Posts Tagged With: Sunrise

Free HDR Tutorial

Create stunning HDR Photos

I have just finished putting together the final touches of my free online HDR tutorial. I believe this is the most comprehensive free HDR tutorial on the web… CLICK HERE to check it out. I re-worked an image I took on easter sunday 2012 with my D700 and documented step by step what I do to create a HDR photo. I hope you like it… feel free to share it around!

Here is the Before and After shots from the tutorial

HDR Before and After

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Trey Ratcliff Back in Australia

This time Trey headed to Melbourne

Last time Trey was here he held a photowalk in Sydney, there was a great turn up and it was great to meet Trey and have a chat with him. About a week ago he announced that he would fly into Sydney then drive to Melbourne for a photowalk, the photowalk was held last night and from what I can see from the images he had a great turn out there too! You can check out the images from his photowalk on G+ HERE.

Today’s iCandy – 541am

Last year I spent a lot of time on the northern beaches of Sydney, for 2013 I thought I would head to the eastern suburbs more often. This is my first visit to the Eastern Suburbs and I decided to head to Coogee. This is Coogee Baths, and it was forecast to be a real scorcher in Sydney with temp’s reaching 43c, it was no surprise that by 6am the beach was starting to fill up… anyway, this is one I took of the baths at 541am (according to the clock on the Surf Club…

541am

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Just another photo sharing site?

Is 500px just another photo sharing site?

Yep… basically, that is all it is… for some reason though, I like it. It has a few cool features and the user interface is nice and easy to use. There are some fine photographers sharing there images and it is easy to follow, vote and like stuff.

You can also sell images through the site, I am not sure how it works or how much you get as I haven’t bothered with that yet, I have been using 500px for about a month and I am just uploading an image a day.

If you want to find me there and have a look to see how it works, you can visit me at http://500px.com/bfewtrell 

Today’s iCandy – The Lonely Seagull

As you can see… just one seagull… I wonder where all his friends are? This is the Jetty at Coffs Harbour… possibly the loneliest seagull in Australia?

The Lonely Seagull

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It’s a washout

The weather gods don’t always play nice

Getting up at 4am to shoot the sunrise is never easy, I, like most of you, would prefer to stay in bed and push out a few more zzz’s, so there is nothing worse than when I get out of bed at 4am and heading somewhere for a sunrise shoot, and it is raining and yuck… that is exactly what happened to me this morning!

Today’s iCandy – A Rocky Start

I took this on one of those mornings, you know, the ones that are wet and yucky. It just shows you that sometimes you can get lucky, that even when it’s raining and cloudy the sun sometimes makes a brief appearance…

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Capture Fireworks

9 Tips to better fireworks photo’s

With NYE fast approaching, you may be thinking of capturing your local fireworks display. There are a few ‘essentials’ to capturing fireworks…

1. Use a tripod

A tripod is a must… if you don’t have a tripod you can forget trying to capture the fireworks.

2. Arrive early to grab a good spot

You can be assured that people will stand up in front of you, this is one night where the camera is not going to deter people from blocking your shot, so make sure you get there early and stake your claim!

3. Set your ISO low

Set your camera to it’s base ISO, if you leave it on auto your camera will increase it and you will end up with ‘Noise’ in your images. Most camera’s will let you set ISO to 200, if you can, use ISO100.

4. Use Manual

If your camera has the ability, I suggest turning everything to manual. This way you can have complete control. Set your focus to infinity and your aperture to somewhere between f8 and f16

5. Long Shutter Speeds

Try using different shutter speeds, to capture the light trails you will need  somewhere between 1 and 3 seconds at a minimum.

6. Use Black Cardboard

If your camera has a bulb setting, hold it open and use a black piece of cardboard in front of your lens as the shutter. This way you can get 2 or 3 bursts of fireworks in one frame.

7. Turn OFF your flash

A lot of cameras will automatically flash in the dark… flashers aren’t welcome at any NYE fireworks display… so turn it off…

8. Turn on NR

NR stands for Noise Reduction and if your camera has the ability, set this to on. The only down side of this setting is that it can take longer to save your image to the the memory card, if you find you’re missing the next shot because of this, then turn it off.

9. Use a cable release or the self timer

You want to avoid any vibration in your camera during each exposure, so the best way is to use a cable release (remote), if you don’t have one, then you can use the self timer, the only problem is that usually the minimum time for the self timer is 2 seconds, and you may miss the action… in this case, set your shutter to 30 seconds and use the black cardboard as mentioned in number 6 above.

So there you have it… 9 tips for better fireworks photo’s… HAVE FUN!

Today’s iCandy – Mello Yellow

Sunrise over Bungan Head Beach on Sydney’s Northern Beaches. This is a nicely hidden beach that would probably be spared of masses of people as it is a little harder to get to, residents are the only ones aloud to drive down to the beach, for the rest of us mere mortals it is an easy downhill walk in, and a calf muscle busting walk out… enjoy!

