I really enjoy night photography. I like the standing-around-ness of it, while you wait for your exposure to finish. I like the way the world looks different in an over-exposed night-light. I like the ethereal look of anythign that’s moved.
This photo was taken at f/7.1, at ISO 400 with an exposure time of 106 seconds. Fisherman unknown.
A hundred metres or so from the beach at Port Willunga is the shipwreck of the Star of Greece. She sunk in 1888 after 20 years of service. 18 crew perished, and 16,000 bags of wheat destined for Great Britain were lost.
If the tide is way out you can see one of the masts sticking out of the water, which makes it easier to find from the beach. You can see the approximate area of the wreck if you look for the small dark patch of water north of the reef (very large patch of dark water) in amongst the sand. If you have a look at Google Maps beforehand you can get a feel for where you should look.
I went out there yesterday and visibility wasn’t perfect, but it was definitely worth a visit. I brought our little GoPro Hero Session with me, and took a couple of snaps of the wildlife.
I’d like to dive the wreck-site next time, and spend some time piecing together what’s left, and what’s what. In the meantime, please enjoy the vague descriptions of the photos below.
Driving home from the Fleurieu Peninsula on Sunday there was a heavy blanket of smoke hanging over the hills and the Adelaide plains. I’d been to see dad, helped him repair his lawn mower and sipped a coffee at Port Elliot. I had spent longer there than anticipated, and was running late for dinner with the kids. The way the setting sun was being coloured by the smoke was too enticing, so I swung off the freeway and went up to Mt. Osmond to take a few photos.
I’m finding the act of being creative is really good for my overall wellbeing, so even though it meant that I only just made it home in time for dinner with the family, it’s a really excellent thing to be able to do.
A while ago we went camping in the Flinders Ranges. Winter camping is the outback is good. Days aren’t too hot. The weather is usually fine. But nights are freezing. Literally. The night sky, though, is worth the cold.
The cold weather is excellent for long-exposure photos, because the sensor is nice and cold, so has less noise. I took this photograph of the milky way. Look carefully on the right hand side (you might need to see it at full size) and you can see a streak from a shooting star.
On Saturday night I decided to pack my camera bag and head into the hills to take some photos. I had a vague idea of where I wanted to go, and what I wanted to photograph, but no firm plans. The sun was setting fast, so as I was coming around the bend at the entrance to Morialta National Park I thought I was going to miss it. I pressed on and as I was driving up to Montacute was in shadow of most of the time, and I could see the sunlight climbing the hills as the sun set.
Finally I saw a clear vantage point on a cliff on the side of the road. I found a spot to park, walked to the spot, and plonked myself down just in time to get a few snaps.
I’ll definiely go there again to watch the sun set.
I took this photo early in the morning while holidaying in Port Douglas. We were up early because Mr-then-18months was with us. It was an excellent way to get beach time in before the sun became difficult to deal with.