my (amateur) photography adventure



Rainbow Bay Timelapse Part 1

We are holidaying at Rainbow Bay beach and have been lucky to get a unit with a great location. So, this afternoon, I decided to combine two of my favourite activities – photography and swimming in the surf.

I downloaded the Triggertrap app for iPhone a few months ago and purchased a dongle to let it control my camera through the remote port. I have been wanting to buy an intervalometer for some time, but the price ($200 to $300) has always put me off. Once I got an iPhone for work, for $30 I thought Triggertrap was worth a try!

I started with something pretty easy – this is a set up on the balcony of our unit looking to the beach across the road. I tried a bit of experimentation and settled on 1/100s, f/11, ISO 100 at 24mm, with a photo every 24 seconds. I knew the light would change a lot so was intentionally overexposed at the start – I will try to smooth the exposure a bit in Lightroom later when combining the stills into timelapse video (should end up with about 10 seconds of video).

Then, I went for a swim. I expect I will be in frame for about 100 frames of the timelapse stills. It worked perfectly while I was away and I am looking forward to combining the frames when I get home!

Here are a few initial stills – these are taken approximately 15 minutes apart. I’m happy so far!










Wave Action

Here are some more long exposure pictures taken at Wickham Point  ← click here for the previous blog post.

Each of these is taken at ISO 100, 21mm, f/22 at a 4s exposure.  The featured pictures above are taken with a variable ND filter fitted, at around 3 stops selected.  These are consecutive frames from about 7 in a row shot in this setup. The rock in the mid-right of the picture is what I was targeting, as it wasn’t going completely under, just ‘spilling over’ as you can see in the second frame.

You can see the approximate position and tripod setup for those pictures here:

my trusty Induro AT413 Tripod set up for action

(Actually that was the tripod setup for a later shot on the same day, but you get the idea).

I was also able to get on slightly higher rocks and set the tripod up at a much lower leg angle for these two shots:

These two are, again, consecutive frames, taken at ISO 100, 18mm, f/22 at a 4s exposure – this was later with the light fading fast, so the ND filter has been removed by now (in summary, by this time, there is around 1/8 the amount of light but an equivalent exposure).

I was really trying to capture the little channel of water to the lower right of frame, with the water surging through it.  In the second frame I got my feet wet – but the camera was high and dry :).  I love the glimmers of light reflecting on the top of the wet rocks.

Wickham Point

Taken at the headland between Kings and Shelley Beach, Caloundra (aka Wickham Point).

The featured picture above (2s exposure using an ND filter, virtually SOOC) is also one of my pictures for the Nick Exposed / Seeing Spots Photography “Long Exposure” collaboration.

Bath time

Frangipani: Street trees

I love the new leaves of these frangipanis – another great street tree of South East Queensland.

We had two huge 60-year-old frangipani trees in our backyard at our last house – we were very sad to leave them, and have been in love with them ever since.

Click the gallery pictures for full size.

Click the following link to see my previous post about street trees – Jacaranda, Poinciana and Ivory Curl trees.

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