OWPC – Sun

This Week’s One Word Photo Challenge is Sun, quite frankly at this time of year in Melbourne there isn’t a lot of sun around, but we did find a few small samplings during the week, as weak as it was it was still nice, even by the beach side.

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Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge – Geometric Shapes

Cee’s Black and White Photo challenge for this week is Geometric Shapes. I visited several spots along the Ballerine Peninsula in Victoria this week, I got some great shots, all with a geometric edge to them, some with multiple (Circles, Squares, rectangles.

Ballerina at Sunset

Over the Easter break I did several photo shoots down at the beach, this is another of my favorite models, My Ballerina (She appeared in my Feet & Shoes Photo Challenge). We wanted to do an Arts style shoot on the beach during sunset, with the wind blowing a gauzy, filmy material around like a surreal dream; problem – No Wind! For days we waited and waited and in the end on our final day at the beach we just had to become creative. Caity danced on the beach with various different materials trying to get some’ lift’, we also tried just throwing the material up, and also holding it out. I ended up using various different filters and effects to create a dreamy surreal look as well as a B&W Series for movement. A wind machine probably would have worked better in a studio and I could have also used Photoshop to add a sunset beach background, but we wanted the real deal. Looking back on it now I should have also arranged on perhaps a dress or slip or something a little more dramatic as well. For next time maybe!Ballerina at Sunset--7

– Julz

Casual Beach Shoot

Another first for me, a beach shoot for this young couple (You may remember them from a 21st I shot recently). I have been asked lately to do more and more portraits & studio style shoots. I must admit I do enjoy doing them, but I still love my landscapes as well. They wanted it very casual and natural, as well as a little bit romantic. They are both extremely active and a walk on the beach was a natural extension for them, so this is where we made the shoot. I also wanted soft, natural light so we started shooting about 45 minutes before sunset. The light was perfect and they both followed direction gracefully and with a lot of humor. We were all very happy with the end result; casual, soft, romantic and very natural.

– Julz

Monochrome Madness – MM 2-3

Monochrome Madness time again, thanks to Leanne Cole. It’s hard to believe Summer is over and March nearly finished as well, it wont be long until Winter sets in. This will be the last Summer shot for the season, it was taken a few weekends ago down at Flinders Beach in Mornington……..You can see the new jetty / wharf / pier (or whatever you call it) in the distance, I am assuming this is whats is left of the old one?
Flinders BeachNot much post processing involved at all, just converted to B&W, adjusted the contrast and exposure a little and added a frame!

– Julz

Cape Schank and Flinders Pt 2

Earlier in the week I put up Part 1 – Cape Schank and Pulpit Rock, from a Trip down to Flinders last weekend. Now I will be putting up the images from Part 2, which i have finally got around to editing. We actually went to the Blow Hole First and this is where I also tried a bit of Long ExposureFlinders Beach

A little blurry but not bad for a first effort? I will need to experiment with this a bit more, if you would like to read a bit more on my long Exposure & using ND lesson, click here. It was very stormy and blustery, and the sky added a little drama, we were hoping for some slightly better weather. Once we left the Blow Hole we went into Flinders for a late Brunch and watch the excitement as a Koala sauntered across the grass and climbed the tree in front of the cafe……smart phones were produced by everyone in the area at once. Anyway we then headed down to Flinders Beach, by this stage the clouds had thinned out and the sun was just making it’s appearance. It was turning into a lovely Autumn Day.

– Julz