"There are no rules for good photographs, there are only good photographs." Ansel Adams

Busy Location

Well I have got a small collection of images from this boat shed. I know everyone gets tired of seeing it but the reality is, that it is quite a gorgeous spot and makes for magnificent photographs. I have been to this location many times and have always been the only one there. Last night was quite different. I rocked up at the same time as another fella and the only thing going through my mind as we walked down to the shed from our cars was ‘i gotta beat him to get the spot i want!’ Im happy to say I got the spot I wanted… maybe its cause I had a bigger camera…

After 15 or so mins that bloke decided to leave only to be immediatly replaced by another photographer who was just starting and was very enthusiastic. Says he got into it to stay fit and stay away from the computer! We had a bit of a chat before he left right as a third bloke and to girls rocked up. This third bloke was also very nice and seemed mighty impressed with my work. He set his gear up on the step up behind where i was sitting (no chance that I stand and shoot!) and stayed for the remainer of the evening.

All these guys were disappointed with the conditions and I must admit after watching the skys yesterday I had expected it to be quite different. However I knew there was no use complaining about the sunset as yet again it was gonna be the dusk light that would produce the best photograph. The water was already very calm and the tide was very high so with nice long exposures it became glassy which tied in perfectly with the sky. At this point, my white balance selection was the key to capturing these magnificent blues and I am very pleased with the results.

Shot at f16, 20secs, iso 200 stitched from 8 images on the 5D mk2

One thing that reminded me of when I first started shooting was that all the blokes asked the same question, ‘what shutter speed are you using?’
Funny because I used to think a similar way as if that was the most important thing. Now all I really think about is what aperture do I want for this image? And quite often I then select the shutter speed I want by tying it in with the appropriate iso setting…  most the time anyway.


8 responses

  1. Nice shot Dylan. Goes to show you dont need crazy colour cloud for it to work for you.

    December 23, 2010 at 8:43 am

    • yeah well usually these conditions are not ideal but when the water is so calm, it just allows the water and sky to blend so perfectly!
      Cant wait to see this on metallic!

      December 23, 2010 at 12:26 pm

  2. as much as I hate this place, and am sick of photo’s from there- this is one nice pic Dylan! 😀
    top work all round!

    December 23, 2010 at 6:59 pm

    • haha cheers stephen! glad you like it!

      December 24, 2010 at 10:05 am

  3. The smoothed out water looks great Dylan along with the blue tones. My only nit picks would be to reduce the red in the jetty itself, I think it may complement the blues more if it was more neutral.
    Have a ripper Christmas!

    December 24, 2010 at 4:51 pm

    • Cheers Luke! the reds have actually already been toned down but i like the way they contrast the blues that dominate the image and therefore further more draw the eye to the centre of the frame and lead nicely to the also blue boat shed…. just my thinking though 😛

      December 24, 2010 at 4:56 pm

  4. timwratephotography

    it sure it a unique place! one of my favourite spots in Perth for sure!

    “he got into it to stay fit and stay away from the computer”… Unfortunately I think I spend more time in front of the computer now I’m into photography than before!!!! Poor bastard doesn’t know what to expect! Hours behind CS5, cloning cropping and creating!

    January 6, 2011 at 9:13 am

  5. Yeah i remember him saying he was using photography to keep fit…. unless your hiking its not that demanding! 😛

    January 6, 2011 at 10:08 am

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