Landscape Photographer from the South West of Western Australia

Lighting

Wyadup night sky

This is the shot I went down to Wyadup to take when I saw the whales playing. I went down at sunset so I could get to this vantage point before it was dark.

Wyadup night sky

Wyadup night sky

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School holiday fun – light painting

My grandchildren came to stay over the holidays. I bought one of those glow in the dark bracelet packages and entertained the kids by getting them to make patterns in the dark while I photographed them. We joined the bracelets together to make a string. Once they got the hang of it they made some pretty interesting patterns. Here is a sample.












For anyone who wants to try it, I used a shutter interval of about 15 seconds, and just adjusted the aperture until the images looked about right.


More sawmill playing around

I have been playing around with some new software which enabled me to create the following image in the sawmill using a single handheld flash for lighting. (The previous sawmill images used up to 3 flashes which all needed tripods – cumbersome and awkward in confined spaces. There were also difficulties maintaining line of sight to all flashes). This was more in the way of a “proof of concept” – hence the wild colors. The image was created in three parts – foreground (blue), middleground (purple) and background (red). Each part is treated as a separate adjustable light. Each of the parts is a composite of multiple hand held flash shots painting the area. It sounds complicated but is easier to do than explain, and as a bonus was quicker to take than setting up multiple flashes.

The result was then merged in Photoshop where the fog was added – again as proof of concept to see if the fog (or something else!) could be added between the foreground and the rest of the image. The software I used wasn’t written with this in mind and a few workarounds were needed to overcome some limitations. The developers have expressed interest in this, and are planning to work on this area of the software, so there is a chance they will take on board my suggestions to simplify the workflow to use these techniques.

Since originally posting this image I have added my granddaughter in the image. Because each “light” is in a separate layer, it is easy to place her image between layers (in this case behind the axle).

Wild sawmill

Wild sawmill


More old sawmill

I obtained permission to shoot in the sawmill including evening/night time. The problem in the day time is that the mill is open sided, and the light coming from outside is very bright. This limits the choice of shots. I went back at sunset yesterday and got some nice shots. This was one of the last I took.

Sawmill at night

Sawmill at night


Old sawmill

This unused sawmill was once operated by Jim House. I often drive by, and yesterday I stopped to take some shots.

Jim House's sawmill

Jim House's sawmill


Here is the sign on the office.
Office sign

Office sign