Terry Boyd Photography: Blog http://www.terryboydphotography.com.au/blog en-us (C) Terry Boyd Photography terrywboyd@gmail.com (Terry Boyd Photography) Sat, 30 Jul 2016 03:25:00 GMT Sat, 30 Jul 2016 03:25:00 GMT http://www.terryboydphotography.com.au/img/s/v-5/u546681150-o806244324-50.jpg Terry Boyd Photography: Blog http://www.terryboydphotography.com.au/blog 120 120 Outpost http://www.terryboydphotography.com.au/blog/2016/7/outpost
In late July 2016, I took advantage of the half-price offer on Tasmania's #ThreeCapesTrack and although this is not the sort of walk I would normally do, I can honestly say I wasn't disappointed. With hut accommodation making tent carrying unnecessary and the expertly constructed track keeping the boots dry all the way(!), it was fast and extremely enjoyable. Besides, the aging knees were quite sore enough at the end of four days!
 
This image was captured at dawn on day 3 of the walk. Leaving Munro hut just after 5 a.m., I raced seven dark kilometres to reach this location in time for sunrise. Most of the (several kilometres of) boardwalk on the track was iced over following the preceding day's snowfall and my boots offered pretty tenuous purchase as I skidded along in the light of my headtorch. Having been thus held up by a very real potential for injury (and an intense dislike for pain), the last kilometre was a race with the light. So many beautiful moonlit compositions presented themselves on either side before I reached the Blade, that I almost missed my primary goal. Easy distraction is an unfortunate personality trait of mine, as those who know me will attest, and one that rarely works to advantage for a photographer!
 
The 29m high Tasman Island Lighthouse stands at the 276m high point of the island. Constructed in 1906 and unmanned since 1976, the light provides essential navigational assistance to shipping, great and small. The spectacular vantage point of the Blade (seen in the foreground), is a narrow spine of dolerite on Cape Pillar, that juts out towards Tasman Island. Having sailed around the island and its very welcome light on several occasions during Sydney-Hobart yacht races, it was a thrill to be able to walk to where I was able to look across, rather than up from below. Rain squalls passed just off the coast, providing a natural diffusion filter for this beautiful rosy light, without getting me wet (or more importantly, my gear). The wind had been very strong for several days, reaching 113 kph the previous day and was still a good 60 kph when I arrived at my rocky perch. So I was very quick to choose a somewhat less precarious stance for my tripod than I'd initially planned, preferring not to see my gear blown off into the seething brine below, or (more importantly) see myself joining in its certain demise.
 
This image is made up of five individual, overlapping frames, shot in portrait format. These photos were then blended into one, seamless image. I hope you enjoy it.
 
TB
 
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terrywboyd@gmail.com (Terry Boyd Photography) Australia Tasman Peninsula Tasmania Three Capes Track coast dawn island lighthouse ocean outdoor rocky rugged sea seascape serene stormy sunrise water http://www.terryboydphotography.com.au/blog/2016/7/outpost Fri, 29 Jul 2016 10:45:31 GMT
Dark and Deep http://www.terryboydphotography.com.au/blog/2013/5/dark-and-deep I do not consider myself unobservant, yet there are places within the region in which I have lived for over 25 years, that seem to have remained hidden from my view despite my having walked or driven by on many occasions. Perhaps it is our state of mind at a given time, that imputes new significance to what has up to that time, been merely ordinary. What ever the reason, I was recently distracted from a planned shoot by this path, stretching mysteriously away into an overgrown background and the words of Robert Frost's poem came to my mind. It would appear that Frost was similarly distracted one winter's evening, by the deep, dark beauty of a forest. Despite the absence of falling snow and my "horse" being a trusty Toyota, there must have been sufficient similarity in my imagination.

 

Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening

Robert Frost

Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the village though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.
 
My little horse must think it queer
To stop without a farmhouse near
Between the woods and frozen lake
The darkest evening of the year.
 
He gives his harness bells a shake
To ask if there is some mistake.
The only other sound’s the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake.
 
The woods are lovely, dark and deep.
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.

 

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terrywboyd@gmail.com (Terry Boyd Photography) Australian bush Dandenong Ranges Forest Nature Path Trees Winter Woods http://www.terryboydphotography.com.au/blog/2013/5/dark-and-deep Sun, 26 May 2013 23:29:15 GMT
The best-laid schemes o' mice and men http://www.terryboydphotography.com.au/blog/2013/5/the-best-laid-schemes-o-mice-and-men With an unexpected morning off my "day job" two days back, I headed off to a small waterfall near home, which I rather hoped had benefited from recent rains in our area. The Sherbrooke Falls is definitely no Niagara. That is say it is rather modest, even unimpressive, both in height and in cubic metres per second. What I did not know at the time was that a massive Mountain Ash tree had come down across the Sherbrooke Creek, one of its limbs hitting and badly damaging the small footbridge, forcing Parks Vic to close the track.

Thinks: "Hmm! I've only got an hour or two before work... I've already walked up here (not far really) and have to walk back to the car... I actually don't have to cross the bridge..."

Tripod and Pelican case in hand, carefully around the bright RED bunting, down the slippery bank to the water and set to work. I can't say the resulting shots were outstanding, even good, but I managed to find some little treasures and learned a bit more about the world of ND filters and mental arithmetic. (Thank heavens I shoot in RAW!) All too soon the curse of all waterfall photography was upon me as the sun rose over the Mountain Ash canopy, the clouds parted and all was "bright and beautiful" (read "over-lit, over-contrast, over the shoot").

Please take a look at my photo "Born of Originality" taken on the day.

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terrywboyd@gmail.com (Terry Boyd Photography) Australian bush Dandenong Ranges Sherbrooke closeup falls ferns green water waterfall http://www.terryboydphotography.com.au/blog/2013/5/the-best-laid-schemes-o-mice-and-men Thu, 23 May 2013 02:55:43 GMT