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.
Driving across to the Barossa Valley we crossed the Hay plain (so named after a town on the plain). I spotted this wheat field out the car window – it wasn’t hard to miss as there isn’t much else on the plain! A storm was brewing with rain in the distance creating the downward swoop of grey cloud. Processed in Nik Silver Efex Pro and Adobe Lightroom. The contrast in the clouds has been increased to add to the effect of the stormy clouds. See more images here: Portfolio.
Middle of the day with people about and a slow shutter has rendered them as ghosts. The sky pattern is just moving clouds rather than any post processing effect although the colour and tonality has been altered in Adobe Lightroom and a vignette added. I particularly like the colour palette in this and it’s one I use quite a bit.
The pool now has some new modern lights around it which I think spoils it – I haven’t shot there again since. See more images here: Portfolio
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.
During a cruise on the South Alligator River at Yellow Waters I spotted this Waterwalker. All I did was point the camera and press the shutter on this one. Processing in Adobe Lightroom. See more images here: Portfolio
Standing on the beach I was panning from side to side. A number of people walking past paid me no attention at all, which at the time, I thought was fortunate as a I wanted to concentrate on getting the timing and motion right for the shot. Looking back I’m surprised that no-one asked what I was doing as I must have looked odd. It’s important when panning for this sort of shot to follow through past the point when you press the shutter otherwise you get an abrupt edge to the image. The motion I’ve found the best is to wind up your body to the right and then unwind (rotate) to the left pressing the shutter at just the right time and with just the right shutter speed – it takes few practices. See more images at : Portfolio
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
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