2014 - The Year in Review

December 28, 2014  •  2 Comments

Well, it's that time of the year again...and I can't believe 2014 is almost over.  For the last few years I have written a Photography retrospective and this year I thought I'd do the same.  It is a good opportunity to reflect on photographic goals, achievements and why I do photography at all.

In photography terms, 2014 really has been a big year for me.  It hasn't been big from the point of view that I have had lots of enquiries, sales or awarded images...I've just had a lot of opportunities to take photos!  For that I really need to say from the outset a huge thanks to my wife Cecily and my son Harry who have let me venture out either really early in the morning or really late in the afternoon for numerous hours in search of the best light, right tides, awesome clouds or whatever photographic phenomenon I was chasing on any given day.  Thanks!  I also have to mention two photography mates who I meet up with on a regular basis and who always encourage me with my work.  Thanks Chi and Kane.  Check out their work --> www.ckphotographics.com and www.kanegledhill.com.au.

January

The year started with a great dawn shoot on 1/1/14 with Kane at Currumbin Rock.   It was a special morning for me as I had planned to capture a shot for my Mum as it was her 60th birthday this year (on 1/1/14!).  This is what I got!

New Year Dawn 2014New Year Dawn 2014I met up with Kane Gledhill at Currumbin this morning to photograph the first sunrise of 2014. It was a bit of an effort to get there but well worth it!

Canon 5D Mark II
17-40 @ 17mm
ISO100 f/22 0.6 sec
Lee 0.6 soft Grad

I also took quite a few film shots on the Fuji.

Currumbin AwakeningCurrumbin AwakeningThis photo was taken just before sunrise on January 1st 2014 at Currumbin Beach.

Fuji G617
105mm
Velvia 50 f/22 40sec
0.6 Lee soft Grad
Epson V700
Currumbin RockCurrumbin RockThis photo was taken on the morning of January 1 2014. After meeting with Kane for sunrise at this location, we both took a frame similar to this and we headed elsewhere.

Fuji G617
105mm
Velvia 50 f/32 0.5sec
Scanned on an Epson V700

A few days after the January 1 shoot, Chi and I ventured out west in search of some sunflowers.  It turned out it was the hottest day of 2014!  The sunflowers were very elusive.  We found a couple of 'dead' fields and one where there were some OK flowers.

Sunflower missionSunflower missionChi and I headed out west a few weekends ago to photograph some sunflower fields. We had visions of numerous wide fields of sunflowers blowing in the breeze.....that's not what we found! We came across 5 fields....two were inaccessible and the other two were almost all dead. We did find one field where about 1 in 8 or so flowers were alive. This didn't allow for an extensive landscape photo as I had hoped but we were fortunate enough to photograph some lone backlit sunflowers. I hope you enjoy!

Canon 5D Mark II
70-200 @ 148mm
ISO100 f/2.8 1/400sec

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This outing, although disappointing from a sunflower point of view did enable me to take a shot of a nice oak lined driveway and Chi and I had a ball capturing some stars and a windmill just outside of Warwick.

Great OaksGreat OaksI took this photo while venturing out west with Chi searching for sunflowers in early January. We were racing back to a location for sunset and saw some nice light hitting this oak tree lined driveway. The letterbox was also appealing so we pulled over, took a few photos and continued on our way.

Fuji G617
105mm
Velvia 50 f/32 1/2sec
Epson V700
Freestone StarsFreestone StarsOn Saturday I headed out with a mate to Warwick in search of some sunflowers....unfortunately we only found a few dead fields. As we were out there we stayed around to photograph the night sky. We found this windmill on Freestone road and photographed it. We were fortunate that passing cars on a rise a few hundred meters away lit up the windmill without lighting up too much foreground.

Canon 5D Mark II
17-40 @ 17mm
ISO1600 f/4 30sec

In the middle of January my wife, Son and I ventured to Curtis Falls on the Gold Coast Hinterland.

Curtis FallsCurtis FallsMy wife, son and I ventured to Curtis Falls to test out a new hiking baby carrier which we bought. I took the opportunity to take one frame of the falls.

Fuji G617
105mm
Velvia 50 f/32 30sec
Hoya HD circular polariser
Epson V700 scanner

As I mentioned earlier, my Mum turned 60 this year, and her husband John also did too!  I had planned to take some photos at a surprise party for John, but my 24-105 lens broke!  It is the second piece of photography equipment I have had break so far.  I haven't had it fixed and it is sitting in my cupboard awaiting for me to decide whether to pay to get it fixed, purchase a new one or something else to replace it.  I kind of have a love/hate relationship with this lens.  So far I haven't missed it, but I anticipate with Christmas parties coming up soon I will miss it.  (Editors note: I used my Fuji X100S at my work Christmas Party and it had the goods!)

On Australia Day I ventured down to the Gold Coast with Kane.

Silver City on the Gold CoastSilver City on the Gold CoastThis shot was taken on the Gold Coast on Australia Day 2014. It's not often I take monochromatic images but this one looked good as a monochrome.

Canon 5D Mark II
17-40 @ 30mm
ISO100 f/16 1/30sec
Rolling WavesRolling WavesThis photo was taken upon a point on the Gold Coast looking south toward Burleigh. This particular photo was taken on Australia Day 2014. The wind on this particular day was incredibly strong. I almost didn't get my camera out...however Kane, another photographer who I was with convinced me it was worth it and that the wind wouldn't blow my gear away!

Fuji G617
105mm f/22 1/8sec
Velvia 50
Epson V700

February

In February we spent a short weekend up at Noosa as the result of me winning an award in a 'Light Up Noosa' photography competition.  We stayed at Hotel Laguna.  I took a few photos...this is one of them.

Enter the water...Enter the water...I took this photo while up at Noosa at sunset on Saturday afternoon.

Canon 5D Mark II
17-40 @ 17mm
ISO100 f/16 1/4 sec

In February I also took some 'Newborn' photos for a work colleague whom I have photographed each of their three children and took some photos at another colleagues 30th birthday party.

March

Harry started at Daycare in March, so I took a few photos of him.

Actually it would appear all I really took photos of in March was Harry!

April

April marked Harry's first birthday!  We spent a lot of time preparing for a 'Hungry Little Caterpillar' themed party. 

Photo credit: Chi-Keung LeePhoto credit: Chi-Keung Lee

Photo credit: Chi-Keung Lee

Over Easter, Chi along with his wife and daughter as well as myself, Cecily and Harry ventured away for a 5 day trip to Stanthorpe and Armidale to capture some Autumn colours.  We had some great times out photographing but unfortunately the trip was marred by Harry, Cecily and I all falling ill.  I have been meaning to write a more detailed blog post about out adventures but I have not had the chance yet.

Day turns into nightDay turns into nightThis photo was taken while visiting Queensland's Granite Belt in April 2014. I like how in the sky you can see the progression from day on the right hand side to night on the left.

Fuji G617
105mm
Velvia 50 f/22 60sec

Capture date: 21/4/14
Stanthorpe StarsStanthorpe StarsI recently returned from a trip away to Stanthorpe & Armidale with my family and a mate's family. This gave us the opportunity to venture out a few times to shoot the night sky.

Canon 5D Mark II
17-40 @ 17mm
ISO100 f/4 741sec

 

Popular PoplarsPopular PoplarsThis line of poplars is at The University of New England in Armidale. Cecily, Harry and I visited here while in Armidale. I was hoping to see more autumnal colours around this area of Armidale but we didn't on this particular afternoon. As I hadn't photographed any poplars during the trip I jumped out of the car, took a frame and then we went on our way.

Fuji G617
105mm
Velvia 50 f/32 0.5sec
Epson V700

Capture date: 24th April 2014
FallenFallenThis photo was taken at Armidale Cemetery. The title of this image is two-fold. It reflects the fallen leaves but also those fallen from this life.

Fuji G617
105mm
Velvia 100 f/32 3sec
Epson V700

Capture date: 26/4/14
Abandoned EborAbandoned EborWhile visiting northern New South Wales in autumn this year, we ventured to Ebor falls. Unfortunately it started raining and with 2 children with us it was not possible to get to the bottom of the falls to photograph. (I'm not even sure it is possible without two children!). Anyway, we ventured into the town of Ebor to find somewhere to have lunch. After failing to find anywhere sheltered to eat, we pulled up in front of this cute little place with some autumn colours and old petrol bowser to eat lunch in our cars. I decided I'd take a quick photo.

Fuji G617
105mm
Velvia 50 f/32 0.5sec
0.6 soft Lee Grad filter (angled)
Epson V700

Capture Date: 25/4/14
Autumn FieldAutumn FieldThis photo was taken at The University of New England in Armidale. This particular afternoon, a storm was passing through Armidale. I had planned to head to the lookout to try to get an aerial type shot of Armidale but I put the wrong details into my Sat Nav! I ended up in a dead end street.....so I turned around and used my phone's GPS to direct me to the lookout. When I got there it wasn't ideal photographically as there were some large trees blocking the view. I continued on my way toward some autumn coloured trees in a park below the lookout. They were probably the second best autumn coloured trees I had seen in Armidale. Unfortunately I couldn't frame much up and with the clouds over head there wasn't much light hitting them...no was there any likelihood of light hitting them. So I continued on my adventure and ended up at The University where I saw this filed with autumnal coloured trees around and a white picket fence!

Canon 5D Mark II
17-40 @ 40mm
ISO100 f/16 4sec

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Light through the fogLight through the fogThis shot was taken near Stanthorpe on Queensland's Granite Belt. It was taken during a 6 day autumn adventure in April 2014.

This particular morning didn't really know where to head out as we hadn't had much chance to scout the area. We decided we would head to Storm King Dam (as I had been there previously). Rather than heading the most direct route there, we decided to take Mount Tully road. The rationale was that hopefully we could get some elevation and photograph fog over the lake or in a valley. We drove most of the way along Mount Tully road and all we saw was thick, dense bushland. However, as we continued on our adventure suddenly some farming land appeared...and there was fog! It was awesome. We pulled over, grabbed out gear and started photographing!

Canon 5D Mark II
17-40 @ 40mm
ISO100 f/16 1/125sec
Lee 0.6 soft grad

This trip also allowed the opportunity to have some family portraits taken.  Thanks to Chi for these.

May

Photographically, May was quite a sparse month.  I think the hangover from Harry's first birthday party and the 5 day trip out photographing in April took its toll.  In early May I took my camera along to a friends wedding and got this nice shot of Harry and Cecily and some of the wedding.

Later in May I attended a conference for work on Intensive Care.  I wrote about this trip here.  It gave me an opportunity to take a few Melbourne Cityscapes.  I also met up with Alex Wise and two of his mates who took me seascaping.

Yarra morning strollYarra morning strollI took this photo while visiting Melbourne for a seminar for work. This photograph was taken on the morning of the second day of the conference. Normally I wouldn't photograph sunrise if I had to work etc but I opted to venture out to photograph sunrise as according to the weather predictions this particular morning had the best conditions for photographing what I wanted to. Also, being in Melbourne (and a late sunrise) meant that I could actually get up later than I normally would have for work and still be able to photograph.

Anyway, I took this while walking back to my hotel room. I thought the trees, autumn colours, nice light on the buildings, seat and reflections was worthy of a photo.

Canon 5D Mark II
17-40 @ 17mm
ISO100 f/16 1/4sec
Yarra ShedsYarra ShedsI took this shot while visiting Melbourne for a conference for work. On the Saturday of the conference I decided to head out to photograph sunrise as that particular day had the best forecast for some nice light. I shot a typical Melbourne reflection shot and was waiting for the light to hit the CBD buildings. After waiting a while and being worried I would miss the start of the conference I started to walk back to the hotel. I stopped along the way as there was nice light hitting these rowing sheds. As I had 1 more frame in my camera I set up my tripod quickly, framed up, metered the light and took a shot. Literally 2 seconds after I took this shot the sun went behind a cloud. What fortunate timing!

Fuji G617
105mm
Velvia 50 f/22 0.5sec
Epson V700 scanner
Capture date: 24/5/14 at ~7:45am
Framed MelbourneFramed MelbourneI took this shot while visiting Melbourne for a seminar for work. When the seminar finished I quickly rushed to my hotel, grabbed my camera gear and rushed back to this spot before any colour in the sky elapsed. I was fortunate that there was some cloud movement which adds a bit of dimension to the image.

I must admit that this isn't a composition that I came up with myself - I had seen a vertical pano incorporating this bridge and the city. I couldn't quite frame it up and the conditions weren't ideal so the film camera stayed in my bag this particular evening.

Canon 5D Mark II
17-40 @ 17mm
ISO50 f/22 119sec
Seascape SomewhereSeascape SomewhereWhen I ventured out to this location to do some seascaping....I didn't know where we were going....and I had only met the other three people in the car 15 minutes earlier.

While in Melbourne at a conference I emailed a photographer (Alex Wise) whose work I have followed for a few years. He had planned to meet up with some of his mates to head to London Bridge on the Mornington Peninsula to do some seascaping and stars. Unfortunately the weather wasn't our friend on this occasion. The forecast was good, but as you should expect in Melbourne...it turned bad.

You can check out Alex's work at www.alexwisephotography.net


Canon 5D Mark II
17-40 @ 17mm
ISO100 f/16 3.2sec
Lee 0.6 soft grad
Pink Yarra SunrisePink Yarra SunriseThe old adage goes while photographing 'always look behind you'. This is the perfect example. While photographing a cityscape in Melbourne I turned around to see this awesome pink happening. I decided to cross the road, take a shot in the opposite direction and return to photographing a Melbourne cityscape.

