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.
Just a quick reminder that the Swan River Trust is holding another photography competition for photographers in Perth, Western Australia.
Its free to enter two photos, though the competition closes March 15th 2011 so get your entries in. The theme of the competition is: My Riverpark - What i love about Perth's iconic rivers. With a subject so diverse there is no end of photographic opportunities.
Here's one panoramic photo i was thinking of entering, taken from Freshwater Bay in Peppermint Grove. This 13 image panorama, stitched in Adobe photoshop CS5 shows amazing detail at full size.
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.
Again this is another landscape shot taken from the Bicton foreshore just before Cyclone Bianca crossed over Perth, Western Australia. The Bicton foreshore is so peaceful in the evening, a lot quieter than other sections of the Swan River and is one of my favorite spots for landscape photography in Perth.
The threatening clouds ended up delivering nothing more than a few mm of rain and certainly not the powerful storm that i was hoping for. Strangely on this night the Sunset turned out to be very disappointing with no colour in the sky but half an hour before sunset when this photo was taken the river had this soft warm glow which was kind of errie.
Again like the blog post preceding this, this shot was taken using my ND graduated filter on my Canon DSLR. Though this was only a single frame captured at 28mm on my Sigma F2.8 pro-series lens.
While not a true HDR photograph i have merged two RAW files each exposed for differing parts of the photo's composition to give a great depth of colour throughout the image.
On another note i read in the local newspaper the other day that the Melville city council was considering banning people storing their boats along the foreshore. Has the world gone mad?
In a world where we're we should be encouraging future generations to spend more time outdoors, a petty Melville council wants to effectively prohibit people from using small recreational vessels by banning the storage of these along the river. Aside from being creating interesting foregrounds to photographs its a way of life for many people and we should no become such a nanny-state.
Just released two brand new wallpapers for iPhones and other mobile / cell phones. These limited edition wallpapers are available for a limited time as a Free Download. Just visit the wallpaper section of the Chris Bishop Photography website to download.
These two photos make the perfect iphone background with their simplicity and clean composition. Each image was taken at Sunset in two beautiful Cities of Perth, Western Australia and Honolulu, Oahu in the Hawaiian islands.
Take me to download my free wallpaper now!
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.