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 size of this photograph in this blog doesn't do it justice. This 9 imaged stitched panoramic image was taken recently during Perth's run of amazing cloud formations. Freshwater Bay is a beautiful stretch of the Swan River and is virtually deserted during the week. I love the heritage of these old Boat sheds and had been waiting for a nice day to capture what i like to call a "Perth Postcard Shot".
These photos aren't by any means my personal favorites, but they tend to be the biggest sellers by travelers and tourists who come through Perth, Western Australia and want an iconic image that captures Perth's best asset's (The Swan River and our magical summer days.
The Swan River is such a great place to spend the weekend with endless activities you can do such as canoeing, fishing, swimming, riding around. There are also so many fantastic spots to take landscape photos from.
If you are interested in a print of this, I am offering it at a fantastic discount rate of $99.00 for one week only. Please email me if you are interested and i'll supply you with details. At full size this photo is almost 1m long and looks stunning on a wide wall. It would also make a great gift for a visitor to Perth.
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.
I'm finally getting around to getting to the mass of Vietnam photos. These were taken in between Dalat the picturesque mountain town and on the way to Nha Trang on the train. The landscape of the rice fields was pure luck as we were hurtling along at a hundred kilometers per hour i stuck my camera out the top of the window and snapped some at the highest shutter speed i could.
Chris Bishop professional commercial, landscape & travel photographer based in Perth, Western Australia.