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. 🙂
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.
A little video I made about my images and how changes, big or small, can make a vast difference to RAW files.
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 🙂
Once again my beautiful 15 year old niece asked me to take some shots of her friends and herself for their school ball. I have to say I had so much fun with these crazy, beautiful young ladies, that I had to share a couple of shots.
After a horrendous start to the year, I have found my enthusiasm for photography has been squashed and then stomped upon!! But the amazing True North Mark and Camera Solutions (Murray Street Mall) got my creative juices flowing again. Thanks guys.
Several photographers met for a walk around Murray Street mall with cameras in hand. Having rushed to Perth the previous week, I came without my trusty 5D II, but was able to use the Fuji X100.
Not having used the camera before, I was seriously under-prepared for the outing, (and looked like the poor relation next to all the beautiful big Canons, and the odd Nikon) but I soon fell in love with it and am keen to shoot with it some more.
This is a 5 stich pano done in CS5. Gotta say, that program takes all the hard work out of stitching. I haven’t had to retouch at all. I have left this shot pretty much straight out of the camera, but have added a little cooling filter to take down the yellow tone some.
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.
Recently I had the pleasure of photographing the wedding of a friend of my husbands. Such a lovely couple, and I can now claim them as my friends too. They have four beautiful children and I thought I would share a couple of shots of one of their daughters.
Apparently she is notoriously hard to get a photograph of, but posed for me quite readily when I got there, but, these two shots were actually my test shots of her (hence the horrible background), and after this she refused to pose again 🙂
Had an amazing day out and about shooting some of our gorgeous Great Southern beaches yesterday with friends and fellow obsessive compulsive shooters like myself. Leigh Diprose, Julie Holland and Michael Lee thanks for a great day out!
Leigh, if I could pick pockets, you’d be minus one set of Lee Filters right about now 🙂
PRINCESS ROYAL HARBOUR SUNSET
THE HAPPY SNAPPERS