Photographing Eagle Rock, Great Ocean Road, Australia
This image was made in the township of Airyes Inlet along the Great Ocean Road in Victoria, Australia. The central element in the image is Eagle Rock a local landmark just off shore from the even more famous Split Rock Lighthouse.
I used to dream about owning a holiday house in the area, so it's particularly pleasing to have made this image. While the Eagle Rock is the main focal point in the image, I also like the contrast between the dramatic sky and the sombre deep tones of the water and foreground bushes.
I utilized a slow shutter speed of 20 seconds to create the smooth, velvet texture in the water. Actually I'd increased the ISO from the default 100 up to ISO 200 to bring the exposure time back from 40 seconds. This image was made way back in 2009 with an original model Canon 5D camera and practical experience had indicated that noise was likely to become visible, with the camera in question, when exposure times exceeded 30 seconds.
The image was made with a Canon 24mm f/1.4 L series USM lens. I opted for a toned black and white rendering, which I'd say is a mix of warm, sepia and olive tones. I hope you like it.
Photographing Split Point Lighthouse At Night
I photographed the nearby Split Point Lighthouse on another journey along Australia's Great Ocean Road. I was running a landscape photography workshop and, following a sunset session, a few of the group agree to stay on with me for an impromptu night photography session. It was cold, but a lot of fun. I remember asking one of the participants to hold down the break pedal on my car while I made this photo. Of course that was after I'd done the same of them.
I think the above photo is a great example of how interesting photos are often made through fun, experimentation and, in this case, cooperation.