Wow, what a great response to the last blog post about travel photography.
So, here is another one.
For those that missed the last post, we (my family and I) are on a 3 month caravan tour around Australia, no schedule, no agenda, just go where we feel like, stay as long (or short) as we like and take in as many experiences as we can, while home schooling the kids and running my photography business remotely. Sounds like fun? It is and we have experienced things that will live with me forever.
Lets see what we can learn from some of the images I have captured on our Australian Tour. Remember: CLICK ON THE IMAGES TO VIEW THEM LARGE
Waterfalls & the tropics
Below is the same waterfall taken at 2 separate times of the day. Which do you like better?
Above: Millaa Millaa falls taken in the late afternoon. See the sunshine on the trees above.
Here is the same spot photographed the following morning. Is this version better?
Tips for photographing waterfalls
Both images were taken at a slower shutter speed of 1/2 second. I photographed most of the waterfalls at this shutter speed, why? At half a second shutter speed the falling water creates a nice milky, smooth look. However there are a few problems you might encounter when shooting at a slower shutter speed, these are:
1. Tripod is a must: You will not be able to hand-hold your camera at 1/2 second shutter speed, the whole image will be blurred. You will need a sturdy tripod, or maybe rest your camera on something solid, and set the delayed shutter release option (you know the one where you setup the camera and then run and jump into the image with your family or friends and then the camera fires about 8 seconds later).
2. ND filters are needed: The sunlight will most probably be too bright for your camera to use a slow shutter speed. What I mean is, your camera will revert to a faster shutter speed at the smallest aperture (f18 or f22) and there will still be too much light at 1/2 a second shutter speed and your image will be badly over-exposed and look yuck!
To compensate for too much light, I used a few filters to reduce the light entering my camera and to even-out the exposure of the scene. The filters I used are called ND (neutral density) filters. These are the same filters I use in my Long Exposure & Sunset Courses.
I also used a circular polarizing filter – to make the sky really blue and take out reflections from the water.
Waterfall photography series coming soon…
I went back to these water falls and recorded a video series on how I photographed them, from the equipment I used, the techniques as well as the post processing. Stay tuned, I’ll edit and release this pretty soon.
Photographing wildlife in a different way:
A little wallaby with it’s joey in her pouch.
Notice the point of view in this photograph? I focused on the little joey and not on the mothers eyes. Also, I photographed this with a 135mm f2.0 lens, not your usual wildlife lens – but it’s all I could get my hands on in the time I had. Remember the saying “the best camera is the one you have on you”?
Finally I’ll add some colour…
Above is a very colourful fruit platter at Mission Beach. We tasted all of these fruits, and It’s something you should do if you ever get a chance. They call it a fruit safari, and my taste-buds travelled a few times around the world!
Photographed at a very shallow depth of field. F4.5 (very large aperture – wide open) at 105mm (zoomed right in) to create that shallow depth of field.
What do you think of these travel photo’s? Did you learn something new? Please leave your comments below, I reply to them all.