I really like in this image how you can see some trails in the water of some rowers on the right hand side.

Fuji G617
105mm
Velvia 50 f/22 22sec
Lee 0.45 soft grad
Epson V700 scanner

Capture date: 24/5/14 7:13am
Melbourne City DawnMelbourne City DawnThis is a fairly cliche'd shot of Melbourne, but while I was visiting there I wanted this shot in my portfolio. I saw that conditions would be best for reflections on my second morning there so I ventured out then. There were multiple rowers on the river this morning but they didn't upset the reflection too badly.

Fuji G617
105mm
Velvia 50 f/16 240sec
Epson V700

Capture date: 25/5/14 6:55am
Melbourne LanewayMelbourne LanewayOn the final morning of a visit to Melbourne, the sunris was a little promising but faded. Knowing that I had to finish the roll of film I had in the camera before I went through security at the airport, I decided to set up at the end of this laneway and take a shot. I had a few strange looks!

Fuji G617
105mm
Velvia 100F f/32 105sec
Epson V700

June

For my wife's birthday in June we stayed at O'Reilly's accommodation.  We didn't get out to do too much walking or photography due to the weather, the football world cup was on and I had bought my wife a voucher to use at the day spa.  I did set up a few timelapses on the balcony of our room though.  Timelapse is something that I would like to try to do a bit more of in the future.  Since purchasing a second tripod this year I have often setup my digital camera to do a timelapse and used my film camera to shoot film frames.  Having said this I think if I would like to do more timelapse work I need to look at a dedicated timelapse camera system which won't burn through all the shutter actuations on my 5DII. 

I did mange to take a few photos at Elabana Falls while at O'Reilly's.  Next time I go there I will have to venture to the bottom of these falls as they look beautiful!

Elabana Falls SnippetElabana Falls SnippetThis isn't the typical photo of Elabana Falls most people see....the truth is I didn't even see the area which you commonly see on photographs when I visited here in June this year.

This was my second visit to Elabana Falls....my first visit in 2012 was unsuccessful. In 2012 we ventured to Lamington National Park to go for a walk to these falls and after walking half way we thought it best to turn back as we didn't want to be driving home in the dark. This time, we were staying at accommodation close by so we trekked the 3.7km it is to the falls. I had my 11kg son in a carrier on my back and my wife carried my camera gear. Fortunately for her I chose only to take 1 camera, 1 lens and my tripod. Anyway, we got to this particular section of the falls and I thought it would be good to take a few photos...so I did. We then realised how long it had actually taken us to get as far as we did and that if we wanted to get back to our accommodation during daylight hours we should leave. So without seeing the most photographed section of these falls we ventured home. We actually made really good time walking out of this particular location. It is certainly somewhere I would like to visit again...but for now this is it!

Canon 5D Mark II
17-40 @ 17mm
ISO100 f/16 15sec
Hoya HD circular polariser

July

At the start of July, the Teneriffe Festival was on.  I took my 5DII and my 50mm lens.  It was at this festival I realised that I really did need to get a more compact camera rather than lugging around my DSLR!  It was such a hassle to carry....and I didn't get too many shots for this reason.

A week later I ventured out to a very cold Ripley to shoot a sunrise with Kane.  We were hoping for a foggy morning....but there wasn't too much fog around.  We still had a good time capturing the moonset and some nice light on the frosty ground.

Stolen FrameStolen FrameI ventured out with Kane to Ripley one very cold morning in July this year. (I can't believe I have only just had this film developed almost 5 months later!) This particular morning we were hoping for some fog...but there wasn't much. We did have the opportunity to capture this awesome light and some frosty ground.

I have titled this 'Stolen Frame' as really this composition was Kane's idea. He had scoured the scene and was potentially going to shoot this shot. As the sun was about to peak over the horizon, Kane was still wandering around from one side of the scene to the other looking for the best composition (as is usually the case). With not too much else inspiring me, I decided I would shoot this comp. I setup my camera and told Kane I would shoot this comp and he could shoot something else. I still feel bad about it because to be honest, this frame probably would have suited the 90mm lens on his Fotoman 617 rather than the 105mm on my Fuji....but this is how it has been captured.

Fuji G617
Velvia 50 f/32 2sec

Capture time: 13/7/14 6:57am

The company my wife works for had a Family Day in July too.  I took my (bulky) 5DII along and captured these awesome whispy clouds in the sky!

In July I did some mounting of some prints to foam core.  You can read more about that and some custom frames I made this year here.