Bungan Head Beach

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T’was the night before Christmas

A nice time to reflect

At this time of year I have more time on my hands and I always find myself starting to reflect on the year that was, and 2012 has been a fantastic year. I started this blog back in March, along with a Facebook page, then as the year went on, I started to use other social media tools and now I have somewhere around 5000 people that I have connected with. I have over 230 Posts, 25 pages and nearly 100 comments…

Some of the highlights (in no particular order, well yes they are, in the order that I remember them… he he)

I attended the biggest ever Google+ photowalk and met some cool people

I discovered Trey Ratcliff and his cool HDR style of photography, then I was lucky enough to meet Trey himself here in Sydney.

I held 3 photowalks of my own – 2 of them jointly with Rob Potter from Photography Hot Spots and had about 75 people attend in total

I made some amazing new friends

I learnt a lot…

I travelled to China and photographed the Great Wall of China and other cool chinese places and people.

I dropped my D700 and broke it… then replaced it with a D800… YAY!

I wrote and published my first photography eBook

I became a contributor to a HDR magazine (HDR one)

I learnt to do my own picture framing

I finally won a 14-24mm f2.8 on eBay! (they’re as rare as rocking horse poo…)

My photo’s have been featured on several sites and most recently, the front and back covers of a 2013 calendar!

And I learn’t more… (I don’t think the learning will ever stop!)

Most of all, you have followed and supported me in 2012… I am flattered that anyone would want to follow my photojourney, let alone buy my images (I get a buzz every time someone does!)

So thanks for a great 2012, I am looking forward to 2013 and can’t wait to see where my photojourney will take me!

Merry Christmas friends… stay safe and keep it real!

Ben

Today’s iCandy – View House

Yesterday I headed to the Northern beaches with Rene, one of the many great friends I have made this year. He wanted to head over to Bungan Head Beach for sunrise. As we arrived it was clear that it wasn’t going to be the most sensational sunrise we had ever seen. The first thing I spotted was this large area of yellow blooming flowers. I am not sure what they are but they looked great and I had to work out how to capture them.

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Instagram can sell your photo’s

Is it time to Instapanic?

It seems that Instagram has overtaken the headlines today, the company released new T&C’s (Terms and Conditions) that allows it to sell users images and information to advertisers without re-imbursing or compensating the original owner. Apparently this will take effect from the 16th January 2013 and I am not sure if it cause for panic just yet… thousands of users have been deleting their accounts and there is a flurry of negative comments across the internet in regards to the move by Instagram, my guess is that the message will be received loud and clear and the T&C’s may end up being revised or changed. But is it time to panic? I don’t think so… the change is 3 weeks away and this will give you time to consider your options, the risk of your images being used online is always present, as soon as you upload it you’re taking a risk… I wonder how many Instagram users have used an image without consent, or worse still, copied music or software? At least Instagram are asking for your permission. I am not sure of my stand on this one, and wasn’t getting a great benefit out of it anyway, so for me I may just close my account… I am interested in your feedback and thoughts so leave a comment if you’re up for it…

Today’s iCandy – Lifeguard

Along many beaches are these cool lifeguard towers… this one is on Kurrawa Beach at Broadbeach.

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Digital Artistry

It takes talent…

As a photoshop user (I use the term VERY broadly as I think I use about 5% of Photoshop) I can really appreciate how hard it can be to achieve certain things with a photo, and not to mention how long it must have taken. I want to introduce you to a friend of mine who is into Digital Art, this is a form of art where images are created digitally… in this case from several images. His name is Rob Potter and you may have seen his name here before, as he runs www.photographyhotspots.com.au, he is a keen HDR photographer, but he also has a more unique string to his bow, he is a passionate digital artist. You can visit his website here

Here is his latest art work…

Now, you may look at this and not realise how much work as gone into it so make sure you scroll down and you will see the images he started with, and then have another look at the final image… it is hard to tell this was put together… nice work Rob! He said it took him 7 to 8 hours to get it right in photoshop… he has more patience than me (not to mention more photoshop skills!)

Surprised to see Santa!

Surprised to see Santa!

 

The images Rob started with

The images Rob started with

Today’s iCandy – Anzac Bridge at Sunrise

I like this image as it showcases the Anzac Bridge, the Harbour Bridge and Sydney tower…

Anzac Bridge Sunrise

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Panda Candy

Only a few more ‘likes’ to go…

As I write this blog post my Facebook page is up to 94 likes. As promised when it reaches 100 likes I am going to give away 2 signed 12″ x 18″ prints. If you win you will get to choose any photo from my portfolio, and I will have it professionally printed for you!

So make sure you share this with your Facebook friends and family, and give them the chance to win too! I appreciate your support!

the daily pic – Panda Candy

I took this pic whilst wandering around Sydney Harbour foreshore. It was one of those moments when I was just at the right place at the right time… the lighting was perfect.

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Sydney Panoramic HDR

Well, I am slowly learning the art of Panoramic photography, and I still haven’t decided what software is going to work best for me! I have decided that Photoshop, with it’s photomerge function is okay for small projects, but crashed when I loaded  it up with 9 or 10 larger files…

I did use photoshop to make this panoramic photo, and if you have a sharp eye you maybe able to find the stitching fail… unfortunately, photoshop’s photomerge struggled to join some of the photo’s together properly due to the repetition in the bridges structure, yet when I tested it with Autopano pro’s trial version it not only got it right first go, it did it in about 1/10th of the time it took CS5!

Due to the errors in the Stitching of the image, this is not available to buy as a print!

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