Monthly Archives: August 2011

Steep descent

This is the last of the pics from our trip to Aus/NZ with which I started this series of experiments with Lightroom on April 1. And the last of my ‘Pic a Day’ category. I’m going to start the 750 words ‘challenge’ to get my self back into writing. This will be my morning exercise for the next few months but will not be posted here. So, these postings will become less frequent though I intend to continue posting art progress (when I resume progressing that is: I’ve been buried in work for Surface Gallery recently; more about that later).

So, far from the best, but, last of the pics (for now):

steep descent

Follow the leader

Was playing around with grad filters to highlight the line of people walking along the beach.

follow the leader

Nope. Don’t think I like that one.

Fetch!

Shot around the Onkaparinga estuary.

fetch!

Unconcerned

Fisherman focussed on his fishing from a walkway over the Onkaparinga River up from Port Noarlunga.

Unconcerned 1

Unconcerned 2

Unconcerned 3

Seagull drinking

at bowl set out for dogs along the beachfront.

Seagull drinking

Used three slightly coloured graduated filters on the right, top left and bottom left to isolate the bird a little more.

Kite

seen flying at Glenelg beach.

kite

Well, at least it isn’t a rock!

Little rock made big

Fun pic. Shot low and looking up towards the hotels lining the beach at Glenelg.

Little rock made big

Almost looks like it is creeping up the beach Smile

Rockscapes

My new term for this type of image: rockscape. These close-ups of rocks with enhanced colouring and shading makes them look like alien or, at least, abstract landscapes. I’m hooked on doing these; I love them. I spent ages last night working on these five:

rock scapes 1

rock scapes 2

rock scapes 3

rock scapes 4

rock scapes 5

Brightened rock

On the beach at Glenelg. I’ve heightened the colours of the rock to bring them out. Stunning.

Rock

I suppose this is less a photograph and more of a created image. The purist side of me tends to squirm when a photograph is pushed this far so as to make the image so much less a likeness of the object. I’ll just have to learn to let my artist side shove the purist out the way.

View of sea from Glenelg cafe

For the remainder of our stay in Adelaide, Maggie and I rented an apartment in Glenelg, just back from Moseley Square. Last couple of times we’d been there our favourite perch had been the Starbucks in Moseley Square, where we could sit and look out over the square and the sea. As with most of the rest of Australia, Starbucks had disappeared, but another really nice cafe had just opened in the same place, so we got to enjoy the same view with even better coffee.

glenelg beach from coffee shop

Another use of the coloured grad filter, adding a little more blue to the sky.

Little and Large

Two boats at the marina in Wallaroo. Hope the pilot isn’t too tall.

Little and Large

This is a first use of the colouring effect in the graduated filter in Lightroom. I dragged one down from the top to the rear sea level, reduced the exposure and brightness in it and then coloured it a light orange. Too much? Not sure.

Ship loading grain at Wallaroo jetty

Yes, I know that I’ve shown this ship and the jetty before but this is a different angle – shot from the beach. What the hell, I like the shot.

Ship loading grain at Wallaroo jetty