Namibia – Abstract Landscapes

8 12 2011

 

One of the highlights of my trip to Namibia was visiting the Deadvlei near Sesriem.  From the time I first saw photos from this amazing place I said to myself “this is somewhere that I just have to photograph”.   The textures of the dry lake bed…. the abstract shapes of the petrified trees….. the beautiful red/orange sand dunes surrounding the lake are all like something out of a Dali painting.

A light painted image taken at night.

I ended up doing three shoots at this location.  A sunset shoot, followed by a sunrise shoot, and then a sunset/night shoot.  Similar to Kolmanskop, this location was a photographers dream… lots of different ways you could approach the shoot.  Different compositions, lighting and post processing all combined to make this a pretty special and surreal landscape.

I deliberately went pretty hard with the post processing.  The reason for this was that there are plenty of lovely “natural prints”,  however because this is such a surreal landscape, I wanted to add a bit of surreal processing to the post production to create an image that was a bit different to everybody elses.  The top image looks incredible when printed large on fine art paper (and on super glossy).

 

I’ll follow up with a tutorial on my post processing for some of these images in a few weeks once I have finished my image processing.

 

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A Lovely Shot From My Buddy…

28 10 2010

Photo By Gavin Marchio

A couple of weeks back I organised a fun shoot down on Long Reef rocks at sunset.  There were six of us Photographers that were shooting the lovely Kate McCracken (in her wedding dress no less).  and we had a ball.

I just saw one of the shots that Gavin Marchio processed which I think is a real cracker. (I think it’s going to be better than my shots that night). Gavin’s not too shabby a photographer (when he’s allowed out to play).  He came up with a really different composition by including our lights in shot.   If you are interested you can check out more of Gavin’s work on Flickr. The other thing that makes Gavin interesting as photo buddy is that he is a salesmen’s dream… If a photo company puts out a new product and Gavin doesn’t own it…. he’ll buy it.  He is physically incapable of walking into a photogaphic shop and not coming out with a purchase  😉  This makes him a good person to go shooting with, cause he has all the gear you could possibly need…  😉





Sculpture By The Sea

28 10 2010

Hey Light Painters… I’m probably going to head out to Sculpture By The Sea at Bondi for some nocturnal fun on Sunday night.

Hope to see some of you guys n gals there.

Brent





Light Painting An Entire Freaking City!!!

28 10 2010

Check this out…. This is light painting on a grand scale… What a project.  50 photographers went to great details to light paint an entire city.  While the translation from Spanish is not perfect, it’s still worth having a read of what these guys got up to.  Absolutely amazing.

You can read the whole story here.

Brent