Its a shame the sun rises so early

It really is... because I do love a sun rise photograph. There is something magical about the quality of light held in those first few rays that hit the horizon. But it comes at a cost. With this image I woke up at 4 am yes 4 am! I was on leave so that didn't really matter to much but what was really fun is I took my boy Caleb along as well, he thought its was great to wake up when it was still dark and sneak around the house and watch the sun come up.This image wasn't really what I was hoping for, I really wanted some dramatic cloud as well but I should have guessed since its the middle of summer here in Australia and on what later became a fairly hot day no rightly thinking cloud would be caught dead in the Australia sun.

Perhaps if I go back in winter I will be able to sleep in and get my cloud as well.

Gear Used: Nikon D700; Nikon 24-70 F2.8; Edited in Aperture

Perth Sunrise

Perth Sunrise

Old House @ Burra

The old house at Burra

The old house at Burra

On our last interstate trip we went to South Australia. The first thing I do when ever I go to a place I have never been before is look up images of that place on Flickr. It was no different with the Trip to South Australia, but I found a fantastic photograph of this old house in a town called Burra. I now had a reason for the trip and some developed our travel plan around visiting Burra and the old house.

Gear used: Nikon D300, Nikon 18-200

Melbourne @ Night

I love to travel and one of thing things I hope this blog has the chance to become is a travel journal. This image is taken from a last trip to Melbourne, the Fish-eye have a nice distorted view.

Gear used: Nikon D300, Nikon 10.5 F2.8, Manfrotto 190B, edited in Aperture

Melbourne at night.

Denmark Karri's

I don't think there is anything as good as a panorama shot to give style and emphasis to a landscape. Pano's can be done by joining multiple images like in this sunrise shot or just by doing a tight crop to a single image like inthis shot of some karri trees in Denmark WA.

Gear used; Nikon D700, Nikon 24-70 F2.8; edited in Aperture

Albany Sunrise

So this image has a funny story. We were in Albany and I asked the lady who owned the B&B we were staying in about locations for a sunrise shot. She described a lookout, and relatively unknown lookout that would provide a great view over the Princess Royal Harbor. So that day I go and check it out and it looks good, its were I was able to grab this great shot of Caleb Anyway the location looked great so we headed home to pack the camera bag & an early night. The next morning the alarm fired off as planed at 4:30am I quietly left the B&B and drove the 25 minutes to the location. It was cold. Its was dark. Its was wet and it was FOGGY, really really FOGGY. The idea I had was to take 1 photograph every minute for an hour before & after sunrise a total for 120 images. I deiced hay I'm here anyway lets give it a shot. I took the camera bag, tripod, torch and umbrella and climbed the rocks to the lookout and set up shop. 15 minutes it was still really foggy but still pitch black. The kind of pitch black and foggy that make you take very cautious steps. If you have ever been to Albany and have ever looked at some of the rocks there you know they are slippery and normally at the top of a high drop. As time passed though the fog did not. I could tell it was getting lighter, not with my eyes they had adjusted to the darkness but the shutter was starting to fire quicker and soon there was enough light to grab this great shot of the rock. But then the final blow came. The rain had changed direction and strength it had gone from a lite mist large heavy shower coming in sideways. With that I gave up, grabbed the camera before it was water logged and carefully headed to the car.

I drove off quite disappointed and running through what outdoor camera gear I would need to bring next time to prevent such a disappointment. After about 10 minutes I was coming around a tight turn and the first turn where you got any glimpse of Albany Harbor and I just happened to look sideways for a brief second to see the image below.

This image is a panorama made up of 4 exposures . The RAW files were edited in Aperture and the Pano produced in Photoshop CS4.

Gear used: Nikon D700, Nikon 24-70 F2.8, Manfrotto 190B, edited in Aperture & Photoshop CS4