my (amateur) photography adventure



Timelapse sequence 2: first and last frames

Canon 60D today. Snapper Rocks looking across Rainbow Bay to Greenmount and sunset. Radian panning 30 degrees clockwise over 70 minutes & 1400 photos.




Rush Hour

5am at Snapper Rocks: Rush Hour for photographers.


Rainbow Bay timelapse

Setup pictures and some early frames from a sunset timelapse of Rainbow Bay beach (taken from Snapper Rocks).

Sunset was not very colourful but the early frames still have plenty of beauty :)







Revisiting some shots from early 2013.  I hope to be back here again in the next few weeks.  Shot with my wife’s camera the trusty 450D.

Shining Sea

a brief timelapse shot at Mooloolaba Spit on Monday night (best viewed fullscreen in HD – this is 1080p video):

Point Cartwright at dusk


A clear warm windy evening created a few opportunities:

Fishing at Snapper Rocks

Rock fishing at dawn

Meeting new people at Greenmount

I met a nice bloke taking dusk photos at Greenmount beach while shooting these pictures.  He was shooting with a Nikon and we had a good chat – they seem like fine cameras and it was good to hear about his first attempts at surf photography (with a waterproof housing).

Unfortunately, the timelapse I was trying to shoot didn’t work out so well – this was one of my first attempts and I made too many technical and practical mistakes for the sequence to be usable.

However – some of the frames are beautiful, so I will share a few here, and you’ll just have to imagine how gorgeous the sequence would have been if I’d got it right!

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As Is The Sea Marvelous

as is the sea marvelous

as is the sea marvelous
from god’s
hands which sent her forth
to sleep upon the world

and the earth withers
the moon crumbles
one by one
stars flutter into dust

but the sea
does not change
and she goes forth out of hands and
she returns into hands

and is with sleep….

the breaking

of your
my lips

e e cummings

Squeaky Beach from Pillar Point, Wilsons Promontory National Park
Squeaky Beach from Pillar Point, Wilsons Promontory National Park
Norman Beach and Mt Oberon from Pillar Point, Wilsons Promontory National Park
Norman Beach and Mt Oberon from Pillar Point, Wilsons Promontory National Park

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!









Great Ocean Road – sneak peek

Just starting to get a chance to look through my G.O.R. pictures and choose the decent ones.

Here is a sneak peek of a couple of decent ones, from the Bay of Islands.

Rocks, water, sunset

More photos from an evening by the beach at Alex Heads.  See other pictures from the same evening here:

The Crags

Above: Beautiful coastline at The Crags

We stayed in beautiful Port Fairy as part of our Victorian trip – we used it as our ‘western gateway’ to the Great Ocean Road.  Just west of Port Fairy is this beautiful little coastal spot – ‘The Crags’ – it was a bit of an entree before the Great Ocean Road main course.

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Above: Ripples, where Tidal River runs across Norman Beach into Bass Strait.  Shot at dusk.

ISO 100, 18mm, f/11, 2.5s.  Shot with the assistance of my Induro AT413 tripod (a.k.a. ‘Gigantor’) in the beautiful Wilsons Promontory National Park.

Having some ‘technical difficulty’ getting my panorama sequences from holidays working. Meanwhile, above is a sample of what I *hope* to have in panorama later.

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Kings Beach Rocks

I may have become slightly obsessed with low light long exposures.  I blame Jeremy :)

I enjoyed the different looks of these two photos so much that I didn’t want to separate them.

Both are ISO100, 18mm.  Left photo is f/3.5, 6s and right is f/8.0, 30s.

These photos were taken on a productive day which also yielded these blog posts:

Wave Action

Wickham Point

I am getting away for a break soon, so will have some new scenery to inflict on you shortly :)

Point Cartwright

Above: Mooloolaba Skyline, from Point Cartwright, ISO100, 22mm, f/14, 79s + exp comp.

Another great night walk & long exposure shoot with my equally photography mad sister, at Point Cartwright.

Surf at Point Cartwright, 2s exposure
Pine trees silhouetted by the last light of the day, 30s exposure, with a bit of iPhone torch in the foreground.

Dusk at Alex Heads

It’s so nice to get an occasional day off.  These long exposure shots were taken at dusk at Alexandra Headland, at a little beach accessed from the headland.  A lovely way to spend an hour with my sister S and Miss Eight.

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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.

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