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.





Tutorial: Kirsty At Middle Head Fort – Part 1… The Capture

16 05 2010

It’s been a while since I posted a tutorial, so I thought I’d do a tutorial on this image that I made last night.  This article will be in two parts;

  • Part 1 will talk about how I made the capture
  • Part 2 will take you through the post processing of the image.

So last night I was running a workshop for Northside Creative Camera Club on Light Painting.  I decided to ramp it up a bit and include some off-camera flash techniques as well.   We invited a lovely model called Kirsty to come and model for us.  Here’s how we did this shot.

Set up an SB900 flash unit in a soft box just out of frame on camera left.  The flash was close to Kirsty which meant the light levels dropped off quickly in the scene and allowed us to control the lighting on the bunker separately.  I was using Nikon’s CLS to control the flash power.  Camera was set on ISO200, f5.6, 30sec exposure.

As we triggered the shutter the strobe fired, and then we started light painting the bunker from camera right, and then from camera left using my olive oil can with a fluoro in it.  We also went behind the bunker and popped a second flash with a pink gel on it into the bunker about 5 times to create the pink glow.

The stars were captured separately from a high ISO shot (iso 1600, f5.6, 30sec) and then blended in using a contrast mask.

Thats pretty much it.  Even though it was a long exposure, Kirsty was sitting in darkness, so the flash pop gave her sharpness.

My next post will show the post processing step-by-step.

I hope you like it.  I am using a more stylised processing approach for these portrait sessions because I feel they lend themselves more to it rather than straight landscapes.

More later

Brent





Karijini – The Great Unknown

7 05 2010

You know what has surprised me the most about my Karijini experience?  Since I have come back, I’ve been boring the living hell out of every living thing I have come into contact with…. “I just got back from one of the most beautiful places in the world… want to see some pictures….”

I would have spoken to at least 30 people over here in Sydney and Melbourne, and so far not a single person has heard of Karijini.  Now I know that it is probably pretty common over in Sand Groper land, but it amazes me how somewhere this beautiful can be so undiscovered and unknown amongst Aussies (much less overseas photographers).

Perhaps we should just keep it that way…. our little secret.

BP





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