Twelve Apostles

Dec 23, 2014

Another shoot that didn’t work out as planned. I wanted to shoot the other way but it was way too dull. This side was a little better. This is 3 images stitched together for the extra detail and resolution. This will print really large if required. Just a note for other photographers: haze surrounded the entire shore and made for a washed out image. To combat this, use a circular polariser for extra clarity. The mist in the back still remains but the picture is much clearer and the water looks even better.
The 12 Apostles, Victoria, Australia


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Beer Photography

Aug 10, 2014

First attempt at product photography. I coated the bottle with 3 coats of crystal clear satin paint. 1 hour is needed to let each coat dry before applying another coat. I then sprayed on a mixture of roughly 50/50 glycerine and water. For the settings I used a 800w flash through an umbrella (off to camera right and behind the product) and put a scrim in front of the umbrella to diffuse the light even further. Then I had an octobox behind the camera (slightly to the right) to add more detail to the labels. Then I placed a gold sheet behind the product. I also used a circular polariser to remove glare from parts of the bottle.
 
Below you can see the before and after comparisons from straight out of camera to the finished shot. The idea was to have some fun in photoshop and sharpen my retouching skills.
 



Melbourne at dusk

Dec 14, 2013

I have to admit that I’m scared of heights. So doing photography on top of the Eureka Skydeck seemed like a great opportunity to me. I got a pass for a full year so expect me to take more shots from Skydeck. Just walking around at night and getting a 360 degree view from 88 floors up is amazing. It’s just one of the many reasons that I love Melbourne so much. I can’t wait to go back.
 
Just a quick note that if you are going to be shooting through glass you will probably have to deal with reflections. Wear black and purchase a circular polariser if you don’t have one already. This won’t eliminate all reflections but it will help remove some. Getting your camera as close as possible to the glass will also help. I’ll be using a lenskirt next time I shoot and that should remove all reflections.
Melbourne at night
 
Once I was done at Skydeck I decided to try to shoot the Webb Bridge. This was on my previous to do list. Once there I met some of my cousins. Andrea was hosting a night photography class and I just happened to bump into her half way through my shoot. You should check out her website as she is quite talented http://www.andreaperrin.com.
The Webb Bridge at night


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Pulpit Rock

Oct 22, 2013

This was a bit hard to capture as it was raining quite hard. I blended multiple shots together with a technique called median stacking. In lightroom simply make your adjustments to 1 of the images you have captured. Then sync these settings with the other photos. Then select all the photos you want to merge and select “edit in” then “Open as Layers in Photoshop”. Once loaded in PS you select all layers and go to “layers” then “smart object” then “create smart object”. Once this is done you go back to the smart object options and select “stacking > median”. You can experiment with other options rather than median. I’ll go back to Pulpit Rock when the weather is better.
Pulpit Rock, Cape Schanck


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A long drive in Victoria

Aug 12, 2012

So yesterday was one of those days that I decided I needed to do more exercise. Greg an I set out from Melbourne and we made our way up the Great Ocean Rd. The idea was to go on some walks to get my fitness up, see some of Australia and also to keep practising photography. We made our way up Skenes Creek Rd all the way to Beech Forest. Along the way we tried to stop at some waterfalls. I didn’t take any photos when we arrived at Erskine Falls however I did use it as an opportunity to use my glidecam hd 2000. Before we got to Beech Forest we tried to go to Beauchamp Falls which was near Hopetoun Falls. However the falls were closed due to falling trees and an eroding track.

Triplet Falls
 
We decided to have lunch and then stop in Beech Forest for a coffee. The view from the cafe was magnificent. So then we headed to Triplet Falls and decided to brave the rain (above). The walk was well worth it and amazingly there were quite a few people around despite the rain. People were polite and I talked gear with a couple of photographers there at the same time. I decided to try something different and not shoot the waterfalls but rather other parts of nature. I was enjoying the way the trees of the forest had been overrun with fungi and moss. Multiple people stopped to ask me just what I was taking a photo of (below). Oh, and I was using my 1DmkIII as Greg was using the 5DmkII.


 
We then headed to Maits Rest which was on the Great Ocean Road. Maits Rest was actually an interesting looking tree. This short walk concluded the walking side of our adventure. My Camera was soaked by this point. After we got home we realised the trip took us 590km.


 
Tip: When shooting landscape the best investment you can make (after a good tripod and lens) is a circular polarizing filter. This increases contrast and cuts the light from one direction. This is key when shooting trees and removing reflections. Also try using a long shutter speed when shooting flowing water. Images here ranged from 2 – 30 seconds in length. This is where a good tripod is a must. It is also better to use a 2 second self timer or remote to remove any vibrations when pressing the shutter button.
 
Cheers,
Ben
 
 


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