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.
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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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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.
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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.
This year i thought i'd enter the Epson Pano Awards to see where i'm at with my photography. I thought if i'd get any recognition i would be extremely happy.
Well i did get recognition i got a bronze (72/100) in the Amateur section for Nature category for Lighthouse Dawn. To say i was extremely happy was an understatement, i told my wife straight away and she was very happy for me.
I had only taken this image as a second thought to what i was out there for, to capture a nice seascape. As i have learnt, it pays to turn around and look what's behind you, you may see a setting Full Moon as well.
About the image.
This was a 2 image stitch captured on a Canon EOS 1000D with no Pano Head @ f/11, 1/2 Sec Shutter, ISO 100 and processed in Auto Pano Pro and Photoshop with layers and masks to bring up the exposure of the foreground and darken the sky while bringing out the pink hue in morning sky.
The top 50 for opens and amateur are still being judged so you check here soon.
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