Moody Salt Lake


I’ve gone for the really moody look on this photo. It was taken from a low angle looking up at the clouds rolling by. This is the first edited image that I have used my Lee filters!

I have a 180 image ( – thats right I said one hundred and eighty!) multi row panoramic of the Stirling Ranges at sunrise to stitch using my Lee Filters and Manfrotto 303SPH – so stay tuned! The RAW images look amazing!

 

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The Pinnacles


On the way back from Geraldton I decided to head to the Pinnacles.

I got there at about 3.00am and walked around in the torch light for about 20 minutes before I stumbled on this scene.

My Iphone came in handy yet again. I used the compass to predict where the sun would be rising so I wouldn’t have my shadow in the shot and the sunrise/sunset app told me the exact time I would get the perfect light.

Armed with this vital information I set up my Manfrotto tripod with my camera bag used as a weight and held an umbrella horizontally into the wind to protect my camera.

I had to fight the wind most of the night/morning as it tried it’s best to blow me over. After enduring 4 long hours of sand in my eyes, being buried alive and goose bumps the size of Everest I managed to pull this shot off.

Enjoy!

 

Altered Landscapes


Well it seems that altered landscapes are the next biggest thing. I have just check out a few fellow bloggers posts recently and I think they are all getting sick of the traditional landscape photos that you see. So what subjects in photographs really sell….you tell me?

Bins, junk, buildings and rubbish are the current hot photographic subjects to capture and sell for a tidy fortune.

So if you have a spare million handy just remember that there are some stunning “one off” photos out there. What I mean to say is…just think you could have 1 million dollars worth of junk hanging from your wall!

Update: I’m in Geraldton at the moment so I don’t have to much spare time…I thought I might post this to give all those altered landscape photographers (especially Merv and his bins) some inspiration. Enjoy

Tasmania Workshop with Christian and Nick


On my recent trip to Tasmania attending one of Christian and Nick’s courses I managed to take this pano with my trusty 85mm f1.2

I can remember everyone else on the course were waiting for the first glimpse of light at Sleepy Bay. So if anyone has any shots from the course do share the link in the comments section. That includes Christian and Nick!

Tropical Cyclone Yasi


Yasi makes Tropical Cyclone Bianca in WA look like cotton wool. I wouldn't want to
be in Queensland right now.
My thoughts go out to all the photographers out there wanting a piece of the action...
Ask yourself this...is it really worth a photo?
Also check out Merv's photos here of the storm that hit Northam in WA last week.





Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology
Queensland
Tropical Cyclone Warning Centre

TOP PRIORITY
TROPICAL CYCLONE ADVICE NUMBER 19
Issued by the Bureau of Meteorology, Brisbane
Issued at 6:59pm EST on Wednesday the 2nd of February 2011

A Cyclone WARNING is current for coastal and island communities from Cape
Flattery to Sarina, extending west across the tropical interior to the Northern
Territory border.

At 7:00 pm EST Severe Tropical Cyclone Yasi, Category 5 was estimated to be 150
kilometres east northeast of Innisfail and 175 kilometres east of Cairns and
moving west southwest at 29 kilometres per hour.

SEVERE TROPICAL CYCLONE YASI IS A LARGE AND VERY POWERFUL TROPICAL CYCLONE AND
POSES AN EXTREMELY SERIOUS THREAT TO LIFE AND PROPERTY WITHIN THE WARNING AREA. 

THE VERY DESTRUCTIVE CORE OF CYCLONE YASI WILL CROSS THE COAST NEAR INNISFAIL
CLOSE TO MIDNIGHT, ACCOMPANIED BY A DANGEROUS STORM TIDE SOUTH OF THE CYCLONE
CENTRE.

Tropical Cyclone Yasi, CATEGORY 5, will continue to move in a west-southwesterly
direction and is expected to cross the coast near Innisfail close to midnight.

Coastal residents between Cairns and Ayr are specifically warned of an EXTREMELY
DANGEROUS SEA LEVEL RISE [i.e. storm tide] as the cyclone approaches, crosses
the coast and moves inland. The sea is likely to steadily rise up to a level
which will be VERY DANGEROUSLY above the normal tide, with EXTREMELY DAMAGING
WAVES, STRONG CURRENTS and FLOODING of low-lying areas extending some way
inland. The storm tide will persist for many hours after landfall of the cyclone
and secondary peaks may occur around high tide on Thursday morning. Higher than
normal tides will exceed the high water mark with damaging waves and flooding in
low lying areas in remaining warning areas to the south of Ayr.  

People living in areas likely to be affected by this flooding should take
measures to protect their property as much as possible, and be prepared to
follow instructions regarding evacuation of the area if advised to do so by
authorities. 

DESTRUCTIVE winds with gusts in excess of 125 km/hr between Port Douglas and Ayr
are expected to spread into the eastern tropical interior overnight. VERY
DESTRUCTIVE winds with gusts up to 290 km/hr are expected to develop between
Cairns and Ingham during the next few hours as the cyclone approaches and
crosses the coast near midnight. These VERY DESTRUCTIVE winds will also occur to
the north of the cyclone and affect the Atherton Tablelands. 

Due to the large size of the cyclone, people in the path of the VERY DESTRUCTIVE
WINDS are likely to experience these conditions for about 3 to 4 hours.

DAMAGING WINDS with gusts to 90 km/hr are occurring in remaining coastal areas
between Cape Flattery and Sarina, and are forecast to spread into the tropical
interior overnight and west to Mt Isa during Thursday. 

Winds are forecast to gradually ease about the east coast during Thursday
morning as the cyclone moves inland.

FLOODING RAINS will develop from Cooktown to Sarina during this evening and then
extend inland overnight.

People in the path of the very dangerous cyclone should stay calm and remain in
a secure shelter, above the expected water level, while the very destructive
winds continue.
- Do not venture outside if you find yourself in the eye of the cyclone; very
destructive winds from a different direction could resume at any time.
- Follow the evacuation advice or directions of Police, Emergency Services
personnel and local authorities.

People in remaining areas between Cape Flattery and Sarina and extending west
across the tropical interior to the Northern Territory border, should complete
preparations quickly and be prepared to shelter in a safe place.
- Boats and outside property should be secured.
- For cyclone preparedness and safety advice, visit Queensland's Disaster
Management Services website [www.disaster.qld.gov.au]
- For emergency assistance call the Queensland State Emergency Service [SES] on
132 500 [for assistance with storm damage, rising flood water, fallen trees on
buildings or roof damage].

Details of Severe Tropical Cyclone Yasi at 7:00 pm EST:
.Centre located near...... 17.2 degrees South 147.4 degrees East
.Location accuracy........ within 20 kilometres
.Recent movement.......... towards the west southwest at 29 kilometres per hour
.Wind gusts near centre... 285 kilometres per hour
.Severity category........ 5
.Central pressure......... 930 hectoPascals

Please ensure that neighbours have heard and understood this message,
particularly new arrivals or those who may not fully understand English.

The next advice will be issued by 8:00 pm EST Wednesday 02 February.

This warning is also available through TV and Radio Broadcasts; the Bureau's
website at www.bom.gov.au or call 1300 659 212.  The Bureau and the State
Emergency Service would appreciate this warning being broadcast regularly.