Sharp Point, Albany, Western Australia

Fellow shooter Shawn Hayward and I went up to Sharp Point in Albany.  I have tried to photograph this spot many times, but the howling winds have thwarted me every time, and I have come home disappointed, vowing to go back another time to try again.

The afternoon was beautiful and calm, epic clouds forming, stunning blue water, colour to die for on the cliffs, what could go wrong?

I had borrowed the Canon 5DMIII to test drive.  I thought I had changed everything to how I wanted the camera set up, not so!  One big mistake and I once again came away disappointed.  Must change camera from JPEG to RAW!!! Duh right?   I thought I had, but in my rush, I hadn’t quite pressed the button hard enough.  So 90% of my shoot was in JPEG.

I went out not expecting to like the camera, and the first half hour or so, I really didn’t.  Who needs to read the manual right, it can’t be that different to the Mark II surely?  Ha!! It is amazing how you get to know your own camera back to front, and I can operate it without even thinking now.  The Mark III really isn’t that different, but some controls I use, after every shot are now on opposite sides of the camera back to what I am used to.

This made me start doing moves that a contortionist would be proud of with my right hand, completely ignoring the fact that I have a perfectly good left hand, dangling by my side doing nothing, NOTHING!!

And LIVE View!!  Where the heck was that?!  Which meant I spent a good chunk of valuable light trying to bring up my histogram because I pretty much can’t shoot without it now.  Once I actually figured out how to read one that is.  Thank you Nick Rains!!


By the end of an hour or so with a camera that I had no interest in wanting to own, I have come away very, very impressed with all that it can do, and it is now on my list of things that I NEED!

Bye for now, I am off to scour the house and sheds to see what things my husband doesn’t need anymore to fund my burning need to own this camera. 🙂

Three Islands Sharp Point and Windfarm Lone Island Sharp Point untitled-8960-Panorama-copy-web Rain


8 responses

  1. JBB

    Lovely photos also on jpeg 😉 I am the proud and very happy owner of the 5DmkIII, loved the markII but also had the 7D mainly for shooting birds in flight because of the much faster focussing. So easily got used to the mkIII which is a lot like the 7D, I absolutely love it, sold the other two. Have everything I want in one body now, knew it would come and saved coins (not the smallest ones 😉 for two years already when it came out, it was lot of money but really worth it. So I agree you really NEED it 🙂

    January 12, 2013 at 11:04 pm

  2. Thanks Andijk, I think if Canon don’t do something spectacular soon, I will have to think seriously about this camera. Thanks for stopping by, I really appreciate it 🙂
    Maybe, you could write a recommendation to convince my long suffering husband 😉

    January 12, 2013 at 11:11 pm

  3. Nikon, Nikon, Nikon !

    January 13, 2013 at 6:25 am

    • Nearly hit the Spam button for that comment!! 😉

      January 13, 2013 at 10:22 am

  4. Awesome, as always.

    January 13, 2013 at 8:27 am

  5. I feel your pain. I’ve changed over to a non Canon camera as you know and I’m still learning about all the different buttons and functions on each shoot. 🙂 I love these shots. Simple but strong composition with heaps of drama. Well done.


    January 14, 2013 at 11:34 am

    • Thanks Jamie, very much appreciated mate. Luckily it is only a 5 minute drive from my house, and I can go back for another crack. 🙂

      January 14, 2013 at 11:45 am

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