As Facebook has really compressed the image I uploaded on my page I thought i'd upload it to my website.
Hello All, I'm still alive. I haven't done a blog since February. Sorry about that.
So what have I been up to?
In March I found a new local jetty for creating long exposures with and the next day's Sunrise was a sight to see, well you can view it below.
I'm also shooting architectural images on my phone and posting them to Instagram which are captured around North Sydney.
In April we start to get a lot of rain and we had some localized flooding of the lake and I create a minimal long exposure of one of my favourite jetties which I've been capturing for a few years now.
I went to the local state recreation park and one of the last shelf clouds for the Australian east coast came roaring through.
It's Milky Way season in the Southern Hemisphere in April and May. I live on the east coast of Australia and facing the Pacific Ocean I captured the Milky Way core rising.
It's now May and I have created a new Study series called "Flood Study" based on recent floods of our lakes from what's known as an East Coast Low. I'll create a new post for that series very soon. So stay tuned.
I usually update my social media pages once or twice a week either at one of these below.
Please leave any comments below or give a like. Jason.
I thought I might share some settings and processing I did in order to capture this seascape. I don't normally do this as I think you need to do what you need to do in order to present the images for viewing. In camera and post. I do realise though that there are new photographers out there who want to know what others are doing.
- Canon 6D
- ISO 100
- Aperture f/8
- Shutter 1/3 Sec.
- Lee Filter 3 stop Hard Graduated Neutral Density
In Adobe Camera Raw I did basic fixes like. Lens Correction, Straightening the horizon, White Balance & Auto Levels as you can see below. Remember a Raw file has all of the Camera's processing settings removed and then you have to add (to your liking) the settings back including sharpening
Adobe Photoshop CC 2014 Layers Panel:
Besides the processing I did in the below Panel I removed a ship on the horizon and some bird droppings from the rock as I thought they were distracting to the view.
I also ran a sharpening script from Tony Kuyper.
Location: Spoon Bay, Australia.
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Here is a new image i created over the weekend called "Broken & Scarred". I have seen this jetty online before and I knew I had to find it and go take a look for myself. So I looked up where I thought it was on Google Maps and it didn't take long to find.
When I turned up to the location you have to go through a set of gates to a private Hospital and I noticed on the sign that the gates are open from 6 am to 6 pm, well I looked at the clock and It was 5.20pm. I thought shit i'd better get moving as I knew I was going for long exposures and would only be able to capture 1 or 2 frames before I had to make it back out of there. Low and behold I made it back out just before 6pm. Few.
Here is the result of one of the frames.
Behind The Scenes: Taken on a Sony Z2 Mobile.
Focus award results.
It's just a tad over a year since I joined the Sydney Flickr group called Focus and my second year of entering the awards. (Don't forget to join if you're in Australia.)
This year I entered in 5 images to qualify for the Photographer of the Year in the Amateur section based on these categories
- Black & White
Scoring: Gold 88-100, Silver 81-87, Bronze 75-80.
I received a Silver (84) for the Cityscape (my first Silver), Three Bronzes' Black and White (80), Landscape (78), Seascape (78) and a air swing (71) for the Pano category.
I believe I haven't scored a high enough average to win it, which is total score 391 / 5 = 78.2
I entered all black and white images as that's where I feel i'm at with my journey as a photographer and wanted to present them as a package (even though i'm not being judged on that) and wanted to show consistency.
This group is not a black & white group, It's just what I like and staying true to that. I could of entered coloured images like last year but maybe a little of me would of been doing it for the judges.
Thank you to the committee and judges for their time and efforts for the group and awards to happen.
I look forward to the Award night on November 1st to meet & greet the other photographers in the group and to see the winning images. Can't wait!
I just upgraded my rock boots to ones with metal spikes out the bottom of them. I just went for a quick test and they are pretty grippy. Walking through mossy platforms and climbing over rocks. Great tred so I don't slip over while looking for subjects to capture.
They are called Adrenalin. Sold through BCF in Australia.
I found out today that I received an Honorable Mention for my image called "Dream Time" in the category Fine Art : Landscape NON-PRO. See here
I must say that i'm very humble and honored to receive this kudos. To be among some of my fellow peers that I look up to and follow gives me a surreal and great feeling at the same time.
I'd like to thank the IPA jury for the consideration and congratulations to all the other photographers who got a mention.
The category winners are to be announced on 30 Sept 2014 and Photographer of the Year will be 2nd Nov 2014.
HM Gallery (Ctrl F in Browser and search " Fine Art : Landscape NON-PRO " to see the rest of the photographers mentioned in my category)
I was planning to go to a location about thirty minutes north at Swansea. There was overcast skies in the area (my kind of skies) and after looking up the rain radar I knew I had to be quick as it was coming in south from the northerly direction.
So I headed off and about 10 mins away and I was watching the sky and I knew I wouldn't make it. So I quickly darted to a location I have been to before Chain Valley Bay towards to the jetty for a classic composition.
Once again there was a fisherman at the end of the jetty. I looked around notice a spot but then eventually decided on a square composition with Vales Point Powerstation at the bottom right of frame. I wanted the grand gesture of sweeping clouds going from right to left with the long exposure technique I often use.
To achieve this I used a Lee 10 stop and 3 stop hard grad filter to get a silky smooth and white lake with a dark sky.
I literally had time for one frame before the heavy rain started. So i'm happy I got this one in.
