After some help on modern framing options

•May 25, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Hi all

I was wondering whether anyone had any experience with modern framing options such as accrylic or aluminium mounting. I am looking at sourcing someone (preferably Australian) who does this type of thing, preferably just the framing so I can control the print quality (unless people know someone who do both well?). I have done a bit of research and currently the main one I know about is Created for Life on the Central Coast offering Fuljiflex Crystal Archive Gold and Accrylic framing but I was wondering whether anyone else could make some suggestions so I can compare and come to a decision.

Thanks in advance.

Cheers

Mike

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Bungendore Windmill

•May 17, 2010 • 13 Comments

When I am driving around the countryside I am always looking for a good windmill to shoot and I managed to find this one just outside of Bungendore just near the Capital Wind Farm. I think that windmills are typically Australian and combined with the golden colours of the of the ground and the blue of clear sky it seems to always be a good combination.

I have always wanted to take a slow shutter shot of a windmill to get that surreal blurred look in the blades and this was the day as the use of an 3 stop ND filter and Polariser managed to slow the speed down long enough to blur the movement. Turns out you don’t actually need to slow a speed to blur the blades, especially when there is a bit of wind about.

Let me know what you think.

Shot with Nikon D90 and Nikkor 17-35mm f2.8

Canberra’s Poplars

•May 12, 2010 • 2 Comments

Another shot from in and around Lake Burley Griffin, this time a focus on the coulours of the Poplars. I wanted to try for a simple composition focusing just on the trees themselves and letting their form and colour create the scene for me. I have gone a bit high key to try and minimise the distraction in the background but may need to try some sort of blur as well now that I think of it.

Nikon D90 with Sigma 70-200mm

More Autumn in the Capital

•May 11, 2010 • 1 Comment

This is another shot from Lake Burley Griffin taken as the last light hits the golden tones of the Poplars lining the lakes edge with Parliament House prominent in the background.

Even though it is starting to get cold in the Capital the weather is so beautiful at the moment with warm clear windless days. I know this will be short lived but its actually my favourite time of year for this reason.

Hopefully I can get out in the next few days to try and capture a bit more colour around Canberra before the Winter takes hold and the trees are reduced to skeletons. I have been keeping an eye on Glebe Park in the city waiting for the perfect time to head down there with my camera and I think this will happen in the next week or two.

Nikon D90, Sigma 70-200mm with Sigma 2x tele extender.

Canberra Skyline form the NMA

•May 4, 2010 • 1 Comment

My original thought after putting this image together was that it doesn’t look like Canberra! I think maybe it is the lights that create that illusion as to me it looks more like a mini Miami or something similar instead of sleepy Canberra.

The tricky part about this capture was the boat on the left, I wanted to include it to create foreground interest but the fact that my shutter speed was at about 13 seconds and that this is a stitched image meant that I was at the mercy of the winds as to whether the boat would work out properly or not as the positioning of the boat meant that I couldn’t fit it all in one frame in the portrait format. I think the result turned out quite well and I think the boat adds that little bit extra than if it were not in the frame. What do you think?

Nikon D90, Nikkor 50mm f1.8 @ f8.

Autumn in the Capital

•April 30, 2010 • 3 Comments

I think Autumn is my favourite time of year in Canberra. Sure you can set you watch to the fact that come Anzac Day it will be freezing cold again but there is something about windless days and blue skys that really appeals. Combine this with the fact that this is about the time when the colours around the Capital come to life and with it comes a raft of photographic opportunities.

This shot was taken last week late in the afternoon just before sunset (about 5.15pm) and shows the beautiful colours of the poplars lining Lake Burley Griffin with Parliament House prominent in the background.

It was a stitched image taken with the D90 and Sigma 70-200mm.

Middle Beach, Merimbula

•April 28, 2010 • 3 Comments

Hope everyone had a great long weekend! We managed to get the down the coast for a few days which has been the first time in what feels like forever. The weather wasn’t the best and the light was pretty ordinary but we managed to get out and about and eat some nice food and enjoy the our time.

Managed to spend a little bit of time with the camera but as I mentioned the light was pretty ordinary. This is a shot of Middle Beach in Merimbula taken late in the afternoon using a 10 stop ND filter and the 70-200mm f2.8.