Way out west

Marianne, Charlotte and I recently took our first journey to Western Australia. We were keynote speakers for the WAPF event at Merredin this year and had been nervously preparing for quite some time. In between figuring out what we were going to say, we managed to fit in a few shots here and there of differing genres and themes.

WAPF showed us great hospitality and we were relieved that our talks were well received which resulted in many informal discussions with various members throughout the rest of the weekend. We had prepared a DVD with a few tutorials on them and burned 25 copies to bring with us to the event. We were amazed with the number of additional orders we had to fulfil by the end of the weekend and hopefully this represented some degree of success in bringing our messages and visions across to the audience. A big thanks to Stan, Kingsley and Ric in particular for getting us out there 🙂

Photographically, the weather was challenging for landscape photography. Other than the 24 hours prior to departure, the weather was gloriously clear. Fantastic for general travel but not so flattering for landscape photography. Nonetheless, these are some of the images we came home with and a small tip for each!

Perth Skyline from the south bank of the Swan river.

Tip: When photographing buildings in panorama format, using  a long focal length maintains true perspective and makes the stitching process much easier!

Perth from South Perth

Crawley boat shed

Tip: When photographing icons, the iconic shot is usually very pleasing but experiment with other compositions after you have your ‘the’ shot.

Boat shed from the water

Colgar wind turbines

Tip: When the skies are plain blue on your shoot, look for the earth’s shadow or venus band directly opposite the sunset/sunrise.

Colgar wind farms on a plain evening

Railway crossing : Merredin

Tip: when light painting with stars in the background, practice any method of attaining smooth lighting. One way to do so is to stand back from the object of interest and rapidly move the light source to and fro.

Railway crossing with light painting

Merredin Peak

Tip: When the horizon is a straight line at dawn or dusk, this is the most appropriate time to use a hard edged GND or reverse edged GND filter to balance exposure (if you choose not to bracket exposures)

Merredin Peak

Canola near Bruce Rock

Tip:  when photographing bouncing toddlers, try to maintain a reasonably fast shutter speed. I would aim for 1/200 in most cases (unless your 2 year old is an expert poser!)

Canola Charlotte

Cottesloe Beach

Tip: Even in the dreariest conditions, all you need is a slight break in the clouds to allow light through. Don’t give up and have a plan B for the blazing sunset that never occurred!

Cottesloe Beach in rain

And so, with 4 days behind us and all sorts of weather conditions, we headed back to Adelaide. It was a fantastic learning experience for us and for those who listened to us talk both formally and informally, we hope you gained just a little bit of information which you didn’t already know! Onward to the next journey which will be in the Pacific Northwest! I will try to maintain updates during our travels as we did for our New Zealand trip.


Posted on September 25, 2013, in Australia, How we..., M&D Corner, Photography and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Great photography. One tiny criticism: the last photo seems over-edited. No offense intended!

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