( Wallaga Lake area Map GPS 36°22’42″S 150°4’47″E)
The Hunt for Images
As the name suggests camel rock, well, looks a bit like a camel from some viewpoints and with a little imagination. If you can imagine being a little more along the beach to the right in the shot below…obviously taken on a different day when the weather was not so fine, perhaps you can see a camel lying down, head out to sea?
This post’s opening image was taken at the rock to the left – on a different day.
On the day that I took the opening image a group of us arrived at the rock around 4:45am, sunrise was at 5:40am. Some started to shoot the camel aspect of the Rock. I wandered up to a part of the headland overlooking the rocks anticipating the rising sun bathing them in a golden glow. Along the way a tried some pre-dawnlight shots.
I continued on up to the top of the headland and set up the tripod in quite a sloping area – here’s a hint; adjust the legs of the tripod so that the centre column is vertical and the whole thing won’t topple over! I sat and shot over a hundred images trying to get the right combination of waves on the rocks below. Unfortunately there was a cloud band on the horizon and the first light glow didn’t happen. But I got this one around 6:00am.
Not quite what I pre-visualised, I wanted the light just hitting the tops of the rocks. I clambered down from my spot to shoot the backlit waves on the shore.
I tried capturing some wave splashes at a structure that was forming a sort of wall, perhaps a meter high, that the waves were crashing over.
The images I’d taken so far were all of vistas but I found I was moving towards a more intimate approach to environment. I took the camera off the tripod – there was plenty of light now – and wandered and meditated on the shapes, light and movement of the water. I used the 50-140mm lens, which on the Fuji has an angle of view equivalent to a 70-200mm on a full frame camera, to isolate elements in the landscape.
You should always pay attention to what’s happening at your feet.
And wide angle lenses are fine for capturing intimate aspects of the landscape as the following image shows. I like the abstract nature, the blues of the water and browns of the sand is a great palate combination.
All of the images have received considerable processing in Lightroom.
I considered processing the opening image as a landscape orientation. The shape of the rock reminded my of a craggy hillscape but I think the portrait shot is better; it seems to challenge your mind more with the shapes.
I generally set white and black points first. After that I don’t proceed in any particular order. Though If I think an image is to be cropped significantly I do that early. I generally follow the natural flow that lightroom facilitates i.e. global adjustments under ‘basic’ followed by individual adjustments with the brushes, and other panels. I use the HSL sliders extensively to bring out the colours I want. I try to impart the feeling’s I had at the time of taking the photo rather than record what was in front of me. Here are the above images as they came out of the camera: