With news of the impending cyclone Bianca coming to wreak havoc on the city of Perth, Western Australia i was salivating at the thought of the capturing Perth's best storm photography since the storm that tore through Perth's Western Suburbs in March 2010.
Fortunately for Perth and unfortunately for storm photographers cyclone Bianca had faded dramatically by the time it hit Perth and we received little more than a good soaking for our lawns.
What cyclone Bianca did provide was some dramatic cloud formations that i knew would create powerful landscape images. Heading out on Saturday i was looking for a good vantage point to capture the sky's looking into the sunset.
My first stopping point was Point Walter, though with the focal point being either the Sandbar facing North or the Jetty facing East, it wasn't right. Moving on i started heading to either Leighton Beach / North Fremantle or Cottesloe where i knew i could look straight over the Indian Ocean as the sun set.
On the way, I stopped in-between Blackwall Reach in Bicton and the Bicton Baths. This beautiful stretch of river is so scenic and the wind had died down making for ideal conditions for landscape photography.
The image above is at a little beach landing where people store their boats. This shot is a 9 image stitch created in Photoshop CS5. I also used a neutral graduated filter to help emphasise the power that mother nature can create when angry.
As with all my photographic expeditions lately, whenever i seem to get a landscape that I'm really happy with i manage to break something in my rush to get the photo.
This time shortly after this set of photos was taken the leg of my tripod wasn't secure and it my canon DSLR smashed onto one of the boats smashing the graduated filter. Little damage for a great shot unfortunately but i must remember to not rush so much and enjoy the landscape photography experience a little more.
The latest free wallpaper on offer features the textures and colour of the amazing and exotic fruit from Bali, Indonesia. This shot was taken up in the mountains of Bali while i was on a cycling tour from Kintamani down to Ubud. Can highly recommend the cycling tour as it's a great way to experience the way the Balinese live. Its a gentle ride down the the mountain and takes in the local villages and Balinese people living their traditional lifestyles. If you are going to Bali and are interested i can recommend: www.balibintangtour.com
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As part of the photography challenges we were set on the Perth Photography Tours that i will help run from Fremantle, each participant was asked to find and photograph the elements and principles that were discussed and taught prior to the the challenge. It's a great way of getting a photographer to think about his surroundings in a way that they may not of thought about before. In this photograph the challenge was to find texture set around the Fremantle markets, I have captured the rough texture of the bark and also focused on the lines created from the branch of the trees. The soft dappled light helps to emphasise the texture much more than if it was in harsh direct sunlight.
I had a great morning today as part of a photography tour around the streets of Fremantle that's aimed at giving all participants the basic photography skills to take better photos whether around Perth or for future travel photography.
I will be taking running some of these courses in the coming weeks and months so it was great to pick up on the advice of other professional photographers in Perth as well as Sydney.
The aim of the course was to communicate in a 3 hour lesson some of the key principles and elements of photography such as line, texture, form, shape as well as tips on portrait photography in direct sunlight and shady conditions.
The tour took us on a leisurely stroll through the picturesque town of Fremantle, Western Australia starting at the Fremantle town hall and ending at my favorite destination...Little Creatures Brewery.
The photograph above was taken at the Moores gallery on Henry Street Fremantle. Aside from having without a doubt the best coffee in Fremantle (Moore & Moore Cafe) if not all of Perth, the Moores gallery hosts some amazing exhibitions. Currently there is a photographic exhibition on street art which features some fascinating photos of graffiti and derelict buildings including the famous South Fremantle Power Station. The top floor of the Moores gallery was in this case empty and i loved the light which was falling through the window on to the raw floorboards and rustic walls.
If you have any interest in participating in one of these photography courses please contact me and i will forward you all the details.
In January I have been fortunate enough to be able to take some time off and travel to Bali, Indonesia. These images were taken when I was presented a unique opportunity to go inside a family commune on the outskirts of Ubud. Hidden behind high walls was a small congregation of basic accommodation and buildings.
It was fascinating to discover how these people live and associate with each other. Generations of family living in close proximity to each other with a hierarchy of buildings dedicated to God, the elderly grandparents (pictured here) as well as food and meal areas and special recognition for chickens who are important in their culture.
I absolutely love the faces of the elderly grandparents i have photographed in these two images. To me it feels like you can see the wisdom and experience in every contour of their face. Being invited to experience the way of life for these traditional Balinese people was probably the highlight of my trip. These type of experiences are what makes travel photography so rewarding, particularly when you visit cultures and places that are so different from our western lives.
Travel photography is so enjoyable and as an Australian, I feel so lucky to have Asia on our doorstep to offer amazing experiences and photographic opportunities. Bali is only 3 hours flight from Perth and in less than a day you can leave behind the demands and hectic lifestyle of a modern western city and feel like you've traveled back in time where people live such basic, yet happy and fulfilling lives. It often makes me question who has it better? Yes i have plasma TV, ADSL internet, brand name clothes...but for what? Are we any happier than these traditional people who live off the land and live in a tight community where family is everything?
I always come home asking myself these questions and that's what i love Asia for.
For more images from my latest trip to Bali, Indonesia: Click here
This scene was set back just a couple of blocks back from the historic and very scenic Hoan Kiem Lake in Hanoi, Vietnam. This beautiful area is very popular with tourists, and features a majestic lake with a temple in the middle, famous red bridge and is surrounded by amazing gardens and a hive of tourists.
Just as interesting for myself, is too step a few blocks away from a cities main attractions and try and capture a cities true spirit and soul. They way of life for normal civilians away from the prying eyes of tourists.
This scene stood out to me as this lady was leaving her home tucked down an alley way. I like the way the lady is silhouetted against the wall behind which is bathed in late afternoon sun. I'm also fascinated by the construction of these houses which seem to be a mish-mash of building materials such as steel, and corrugated iron.
For more images of my Vietnam travel click here.
Chris Bishop professional commercial, landscape & travel photographer based in Perth, Western Australia.