Archive for January, 2012


My latest holiday break took me to Victoria again. This time we went via the Hay plains, NSW, to Hamilton, then on to Peterborough, near Port Campbell. I had been to the Great Ocean Road many years ago on my first trip to Victoria and always wanted to go back (it rained for most of the first trip). I wanted to take photographs of the world famous Twelve Apostles at sunset/sunrise to get the awesome colours I had seen other photographers capture. That was the plan anyway.

Give Me The Strength to Stand TallThe first night, rain was threatening again. Grr. But it didn’t rain, instead was overcast, blowing a gale and generally miserable. No magic hour of the perfect light I wanted, but I did get a few good photographs including this one-

The next morning, I’d accidentally slept in, but when I stuck my head out the window when I finally woke up it was still overcast. Oh well, maybe I’d it’d clear and I’d get some good light in the evening. The plan for the day was to do some sight seeing, eat some good food at the local cheese and chocolate factories and head back in time for the sunset. Turned out that our drive didn’t take us anywhere near as long as anticipated, so we were back at Port Campbell in time for lunch, and the sun was now out in force. I’d also wanted to go to Gibson’s Steps last time, but the rain ruined that idea. So that was the plan for the afternoon, to tackle Gibson’s Steps.

Got to the top of the steps, and there was a good view of the eastern side of the Twelve Apostles. There were only a few people on the beach, which was lots of steps below me. Ah well, never been here before, might never come back. Going down was ok, not as bad as I thought it would be. The beach was long, one end was a cliff and some rocks whilst the other end there were two Apostles. I headed that way, and found a big chunk of wood being tossed at the edge of the ocean like a toy. It had to be a metre long and looked like a part of a wooden pylon.  Here it is in the photo- Gibson's Steps Apostle

I didn’t realise how hot the sun was, and I hadn’t bothered to put sunscreen on, and could feel I was getting burnt, so headed back to the car. Those steps that I said weren’t bad on the way down, were killers on the way back up. Reminder to self- get fit asap! But I was happy I went to Gibson’s Beach, got some good shots and got to see a few of the apostles up close. Again, this would be a great spot to be at sunset or sunrise, but that didn’t happen. The sunset that night was again not suitable for photographing, ah well, looks like I’ll just have to go again! lol

I hope you enjoy these photographs as much as I enjoyed taking them. They are available for purchase in many different forms at my Redbubble site. Just click on the image to be taken to the page.

Have a great day
Johnah

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The Beauty of a Waterfall

I’ve always loved waterfalls.  I remember dragging my mother along many long and steep bushwalking tracks in the searing heat, just to look at what sometimes was just a trickle of water flowing over the edge of a cliff.

At my recent holiday, I stayed at Hamilton in Victoria.  In a few of the brochures I got before my trip, it kept talking about two waterfalls close by.  Sounded interesting.  Then when I checked into the caravan park, the owner there also told me about the waterfalls (amongst other tourist destinations), and he said one was only a few minutes from town.  He also said it was easy to view with a platform only a few metres from the carpark.  Well that would keep mother happy!

Nigretta FallsThe next day it was a little overcast- good light for waterfalls.  I packed the camera and tripod up and headed to the first of the falls- Nigretta Falls.  The guides weren’t wrong when they said it was only metres from the carpark to the viewing platform.  But not the best view.  There were a short set  of stairs that led to a better vantage point, so off I went.  I ended up nearly in the river trying to get the best spot, but even though it was overcast, the light was harsh and too bright to get the lovely flowing water I wished for.

I liked the composition of this photograph, and the colours of the rocks, but really wanted to have ‘soft’ water falling into the pool below.  In order to do that I needed to photograph the falls either early in the morning or late at night.  However, it seemed the weather was not going to be kind to me- it was raining most mornings and storms came through of an evening, so here I was thinking I’d missed out on getting back to the falls.

The second last night of my stay, the weather gods looked favourably upon me and gave me clear skies.  I packed my gear into the car and headed back to the waterfall.  The light was bringing out the colours of the rocks behind the falls and it was just getting dark enough to take a long enough exposure to get the effect I wanted.  I took numerous shots that evening, up to two minutes long and was so pumped to get back to my cabin and upload the pics to my computer. I was sure there was a good photo in amongst them all.  A couple of the photographs I had taken from half way down the stairs were looking promising, and after HDR processing  three images, I was surprised to see a swirl emerge in the pool of water below the fall.  I never noticed this whilst taking the photographs, but was happy I’d composed the photo to include it. I was also impressed by the colours of the rocks and the water falling is silky smooth.  Here is the end result- Swirl Pool

I hope you enjoy my photographs as much as I enjoyed taking them.  They are both available to purchase, just click on the images to be taken to my RedBubble portfolio.

Have an awesome day

Johnah

My First Original Artwork for Sale- Sunset After Storm #2

 Sunset After Storm #2

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Sunset After Storm #2

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