Using a tilt shift lense

The weather has been terrible, thus limiting photo opportunities. So The Doc decided to write a practical guide on using a tilt shift lense. Teaching himself how to properly use a tilt shift lense has been one of the challenges The Doc has set himself on the Adventure.

Tilt shift lenses are not for everyone but they are great for landscape shots. They are also useful for architectural and product photography. They can also be used for creating miniature effects. Click here for the Guide.

A shot taken with a tilt shift lenses at Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary.


Camera Equipment

Something for gearheads this time. The Doc is increasingly using filters in his landscape work, examples include the recent Ballina Lighthouse work and many of the landscape shots in Flinders Island. The Doc is just not using filters but interestingly he is using a tilt shift lens to get panoramic shots.

As part of the research over the years he has a large list of resources on filters. So this has been added to the blog, here.

Ballina Lighthouse

A quick trip down to Ballina Lighthouse this morning to test a new filter. It worked well.

While photographing someone came up to ask about AWC, it turns out it was Simone, a former AWC employee. I recognised Simone from the AWC slides I scanned recently of Mornington Sanctuary. It is a small world. The mobile AWC Billboard delivers again.

The black and white versions.

Next stop Byron Bay Lighthouse.

Goonengerry National Park

The Doc visited Goonengerry National Park in Northern NSW today. A mysterious park to say the least. No signs telling you how to get there, one road in and then all the trails are blocked. No facilities, but not that far from Nightcap National Park.

National Parks website has lots of information “This park was created in January 1999. It covers an area of 440 hectares.” Sarcasm off. Some further research reveals it has the largest population of Albert’s Lyrebirds. They clearly do not want people to visit.

Albert’s Lyrebird are named after Prince Albert, the prince consort of Queen Victoria.

Be one of the very few that have seen the Park.

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Flinders Island – vistas

The howling winds died down today, so The Doc managed a few shots. These photos are all stitched panoramas, usually 2 or images. Locations include Sawyers Bay, Mt Killiecrankie, Castle Rock Point (that rock is massive) and the view from Walkers Lookout across Darling Range towards Mt Strzelecki. Click on each image to see larger version.


Flinders Island – lichen

A miserable day today, raining and windy, so The Doc explored the Island, locating places to photograph. The 2 lookouts were disappointing, but Cameron’s Inlet, Lady Barron and Strezlecki National Park look promising.

Some wildlife was seen, a small echidna and a few Bennetts Wallabies. Some birds are breeding including swans, plovers and moorhens, all of which had young. The Doc saw 2 Cape Barren Geese in a field and a large number of Pacific Gulls in a field. This does seem to be a stronghold of the Pacific Gull, which mostly breeds off shore on one the 54 islands in the Furneaux Group, Flinders being one of the 54 islands.

The Doc continues to see Green Rosellas, but has not had a chance to get a nice photo as yet.

Back to Whitemark, the first township on the Island, for lunch. It use to be known as White Mark, but when the telegraph arrived and charged by the word, locals began to call it Whitemark.

The clouds are breaking up a little, but the wind remains strong. Whether that helps the sunset remains to be seen. Doing homework to photograph Mt Killecrankie at sunset. Unfortunately the wind gusts were too strong to take photos.

Granite is widespread across the Island and in many places it is covered in lichen, some amazing colours and textures. A small selection.