The other day I was sitting around home and I got a text message with a very interesting invitation. Christine Wilson had decided at the last minute to go to Dog Rocks and wanted to know if I was interested. My response was where is that, but at the same time, I was thinking new place to take photos. I loved the spontaneity of the invitation, and hope it happens again. I was to find out that Dog Rocks a small place near Bateford, and near Geelong. I googled it before I went, got something about something for dogs, but then I started to see some incredible images. When we go there it was bright and sunny, and our hopes of lots of clouds for some long exposures were dashed, but I was so pleased to have been introduced to this place.
So, what is it? It seems to be a paddock that is now a park, but the land is very barren. There are lots of rocks, and big rocks on it, and a few weird shaped trees. There was a cluster, or group, or what a group of trees is called, just looked up google and maybe a copse. Our hopes of a cloudy sky disappeared as the clouds all went, so no chance of long exposures.
It was probably the wrong time to be there, and as I looked through my photos I wondered what I would do with them. There is something I have been pondering on for some time now, about doing images and using the Australian summer light to make my images, to use the harshness of the light. I don’t quite know how yet, but going to this place gave me some ideas and I played around with them with that idea in mind.
So I played with the colour and actually used some over exposed images. The summer light here is very very harsh, and it flattens everything and it does seem to take the colour out. Everything around the country is brown, or golden, so I thought why not emphasis that.
I also thought about trying some in black and white, see if they would come up better. I was having trouble with the sky, so put in a cloudy sky. It was interesting as it was obvious where the sun was so I had to be careful which sky I choose. I hope this is the right one.
Again another replaced sky. The rock formations were quite incredibly too. I have no idea what sort of rock it was, but you will see more in the gallery. Some of the bigger ones had little ponds in them, and even overflows.
I was so happy Christine had invited me. Of course people go there to photograph the trees, well specially the tree in the black and white image above. I preferred the tree in the second image. It wasn’t too bad a drive, so I know I will go back at different times of the year, especially now that I know about it. I have a map of roughly where it is.
I hope that helps you.
I am going to put the rest of the images that I spent yesterday processing into a gallery for you now. We have a state election here today, it is turning out to be a big thing, a sign of things to come. I really hate the state of politics here and the cat fights that continue to happen between the two parties, and would really like to see them getting back to making Australia a better country for everyone, rather than a few. Anyway, no place for a discussion like that here and I think I will be spending a good part of the weekend playing with the new macro lens that arrived here yesterday, my own at last. I hope you have a good weekend, and take care.