A photo from the last night of our 4 day backpacking trip in the Seven Devils. No wind and some clouds amounted to some great shooting that afternoon. I was extremely thankful for this since the rest of the trip shooting conditions weren't so perfect. These mountains are considered the top rim of the deepest canyon in the U.S. The bottom of which is Hells Canyon and the Snake River. Thanks for taking a look! Seven Devils Mountains, ID
Another composition from the remarkable location of Elgol in the south of Skye. We visited this area for an evening and morning shoot and were blessed with good weather (though the previous three days were spent wandering around in murky fog and rain!). The Black Cuillins are a fantastic backdrop to a rugged coastline that provides opportunity for endless different compositions. Despite the popularity of this location, there isn't really a 'the shot' of this spot and that's a testament to the coast itself.
Oh, and I think this might be last post as before baby arrives
Another shot from the base of the Pinnacles in June this year when the weather was wild, swell was up - challenging conditions but a great reminder of nature's powers. You can access this area from a turn off to Cape Woolamai. From the farthest car park it was about 45 minutes pleasant walking (in the right conditions). Only the last part is tricky going down a slope in the muddy conditions.
The Pinnacles are an amazing rock formation off the coast of Cape Woolamai along the rugged shores of Phillip Island overlooking Bass Strait. To me, it looks as though land rose from the wild seas. At its base, steep shores, orange boulders and wild westerly winds make it a pretty difficult place to photograph technically (spray everywhere, slippery rocks, freak waves). But due to the wildness, it can make for some dramatic looking scenes. This is a 7 shot panorama of 1 minute exposure for each frame taken on a cold, intermittently wet and wild day in June this year. It currently sits as a 1m canvas print on my entrance hall
Hoping a plane over to Oahu I called up Christopher Cook Photography and suggested a shoot over at Shark Cove on the north shore. He ablidged with a ride and off we went. I had seen a photo of the area and thought it had great potential...I was not let down. The rocky outcroppings are strewn with an incredible array of texture and opportunity. Walking out on the edge (only possible during low surf) I found this cascade that would fill up as the waves washed over the rocky ledge way in the background and then pour over the rock. Of course to get this perspective I had to stand on a rock while the water rushed past me, had the camera 2 feet above the surge and then a 10 foot deep pool directly behind me. Fun! (and a bit scary).
Technically I was having a hell of a time. My filters were not completely clean, my release hit the water and wasnt very happy and of course the splashing on the lens I had to get rid of. All in all I was able to use the 3stop Reverse GND filter to hold back the sky and get everything in one exposure. Got REALLY lucky with the perfect cloud over head too. Thank you cloud.
A play of light as showers pass through the mountains while the sun illuminates them at the same time. Hanalei Bay can be seen on the right. At full size you can see 4 or 5 waterfalls coming down the mountains. 2 horizontal images stitched.
It's always good to have spots in one's mind that we can run to close by for sunrise and sunsets. I am extraordinarily lucky that this is that close to my house. Some friends asked me to head down here for sunset about 20 min before the sun was to depart so hurrying to the trail and mostly running/sliding down it, got down to the bottom and was greeted by this scene.
From a technical standpoint these shots are always tricky. Camera's are not good at capturing the range of light in scenes like this. The main exposure is taken with a 3stop Reverse GND to control the light but that leaves us with an ugly dark line across the landscape in this case so I took 2 other exposures to be able to blend it away. Then the normal dodge/burn.
Oh yea...then the sunset went cotton candy nuclear. More soon!