Tag: Landscape Photography

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It is almost a year since I got serious about Instagram and in that time I have gone from about 340 followers to 10.3 thousand. I like to think that is a great achievement, though I don’t know if it is. Mind you it has taken a lot of work to get that many and I’ve worked really hard. I haven’t really seen any benefits from it, but I do love Instagram and the images you see from others are awe inspiring. I get so much inspiration from looking at what is there. I’ve found new places I want to go and photograph.

One thing that I have found, is that I know, I don’t want to be a landscape photographer. Instagram is flooded with images of waterfalls and mountains with lakes in front of them. It has always been my thing to try to be different. It is so easy to fall into the trap of being the same as everyone else. Play the popularity contest.

I believe you have to be true to yourself and do what makes you feel good. I want my work to stand out from the crowd, and I know that often means an image won’t get so many likes, but it has to be about more than that.

I am an artist first, always. I don’t like to think of myself as a photographer, because I’m not, not really. Yes, I take photos, but I do so much more as well. I’m an artist and my medium is photography, and maybe Photoshop is also my medium. I love seeing what I can do on the computer and I will work on an image for hours, over a whole day sometimes. This is what I do.

I am going to start talking about this a lot more, I hope you won’t mind.

Here are my photos from the last week on Instagram. If you want to find out more about the images, take a look at my Instagram feed, there are descriptions and tips there.

It is nice to be able to show you the photos I’ve had up on Instagram this last week. I will put them into a gallery for you, but first I want to talk about something.

Selling Images.

I don’t try and sell my images. It isn’t that people can’t buy them, I just don’t see the point in trying to push it. I don’t want to sell my images for small change and I find that most people on the internet want them for free, or for that small amount.

When you buy one of my images you are buying my experience and expertise. That hasn’t come cheap. I have a three degree behind me, I have spent thousands learning how to use Photoshop and Lightroom. My gear has cost me a lot of money as well, so I don’t want to give away my work. I am an artist and I would like to be paid accordingly. I know that most people don’t want to pay me what I think my images are worth, fair enough, and I get that. However, I get emails from people all the time wanting to know how much an image would cost, when I tell them, I never hear from them again, I don’t even get an answer to say they can’t afford it, or no longer want it.

In response to this I have now added a price list to this site, so hopefully I will stop getting those emails. If you are interested in purchasing one of my images then before you send the email please take a look at the list, here is the link, Price List.

Shall we take a look at the photos from Instagram this last week?

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It has all come together and in a relatively relaxed manner. It almost seems like we know what we are doing. I am sure Suzzanna, who does the layout and makes sure everything gets done wouldn’t agree, but by far it has been the best to do for me.

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This is our fourth issue and this rounds up the first year of Dynamic Range Magazine. It has been quite a year.  I hope those of you who have purchased the magazine have enjoyed it immensely.  It has been quite a trip, but I can’t talk too much about that, or I will be giving away my editorial.  Let’s take another look at the cover.

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This image for this issue is by Christine Danger, many of you know her from Monochrome Madness and her blog sv-takeiteasy. Chris has also written an article on underwater photography, so the cover image is one of those. A clam that she took photos of. It is amazing.

Of course there are lots of great images and I was fortunate enough to be able to interview Hillary Younger and do a feature on her work. She is an incredible landscape photographer and has some great tips for others who also want to do that type of photography.

Melissa Jones is becoming our marketing guru and has got some great ideas for how you can do better on Instagram. It is a very popular platform right now on and thanks to her I have improved my site a lot.

Emily Carter Mitchell has given a great article on the wildlife that you will come across if you go to Costa Rica.

We have a new writer this issue, Anne Sandler, from the blog Slow Shutter Speed. She has given her insights into what it is like coming to photography later in life.

Loré Dombaj has more great women photographers to introduce to us in her series on the History of Women in Photography.

I’ve written two for this one. I finally got around to writing about Architectural Photography and the different forms of it. I hope to do more in the future about it as well. I have also done the second part to the one on Lightroom, this one is about the pros and cons of using Photoshop.

