Great Barrier Reef – Far North Queensland 05/4

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Being a landscape photographer certainly has its perks, on this day I spent a few hours on one of the three sand cays off the Cairns coast. I was doing a commercial shoot for a customer in Cairns and part of the shoot was to photograph the cay and surrounding reef which I can remember as clear as day, one of the most memorable shoots I have had.

I hope you like.

Camera: Fuji G617
Film: Fuji Velvia 100

Cheers



Darren Tierney

Vlassoff Cay - Cairns Landscape Photography

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Lee Filters 02/4

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Having recently purchased a Linhof 617s III I found a few things vastly different to my old Fuji G617 the first thing being the size of the lenses, they are big, beautiful and the also wear the Schneider brand that is well know for having the best optics in the world. Yes I adore the new camera but having these big luxurious lenses in front of your camera means that you need big filters to use with a bigger than normal lens. To give you an idea of the size I am talking about, your standard consumer grade lens will have a filter thread of around 55-58mm, your professional lenses start getting up in the high 60-70′s and the lenses on the Linhof 72mm and 90mm lenses have a thread of 95mm with out a centre filter and a whopping 112mm once the centre filter is attached. Needless to say my current LEE filters are not suitable for this camera system and I will have to find a better option, so after spending hours and hours researching my options there seemed to be just 2 options that seemed worth looking at.

Option 1
The Cokin X-Pro system which hold filters with a width of 130mm.

Option 2
Have a custom made filter setup from LEE Filters.

After discussing my options with a few other photographers who have used both systems as well as reading numerous articles on the internet it seemed as though the best image quality would come from option 2. The email I received from LEE Filters was that is was just not economical for them to make a custom made filter holder to suit the Linhof however they recommended getting hold of a Cokin X-Pro system and they would be able to make custom filters for the X-Pro system. Finally a solution to my dilemma of not having a suitable filter system for my new camera well at least I thought that would solve everything. After a number of email exchanges between LEE and myself it seems they are having an issue supplying filters to the public and there would be a lead time of 20 weeks for me to get my custom filters.

Below is an extract from the LEE Filters website explaining the supply issue of these amazing filters.

“We at LEE Filters are aware that our valued customers are currently facing increased waiting times, and would like to take this opportunity to explain the reasons behind the lengthy lead times of our orders.
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We are in the fortunate position of having experienced an unprecedented demand for our filters over the past 18 months – in particular the neutral density graduated filters, the quality of which, we believe, are of the highest standard. We are able to attain this level of quality for the simple reason that the vast majority of our filters are hand-made. While this means we can be certain of customer satisfaction almost every time, the drawback is that we are able to produce only a limited number of filters each day – we cannot simply press a button and allow a machine do the rest.

We are as proud of our skilled team of technicians, who understand the complexities involved in producing filters that meet the standards expected by photographers, as we are of the products themselves. In the past, we have investigated the possibility of automating our manufacturing system, but we remain convinced that this option would end up compromising the quality of our product – something we are not prepared to risk. Many of our filters are used in conjunction with professional-specification lenses and to cut corners on their manufacture would lead to only one thing; a degradation of image quality, and this would be unacceptable.

In order to resolve these issues, we are currently recruiting and training additional staff, as well as installing more manufacturing equipment in our factory. This will vastly increase the production of our filters, and we anticipate the backlog will be greatly reduced by Autumn of 2011.
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This massive increase in demand has also adversely affected our supply chain. We only use the best and often unique suppliers and they too have found it difficult to keep up with our demands. We also recognise the pressure that our distributors and dealers have been under for the past year, and we appreciate their efforts.

We hope the above offers some reassurance, and would like to finish by stating that LEE Filters are committed to producing filters of the highest quality, and we are continuing to research and develop new products to add to our already comprehensive range and meet the exacting needs of our customers. Both now and for the future.

Thank you for your continued support and understanding.”

