reflect light from the city far below.

If you’re interesting in making images like this check out my upcoming Night Photography in the City of Melbourne workshop. Group numbers are limited to make for a friendly, non-competitive environment giving you space to work and plenty of access to your tutor (me) for one-on-one assistance. I hope to see you there.

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