Last week I got up early for sunrise and headed to Sir James Mitchell Park (the South Perth foreshore) in the cold darkness of Perth’s winter. I had planned to meet there with my friend and fellow photographer Clint Baker. It was raining, ever so lightly, but just not enough to be a hindrance to our cameras and filters.
The sky slowly lightened and it became obvious that this was going to be a stunning sunrise. Overhead the clouds were quite thick, however where the sun was going to hit the horizon there was a slit of clear sky.
We set up our camera gear and after 20 odd minutes of chatting and banter the sky was turning all shades of red and orange.
Unfortunately some of my frames were unusable due to water drops on my graduated ND filter. Nevertheless I managed to capture two panoramic photos that I am very pleased with.
Below are my photos of this incredible Perth sunrise. I would love to hear what you think!
Perth Sunrise Photography
Perth sunrise panoramic, 2016 – 2 Seconds, f/18, ISO 50
Perth sunrise panoramic, 2016 – 15 Seconds, f/14, ISO 50
A few months back I purchased a DJI Phantom 3 Professional (4k version) drone. It’s been very enjoyable learning how to use it and seeing things from a different perspective. Recently I was able to get out into the Australian outback, more specifically the Pilbara region near Marble Bar and send the drone up during some late afternoon light over a group of wild horses. This is one of my first video edits from the footage I have shot using the drone. I hope you enjoy it.
SS Dicky Wreck Removal, Sunshine Coast. Photo by: Simon Beedle.
The removal process of the SS Dicky Wreck on Dicky Beach (the only recreational beach in the world to be named after a shipwreck) has begun today. A Sunshine Coast Council task force deemed the wreck a public safety risk for swimmers a couple of years back.
At 30 metres in length, Steamer SS Dicky was shipwrecked on a Caloundra beack way back in February, 1893. The beach was then named in her honour, and more recently the skeletal remains of the Dicky wreck had become a popular spot for Australian landscape photographers and international visitors alike. It was a great subject to photograph during the right conditions, depending on the tide, and rarely would a sunrise or sunset go by without the wreck being photographed. The wreck has found a place within some of Australia’s finest landscape photographers portfolios.
My SS Dicky Experiences
During my time living in Queensland I have shot the wreck on a number of occasions. A couple of my favourite photographs of the wreck from the past few years are below.
SS Dicky during a severe lightning and thunderstorm, 2012.
SS Dicky wreck at dusk shortly after the sun had set and the moon had risen, 2011.
Port Willunga is located on South Australia’s lovely Fleurieu Peninsula approximately one hour drive south of Adelaide. The Port Willunga jetty is a well known destination among Australian landscape photographers.
I took this photo in March last year. It was during a South Australian road trip with my good buddy Simon Beedle. Port Willunga was one of our last shoot locations after driving through the Flinders Ranges, Burra, Adelaide, and Kangaroo Island. The overcast weather we had on the day was perfect for some slow shutter, moody black and white photos.
I really like the way this particular photo turned out. Waiting for the water in the foreground to flow back in towards the pylons before pressing the shutter created a solid leading line into the photo. Due to the overcast sky diffusing the light, the colour wasn’t overly vibrant so I opted for a black and white post-process and increased the contrast significantly.
Later on we experienced a nice lightning storm on the horizon. It was a special afternoon out there shooting the Port Willunga pylons.
Sony a7R with Canon 17-40mm F4 L / Focal length: 29mm / Shutter speed: 1/2 sec / Aperture: f/16 / ISO: 50
This weeks photo of the week comes to you from the landscape photographers heaven, Iceland. This is one of my photographs of Dettifoss, a waterfall in Vatnajökull National Park in Northeast Iceland. Detifoss is reputed to be the most powerful waterfall in Europe.
I spent 2 weeks road-tripping around Iceland with my buddy Anj Semark and another friend, Dan.
We had camped nearby and set our alarms the night before for sunrise. Stepping out of the warmth of the sleeping bag when the alarm buzzed, I realized it was one of the coldest mornings I have experienced in my lifetime! There was snow covering certain sections of the path on the way to the falls, and there was a fair bit of wind chill. The thermostat in the car was telling me it was 3ºC. However, we hadn’t woken up at this hour for nothing. We made the short drive to the parking lot at Detifoss and unpacked our gear for the hike in (only a few hundred metres). We could hear the roar of the falls from quite a distance.
We were the only 3 photographers there besides one man who turned up just as we were leaving.
The photograph I chose this week was one of the first I shot on that morning from further away from the falls. Once you got closer to the falls it was incredibly loud and you were shrouded in the mist being whipped around by the wind. I managed to get a few photos from closer up, including a panoramic one which I will release at a later date, but I enjoy this one which, in my opinion, sums up our morning at Dettifoss. Notice Andrew standing further up the ridge for a sense of scale to the shot.