Erskine Falls is one of the best known waterfalls of the Otway Ranges and is certainly among the most visited. At 30m, the falls are the highest single drop of all the otway waterfalls, and will not disappoint visitors even in the summer months when there is little water cascading over it’s impressive rock face and into the picturesque pool below.
Large visitor numbers are due not only to the impressive nature of the falls, but also due to its close proximity to Lorne, one of the main tourist centres of the Great Ocean Road.
Night photography in Melbourne City has been something I have wanted to get started for a while. These are just the beginning of a series of night photography shot in Melbourne City CBD. Shot as 22 MegaPixel High Dynamic Range. Here are a few images from what may be a new series that shows the lanes and historic buildings in CBD of Melbourne.
For sale now online is an image of Young and Jacksons (Princes Arms Hotel) and Flinders Street Station on the corner of Flinders and Swanston Streets.
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?
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.
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.
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.
Last weeks shoot.
I would never have believed that there such a dramatic landscape so close the Melbourne. I had visited some 20 years ago but had forgotten this location.
After two trips down the coastal track on mountain bikes I had around 300 frames to edit. Shot for HDR conversion I was attempting the “big” seascape type of shot with a big sky. Conditions were good but the sky was impressive for only a short time. I will work with the remaining images next week and eventually settle on a few for the production line and online shop.
Thanks to Marshall and Luie for accompanying me on the dark trip back after sunset.
This set of two images of an ancient River Red in Epping have been modified slightly and are now available as a large format prints. Fantastic late afternoon light on the gnarled branches that twisted and turned all the way to the ground.