Fremantle Harbour, storm approaching

I saw some nice clouds and light developing yesterday morning and decided to take my boat for a run around the Fremantle Harbour area to see what I could find.

The boat needed a run in any case and it was a pleasant morning out for sure.

We currently have a US Navy aircraft carrier in port, so that was the first port of call and I am pleased with the overall result of the image with the spotlight effect over the ship.

It was then off to the harbour itself and once again I was lucky with the light and clouds at the time. From the land there are too many restricted areas to get a composition like this and I have been wanting to get a pano done of that side of the harbour now for a while…ticked that box now I have!

Swift Bay tunnel

This was the last shot from our morning’s excursions at Swift Bay when I was out with Christian and Jen Fletcher.

It was a beautiful morning to be out watching the sunrise and to end the walk in the little cavern was a nice way to end up.

At high tide the cavern is completely underwater and you can see the years of erosion showing on the sandstone layers, together with the patterns in the sand. A few bats also live in here as well, just to add to the mood when walking through!

Lower view of Melaluka Falls

After spending a fair bit of time on the higher view, I slid down to this view to join Tom Putt and was quite happy with how this view made more of a feature with the colours and textures under the waterfall on the right.

A 21 image stitch with various challenges to do with the light on the day, but I think we got there in the end!

Mirror at the Regent

There are a couple of places in the Kimberley that always turn it on for us, no matter what time of year and the Prince Regent River is one of those places.

At some time when we are there we see total glass offs and absolute mirror reflections.

The Hunter River is the other location that also has similar conditions and epic clouds.

The black and white treatment of this shot shows off the subtle changes in tones as the eye is draw down the river and for that reason I think the Black and White version works quite well against the colour.

Pondering Eagle Falls

 

I set up this shot with Christian Fletcher for him to take. It is a 4 image vertical stitch and I am doing a Doby Gillis pose out in the distance, looking out over the beautiful vista with the thunder of the waterfalls right next to me.

The ledge that I was sitting on was sitting right out over the pool below and the feeling of tranquility was really quite surreal as I sat there waiting for Christian to ping off the shots.

I thought that the image needed some scale and as such felt that I also should be in the shot as well.

Hope you like it!

Kimberley Rock Textures

One of the things that never ceases to amaze me when walking around the Kimberley is the amazing array of colours and textures worn into the sand stone.

On this particular morning Christian Fletcher, Jenny Fletcher and myself spent a good hour cruising around a beach in Swift Bay picking out textures and colours that the years of erosion had created for us to view.

I decided to put these together as a compilation.

Broome Camels at Sunset

I have never managed to get in position to get a reasonable shot of the Broome camels, but last night made the effort as it was the lowest tide of the year in Broome yesterday at its low at 1715 at 9m!

So I set off to see what I could get and found it to be quite challenging as the first 2 groups of camels came through where I did not expect and I had to such to get the shot as they are continually walking, but had my act together by the last group and was pretty happy with this result.

Prince Regent River Sunset

The Kimberley is a vast area of some of the most amazing scenery on the planet but every now and then she turns it on for you just to show she has much much more up her sleeve for those who care to venture into her realm.

When we were cruising out of the Prince Regent River, home of the famous Kings Cascades, the wind dropped to absolutely nothing and then the True North Captain backed off the throttles to a dead stop so that we could all enjoy the ambience and the changing colours of the sunset.

Our wake caught up with us which made for some really interesting wave lines stretching off into the distance.

This is a 7 image stitch shot with my 50mm prime. My very good mate, Flembot showed me a very cool trick on how to blend such stitches which came in very handing for this shot.

In PT Gui, select the stitch option you want, which was Mercator in this instance. Then when selecting what to save as, select a PSD file and also Blended with layers.

The result will be a blended image with all of the layers showing and the masks showing. To blend the wave lines, it is simply a matter of clicking on each mask and getting the waves to line up.

Another tip I got from Flembot is how to straighten the horizon in PT Gui. Simply hold down the control key on a Mac and click on either side of the image and hold and then twist the image up or down. You can also bend the image if it hasn’t stitched correctly by clicking in the middle of the image and pushing it up or down.

I hope you like the image and the PT Gui tips!

Melaluka Tranquility

Melaluka falls is one the heli picnic sites for the heli picnics and there are a number of beautiful micro falls like this one in the area. You can literally spend hours just meandering around picking off the various beautiful scenes within this Kimberley Tropical paradise.