Albany

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!!

BUT…

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

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Old Quarantine Station, Albany WA

I see dead people

I recently met up with a fellow blogger Jordan Cantello.  I’d been following his work for some time, and when the opportunity arose to finally meet him and go on a shoot, how could I refuse?

I got permission to go into part of what was a Quarantine Station in Albany and here a just a few images from that morning.

Cheynes II

I see dead people map of oz Quaranup Jetty


It’s Been Awhile

Well, I have well and truly neglected my blog for no other reason than, I’ve been busy being lazy, and Facebook is quite the time wasting maggot!!  So time to start posting regularly again!

After a particularly long day at work and dealing with an extremely arrogant/rude customer at the end of it, I drove straight to one of my favourite places to regroup.  The clouds started playing the game nicely, and then a very small window of colour shone through and made my day a whole lot nicer.

Albany Yacht Club

Albany Yacht Club


Albany Marina

Things have been a little hectic lately and I haven’t found the time to post any new shots.  So here is one I found in my archives.


Blue Wren

I see these Wrens all over my garden, so thought I would try to take a half decent shot.  Birds aren’t my thing, and waiting for this guy to sit still for more than half a millisecond, I almost gave up.  But am quite happy with these shots.

This guy has quite the harem going, but I couldn’t catch the females.


Double Lock

December has been crazy with work and I haven’t been out for weeks with my camera!  So this is what you get today!  Nothing special, but I just love all the textures so thought I would share.

Also added my new logo, some dude wanted to charge me $1300 to design a logo for me, I politely declined and made one myself.  Figured I could put that $1300 I just earned toward a new lens 😉

I hope you all have a wonderful Xmas and a very safe Happy New Year. 🙂


Albany Port at Sunrise

Insomnia can be such a bitch, but sometimes it has its benefits.  Awake since 1.30am, decided to go shooting, but I am too lazy to go too far from home so went to one of my favourite spots in town.

I’m still in love with my Canon 70-200 f2.8L IS II, which I used for the first and last shot, (but still need to build some muscle to hold it).  The others are taken with 17-40mm (with a ND8 filter) which hardly ever comes off my camera.

 

 


In Your Face

In Your Face….literally!  You know how they say you should always pay attention to everything around you while taking the shot.  I must have missed that memo!!  Got me right in the face, then swamped me up to my knees even though I was high on the beach.


Duet

An old shot found in my archives from about 2 1/2 years ago when I first starting shooting.   Shot on a really hazy day and taken with a Canon 400D and Kit 18-55mm Lens.

Pre 5DMII, and in the days before I became an L-coholic!!


City Lights & Clouds Reflected on Princess Royal Harbour

Heading home from a committee meeting the lights from the city of Albany, WA, were reflecting on the clouds and the water.  I couldn’t help myself, I had to go home and grab my camera and head back to try to capture it.

Not as sharp as I would have liked, but neither are my eyes at 10.30pm.