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. 🙂
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.
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.
I’ve been laid up in bed for several weeks with a bad back, and haven’t been able to use my camera for four weeks. Resulting in severe withdrawals. Biting the bullet (and dosing up on painkillers) I went to a local spot, with minimal walking to capture this sunset.
I fear I may have over done it a wee bit, but I tried my hand at a little light painting with a torch on the rocks. This was a 50 second exposure, ISO 100, f/8.
Once again, I am laid up, but the pain is worth the shots I got!
Lately I have found myself in a bit of a rut photography wise. I find myself always going back to the same places, shooting the same angles and never really pushing myself to try something new. So, I set myself a goal to look within a 1 kilometre radius of my house and find something to shoot.
I found this great little jetty overlooking the town of Albany, Western Australia. Now I must point out that I have lived in this area for about 10 years and did not even know this place existed!! It belongs to Panorama Holiday Cottages & Caravan Park and they kindly let me wander in and shoot for hours. A big thank you to Neil for your kindness.
So, it just goes to show there is plenty out there to shoot, we just have to open our eyes to the beauty right in our back yard. And Albany sure is one of the most beautiful places on Earth.