Panorama

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

A New Stomping Ground

This blog has taken a lot longer to get going then I ever planned, but now I think it is ready.  Its still a little lean on but over the next month or so I hope to change that. So I came to thinking its been not weeks but a month or 2 since I last grabbed my DSLR and even fired the shutter.  Sometimes real life just gets in the way and this has been the case for me and still will be for a little while.  But last Sunday came and after buying my son a pair of bright red wellington boots for winter puddles during the week it was time for him to try them out.  Being West Australia we rarely get winter puddles so a trip to the beach on a cool but bright sunny day was called for.

Gear used: Nikon D300, Nikon 18-200, edited in Aperture & Photoshop CS5

Caleb @ Beach Red Boots

Caleb @ Beach Red Boots

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