Gordons Bay Sunset at 10 Stops

Just a quick blog post to let you know I am indeed alive and well. A lot has been going on this month.. with my commitment and progress in assisting Daniel K Cheung taking another step forwards I am finding a lot of my spare time is spent editing photos! Never fear.. it means that there is lots to blog.. just in abundance and hopefully with not much missed.

So if you have been living under a rock this past month or so you would not know that around the 19th of March we had the moon closest to earth since 1993 (on rise/set). With my housemate and Rose in tow we headed down to a new spot (well its all new local spots to me) to try and catch the moonrise on the horizon. Unfortunately.. like it had done before (on the day) and since the weather didnt play ball. I did however get a chance to get out my 10 stopper for a quick shoot. 3 shots.. all around the 3 – 5minute mark and thats all she wrote (it bucketed down for 12hours straight not long after this0. This location is Gordons bay and is just north of Coogee Beach. I like the way the sides are framed and the boats are a great reference point.. ill be keeping an eye out on the sun trajectory as I believe this has some sunrise potential in the very near future.

?A few things to note.. film film and more film will be posted up as well as some wedding work and some of my own projects. I am forseeing a big April in terms of postings so get your RSS feeds ready.

Till next time..

Ivo Rowe Pool Sunrise

A couple of weeks ago I decided to get down to a spot I have been meaning to check out before work. The beauty of living so close to the beach is my new ability to make it out for sunrises… just need the extra motivation. This morning I decided to head out besides the cloud sitting on the horizon. The main reason for my expedition was knowing a big swell was rolling through, and this place would mostly be safe/accessible and hopefully rather exciting. What a morning it was.. with my first 10+ minute extreme long exposure and my first mixing of digital and film sunrise photography.

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The Whale (Beach) Resurfacing

Just a quick shot of the day… after having a nice catchup with Dan today I decided to revisit a memorable sunrise.. infact I would say it is in my top 3. I found this image I had not yet shared.. so gave it a quick reprocess and here it is. It was a memorable morning and a great time spent with friends.

Shot with;
Nikon D90
Sigma 10-20mm
Cokin Z121S Neutral Density Graduated Filter
Hope you enjoy.
Till next time..

Turimetta Star Trails

So towards the start of February I noticed that mid week it was going to be a new moon and that the clouds (and somewhat the stars) will align into a great opportunity to try some Star Trails.. in Sydney! Not so shocking to you no doubt, but infact due to the light pollution in every big city they are practically impossible to capture without a lot of unnecessary and distracting camera noise (from the light/clouds/air particles).

I noticed on a previous trip to Turimetta Beach just north of Narrabeen in Sydney that at night there is very little light spill from the surrounding area. Added to this that it isnt the most densely populated part of Sydney I thought it was worth a shot.

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An All Night Photography Journey..


2 cars, 4 guys, 1 girl.. one Zakari, a few KM and a large pack of lolli mix later we have an epic night thankfully spared of microsleeps. Australia Day this year was on a Wednesday.. that means a mid week public holiday (not that crash.. really i mean honestly why cant they just give us two days off!). But this was an opportunity that Daniel decided to make a special occasion of a mid week break with a photo trip south of Sydney.

First stop Kiama followed by a sunrise at Coalcliff beach (right near the new sea cliff bridge).
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Sunrise at Whale Beach..

Well another sunrise (surprise surprise) but somewhere altogether new. A common trend across my sunrises might be the revisit to past locations. Why? Well I find its generally a comfort factor, but also wanting to capture a favourite place in a different light (pun intended).

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Another Sunrise.. Another Long Exposure

So once again a big thank you to Daniel K Cheung for getting me up and out of bed at an ungodly hour to drive half asleep towards the ocean. Back to an old favourite today.. the Mahon Pool at Maroubra. This would have to be one of my most favourite places in Sydney I think for shoots. It has so much character and is always defined by the ocean and the weather. Big swells/tides/rain and this place transforms into a powerful location. This morning was only second to a visit in August which saw us almost get taken out! I tried some longer exposures but wasnt able to be in one spot long enough before having to make for higher ground. I always kept an eye on the ocean so never fear.
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Sydney at 10 Stops

Sydney at 10 stops is a new Photo Project I am thinking of conducting in 2011. I have touched on this in the past, with the purchase of initially a Hitech 10 stop slide in filter, followed up by the purchase of a B+W 110 (10 stop) screw in filter. The idea of a 10 stop filter is to be able to expose in all conditions for a very long period of time.

