Here’s a short clip I’ve put together from 5D MkII video and time lapse. The Barcoo shire is an area in western Queensland where you’ll find plenty of incredible scenery and very few people! Being a photographer dealing with video files and time lapse seems to be frustrating, but rewarding! This was a lot of fun to shoot, but definitely an eye opener into the epic world of time lapse and HD video. Click here to watch HD in Vimeo.
Here are some images from a place in Australia that seems like the only spot not being ravaged by natural disaster! Floods here in South Queensland, floods in Victoria, cyclones up north, fires in Perth… I hope these images might cheer up some in stormy, wet and windy places! Taken recently on a quick trip to Karijini National Park in the Pilbara.
Recently I entered a collection of images into the Landscape 500 photography competition. This image from Longreach in outback Qld managed to score 10th place! There were some unbelievable photographs chosen in the top 10, congratulations to Jamie Nicolaou for his stunning Pilbara lightning shot which won the competition. Check it out here. Five other images I had entered scored silver, and three bronze.
For me this image really captures the feel of the stunning wide open spaces that can be found in Western Qld. Anywhere from Longreach to Birdsville scenes like this are a common sight – I hope it inspires you to get out there and experience some of the amazing scenes we have on our doorstep!
Ok, I’ll admit this post has nothing to do with fine art photography! But it is blog-worthy because it was the most fun I’ve had in a long time. Pilbara Helicopters ( AKA Williambury Helicopters) asked me to shoot some new images for a new website and advertising. In between taking photos I got a few clips – I apologise in advance for dodgy hand held footage!
Seeing the Pilbara by air is stunning – it’s the best way to get around too. Flying at 240 km/h and the ability to land where ever you need, a helicopter is surely a photographers best friend!
I love photographing old sheds, rusted out trucks and crumbling houses – anything that’s been abandoned and falling to bits. There was something eerie about this place, making it even more exciting to photograph. Maybe 50 years ago this place would have been thriving when the wool industry was booming – not these days. A real icon of Queensland’s outback history I reckon.
With cloudy flat skies, comes the need to think outside the square! Stuck with a week of shooting under think cloud cover in western Queensland, I started experimenting with the automatic exsposure bracketing, then blending manually in Photoshop. A few samples here- 28 facebookers voted the top image, 12 preferred bottom!
Well, stitching panoramas is a new thing for me. Up until now it’s possible I was just too lazy, or didn’t have the right equipment. So here are the results of 4000 k’s on the road in western Qld, experimenting with the 5D2 and Nodal Ninja head. Shooting panoramas, you actually have to think about what your doing, no more point and shoot style! As always, feedback is appreciated!
The only thing better than photographing this little shack was meeting the bloke inside! One of those golden old characters of the outback, a retired drover, lived in this house his entire life. I loved hearing his life story and chatting about whatever, he didn’t take too well to the camera, and was determined I wouldn’t take his photograph! I wanted the image to look wild and intense, possibly overdone but it’s good to push the limits sometimes.
A few more highlights here from my recent trip to the Barcoo. Gotta love those outback skies – some stunning clouds and really vibrant sunsets. Comments and critique are appreciated!
Canon 5DmkII – 6 image stitch.
I’m always on the hunt for an image like this, and you’ve got to drive a fair distance to find a spot where the view is un-hindered for as far as you can see! So I guess you’d say I was fairly excited when we pulled up here with a storm brewing to the north. Had a few minutes where the sun decided to sneek through, and it just went pop!
5D2 & Nodal Ninja head, 6 images stitched in PS.
(The thumbnail looks terrible, please click!)