Searching for something new
It really is quite interesting to follow my fellow photographers on their respective journeys through the social media portal. Some seriously dedicated souls come up with some inspiring imagery, while some specialise in their local area others set off on extraordinary adventures to Chile, Canada, even Antarctica.
Mean while I just ventured up the coast to Crescent head, a very well documented and liked location by photographers. It has an abundance of compositions, interesting shapes, and features are endless... but like a lot of these popular places it has all been done before which meant my journey would continue.
Of course while I was there I still like a memory of my brief visit. The afternoons weather setting the scene quite nicely with the storms just lingering off the coast and threatening to beat the local camp groups with wind and rain, which certainly would relieve many a camper from the humidity. I actually arrived just as the sun was about to set so I quickly grabbed my gear, hiked by my oversized shorts (I forgot my belt), and headed down to the oversized peddle beach.
A rain storm in the distance was reflecting some wonderful colours and making for a beautiful scene I could see the light just bouncing off the water, and the wet smooth rocks would certainly add a dark moody feeling to my composition. I didn't have a lot of time to set up, but with the direction of light and interest all heading one way it was hard not to shoot the way I did.
Dare I say it but the end result was a nice photograph but it was more of a trophy than a story. As much as a like the feel to the photograph, I still can't help but feel like "it's been done". Time to move on I think.
I set off in the car and headed a little further south to a location known as Delicate Nobby. Arriving after dark I really had no Idea where, what, or even how to shoot this location but it wasn't a location that I had seen a lot of on social media platforms, never the less there was no shortage of urban campers at the camp site. With no set plan I was now in the wing it zone, so again a grabbed the kit and headed off down to the beach. Luckily those storms from earlier were still just hanging around off the coast and not over my head.
Compositions... hmmm how do I shoot something I can't really see? with another photographer on scene I couldn't very well throw out the torch and start comp hunting, and with the lighting becoming intermittent it because just as hard to get a focus on my comps.
Now this was a photo I would enjoy, this was a challenge, this had time and effort into it. This wasn't a roll up and snap it style shot so this was something worth printing for my personaly gallery. While it isn't perfect, and maybe I am the only one who can see the technical mistake, one thing I have learnt about life is that its the imperfections and differences that makes something or someone interesting.
I looked at my watch, and how time flies when you having fun, I was on the beach for nearly two hours by the time I had finished and it was getting close to 11pm so I deiced it was time to head back to the car and set up my mobile home for a few hours.
I pulled out the awning, threw some soup in the Jetboil, grabbed the laptop and started to have a look at what I had got. That's when I got thinking about my stars... The sky was staying relatively clear, but I hadn't scouted for a composition or even just a regular shooting position. So the headland just to my north a few minutes drive would have to do the trick. I had a plan but it was more of a technical challenge than a mind blowing composition.
3am rocked around and I made my way to the headland and set off down the walking path. It's a short walk of just a few hundred metres down a well trodden path and you're on-top of the world. I was excited, I was pumped, I was also.... late... My brief concept was to shoot the core as the Milkyway was creeping over the horizon; however, the sliver of the viable Moon was already well over the horizon, you have to work with what you have I suppose.
On my last trip to Lake St Clair I tried to use the Genie Mini's to take a multi level panorama which failed so badly. I thought I would give them another go using a slightly different configuration. I have to say, I was still not impressed by this devices at all but you can read about them later in a review I'll do.
I began to set up for a pano which in summer I don't usually bother about as the core is quite vertical, but for one reason or another I took on a southerly perspective and began my process. Still trying to conjur up new ideas for compositions this new perspective gave me a few more which was a nice side benefit.
First light began to set up on my scene so I took a break, set up a pot of tea and began to just enjoy where I was. I wasn't sure what to do from here as it was such a clear night the morning skyline might not be so impressive. As the light slowly filled the sky and I sipped on my cuppa, I noticed a group of clouds setting out to sea just north of my position. I thought to myself, I'm here so lets hunt around for one last composition for a long nights shooting.
As I started to retrace my steps back towards the car the rocky features below really began to capture me, the further toward the car I walked the more they pull at my creative string until finally I found my spot sitting on the side of a steep, grassy embankment. This wasn't a sketchy place for a tired soul at all.
The sun crept over the clouds in the distance casting some really nice soft light, and I was set up for a 5min or so long exposure. I always find shooting this long, at this time of day to be a risky shot. Your light can change so much in that short time that is can really mess up your photo if it isn't balanced just right. So I sat back, listen to some tunes while my trusty camera soaked up the light. 10 minutes later, up popped my image... SUCCESS!
With my stomach grumbling at me for food, and the sun up and burning away for the day it was time pack up the gear head back to the mobile home, cook up some baked beans and have a relax for a while. So did I find what I was looking for? in short no... but it was worth the trip none the less. I would actually have been disapointed if I did to be honest, that would have been just too easy.