Some days you just have to walk out the door!
Once again, apologies for my absence! An infection in my leg has forced me to spend a lot of time off my feet over the last couple of weeks, so photography has been on the back- burner for a while. 😦
I was sorting through some recent images shot before all this happened when I came across this one of the ‘Blood Moon’ that happened a couple of months ago. This particular blood moon happened at moonrise on the full moon, so the moon was very dark for about 20- 30 mins after sunset. By the time I could actually see it, it was nearly dark and this image had a 30s exposure time at is0800, so there was movement in the moon over that period.
In the interests of experimentation, I decided to see if I could perhaps improve the image with a stationary moon.
After cloning out the original moon I dropped in another full moon that I had on file with a red & yellow gradient over the selected moon. After a couple of false starts I finally got the moon to look as close as possible to the original and ended up with this image.
Sorry for the absence over the last month, I have been away from home for medical treatment. Not as bad as it sounds, treatment only took about an hour out of my day and then I had lots of time to explore!
Townsville is a large city in Far North Queensland which I had visited briefly or passed through many times over the years. This time I had lots of time to find out a bit more about the city & surrounding beaches.
Along the way I got to meet some people who make the most of the winds that most others take for granted or rarely notice at all. This mob attach themselves to rather large kites, step onto small boards, tear across the water at blistering speeds and if they are skilled enough will launch themselves into the air at regular intervals,usually turning themselves inside out in the process. Kiteboarders!
Visually, it is a spectacular sport,photographing it is a another thing entirely. In a past life, I shot a lot of surfing & sailboarding where the action & colour is contained and reasonably predictable, kiteboarding is much faster, less predictable, and the colourful bits (kite) are a long way from the action (surfer) making it difficult to get them both in the same frame!
These are a couple of shots I managed to get and maybe will give you an idea why these guys love the sport!
If someone tells you to go fly a kite, this is a pretty good option!
If you are into kiteboarding, and find yourself in Townsville, call in & see Marvin at In The Loop Kiteboarding, Gregory St, North Ward (near The Strand)
Well, it has been a long 6 weeks of rest & recuperation after surgery but I am slowly getting out & about more regularly!
This is one of the first images I have shot for ages and is one I have had in my mind for quite a while,but the moon hasn’t been in the right place until last night’s full moon when it all came together at last! There is something magical about the moon rising over the Whitsunday Islands on a balmy tropical evening, reflecting across the water, a sight I never tire of!
All the Best for Christmas & New Year to you all, make it a Happy & Safe one!
Having a little look through my archives today and found this image from a sailing trip to Port Douglas a couple of years ago. We were anchored at Fitzroy Is near Cairns ,when a large rainsquall came in off the sea and settled over Cape Grafton for a little while. I pulled out the camera in the hope of getting some interesting light which didn’t eventuate (as usual!)
I took a couple of images when the cloud texture looked interesting and they have been sitting on my hard drive ever since. Decided to have a little play in Lightroom & Photoshop to see if I could make this one look halfway decent and this is what came out the other end. Considering how flat and uninteresting it looked when I started, I am quite happy with the result!
As I mentioned last post, it is as dry as a chip here at the moment, so for wildlife, water is pretty scarce! I have friends who are part of a wildlife rescue network here in the Whitsundays. As they have an interest in birds, often when I visit they have birds that they are attempting to nurse back to health before release back to the wild. Mostly they are successful but unfortunately there a times when they are not.
Around their home they have some birdbaths that the local avian population take full advantage of to cool down and have a drink during the early morning and late afternoon. After seeing a great image years ago of a Kestrel coming to roost in a tree taken with the aid of fill flash, I wanted to have a crack at a similar image with off camera flash. Not as easy as it looks , you need to have lightning fast reflexes to catch them as they land or take flight! Still, I managed to to capture a few nice images of two Australian Icon birds as well as a few shots with tail feathers exiting the frame!
The Sulphur Crested Cockatoo is the raucous clown of the bush and was a pleasant surprise. He didn’t appreciate the flash going off and you could see him visibly start every time I tripped the shutter!
Both are wild birds and were not harmed in the making of this blog post!
Canon 5D II, 580 EX II off camera flash, Manual mode, triggered by Yongnuo RF-603 remote triggers
Over here in Queensland it is as dry as a chip! No decent rain for a few months and it looks like being a hot,dry summer. I am hoping for some wet season rain just to green things up and give the streams & waterfalls a much needed flush out! Sitting on the cusp between La Niná and El Ninó conditions means the chance of good flooding rains is not great.
This is an image I have had on file for quite a long time. I have always passed it mover for more “conventional’ looking stream images. although I have always liked the lighting in the image. Going through my archive the other day for some new calendar images, I looked at this and thought “Why not!”
After very little post processing,here is the result.
At the moment this spot has no water flowing down it, bring on the rain I say!
As we move into summer up here in the tropics Poinciana trees begin to flower adding bright splashes of colour to the landscape!
Ho hum,just another shitty day in paradise!
There are definitely worse places in the world to wake up!
Haven’t posted for awhile but there is good reason for that! In one of those little twists that life serves up to you, my life has dived off the path into the world of teaching! That’s right, I am now attempting to teach people to do what I have done for the last 20years and be able to take commercial vessels to sea and bring them back in one piece! God help them!
I actually like teaching, love seeing the lights come on when a concept they have been struggling with finally makes sense. But it means a lot less time for photography for a while at least. 😦 The amount of paperwork to deal with is ridiculous!!
In the meantime this is one I shot recently at one of my favourite locations, Cape Gloucester at the top end of the Whitsundays. Another case where the light was so-so when I turned up and came good for a brief period.
After all the monsoon weather we have had here in the Whitsundays over the last few months, Huey has made up for it with some magnificent weather over the last week!
This is the view from Airlie Beach and today it was nearly perfect conditions to capture it. The noticeable absence in this scene is people! Normally this beach would have many more people on a day like this but the tourism industry which is the town’s major industry is doing it tough at the moment. Never seen the place so quiet!
GFC, high exchange rates, flooding etc have combined to hit the area for a six. But the good news is that we are well and truly open for business!
In the immortal words of Lara Bingle “So, where the bloody hell are you?”
I was on my way to Townsville yesterday when i thought I would dive down a side road to perhaps get an image of the clouds hanging around the ranges to the south of Townsville.
I found a sugarcane property with a great collection of old farming implements at the entrance to his driveway. Some of these implements were probably horse drawn so I thought a couple of shots were in order! Light was not the best but you cant always choose ideal conditions can you? These will be worth a stop in future whenever I have time as i have been looking for these type of things for a while and they are not laying all over the place!
Driving home later that afternoon I saw a helicopter flying low circles over the cane paddocks so I thought I would investigate further. I pulled up near a couple of trucks and got talking to the owner of the farm as it turned out. He told me that because of all the rain it was impossible to get trucks into the fields to spread fertiliser. Consequently they were using a helicopter to do it for the first time and to his knowledge it was the first time it had been used on sugar cane in N. Queensland.
Once again the light was not ideal but with a bit of processing in Lightroom 3 they didn’t come out too badly. Even though I was shooting at shutter speeds as low as 1/60th sec and the downdraft from the rotors was pretty strong, most of them were pretty sharp. Something to remember for next time though!
In one day,totally by chance I had images of two widely separated eras of the sugar-cane industry which more than made up for the very long day I had endured. Hope you agree!