Sunsets

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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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. 🙂

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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.


Little Grove, Albany, WA

A few shots close to home because I am too lazy to go anywhere else!  I loved the cloud formation and gorgeous blues that faded into a pretty pink.


 


Bremer Bay Estuary

This shot was taken on a recent outing to Bremer Bay with the Albany Photographic Society.

A last minute decision to shoot the sunset, then, trying to find the best vantage spot in an unfamiliar town had us all running up this little path and scrambling to get the shot.  Taken in a super hurry, I just threw on some filters (ND8 & ND8 Soft Grad) and hoped for the best.  This was the best out of quite a few ordinary shots.


Sharp Point, Albany, WA

I chose the wrong night to head out to Sharp Point.  Howling winds made getting a sharp shot almost impossible and out of about 50 shots, I only kept 3.

Add to this scenario my husband (who never comes on a shoot with me, and whom I shall not invite again until my heart recovers), who kept freaking me out getting too close to the edge of the cliffs in 40km plus winds.  Hope you like it 🙂


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.

 


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


Rock & Ruin

Finally got myself some graduated filters to play with!  This shot is pretty much straight out of the camera apart from some cropping and levels.  I stacked a ND4 and ND8 Graduated filters, plus ND8 circular filter.  I am very impressed at the colour and almost avoided blowing out the sky.  BUT, I hate how you lose so much of the shot because you can see the edges filters and have to crop them out, or pull your lens back.  Annoying as hell, and kind of negates the use of the wide angle lens!!  May possibly just be user error too 🙂