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Kilcunda rocks, looks like an elephant

I shot the beach cliffs near Kilcunda where the Bourne Creek meets the sea and later realized that this rock formation looked remarkably like an elephant. I have made a few large prints of this shot and the effect is even more staggering. Could be an ink splotch thing I know but you tell me, can you see it?

Elephant-rock-Kilcunda

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Kilcunda trestle bridge

117 km southeast from Melbourne on the Bass Highway lies the small town of Kilcunda. There is a great ocean view from the main road and the old trestle bridge over Bourne Creek make it a wonderful landscape to spend a few hours.
These 4 images are the initial trial images from the shoot a few days ago. As the sun went down it started to rain lightly and so a warm fuzz appeared in the sky as the light went yellow. Everything was wet and all the grasses had had a good year. The mosquitoes had me for dinner but I did get a range of angles and light. Not sure yet which image will go to print. The High Dynamic Range processing takes quite a while to refine and so I will trial some prints in the meantime. The actual light was extremely strong red and is taking a bit of work to manage as it tends to look a little unreal.

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Smooth-barked Apple (Angophora costata)

In amongst the two day shoot for the 2011 Golf course tree calendar, Stephen Frank from Tree Logic and I came across this Smooth Barked Apple at the Spring Valley Golf Club in Clayton South.
It is near the 15th Green and has been in its current location far longer than the golf course itself. The Smooth-barked Apple (Angophora costata) is one image I am working on for reproduction as a panoramic format framed image. These are produced from 3 sequential images each with a 2 stops bracket exposure so as to create an HDR image with a wide exposure range to work with. Subsequent tone mapping allows an image to be produced that shows every detail in optimal tone. Fine tuning this image for digital reproduction on cotton rag paper is the next step of the process and refinement could continue for a few weeks. Order one now online or come down to the market stall,  St Kilda Esplanade Sunday to have a look at the result.

You can order the calendar direct online from Tree Logic now but it is a very limited print run.

Melbourne’s sand-belt golf courses provide a green oasis within what is predominately a busy urban environment. They are designed to be aesthetically pleasing but the primary function is to provide the ultimate sporting challenge. As the turf weaves its complex path of bumps and obstacles, the use of trees define space, provide a sense of nature, privacy and comfort. And regardless of how well a golfer is hitting the ball, trees contribute to a sense of well-being and an ultimate enjoyment for the game.

Stephen Frank on Golf course trees.

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Golf course trees, 2011 Calendar shoot

Here is just a few images from the years calendar shoot for TreeLogic. They chose to focus on significant trees from 12 of the top courses in the Melbourne “sandbelt”.

One of these images may well appear in the print catalog soon.

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Moving into Big studio

The Big Trousers office in Essex Street has been creaking at the seams for a while and so with it’s sale comes the opportunity to stretch out in the new warehouse conversion in Seddon.

The Green screen studio will be a fantastic opportunity and save my back from having to carry all that lighting equipment to the rental studio.

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19-21 Essex Street for sale

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We are moving on and selling the little Shop/Office in Essex Street. Time for a bigger place with some room to handle the family and business.

Thought I should have a go at a Real Estate shot.

Here is the Shop No 19 online at Real Estate site and the Little House no 21 online.

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HD video system near complete

I have been sorting out the Canon 5D Mk11 so that I can get it to work for video that I want to shoot.
At the moment it is nearly there but the look if the image is interesting to say the least. The Zacuto Z-Finder helps a lot as does the new Firmware that allows 24 / 25 fps. Also a follow focus has given some hope that this will eventually be a terrific camera.
Just need a good tripod that works well for this rig.