The Grampians, Halls Gap.

Hi Friends,

 

A couple more pics from my week camping in The Grampians National Park, Halls Gap, Victoria.

These particular images were captured over at Reids Lookout and the Balconies. The Balconies are only a short stroll from the carpark, 10-15 minutes each way, its an easy trek on a gravel sand path and some lovely views along the way.

The views are really spectacular, all year round.

Darren J.

The Grampians.

Victorian Landscape Photographer.

Hi Friends,
A very unique perspective.
l am always on the lookout for something a little different from the Great Ocean Road. This location is amazing, off the beaten track and standing on a very narrow cliff face (shaking at the knees) whilst composing. The views are nothing more than awesome, with the wild ocean and strong breeze just about blew me over the edge. You really need to brace yourself whilst out at these locations and many times l ask myself ‘what the heck am l doing out here risking my life’ with so much corrosion and sections of the cliffs falling off, but here l am again living and loving what l do.
Salt Water in my Veins.
darrenjbennettphotography.com
Darren J.

migg

Loch Arg Gorge, Gibsons Beach.

Last weekend turned out to be really good weather for photography. l drove out to Port Campbell on the Great Ocean Road, previously access to Gibsons Beach was closed off due to falling debris (eroding cliffs) and l was keen to get back there and shoot some seascapes and get my feet wet. As well as a visit to Gibsons Beach (sunset) l also decided to do a sunrise shoot at Loch And Gorge and The Razorback and sunrise turned out to be really nice indeed, lovely colour and cloud formation.

I have attached a couple of images from the weekends shoot.

 

Darren J.

 

Get to know your seascapes

These examples show what can be achieved through getting to know your subject matter, which means getting to your location early, scouting around the area you intent to photograph and pre-visualizing what type of effect the water will have when conditions and tide flow change.

I arrived at this location a few hours before sunset, knowing that high tide will start coming in around sunset, l killed some time scouting around and looking for subject matter that had potential to create strong visual elements once hide tide was in.

Bearing in mind that this particular location was very flat in appearance (no huge rock stacks to play with) it was important to create dynamic foreground interest through water motion.

The example below attracted my eye with it’s strong lines and shapes,  l had already pre-visualized the type of image and look l was after, than waited for the tide to come in.

Darren J.

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Once you have the water motion, than start playing around with your shutter speeds to help emphasise subtle variations in motion. For this particular scene l wanted to achieve more of a streaky kind of motion, using speeds of around 1 to 2 seconds, whilst keeping the cascading water effect over the central rock.

tut4If my shutter speed had been longer it would have created a more ‘milky look’. Move around the scene trying all sorts of different compositions, until you find the strongest dynamics and best visual impact within the frame. With hide tide coming in it’s important to step back and assess the dangers.

Quite often rogue waves can catch you of guard, causing lots of damage to your gear and making it a very dangerous situation for the photographer. In most cases the surface of the rocks will be slimy and very, very slippery, so if you have to back track in a hurry, always take care.

tut2With the water cascading in and out of the giant pot holes, your bound to end up with sea spray continuously hitting you and your camera, be sure to carry a cotton t-shirt to wipe down your camera and filters, make your way to and from the area capturing images then going back to wipe your gear.

To capture this kind of seascape requires lots of water action and that means getting in close. l am often asked how l deal with looking after my gear shooting in these trying conditions, to which l answer ‘l don’t’. If you plan to be serious with your seascapes, your camera gear will suffer considerably, no matter how well you maintain it, if your gear is in good condition than your not getting the shots and your not close enough.

Darren J

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Aireys Inlet

The images below were taken at Aireys Inlet yesterday, with stormy weather and rain predicted, l decided it was a great opportunity to be out photographing, with bucket loads of rain falling on my way there, l was hoping the skies would clear in time for sunset, but alas is was not a great sunset for colour. The images l captured lend themselves to more of a monochrome finish.
The highlight of the evening for me was seeing a juvenile fur seal, lying at the base of Eagle Rock, in all the years l have been photographing along the Great Ocean Road, l have never caught site of a seal. Has anyone else ever seen a seal along the Great Ocean Road?BTW, if you are interested in Learning the art of ‘Photographing Seascapes’, l run private workshops and group workshops at Aireys Inlet and Port Campbell, message me if you are interested.

