As the fires rage through the country we all look to the authorities to keep us up to date, informed and safe.
As mentioned in my previous post I have been volunteering as part of a fireteam helping to defend rural properties, this also means I have exclusive access to these rural properties that are currently under threat in the Southern areas of the ACT (Australian Capital Tettoriy).
Just like 99% of every Australian, I am by no means an expert on fire activity and movements, nor do I have any idea of how to really tackle such an enormous job of controlling, steering and eventually extinguishing these fires. What I do know I have the ability to use the equipment I have at hand to get visuals of the firefront and its movements as it crawls along with the mountain ranges like the snowline melting after the winter.
I have at my home a great view of the eastern side of the fires and a northerly view from the farms. Capturing, watching and reporting these fires out to people that are in their path has allowed me to keep these people informed so they can make the right decisions but the side effect of taking photos so they can see what the fire is doing, is that I do get to take some incredible photos and the ones sit at the top of the pile are the sunsets.
Here is just one of them.
In the photo below you can see to the left half has the fire in the hills while the right after is yet untouched.
As I look at this image I can see and feel the destruction the fire has had on the impacted areas. I look and wait knowing it will pass to the other side bringing with it a renewed pressure to bring this fire under control.
The other interesting this about this image is the cloud formations above the fire ground on the left of the image to the clouds in the yet untouched areas.
To me, it looks like the heat of the fires have pushed the clouds up where on the right the cloud cover is flat. I’m a sure someone much much smarter than I that can tell me if what I am seeing is actually what is happening here. 🙂
For the locals some more details in the photo:
From left to right, you can see the firefront moving as it snakes its way from the Tharwa village towards the Corin forest area and then onto Tidbinbilla. Mount Tennent is out of shot to the left, while the valley to the left of the hill in the middle is the Corin Road and the hills in the far right is the Tidbinbilla nature reserve and the Brindabella Ranges.
The weekend away was full of fun and excitement in such amazing scenery that I cannot comprehend. The strangest part of the weekend is that we are in a drought, and the lakes and the dams which we visited are amazingly low. While in North Queensland around Townsville they have had over a metre of rain in the last five days. Here is a photo took at blowering reserve some hundred kilometres west of Canberra. As you can see the dam is really green, the water levels are extremely low and the fact that is green means that the water levels have been so low for such a long time the vegetation has grown says a lot. I have a heap of photos which I want to share and will I guess I’ll have to space out over a few days so I dont bore shitless, so here is the first of the ones which I took. Hope you enjoy them and let me know what you think.
Waking up this morning an hour or so before sunrise I peeked out my window and to my surprise, the sky was clear as a bell which was weird considering the forecast was for rain and cloud but hey… I wasn’t complaining as I could use my early morning wake-up to sit out to the arboretum and capture the sun rising over our city before it started to wake.
I must say driving around Canberra before dawn on a Saturday morning is actually quite pleasant. The traffic is almost non-existent and in winter time the area is crisp as a new hundred dollar bill. Not that I’ve actually seen one of those in some time. lol
And getting to the arboretum was not surprised that there was no one around, not even any birds. Not sure if it was the cold weather or the fact that it was too early, maybe even a combination of both, either way, had the place to myself.
On top of one of our lookouts at the arboretum as sculpture there that is made up of all different types of metal shapes to create what is an Eagle’s nest sitting on top of the Eagle’s nest as you can see is an Eagle. Surprise surprise. During the daylight hours, it’s interesting to have a look at how they put this thing together but I must say I prefer the silhouette of the structure against the rising sun and the blue skies.
In the background, you can see Black Mountain with the fog on the clouds rolling across it as they moved from the hills towards the lake. While you can’t see it in this picture the tower was illuminated green. Unfortunately, I was unable to capture an image they are satisfied with that showed off the color but I guess that is a good excuse to go back.
Spending a few hours before dawn, taking the time to take some photos and take in the surrounds is a great way to start a weekend and a great way to ground yourself.
Were you sleeping while I was up capturing these photos for you also out and about capturing similar memories?
Wow, what a fantastic weekend and OMG what a sunset we had this afternoon.