August / September

Well August and September were huge months photographically...mostly because I was on leave from work for 5 weeks.  (I am still editing the photos!)  I also purchased a smaller point and shoot camera (Fuji X100S) which I am really impressed with so far.  I wrote about it and whether I had GAS here.

Early in August I ventured out with Kane and Stef Dunn down to Cabarita Beach to shoot the 'super moon' rise.  This was a thoroughly enjoyable trip.  Kane organised it and we rode down the coast in Stef's stylish RangeRover.  What made this photography trip a bit different was that Kane, Stef and I all shoot film.  We talked photography, film, developing, and Reciprocity Timer (an App Stef has written for film photographers to calculate exposure, reciprocity etc).  Anyway, it was a great afternoon and we weren't disappointed by the conditions.  There was some nice light and the moon rose in the perfect place for the location. 

Cabarita Super MoonriseCabarita Super MoonriseI headed down to Cabarita Beach in August this year with Stef and Kane to shoot the 'super moon' rise. We went the day before full moon to ensure there was still some colour in the sky at moonrise. I had a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon talking photography with Stef and Kane in the car on the way down and back. It was nice just to stand around and wait for the moon to rise as the light faded.

Fuji G617
Velvia 50 f/22 1sec
Epson V700 Scanner

Capture time: 10/8/14 5:09pm
The FishermanThe FishermanCaptured at Cabarita Beach on 10th August 2014 at 4:47pm.

Fuji G617
Velvia 50 f32 1/2sec

My next photography outing in August was on my first day of 5 weeks of leave.  I went down to The 'Ekka to photograph side show alley.  I had been wanting to do it for ages!  I was happy with my shots.

Ekka on VelviaEkka on VelviaOn the 'Ekka public holiday (in August) I headed down to Bowen Bridge Road to take some photos. I have wanted to photograph this spot for a while and I've always seen a lot of photographers at this location during the 'Ekka. There weren't as many people there as I thought there might on this particular evening.

I decided to take my film and digital gear (actually I took 3 cameras!). I thought it would be tough to get a decent film shot here and I had no idea whether any shots would turn out. As it turns out they did!

Fuji G617
Velvia 100F f/32 10sec
Lee 0.45 soft grad
Epson V700 scanner

Capture time: 13/8/14 5:32pm
Ten minutes of fun!Ten minutes of fun!I headed down to Bowen Bridge Road above the Ekka on Wednesday afternoon and took a few long exposure shots. I took down 3 cameras and shot with all of them. It was a fun afternoon.

There was some cloud moving over which I wanted to capture so I put on the lee Big Stopper and took this 10 minute exposure.

5D Mark II
17-40 @ 35mm
ISO400 f/16 602sec
Lee Big Stopper

After spending a week doing jobs around the hosue for the first week of our holidays we headed on our 3 week road trip through New South Wales.  We stayed at Byron Bay, Coffs Harbour, Avoca Beach, Kiama, and Sydney.  While we were in Sydney I met up with Jack Chauvel and we headed to Cape Banks.  I kept a diary each day of our trip and you can see them on my blog.  We had pretty terrible weather during our trip but it was still fun.  Here are some photos.

Cape BanksCape BanksDuring a roadtrip to Sydney I met up with Jack Chauvel who I have known through the OCAU photography forums for a while. He is a wedding photographer in Sydney and also does landscapes. Make sure you check out his work --> www.jackchauvel.com

Jack took me to Cape Banks for some seascaping. It was wild! The seas were rough, the spray was like a shower, the wind was literally blowing us over and to make it worse it showered upon arrival there. I would say these are probably the toughest shooting conditions I have shot it. Anyway, we were fortunate that afternoon that just before sunset the sun popped out from behind a cloud and lit this (what looked like) sandstone cliff up with this awesome light. Unfortunately I underexposed my film a bit (or maybe a lot) but I'm still happy with the outcome.

Fuji G617 105mm
Velvia 50 f/22 1sec
0.45 soft grad
Epson V700
Capture date: 3/9/14 5:30pm-ish
Twilight on Sydney HarbourTwilight on Sydney HarbourI took this shot while in Sydney last month. Our trip there coincided with a mate (Chi) visiting Sydney for a wedding. He had booked some accommodation overlooking the Sydney Harbour and invited me over for a photography shoot. My wife and his wife chatted, while my son and his daughter played. It was an enjoyable afternoon. Make sure you check out his work - www.ckphotographics.com

We were fortunate that this particular day was the only day out of a 16 day road trip that it didn't rain and there was barely a cloud in the sky all day!

