Sunrise

A Few Recent Edits

I always have good intentions of keeping up with this blog, but other things seem to get in the way.  Or, maybe I am just too lazy?  Either way, here are a few recent edits.

But, just to clarify, I do check out the Blogs of those die hard bloggers still doing it, but probably don’t comment as much as I should.  Suppose it comes back to that lazy thing again. 😦

Obviously you can tell I am on a textural rampage at the moment, but this too will pass 🙂

Have a fabulous day folks.
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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


For Michael & Julie

As per the suggestions of Michael Lee and Julie Holland, I thought I would post the original shot of Greens Pool, then the version without the texture.

The first shot was taken just about first light, with an exposure of 44 seconds.  I liked it, but felt the blue was overpowering.  So I reduced the saturation and lightened the whole image.  Resulting in the second shot.

And anyone that knows me, knows I am a texture fiend, so I put one on, hence shot 3.

All C&C is gratefully accepted 🙂


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.

 

 


Bremer Bay, Western Australia

Our annual Photography club weekend away was to Bremer Bay.  So much to see and photograph, two days was definitely not enough.  Was heading back this week, but got called in to work 😦

 


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


Morning Magic

Today I am posting two shots.  Before and After!  I recently bought Cokin Filters and oh what a difference they have made.  Post processing time was virtually nothing on this shot, and all I have done is lighten the foreground and part of the driftwood.  Gotta love them Filters!! Hope you enjoy 🙂

After Shot

Before shot


Point King Lighthouse

Point King Lighthouse, Albany, Western Australia.  Built in 1858 and in operations until 1911.  It had four caretakers in its commission, with one family having 10 children living in a four room cottage perched on a steep rock face.  Unimaginable!

I would like to point out that there has been no colour correction on either shot.  The first one is all down to Cokin filters and I think I like the results!

This next shot was taken about 40 minutes before sunrise.  Settings,  30sec, f/8, ISO 200 and tried light painting with two very weak torches!