I’ve posted about Cathedral Rock before, when I first visited a few months ago. I was in awe then and I’m still in awe at its tremendous stature and shooting possibilities (especially during low tide). If you read my previous post, I mentioned that I was going to a particular location to shoot sunrise where the sun would rise directly behind a certain landmark. In case you hadn’t guessed yet, that landmark was Cathedral Rock.
Originally, I had planned to go on the 6th of December for the ideal positioning of the sun behind the rock. But upon arriving on my practise run day (the 4th), I realised it probably wouldn’t make a whole lot of difference, I could shoot the whole week and still have the sun behind this rock. I shot from inside the cave at Cathedral Rock on my ‘practice’ day for about 15 minutes only to end up with shots full of smudges and blurred mosquitos on my lens. I ventured out of the cave to try and clean my lens in better light. I’ve gotta tell you, I’m not afraid of much; but this cave, in the dark and while your alone is kinda creepy. If the mass of scurrying crabs and swarm of damn mosquitos doesn’t bother you, then I’m sure the hundreds of spiders, webbed to every single concave, crevasse or corner of the cave, will. Speaking of Will, I met the extremely talented photographer and soaringly popular Instagramer, William Patino, on my second and final visit this week. To see more of Will, check out his blog here.
On Wednesday, I was greeted with an average sunrise, but average is better than the sunrises I’ve been getting recently, so I was happy to take it! Unfortunately, on Thursday morning, I was greeted with the all too familiar, bland and overcast sky. This, as always, called for a long exposure.
If you aren’t sure on the location of Cathedral Rock, it is located in Kiama. You can read my old location post on it here.
Shutter Speed: (foreground) 15 sec – (sky) 3 min 30 sec – Aperture: f/14 – ISO: 100 – Focal Length: 24mm
Shutter Speed: (foreground) 8 sec – (sky) 3 min 30 sec – Aperture: f/14 – ISO: 100 – Focal Length: 24mm
Sometime in early-September, during my weekly (more like daily) browsing on ‘The Photographers Ephemeris’ app, I found that around 6th of December the sun would rise and intersect with the horizon and a particular favourite landmark of mine. Now I won’t mention what that landmark is, but I will tell you that it is coastal (just for a change). You’ll have to wait until at least Friday (6th December) to find out. That is to say, only if it is a successful venture.
Other than weather, a lot of things come into play whilst photographing landscapes. At least three of those can really affect seascapes in particular. For me these are wind, tide and swell. The forecast predicts that all of these conditions should be playing in my favour for Friday morning, which makes a nice change. But if I’ve learnt anything over the last year shooting landscape it is that weather is highly unpredictable. What could be a sunny and windless day today, might be a cold and rainy day on the day.
I’m going for a test run tomorrow morning, so hopefully I will have much more of an idea if this will even work. If not, at least I’ll have some fun while I’m at it and hopefully have something worth sharing with you all!
My question to you guys is; what is the longest time you’ve spent planning a landscape shoot? And was it successful?
It’s that time of year again everyone! It felt like a lifetime between each Christmas when I was a kid, now it sneaks up so fast!
Being a photographer, I felt compelled to take a Christmas photo with my wife. It’s a tradition we started last year, our first Christmas as husband and wife, and I hope to keep the tradition going. This is Christmas II, so we’re two for two!
I know it’s not Christmas yet, but December 1st is usually the start of the highly contagious Christmas spirit. Not to mention, I couldn’t contain my excitement to set up my inconvenient and impractical makeshift portrait studio (a softbox, a strobe, a reflector and a blank wall).
Without further ado, here are the photos we will be sending out for our Christmas card this year!
I hope you and your families all have an awesome Christmas and holiday this year!
Unlike many photographers that have been taking photos since they were knee-high to a grasshopper, I started shooting just out of High School. I got my first DSLR (Canon 450D) in 2008 and took a few snapshots here and there. It wasn’t until a few years later, after I completed my Graphic Design Diploma, that I really began to enjoy and almost obsess over photography. I quickly discovered that the only way I was going to improve in photography was to shoot everyday. So, I did just that. Everyday, for 365 days I took a photo, edited it and uploaded it to my previous website and flickr for the world to see.
I honestly couldn’t recommend a better way to get skilled at something, than to do it every single day. Looking back at the photos from that 365 Project, it’s almost embarrassing to see the photos from the first couple of months. As you could imagine, shooting something everyday can be quite tricky. Often times I would resort to shooting some kind of insect (there are heaps of those, here in the bush). Macro photography soon became an obsession within an obsession. Almost every other day I would be in the garden looking for various insects to shoot. From spiders and ants, to flies and frogs – nothing was off limits.
When I finished this project I was overwhelmed by a sense of achievement, but I also had the feeling of “now what?” Over that past year I had learnt so much about all different types of photography from portraiture and product shots to macro and landscape, where do I go from here? When it comes down to it, I like all types of photography but there was something about Mary. And by Mary I mean landscape photography. Something that really captivated me. Maybe it is the peace I felt out there, alone, at 5:00am with nothing but possibilities and the unexpected show that nature always has to offer.
So everyone, what got you started in photography? Is it where you still are, or have you changed your path?
Hell no! But maybe for a little while.
I’ve been going to Bombo Quarry quite often lately and on my most recent trip I feel like I was given a sign, a sign telling me that the Quarry and I should see other people. Once again, Willy Weather informed me that there was going to be a pretty decent swell down Bombo way and it looked like the wind was playing in my favour. If you haven’t been, Bombo Quarry really is the kind of place that comes to life during rough seas.
It was a spur of the moment trip as I was casually browsing my weather apps at work and noticed that it was prime shooting conditions. I messaged my wife to see if she was interested in heading down with me after work and before we knew it, there we were; witnessing yet another amazing show provided by nature.
Now, the reason the Quarry and I have decided to take a break is because we’ve been seeing a lot of each other lately and I think I may have been starting to push the boundaries of our relationship a little too far. You see, the start of this little photo trip proved to be pretty lacklustre as you can see in the two images below. I just couldn’t let myself come away with nothing to show for it.
So, I perched myself, quite precariously, on the ledge of one of the tremendous rock walls facing out to the violent ocean. This was an awesome view, one I hadn’t shot before (still haven’t) and probably won’t for a long time. I waited for a while, gauging the sets of waves, making sure that I was safe where I was. It all looked good, so far…
After only a couple of minutes sussing out the waves, a few metres above sea level, I noticed a huge body of water rushing towards me that had just crashed on a rock wall to my left. All I could do was hope that gravity would bring the wave down, away from me, before it reached me. That did not happen. I’ve been hit by waves before, trying to get that “just one more shot” shot. It was different this time. Mum – if you’re reading this, please stop now. This wave that was coming towards me did anything but die down. It seemed to get bigger and more furious the closer it got. Right behind me was a 2-3 metre drop onto a bed of sharp and very slippery rocks, so jumping was not really an option. The only thing I could do was to get low and hold my breath. The wave finally hit me, it was quite strong and I’ll be honest – pretty frightening; but it kept coming, stronger and with more volume. It felt like I was under water for a lifetime when in reality it was probably only a few seconds. When it was finally over, it was safe to say that I was drenched. But I was alive.
It’s quite unfortunate that my gear had to go through all this trauma and all I got were these two lousy shots.
Shutter Speed: 0.5 sec – Aperture: f/18 – ISO: 50 – Focal Length: 35mm
Shutter Speed: (foreground) 240sec – (sky) 1/6 sec – Aperture: f/18 – ISO: 50 – Focal Length: 24mm