Week 17 & 18 Catchup

Firstly guys sorry for the delay in uploading the recent blog posts. There have been a few things on the go of late, but all will be revealed on the blog in the next few weeks. So onto week 17 & 18′s images.

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For week 17 I decided to rise early to try and capture the HMS Endeavour replica vessel against Brisbane’s skyscrapers. Unfortunately whilst I did manage to get a few shots there wasn’t anything I was happy with because of the lack of a foreground object. It just looked flat.

So when I noticed an old Brisbane Ferry docked on my walk back to the car, I knew I had to grab a few frames before it began its day of ferrying tourists. The distance from the opposite bank and the angle were perfect. If only the Endeavour had been in its place.

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HDR of +2, +1, 0, -1, -2 @ f16, ISO 200

For week 18 we headed back to our home away from home, Woolgoolga. Some friends of ours were getting married on the Saturday afternoon so I knew I’d miss sunset. Unfortunately I also slept through my alarm and missed first light. I rushed down to the beach and managed to capture it just peaking over the horizon.

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I knew to illuminate the tree and to try and managed the hotspot the sun would make, I would need at least a 2 stop HDR. If I was to take a single image metered for the sky the tree would be black, and if I metering to expose the tree correctly the sky would end up being blown-out. I decided to go with a bracket of 5 images of +2, +1, 0, -1, -2 @ f16, ISO 200. This gave me the largest dynamic range of light to bring into Photomatix.

Whilst the flare from the sun at first really annoyed me I actually don’t mind it now. The rays of light complement it and it gives the image a warmer feel. I possible could have avoided this by moving around a little further to the left and blocking more of the sun with the Pandanus Palm.

In the next blog post for week 19 I introduce a great software package to help you plan your next landscape adventure.