Australia’s most Easterly point 26/4

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Byron Bay…

What comes to mind when you think of Byron Bay, well for me it is a number of things as I have grown up surfing and living only an hours drive so I have made the trip south on a number of times. This particular trip I got to the Byron Lighthouse car park in complete darkness and began the walk up the hill to the spot I had in mind, waiting for the sun to rise but as the sky began to lighten I noticed that there was a mass of rain heading straight for me from behind the lighthouse so I packed up my camera leaving my tripod set up ready to go. It soon became clear that this rain was not your typical “she’ll be right” bit of drizzle but more of a its going to bucket down better leave and come back after it stops so I grabbed my tripod and headed back to the car somewhat disjointed and soaking wet. I started the car and put the heater on to get warm because I was soaked from head to toe and a few minutes later just as I was about to leave the rain died down and I saw the faintest hint of colour through the fogged up window.

It was on, I ran up the hill and set up in the same spot, fired off one roll (four images) and the light vanished not a single person around to witness the light show. This has happened to me a number of times and the few times that you pack up and leave generally are the best so I have learnt over the years that getting a little wet can sometimes be a blessing in disguise.

I hope you like this one… I love it!

Byron Bay Lighthouse - NSW, Australia

Cheers


Darren Tierney

Technical Information

Camera: Linhof 617s III
Lens: Schneider super Angulon XL 72mm 5.6
Film: Fujichrome Velvia 50
Exposure: 20 seconds @ f45

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Phillip Island – Victoria 07/3

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This is an old shot from a trip I took down to Victoria a few years ago.

I arrived a little while before sunset and the sky had a thick haze that had been around all day so i was hoping once the sun began to set i would get some good light to work with. I set up and took a few photos with all different compositions, this image happened by chance whilst changing film the boardwalk caught my eye so i shot a singular frame and turned back to shoot the Nobbies.

Phillip Island has a massive fairy penguin colony so at sunset they close the roads and kick everyone out to stop the little trackers from getting ran over. The ranger was giving me quite the hurry up but the light was just to good to leave so i kept shooting, in the end he stood in front of my lens during the best sunset I have ever seen. All part of the game, I did manage to get this one image as well as a few others which you will be able to see in the coming month with the release of my new website.

Fuji G617 – Velvia 50 asa – 8 seconds @ F32 from memory

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Port Macquarie – APPA 26/2

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I have been doing this photography gig since I left school in 2002, I started out at the markets selling some of my photos as mounted prints which were ready to frame. Looking back at them now I cringe, crooked horizons and all, even a Nikon thrown in there yep I once used a Nikon sad I know. I finally upgraded to a Canon EOS 3 and have been using Canon bodies and lens’ alongside my Fuji 617 ever since gotta love that velvia.

This is one of my images I will be entering into the 2010 Queensland Professional Photography Awards QPPA and depending on how it goes it might make an appearance in Melbourne for the Australian Professional Photography Awards APPA. Over the years I have won a few awards both state and national so I am hoping to add to the collection.

This shot is a 3 image horizontal stitch of Tacking Point lighthouse in Port Macquarie

Canon 5D Mark 2

24-70mm 2.8L

2.5 seconds @ F22

Please be very critical on this one as the judges won’t be holding back so any criticism both good and bad will be appreciated

Cheers

Darren

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Tallebudgera Creek Sunset 23/2

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As I left home to meet up with Gold Coast/Perth photographer Beau Mitchell it began to pour with rain, not the best conditions to be shooting a sunset. It was still quite overcast and rainy when i got to Tallebudgera, i was thinking that all i was going to get was a wet camera instead of a new image but in the past every time i go home in these conditions the sky goes crazy with the most amazing light. It wasn’t one of those days with the perfect light you dream of and it was still spitting on and off but eventually the sky began to glow with some nice colour and this is what i came up with… hope you like it.

Canon 5D Mark II – 24-70mm 2.8L – 2 stop Lee soft ND

Exposure – 4 Secs @ F16

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