This weekend we’ll be Stalking Wallabies (or being stalked by them like this one from last weekend’s workshop) and dodging Short-Tailed Shearwaters as we conduct the Adventure Based BASIC Camera Workshop.
I can’t guarantee we’ll see the critter in the second photo but, hey, if you have a time machine we can dial it back 120 million years and find this guy roaming the Bass Coast area.
If you’re interested, shoot me a message real fast.
My Last Shoot Like Ansel Shot
Here’s the last image from the Shoot Like Ansel Workshop that’ll I”ll post. This was at the Pinnacles just as the Short-Tailed Shearwaters were making their way up onto Cape Woolamai.
You can’t see them in this shot as it’s a blend of 5 exposures most of them way too long to capture the fast moving Shearwaters.
Next Saturday is the Adventure Based BASIC Workshop. I’d love to see you there.
Last Night’s ‘Shoot Like Ansel’
Last night we held the Shoot Like Ansel Black and White Landscape Workshop. We had a blast shooting the world in monochrome and trying to recreate the look and feel of Ansel Adams. Beautiful weather was a bonus as well as witnessing and experiencing the return of thousands of Short-Tailed Shearwaters to the Cape.
Next week we are running the Adventure Based Basic Workshop. If you have been meaning to learn how to use that fancy camera in the cupboard, this is a perfect opportunity! Here are the details and let me know if you want to attend. https://www.facebook.com/events/344643706013541/
And finally a few shots from the workshop …
Big wave on a small planet
I shot this with a fisheye lens on the weekend. While looking at the shot I am reminded how powerful, majestic and pristine the ocean can be. However, I’m concerned with the amount of plastic pollution that finds it’s way into our waters.
I see the result of pollution everytime I am out. I applaud the efforts of various Plastic Bag Free Groups and local stores that have decided not to use plastic bags. However, I get very annoyed when I go to the supermarket and see bananas, one of natures perfect fruits with its own very good packaging, bundled in plastic with bright logos. That’s just an extra piece of plastic that will end up in our waterways. Why add unnecessary plastic?
I would encourage you all to think about what you personally can do to stop the plastic wastage. Use refillable coffee cups, provide your own bags at the store, do not use plastic straws and etc. I would also encourage you to get behind the Take3 campaign – Simply Take 3 pieces of rubbish with you when you leave the beach, waterway or…anywhere.
Fujifilm XT2, Samyang 8mm f/2.8 fisheye
ISO200, f/22, 1/4th a second
Edited in Lightroom Classic and AuroraHDR
Samyang Optics Australia
It’s A Dinosaur
Yes, that’s Australovenator and I threw him in here to get your attention … because who doesn’t love dinosaurs? If you want to know more about Australovenator, click on the image and I’ll give you the run down and where I found him.
The real reason I wanted you looking at this post is to tell you we are running our popular ‘Shoot Like Ansel’ Black and White Landscape Workshop this Saturday. We shoot landscapes in the Black and White mode of the cameras and try and achieve the look and feel Ansel Adams so perfectly created.
I have places available if you are interested. That’s why I threw in the second and third photos (Photo Ranger Celie took the second one). See the event details on the Facebook Page or Website. If interested, shoot me a message.
An Evening At Cadillac Canyon
Last night rain and storms threatened our Slow Exposure Workshop at Cadillac Canyon. We persevered and were treated to beautiful evening skies. We all ended the evening with wet feet and smiles.
Shots taken with Fujifilm XT2 and 8mm f/2.8 Samyang Fisheye lenses
Powerful Conversations About the Environment
As eco-photographers we were so honoured to be asked to photograph the very first @theopenco Conscious Conversation at Archies Couch – Archies Creekcouch. It was an epic night that included guided mediation by Barefoot Potential – Yoga Phillip Island followed by a ripper conversation with Ocean Guardian and eco-legend Tim Silverwood – Environmentalist facilitated by the island’s very own eco-warrior @lolsie.
@plasticfreepisr were on hand with Boomerang bags and Jacqui Stirling and Danielle Bayless provided two beautiful sets of live music to round out the evening.
Tim and Lauren challenged us all to think about the waste we produce and how to be more environmentally responsible. I’d enourage you to think about what you can do. Every little it helps. Be sure and follow @Take3forthesea @rechusable .
Thanks again The Open Co for a beautiful and powerful evening!
An Extreme Edit
Here’s an extreme edit of the best sunset of Feb 2018 so far. This was created as part of the #Gippsland365l challenge I have made to take and or edit a photo everyday this year in a style that is not typically my normal fare.
Taken with a Fujifilm XT10 and a Samyang 12mm f/2.0
I pushed this edit using APPS on the iphone including Mextures, Lightroom CC and Snapseed.
TONIGHT – we will be shooting waves and stars at Cadillac Canyon. I still have places available if you want to join us. Shoot me a message.
What’s Your Weekend Plan?
The weekend is creeping up on us and have you sorted your activities? I just peeked at the event calendar and we’ve got a couple of cool things happening.
SAT – Slow Exposure/Astro at Cadillac Canyon – check out the first two shots. Both taken at recent workshops there. BTW, the Milky Way is just starting to peek over the horizon (photo number 2 from last weekend) so now is a good time to get your Astro groove on before the whole Milky Way is dancing across the sky.
SUN- reserved for a One to One. Last weekend we packed in three One to One Workshops but so far this Sunday is free. I threw in the third photo just because and also because it’s of Benjamin Eriksson Photography and I planning a MegaPhotography Weekend. Our second weekend in April has just SOLD OUT!
If you are interested in joining us for SAT or SUN this weekend let me know asap to lock in your place.
The Resistant Viewer
Photo Ranger Cecilia has written this article on being a ‘Resistant Viewer’. She makes a very good argument about learning to disconnect from commercialism to be better photographers (and a better person in general). Here’s a small quote, now go check out the whole essay.
“As photographers, there’s a need, I think, to be able to see an image outside the influence of commercialism. On the one hand, we need to be able to identify and use that commercial perception. But on the other, we also need to be able to detach ourselves from that sphere of influence, and see the image itself as a subject, and not use our personal (and commercially influenced) point of view to judge the subject within the image. In other words, there is a need to be resistant viewers if we are to learn to develop our skills as photographers.”