22/05/2012

Hanalei Bay Kauai Print Graces Home In California

Recently sold a print to a lady in Newport Beach California, about as far away from where I live as possible, I think if it was any further away they would actually get closer. Well this morning when I checked my emails Karen the lady that bought the print for her soon to be husband sent myself a few pics of the print now all boxed framed and hanging on their living room wall. The canvas print was printed right here in Western Australia then shipped to Newport Beach California where it was stretched and box framed for hanging.

Thanks Karen for the pics and glad you guys like the final product so much and that is getting a lot of nice comments from your friends that visit.

Hanalei Bay Kauai now hanging in Newport Beach California

 


6/11/2011

Abandonment On Hwy 395

Recently I added an image to my Facebook Page that was quite a departure from my normal type of image. While I had taken the image some 2 years ago the post production was never completed for a number of reasons, one being I had a complete mental block on the image until recently … The original posting on the Facebook Page was somewhat darker in a number of areas and a few folks had mentioned that I could do with lightening up the left corner a little more … Thus leading to this posting of the new post post production of the image …

Thanks to those that helped put with the constructive critique and artistic approach of this image to enable this image to get to where it is right now … One of my favorites in recent months ….

 

 

*** Without borders and image title  Abandoned Home Hwy 395 ***


8/10/2011

Waterfalls In Tasmania

While I guess there would be 1000′s upon 1000′s of waterfalls in Tasmania on my last visit I was able to photograph just a couple and really only one with decent conditions. The small falls at the back of a short hike through and past another more photographed falls. Tasmania has some of the best landscape scenery for photography in Australia. I loved the diversity that was presented at every turn

I took several different perspectives view of these falls but I think I like this one the most. While the water was more than kind of cold it was freezing being the end of winter, one had to get in for the right point of view. This image has taken some time to finish as I have been stuck on a couple of things about this image for some time … I think I can safely say I have completed this image … next :)

 

Thanks to all those that are now reading this blog … we have jumped considerably in traffic numbers to around 350-500 per day … Once again thanks for your support … cheers Neal

 

 

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15/09/2011

A quiet sunrise at Apollo Bay

One of the worlds best scenic drives in the Great Ocean Road Victoria. While I have been lucky enough to have traveled it 3 times now I only wish I could do it more often. There are so many nice locations to stop and taken a picture of just take a moment to enjoy the salt air and stunning views and the diversity in types of landscapes is large. One moment inside a rainforest at a waterfall the next at an amazing secluded beach or looking over green lush farms in the many valleys that are in the region. Recently I was asked by a fellow photographer visiting Australia what to look for on the Great Ocean Road besides the Apostles … I left them know about a few of my favorite places in the area and I hope they have come away with some nice images, one that I have seen was very original and nice …

Here is a sunrise shot taken along Apollo Bay on the Great Ocean Road … A road trip every Australian should try and do at least once …

 

Apollo Bay Great Ocean Road Victoria is an Open Edition Print

 

 


14/09/2011

Paynes Find

And the things you may find while scouting for wild flowers just a few hours drive from Perth on a weekend shoot with Mark Stothard … We came across this small lake while trying to find access to the big lake … Shooting the lake in late afternoon what really attracted us to the scene was the colour of the sky against the earth with the blazing sun on our back this really brought the colour of the sky and earth to life …


30/08/2011

West Australian Wildflowers

Well it is that time of year although when the outback of Western Australia comes alive with the colours of our wildflowers. Although very brief before our scoring summer sun takes over the wild flower season brings visitors both local, interstate and from around the the world. This passed weekend I ventured out for a couple of nights with fellow photographer Mark Stothard to see if we could capture some colour. One of the first images I have so far ready is this image of the morning light bring out the amazing colours of pale yellow and pink wild flowers just off the side of the great Northern Hwy near Paynes Find. I am not sure the names of the wildflowers we saw other than they are all WA wildflower everlastings and when in full bloom is quite a sight to see in the Western Australian bush.


11/07/2011

Yallingup Reef

Spent the weekend down south around Dunsborough and met up with mr Mark “True North” Stothard for a shoot Saturday evening and again on Sunday morning … Well we will not talk about Sunday morning as the light was some of the worst there could have been. But saturday night was a little different. What promised to be an inspiring sunset ended up being good without being spectacular.

