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!
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 shot presented itself after finishing photographing a Claremont property that will be auctioned shortly. After capturing the golden light / money shot for the exterior of the property to be displayed on Real Estate signage and real estate websites such as reiwa.com.au i started driving home and kept looking skyward towards an increasingly colourful sky.
Quickly making a detour down to Claremont jetty knowing this light wouldn't hold out for long i managed to get about 3 or 4 minutes of beautiful warm tones as the sun set over the indian ocean. To make my night complete a lone pelican was also content taking in the spectacular Perth sunset, or perhaps he was keeping an eye on the fishermen at the end of the jetty. Either way it was a nice addition to the photo's composition and made for a nice evening taking in the Swan River.
The RAW file was processed in photoshop with slight saturation adjustments and the Nik Software colour FX pro colour contrast filter to bring out some shadow contrast of the jetty while keeping soft tones in the clouds.
Sunday i ventured out in the hope if getting a decent sunset photograph of Crawley Bay / Nedlands foreshore in Perth, Western Australia. I was relatively happy with the resulting image. I've also got some panoramas to work up as well that should make for a great feature shot on a wide wall. These will print at over a 1 metre long at full resolution.
I havn't had a chance to add this image to the online shop as yet but if you're interested, please let me know and i will organise ASAP. I'm trying to make an effort to get out and capture some decent Perth landscape photographs while winter is still here as it offers the chance to get some interesting lighting and cloud formations that you don't commonly see in summer.
Chris Bishop professional commercial, landscape & travel photographer based in Perth, Western Australia.