Here is the jpeg straight out of camera. I set the preview to a custom Black and White profile (I don't normally show this)
Here is the final results after cleaning up in Adobe Raw 2014 and Three simple layers in Photoshop CC 2014.
Don't forget to leave any feedback, questions at the bottom or hit the like button.
This is Montague Island as the title suggests and it's situated off the township of Narooma on the East coast of New South Wales, Australia.
When I first arrived in Narooma I noticed the island straight away and started composing in my mind what it would look like as a long exposure.
I didn't take the shot and was not sure why. When we had some rain during the weekend I wondered if I would get another chance to shoot it with the sun in the west lighting it up.
It wasn't until the Sunday afternoon when the showers had cleared and we weren't out seascaping.
So I quickly grab the opportunity to capture an exposure for six minutes while hiding behind a tree because of cross winds at the time.
After having some personal issues with social media, bland photos in my streams (social media noise, should i give it a rest) getting the shits with my progress (business and printing) I think I have pull another image out of my arse, that hopefully someone will like.
Now i'm adding to your digital noise sorry.
About the image..titled "Ocean Thoughts"
These nice jagged rocks are just to the right of Camel Rock and while I was waiting for the others to come back from around there I decided one last image before I headed off for breakfast.
I was looking at them and I can just see before I even start what it's going to look like in my mind, playing it out in my head. I could see the leading line from the creek out to the rocks with the flow of clouds streaking by.
Tip: If setting up a tripod on these outlets make sure you push down on the tripod legs to steady it because the water flowing will soften the sand and make the tripod sink down during your exposure and therefore the static subjects will blur.
VSCO is a company that produces plugin software and apps for photography. They specialize in adding film effects to your images. I'm a sucker for film and grain so when it was made available as an app for Android I installed it and started using it straight away.
Don't forget to add a link to your Grid in the comments for me to check out.
This is one of those images that really mean more to me than appealing to others. What i mean by that is this area of the Central Coast used to be traveled by the early pioneers of the area. My family is from the Wyong area so it's home to me. You can't really see it, but the point of land in the distance is an old jetty made of rocks called Tuggerah Wharf.
I couldn't get around the fence to get over to the jetty so this is where i had to take my one and only image.
I had a great time on the weekend past with the Flickr Focus group at Forresters Beach. I also had a little frustrating time trying to capture the big waves smashing against the rocks while it was dark before the sun rose. I was trying something i don't normally do, that is freeze waves with faster shutter speeds. That meant wide apertures and higher ISO's. I did do some of these and i didn't feel free and comfortable. So after sunrise there was enough light to get out the Lee Big Stopper and create a great Long Exposure if i do say so myself. I was feeling great after this and then went to breakfast with some of the crew from the meet up. Nothing like a coffee after a photo shesh. We had breakfast at Point Cafe, Wamberal.
My final image i was happy with called "Forresters Spa"
I just had my image "Wading" picked to be featured on the Stark Magazine App.....Read More
Late Blog Post.
I entered in my portfolio of 6 Black and White images called "A Study in Black & White Long Exposure Photography" into the AP Fujifilm X Landscape Photographer of the Year 2013. I was quite surprised to learn that out of 800 entries i made it into the top 25.
I'd like to congratulate Debbie Fowler for taking out 1st place for her Aerial photography and the other top 24 photographers. Well done.
You can view my portfolio entry Here
You can read more about the results here
I have been asked recently about my nightscape images and how did i capture them. I'll share what i have learnt/learning so far.........Read More
The year started off with fireworks, time spent with the family and holiday leave from work.
Photographically speaking i went to locations such as the Newcastle Bogey Hole for a Flickr meet with the Sundance Group i also ended up at Catherine Hill Bay, Toowoon Bay and Clarence Town......Read More
What's needed for a Long Exposure photo and How to Calculate.
My Setup for really Long Exposures (minutes).
Mirror Lockup or Live View to prevent Mirror slap which causes slight vibrations
Shoot in RAW (to correct any colour cast from filter in post + other corrections)
Camera with Bulb setting (Digital or Film)
With Film, watch out for Reciprocity failure Wiki
Setup camera to measure in 1/2 stop increments instead of 1/3 stop (easier to calculate)
10 stop ND filter. Plus others if needed.
Composition (can't stress this enough)
If using Auto Focus don't forget to turn it off otherwise the lens will seek if using a 10 stop ND filter and you'll have to take it off and focus again.
Measure Shutter Speed with Aperture Value set at f/16 first before ND is positioned.
What ever the shutter speed count back 10 stops of light hoping for 1/15 or lower but no longer than 1 second (too long for me)
eg 1/15 - 10 stops would be 1 minute
1/8 - 10 stops would be 2 minutes
1/4 - 10 stops would be 4 minutes
1/2 - 10 stops would be 8 minutes
1s - 10 stops would be 15 minutes
Then switch to Bulb mode on the Dial and set the Aperture to f/16 and ISO 100
Take a photo with cable release and lock for the time measured.
I learnt all this via http://www.bwvision.com/ by Joel Tjintjelaar and read the guides for Ultimate Guide For Long Exposures part 1 - 3
Another resource is http://www.bulbexposures.com/ by Marc Koegel
Any questions let me know.
*edit now that i have upgraded to a Canon EOS 6D i use ISO 50 so i get less Hot Pixels & Noise during the Long Exposure.