December 29, 2008

Christmas trip to Bermagui

Hey there,

Yes I am updating my blog once again in the very early hours of today, and the time now is 4:13am.

OK so here are my photos from my trip away with my family, I tried to be as creative as possible in both capturing the shots as well as processing them. With one shot in particular using 'the chair' once again, I found that when just observing the subject for the shot and its location I found it to be full of emotion and I tried my best to capture it with this shot here with having my mum and sister sitting on 'the chair'. I also had to explain to mum that my reason for taking a photo from this angle was to be creative as she was bewildered as why I was behind her when I asked her to sit down so I could take a photo of her and my sister.


This is the end result I have and here is what 'the chair' looks like from a distance.


and thank you to my mum and sister for helping, here is a photo of them to make my mum happy for taking a photo of her back.


Then next up is my attempt at landscape photography, I have no idea what I'm doing at all when it comes to landscape photography. The only basic knowledge is to use a smaller aperture such as f.10 onwards so that more of the photo is in focus. Luckily we stumbled onto a beach called Aragunnu Beach in Mimosa Rocks National Park, I have to say it was a very nice beach which was very well hidden. As you will see with a lot of my shots I have bumped up the saturation a bit, I've recently just started playing around with the saturation so if you have any tips please be sure to leave me a comment as I'm still trying to find the right combination of contrast, levels, saturation and colour balance adjustment. I mainly use (Auto Levels) and slightly adjust colour balance (sometimes I don't even bother) and a bit of contrast here and there and either reduce or increase the saturation until I get the right amount of each. At the end of the day I managed 3 shots of what I would call decent landscape photography and this is what I would say be my best shot of Aragunnu Beach. The rest can be found in the link at the end of this post.


On the other hand I have a couple of shots where I've reduced the saturation and even desaturated the entire photo. The photos where I've completely desaturated them actually look better and it brings about a different feel to the whole photo. An example would be this one.


This is when I was standing under the tree next to 'the chair' and I just pointed my camera straight up and took the photo. I didn't really think much of it at the time but when I was reviewing my photos I thought that maybe I could do something creative with this and I think I've achieved it with this shot.

Next would be just reducing the saturation a bit rather than desaturating the whole photo. I've seen this a lot with a friends photo (Nam - Kyobi Images) so I thought I'd give it a try as well. Here is a shot of my dad and sister, at the time there was a bit of overcast so the colours weren't originally vibrant so I didn't have to reduce much saturation to get the final result.


Yes I know they are doing a very 'Asian' pose but hey, you can't choose family.

In conclusion (deja vu - it feels like im writing a lab report :P) it was a very worthwhile trip, I did manage 3 nights of fishing which was awesome! we caught about 40 fish in total and it was either Australian Salmon or Taylor, here's a shot of what we caught on the first night and my size 41-42 Havianna thongs so you could get an idea of how big the fish are.


Thanks again to all those who read my blog and as always, please be sure to leave comments and for the rest of the photos from my trip you can find them here be sure to check them out also.

Goodnight and peace out, I think I'm going to call it a night.

-Steven Le

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