Pelicans

Pelicans

At Seventeen Seventy which is just south of Rockhampton on the Queensland coast we spent a relaxing afternoon lounging on the beach looking over to a sand bank in the mouth of the estuary. Patiently waiting for the right combination of pelicans and seagulls, which were plentiful, was a very pleasant way to spend an afternoon.

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Camera NIKON D800
Lens AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II
ISO 200
Focal Length 200.0 mm (200.0 mm in 35mm)
Aperture f/2.8
Exposure Time 1/8000 seconds
Date Taken 2013-10-17 at 3:16 pm

Richmond Beach

Richmond Beach
Richmond Beach

Another from the Weekend workshop with Paul Kowalski Richmond Beach is also in the Murramarang National Park. The rush of the water in the forground, pale yellow-orange sky and the two white tree trunks in the headland somehow seem to come together for me.

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Camera NIKON D800
Lens AF-S Nikkor 16-35mm f/4G ED VR
ISO 50
Focal Length 26.0 mm (26.0 mm in 35mm)
Aperture f/22
Exposure Time 0.8 Second
Date Taken 2013-05-25 at 17:38 pm

 

Still, at Pebbly Beach

 

Still, at Depot Beach
Still, at Pebble Beach

 

Pebbly Beach is in the Murramarang National Park. I was on a weekend workshop with Paul Kowalski – a most enjoyable weekend. In this one I like the triangle formed by the two rocks in the fore and middle grounds and the island on the horizon with the headland pointing at it.

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Camera NIKON D800
Lens AF-S Nikkor 16-35mm f/4G ED VR
ISO 200
Focal Length 20.0 mm (20.0 mm in 35mm)
Aperture f/22
Exposure Time 120 Seconds
Date Taken 2013-05-25 at 08:40 am

Panning Horizontally

 

Panning Horizontally
Panning Horizontally

 

Standing on Umina Beach swinging from side to side, over and over, at Christmas time when the place is crowded, attracts no attention or comment from anyone. I was surprised. I enjoy experimenting or playing with blur and I like this one very much for the colours.

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Camera NIKON D800
Lens AF-S Nikkor 24-120mm f/4G ED VR
ISO 50
Focal Length 82.0 mm (82.0 mm in 35mm)
Aperture f/22
Exposure Time 1/15 Seconds
Date Taken 2012-12-27 at 16:35 pm

 

 

 

Enjoyment

 

At Knight Inlet
At Knight Inlet

Grizzly bear viewing at Knight Inlet (Map) in Glendale Cove. We were in a small aluminium boat cruising the inlet. A few of the bears were swimming this one in particular appeared to enjoy the swim. The spray, flapping ears, closed eyes and expression just shout enjoyment to me. Or perhaps I’m just anthropomorphising. We were staying at  Knight Inlet Lodge which is a floating lodge in Glendale cove, British Columbia, Canada. At least it was floating a week before we got there, just before it burnt down (burnt sunk?). We were flown in each day from Campbell River and did the same things we would have done had we stayed in the lodge. We enjoyed it so much anyway that we are going back in June 2017, now that they have rebuilt.

Camera NIKON D800
Lens AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II
ISO 1000
Focal Length 310.0 mm (310.0 mm in 35mm)
Aperture f/4.8
Exposure Time 1/640 Seconds
Date Taken 2012-10-11 at 09:53 am

Uluru

Ularu
Uluru

On a walk around the base of Uluru I spotted this composition. I thought it was a bit different to what is usually presented as Uluru. The red ochre of the rock, muted green of the trees, black trunks and brown grass reflect the feeling of the place for me more than an image of the rock as a whole. Taken in the shade of the rock. See more images here: Portfolio

CAMERA Nikon NIKON D200
LENS AF-S DX VR Zoom-Nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED [II]
ISO 100
FOCAL LENGTH 50.0 mm (75.0 mm in 35mm)
APERTURE f/7.1
EXPOSURE TIME 1/15 Seconds
DATE TAKEN 2007-03-25 at 09:15

 

In The Bag

Gear, everyone always asks what your shooting with. It only matters when it’s relevant to what you intend to do with your images. It is important to know how to use your equipment, and shoot regularly. As Dorothea Lange said “A Camera is a tool for learning how to see without a camera”. All of our resources need to work together to make a photograph that holds interest. Arnold Newman summed it up as “Visual ideas combined with technology combined with personal interpretation equals photography. Each must hold it’s own; if it doesn’t, the thing collapses.”

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