Karijini – The Movie

15 06 2010

Well at last I had some time to edit up the video that I shot on the Karijini workshop.  So for those of you that shared this experience with me, I hope it brings back a few memories.  For those of you that are thinking about going to Karijini, I hope this excites and motivates you.  My advice would be to try and join the next workshop that Christian, Tony & Peter put on.   It doesn’t matter what level of photographer you are, you will definitely get a lot out of it (while having a great time).

My final piece of advice would be to sign up for the Canyoning trip with Dan “The Man” who runs Westcoast Active. I reckon I got some of my best photos deep in the canyon system.

If you really want to enjoy the video below,  go and view it in Vimeo where you will get it in full resolution.  (you can go to vimeo to watch it by clicking this link)

Enjoy the video… it’s about 6min long.





Karijini – Junction Pool

2 05 2010

On the last day of the workshop, Mark Stothard, Bruce and myself joined Dan from West Coast Active to do a canyoning trip through the Karijini gorges.  Dan could get us into places that most people don’t see.  At the point where all three gorges meet, you get to junction pool.  There is this incredible tree growing out of the water, and we were lucky enough to get the rays of light hitting it before the sun started setting behind the cliff top.  I loved the backlighting and contrast between the colours.

Processing Details:

  • This was a single image (no HDR or exposure blending)… Who needs a Phase One anyway!!!
  • I started off doing Bruce Margolis’s “Man from Mars” move on the image.  I think I’ll be using this technique a lot for my Karijini images.  It use LAB adjustments to essentially pull colours apart without saturating them.  I liked the blues and reds in the cliff, and this technique allowed me to empahasise them without cranking up saturation.
  • Then I did some dodge/burn on the cliff,
  • Darkened the tree and water a bit by using a luminosity mask in multiply mode
  • A bit of darkening of the edge using curves.

Plenty more Karijini stuff to come





Karijini – Beatiful Place… Beautiful Model

28 04 2010

While we were at Karijini we had a very pretty waitress called Tahlea who not only had a great smile, but a gorgeous personality.  So I propositioned her to see if she would like to join Mark Stothard and I for an off-camera flash shoot in the gorge the following morning.  Tahlea was certainly up for the challenge and we had a really enjoyable time shooting in and around Kermits Pool.  Here’s just a couple of the shots I took.

While Tahlea was a bit unsure about the whole “modelling thing” at first, after just a few minutes she really got into the spirit of the session and enjoyed being photographed.  I used one Nikon SB900 with a brolly to light Tahlea.

Plenty more images coming of Karijini… I’m not even attempting to process my best images until I get back to my desktop computer.

BP





Karijini – One Of The Best Photo Locations On The Planet?

27 04 2010

I have been fortunate enough to photograph many of the iconic landscape locations in Australia and the USA including Canyonlands, Bryce, Arches, Antelope, Yosemite, Yellowstone, Olgas,  Kings Canyon etc. etc.   but I think Karijini National Park in Western Australia is as good as any of these… and may even be better than most!  It is without a doubt one of the least known but amazing locations in Australia.  This posting is going to be the first in a whole series of postings that outlines my experiences of the past week.

I have just returned from an incredible workshop that was run by 3 of Australia’s top photographers.  Christian Fletcher, Peter Eastway and Tony Hewitt.  I was one of 17 other participants who joined this workshop in order to shoot this incredible location in the company of some truly talented professional photographers.

Getting there was a chore… we opted to drive up from Perth which was 16 hours driving each way.  I shared a car with Mark Stothard, Peter Ng and Keith Lightbody.   When we set out on the journey I did have some concerns about spending 32 hours total in a car with three others… especially when Mark started playing his eclectic library of music… I was dealing with the Arabic disco music but drew the line at Zorba the Greek and Nanna Maskouri!!!  I had to take more control of the iPod…. after that adjustment we got on just fine.

The only incident of note came after we made camp… we got up for a sunrise shoot around our camp site…. This is when I got a tasted of just how competitive Christian is about getting the great images.   I was walking over towards an old abandoned caravan that Christian had just finished scouting…. however as I approached, I was blocked by an electric fence.  I surveyed the fence with caution and then Christian seeing my dilemna said “Don’t Worry Mate…. It’s not turned on”.  So while carrying my camera and tripod I put one leg between the fence to squeeze between the strands when all of a sudden my upper thigh touched the wire and I got a hell of a boot from the fence.  I bounced off the top wire and back to the middle wire for a second boot… then a third boot…. before extracting myself from the fence.

Christian looked at me and laughed “Oh I guess I was wrong about that fence”.   So I decided on getting my own back by photographing Christian in front of his van that he had just had sprayed with a custom spray job…. He was trying to keep it quiet.

I will be posting a series of blog posts with details of what it was like to explore and photograph Karijini National Park as well as participating in this incredible workshop.  I will share some of my images and I will complete the series with a high definition video that I have shot in Karijini.   You guys should check that out to really get a sense of what it is like to photograph this incredible place.

More posts to come shortly.

Brent