Recently I entered 6 images into the Epson Pano Awards. Up against some amazing landscape photographers, I was surprised to see that three came back with bronze, and one with sliver!
As much as I love shooting landscapes, industrial photography is a lot of fun and a great excuse to travel too. Recently I was asked to shoot a power station construction project in The Pilbara. The cool thing about this power station is that the heat generated from gas turbines, is recycled and captured to create electricity from a steam turbine – this is called the Heat Recovery Steam Generator. If that’s a bit technical, it just means this power station is really efficient!
An image from the early morning aerial shoot in an R44 – thanks to Pilbara Helicopters
Landscape photography from the air really is the next best thing. I took this image on the way back from an aerial shoot over a power station near Karratha, and was lucky to have a pilot that was was keen for some sight seeing! This is Pannawonica Hill & the Robe River, just outside of the mining town Pannawonica. Not much to see in the town, but the scenery here is quite unique for the Pilbara, almost Monument Valley looking. I love the depth the light adds to this shot.
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 was lucky to have a few days to kill after an industrial photoshoot near Karratha, so I headed to Karijini National Park. It’s surprisingly close, if you take the rail access road! Arriving at Karijini became slightly overwhelming though, having to choose from one of the many amazing gorges there is to see. Where to start! Joffre, Weano, Knox, Hammersley, Dales, Kalamina… and all the rest!
The image below is from one of the most spectacular – Hancock Gorge. Hope you enjoy the image, comments and thoughts are appreciated. For anyone planning to get to Karijini’s Hancock Gorge – I would recommend climbing out BEFORE the sun goes down!
I’m back in the office this week after a quick trip to WA’s Pilbara. A sensational week photographing industrial projects, a million acre station, a spot of heli mustering and the stunning Karijini National Park. More images coming soon!