* Light-Painting Tuition - You Can Do This ...! September 26 2014
If you've been wondering how images like this are created (& yes, they are created; it's not just a matter of taking a shot ..), why not get some Tuition on how to do it. Light-Painting can be done with very basic gear, & exciting results are possible even in the convenience of your own Garden ! Exciting images are all around us, & with the wonderful versatility of current-day DSLR's, you can easily create your own Lounge-room Gallery of Framed originals. For Tuition in how to create quality images like this large-scale Exposure at the beautiful Wattamolla Lagoon, contact me through the Contact page of my Web-site. I'll talk you through some Details, & we're away ! Why not team up with a friend, for a 2-on-1 Photography tuition session that'll leave you excited at the possibilities in store. Go to the Contact screen, & leave a message for me. Let's start creating ..
* What a Difference a Day makes ...or, Super-Moon plus 1 Day. September 17 2014
All enthused after successfully capturing the Super-Moon, I backed up for another shot at it, the next night. Now, the Moon loses an hour a night, & also changes it's point of ascension. I'd found an exciting shooting-position as I'd walked out the previous night. So...
the 1st image was gained from where I've been doing recent work on my next Project ... (soon ..). Beautiful light ...
the Moon rose above the horizon well North of the previous night, & I waited at least 1/4 hr (it took ages ..) to ascend above the Northern headland at Wattamolla. The looming-Moon lightshow was really spectacular...
probably better than the actual moon viewing. Beautiful, though. If you ever shoot the Full Moon, try (very hard) to shoot the 1st night. The colours in the image are way superior. Till next time ..!
* Full (Super) Moon at Wattamolla - 9th September 2014. September 10 2014
I've been chasing the definitive Full Moon images, for ages now. I still haven't got them. but, last night, I came close... Over the period, I've been disappointed with Lens choice, Composition, other people in the images (it's Digital, mate. take it again ..), not to mention the weather. I've put a lot of time in at Wattamolla lately (more about that, soon ...), & I've been rained on & rained out a LOT (who said it never rains in Australia..). Last night was beautiful. Just superb. The way the Light hit the northern headland was breath-taking. The colour the Light took on as the Moon climbed up to the Cloud layer was superb. The clarity of the scene was absolute. In the following images, I've done just enough Light-Painting to bring the fore-ground into the image, & just enough Shadows conversion to give detail to the Headland. I'm still shaking my head at the silhouette of the Headland ...
* Panoramic Image of Wattamolla Waterfall August 30 2014
As a Photographer, you have to know your locale. I knew the Lagoon at Wattamolla was carrying a lot of water, with the sand at the exit to the Sea being fairly silted-up. With the recent solid rain (Hallelujiyah !!), I figured the sand might be washed out some ... ? And, so it proved. Despite the incredible volume of water going through the Lagoon, due to the Sand erosion at the beach, the Lagoon is about 11/2 metres shallower now than 2 months ago (the last time I checked). The lower water level enabled access closer to the Waterfall, giving this VERY special composition.
* `London Light' - the new Dark & Moody Gallery April 28 2014
The Dark & Moody Gallery is NEW !. Created, inevitably, as a response to the extended wet season we've experienced in Sydney since Christmas 2013. Now that I've done this new Gallery & the accompanying Blog, it will probably stop raining. Hallelujah ... For more images & an extended explanatory, please go to the "Dark & Moody" gallery.
I'm spending more time in the Royal National Park these days. Lots of Photographic opportunities & time spent in the great outdoors. I always feel refreshed afterwards. On this Easter Friday, I did the short walk out to the Southern headland at Wattamolla - Providential Point. Our authorities had been quick to predict a powerful swell from ex-tropical Cyclone Ita, as it gave NZ a battering. As expected, the swell turned on in spectacular style.
These images are taken 40 metres above the water, looking down (which tends to flatten perspective). The power beneath me was scary. The sets powered through relentlessly, & the ground shook with each breaking wave. For me, an ex-Surfer, it was a humbling display of raw power.
I was perched on a rock-shelf, with views up & down the coast. In my line-of-sight were lots of huge boulders, scattered at random at the foot of the cliffs; all fallen from the cliff-face over countless years. It was difficult for me to convince myself that my vantage point was solid, as the sets rumbled through non-stop. It was awe-inspiring. I felt very exposed & insignificant.
To the south, the headland had a perfectly-shaped rock-shelf, on which sat a rock that I'd have to think was as big as a semi-trailer. The spray from the breaking waves dwarfed the scene, & as each wave passed, the rock-shelf would be left with a bridal-veil of receding water. It was a beautiful sight.
Footnote: this Blog was done to the music of Bob Dylan (Tom Thumb's Blues - Sweet Melinda).
The waves keep pounding away, at Providential Point.
I'll be back.
As well, images from this post are available for purchase as framed Prints; please see the "New Images" gallery.