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

Australian Landscape Photographer of The Year 2020.

Darren J Bennett is pleased to announce that he has been ranked Australia’s #1 Landscape Photographer at the 2020 One eyeland International Photography Awards.

Congratulations to all the other photographers who entered the competition.
Darren J.

 

Victorian Photographer.

Armageddon Day in Melbourne. I captured this image of Melbourne some time ago, the Melbourne Dockland precinct was going through a major change and new buildings were popping up all around the place, there was rubble and ruins lying around as the big machinery came through and uprooted all the old stuff. This image is almost Armageddon like, with the City looking as though it will fall to ruins like the foreground, the sky and clouds add that explosion feeling whilst the bird is the only thing able to escape the madness. This is 1 exposure, no elements were added. A one of a kind image! Darren J

Gibson Steps.

l needed another shot, to feel more of that salt water in my veins, the cravings are more hungry than ever before, the wanting and needing is now beyond my control, every moment l become more desperate, despair creeps into my bones and rage fills my mind, how can l reach you and feed my desire and feel you in my veins, you are my lifeblood, you are the ocean.

Gibson Steps, Port Campbell.

 

Darren J.

taking another hit, receding tide, port campbell, great ocean road

 

Moeraki Boulders (Kaihinaki).

The Moeraki Boulders are situated at Koekohe Beach which is on the Otago Coast in the South Island of New Zealand. 1 hour drive up the eastern coast from Dunedin, the enigmatic Boulders are a ‘must see’ attraction.

The huge Boulders lay scattered along the beach, which is a protected scientific reserve. The Boulders are striking to look at with their unusually large size and bimodel shape, their sizes ranging from 1.0 to 3.0 metres and weighing up to several tons.

Up to 50 Boulders can be seen on the beach, with the largest Boulder weighing up to 7 tonnes. Taking around 4 million years to form their current size. Over the years many of the smaller Boulders have been taken for souvenirs.

Unfortunately due to my schedule, 1 night was all the time l was able to spend there, an evening shoot and morning shoot, which produced great results. I will be heading back to the South Island next year in Autumn and planning to spend a few more nights at the Moeraki Boulders.

Darren J.

Lake Tasman, Mount Cook.

Mount Cook. After having a successful time there on my last visit, l am so keen to get back.

Prior to my last visit, l had never seen such amazing scenery. Being from Melbourne, Australia, it’s a different kind of landscape out here. We just don’t have these kind of lakes anywhere in Australia.

After viewing images from Lake Tasman on the internet, l had made up my mind to see it for myself. Due to a heavily booked schedule l could only manage to stay 3 nights at Mount Cook, when l say only 3 nights, what l mean is l could have spent another week there and still require more time.

My first visit to Lake Tasman was early morning, making my way to the car park, grabbing my gear from the car, l made my way along the walking track in the dark, l was a little concerned when 40 minutes later l hadn’t seen Lake Tasman and the sign in the carpark read 20min walk.

So back to the carpark l went, the sun had started to rise by then and the sunrise was looking good indeed, just my luck, alone on a walking track and witnessing some beautiful light indeed. The only problem, where was Lake Tasman? Upon my arrival back to the car, l decided to have another look at the directional sign and found that l had taken the wrong track. Bugger.

l spent the next couple of hours scouting around Lake Tasman, getting familiar with the correct walking tracks and areas that l will be shooting from. As one such path leads out to the head of the Tasman River, Flowing out from Lake Tasman, which produces the best viewpoint. The small floating icebergs make for excellent foreground composition, whilst using the mountains as backdrops.

 

Darren J.

the fire inside, mount cook, lake tasman, new zealand

animals on ice, ice figures, tasman lake, new zealand, mount cook

 

 

 

Mount Cook, Lake Tasman.

And in my dream your magic filled the air, like a rainbow that sang with the joyfulness of the colours it displayed, l stood at the pinnacle as your magic raised my spirits higher, here is where l want to be and you are what l want to see.

Darren J.

Mount Cook, Lake Tasman, South Island, New Zealand.

rainbow tunes, lake tasman, mount cook, new zealand, south island

 

Fine Art Prints.

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.

 

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,