I have always liked the art by Michael R Nelson and I remember seeing his work for the first time round 1988 on my first trip to Hawaii.  It was always a trip to see his paintings of marine life and the landscape in the same frame from water level, with the colors where so rich. While I was scoring over the tidal pools at Yallingup looking for a composition or two, his work came to mind, which lead me to look more at what was just a few feet from me and to see if I could use that with the sky … So I guess this australian landscape photography is inspired by a hawaiian painter  …

It is always fun and exhilarating to get out there and challenge what you want to see but end up seeing as the light and conditions change, with the result sometimes and appreciation of the time spent not fully apparent till well after the time has passed …

 


5/07/2011

Sand Dunes Western Australia

Well it has been sometime since my last post. In reality I have not really had anything I thought was worth a posting and life has been busy in the real world so the cyber world suffered. But situations are always evolving and recently I have manage to get out on few shoots and now have a few new images of some Australian landscapes that I can share through the blog.

First up is a shot taken a week or so ago spending the night up at some dunes with Mark Stohard. An interesting shoot as we shot both dusk and dawn to very different colours and conditions. With the aftermath of a heavy storm on the friday night it was somewhat calm and still at the dunes. This image is a series of images blended together for colour and resolution. Having produced a few square images in the last 12 months and as I see them printed and framed I become more and more inclined to produce more.

I recently printed, framed and sold a square image from Esperance. After final inspection before delivery to the client I found myself standing back and thinking wow, thats mine and its square what is going on ? …. The final print was a image taken of Lucky Bay Esperance. An image not to dissimilar from this dune shot in tone and simplicity, so I can see myself looking more and more for opportunities to produce square landscape prints


9/05/2011

An Antique Look At Yosemite Granite Cliffs

While talk on a few blogs of late has been about altered landscapes, dark foreboding scenes with little of no visual appeal to myself, I still love my landscapes where mother nature and the grand landscapes she provides continue to inspire and fascinate me. There is nothing quite like standing at a location, looking out at the scene before you and thinking WOW this is just stunning. With that one has to go back to Ansel Adams, the photographer that brought stunning majestic breathtaking scenes into our lives through his camera and lens. While I pour over his work weekly and never tire at looking through his eyes at the beautiful landscape photography that he took.  I thought it was time I went back through some of my images to work a few a black & white landscape prints this time trying to better represent the scene within the zones and some with an antique look/feel.

The photography period I was recently looking through of Ansel Adams was his American landscape photography works circa 1916 through 1930 and while I do not own a camera that I have to use glass plates and messy chemicals etc I still wanted to see if I could achieve a similar look to an image while using a digital camera. Playing around with this landscape print from Yosemite National Park for a few weeks on and off I think I have managed to show an antique look while preserving the clarity of a modern day camera … In the end the process was quite easy, getting the look right was a little tougher though … A few simple layers where certain parts I sharpened and others I blurred and a couple of blended layers of a burnt orange and then a vingrette blend of 2 or 3 and some white wash blends and finally so very light opacity rub ins of the original black and white image to the finished image  and it starts to look pretty good. I gained a lot of enjoyment working through this image especially after I had completed the Black & White steps and was ready to take on the next step of trying to achieve this antique look and feel.

I chose this image for a few reasons, the 3 diagonal lines of different light to the strong ridge line that gave form and contrast to the sky, the way the shadows played against the granite I knew I could get some colour into certain parts and then wash out the colour parts and the tall straight pine trees that I darken to become a frame instead of a an item within the frame of the image … Now just to print is up on some old textured paper and it should come out very nice.

Here is my final proof at a photograph taken yesteryear, but with todays technology …

I think this would look crazy good printed around 30*20 inches  … Something I’ll have to get printed for the office …

Back to color soon … maybe ;)


6/05/2011

Working within Black & White Tones

As some may know I am a big admirer of good quality Black & White landscape photography and recently I have not produced much in the way of new black and white images, one being the landscapes have to lend themselves that way and I have not really been in the right locations to produce this, and secondly I have been working towards trying to improve through tone my black and white images. For me black and white photography is less about the absolute black and white and more about achieving tones within the zones more specifically zones 2 and 9 ( zone 2 black with hint of detail – zone 9 nearly white ) ….

Here is my latest attempt and trying the pull the viewer into the forest  … I called it forever because hopefully these California Redwoods will be around forever ….