I took a set of images two months ago down at the beach here in Mindarie. I just love the view up the coast from Mindarie to Quinns, the small bays and rocky outcrops are gorgeous. I’m just waiting for one of our Ospreys to land on a rock and pose for me.
This one is going to be my first proper canvas print, just done a small 8″x8″ canvas of it and the colours have come out beautifully. Bigger versions to come soon 🙂
Sadly most of the images from that night were a complete failure due to a little mistake I made with the Image Stability setting on my 70-200mm, I had it turned on 😦 Incase anyone is not aware of this annoying trait IS does not work well with tripods, infact it creates very blurry images as it tries to compensate for non-existent hand movements …
Luckily I took the first few images with my 17-40mm and got some pretty good results.
I was down at Hillarys Boat Harbour with some guys (& girls) from the Northern Exposure Photographers Club last night and did a bit more experimenting with stitching.
This image is my first stab at processing a 27 image stitch, including a bit of manual HDR work. The images were taken with my EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM lens at 70mm.
The files were put together by Photoshop CS3’s Photomerge and it has done a pretty good job though I did tweak the file a bit after PS had finished.
In case anyone is interested the following image shows a 100% crop of the image from the area marked with a white border, giving you an idea just how much detail is in these stitched images.
Considering this is just an experiment taken without a proper panoramic head and pretty sloppy processing I’m pretty happy with how it came out 🙂
If any of you are into podcasts and yearn to listen to some old guy rabbit on about the “Photography and the Creative Process” then I highly recommend listening to Brooks Jenson’s series of podcasts.
Brooks Jenson publishes a magazine called “Lenswork”, and is a very engaging and interesting speaker who is not afraid to speak his mind on all aspects of photography. You may not agree with everything he has to say but that would be boring anyway, I find him inspiring and thought provoking regarding the creative side of photography whilst helping me keep my feet firmly planted on planet earth …
If you are not familiar with podcasts then you can download iTunes or Microsoft Zune and search for Brooks Jenson.
Alternatively got to http://www.lenswork.com/podcast.xml and you can manually download and play any of the podcasts and subscribe to the RSS Feed.
Don’t worry if you don’t own an iPod life will still go on 😯 and you can listen to podcasts on your PC/MAC using either of the above programs (or one of millions of other programs).
Here is a link to one of his podcast which is close to every photographers heart, who knows what your computer will do with it, but at least you can find out if you can play mp3’s.
“The Big Money”
While I was down at Bunker Bay last weekend I took some photos of a small bay just around the northern point of Bunker Bay but I can’t remember the name of bay. I think it began with an “S” but that’s all I can remember.
So if anyone happens to know the name of the bay I would love to know, heres a picture I took there:
Ever wondered what the best lenses to get for your trusty Canon DSLR are?
Bob Atkins site “Lensplay” contains a database of Canon mount lenses with quality ratings assigned by himself and user feedback. You can find his site at www.lensplay.com.
For a quick consise summary of the top 20 lenses in various price categories go to this article on Bob’s original site Best Canon EOS Lenses.
Don’t worry if your lens doesn’t rank that high it’s not the end of the world, some of the best photographers in the world get incredible results from average equipment. Great photography comes from within the person, good equipment is just a bonus 🙂
As Bob himself points out, “there is no simple answer to this question”, but at least this information can help point you in the right direction 😎
We just got back from a long weekend at Bunker Bay staying at the Quay West Resort (see the above photos). The resort is right on the beach so it’s an ideal location for getting some great images and having fun at the same time 🙂
On Satuday night I went to Christian Fletcher’s first ever workshop with 9 other photographers. We all had a great night, learned all about how Christian works in a relaxed informal environment and got to meet the man himself. Christian did a great job with the workshop, he had no qualms speaking openly about how he creates his images, sharing some of his photoshop techniques and showing us the equipment he uses.
I strongly recommend going on one of Christians worksops if you get the opportunity (he has just announced on his blog that the second one will be on the 29th March).
I’ll be posting some more of the images from the weekend very soon …
Our images will be used to decorate the backstage and VIP areas of the 2008 West Coast Blues and Roots Festival and help promote their environmentally friendly policy.
The festival will be held at the Fremantle Esplanade Reserve on the 15th & 16th March and includes many famous artists such as Don McLean, Sinead O’Conner and The Cruel Sea to name just a few.