I guess we all complain about where we live at one time or another. As some of you know i live in Perth Western Australia and like everyone else you become blasé about your surroundings. Matilda Bay is a small bay that is a part of the Swan River and from there you get a great view of the City and river.
Near the water’s edge is a restaurant, café and a couple of Yacht clubs. In fact, for those yachting aficionados, the famous Royal Perth Yacht Club is one of these. RPYC was the Club that won the America’s cup in 1983 after the New York Yacht club had successfully defended it for 132 years, the longest winning streak in sporting history. This image is a bit abstract but you can see the yachts in the reflection.
Reflections from the restaurant at Matilda Bay part of Perth’s Swan River in Western Australia
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About one and half hour’s drive from the cosmopolitan metropolis that is Melbourne is the beautiful Yarra Valley.
A region of wine and food it’s also very beautiful and as does most of southern Victoria it has four distinct seasons.
I mention that because most of Australia has really just two. Usually cool and hot or wet and dry or a combination of both.
Here in Healesville the centre of the Yarra valley I spotted a colourful alley of deciduous trees just in the process of loosing their leaves during autumn (or ‘fall’)
A garden alleyway in Healesville in Victoria’s Yarra Valley
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The travel photography FAQ’s are on hold for now. But they will back in a new form on new site so watch this space! In the meantime more photos from around the globe.
Perth in Western Australia was once a sleepy city far from anywhere and where getting a good coffee was always a challenge. That’s all changed now and there are coffee places everywhere that all have good coffee. In my suburb, Subiaco, 3 km’s from the city centre there are around 20 different café’s or places to get a coffee along its main strip.
Why do my photos of landscapes look ordinary?
Ever taken a photo of a beautiful scene and found that even after you thought it looked OK in the rear screen, once it was displayed on your computer at home it looked nothing like you remember it. Usually that’s caused by a rush of blood to the head that tricks you into believing you can capture the scene before you (usually a landscape). Most common faults are that everything is too small, too much sky, too much foreground, e.g. grass, or it just looks uninspiring. When composing a scene look to use the rule of thirds and place the horizon carefully away from the centre either high if the sky is uninteresting or blown out and the foreground has some points of interest like interesting rock formations or place it low if the sky is full of interesting cloud formations or colour. Make sure the horizon is straight and if you have the sun at your back watch out for your shadow. Finally play around with different positions and zoom in and out.
Here’s an interesting landscape
Cottesloe Beach reflection. Taken through the thought process piece of art on Cottesloe beach in Western Australia
Kings Park in my home town Perth, at over 400 hectares or 1000 acres, is the biggest inner city park in the world. Situated on Mount Eliza it overlooks the Perth CBD and is one of the biggest tourist attractions in Western Australia thanks to its diversity of attractions, beauty and activities. It’s also very popular with walkers, cyclists and joggers. This is one of the many joggers thrashing their hearts all in the name of health, that I snapped running past me in quite dim light just after a touch of rain.
Jogger at Dusk in Kings Park Perth the biggest inner city park in the world and is very popular with joggers. This area overlooks the Perth CBD.
So let’s just recap on the tips 5-9: No 5 was a recap of the previous 4 which were briefly: 1. keep your camera on, 2. Turn off the flash, 3. Use auto ISO, 4. Avoid Camera shake by using the viewfinder if fitted or if not, by tucking those arms in.
So number 6: Select a tripod to suit your camera and lens and invest in a cable release or use the timer.
7. Don’t think that because someone has an expensive camera that they will create great images - it’s not the gear that makes great art but the person behind the camera.
8. Use RAW if you want great images but only if you are prepared to invest some time in front of the computer
9. Use JPEG if you don’t want to spend time in front of the camera, can’t afford big memory cards or need speed for quick successive burst shooting.
There are numerous other tips I could give but I’ll stop there and as from next week I will post my top 10 travel photography tips. However feel free to ask me a question on taking photos. I may not know the answer but I’ll probably know where to find it! Ciao
Yellow Balloon reflection on the Yarra river in Melbourne Australia
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Lake Ballard is long way from nowhere. Head north from Kalgoorlie in Western Australia’s goldfields and turn left after 150 k’s and eventually you hit Lake Ballard, a mostly dry salt lake. For a salt lake it looks much less like salt and more like red dirt. These sculptures were created by Anthony Gormley and originally only put there for the Perth International arts festival in 2003 but somehow they have remained as a tourist attraction. How many of you have spotted the Kangaroo hopping across?
Antony Gormley Sculptures on Lake Ballard, 200km north of Kalgoorlie in Western Australia
Perth in Western Australia sits on the western edge of the Australian continent is the world’s most isolated capital city. Its also a city of spectacular scenery and happens to be my home. This is the Swan river that snakes its way some 90 km from its beginnings to the Indian ocean. The city itself is about a km to the east (left). 1/125 @ f8 120MM ISO400
Merry Xmas to all you out there! I hope to bring you some different images and info next year.
For all of you in the snowy and cold parts of the northern hemisphere I’ll be somewhere like this on xmas day morning (and as its going to 38C (100F) for the next 7 days) probably every day for the rest of the week!
This is Nick the primary photographer and blogger for katin images. The images on this site are from all parts of the globe and we hope all tell a story.
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A few months ago I went to Fotofreo. Fotofreo is an annual month long photography festival held in Fremantle, Western Australia. It’s a candy store for anyone who loves photography whether you’re involved in the industry or just love looking at great art. There are workshops and special events as well but the main course is the exhibitions. Martin Parr, Christian Fletcher, Les Walking and Peter Eastway all had or were part of exhibitions.
I say part of because the biggest exhibition was held in Midland 40 kilometres east of Freo and about 20 east of Perth. Sixty photographers from all over the globe exhibited their work there. It was mind blowing.
For anyone looking to go next year (or even be a part of it) the website is www.fotofreo.com. Sadly none of the works displayed are on the site. So you’ll have to settle for a couple of ours.
I have just started a project to document in images, the essence of Subiaco an older suburb of Perth Australia. 3k’s from the city, it was settled in 1851 by the Benedictine monks of Subiaco Italy and is full of characteristic homes from the turn of the 20th century to the 1930′s it also has its fair share of characters. This is Mary who has lived in a our street for over 30 years and she had a few choice things to say about life today. I’ll add more as I go.