Recently caught up with my good friend and fellow photographer Rob Featonby. We spent the weekend camping and photographing over at Red Johanna Beach, along the Great Ocean Road.
These days things have gotten very busy at Red Johanna, lots of campers and families enjoying the great outdoors. Lots of fishing, surfing and just kicking back.
Rob Featonby and l have spent the last couple of years catching up for photography sessions on a regular basis. Last year we spent two weeks cruising around Tasmania in his F250, camping and photographing most of the iconic locations Tassie has to offer. Although the weather conditions were not on our side, the journey was awesome.
Rob would have to be one of the most tireless photographers I have met. His passion is shooting night skies and star trails. There have been many occasions when we have been out shooting and I called it a night around midnight, then woke up bright and early for sunrise, only to find Rob still out shooting star trails on the beach! Without sleep, he continues shooting throughout the night and the morning, no matter what the weather conditions; a most dedicated and professional-minded photog.
Rob is pictured here, knee-deep in seawater and loving every moment.
So without fail, I always know I’m in for serious stuff when Rob’s around, lots of energy and motivation. This weekend was no exception, Sunday morning produced a ripping sky and scene. Both Rob and I were ecstatic, due to the fact that the previous morning and evening had been a whitewash due to unfavourable shooting conditions.
For some unknown reason Red Johanna always finds a way to turn it on; very rarely have I not had a good shoot there. My only grudge is that l wish there was more subject matter to work with, but you can’t have it all.
Being able to camp at the doorstep of where you’re shooting is also a big plus: a hop, skip and jump, throw my waders on and I’m ready for shooting. Waders come in very handy whilst shooting seascapes, even Rob has invested in a pair.
I’m heading back out to Great Ocean Road in a couple of days – high tide rolling in at sunset, just the way I like it.
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Another extreme adventure on the Great Ocean Road last weekend. A couple of nights over at Aireys Inlet. This particular evening was very special indeed with rainbows, sun glows and dreamy reflections on the glistening sand.
3 days of rain and cloudy skies, things were looking fairly bleak as far as photography goes, fortunately one of the evenings produced a little magic for me to work with. Throughout the day we had rain with the occasional sunny break, rainbows were prevalent and the clouds had a little bit of substance about them.
Whilst scouting around the local beach area in Aireys Inlet l stumbled upon a small rocky outcrop, the tide had been out at that time, therefore l was able to have a good look around and decided that l would do my evening photo shoot there.
At 4pm the tide was forecast to be relatively high, which meant that l would have some water motion in and around the rocky outcrop I intended to photograph. The rocky outcrop was somewhat cluttered, therefore my objective was to isolate one or two larger rocks and use them as foreground interest with the receding water creating lovely patterns around them (when using slower shutter speeds, it helps to create lovely streaks in the water patterns).
Generally, l slow my camera shutter speed down to 2 seconds or less. The tide was now on its way in, l wacked on my waterproof shoes and started shooting. The water rushed in and around my tripod and legs, at times the water level reached above my knees, l grasped onto my tripod and stood my ground, waiting for the water to recede before moving from my current spot.
Its vitally important to wait for the incoming water to recede as it may be quite high and the visibility around your feet is blurred with water, making it nearly impossible to make out small rocks which may cause you to trip or lose your footing.
There was a lovely golden glow emanating from the clouds above, reflecting lovely golden hues back onto the wet sandy beach, the colours were rich and vibrant and the glow was superb. A few drops of rain threatened to ruin the light parade but soon dissipated and another rainbow set the skies aglow.
Evenings like these are few and far between, I’m so happy to have been there as a witness to the beautiful spectacle. Please enjoy the images.
Recently, l’ve had the pleasure of spending a few nights over in the Alpine Region of Victoria. Stayed at Mt Beauty for 5 nights with the family doing some camping, so l thought l would sneak in a little bit of photography, well actually a lot of photography!
Starting with a few sunrise shoots at Mt Buffalo, a couple of sessions over at Falls Creek and some local photography at Mt Beauty. The best conditions overall were at Mt Buffalo, the sunrise shoots were, to say the least, spectacular, with clear skies and great conditions, which made for really nice photography.
For the morning photography shoots at Mt Buffalo, l set the alarm clock for 4am in the morning, that way, l had enough time to drive from Mt Beauty (where we were camping) the 1.5 hours to Cathedral Rock at Mt Buffalo.
Cathedral Rock is a large Granite Tor (pile of huge boulders)which is located in the middle of the Mt Buffalo Plateau. Standing out amongst the smaller granite rock stacks in the area. It’s a very popular location for hikers, rock climbers and photographers alike. The drive up to Cathedral Rock from the entry point of Mt Buffalo takes around 40 minutes or so, due to the never ending tight winding road (all up hill).
Once you reach the car park, it’s a 750m hike up to Cathedral Rock, the path is fairly well laid out and manageable in low light conditions. Upon reaching the top, the views are spectacular with 360degree views, if the air is clear you will see most of the high peaks, such as The Pinnacle, Cresta Valley and the Horn. If you’re feeling fit, you could traverse another 300m up and along the same path for the views at The Horn.
l spent most of my morning photography shoots at The Cathedral. My first visit there, l was lucky enough to have mist rolling in and out for most of the morning, creating a sense of moody and atmospheric conditions. The following morning shoots were full of colour and beautiful high level cloud with barely a breadth of wind.
A truly spectacular place to visit for sunrise or sunset as the surrounding landscape lights up in glorious golden light as the sun kisses the landscape. If the skies are clear for sunrise, the Cathedral Rock lights up and the boulders are emblazened in a beautiful amber glow.
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Lake Wanaka and the famous WanakaTree.
The lonesome Tree is situated in the Beautiful town of Wanaka, on the South Island of New Zealand. l have always said to my wife that if we had the opportunity to live in New Zealand than Wanaka would be the place that l would love to settle in.
The surroundings are just perfect, with mountainous views surrounding the lake and poplar trees that litter the shores and landscape with the most vibrant coloured autumn leaves, snow capped mountains to compliment the scenery, on the very clear and still mornings the lake has the most amazing reflections of colour and light.
The Town of Wanaka has great bars and restaurants to visit, including bakeries and lots of gift shops.
A must see when you visit New Zealand and the South Island.
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This stunning image was captured a little closer to home, Williamstown to be exact. Conditions were just perfect to be out taking photos with no wind giving the water a crystal clear finish which helps to create the wonderful reflections and extra depth needed to help bring this image to life.
Williamstown is located at the mouth of the Yarra River where it enters Hobsons Bay and Port Phillip, south-west of the Melbourne city centre.
Originally Melbourne’s first sea port, Williamstown has developed from what was a neglected industrialised centre into a popular and fashionable maritime village.
The beaches are usually a great spot to catch sunrise or sunset depending where you choose to shoot, City views to the East and Ocean views to the West.