As Facebook has really compressed the image I uploaded on my page I thought i'd upload it to my website.
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.
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"
If you have used Google Plus social network you would of heard of Photospheres which are 360 degree panoramas usually created with a Nexus phone. I have found a way to create with my Canon Eos 6D DSLR and upload to Google Map Views.
While i was at North Avoca this morning i just remembered to create one of these. Here is my link http://goo.gl/oq1OAL
Don't forget to tell me what you think and get out and create them. Share a link if you have done one.
Today i'm going to talk about scouting and vision in regards to the before and after of capturing an image called "Norah Head 7"
It's real important when you have down time from taking photos that you either dream day or night about a scene that you have gone to, looked up online through sites like Flickr and Google Maps or draw out a scene on paper. It really helps with pre-visualisation. Another way is while out and about use your phone's camera to take a snap shot of a scene.
Below i have taken a snap of the scene i have been thinking about. I did this while walking at the beach with the family. It was quick and i got back to the Dad duties afterwards.
Straight away i saw the composition i wanted, i had seen this shape of a seven with the direction of the rocks. Now to come back on an overcast day when i'll have clouds to create a moody image.
Creating the image.
I came back during overcast conditions which is right for my moody black & white long exposure images. I lined up the composition i already scouted from a previous time inserted my Lee filters the Big Stopper (10 stops) and a Hard Edge Grad Neutral Density (3 stops) and made an exposure of 2 minutes @ f/16 & ISO 50
I opened the image in Adobe Camera Raw and did minimal changes like Lens Correction and Straighten image nothing else was done as i knew it would be a B&W image. Next the file opens in Adobe Photoshop where i cleaned up dust spots, created Curve layers with masks and also Luminosity masks to increase exposure in the highlight and decrease exposure in other areas of the image and then saved the image for the web. I left the Coal Ship in the background because i feel it adds to the composition and weight of the image using the leading lines of the 7 shape to the ship then to the clouds.
Think, think & think about it. I can't stress that enough. It will make you more happy and proud when you get it all right from Vision to the Final Image.
Remember one quality image is better than a quantity of images that are bad or semi-ok.
I wait your commentary and feedback on this post.