Category Archives: Photography
Part of the town every kid knows, the local pool is a netted off area of the sea, adjacent to the jetty.
and a wider view from further up the jetty.
In the background is the preserved, last remaining chimney from the old smelting stacks, square shaped in the Cornish tradition. And I just found this shot from the old days:
Even in this shot, the big Hughes Stack stands out. Click on the image to be taken to the SA Memory page describing the photograph and giving information about the smelting era.
This shot shows the underside of the massive conveyor belt from Wallaroo’s grain silo complex to the jetty where the grain is loaded onto ships (see yesterday’s pic). The support structure is used by hundreds of cormorants for roosting.
And a wider shot:
Both shot in the evening.
This one took a lot of work and was worth it if only for the learning experience. I liked the combination of waves and ripples in the original photograph but there were too many blown reflections. This crop was about the only one worth working on. I’d been trying to brush the blown highlights out but that never seemed to work so I dragged a grad filter up and was surprised when that brought a better integration of the highlights to the rest of the picture.
Still an interesting shot, I think. I like the way some of the ripples are like wispy clouds floating above the rocks.
Ship is probably headed into Wallaroo. In opposition to yesterday’s shot, this one had huge numbers of adjustments, to highlight the blue and green sea differences, bring out the silhouette of the ship and then balance it all. Ended up with two grad filters, one dragged down from top right and one from bottom left, the former to darken the sky and highlight the ship at the edge of dark and light; the latter to brighten the rocks at the bottom of the shot and highlight the sea. Turned out ok I think.
which, I believe, are actually cockles.
This is one of those very few pictures that needed no enhancement at all. Anything I might have done would have wrecked the balance. It isn’t a great shot in terms of subject matter, not one I would add to a portfolio, but the crop, colour balance and lighting are just right.
Held the camera down very low to this rock pool and shot along the water. The rocks are about eighteen inches high.
I made the usual corrections to enhance the picture but also dragged a graduated filter with lowered exposure down from the top right corner to the middle of the shot.
Have I mentioned that I like shooting rock pools?
I liked the arrangement of rocks and water and it was only when I finished tweaking the values that I noticed that the rock in the top left of the picture looked like a hand with forefinger extended and rest of fingers curled into palm. Weird.
Maybe one of Terry Pratchett’s trolls, trying his hand at trout tickling.
I thought of brightening just the hand to make it stand out but like the way it is only barely is realised.