A late afternoon handheld capture on my Canon G1X from early December. We decided to go for a short drive after a afternoon celebrating the Eagle Bay Brewery's 5th Birthday celebrations. This was handheld at 1/60 sec at F8. Processed in photoshop using a 3 layer sandwich for sky / rock / ocean each with a different tonal adjustment layer.
The extent of preparation and travel i had to do for this shot was to take my tripod out onto the balcony of the apartment i was renting on the Gold Coast to capture the incoming storm. Timing is everything in photography and the lightning storm started just as the sun started setting. The composition worked out nicely with the lightning strike to the left of the shot balancing out with Skypoint (Gold Coasts tallest skyscraper) on the right. 30 Second exposures allowed the colour to creep back into the and show the threatening storm formations against the warm lights of the city in the foreground.
Whats the best camera? The one you have with you... One of my favourite photography quotes.
Driving past Cottesloe beach last week highlighted the appropriateness of this very quote. I could see the sun setting quickly and the only camera i had was my trusty iPhone 5.5 but felt compelled to stop and see what could be achieved with this device.
I've recently seen billboards showcasing the photos that have allegedly been taken on an iPhone 6 as shown here and have been most impressed with what's possible. I do have my doubts about how they can reproduce an iPhone image across a 6m wide billboard but that's a discussion for another time.
Needless to say Mother Nature put on a fine display witnessed by the rare few (including a solitary surfer) braving the wind and rain to see such a fine sunset. I was able to shoot a few shots that i was happy with, making me wish i had a better camera available. I normally carry a Canon G1-X compact that can shoot RAW files and produce exceptional shots. I promised myself the reason for getting this camera was to take everywhere / everyday to enable me to capture shots on days like today, but for whatever reason, i neglected to have it on me.
This image was processed on the phone in the Google Snapseed app, which i highly recommend. Great interface, easy, simple, fun presets. Give it a go!
The recent Earthquake tragedy in Nepal has led me to revisit the most epic trekking adventure i had in 2014,spending the bulk of my time completing the Annapurna Circuit.
It's hard to imagine the help this country needs right now, and the inevitable drop in tourism, will hit the country hard in years to come.
It's needless to say donations to reputable charities such as the Red Cross are highly needed and valued by the Nepalese community.
This image is a close up of the Mountains rock structure and is available as a Free high-res wallpaper.
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Quickly took this shot before a function photography shoot at the Matilda Bay Restaurant. For most function photography, i shoot with the Canon EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens as it's just so versatile for function work where space and light situations vary considerably from shot to shot.
Another benefit of this lens is it's ability to handle low light situations with it's image stabilisation capability. This shot in particular was shot at 1/25 Sec at F5.6 on a floating (Wobbling) jetty at an ISO of 800. Even blown up it's remarkably sharp. I like he reflections of the yacht masts against the warm tones of the setting sun resting on the water which has that slight softness to it due to the slow shutter speed.
This beautifully appointed East Vic Park home was built on a 9m wide block and testament to what clever design and architectural know how can achieve. From the front this looks like a quaint renovated cottage but once inside you will discover that this is a modern 4 bedroom family home complete with modern outdoor living area, lap pool, theatre room, and generous kitchen and entertaining areas.
I have shot this incredible Perth home for Aveling Homes entry in to the 2015 HIA Building Awards.
If you are looking for Architectural, Commercial or Residential Real Estate photography, please contact me for an obligation free cost proposal.
Above are a few shots from a commercial photography shoot for Wilson Security as part of their servicing of the Fremantle Port Authority. It was a great opportunity to get an inside look at the areas of Fremantle Harbour that i'd never been to before including some behind the scenes baggage and personnel screening processes.
These shots were taken on the 5D MK II and processed with Adobe Photoshop. I've been using Googles Nik Color Efex Pro software / Tonal Contrast filter to help process the final shots. I've found using this filter is a great way to enhance the tonal range and sharpness of shadow detail to really get images that provide exceptional level of detail. My preference is to keep the highlight and midtone contrast quite low and pump up the shadow contrast to a around 35 - 40. This creates images that are still realistic but contain a broad dynamic range with great colour saturation and are sharpened effectively.
Last week i had a function photography job at the Perth Zoo. For the most part this was standard function photography, group shots, speeches etc. The one difference was after the formalities were over, they opened up the historic carousel... I'm not sure if my minds playing tricks on me but i seem to have a recollection of this in my very young childhood... I mean who didn't like a ride on a carousel. Fast forward 30 odd years and i believe that desire to ride one still exists deep within us... even if it takes a few drinks to give us the courage to bring out our inner child.
Logistically the low light was the hardest part of getting a good shot. The cold hard light of my Canon 600ex-rt was just to harsh and cold. Sure, I could warm the shot up and up the colour temp in Adobe Photoshop but it's still not genuine and you don't get the subtleties of light from the actual carousel.
Instead i again relied on the magnificent low light capabilities of the Canon 5D MKII and cranked the ISO up to 4000. The low noise levels still impress me even after 2 years.
Anyway there was something about this shot (perhaps the child-like excitement) in grown adults that appealed to me.
Poon Hill is one of the most visited spots in Nepal. It's attraction lies in the wide vista of views of the stunning Annapurna mountain range all within an easy day or two hike (depending on your fitness and desire). For some, Poon Hill comes at the end of the epic 2 - 3 week Annapurna Circuit hike for others who are limited by time or desire to tackle what is truly one of the worlds greatest hikes it's a little teaser to what this part of the world offers.
For myself, visiting Poon Hill came at the tail end of the full Annapurna Circuit trek, one that features the worlds highest trekking pass at over 5,400m. Poon Hill was spectacular in the sense that it offered wonderful views of some of the mountains that i had recently been hiking around. What i didn't enjoy as much is that i went from seeing very few tourists for the majority of the trek to being saturated by them. The previous two and a half weeks i virtually had the mountains to myself except for the odd nomadic traveller and locals who called this harsh environment home.
Suddenly even getting up at 4.30am to make the hour hike to the summit before sunrise, im battling queues of day trekkers who have fresh legs and are full of enthusiasm to get a glimpse of what i have been experiencing for weeks.
Anway the views were spectacular even if i had to crop other photographers out of this shot. Feel free to download this high-res wide screen wallpaper if you wish to imagine you were there as well.
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Boudhanath Stupa in Kathmandu, Nepal is one of the largest Stupas in the world. It's simply a must see for anyone in Kathmandu and attracts hoards of tourists and Nepalese every year. Located just 11km from the central Kathmandu it's location was a result of a popular trade route between Sankhu in Nepal and Tibet during the 1950's.
It's shear size is quite overwhelming and the thousands of colourful prayer flags that flow from each corner of the Stupa to the central point add to it's charm.
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