We were up chasing Avon decenter’s yesterday and I couldn’t leave without capturing this iconic scene.
We managed to get a range of good media yesterday, with drone footage, video, stills and time-lapse, not to mention the go pro footage we will have from the boat later today.
So the story of the Avon descent and surrounds is coming together and we are just heading off now to Bells rapids to get the finish of the story…stay tuned!
Practise day finished for the day and ready for a well earned rest.
This is Posselts Ford which is the end of Race day 1 this Saturday.
Hopefully we get the forecast rain this week or the levels will be low as the Avon tends to run out very quickly.
We had a good day out for the practise day at the Avon on the weekend and on the way home this scene presented itself to me.
I have some very good drone vision now as a start of the story for next weekend, so I think we are all set!
This old house is situated in the Avon valley and is obviously a left over from the early settlers days and what I thought was quite cool is that there is a Maddi name in the graffiti behind the photo of Maddi in the foreground…..somewhat spooky in a way!
I have another exciting adventure planned for this weekend and next.
Maddi Thomas is the girl in the photo and she is going to compete in her 10th Avon descent next weekend in a power boat.
Maddi and her father work for us at Echo Yachts as part of the team building the GRP shadow vessel and I have known Rod for many years now….also watching Maddi grow up over those years.
So, when Rod asked me if I was interested in coming on board with their Avon team this year, I thought why not.
I have personally done the Avon 4 times, twice in a single Kayak and twice in a double Kayak, so I know how arduous the Avon can be and also how fickle the conditions can be.
Tomorrow is practise day, so I get to practise a bit as well!
A few of the lads and myself headed out to the Avon valley this morning and we had a fantastic day out with all sorts of great scenes, around 12km of tracking and some great light to boot.
We were welcomed back into Perth with a serious rain front, but it was too late to spoil our day as we had already achieved all that we had set out to do.
Here are the first 2 from the day.
I decided to head out early this morning to capture the around the world balloon attempt taking off from Northam.
I set out at 0330 and made pretty good time to Northam, getting there in under 2 hours and had plenty of time to check things out and to get some night shots.
There were plenty of onlookers and a lot of excitement, with perfect conditions for the launch.
3 of the local Balloons set off just before the Russian balloon which added to the spectacle.
A beautiful way to start the day!
I took the bride up to Northam last night for a bit of an adventure. We stayed in the Shamrock hotel and then got up nice and early to get some shots of the Balloons taking off.
This is Merv and Peter Hodgson country and they were both kind enough to come out to say hey even though they were off on their own adventures…Merv out to Kal and Peter off to Hong Kong for the first time, so thanks guys for making the effort, very much appreciated!
It was not the kindest conditions for taking photos, but this one came out OK I think.
My wife chose this perspective and I must admit I quite like it now that I have worked it up…even though I hate admitting when she’s right! I think its a bloke thing! 🙂
This was shot with my 1.2 50mm L series prime and is a 4 shot stitch with a couple of them focus stacked.
Here is a couple more from the Avon valley. You might notice Lee on the side bopping away to her Ipod!
This is a 20 shot stitch of upper sids rapids at Wilyunga national park.
8 of the shots were focus stacked and that left a 12 shot stitch. 6 across the top and 6 across the bottom.
Once again the light was very kind to me and the gnarly tree roots in the foreground really set the image off I reckon.
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