Tuesdays on the beach

As luck would have it, I have to run big’un around on a Tuesday, so it means I get almost an hour of photography in before I have to collect her again.

At the moment, that hour happens to be the golden hour just before sunset, which is awesome for photos.

Last week, I took the old jetty shots and was pretty happy, so I gave that location a miss this time and went further on up the beach in search of some boats and things to get up close and personal to with the wide angle lens.

Mangles Bay in Rockingham is where all the boats anchor and it’s really cool, underused and very quiet.  The yacht club could do with some updating, but apart from that, its lovely.

However, this whole place is under threat from a massive marina development (please visit http://handsoffpointperon.com/) which is will destroy hundreds of hectares of previous ‘permanently preserved native bush’ (yeah – that status was overturned – amazing what happens for a quick buck) and replace it with millionaires canal side houses, apartment blocks and an enormous marina.  Nice.

Anyway, so before we lose this wonderful place forever (which, lets face it, once the money starts to flow, no amount of local objection is going to make any difference whatsoever), I thought I’d get some photos.

The light was amazing, clouds make such a difference to the sky and the feel of a shot, plus the circular polariser creates outstanding definition between white and blue.

Thats all for now – I’ll be back out later in the week or next week for another location, work and personal commitments being equal – so if you like the pretty pictures, check back soon.

In other news – its the middle of the week, which means – Red Wine Wednesday – stay tuned 🙂

if at first..

..you don’t succeed, then try try try again.

You may remember I took a few photos of the jetty (again) last week – well, I wasn’t happy with them, so I went out again last night to take some more

My fave of the night:

Same view, just a slightly different range of colours – I think this was a slightly longer exposure

And lastly, a random view back towards Rockingham that grabbed my attention that actually came out rather well.

Of course, all the time I was doing this, I didn’t really notice that the sky to the west (the jetty faces pretty much North) had lit up bright amazing red and would have made a fantastic backdrop to some of the other westerly facing beaches and jetties.  Ah well, I’m still stoked at these shots and don’t really care!

I’ll spin you right round..

..like a record baby (only with a camera held out at arms length)

I’ve seen these shots done a a few times, so I thought I’d give it a go.

Set camera to have 1/4 to 1/2 second shutter, hold at arms length point at your head, spin around on an office chair, press the shutter, try not to look too much like an idiot.

Ok, so I failed on the last point.  And I need to to spin faster and have a shorter shutter speed, they’re not sharp enough.

This one was slightly out of focus, which is a shame, as it was the best one.  Ah well, practise makes perfect (and also makes me feel really sick **barf**)

more new lens pictures

In celebration of ultra wide angle goodness, I’ve taken a load more photos 🙂

I love this lens – its less good with buildings as you get that crazy leany walls things going on, but its awesome with landscapes and settings where it doesn’t mess with architecture too much.

New stuff!!

So, in the background whilst I’ve been posting all the holiday photos and stories, life has been carrying on as normal!

I’ve missed a Red Wine Wednesday (but I have the wine photo and blog post ready for next Wednesday, so stay tuned, vino-fans) and loads of other fun stuff has happened (but I’ve forgotten already), but the main and most exciting thing is

I have a new toy!

I know, it should have taken precedent over everything else, my bad, what kind of techno photo geek am I?! LOL.

So, Jon, one of my friends on Flickr was selling a lens he didn’t need any more as he’s much more into film photography these days, so I bought it from him.

Its a Sigma 10-20 wide angle lens, which is brilliant for landscapes and crazy angle photos – I’ve been hankering after one of these for ages and now, its mine!  Thanks Jon, you’re a superstar.

Sigma 10-20 lens

So, you may be thinking, what’s the big deal.  Well, its super wide angle – take a horizontal photo whilst standing up and you’ll get your feet in the shot.   So for landscapes, it means you can get a whole load more in than ever before.

So, here’s some shots for you 🙂

Firstly, my ‘work from home position’ – ok, normally, I’ve got the coffee cup in my hand too 😉

The study taken from the door – you can see the whole room – plus the red wall where all the black and white photos are going to go, once I print them out!

Looking straight up in my back garden – I have lots of lovely shady trees!

Palm trees in my garden, looking straight up from the ground

Tia the doggy.  She really did not want me to take this shot!  Mind you, as the lens is so wide, this glass was only about 3 inches from her nose when I took this!

Rockingham beach.  I popped down there the other night at sunset – shame there were no clouds.

Sitting in the dark inside my car.

I can see myself getting lots of use out of this lens, including stupid self portraits with crazy perspectives.  I’ve already done a few and yes, I look like a prize winning dickhead!