Well I must admit I haven't really been into blogging so here goes.
I have been doing photography for quite a few years now but have only really took it seriously in the last couple of years. It has taken a while to consolidate 1000's of images into what I think are worthy of being saleable. I still think I have got lots to learn in the art of photography, and I look forward to improving my skills and eventually might be able to make photography something I can do on a full time basis. At the moment I cannot think of anything that would be more rewarding than to travel around this beautiful country with camera in hand photographing its beauty, and to be able to share these experiences. At the moment I can't nail down my favourite type of photography as I enjoy everything that I do behind the camera. I suppose I'll need to choose a style at some stage as my niche, as goes with the old saying "Jack of all trades, master of none".
Just recently I wanted to give night photography a go. The aim was to catch some star trails, but I needed to be a reasonable distance away from the city to get really dark skies without the city lights. I travelled out to the Scenic Rim near the small town of Aratula, about 2 hours from my home north of Brisbane. I left just after lunchtime to give me ample time to recce a couple of spots. Once I found the spot I wanted for the night, I set out taking some landscape photos of the farming country nearby. I made sure I was back for sunset, and found the clouds had gone so I wasn't able to get the type of sunset shots with heaps of colours in the clouds I was hoping for. Nevertheless, lack of clouds was perfect for getting photos of the night sky. So after the sun went down, I was simply amazed at how many stars the eyes could see. It was just beautiful. So I set my camera on the tripod with the remote trigger, set up in various positions using different settings ranging from ISO 100-3200 and shutter speeds ranging from 30 secs - 2 hours and got some amazing shots over a 12 hour period. I was parked probably 5 metres off the Cunningham Highway and was surprised at how busy it was with trucks and cars throughout the whole night. I was able to get some great light trails from their headlights and tail lights. I set up a mattress and sleeping bag in the back of my 4wd and was able to get around 4 hours sleep through the night. I got up at 4:45am to catch first light and the sunrise, made some breakfast and headed back home via Boonah, Beaudesert, Cedar Creek Falls and was able to get some more photos. I have included a few photos here but you can see all of them in the Night Photography, Landscapes and Waterfalls Galleries.
I have also been getting into some timelapse photography using a GoPro Black Edition which I also use for filming when I go motorcycling and 4wding. I did a timelapse of both the sunrise and sunset and here they are.
I am happy to answer any questions you may have.
Thanks for reading,