The effect it has means that if used correctly you can make ongoing motions smooth out, or large crowds disappear. This creates a whole new illusion or perspective if you will on a location you may have seen many times before. I am always trying to do something different, something a little my way. The difficulty is, how do you gain a unique view on a city that has already been seen?
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Chilly Sunrise at Little Bay

Well it has been some time since I have updated a sunrise.. because it has been sometime since ive attended! Not intentionally, my weekends have been filled with shooting.. off different kinds! IT was rather refreshing getting out again.. not so much the going to bed @ 2am and waking up at 3:55am.. but .. alas the things we do for getting that ‘shot’.

So back to Little Bay.. last time we attended we headed to the South Side of the bay which doesnt work at this time of the year (due to the rise path of the sun).. however scouting the north side of the bay there are many rocks which would make for a killer foreground.. unfortunately on this fateful day it was high tide.. and perhaps not the best time to visit.. never fear.. this is for another time, another tide.

Little Bay is tucked away, not many people know about it and infact unless you were told or shown I doubt anybody would head there. Must head back later in the summer for a swim.. and perhaps a fish. IN the past few weeks I received by B+W 110 ten stop filter. Much like my previous ten stop filter this one is a screw on, 77mm thread size. The B+W gets great reviews for little to no colour cast and this was a big point for me. The Hitech 10 stop, whilst being great on my D90 (yet horrible on my D40) really just didnt sell me with the way the IR isnt filtered correctly and the colour cast/effect it has on white balance in general.

So my goal was to head out for some milky water shots, really getting the most out of the 10 stopper as a test.. to see how it holds up.. and well from the example below.. you can see it performs well

F8 @ 604 seconds

F8 @ 604 seconds

Yes.. it really was 10 minute exposure.. I was able to finish a can of Red Bull.. and time flies doing these long exposures.. having taken only 3 shots in the previous 30mins it was suddenly 6am and we decided to go on the hunt for some coffee. Unfortunately for us the colour was there from first light, but it diminished very quickly as sunrise approached (cloud got too thick).. typical tho because Sunday turned out to have a classic and beautiful sunrise.. and we missed it!

My predictions are however that I am going to end up with a few sleepless nights this summer… and I am hoping I can get stuck into some gorgeous sunrises in the very near future.

f16 @ 30 seconds

f16 @ 30 seconds

Till next time..

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St. Street. Stereeet Photography

Sydney Street

Well another week.. another new attempt at some photography. Street photography to be exact, with a bunch of friends and some new friendly faces. Dan had in his infinite wisdom decided to organise an OCAU mini-meet for street (how poetic) in Martin Place on Tuesday evening. With the idea of catching the peak hour in a rush of rain coats and umbrellas. This type of weather always brings out some odd behaviour from pedestrians, and some great reflections and unique looks.

So we all met up, I think 9 of us in all and I was stoked because I was finally able to meet a photographer who has been hiding in the shadows for some time now.. his name is George or ‘Two40′ and you can see his current ramblings here.

We headed from Martin Place to Customs House to Customs House Bar to Menya Ramen in Haymarket.. it was a lot of walking and I was tired by the end but happy overall. I think next time I would love to get out with a small amount of people. Stormy Stormtrooper even got a few shots in (at the Customs House Bar..) you can see that on my last blog post :)

To the shots!

Sydney Street

Sydney Street

Sydney Street

Sydney Street

All in all.. lots of rubbish but a few good captures! Really need to work on my hip shooting, and knowing exactly how im framing whilst not looking… I think this will take some practice! I also got half a roll through the Nikon EM.. using the 50mm 1.8/180mm 2.8 and some Fujicolour 100.

When I finally get them processed, Ill scan them up and put them up.

Till next time..

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