On a Kangaroo Valley workshop with Len Metcalf we had a morning shoot at Beehive Point. The group was enjoying the location so much that we decided to stay till lunch time and continue shooting. This shot was taken late morning. I noticed these trees with straight trunks and small branches twisting in all directions. I spent some time just looking for a composition that worked with the light background and dark branches. I think this works well. I had to focus stack several images to get the right hand branch and upright branches in focus.
At Bendeela Recreation Reserve I found it a challenge to find a photograph, particularly as it was windy. I knelt down in a patch of tall grass-like plants and shot up to the sky with a shallow depth of field and utilising the wind to create additional blur. I think it’s important to also have part of the image, in this case, in focus. See more images here: Portfolio.
Wandering at Bendeela Recreation Reserve on an early morning shoot on Len Metcalf’s Kangaroo Valley workshop I spotted a tree on a rise. I setup my tripod low on the ground so that I could shoot up and isolate the tree against the sky. Luckily two Kangaroos showed up on the ridge. I think they make the shot. While the moon in the top left looks like a white spot on the screen image in a print it shows as clearly the moon and balances the two ‘roos. See more images here: Portfolio
On a Len Metcalf photography workshop in Kangaroo Valley one of our shoots was at Fitzroy Falls. This was taken along the west rim walk between Paines and Twin Falls lookouts just near Yarrunga Creek. I noticed new leaves shooting from a shrub that were purple and contrasted with the shrubs yellow / green foliage. De-focusing highlighted just the colours rather than the shape of the leaves. Processed in Adobe Lightroom to enhance the colours. See more images here: Portfolio
Out on this morning’s walk, using a wide angle lens close up is an approach I enjoy. I’ve used the Fuji 14mm on the X-T1 and processed in lightroom. The 14mm is about 21mm equivalent angle of view in 35mm (full frame) terms. Here’s another of a Tibouchina. It’s close to the minimum focusing distance of the lens – about 18 centimetres
I thought the colours would lend themselves to Black and white.
The Milford Track walk (more information) is 4 nights/ 5 days and about 54 kilometres. There are waterfalls everywhere you look – the region gets about 12 meters of rain a year! I didn’t want to carry a tripod as well as the rest of the gear required. So how to photograph water falls without a tripod and still get that smooth water look? And I couldn’t use an ND filter to get a slow shutter speed, obviously that would require a tripod. Continue reading →
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 interpretationequals photography. Each must hold it’s own; if it doesn’t, the thing collapses.”
( 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.