Red Johanna Beach, Seascape Photography.

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.

You can check out Rob’s amazing images at http://www.flickr.com/photos/rob_featonby/

Darren J.

the sea within, great ocean rd, apollo bay, victoria, australia

ocean deep, great ocean rd, johanna beach, victoria, australia

The Moon In My Eyes.

Latest image from Great Ocean Road.

I was lucky enough to wake early and have a sneak peek of the Moon over the 12 Apostles. What a beautiful sight it was, the moonlight from behind the Apostles and the first of the morning light illuminating the rock stacks in the foreground. The image was taken at 5.30am, with clouds moving in quickly from the South – I managed to shoot 3 images at 30-second exposures before the clouds completely covered the Moon and the moment was gone.

Image will be available for purchase as a Limited Edition from my Website.

Darren J.

moon in my eyes, 12 apostles, great ocean rd, port campbell, victoria, australia

Fine Art Prints Available.

My latest addition to my favourite print collection is now available through my website.

 

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.

 

Darren J.

Williamstown Beach, Victoria.

Milford Destiny.

This lovely image of Milford Sound has been added to my website Gallery.

Milford Sound is an amazing place to visit any time of year, l have been lucky enough to have visited this lovely destination on a couple of occasions and was completely overwhelmed with the landscape and majestic atmosphere that it holds.

On this particular visit l had been greeted with such a moody and dramatic scene, which almost took my breath away. the depth of the scene was enough to leave a lasting impression that will live in my memories for years to come.

The cloudscape was ever-changing and evolving around me with such brilliance, photographing the scene as it was a pure delight.

I look forward to my next visit.

Please visit my website if you would like to purchase this lovely image.

Darren J.

Milford Destiny.

12 Apostles lovely sunset.

Hi Friends,

It’s been a while since my last post, with Christmas and the New Year things have been quite hectic for us all l imagine. Hope you all enjoyed the festive season and hopefully we can get back to travelling and doing lots of photography.

Last weekend was my first visit back to the Great Ocean Road in 3 weeks. Stormy weather was predicted, along with lots of rain, which l encountered along the way as the storm rolled in whilst l made my way to Port Campbell. The rain continued through most of the evening, but fortunately there was a small break in the clouds near the horizon which was enough to allow the beautiful sunlight to burst through and light up the cliffs and rock stacks, it was lovely to watch it unfold, than after the sun disappeared below the horizon we were left with a small burst of colour to finish of the sunset shoot.

The conditions were made for photography and l was grateful for a colourful sunset. Below are a few images from my latest shoot.

Darren J.



Great Ocean Road.

Great Ocean Road.

 

 

 

 

 

Great Ocean Road Photography.

Such a beautiful sight watching the morning sunlight kiss the rock stacks at the 12 Apostles on the Great Ocean Road.
Views such as these are not easy to find. Being there is the key. This golden light will show itself after sunrise, thats when the sun will cast its beautiful rays of sunlight across the landscape exposing all in its path and bathing them in all its glory, also having a nice sky as a backdrop will help illumninate the golden colours. Changing your composition to make use of the light and the angle of view. But, most of all get out of your comfort zone and chase the light.
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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Fine Art Photographic Prints Available.

The majority of the images you see within the galleries on my website are available for purchase. They are amazingly beautiful as prints, ready to frame and hang in your home, office or studio.

When you purchase an image from Darren, you can rest assured that he has handled the whole creative process from camera to print. He captures the image, then follows through with post processing and the final print, using high quality printers and the finest art papers. Darren is adamant in maintaining control of the whole process, allowing him to produce the highest quality image, which he is proud to sign.

To make a purchase, click on the ‘purchase print’ option on the image page in the galleries. You will then be directed to your shopping cart, where you can add the image and proceed to make your credit card payment securely through PayPal. Alternatively, you can contact Darren directly and have him tailor the process to your needs, whether that be a special request for an image size, a particular paper style, or you would like to speak with him to request another payment option, please don’t hesitate to do so as he is happy to assist where ever possible.

Prints are shipped worldwide with free postage within Australia. International shipping incurs a 40 AUD fee. Prints are carefully rolled in protective acid-free paper, then shipped in cardboard envelopes or postal tubes dependent upon size. Postage is also dependent upon weight and destination, email him for details.

Darren can also provide high quality image files for web, publication or advertising etc; please contact him for more details.

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Whisky Bay, Wilsons Promontory.

Hi Friends,
This is by far the most intense sunset/sunrise l have witnessed in Victoria throughout my photographic career. The amazing colours you see here are from the result of a passing storm. As the storm passed and the sun was setting on the horizon the atmosphere that was left lingering could best be described as a ‘sense of aliveness’. Captured at Whisky Bay, Wilson’s Promontory.
Darren J
Whisky Bay, Wilsons Promontory, Victoria.

Great Ocean Road Photography Galleries.

One of Australia’s largest photographic collections by an individual photographer. Great Ocean Road Galleries added to my website, over 250 images in 5 separate photographic galleries. Over 20 years of photographing this iconic tourism  hotspot.

https://www.darrenjbennettphotography.com/gallery/the-great-ocean-road/

 

12 Apostles, Great Ocean Road, Port Campbell.