A few days ago a Friend and I went for a two hour drive to Beech Forest, a small town found in the Otway Ranges of Victoria. Along the way if one goes via the inland route and not the Great Ocean Road one eventually will turn off a drive through a National park. The park is home to a rainforest which has trees like this.
I would love to find a grove of these trees but its unlikely as the geography is all steep slopes and hills with almost no access of the one road.
Continuing along the only road one eventually gets to Beech Forest. One of the first attractions is an old Fordson tractor and if you are not looking it is east to miss. This time I decided to take a six shot panorama of the tractor, more for the practise than anything else but I did like the result.
=Then its on to the Redwood Forest found a few kilometres along a dirt road. The trees and area is beautiful and oh so very peaceful. I tried a vertarama, a vertical panorama, which ended up looking like this.
Finally we went to Erskin Falls, we were really planning to go to the lower Kalimna Falls but traffic on the great ocean road delayed us to much. Anyway again a panorama or vertarama of the falls.
Then it was homeward bound and a much needed sleep. Hope you like the photos.
It has been a while since I posted on this blog. However due to a careless driver going through a give-way sign and hitting the front of my car I have been walking a great deal and taking few photographs..
Enough of my complaints, yesterday I ventured out with a small group to grab a few shots of a new development area here in Melbourne. The area is nicely fronted with water so as the evening wears on one is presented with lights and reflections.
The results are these shots. I did try for a larger panorama using a 200mm telephoto, however I had packed a lightweight tripod so between shots was much greater in time than I really wanted. The result of course is different sky exposures which makes for a very poor panorama. Still I managed to get three really nice shots from the day. Hope you enjoy them.
There is something compelling about waves. Perhaps it is the power they have as they roll into shore. Certainly for me I love to watch and photograph heavy waves.
On visiting a beach the other day there was quite a heavy surf, so I spent some time photographing waves and their remains on the beach sand. Only problem is the spray that drifts over the camera gear. Still a wipe down with a damp cloth fixes that.
here are three images from the session do hope you enjoy them.
Yesterday another photographer and I went to a site, Tenby Point, , that we had both been at before. It was hot and still and just a little bit humid with a bit of a walk across a rough stony beach, if one could call a metre wide sand patch a beach. The object of our desire was a tree with a large log pointing to it, which when the tide comes in makes for a very nice photographic topic.
So we set up and did the usual long exposure work and the results were ok. Then we left and went to a nearby beach on the southern ocean. That was better temperature wise with nice large waves breaking over rocks etc. Spent a bit of time there and then as the evening wore on and we were not happy with the size of the waves and the spray we decided to go get some dinner and then return to Tenby Point, not expecting much as cloud was starting to move in.
To our delight on arrival the tide level was great and the sky had enough blue and cloud to make it interesting, moreover the moon was out and in the right place. So it was all action with torches, long exposures and light painting of the tree. It is never easy to get the focus right in the dark especially when using a torch to light the subject for focus, just not bright enough so a number of shots ended up out of focus. However there are a few keepers from the night.
Out of all of the 200 shots I took over the day I have about 12-15 that are worth progressing, something of a rarity for me as I usually find that I only get one or two good images.
Now enough of the waffle, here is my favourite image from last night I hope you enjoy it.
In Australia there is a famous photographer called Max Dupain, a modernist according to wikipedia. However that is not what I was going to write about. The subject for today is on how others work can provide a guide/inspiration for what one does today.
Recently on a trip to Adelaide I decided to visit the local beach of Glenelg (A palindrome) and lo and behold as I walked towards the beach I saw a man sitting, very suntanned in the sun. Now it is not the same shot as Dupain’s iconic work of a suntanned man on a beach. However on seeing the man I immediately saw the parallels. So it was a brisk walk to an position in which I could take a shot desperately hoping that he would not move away as I neared. I only took the one shot as I am sure he was very aware of me after the first and I didn’t want to make him uncomfortable.
Here is the image, I like it as it captures Australia as it is today, multi-cultural, beach loving free and easy society. No doubt Dupain’s work captured the same in his day.
The moral if there is one is to read and look at others work, find inspiration from that and use that inspiration to create ones own work.
On a recent trip to Adelaide in South Australia on which most of my time was spent catching up with family and friends I found one evening where there was a window of opportunity to take a walk with the camera in hand.
Whilst walking around the new development over the rail way tracks in the CBD there were a few very nice architectural shots however much of the access was restricted due to building works still underway. As part of this development the Adelaide oval has been re-developed along with a new footbridge over the Torrens. As evening developed the sweep of the bridge and the lights made for the best scene of the day. Now it lacks the grandeur of other cities with soaring buildings and spectacular lights but all the same it was still worth dropping the camera down on a small ledge by the waters edge and doing the long exposure over the water.
The reverse image I haven’t tried due to the extensive building work going on but I am sure that come middle of the year when we are back in Adelaide and most of the works are finished the view into the CBD at dusk may well be a beautiful shot.
Hope you like this and I am looking forward to the opportunity to do the reverse shot looking at the CBD.
I was watching this couple for a short while waiting for some interesting interaction. Luckily for me a pigeon decided to walk past much like an a person determined not to be engaged with the sellers of the praline nuts. It was too much of an opportunity to pass up. After all birds eat nuts and seeds and other offerings from the casual passer-by. To find a pigeon acting out a human role was a delight. The pigeon is even ignoring the offering dropped by others on the ground around the vendors cart.
Hope you like it and if you want a copy on your wall drop me a line.