Fuji G617 105mm
f16 40sec & f45 150sec
Provia 400X
Epson V700

Capture date: 31/8/14 6pm
Forster Main BeachForster Main BeachIt was pretty cloudy when we visited Forster, but on this particular afternoon the sun popped out for 12 minutes and lit up Forster Main Beach. I know it was 12 minutes because I noted the time when I took my first shot just after the sun came out and my last shot 4 minutes before it went behind a cloud!

Fuji G617
105mm
Provia 100F f32 1/4sec
Epson V700

Capture time: 25/8/14 4:40pm
Sunset at Long JettySunset at Long JettyWell there's not much to about this shot. I drove to this location, setup a time-lapse on my 5DII, found a spot to stand with my film camera and tripod and waited for the sun to set.

Fuji G617 105mm
Velvia 50 f32 1/2sec
0.6 soft grad
Epson V700 scanner

Capture time: 28/8/14 5:23pm
Observatory Hill SunsetObservatory Hill SunsetWhile visiting Sydney, I wanted to head to Observatory Hill as I had this kind of shot in mind with some nice light in. When I left the hotel to head to this location, it started raining...and I didn't have an umbrella. I just got wet. Also, I forgot my large jacket so I got cold too! Anyway, as I got toward this location I knew the light would pop out from behind the cloud soon so I probably ran the last 500m to make sure I got there in time. As it turns out it was probably another 10 minutes or so until this light came out. I was a bit worried I had metered the scene wrong as my light meter was giving me similar readings when the sun was out as to when it wasn't. Anyway, I went with my gut feeling and got it spot on!

Fuji G617
105mm
Velvia50 f/32 4sec
Epson V700 scanner

Capture time: 4/9/14 5:16pm
The colours of the Sydney KingsThe colours of the Sydney KingsI'm not a basketball fan, but the colours in this particular image has lead me to title this image after one of Sydneys national basketball teams. Being a soccer (football) fan, my initial thoughts were that the purple and yellow colours in this image were similar to those of Perth Glory...but that doesn't fit a Sydney scene. I then realised it was the colours of the Sydney Kings!

I had an enjoyable afternoon photographing down at Mrs MacQuaries Chair. I was hoping the high clouds would light up pink and orange at sunset but unfortunately they didn't. This particular afternoon there were probably more than half a dozen other photographers. One struck up a conversation with me and we found out that we frequent some of the same photography groups. It was Michael from www.kaozmediaphotography.net

Fuji G617
Velvia 50 f/32 1sec

Capture date: 1/9/14 5:10pm
Light on the wavesLight on the wavesI really enjoyed photographing this sunrise and since I took this shot I was waiting in anticipation for what I captured on the film. When I saw this scene with my eye I just loved the light on the rocks on the right hand side and the light hitting the waves. I am happy with how this turned out!

Fuji G617
Velvia 50 f/32 1sec
Lee 0.9 soft grad
Epson V700

Capture date: 31/8/14 ~6:30am
Skillion SeascapeSkillion SeascapeI thoroughly enjoyed the morning I took this photo. I headed to The Skillion at Terrigal for sunrise while visiting there in August/September this year. Thankfully I had taken my gumboots with me and I just stood there while water flowed over them watching the waves coming in crashing against the rocky coast. I watched the sun come up giving rise to some awesome rays. What beauty!

Canon 5D Mark II
17-40 @ 34mm
ISO100 f/16 1/6sec
Lee filter (?0.9 hard )
Somersby FallsSomersby FallsWe headed to Somersby Falls on a fairly overcast day after a lot of rain in the area. Unfortunately most of our time there the sun popped out from behind a cloud and the flow on the main falls was too fast to photograph. Fortunately on our walk back up to the car park we came across this little fall. I don't often turn images into black and white but this one I did.

Canon 5D Mark II
17-40 @ 17mm
ISO50 f/22 4sec

I also did a few timelapses while we were away in NSW and put them together in this small video.

When we got back from out road trip I met up with Nathan White who was visiting Brisbane.  I was introduced to his photography through my brother-in-law (whose wife went to school with him).  Anyway, we met up on a showery Brisbane morning (so much so that we had to photograph from under a shelter!).  However, what that meant was that we were fortunate enough to photograph a rainbow!  The clouds cleared a little later in the morning and we were able to shoot from elsewhere other than the shelter.

Brisbane RainbowBrisbane RainbowWell...you don't get a rainbow without rain. This was true this particular morning. I met up with Nathan White at Kangaroo Point cliffs for sunrise. The sky was grey, overcast and as we started to photograph it rained. Hence, we photographed from under a shelter! Anyway, we were rewarded with this rainbow that appeared when the sun broke through the clouds.

