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Basking in the Glow…

by on Mar.27, 2015, under Life, Photography

My eldest daughter basking in the warm glow of sunset.

Basking in Warm Glow

Basking in Warm Glow

NIKON D600 + 16.0-35.0 mm f/4.0 @ 19 mm, 1/2 sec at f/11, ISO 100

We’d just had dinner at the nearby Penneshaw Hotel (the food was actually quite good – a little on the pricy side but good none the less). We had some time to spare before we wandered down the road to join an evening tour with the Penneshaw Penguin Centre.

I’d brought my camera gear (of course) so my eldest and I literally walked down to the rocks below the hotel and found of course this fabulous area looking north west.

Again we had a nice array of golden orange lichen covered rocks – tho you can see in these images that where the normal tide comes up the rocks are clean and steely grey (presumably the salt water kills the lichen).

My first few compositions this evening were situated above these points of rocks aiming out to sea and covered in an array of colourful lichen.

The one above with my daughter sitting patiently watching the sun go down, then she moved out of the way whilst I tried some long exposures – first with the Lee LittleStopper and then one with the BigStopper.

Little Glow

Little Glow

NIKON D600 + 16.0-35.0 mm f/4.0 @ 19 mm, 185 sec at f/9, ISO 200

They both turned out quite nicely but in the end I preferred the shorter LittleStopper variant

Big Glow

Big Glow

NIKON D600 + 16.0-35.0 mm f/4.0 @ 19 mm, 324 sec at f/8, ISO 200

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Tunnels, Trees and Textures…

by on Mar.25, 2015, under Life, Photography

One of the photographic goals I’d set myself this year was to shoot some different things and one of those things was some textures. I’d started early this year starting my first few shots in this space back on the second of January. Now here on Kangaroo Island I continued the theme – but more on them soon :)…

Note: These photographs (especially the wider shots) look much better when larger – so click any of the images below to see larger versions in an inline overlay slideshow gallery viewer.

Driving back to Penneshaw from our morning sunrise session at Cape Willoughby with my daughters, I passed this little tree tunnel with a windy little dirt track heading off to the side of the road. Of course I had to stop and after multiple compositional attempts I think I like this one the best…

Winding through the Trees

Winding through the Trees

NIKON D600 + 24.0-70.0 mm f/2.8 @ 55 mm, 1/60 sec at f/8, ISO 560

and stopping again about ten minutes later on the main road back to Penneshaw, looking back down the road. I’d like to claim that I saw the cool shape in the gap in the trees when I was originally composing this… serendipity at play once again. The rest of the composition, the square crop and the processing however are all me :)…

Casper

Casper

NIKON D600 + 24.0-70.0 mm f/2.8 @ 70 mm, 1/80 sec at f/8, ISO 360

and so back to the textures. On the island interesting textures were jumping out everywhere if you had the courage to look. Normally I was looking to do much tighter detailed views of the textures themselves (which is also useful if you plan to ever use them as textures to layer blend with other images later in post to literally add interesting “texture”). Sometimes however I couldn’t but help falling back to my landscape roots and including them in their environment.

Orange Madness

Orange Madness

NIKON D600 + 70.0-300.0 mm f/4.5-5.6 @ 155 mm, 1/250 sec at f/11, ISO 100

The Edge of Nowhere

The Edge of Nowhere

NIKON D600 + 70.0-300.0 mm f/4.5-5.6 @ 230 mm, 1/320 sec at f/8, ISO 100

Green Iron

Green Iron

NIKON D600 + 70.0-300.0 mm f/4.5-5.6 @ 135 mm, 1/800 sec at f/5.6, ISO 100

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Turquoise Waters…

by on Mar.23, 2015, under Life, Photography

It was now 50 minutes after sunrise so I expected we’d be heading off soon but the conditions were still very favourable for photos so I was reluctant to leave such a fantastic location as I knew I’d likely not be back again.

A few more shots with these fantastic orange lichen covered rocks and the turquoise waters off Cape Willoughby…

Smooth Orange

Smooth Orange

NIKON D600 + 16.0-35.0 mm f/4.0 @ 19 mm, 32 sec at f/11, ISO 100

Back where we started the morning (well within a few metres of where I first composed some shots in the darkness two hours beforehand). The colours in this place are amazing – with these brightly covered rocks, the more subtle tones in other rocks from pinks to greens, blues and grey, lush green mosses and grasses and the vibrant turquoise waters – who needs brightly coloured skies…

I took two versions of this composition…

The first (below) is a “normal” exposure with the polariser and a 3 stop grad ND filter.

Turquoise

Turquoise

NIKON D600 + 16.0-35.0 mm f/4.0 @ 19 mm, 1/2 sec at f/11, ISO 100

and the second (up the top) adding the 6 stop ND Lee LittleStopper to the mix to stretch the exposure to just over 30 seconds – I didn’t need a lot – it was still very windy and the clouds were moving very fast.

