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)

Power - Before

Power - Before

Here is the final results after cleaning up in Adobe Raw 2014 and Three simple layers in Photoshop CC 2014.

Power - After. Canon 6D ISO 50, f/16, 132 sec



Don't forget to leave any feedback, questions at the bottom or hit the like button.


Ocean Thoughts

Ocean Thoughts....

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. 


Ocean Thoughts - ISO 50, f/16 @ 4mins

Ocean Thoughts - ISO 50, f/16 @ 4mins

A Pioneer View

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. 

A Pioneer View at Tuggerah Lake

A Pioneer View at Tuggerah Lake

Forresters Beach Meet

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.

A big wave captured and uploaded straight out of the camera.

A big wave captured and uploaded straight out of the camera.

My final image i was happy with called "Forresters Spa"

Forresters Spa

Forresters Spa

The Plus One Collection 2012 Book Has Arrived!

Wow i mean WOW! What a book.

I was so excited to see this book, i was frozen on every page, that's how good it is. Stopping, staring and absorbing each image. This is how Photographs are meant to be viewed in print not on a screen.  It was a refreshing feeling not to Like, Comment or +1 an image. Not that there is anything wrong with it and i welcome them myself on social media and gives you a general overview of how others see your creation.

We can't all afford to print every photograph, print a book or exhibit but i urge others to make sure they try an do this as often as they can or afford, it's a great feeling when you can see and feel your image.

More on the book, it's thick, heavy and lots of images which is great. It's divided into colour images at the beginning of the book and the black and white images towards the end with similar themes on each page or spread, so the design is well thought out.

The book and project is great and can't wait for the 2013 version.

The book will go on sale to the public shortly.


PhotoHaus Gallery - The Art of Long Exposure Exhibition

As you might gather by now i have a drawing to Long Exposure Photography, particularity Black and White images.

So when i saw an open call for submissions to The Art of Long Exposure Exhibition from the PhotoHaus Gallery i knew i had to apply. It's been curated by Sharon TenenbaumGrant Murray and Marc Koegel whom i hold in high regard.

I was very excited and nervous when i learnt that i'll be included in this exhibition and in an International Art Gallery! The PhotoHaus Gallery is located in Vancouver, Canada.

Thoughts in composing these images:

I don't normally give the background on what i'm thinking when capturing the image and usually leave it to the viewer for interpretation but if you read on i'll explain next my thoughts.

Untitled: I used the angle of the rocks and channel to point towards from bottom left of the composition to top right towards the hill in the background. I also knew the clouds were moving from behind me to give the cloud streak to show against the grain of the composition giving an overall flow to the image.

Catherine Hill Bay: I'll keep this simple. I imagined using the flow of the rocks to point to the wharf and in turn point to the right towards the hill in the background to have a curved leading line that leads you from the front of the image to the background.

The Exhibition will run from 1st June, 2013.


Untitled, 2012

Catherine Hill Bay, 2013

Plus One Collection 2012 Book

I'm proud to say that i am participating in this years Plus One Collection 2012 Book Why am i proud, well this is one of the first charitable projects i have been involved with combining my new passion for Photography and outlook on life. I'm more than happy to submit my image to help raise money for charity. Hopefully other projects will come up later i can help with and involve my images or my photography skills.

The project is based on getting together Photographers around the world who are on Google's social media network Google+ to submit their best images of 2012 to be published in the Plus One Collection Book.

The aim is to raise money through Indiegogo for The Kilgoris Project. The part we help with is to put cameras in the Kenyan Maasai kids' hands to document their surroundings. Pictures of the kids can be seen here  

I'd like to thank everyone involved especially Ivan Makarov, Andy Lee and the other photographers who made it possible to create.

See you over on Google+


Here is the image i submitted. It's The Skillion based at Terrigal on the New South Wales Central Coast, Australia.

The Skillion - 2012