This is another shot taken from my awesome helicopter ride over Kauai. Its a shot of Hanalei Bay which is a really cool place to visit and stay. It has a very relaxed and friendly atmosphere and still have a very ‘village’ feel to it.
I can see why people flock here. Check out the huge surf as well, pretty cool isn’t?
I’ve probably said it heaps of times before but I just simply love helicopters and I especially love shooting from them. So far the best helicopter flight I’ve had is this one off the Na Pali coast which is in Kauai. Its also the most nerve wracking flight I’ve had on a helicopter to date as well.
We took off in a Hughes 500 helicopter with its doors off so that we could capture some great photos but also so that it would be a bit of a thrill zipping around the really high mountains along the coast line.
After a nice relaxing couple of minutes in the air it was time to start climbing up into the mountains and the higher we got the more we started to get tossed around by the strong winds running along the tops of the mountain ridges. At this stage I put the camera down and just grabbed onto my seat and hung on.
Once we got to the top of the mountain the winds just picked us up and slingshoted us right over the ridge and below us there was now an instant 4000ft drop as the mountains in Hawaii are extremely steep and fall away very quickly.
Talk about a joy ride!
We then started weaving in amongst the canyons and I honestly thought a few times we were going to clip some of the canyon faces.
This photo was taken during our last 15mins of the flight and it was about the north shore of Kauai. Some of the surf down there can get just as big as the surf on the North Shore of Oahu. After this we worked our way back inland and came in for a nice gentle landing at the Lihue Airport.
Would I do it all over again? I sure would, it was heaps of fun.
I spend lots of my time driving down country roads looking for new places to shoot and I’m always coming across old settlers houses like this one. I have to admit they really captivate me and fire up my imagination. They fill me full of questions like, how did they pick this particular spot? Why did they leave or what made them leave?
Did they have happy times in this place or did the hardship get to them in the end? What made them just walk away and just leave what was their family home? It couldn’t have been an easy decision.
I decided that this was a particularly gloomy place so using curves and a texture I created a really dark, grungy and hopefully vintage looking photo. It captured my mood when I was at the homestead perfectly. Australian landscape photography isn’t all about pretty pictures, there are lots of records of tough times and hardship that can be captured as well.
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This is another shot of my favourite beach here in Perth, North Cottesloe. It was so calming and so relaxing on this particular day and I just have to share it with you guys. To get this shot I used the Lee Filter 10 Stop Big Stopper ND filter.
Its an amazing filter that just slows things right down. This was a 25 sec exposure taking two hours before sunset. How cool is that? 25 seconds before sunset! It certainly brings a new perspective to my Australian landscape photography.
What really makes this photo for me is the ships in the background and the sun glistening on the rocks as the sun starts to get lower on the horizon.
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I have no idea why I love this boat so much but for some reason I do. I imagine it to have a really proud and illustrious work career before it retired to become someones pleasure boat.
I think its an old RAAF work boat but I”m not entirely sure. What I do know is that I’d love to have it and spend my days out at Rottnest taking photos during our long hot summers here in Perth. Imagine all the amazing Australian landscape photography I could get out at Rottnest?
This boat’s name is Zulu yet another reason why I believe its had a really glamorous past and she now spends most of her time in the Canning River just lazing in the sun. If by some coincidence you own Zulu and you’d like to sell her let me know!!!
I didn’t use any filters on this photograph, there was no real need to as the sun was behind me meaning that the light was actually pretty even.
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Wow! Can I say anymore about this photo? I love it so much and I’m really pleased that I managed to capture the mood at the time. This was never going to be an easy photograph to take as it is a 5 image stitch and the water was really rough and had lots of movement in it.
So to achieve it I had to watch what the water was doing for about 10mins. I wanted to make sure that the rock on the right wasn’t covered in water and that the rocks on the left weren’t covered in water either. The problem was that typically I could capture the first rock without water covering it, but by the time I got to my 5th shot the waves would cover the rocks on the left. Australian landscape photography is always a challenge which is why I like it so much.
I ended up winding my ISO up a little and was able to time it and take a photo just as the waves were withdrawing off the rocks on the right hand side and then took my 5 images really quickly so that the rocks on the left hadn’t been hit by the next wave yet.
It took my quite a few times to get it right and it just goes to show that patience and persistence pays off!
Please let me know if you have any questions on how this was shot and of course all comments are appreciated. If you want to see this photo as a larger version please just click on it.
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I just love seascape photography, I’m obsessed by it. The water is continually moving, changing, threatening and calming all at once. To try and capture its true beauty and breadth is certainly a very difficult challenge and I’m sure I’ll get there one day.
I do love doing Australian landscape photography as well but I seem to always been drawn to the ocean no matter what the weather, in fact quite often the worse the weather the more I’m drawn to the ocean.
Recently I bought an underwater housing and I’m waiting for a really big storm so that I can stand on the end of the Cottesloe Breakwater and capture the waves smashing over the top of it. Can’t wait and I’ll definitely share the photos with you when I capture them.
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You know I really have no idea why this tree captivated me so much but I’m glad I took the photo. I’ve been sitting on it for about 8 months now and I finally decided to show the rest of the world what I think is a pretty cool shot. Have you ever had a shot that you’ve sat on for ages and done nothing with it, but when you have processed it you’ve wondered why it took you so long?
Never Delete Your Files
So I think this photo is a great example of why you should never delete your files. Yes I know it takes up heaps of storage space, but its freaky how often these days I go back through old photos only to find untouched gold within my archives. Sometimes you just miss great photos and if you delete them they are gone forever.
Another Great Reason Not To Delete Your Files
Your photoshop skills are always improving. Sometimes files that you don’t know how to process now will be the most amazing photos in 12mths time once you’ve developed your photoshop skill set even further. Please don’t delete your files. Even seemingly non usable ones can be used as textures for other photos.
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Just a little fun taking some video whilst I was out and about on a shoot. Its the most fun I’ve had taking a seascape photograph in ages! Yes I got soaked but the camera stayed dry.
Cable Beach in Broome can create some absolutely crazy and mind blowing sunsets and this one is no different. I just can’t get over the drama in this photo, I was so excited when this unfolded before me. I think I actually shouted out ‘woo hoo’ at one stage.
To get this shot I used the Canon TSE 17mm lens which is just amazing for capturing these sorts of shots, particularly the sky. Its a lens I’d thoroughly recommend buying if you have some spare change. I shot it in manual mode at F16, ISO50 and with a shutter speed of 1sec.
This was taken on my last night in Broome so I managed to get pretty lucky and just knew that I would head back to Broome sometime soon.
I had decided to head up to Broome in Autumn to capture exactly these kind of shots and I wasn’t disappointed, hmm now let me see how many frequent flyer points do I have, its so cold down here it might be time to go back up there!
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