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Phillip Island is a wild place ..wild weather, with fluctuations which can catch you by surprise and a place of wild beauty. Philip Island is attached to the mainland of Victoria, Australia by a sweeping bridge which initially takes you into the holiday resort of San Remo. Quickly going through there, you come to the roads which – in my opinion – lead you to the more interesting parts of the island…rough coastline, little bays and expanses of dunes, cliffs and moorland. Living within all of this is one of the reasons that Philip Island has become so popular – Little Penguins. There is also a Fur Seal population and also sharks abound (the sharks like the seals)

With an unseasonally cold autumn being experienced big jumpers and beanies were the order of the day. My friend and I decided to first go to Cat Bay – the sun popped out – right in line to where we wanted to shoot, though we did manage to save some photos due to the lovely sheen on the water:

Next was Cowrie Beach where we spent the majority of our time …clambering over slippery rocks, getting splashed by waves, feet soaked by a rogue wave and buffeted by the cold wind – as a good friend has often said on these excursions …”you know you live”

However, weather like this is a blessing for you get the full range of contrast and mood:

As the afternoon wore on, the mood changed ..mellowed and the sea became softer:

Walking home across the cliffs, the sun came out again and the wind freshened – allowing my to take a long exposure of the clouds:

With a hungry tummy, salt matted hair, wet feet and a filthy camera (!) I went home thinking ‘I’ve lived’

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A little while ago, I did a short tutorial on using textures and thought I would add a few more photos I have added a texture to.

Much as I love simple shots, with little or no real editing, I do sometimes enjoy playing around with Photoshop.

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Today went I along with a couple of friends went to visit the Polly Woodside – a Tall Ship built and launched in Belfast, Ireland 1885.

After no less than 17 round the world trips she eventually resided in Melbourne where she is a now a protected museum ship.

I was particularly entranced by the rooms and articles I found inside – and so this post shares some of the things I found.

I shoot with a Pentax K200D, and I used a 50mm Prime lens, generally set at f1.4 or f1.8.

Captains Bed

Captains washstand

Notepad

Sea Tale

Another Deck

Pastimes were important !

Wash time ..think that soap and brush would be a bit rough !

The silverware

All sailors need to learn to tie knots

Most important for a round the world voyger

Sailors bunk

The 26th

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Pelicans are odd birds…almost prehistoric looking, with those enormous beaks (the largest in the avian world) that have been seen with birds and even small dogs in them !

They can live for 20+ years and can be found around the world. These, not surprisingly, are Australian Pelicans

A wonderful bird is the pelican,
His bill will hold more than his belican. (or belly can)
He can take in his beak
Food enough for a week,
But I’m damned if I see how the helican. (or hell he can)

I went to Ricketts Point today near my home in Melbourne ..a suburban beach which is home to a large number of terns, gulls, cormorants, albatross and a gang of pelicans

I loved how these guys were all cleaning themselves at the same time.

This one appeared too comfy to be bothered getting up..

This youngster thought the whole world is worth a laugh!

In more contemplative mood.

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I recently tried Split toning for the first time and showed you the results in my Mangrove post.

Split Toning began in the darkroom, where tone was added to a grayscale images to produce warmth, depth and mood…different tones are able to be used for shadows and highlights. This effect is now is in the grasp of the Digital photographer with the magic of Lightroom, Photoshop and Aperture

A few days later, I have managed to have another little play around … now, I will admit that apart from texure work, layers,  cloning and the odd dodge and burn, I never use photoshop – I find it laborious ..so I’m going to cheat on this one, and send you a link to a PS tutorial – I don’t have a Mac either – so here is a link for Mac users

I mainly use Lightroom …it is where I learnt to edit my RAW images when I started photography 3 years ago – and I love it’s simplicity, but great workability.

There are basically 3 stages to producing a Split Toned image.

First start with your original shot – I have chosen this particular photo as it has lots of different textures..the sea, sand and wood – and I wanted to see how each were affected by the changes to take place :

Next convert your image into Grayscale  (Development page..right hand side at the top):

Now is the time to play ! You will find the Split Toning feature down the right hand side of the development page. Use the slider to work on your highlights, followed by low lights or shadows.

Personally, I feel the need to be subtle with the saturation ..a steady hand (or a sensitive mouse) is a must!

Here are 3 examples of different tones which can be achieved in minutes – however saturated with tones you want your photos to be, the result is smooth and seamless:

Experiment until you get the tones you want:

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On my Mangrove post, some people have asked about Long Exposure, and so I thought I would share a little of what I have done.

An ND filter is wonderful – it comes in various grading, but the one I like the best is the ND400, as it allows you to take Long Exposure shots in the brightest of weather…in other words – you don’t have to wait till it is nearly dark to get those smooth or misty water shots, and end up stumbling back in the pitch black with all your camera gear, tripping up over heavens knows what as you go !

The filter reduces light values by 9 stops – so enabling you to shoot in very bright situations safely (eg solar eclipses) as well as making moving objects ‘still’ as with long exposure.

The only problem is that because it is black glass, you cannot view what you are taking easily, but with a bit of practice, you get the feel whether that horizon is straight !

And just some personal advice …don’t get too caught up with shutter speed and F-stops …you will be altering them as you go along with the change of light.

Keep your ISO as low as possible (I stick mine on 100) – try to keep your F stop high to keep sharpness through your image – always use a tripod and make sure your vibration reduction is OFF

All of the following images were taken in the early to mid  afternoon…for each one I will explain what settings I used to give you some idea of the effect.

My lens was a 10-20mm Sigma.

This photo was taken at F29 with a shutter speed of 8 seconds

 

This one was at F15 with a shutter speed of 16 seconds

 

This next one was taken in low light with F11 and the exposure time at only 3 seconds

 

 

I wanted to get a feeling of movement in the clouds and in the water…to show the wave receding back, so chose F18, with a 8 second exposure – it was quite a glarey day ..though not particularly sunny.

This last one, which although is not a good photo, it does show that classic misty shot which some people like (rather than the smooth water above) Setting were F29 at shutter speed of 13 seconds – note that this was taken just a couple of minutes after the first photo..by lengthening the exposure time enabled the misty effect.

I will try to answer any questions…so please ask away.

 

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I have just popped on to my computer before going to work to find a massive heap of comments on my blog…what a delight…thank you all !

Some of the comments asked about how I process my work, so when I have my next day off…Monday, I will write a post about long exposure and split toning…both of which I used in my ‘Mangrove’ post.

And thank you WordPress team for freshly pressing me !

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