Totality

November 20, 2012

Once again, I’m well overdue for a post, having had so much stuff happen since my last post.

The Featured image? I’ll get to that soon…

I’m still processing Iceland shots, though, at a much slower pace than in previous weeks. Life and other shooting opportunities had presented themselves so I continued on with side projects and put the rest of the processing onto the backburner. I’ve still got thousands of shots to sort through and work through, but there’s many months ahead for that!

So what have I been up to apart from working and not doing processing? Well first things’ first, I got an unexpected opportunity to go to Cairns, Australia and photograph the total Solar Eclipse that happened on November 14. After some initial scouting, I had chosen Palm Cove to be my shooting position. Unbeknownst to me, it was the prime location where everyone wanted to be, because it was where the Eclipse could be seen at its’ fullest point. Bummer hey, my idea composition had to be reworked when I arrived at 4am to find row after row of tripods all watched over by glaring photographers, amateur and professional, as well as astronomers and sky watchers.

^ The beach at Palm Cove, the day before, I was scouting for the right place to view this event.

I was completely unprepared, and threw a small collection of miscellaneous filters into my camera bag before leaving. I had no idea how to photograph an Eclipse, I had heard of a solar filter, but didn’t have time to get one. I went along figuring that I’d photograph the landscape when the darkness hit, when the moon crossed in front of the sun. The time came and since I couldn’t look at the sun, I grabbed my 720nm Infrared filter from the bag, held it front of my eye, and voila! Eclipse! In a mad rush I attached the filter to the front of my Sigma 120-400mm lens- mounted on my D700, and continued to take photos. To get still shots, shooting directly into the eclipse, I had to crank up the iso, some would say stupid-high for the D700, and I’d agree, at 6400… But it was worth it. It was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be at the right place, at the right time for Totality.

Some images? i think so…

^ Eclipse Totality

^ Those pesky clouds that were teasing us… taunting some!

^ Some of the watchers, the many clouds hanging around, threatening to ruin the event, and the beach…

Okay, onto the Featured Image.

I’ve been chasing storms, can you tell?

This beauty was taken at Wildhorse Mountain lookout on Sunday. After a rather fruitless Saturday of storm chasing, having only gotten one half-decent shot of some crawlers:

We decided to brush off our egos and try again on Sunday. Having trawled over predictions, forecasts and weather models, we decided to take the gamble and head north, afterall, having a storm cross this lookout has been a long-held dream. We got our way and saw some amazing cloud formations!

^ The rounded eye of the beast. Can also be found here on Flickr

All in all, we chased 3 storms and got photos of all 3. To be fair, we stood at the Wildhorse lookout and caught both two that passed by. Taking photos and cowering from the rain as it passed through and threatened to wet our camera bags, then send a swarm of disgruntled midgies after our fresh blood. Observing the weather radar, models and charts constantly, there was another beast headed for Brisbane, and still being on the Sunshine coast, we decided to head towards brisbane in the hope of intercepting number three. We initially got to Nudgee beach, realised we were too far south and the view obscured by mangroves, so we high-tailed it back to  Redcliffe’s Woody Point, and watched it drift in from there. Here’s a Panorama of it coming to get us…

And finally, this has ended up in the Iceland category, because Josh has uploaded some of the video footage that he took. The many hours have boiled down into 7 of the best minutes of your life. I highly recommend that you view:



And that’s it for now folks!


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