About 5 weeks after the devastating bushfires that flattened the historical town of Yarloop I headed up the highway to see what inspiration Mother Nature could shed. She didn’t let me down. The native trees and shrubs were making a comeback with green shoots appearing everywhere you looked. Some trees were covered in them and others just had one or two new shoots starting to break their way through the charred bark. The colours were amazing. There is one particular stand of trees which caught my eye, they are so straight and a light colour but black around the ground. This is where I started my “Abstract Trees” series. A small collection of images of trees where I have used blur to add interest. I have stopped down (or decreased the size of my aperture) to help reduce my shutter speed to show blur when I drop my lens whilst pressing the shutter. As it was a particularly bright morning I had to use a CPL filter also, to get the effect I was after. All of these images were taken at f22 with a shutter speed between 1/10 sec and 1/15 sec. Here’s just a couple of my favourites. Click Here to see the ABC’s before and after aerial images of Yarloop.
had the opportunity to shoot this WA Country Builders Treendale display home during the week and it reminded me of the challenges of interior RE photography. There’s the big difference between the bright outdoors (often you can’t choose your time of day to shoot) and the darker interior. I chose to use bracketing for these images. So, 3 images at different exposures approx 2.5 stops between each. I then did a HDR merge in Lightroom.
My next challenge is getting that camera level to avoid those converging verticals which are a big no no. I have a little bubble level which slots into my hotshoe and is a must for me. There’s more images over in my Real Estate Interiors gallery if you’re interested.
Red-tailed Black-cockatoo’s – such a beautiful bird.
I had the pleasure of photographing this female during the week. She’s not the best with strangers but I was able to get reasonably close without causing her any distress. I think she liked the makeshift perch that I rigged up for her and she enjoyed christening my new black backdrop. For the past 3 months we’ve had the pleasure of watching and listening to these squawking birds as they love the red gums on our property and beyond. This girl is a family pet that has been hand raised.
My very first cake smash
Attending a 1st Birthday Cake Smash was not something that I’d ever imagine I’d be doing, especially at my age. But it happened over the weekend and I thoroughly enjoyed it, although photographically it was a challenge.
I’m mentoring a new member to our photography club and she invited me to her place to help her photograph her 1 year old grandson’s cake smash. I’m used to working with my studio lights for this type of indoors shoot. Alas they were at home and I was using the lights that Tania had set up.
Thanks for looking and hope to see you back again. Chris