Canon 5D Mark II
17-40 @ 29mm
ISO 100 f/11 30sec
Lee Big Stopper
Lee 0.6 soft grad
Simply BrisbaneSimply BrisbaneI've recently returned from a trip to NSW with my family where I got to do a fair bit of photography. When I got back to Brisbane I met up with Nathan White (from NathanWhiteImages.com) as he was in town. We went to Kangaroo Point for sunrise. It was nice to just shoot somewhere I knew...simply Brisbane.

Canon 5D Mark II
17-40 @ 17mm
ISO 50 f/22 721sec
Lee Big Stopper

With a few days left still on holidays in September (and the fact we cut our road trip short due to bad weather) we headed up to Noosa for a few nights.  I took a few film frames but not that many.  I still have some shots from this roll of film to scan!

Noosa's Last LightNoosa's Last LightI took this shot while visiting Noosa in September this year. The light hitting the headland and the tops of the waves this particular evening was fantastic.

Fuji G617
Velvia50
Epson V700 scanner

In late September I met up with Chi to photograph Riverfire.  We had planned earlier in the year to venture out this year.  We looked at a few options for hotel views but in the end decided to go to a less popular place at about 3pm and wait for the fireworks.  This particular afternoon we were greeted to a fantastic sunset!  I wasn't planning on photographing the sunset but I couldn't not!  It was probably the best sunset I have ever photographed!

River on FireRiver on FireI took this photo while waiting to capture the annual RiverFire fireworks display which is part of Brisbane Festival. When I ventured out to photograph my interntion was to photograph a 'blue hour' frame which I could then use to blend with some fireworks shots. This particular afternoon though we were treated to the best sunset I think I have ever seen let alone photograph! I even captured it on film! Woohoo!

Fuji G617
Velvia 50
Epson V700 scanner

Capture date: 27/9/14

It would appear I was so excited I forgot to record my aperture and shutter speed settings!

Of course, we took some shots of the fireworks.

Riverfire 2014Riverfire 2014This is an image from Riverfire 2014. My mate (Chi) and I set out to find a location which was not as crowded as most of the Riverfire vantage points are. We settled on William Jolly Bridge. We arrived here at about 3:30pm and scouted for the best vantage point. We set up our gear...and then waited. We were fortunate enough to witness a fantastic sunset as well.

This is a composite image comprising a photo shot at 'blue hour' and then two separate fireworks images. Check out my blog for a tutorial on exposure blending (http://www.martincanning.com/blog/2013/9/exposure-blend---santos-glng-city-of-lights)

Canon 5D Mark II
17-40 @ 23mm
ISO 100 f/16 30sec
ISO 100 f/8 7sec
ISO 100 f/8 6sec

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Double Exposure: R I V E R F I R EDouble Exposure: R I V E R F I R EThis was my first double exposure I have ever taken on my film camera. What it involves it taking one exposure (in this case for the colour in the sky) and then taking another exposure (in this case for the lights and fireworks) without winding the film on. For this image 20 or 30 minutes elapsed between exposures. The reason I did it for this particular frame is that when the fireworks were due to start, the sky would have had no colour.

This can be performed digitally using Photoshop and I have done this previously (and also wrote a blog about it --> http://www.martincanning.com/blog/2013/9/exposure-blend---santos-glng-city-of-lights) but I feel that doing it on a piece of slide film with no photoshop is much more rewarding!

1st exposure - For sky colour
Fuji G617
Provia100F f/8 20sec

2nd exposure - For fireworks
Fuji G617
Provia100F f/8 ~6sec

In September I also took some photos of my car as I was planning to sell it.

October

October was a spectacularly busy month for Cecily and I.  I think out of the 31 days in that month....there were only 4 days where neither of us were working.  That might not sound uncommon for some families but for us it was....particularly when Cecily was only meant to be working 3 days a week!  Hence, photography didn't get much of a chance.  Having said that, Kane and I did venture up to Maleny for a sunset shoot on the Sunday of the long weekend.

 

Glasshouse Mountains on FireGlasshouse Mountains on FireOn the October long weekend I headed up to Maleny with Kane. We went and saw Ben Messina at his gallery on the main street and then ventured around to find a place to shoot sunset. We found this iconic 'Maleny tree' and requested permission to photograph on the owners land. We then waited around for sunset (while watching a few bridal parties have thier photos) and took a few frames.

Fuji G617
Velvia 50 f/32 1sec
Epson V700 Scanner

Capture time: 5/10/14 5:30pm

We also did manage to make it to a Brisbane Roar game.

My son Harry with his cousin James.

