Camel Rock


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1 – Jagged Hills, 6:45am 27/11/2015, Fujifilm X-T1, XF50-140mm F2.8 @ 63mm, 1/680s @ f22, ISO 400 (-1EV)

( 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?

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2 – Camel Rock, 23/11/2015 7:50am, Fujifilm X-T1, XF14mmF2.8, .9s @ f16 ISO800 (+2/3EV)

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.

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3 – Pre-dawn swirls, 27/11/2015, 5:12am, Fujifilm X-T1, XF14mmF2.8, 1.5s @ f11, ISO 200 (-2EV)

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.

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4 – Golden, 27/11/2015, 6.05am, Fujifilm X-T1, XF18-55mmF2.8-4 @ 27mm, 0.5s f7.1 ISO 200 (-2/3EV)

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.

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5 – Small Waves, 27/11/2015 6:22am, Fujifilm X-T1, XF18-55mmF2.8-4 @ 55mm 0.25s f13 ISO 200 (-1/3EV)

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.


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6 – No I didn’t get wet! 27/11/2012 6:31am, Fujifilm X-T1, XF18-55mm F2.8-4 @27mm, .1s f5.6 ISO400 (-1/3EV)

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.

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7 – Wave curl – 27/11/2015 6:42am, Fujifilm X-T1, XF50-140mmF2.8 @ 119mm, 1/680s f8.0 ISO 400 (0EV)

You should always pay attention to what’s happening at your feet.

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8 – Blue rock – 27/11/2015 6:40am, Fujifilm X-T1, XF50-140mmF2.8 @ 84mm, 1/110s f8.0 ISO 400 (0EV)

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.

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10 – Weed rush, 23/11/2015 7:54am, Fujifilm X-T1 XF14mmF2.8R, 1.3s f 8.0 (+2/3EV)

Post Processing

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.

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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:

Camel Rock - OOCO-9Camel Rock - OOCO-2Camel Rock - OOCO-3Camel Rock - OOCO-4Camel Rock - OOCO-5Camel Rock - OOCO-6Camel Rock - OOCO-8Camel Rock - OOCO-7Camel Rock - OOCO-1


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