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

Victorian Landscape Photographer.

These lovely images were captured over at the Bakers Oven along the Great Ocean Road. Dependent on the season and time of year, the algae will be very lush or completely burnt out. My recommendations is to visit during springtime to take full advantage of the lush and vivid algae colours.
Darren J.
the bakers oven, great ocean road, port campbell, victoria,The Baker 010 :Great Ocean Road, Port Campbell, Victoria.

the bakers oven, great ocean road, port campbell, victoria,The Baker 008 :Great Ocean Road, Port Campbell, Victoria.

the bakers oven, great ocean road, port campbell, victoria,The Baker 005 :Great Ocean Road, Port Campbell, Victoria.

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.

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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.

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.

 

 

 

 

 

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,

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