November

November was a little quieter (work wise) than October (thankfully!).  We went for a walk around New Farm and ended up having dinner at Wilson's Outlook while the sun was setting. 

 

This is my first landscape shot from my Fuji X100S that has made my landscapes website.

On the G20 long weekend in Brisbane we headed up to Lake Borumba with Mum and John to camp for one night.  I was hoping to do some night sky photography but the location wasn't ideal.  There were a lot of people there and I was just too tired.  I think Harry enjoyed camping.

In late November I met up with Kane and his son (Levi) to photograph the Brisbane sign.  I managed to get a film frame with no one else in!  I also took a timelapse.

We set the Christmas tree up in late Novermber.  I did a timelaspe of that too!

December

So far December has been very quiet photographically.  I have not ventured out to do landscape photography at all.  I have been quite busy with end of year functions as well as some work commitments I wanted to complete before the end of the year.    I may get out before the New Year, but to be honest I'm pretty tired so that time might be best spent resting. 

One of my work colleagues let me borrow her 85mm f1.2 lens.  This was all because I offered to do a talk for her at work.  The next day she surprised me with her lens and let me borrow it for just over a week!  This gave me the opportunity to head out to The Powerhouse and take some portraits of Harry!

We also had my work Christmas party, so I took the Fuji X100S along to see how it fared.  I was pleasantly surprised.  I will no longer be lugging the 5DII around to functions like this!

Conclusion

Well I trust as you read this retrospective you have gained an appreciation of the enjoyment I get from photography but also the beauty that is out there.  I don't tend to set photograph goals, but last year I did state I hadn't captured too many rainbows....well this year that has made up for it! Brisbane RainbowBrisbane RainbowWell...you don't get a rainbow without rain. This was true this particular morning. I met up with Nathan White at Kangaroo Point cliffs for sunrise. The sky was grey, overcast and as we started to photograph it rained. Hence, we photographed from under a shelter! Anyway, we were rewarded with this rainbow that appeared when the sun broke through the clouds.

Canon 5D Mark II
17-40 @ 29mm
ISO 100 f/11 30sec
Lee Big Stopper
Lee 0.6 soft grad

Last year I also stated I wanted to do a bit more fireworks photography.  I think I can half tick that off my list as I did photograph Riverfire this year.  However, I don't think I will get out for New Years fireworks this year.  I did state last year I'd like to do some custom frames....and I did!  You can read about them here

So then, what are my plans for 2015?  I invisage that there won't be as many opportunities to photograph outside of Brisbane as there were this last year.  By this time last year I  had booked my calendar up until September for photography outings.  I think at the moment I probably can't look past early May!  Nonetheless, I think I'd like to continue with my film photography and try to capture some more solid work on film.  I have purchased some black and white film and would like to do a little black and white film project.  I wouldn't mind developing some black and white film myself but Im not sure I'll be able to do that in 2015.  I haven't captured much lightning or storm photography so I'd like to try to do some of that in 2015 if I can.  Other than that I think my main goal will be to get out photographing as often as I can, ensuring that I enjoy the beauty of creation I am so furtunate to be able to capture with my lens. 

That leads me to close to the end of my retrospective for 2014.  But before I finish I thought I'd share my favourite image of the year with you.  In past years it has been fairly difficult to choose, but this year it really is quite easy.  The reason being is that every single time I look at this particular image I want to print it and put it on my wall.  I think for me it is not only the way the image looks, but also the way I was feeling when I captured the image and whether I captured exactly what I wanted to when I saw a particular scene.  And this particular morning I did.  I had 1 more frame left in my camera, the sun had just risen, there was awesome light on the rocks to my right and the light was just sparkling off the tops of the waves.  It was also the first sunrise of our Sydney Road Trip where there was decent light.  Anyway, my favourite image for 2014 is:

Light on the wavesLight on the wavesI really enjoyed photographing this sunrise and since I took this shot I was waiting in anticipation for what I captured on the film. When I saw this scene with my eye I just loved the light on the rocks on the right hand side and the light hitting the waves. I am happy with how this turned out!

Fuji G617
Velvia 50 f/32 1sec
Lee 0.9 soft grad
Epson V700

Capture date: 31/8/14 ~6:30am

Thanks to everyone for your 'likes', comments, and encouragement on my photography this year and I hope you have a Happy New Year and a great 2015!

 

 


Comments

2.Nathan White(non-registered)
Awesome post mate! You have captured some real beauties this year. Love the time lapses as well...Very cool!
1.Kane Gledhill(non-registered)
Great read, excellent review and retrospective Matrin. You had a great year. May 2015 bring more fun and adventures for us all.
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