Saturday, 19 August 2017

An afternoon on Lake Macquarie

I am so lucky to live in such a beautiful part of Australia!

Fantastic surf beaches to the east, picturesque rural countryside to the west, National Parks, large river systems flowing into a busy harbour and, Lake Macquarie.

Lake Macquarie is Australia's largest inland salt water lagoon at 110 square kilometres (42.5 square miles).  It is twice as large as Sydney Harbour and is apparently the largest salt water lake in the Southern Hemisphere.

I had wandered to the lake to get some photos of the boating activity.  First stop Toronto where there were a few sailing boats taking advantage of the stiff breeze.  From there I went further south to Belmont and then to Eleebana for the sunset.

It was a good afternoon although, a bushfire burning near the Teralba area was spreading it's smoke and haze across the lake in the distance.  I decided to make the most of this haze and convert some to black and white in the editing phase once I got the photos back home.

I also attempted to get photos of the water birds as they flew low over the lake, in amongst the boat masts.  Easier said than done but I did manage to get a few decent photos from that.  I shoot using only the one focus point and when the lens is maxed out to 300mm it is a little difficult to target a small moving object.

For a lot of these photos from my Canon 600D, I used a Canon EF 75-300mm zoom.

Photo editing in Nik Colour Efex Pro and Nik Silver Efex Pro.

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Managed to capture this Seagull as he flew through the moored boats at Belmont.

I was at Eleebana just on Sunset when I spied this fellow hunting in the shallows.

Using the midtones slider has lightened the background on this photo where the haze
from the bushfire smoke was drifting.  The black slider has brought up the water and boat wonderfully.

Zooming past the Belmont Wharf.

Not quite a sharp focus on the bird but lightening the background and playing with the black
slider has given  a silhouette look for the end of the wharf and the bird.  I added some 'digital
 grain' for a low light photo effect.

Burn tool used to create the vignette.

Small boats from the 16 Footers Club at Belmont making their way back home.  Because of the
haze from the bushfire, I decided to turn this to black & white and adjust the midtones to
lighten the background.  Once that was done I tweaked the black slider to bring out the 

boats a little.

From Toronto Jetty.
I could live on a Ketch like this.  Go north for the winter and south for the summer along the
Australian east coast.

Making the most of the beautiful afternoon.

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

A First Birthday Cake Smash!

A famous French Queen once said, "Let them smash Cake!"   Or something like that anyway......

It has been almost a year since I photographed Peyton at 8 weeks old.  

She has just turned 1, and her Mum asked if I would return and photograph Peyton laying waste to a lovely cake.  Having never photographed a cake smash before, I thought it would be a fun thing to do.

Like her Mum, Peyton has a cheeky grin and personality to match!  A little unsure of what to do with the cake at first she finally got the idea to just rip it apart and play with it!  She also has such an expressive face; so much character already!

It was a lovely, colourful Unicorn Cake and she made short work of it.  She did get a bit upset at the end though, probably at the thought that she had smashed up the cake but had not actually eaten much of it at all!

Of course, when you're all covered in cake and icing, a young lady needs to take a bath.  

The cake may have have washed away, but the sweet smile remained!

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Peyton & Peppa discussing the pros and cons of wearing a headband.

'Wha'?  I can't play with the power socket?'

'Is she serious?  Smash the cake?'

'I don't get it; it's a perfectly good cake!'

'Whoops!  Too much cake already!'

'It's all gone!'

'Bath time is fun!'

Monday, 26 June 2017

Sand Dunes of the Worimi National Park

The sand dunes of Worimi National Park make for an amazing photo safari.

The lovely rolling, meandering shape of the dunes, the designs etched in the sand by both wind and rain, the light and shade cast by the Sun as it slowly set over this amazing panorama presents exciting challenges to be captured.  It is a very minimalist landscape without a specific point of interest so the challenge is to find or create that point of interest amidst the pleasing angles and rounded shapes of the dunes. 

It was a doubly pleasing afternoon safari, because my son Lachlan (a photographer in his own right - visit him at  Lachlan Jordan Photography) was able to join me; it's been a while since we were both free at the same time!  He was pretty excited because he had not been to the dunes before.

When we arrived there was a moment of uncertainty as some light rain started to fall but it turned out to be just a small shower passing over and out to sea.

Walking out on the dunes surprised me.  I was expecting soft sand similar to that of the beach but this was fairly compact and easy to walk on.  There was patches of soft sand but these were mostly found in the gullies amidst the dunes as the sand rolled down off the slope.

It is a very popular place.  Not only are there 4WD tours of the dunes but there are Camel rides and also sand boarding so, there were a few people hanging around.  There is also a 'road' that leads through the dunes to Birubi Beach which is popular with 4WD Clubs and individuals who like their surfing and beach fishing.  There is a Surf Life Saving Club on the beach also.  What does this mean for the photographer?  Trying to get a photo of the sand dunes without human or camel footprints all over it or tyre prints in the sand!  To walk to a remote area would have taken considerable time so I had to plan my photos carefully to avoid any of these distractions.

Most of these photos were shot using a Canon EF 70-300mm zoom.  Because I had that mounted on my Canon 600D (an APSC camera) it gave a 35mm equivalent zoom of 480mm when zoomed right out.  

We waited until the Sun was setting proper but it was a little disappointing.  The earlier light rainfall had cleared but there was still sufficient cloud low on the horizon to block any spectacular light or reflection off the cloud and back onto the sand.  Luckily, because of heavy rains in the weeks prior, there were little oasis of water in the flatter part of the park and these presented some great reflections of the sunset and lovely colour.  Mind you, those clouds hanging around made for a magnificent sky during the afternoon as you will see.

I'd love to be here for a Sunrise but it is about an hours drive from where I live and then about a 20-30 min walk to the top of the dunes so it would be a very very early start and then a walk on the dunes in the darkness so there will have to be some more planning before that occurs!

Click on the photos to view a larger version; looks much better!

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Taken with my Canon 50mm f1.8.  2 photos stitched for the panorama.

This photo is made up of 2 separate photos stitched to make the Parorama.  The person
standing on the dune on the left is my son, Lachlan.  

Sand People.  Using my Canon 70-300mm zoom I was able to get right up to
this group of people as they made their way across the top of the dunes.

The wind uncovers many secrets that have been lying dormant in the sand.

I don't know if this is a marker post or part of an old fence line across the dunes.  It was just there
in the middle of nowhere.

This is one of the photos used to create the panorama above.  Couldn't resist reverting the colour
to B&W.  Note the fantastic cloud formations that were present that afternoon!

Taken just after we arrived.  Camel Trek Adventures.  That light rain we had disappearing
out to sea leaving a rainbow in its departure.
Incredible cloud formations on the horizon!