Finally, Christine Wilson has given some insight into how she processed one of her black and white images in Post Processing Possibilities.

I have already received some feedback and was told:

just read DRM cover to cover …. another excellent issue!!!

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In my back-up files I have thousands and thousands photos, maybe a million or more. There are so many and I often think that I have nothing I can work on. The reality of it all is that the base images are always there. If I want to go back and rework them then what I end up with is going to be different to what I did previously, because my experience with processing has changed. So today I decided to try reworking an older image, one from Apollo Bay that I took at sunrise at the marina there.

This particular morning was so beautiful. I very rarely get a beautiful sunrise and I was really shocked on this particular morning at Apollo Bay when we headed out that we managed to get this.

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This is what I did to it the first time around.

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There is nothing wrong with how I processed it originally, and it has been a popular image in the past, but I wondered if I could improve it.

What I don’t like about this image is the bit of plain sky at the top and the bottom reflection. It seemed to make the image dirty in a way, I’m not quite sure how to explain it. I also wanted to know if I could make the colours more intense. So I had a play.

State II

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I cropped it a little to help get rid of the the bits I didn’t like and I added some intensity. I like the outcome and the added gradient to the top and bottom almost frames it in a way. On a black background it looks fantastic. The boats in the middle were lightened a little so they didn’t get lost. The image is about the boats as much as the sunrise I think, and they each compliment one another.

It might even be interesting visiting this in another two years to see what I would do then.  See how much more I have learned about Adobe Photoshop by that stage. It is an ever ending process and one that I love.

This is going to be series I believe, not this image, but going back and reworking old images. I know there are ones that I have from the past that I like the composition, but now hate how I processed them, or know that I would do things differently now. It should be interesting.

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Finding Abandoned Homes

Driving around the countryside in Victoria, Australia, you are bound to come across old homes that are home to no one anymore. Some of them are easy to get to, while others you need to get permission to go there.

They are made from different assorted materials. Usually very small. It is amazing to consider what they lived in back then and what we live in now. It is also amazing how solidly they were built, considering how quickly houses seem to fall apart these days.

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This is on the roadside and many people stop to photograph it. I don’t know if it was a home, but has usual markings of a small two roomed house from the 19th century. Buildings like this are very common around central Victoria from the gold rush days. Many tiny homes. I’ve been in a couple of them and they are so small. I couldn’t imagine living in one of them. What’s that old saying, no room to even swing a cat. I know it isn’t a good saying, but fits what I was trying to say.

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This old home is a lot bigger than the previous one, but it is no longer inhabited and has been devoid of life for some time, around 100 years. It was abandoned to make way for a reservoir or dam. The Loddon River was sort of dammed and this house was under water for a very long time. I don’t know when it emerged, but think it may have happened during the drought we had at the beginning of this century. I don’t know if it will ever go under again as our climate warms up and water becomes scarcer.

Another reason for empty homes is that as farms join and get bigger and bigger the homes of the original farms are no longer needed and are just vacated and left.

For whatever reason the homes are abandoned it is good for us photographers. There are so many photographers that love abandoned buildings, so they now get a new purpose. I am finding more and more all the time.

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On my other blog today it is all about Monochrome Madness and for it I did an image from Apollo Bay that I took recently on a trip there. I have made it black and white for MM, but I also wanted to put the colour back into it. So I thought I would show the colour version here as well.

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I went to Apollo Bay with a new friend Karen and this is one of the places we went to on the first day.

It was such an amazing spot to go. The walk down was good, but the walk back up was a killer. Still it was worth it. The only thing that ruined it was a couple of girls insisting on taking selfies. It is amazing how much people enjoy taking photos of themselves at these things and not really looking at where they are. It was such a beautiful place, but they had their backs to it more.

This is a long exposure, and was several seconds long. I love doing this for waterfalls, though the selfie girls made it very hard.

