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Popping Colour

Colour pop is a photography term that is described as ‘a digital effect in which part of an image is shown in colour, the rest of the image being in grey or a dull monochrome’.

All in all it doesn’t sound too fancy. It is an effect that is used a lot in photography. Some might say it is being overused. It is not a difficult effect to achieve, many cameras and apps are designed to get the job done quickly and easily, and to give photos a dramatic look by converting them to grey or black and white, and keeping a select detail in colour.

However, even though it is considered a bit daggy by many photographers, it is very popular with the wider public. It is a fun look, that can be very effective. The viewers eye and attention is drawn to the coloured areas, making it altogether a striking image and a good experience for your eyes.

Naturally, I’ve played around with it, too, although trying to stay away from the cliche red umbrella in the black and white rainy landscape. It’s a fine line.

Using local scenes, this is some of what I’ve come up with so far.






It’s about the Journey

A little while ago I wrote a post about the ‘The Perfect Sunset‘. In it I stated that I couldn’t find any foolproof information about predicting whether a sunrise or sunset is going to be one of the breathtaking ones or not. While I haven’t found any more scientific information in that regard, I have found myself a little bit more scientific background information about determining the exact spot where the sun will set (other than local knowledge and experience).

You might have learnt at school that the sun rises in the East and sets in the West, as I have. Well, it is true of course, but with quite a bit of variation. So, just a compass won’t help you much. A photo book I have in my possession recommends this Sun Compass. It is a cool little gadget, but as the explanation tells us, it is set for London, and one has to make adjustments of 5 Degrees per 500 miles. As I am pretty much on the opposite side of the world from London, this doesn’t seem very logic to me.

Some more searching found me this website which tells me (same as the local weather man on tv) the exact times for sunrise and sunset, the weather and a wealth of other information that can be quite useful when you’re thinking of going out to chase a sunset on a couple of days in the coming week.

But the best website that I found is this one which lets you type in your location and on the map you’ll see straight away the exact point of sunrise and the sunset.

Beautiful Lake Macquarie has many jetties. Jetties and sunsets go great together, always have, always will be. In my office I have a large map of the Lake. With the help of the Sun Calculator I have started to draw in the exact position of the sunsets. My iphone has a compass, so I always double check on that one when I’m out and about as well, that I am accurate. Over time I’ll have a perfect map and will know exactly which jetty I should aim for. I’ll share it with you then, promise  🙂

There may well be easier and better ways of getting this map done (I have no doubt that there are some apps out by now), but I do enjoy making my dot on the map every day. After all, some things are more about the journey than the destination.


Musical Sunset

“There is nothing more musical than a sunset. He who feels what he sees will find no more beautiful example of development in all that book which is, alas, musicians read but too little, the book of Nature.” Claude Debussy

My taste of music is fairly eclectic, I guess. My ipod just rolls its eyes and shrugs when I upload new songs. I like what I like and my mood and the surroundings I am in play a great role as to what I feel like listening to in that moment.

Sunsets are always classical music. Not opera or musical, no singing. Maybe piano, Tchaikovsky for example, or some Paganini violin, some Beethoven or Grieg. Or Debussy.

I’ve been down at the local jetty plenty of times to capture the sunset. Sunsets are already pretty cool, but sunsets over water are quite magical.

Now everyone who takes photographs will try his hand on sunsets at some stage. Even my young one comes running with his camera when the sky changes its colours. I think what makes them special is that they are a very fleeting moment in time. Couple of minutes and it’s all over.

So, at the local jetty, I’ve never been alone, there’s always half a dozen people with cameras jostling for the best spots, it’s almost getting competitive. This time I was lucky and, after trying a few variations, got the prime spot right smack bang at the end of the jetty. I was setting up my gear very concentrated, I was early enough. There was no wind on the ground, but the clouds were moving fairly fast, which is great. All the photos were taken on the same day, within 15 minutes from each other.

And Pachebel’s Canon was in my ear the whole time. Love that piece. And the peace.



Beautiful Lake Macquarie

Lake Macquarie, NSW, Australia, is a truly beautiful place to live. There is no time in any day where I don’t see something I need to capture. The light and the water are constantly changing. This is a small selection of my photos. The one with the rainbow was taken with my iphone, after the dog and I got absolutely soaked … talk about constantly changing 🙂

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