While on a brief visit to Perth I went to the CBD to get a replacement UV filter that got damaged when my tripod fell over. I was wandering around the CBD, and went down a lane between Murray and Hay St. I came across this guy scrubbing a restaurants pots and pans in this alcove off the lane. I was standing in the lane when I took the photo. He agreed to let me take his picture. I wonder if the people eating in the restaurant would have kept their appetite if they knew that this was where the restaurants pots and pans were cleaned!
I mentioned earlier I was still processing shots from Sugarloaf. I waited until the stars came out, (and the lighthouse!) and took a series of shots while painting the scene with a torch. I learnt a few things – such as it doesn’t really work well when there is a lot of spray around, and that you have to wait until it gets really dark (especially when the rocks you are lighting are a long way off).
This makes an interesting contrast to the shot I posted earlier from the same location (different lens). That shot was taken just after sunset.
Last night the sky was looking promising for a spectacular sunset, so I went down to Sugarloaf Rock to watch it, and try for a night time shot with stars (still processing that one). I like to get out on the front looking back. It was a great night, made even better by the sight of a seal, two dolphins, and a pod of whales breaching offshore. For a while it seemed I had missed the sunset – behind me it was going wild. However eventually I started to get this pink glow in the clouds just after sunset. This was a lot more subdued than the sky looking directly at the sunset, but was still a lovely color.
I went over to Collie today and dropped in at the Wellington Dam. This dam was built during the depression and in the 1960’s supplied water to places like Narrogin (I drank a lot of Wellington Dam water). However due to catchment clearing the dam became saline and unfit for drinking. A new dam (Harris Dam) has replaced the Wellington and this dam is mostly used for recreational purposes. I understand that there is a long term aim to reduce salinity in Wellington dam, but with all Western Australian dams showing declining yields this may never happen (ie by the time it happens there may not be enough water in the dam to make it worthwhile).
The water is being discharged from the dam to get rid of the most saline water. This is intended to reduce the overall salinity of the water in the dam and eventually return the dam as a potable source. Doesn’t seem likely after 40 years of trying.
While we were in the forest the cloud cover was being burnt off and the light became very harsh. However this shot just scraped in. It seems to break a few rules (the eye is lead to several different places for example). However I think it works and it provides a different perspective of the karri tree in the centre. I originally suggested to Mark that we try Boranup because with the cherry picker we could avoid the “looking up” shots of the giant trees and this worked well.
Here is a shot taken from the cherry picker in Boranup forest. From the ground you cant see through the forest like this because you are stuck in the undergrowth that you see the top of here. At this point the sky was cloudy and the light was beautiful, very soft. Soon after this the sun burnt off the clouds and the light became very harsh – very contrasty, and the results were not as good.
Mark Stothard was (is) in Dunsborough this weekend to do some commercial shoots. For these shoots he needed to hire a cherry picker and he asked me to help out. It turns out it is really a two man operation anyway – partly for safety reasons, but also logistical. However this meant we had a new toy to try out for the weekend, and we gave it a pretty full workout, exhausting the batteries and ourselves over a 15 hour stretch. It was great fun and the cherry picker certainly gives a fresh perspective to shots of places that have been extensively photographed. (Many passers by commented on our super tripod!). I will post some shots later when I have them stitched, but here is a shot of Mark in action.
This image made the shortlist in Team Digital’s recent Golden Shopping Trolley Awards, and I was pretty happy with that. The subject was “Landscapes altered by man” and this image was shot in the Dunsborough landfill site, so I think it definitely qualified. There was a special award for the best image with a shopping trolley in it. While we were at the local tip emptying the trailer, my wife spotted this trolley, so I shot it and entered it. I like the image and the judges did, but not enough to make the final 10.
The judges reviewed the finalists and I am pleased to say that they picked up on most of the elements I sought to portray. They did say however that whoever took this photo had a twisted mind!
My sister told me about this place – she thought I might find it interesting to photograph. As I was in Perth today I went to check it out. She was right – however I think just after sunset would be the right time – I was there about 12 noon as I had to come back to Dunsborough this afternoon.
For anyone who is interested, this is opposite Ascot race course. And there is a convenient hole in the fence which isn’t very hard to find if you want to go inside!
Last time I was in the Perth CBD I spotted this interesting alley. I liked the contrast between the fashion on the right and the modern building of glass and steel compared to the empty sherry bottle and graffiti and old brick wall on the left. The locked gate is also very strong visual element.