 

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Over on my other blog it is Monochrome Madness 2-22 and this week is the monthly theme. The theme is Bridges. I love bridges and trying to find a bridge to photograph hasn’t been that hard. I went out one day and photographed something seven. It was great.

I’ve done quite a few images with this particular bridge. I think it is one I want to go back to.

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I’ve been working a technique for a while now, something that really seems to work with this type of image. I have to admit at the end of the day I like colour in my images. I don’t mind that the colour is toned down, but I like the hints of colour. You know it is a colour image, but the colour isn’t in your face.

I like the colours, to me they speak very much of the Australian countryside. I might have to do a whole series of these. I have been going up to this area a lot and am collecting quite a few photos. I might have to travel through the area again next week when I go up the Mallee to visit my mother.

If you would like to see lots more bridges then take a look at Monochrome Madness today over on my other blog, MM 2-22: Monochrome Madness Bridges.

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Tomorrow’s Monochrome Madness 2-21 was a hard one for me this week. I kept playing around with images and putting them up on social media to see what people thought.

Then I was going through my photos and found another one that I thought might work better. I have converted it to Monochrome, and will include it in my post tomorrow. Then I was looking at it and thought, I wonder what it would look like if I made it colour again.

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I had to take out some of the saturation and I’m not sure it really works, but there you have it.

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Recently I got to go to a place in country Victoria to explore and while we were there we saw an old railway bridge. The bridge is no longer in use. The area was made into a reservoir and I guess the bridge was too low. Close by there is another railway bridge, but it is much higher.

Something I’ve been doing a lot when I process images is to immediately change them into black and white. I then work on the image as though it will be a black and white image.

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I don’t have a problem with how it looks in black and white.  I tried to bring out the brick pylons that were left from the bridge, or what would have held up all the rails, which have been removed. I also did a bit of work in the sky to make it look more stormy.

Then, as I’ve done many times I reversed the process and made it colour again.

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Sometimes when you convert it back you can find it looks revolting as the colours are too saturated, or they are changed too much. The bottom half of this image was fine, and I like the colours, but the blues and aquas/cyans in the sky were over saturated. It didn’t take much to pull them down a bit so the sky looked stormy again and not a colour mess.

I was going to leave it there, but then I decided to go back to the black and white image and add a slight tone to it.

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I like the warmth of it, but I don’t think this is my favourite version of the image. It does give it another element, but I worry that maybe there is a lack of contrast in it. So I decided to add some more and see how it looked.

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I guess the test now is whether or not you can see any difference. I think there is.

It is fun to try one image and do different processes to it.  Each person will have there own ideas of which ones work and which don’t. I like them all, but I think I might like the colour more, but that is me.

I am going to put them in a gallery for you so you can see them better. You can click on the images for a bigger view.

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The First Take

Yesterday I went for a drive through country Victoria with some friends. We stopped at many places during the day and then traveled on. There was no agenda except to see where we could get to and then to turn around with enough time to get back home. It is a great way to explore and find new places to take photos.

We ended up at an old railway bridge where all that was left were the pylons. I suspect that when the area has lots of water that they are possibly hard to see. I think it is much better like this. I liked the cracked mud and the water worn fence posts. There is a feeling of abandon there, a place just left.

I have tried to do more with the posts and bring them out more so they are main focus rather than the remains of the bridge in the background. I don’t know that you can tell how wet the ground was here, it was very muddy and I almost sank a few times.  I had to laugh at that, nothing like realizing you are getting muddier and muddier.

I have had one attempt at processing and now I’m just putting it out everywhere and thinking about it. Nice to just spend time processing and then leaving it to think about where you want to do next. I like seeing it on the net too, judging what  people’s reactions are to it. I’m afraid I don’t tend to listen to what people, I have to be pleased with it myself.

I will have to spend some time looking at it and decide if I want to do more, leave it as it is or start all over again. You might have to keep tuned in to find out. There are also a lot more photos from the day and I may end up liking one of those far more.

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