After a weekend here in Canberra with two consecutive mornings hitting -8° I took the opportunity to take my family camping. hahahaha
Yes I know right! Completely batty and completely insane but with all the cold into super frost that we experienced we got time to bond and capture my own memories, only to get home this afternoon and be greeted with the most amazing sunset.
A lot of photographers run away from the rain and the dark clouds. I am not one of them. The drama in the clouds the extra saturation in the landscape and the clean air always make for fantastic photos…..
Sure you might get wet but we are not made of sugar and you will survive.
The dark clouds formed and the rain started to come down so I jumped on the bike to chase the light like you only can on a BMW RR 1000s super sports bike and I must say I love the results. <3
So next time when the rain starts so falling go hunting for great photo ops… you will be surprised where you will find them.
One of the great things I love about shooting sunsets and sunrises is that they are always changing but still the same. They bring their own feeling to the shot and the random formations that the clouds and sun bring is always mesmerizes.
The darkness is so close to the light but everything is still visible and to be able to have such contrast next to each other is truly beautiful and breathtaking……. To think most people don’t even release this is just outside their door or window and all they need to do is to stop and take a few minutes to watch this and I must say, for me seeing this puts life back into perspective.
What will tonight’s sunset bring and are you ready to watch it?
Hey, can you see that…. Yes that my friends is the end of the year fast approaching and boy what a year it has been.
This time of the year can be very stressful for a lot of people for many reasons but let me just say that within ever storm there is light and the sunshine at the other end. So as we get into the silly season do take some time out to think of others. <3
This photo was taken looking over Lake Burley Griffin here in Canberra after a light storm rolled through the area a bit before. It is made up of about 40 individual images to give this final image.
All my images are for sale and can be found on my on-line store and if you want to learn how to take these types of photos I conduct a one-on-one workshop and will be posting up a few workshops over the Christmas break so stay tuned.
Yeah, I know I don’t want to overload you guys with post but WOW….
Look at this sunset!!!!! Fair dinkum it is freaking awesome. Man, I just love this time of year. It is warm but not hot, you can have your doors and windows open and don’t need air conditioning but the best part is are the sunsets. They are truly spectacular!!!!!
Don’t you just hate it when you drive to the Snowy Mountains so you can get a shot of the Milky way above the snow away from light pollution but mother nature has other ideas and brings on the clouds…… 🙂
Oh this image was created by 37 images and the original is a size of 18644 x 12342.
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Here in Australia we have a selection of places that we can go and photograph, and one of the favorite places which most of us tend to gravitate to because of our proximity to it is the coast. Its diverse, wide and spectacular.
I don’t often get a chance to get down to the coast as most my time is taken up hiding in events, studios and other places which don’t necessarily give me a coastal view so to speak. Some months ago I took the opportunity to sneak down the coast for a weekend some relaxation, to get some photos and also do some location scouting for some up-and-coming shoots once the weather gets warmer.
One of the places I ended out was at Merimbula and what a spectacular place it is. Along one of the main beaches has a rocky area which I think is kinda unique as it looks more like a boat ramp than ocean facing rocks. I snapped this photo and looking at it doesn’t do the place Justice is a details the rocks are hard to see but would you can see is the spectacular view is easily accessible in this location.
I plan to get back down there in the warmer months is a location is ideal for my portable lighting equipment as the ground is hard and even while offering a unique location with rocks that have texture and depth while also facing out to the ocean so I can capture the sunrise with models lit in the foreground using my Elinchrom Ranger Quadra kits.
So if you do get a chance get down that way and have look into forget to take your camera.
With Canberra halfway through a long weekend, and the balloon festival starting yesterday what better excuse than you get up early, and get some sunrise shots.
Sunrise shots can be relatively tricky, due to the contrast of the sun and the general surroundings. I took this photo below and a few others but I really liked the glare from the sun, striking across the lens. This effect can be generated in Photoshop, but from my perspective so much nicer to get in camera.
The shot was created using three individual exposures, which were merged in Photoshop to allow the foreground and the middle ground to be exposed. Without doing this they were completely black as a sun was overpowering anything else in creating silhouettes of the mountains.
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