I would say that I am not really a believer of a higher being however there are times when you just have to sit back and think “Is the universe trying to tell me something??”
And this photo was one of those times!!
To give some of my rural friends some situational awareness of the fires, I once again popped up to the top of one of their hills to capture the fires.
Shooting away for about 15 minutes light rain started to fall. I could feel the cool water on my face and all I could think of was “I hope this continues and hits the firefront”.
Turning around the most amazing rainbow appeared, and not only was it amazing cause of the clarity but it was a complete rainbow, and parts were a DOUBLE RAINBOW that seems to look like a shield protecting Canberra.
The left end of the started over the Canberra city just near Black Mountain and ended over the southern suburbs of Canberra, like Banks, Conder and Gordon.
I am not sure about you but for me looking at this, it gave me a sense of protection and with heavy rains forecast to fall across Australia, I think it was a sign from mother nature to say “I’ve got this and everything is going to OK!”
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.
Since the weekend is upon us it is time for people to go to the party and have some fun, for me is also time to party except I generally party with my camera in hand while I capture the fun and excitement of the events that are part of being an event photographer.
To celebrate the end of the week and the start of the working weekend I snuck out to capture a few quick photos of the sunset as the colors in the sky were just amazing!!
So put on your dancing shoes and get ready for the wild weekend and maybe, just maybe you might see my face through my lens at an event near you. 🙂
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?
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!!!!!
With a shoot that was postponed as the client had to go away I had the day to myself to relax and catch up with house duties… yay for a day off!!!!!
With half of the day cleaning and shampooing carpets and the other half watching “Highway Thu Hell” on Netflix which I think I am addicted to (thank god there is only 23 episodes) I grabed a wine and watched the sun set from my back door. 🙂
I feel so relaxed that I think I am ready what another week…. Except tomorrow is a public holiday in Canberra, oh well what ever will I do with my time…… 😉
I know how about I organize a 5 hour shoot with a model, makeup artist and agent on a private farm, where we can capture natural and free spirit images.
If you have to work tomorrow have fun but those of us in Canberra will be enjoying the day and thinking of you…. ok ok ok maybe not..
Oh boy what a week. Covering events and portraits through the week was fantastic but I must say it is nice to have a night off so I can get to bed before 2am and sleep into at least 6:05 am. lol
Once again the sunset tonight was spectacular and something I will never get sick of I dont think. 🙂
I will be posting a how to on this image tomorrow on my sister site http://www.photographicworkshop.com.au/ so if you are interested in how to take and post process this type of photo have a look see tomorrow.
With a full on afternoon of post processing photos from last night’s event and corporate portrait at photos of the Canberra Raiders cheer squad The Emeralds, I have a break in the weather to run outside and get a quick snap while I export 300 images.
At the top of the stairs there is a fantastic lookout that looks over the magnificent Kanangra Walls. These walls form the southernmost and of what is a spectacular valley and gorge that goes on for miles and miles from this location and believe it or not I had the opportunity to watch the new years eve fireworks from there.
Now for anyone that knows where the Kanangra-Boyd National Park is, they would know it is miles and miles and miles and miles away from Sydney so imagine my surprise when some of the other people there who have been regulars for years asked if I was hanging round to watch the fireworks. Now considering only had to wait another 40 minutes hell yes I was going to wait.
And to my surprise i could in fact see the fireworks from there!!!!! WOW
Before it got dark and the fireworks started I snapped this picture below and you can see why they call it the Blue Mountains!!
There are varying stories as to why the mountains seemed blue however one smart little cookie scientist put it down to the fracturing of light and the fact that only the blue light is disbursed due to atmospheric conditions within the gorges. This is not a unique to the Blue Mountains in New South Wales it can be seen in other places around the world which share similar characteristics.
No matter what the reason the view is spectacular and one I will definitely go back and see.
It was kind of a shame to leave this place but my journey and travels were taking me north up to the Jenolan Caves.
Man, I could watch sunsets everyday, and in fact I almost do when I am at home or out on set. The beauty that is in the sun going down is only beaten by the sun coming up in the morning..
It makes me feel alive and connected with what is around me…. be it people, pets, animals, nature, country, city and my chickens… bwhahahahah… Sorry I was watching them free range around the yard with the sun setting and boy, oh, boy they have it tough…..
Anyways… back to my sunset….
I hope you had a fantastic weekend and that you got out, and had a bit of fun. If you had a wedding or some other event… congrats on getting through it, as they can be stressful leading up to them, but they are a lot of fun on the day/night…
Oh one small thing… If you did have an event, how come I wasn’t the event or wedding photographer… You know my number right??????? If not pop over to my contact page and write my number down…… 😉
Till next time enjoy you Sunday night.
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