This photograph is of Busselton Jetty. Not the main one, but remnants of an old jetty about 30 metres to the North of the historic icon.
The water was so calm on this morning a long time exposure created a milky sea that was incredibly flat. For post production on this shot i created two HDR Compositions. The first was to create the background of the Sunrise blending into the ocean. The second was to maximise the contrast and tonal range of the jetty itself which was subsequently masked into the background in Photoshop CS5. Nik Viveza 2 was also used to help create the dynamic range of colours from foreground to background.
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Recently i got down to photograph the South Fremantle Power Station. Wow - What a sensory overload. Wall to wall graffiti, every square inch of the ground covered in broken glass, spray cans everywhere...It was amazing.
I cant wait to go back. I was so in awe of the place, i found myself just watching and exploring rather than just taking photographs. I desperately need to go back soon and shoot the Heritage listed building again and focus on sections that i missed or take from another angle.
It wasn't until it was almost dark that my photography partner Leo and I discovered the staircase that took us to the upstairs section that opened up another range of stunning photo oportunites.
The photographs above have been processed using HDR (High Dynamic Range) overlaying three different exposures of the one setting to bring out such vibrant colours, intensity and contrast. After the RAW files have been HDR processed using photoshop CS5 the resulting 32bit images were then processed a second time using the Photomatix plugin filter which amplified the HDR result even more.
The final stage was to convert the image to 16bit and then use the dodge and burn tool to create focus points in each of the images.
I think this building would be very intimidating and powerful in Black & White as well. I need another trip down ASAP to re-shoot. For a personal project this has been really rewarding and challenging shoot. I still think I'm yet to get the best out of the building as far as graffiti and architectural photography goes. As its really is one of the best places to photograph in Perth or even Western Australia.
This trip has tripped a switch within me and I'm keen to explore some of the other unused heritage listed building througho
Chris Bishop professional commercial, landscape & travel photographer based in Perth, Western Australia.