Tag: Formatt Hitech Filters


One of the main reasons I wanted to come to the east coast of Tasmania was to photograph a tree on a rock, seriously. There is a tree that grows from a rock in Binalong Bay and I’m sure it has been photographed thousands of times, but it didn’t matter, I still wanted to do.
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A pier at a beach

Sorry, this has to be quick, I don’t know why it is happening, or why it is all happening now, but I seem to be suffering from the worse week. Well it isn’t bad, but I’m so busy. It is good, but doesn’t leave me much time for anything else. I wanted to let you see a photo, though.
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When Pam and Mike first arrived in Melbourne I did spend some time with them showing them around the city. I took them to Docklands and we came back via the river. I do love showing people my city.

While at the Docklands we had lunch at Mama Rumaan, one of my new favourite restaurants down there, then afterwards when we walked out we noticed the wonderful reflections in the water. It was perfect for some long exposures.
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Today I just have an image for you. It was taken last week and is of St Kilda Pier. I was down there with a friend at sunrise and we were going to make the trip out on the rocks to do some long exposures, but it had been raining and we weren’t sure how safe it would be to walk out on the rocks. I was going to go, and I had my camera around my neck, but thought I should put it in my bag, just in case I slipped. I decided to take a couple of quick shots first, then I saw the photos on the back of the camera and thought, I have to do a long exposure here.
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It has been a very exciting week, as most of you know, but I suppose things still have to progress and go on.

Dynamic Range Magazine

Now that my book is finished I can concentrate on the next Issue of Dynamic Range Magazine. I am really excited about what we have in store for you.

Don’t forget to go to the Shop to get your copy if you haven’t already.

The Six Seasons of My Backyard

Thank you everyone for your kind words on the publishing of my book. It has been such an exciting time for me. Thank you to those that have purchased it, I am truly grateful.

I would also like to mention that $5 from the sale of every book is being donated to the Wurundjeri people. It is a small way to say thank you to them for allowing me to use part of their culture, the seasons, for my book.

To purchases, if you live around Melbourne, then please contact me, however if you live overseas you can order a copy from createspace, and it is now on Amazon as well.

Formatt Hitech Filters

I have been using the Formatt Hitech Filters for some time now, about a year and was made a featured artist a while back. They are filters that I believe in a great deal and think they are among the best filters available.

I have now been given a code so you too can buy the filters. With this code you will receive 10% discount from anything they offer.

The code is: LCOLE10

It is an affiliation, so if you use it, I will get a kick back as well.

Royal Melbourne Show

This is a big event here which starts tomorrow. It is like a big carnival I suppose. Rides, competitions, animals, all sorts of things. I was able to get Media Accreditation for it. I am rather excited at being able to try some photography things there. I am planning on going a few times. I’m looking forward to sharing the photos with you.


The photos are some taken almost two years ago and are from Banyule Flats. They are some of the birds that you see down there. None of these photos are in the book, but it is nice to look at them again.

Friday night here, and I’m looking forward to the weekend, though I do have a couple of articles I need to finish for Digital Photography School. I hope you have a good weekend planned.


Since this is a new beginning for this blog and you are all here I would like to do some new things. One thing that I would like to go back to doing is looking at an image and seeing how I processed it. More a discussion on it rather than a tutorial, but perhaps over time I might start doing some of those as well. So this is the first of my posts on the Evolution of an Image, and we start with one I call Going Through.
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Last week I was doing some long exposures in the city and when I went to process one of them I converted it to black and white first. This is what I ended up with.


I decided to use this image for Monochrome Madness over on my other blog today. I like how it came out in monochrome.

As I usually do I converted it back to colour to see how it would look.


I lost some of the detail in the sky, but the blues in it are quite nice. It is going to be personal choice I think as to which one is better. I don’t think I have a preference.


Dockands at Sunset

In the last week I’ve spent several hours at Docklands here in Melbourne, on separate days teaching people how to do long exposure photography. It has been quite interesting showing people how to do it and use the filters. It is not something that I ever considered that people would want from me, or want me to teach them.


A long exposure of docklands taken in the middle of the day.

Long exposure photography is very popular and it seems that lots of people want to learn how to do it. There is something very surreal about the images that you get. It is a lovely type of photography and one that I am totally in love with. It can completely transform the scene in front of you and for the work that I find myself wanting to do, it is perfect.

I am now in the position where I have enough gear that I can teach people how to do long exposures.  I have two brackets and quite a few filters. The next question is do people want to pay me to learn.

Dockands at Sunset

A long exposure taken at sunset.

There are so many places around Melbourne to do long exposures and I think teaching people how would be great.

I have some thoughts on time, maybe a two hour class for $250.  The other option is a three hour class for $350.

You would need a camera that you can use on manual with a bulb setting, a tripod, and remote shutter release. I have everything else you would need to experiment and try out taking photos.

I guess the next question is how do I find the people who want to learn how to do it. I will have to start using my Instagram account, see if that actually works.

I’ve also noticed that there is another one of those, supposedly great deals on at the moment, pay $87 for $1900 worth of stuff. All to do with business marketing for the photographer. Could be worth it. I am contemplating getting it. If you are interested here is the link, 5DayDeal.

If you are in Melbourne and do want to learn long exposure photography from me then send me an email.


In Melbourne there are many bridges that allow you to cross the river. Some are for cars, and many for pedestrians and bicycles. One bridge that is one of my favourites to photograph is the Seafarers Bridge where it goes over the Yarra.

One Viewseafarers-bridge-yarra-river-melbourneThe things that go over are like ribs of a ship or a sail. It is like our mini opera house. There are so many angles to experiment with. This image is also a long exposure. I’ve really only done long exposures here once, but it is definitely a place I want to do more.

Another View


This is from the other side. I’ve began to realize that I need to explore the angles a lot more.

One of the downsides with this bridge is how popular it is and there are always people on it, or so it seems at times. This is where the advantage of doing a long exposure comes in. If you can get a long enough time then you can get photos so that the people don’t show up. It is something that really interests me with long exposures.

I’ve been using the Formatt Hitech Filters, and the one I especially love is the Firecrest 16. I’ve now got several of their filters, and the full ND filters are the ones I like the most. I have the 6 , the 10 and the 16 stop, I just need to get the 13 and I will have the full set. I really like their filters.

The next thing to get is the filter holder and maybe the 10 stop to start with for my Nikon 14-24mm. I would love to be able to do some long exposure photography with that lens. That is next on the list.

I just keep wanting to go into the city and take photos these days. I find it so satisfying. The more I do it the more I can understand what sort of scenes I want to shoot. I have a purpose in mind and I can see that it is becoming a reality, if that is the right way of putting it.