Category: Landscape

Lookout! It’s spring!

What do you get when you combine warmer weather and longer days with birds, blooms, and the occasional fresh morning? Why Spring of course! September 1st just passed and that means it’s time to get outside, breathe, and shake off cabin fever. For me, this couldn’t come soon enough – they know about you but the perfume and the smell blossoming trees in the springtime in and around Canberra brings back memories of being a child running through the bushes and trees with the amazement of the buds popping out to create new life.

I also love feeling like I can get outside more, stretch my legs, and enjoy the earlier sunrises.

Speaking of sunrises, spring is a great time for getting some awesome shots. The lighting is ideal for dramatic portraits, the street scene starts buzzing as the city wakes up from slumber, and the flowers are getting themselves ready for their annual show. Trust me, you don’t have to wait until Floriade to see gorgeous flowers—keep your eyes out for daffodils, jonquils, tulips, hyacinths, anemones, freesias, gladioli, iris and snowdrops. Another cool thing is that dawn isn’t as frightfully early as it is in the height of summer, so it’s much easier to get up and capture great shots from all that warm light, mist and dew.

With that in mind, this weekend’s theme is “Get up and get outdoors.” Let’s see your best spring photos—photos that unequivocally shout, whisper, or sidle up to you and say “It’s Spring!” The best one will, of course, be featured on this blog.

So get out there early tomorrow and over the weekend and capture the meaning and feeling of spring. He can send these to me through my multiple contact avenues have a look at my contact page for more information.

A single Poppy

A single Poppy

Sun rises over the last day of the week

Well we have finally reached Friday, thank God! And unlike other people the week and leads me really into my working week because, as an event and portrait photographer my working hours are when people having events and have the time to get their portraits done.

It also means I get to meet a whole range of fantastic people, and I get to see such amazing sites to which I feel really blessed. And I know this little Canberra event photographer really enjoys and appreciates every moment I get to spend with not only new and exciting people but catching up with old friends.

Now I’m not sure if I’ve shared this photo publicly, but it is a photo that I really enjoyed taking for many reasons. One of which I got to meet a friend which I had spoken to for many years online but had never met in person where I had the opportunity to give a one-on-one photography coaching session, where we concentrated on landscape shooting along with how to use speed lights on location in a practical sense to ensure that you could capture images as they were seen through our own eyes. It was also a fantastic opportunity to get up early and get some early-morning photos of what was splendid but kind of chilly morning.

Early-morning one-on-one coaching in New Zealand's North Island

This photo was taken while I travelled to New Zealand to cover the New Zealand salsa Congress in the beginning of June this year.

It was also part of my travels after the event were grabbed a car and drove all around the North Island with my daughter capturing and visiting some of the most amazing places and this was just one of those places.

For the shot we were looking out over the Bay of Plenty at Tauranga on the north end of the North Island of New Zealand. The island you can send the background is Moturiki Island and while the image appears quite dark this was certainly not the case on the day as the sun was shining and we were shooting directly into the light.

Our anyone that has done this would certainly know that it is impossible to get an image like the one you are seeing, mainly because that the sun would overpower the camera and cause it to expose in such a way that the subject in the foreground would be silhouetted.

To get around this I used my portable speed lights to bring the subject up to the same exposure as the background. I also applied a neutral density filter to the lens of my camera to bring the sunshine back down to a level that was acceptable and able to be captured within camera. As with everything with photography and in life, everything has a side effect or a cause-and-effect. The side-effect of adding a neutral density filter is that the image naturally get starker however it also goes along and requires a longer shutter speed to achieve and capture an image. While in most cases this is not necessarily an issue as it is in effect which you would like to achieve, in the event scratch that in this shot I wanted to capture a person, someone that I required to be very still and without motion blur. The cool thing is in using flash I’m able to achieve this as this is a side-effect of using flash. It will freeze the person or subject to which the flash is directed, while everything outside of that flash is left to be exposed by the camera. Which can have some softness due to motion blur or the subject in the foreground is completely sharp.

One of the other key points of this photo scratch that one of the other key points to this photo is that the colour balance of speed light is different to the colour balance of the rising sun. Rising Sun is a much warmer colour than the colour that comes out of a speed light. To get around this I also applied what is referred to as a gel. Gels come in many different colours into many different things but for the purpose of this I used an orange gel which change the colour of the speed light to match the warm colour of the sun which ensured that the subject in the foreground gave the appearance that the light falling on her was more natural than man-made.

If you want to know more about photography and in particular get some photography lessons let me know, as I’m putting together a course material for photographic workshops beholding over the next year, some of these being on location landscape shooting along with how to use artificial lighting to bring out the best in your subject, the matter the location.

Well I have to run as I have some planning and things to get done for my weekend shoots,

Hope y’all have a fantastic day which is in essence the last day of your working week, and I hope to see some of you over the weekend even if it is from the other side of the camera.

Auckland New Zealand – Marina and Harbour bridge post processing video

Working through the images I have taken on my New Zealand trip I thought I would share this post processing video on one I took early one morning of the Auckland Marina and the harbor bridge.

It was a fantastic way to start the day and with local knowledge on my side through a friend that lives there we had the opportunity to zip around in quick fashion and get a heap of great shots.

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The after shot from my Auckland New Zealand Harbor Bridge and Marina morning shoot

The before shot from my Auckland New Zealand Harbour Bridge and Marina morning shoot

The before shot from my Auckland New Zealand Harbor Bridge and Marina morning shoot

Here is the video of the post processing at a little faster than I actually do it in real life.. 🙂

Sit back and enjoy.

This image can be purchased through my on-line store and comes in a variety of sizes and different print types.

So if you like it pop over and pick up yourself a copy or get the whole Auckland or New Zealand collection at a discounted price. 🙂

BTL – Auckland, New Zealand

I had the pleasure of spending this morning of spending some time with an online friend Nicky.

She was kind enough to get up super early and show me some of the great areas around Auckland where I could get some shots of not only the main tower but also of the harbor, and I must say what a treat.

Here is just a couple of the shots we got.





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