Archive for August, 2011

It Pays to Have Eyes in the Back of Your Head

These two shots are old ones of mine that I was recently reminded about.  I think it was the most spectacular sunset I have ever seen in Albany, and the colours were amazing.

Busy concentrating on getting this first shot correct, I wasn’t paying attention to anything else.  But I was getting annoyed at all these cars pulling up creating dust, and people oohing and ahhing behind me, and I turned around and saw this second shot!!

Reminded me what a particular photographer always told me.  It pays to have eyes in the back of your head!!


Trolleys Returned Here Please

Something a little different to my normal style!


Meelup, Dunsborough, WA

I came to revisit Dunsborough and all the magnificent coastline that I missed on the last trip.  Only to have the weather thwart me for the past two days!  I wanted to photograph Yallingup at sunset, but horizontal rain, gale force winds and monstrous seas put paid to that.  But I did managed to find a semi-sheltered bay and the only patch of blue sky I have seen for days
on the other side of the peninsula.  This is the result.

 


Banksia – ericifolia x spinulosa

Had a lovely afternoon with a friend wandering around the Banksia Farm in Mount Barker, Western Australia.  And of course as always, had the camera in hand.  If you get the chance, check them out, they boast the Worlds Only Full Collection of all Banksia Species and they are truly spectacular.

 


The Watcher

This picture was only my second foray into using textures, but remains one of my favourite images to date.  It consists of four layers, the tree, the crow and two textures from Shadow House Creations.  Do yourself a favour and check out this guys work.  Amazing stuff!!

 


The Disillusioned Photographer

A friend and I went to Dunsborough for a Christian Fletcher  workshop this weekend.  Because we were excited and inspired by Christian’s work, we took our trusty cameras around Busselton and Dunsborough to capture the gorgeous coastline and surrounds.  When I reviewed my images later, I was thinking, these aren’t too bad and pretty happy with most of my shots, we decided to go check out Christian’s gallery before the workshop that evening.

My jaw dropped in awe at the work in his gallery.  BUT, the more I looked at his work, the sicker I felt.  My pretty good shots of that morning’s outing, were in reality, pure and utter crap!!  I left his gallery feeling ill and very despondent, thinking I was a complete idiot for attempting to become a photographer.  I felt like throwing my camera off the magnificent cliffs in the area, closely followed by myself!

Then we did the workshop!! What an eye opener that was.  Christian shared his journey and struggles with photography, and some awesome tips on how to get to where he is today.  I highly recommend doing the course if you get the chance.  So I am going to share just a couple of the shots I got before we did the workshop, regardless of my feelings of inadequacy and  hopelessness!

Busselton Jetty – I know it has been done to death, but I have never been there, and for me it is somewhat a compulsory image to have in your portfolio!!

Sugar Loaf Rock – Also done to death, but seascapes are my thing and it just had to be done.  Also, I just got a ND400 filter and tried these out for the first time on these two shots.  In hindsight, I probably should have practiced with it BEFORE going to an iconic place to photograph.

The Obligitory Shot

 

Sugar Loaf Rock