Then down onto the fingers of rocks stretching out into the water to try something… and here’s where things went awry :).

BigFoot

BigFoot

NIKON D600 + 16.0-35.0 mm f/4.0 @ 19 mm, 1/2 sec at f/11, ISO 100

A couple shots after this I moved forward to try and improve my composition and get a better set of water flow over the rocks… and thats when the tsunami hit … Well not quite but a large wave surge did smash into the rocks at the front and then proceeded to arc up into the air over the rock and well landed on me. I held the tripod up in the air but things still got pretty wet. It gave my daughter who was standing watching from about 5 metres behind me quite a shock :)

We spent a good ten minutes trying to dry the camera, lens and filters off. Being a sucker for punishment I was back for more straight after. Unfortunately the wet filters and the conditions meant the next 14 frames were all hazy with foggy filters. Eventually I just removed them and shot “naked” (the lens – not me :)).

Note: These photographs (especially the wider shots) look much better when larger – so click any of the images below to see larger versions in an inline overlay slideshow gallery viewer.

Time for one more shot before we left the amazing Cape Willoughby for the last time… the conditions were still stormy and moody but it was time to go – it was after 7:40AM and two and a half hours since we’d arrived.

Storm Rider

Storm Rider

NIKON D600 + 16.0-35.0 mm f/4.0 @ 20 mm, 1/10 sec at f/11, ISO 100

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Exciting Skies…

by on Mar.21, 2015, under Life, Photography

The sun had risen and I thought it was nearly all over – it was half an hour after sunrise by this stage. Perhaps time for one more look down on the rocks below where I’d started the morning and we’d be out of here.

In the five minutes it took to pack up and for us to walk back down to the bottom however, interesting clouds had started to move in and the sky and conditions became a lot more moody. Perhaps the morning shoot wasn’t over after all.

Moving In

Moving In

NIKON D600 + 16.0-35.0 mm f/4.0 @ 19 mm, 1/2 sec at f/11, ISO 100

With the interesting broken cloud moving in fast from the south we started to get crazy light breaks in the sky and God rays galore out to sea.

My girls could see the way the light was streaming down behind the cliff on the headland where we were earlier and it was actually they who suggested this shot. They made their way all the way back up to the top whilst I framed a composition down here. With me directing via crazy gesticulating motions of my arms I got them into position on the ridgeline and when the silhouettes looked right we got this…

Exciting Times

Exciting Times

NIKON D600 + 16.0-35.0 mm f/4.0 @ 22 mm, 1/3 sec at f/11, ISO 100

It’s hard to make out the girls up on the ridgeline at 22mm without really looking at a large version of the image. I did another take zoomed out to 70mm on the 24-70 for a tighter view.

Reach for the Sky

Reach for the Sky

NIKON D600 + 24.0-70.0 mm f/2.8 @ 70 mm, 1/25 sec at f/8, ISO 100

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Pink Flush in Cronulla…

by on Mar.19, 2015, under Life, Photography

The rapid change in light and colour during our sunrise session at Cronulla Beach was nothing short of amazing.

The change from deep blues, through various shades of purples and pinks through to bright fiery yellows, oranges and reds and then back to deep purples and blues tinged with pink fire was as quick as it was fantastic. In the space of ten minutes we’d seen everything.

Cobalt Flush

Cobalt Flush

NIKON D600 + 16.0-35.0 mm f/4.0 @ 20 mm, 15 sec at f/13, ISO 100

This was not the morning to be fumbling with camera settings, camera setup or compositions. If it was working you’d stay there, if it wasn’t you needed to move and work quickly and surely.

Note: These photographs (especially the wider shots) look much better when larger – so click any of the images below to see larger versions in an inline overlay slideshow gallery viewer.

To finish off my morning session I tried a few different things in the changing light…

Up top the surreal colour and reflections at 6:45AM and just a few minutes to “sunrise” (not that we’d actually see the sun with that very heavy band of cloud out to sea).

Two minutes later and I’d moved to try a composition with these cratered and pockmarked rocks with tiny pools of reflective water.

Moonscape Visions

Moonscape Visions

NIKON D600 + 16.0-35.0 mm f/4.0 @ 20 mm, 15 sec at f/13, ISO 100

and finally over to the pool to chat with the others right after “sunrise”. I wanted to use a long exposure to smooth the water and give this pool a more soft surreal feel to go with the rest of the conditions. I dropped the ISO down to 50 and amazingly our swimmer rested still enough against the wall of the pool long enough to get a sharp image even at 13 seconds.

Waiting on Ice

Waiting on Ice

NIKON D600 + 16.0-35.0 mm f/4.0 @ 20 mm, 13 sec at f/13, ISO 50

and just like that our morning session was over – the others had packed up and we’re off to a local cafe for some well earned sustenance.

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