Week 17 – The Cloud Monster

This was a fairly wild morning at a place that is supposed to be a quiet at a lower tide.. but boy does it cop some full on big sets which surprise you! I am always on my guard at this spot, and I still have a lot of exploring to do here. It is the Ivo Rowe pool at South Coogee which is close to my new place. On this morning it looked like it might rain.. but it kind of held off.. so I decided to head out and brave the crisp May morning. There was a bit of cloud on the horizon and it was moving quick, and I figured it was the perfect 10 stop weather.I like the shot it creates a mood which suits the shapes the clouds make well. There is some colour cast (the purple) which I played too a bit when editing the shot. This is getting closer to the type of photography I saw when I first got the 10 stopper.. with long exposures picking up lots of colours and streaky clouds.. I think I am going to have to give sunset 10 stop trips a gamble.

I also shot a bunch of film on this same day just around the pool which was a bit of fun.

Out of all the places each time I have gone to the Ivo Rowe pool I have been the only person there, apart from a woman who comes down with her dog like clockwork every morning for him to have a run/swim. There are some other potential rock formations nearby which I want to explore a bit more, perhaps on a low tide.

Looking forward to more sharing soon.

Till next time..

Week 16 – The Ten Stop Fence

And we are back! It is been a busy couple of weeks but finally the moons are aligning… the internet is back on.. I have had a chance to shoot a bucketload of film and finally have the scans coming back in which is always an exciting time for me. So I figured ill kick start the activities with a look at Week 16 of the 10 stop project. I would estimate I am around 7 weeks behind on a week by week count by now.. but that doesnt really phase me.. as the ongoing project will have periods of high activity and low.. I just want to keep some diversity.

This shot is from the same morning of Week 15.. at the Mahon Pool in Maroubra. It was quite a wild morning with the surf.. I have always tried to frame this fence in a way that I really enjoyed for the pool. I love lines.. in my photography lines that lead your eye through the image are a heavy feature I always try to follow. Naturally  I saw the opportunity to have some rigid lines which are man made and how they flow against and with the rock lines which are naturally made.

Black and white had more of an impact here, I hope to get some long exposures one day of this spot with some fast moving clouds and a splash of colour.

I have a few long posts to get together about specific films.. and I must begin working on my guide to c41 processing which I should begin soon as I just placed the last order I need for chemicals. I may or may not have picked up some new camera gear too which is rather exciting!

Till next time..

Week 15 – Ten Stop Cathedral Rocks

Back in late April I headed down to the Mahon Pool for a rather dark and gloomy sunrise. There was promise but the cloud cover was really just too thick. Quite a large swell.. it was intimidating and not very forgiving and left me with a lot to clean up afterwards! I have a similar shot which has gone in as Week 26.

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Week 14 – Ten Stop Castle Blocks

This place is somewhat special for me.. and I will revisit this in mid August but it is now my local beach! You would probably notice that I am indeed a sunrise man. So wait.. what? This is a sunset? Yep… this day I headed off from work at 4 after starting early at 8.. and caught the glimpse of some colour that I thought would make for a wonderful sunset. Now I am not normally one to rush down and pickup the camera on a whim but I raced into my house and down to the beach and setup.

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Week 13 – Ten Stop Starting Blocks

This little shot I grabbed not long after the shot I used in Week 8. Upon re-reviewing some older shots I liked it so much I wanted to share it as part of the project. It is on the other side of the ocean pool at North Narrabeen facing South East. The water was actually splashing up and over the side but I loved the light difference between the smoothed water in the pool and the water of the ocean just on the other side of the wall. I wish there were some clouds to complete this photo.

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Week 12 – La Perouse at 10 Stops

On a very gloomy morning Daniel convinced me to head out for a sunrise.. well it wasnt much of a sunrise.. it was really wet.. it was really cold with a fierce wind and we went to a place that normally has the sunrise blocked by the northern headland.. needless the say it become the perfect opportunity to get a long exposure! Now this was a bit of trial and error for me.. I was horrified when a 6 minute exposure came out mainly black.. that isnt the usual there really was hardly any light this morning. So I reframed my shot and set the exposure off and went to town….

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Week 11 – Neilsen Park Sunset at 10 Stops

I find it hard to believe that this was my first visit to Neilsen Park… and what a location it is. I have attempted to go there a couple of times.. unfortunately they were all in summer when finding a park anywhere near or around Vaucluse is enough to kick in some hidden road rage tucked away in your personality. I get to thank my housemate Zee for taking me along here.. and we headed out this afternoon in the hope of catching a good spot for sunset overlooking the city. Unfortunate for Zee he did the old ‘leave my memory card plugged into the computer’ trick and wasnt able to shoot at all. None the less.. Neilsen Park has a beach… and a rocky foreshore.. and a tree lined path and lots of nice grass and well.. basically for someone who likes to take photos of people.. and Sydney.. I dont think you can go wrong.

As you can see from this shot it is perhaps a little too far from the city for shooting this wide as it doesnt have much of a presence or impact. I can see however the potential for some future sunsets at a longer focal length with the sun setting directly behind the city. Time to get out the prediction tools and plan a sunset again. Looking forward to head back.. maybe in spring when I can find a park and brave the water for a swim.

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Week 10 – Gordons Bay Sunset at 10 Stops

This spot is around a 10min walk from my new place. It is good and it was a spurr of the moment shoot. I think I can do better though the framing and the natural vignetting due to not exposing long enough can be improved. I have somewhat neglected the local area this last couple of months.. not for lack of wanting to visit but making the most of the later sunrise times by visiting places much further away from home. Cant wait for my first full Summer in Coogee however.. it is going to be magical. Gordon’s Bay actually used to have boat hire and there is a little shed out on the left.. but these boats dont look like they are used very much anymore. I will have to head back and maybe get closer to that rock structure on the right of frame there.

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Week 9 – Ivo Rowe at Ten

This shot at the Ivo Rowe Pool in South Coogee in Sydney is actually very close to the main reason behind purchasing a 10 stop filter. I love the smooth water effect and the silky sky with clouds.. a good friend and inspirational photographer Alex Wise has captured some marvelous moments with his. The basic crux behind using a 10 stop filter is that it is so black that you must expose for a significant amount of time to allow light to hit the camera sensor. Hence you generally have to expose so long that you create the misty water/streaky sky effect you can see above. I have found a lot of great examples of this over time and as this project continues I hope to bring many more to the screen. My downfall is actually that I love colour (and I find these suit B&W) and that if the weather isnt great I generally wont head out.. but it is usually the best time to go and capture shots like these.

Hope you like it..

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Week 8 – North Narrabeen at Ten

This shot eventuated from a morning that had a rather bland sky.. and some colour cast caused by the B+W filter. I dont mind it though, the highlight isnt too in your face to distract you from the entry points of the railing.. I just love the shadows of the poles as they enter the water and are reflected. I remember it was quite a high tide this morning and it really assisted in the effect. At 301 seconds I hadnt ventured into too many very long exposures until this point.. 5minutes now seems almost the minimum I will go. This project is a lot of fun, but has taken a back seat over the last few weeks. As it’s not defined by strict length of time I am aiming for 52 shots per year and perhaps taking shots over a couple of years to fill out the project.

I am in the process of writing more blog posts and scheduling them for the next week or two. I seem to apologise often for the gaps between blog posts.. I am putting it down to my enjoyment of blogging a whole morning in one go, but I am moving to editing shots on a single basis and quite slowly. I think ill now just blog my new shots as I process them and perhaps discuss a little more about the process involved.

Till next time..
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