Darren J.

eagle rock, great ocean road, aireys inlet, victoria

private dancer, aireys inlet, great ocean road, victoria,

The Razor Back.

‘The Razors Edge’.

Here is a recent capture from the Great Ocean Road. A slightly different perspective of the Razor Back, which is situated at Port Campbell, taken from an observation area that requires one to jump a fence. Participants on our Port Campbell Workshops are able to take in these stunning vistas, away from the regular tourist platforms.

Darren J.

Great Ocean Road, Port Campbell, Victoria, Australia, loch ard gorge,

Great Ocean Road Photographer.

Hi Friends,
A couple of evenings ago at the 12 Apostles on the Great Ocean Road. Turned out to be a really lovely evening, slept in the car with my (50kg) puppy Tahshee, both of us huddled in the back of the car and l must say he handled his first night of sleeping in the car really well, l was a little concerned considering it was his first sleepout. Now that he can handle it, there will be plenty more sleep outs ahead. Although he has to stay in the car whilst we are visiting the National Parks.
l arrived at the Apostles car park at around 7.30pm with sunset due at around 8.20pm, sat with my dog at the car for a little while than wandered of to take some photos and boy was l excited when l arrived at the viewing platforms to see the 12 Apostles bathed in beautiful sea mist whilst the evening sunlight was creating a lovely warmth to the scene.
In all the years l have visited the Apostles it is very rare to have sea mist engulf them, truly a sight to behold.
Darren J.
12 Apostles, Great Ocean Road.
Gibson Beach Lookout, Great Ocean Road.

The Razorback, Loch Ard Gorge.

Hi Friends,

 

Last Week l went for a quick drive out to the Great Ocean Road, the weather was quite stormy on the way there and the clouds and weather conditions were looking very promising indeed, but l arrived there a little to early and conditions changed a lot throughout the time l spent there, chasing the light and the cloud action. l decided on shooting at the Razorback, Loch Ard Gorge as the light had more impact.

Here are a few images l had captured that evening.

 

Darren J.

The Razorback, Loch Ard Gorge

Red Johanna Beach Gallery Added.

Hi Friends,

l am happy to announce that l have added a new Gallery and images to my website.

‘Red Johanna Beach’ has been added to the Great Ocean Road Gallery listing.

Red Johanna Beach, Great Ocean Road.

 

https://www.darrenjbennettphotography.com/gallery/red-johanna-beach/

Aireys Inlet, Great Ocean Road.

l am pleased to say that l have added a new Gallery to my website.

Aireys Inlet, has been added to the Great Ocean Road Gallery section. The images selected within this Gallery have been captured over a number of years, being one of the first destinations l started to practice my craft and learn the art of Seascape photography, Aireys Inlet has an abundance of subject matter to work with, really large rock stacks in many shapes and sizes, lots of interesting algae and seaweed to create interest in the foreground, beautiful cliffs that look as though they are on fire when the morning sunlight strikes them (they glow with intensity).

The tide itself will determine where and when you can shoot this particular region as some of the rock stacks are only accessible at high tide and at low tide you can get around the cliffs and rock outcrop areas with ease, although one must always take care looking out for potholes and craggy sharp edged rocks underfoot. So much to explore and you could spend so much time sourcing out your compositions with ease most of the time.

Generally sunrise would be the preferred time to be at Aireys Inlet as the sunlight can help produce striking colour on the cliff face and surrounding rock stacks and the whole rocky landscape area comes alive with colour. Sunset you will find the sun setting behind the mountainous backdrop leaving the rocky shore area a little drab and lifeless (unless you have awesome sunset colours setting the sky aglow).

Aireys Inlet is a quick drive from Melbourne, taking around 1.5 hours of your time to get there, so a quick sunset shoot after work is always on the cards dependant upon where you live. But once again sunrise would be more rewarding in terms of light on the landscape.

If you are interested in joining my Photography Workshops at Aireys Inlet feel free to message me and we can book you in. Group sessions and solo workshops are available.  Its a great destination to learn your craft or expand on your skills with a huge variation of subject matter, there is even a lighthouse to shoot and practice your nightscapes.

https://www.darrenjbennettphotography.com/gallery/aireys-inlet/

 

Darren J.

Great Ocean Road.