I have used LEE filters for the past 6 years and can’t fault them so it seems I am just going to have to wait this one out and in the mean time hope something at LEE changes and somehow I get my filters sooner than 20 weeks. Let me know your thoughts about the filters you use…

Cheers


Darren Tierney

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Lake McKenzie Fraser Island 18/3

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G’day

Fraser Island holds a significant place in my heart as it is one the main reasons I started taking photographs. After a two week trip exploring the island I returned back to the Gold Coast with 11 rolls of film which when I got processed didn’t really capture the mood or feel of the island so I made it my goal to figure out what all these knobs and settings on the top of this old Pentax did. Who would have thought not being able to take a photo to save my life would lead me to becoming a photographer. Anyway, this was our second visit to Lake McKenzie and some how we managed to get the lake to ourselves not a single person in the water, on the beach or even in the carpark… I can tell you there are not too many people who can say they have had Lake McKenzie to themselves in the middle of the day that’s for sure, Lake McKenzie is the Bondi Beach of Fraser Island, people everywhere which makes this location a hard place to photograph without hoards of people in your image so I would have to say we hit the jackpot this time.

I hope you like this image…

Lake McKenzie Fraser Island

Lake McKenzie on the World Heritage listed Fraser Island

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A change is coming… 06/3

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This blog has been up almost a year now and it has been mainly to showcase new images and the such. I wont be doing anything radical to change the appearance of the blog or anything like that but more so making this blog more informative to the reader.

For starters, each month there will be an “Print of the Month” which will be available at a discounted rate. but along with the print of the month, I will be giving you an insight into some of the companies, products and services I use and recommend as well as the odd photo tip along the way. In the mean time this is an image taken from a different angle of the famous Q1 building in Surfers Paradise hope you like.

The change… you will have to wait and see but all I can say its a big one!!!

Taken on the Fuji G617 Velvia 50

Cheers


Darren

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Happy Valley – Fraser Island 09/12

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Earlier this year I spent a week on Fraser Island photographing. I like to base myself about half way up the island on the eastern side to take full advantage of what the place has to offer. Fraser Island has a lot of sand, I mean a lot of sand and well it should, it’s the world’s largest sand island. With there being so much sand, there is a fair amount of plain beach especially along 75 mile beach however I did manage to find a little outcrop of coffee rock just near Happy Valley.

When photographing with the Fuji G617 using 120 velvia 50 you only get 4 shots per roll unlike using digital where you can snap away without a worry in the world, the Fuji really makes you slow down and think about what you are doing when out photographing. After setting up and composing the shot I was after I realised that the shot I had composed was only going to work on a freak set so with the incoming tide I waited and waited and finally it came in enough for another wave to wash up and over the rock. I used a one second exposure to give the shot a sense of movement, I think it worked pretty well but ill let you be the judge of that one. You can view the image larger by clicking on the photo.

Thanks for stopping by

Darren Tierney

Photos of Fraser Island

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Broadbeach Sunset 07/12

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Broadbeach is one of the business hubs of the Gold Coast and not too far from where I live. I was watching the sky all day thinking that there might be a decent sunset so I got the camera cases ready and headed to Broadbeach to see what the sky would do. At first it was boring and I almost headed home thinking it was going to be a dud but I stuck around and played around with some close up exposures of the water and the reflections of the sky in the sand. As I began walking back to my case I saw a faint bit of colour in the sky and set up properly to see what would happen and only a minute or so later the sky began to glow with colour and I managed to get this shot looking back towards Surfers Paradise.

Photos of the Gold Coast

Click the image above for a bigger more detailed view.

Cheers

Darren

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Byron Bay Lighthouse 24/10

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One of my favorite places to photograph is Byron Bay. I have been photographing quite a bit of the far north coast of NSW and would have to say that the region is amazing and I could live down there quite easily.

Taken on my 5D Mk2 5 or 6 images from memory and then cropped to 3:1 ratio I like the soft colours in the sky for something a little different to the normal rather than having crazy skies and a lot happening.

Byron Bay Lighthouse

Cheers

Darren Tierney

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Bamboo 21/10

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Bamboo Image

Howdy

Taken yesterday, this shot of bamboo was actually a lot harder to get than you would think. With a fair bit of wind about conditions for photographing the bamboo weren’t ideal especially with the Fuji G617 which paired with velvia 50 the exposures were just too long to worry about.

Here is my digital version and I will certainly be back out there to photograph next time there is no wind.

Cheers

Darren

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