All posts tagged: Portarlington

Another One Coming into the Corner - B&W

The Efex of Silver

Today’s post is not really a tutorial, but it will be tutorial like.  I thought I would show you what Silver Efex Pro 2 by Nik Software looks like and some of the possibilities that can be done with it. First of all we need to select an image.  We might start by doing one of the cycling images. The image needs to be opened in Photoshop as Silver Efex Pro 2 is a plugin and you can get it for Photoshop or Lightroom. You can see there how to open up Silver Efex, go to Filters, then down to Nik Software, click on Silver Efex Pro 2. This is what it looks like in Silver Efex.  The image is changed to Black and White straight away.  I have highlighted in red, on the left, all the presets that come with Silver Efex.  There are many more, but you have to keep scrolling down to see them. I have selected High Key 1 for this, just to show you a different one.  It obviously isn’t any …

Criterium Continues in Portarlington

The Mitchelton Bay Cycling Classic continued on to Portarlington yesterday.  Another wonderful day as far as the weather went.  Blue skies with lots of fluffy clouds.  Perfect for taking photos.  I have some more for you today, I hope you aren’t getting too bored with them. I look at the images and think I could do this or that to them, but right now there is no time, I am having a hard time just getting the posts done each day, no time for fancy editing. The image above was taken from ground level, well almost, and she was coming into the corner.  I love shots like these, and I am getting the impression you do as well. For me, this is a fantastic shot, there are lots of cyclists around, but you really only see one.  It is also a very hard shot to get.  You have to be good at panning, but more on that tomorrow. While there yesterday, I decided to play with my Holga lens and the fish-eye attachment that I …

Bayside Storms

More on Portarlington

I have been sorting my photos from the bay crits, I need to get them up on my website, but thought that today I would show you the HDR images that I like from Portarlington. The sky in this one isn’t as dramatic, but I like the pier, the people fishing off the end and  how that leads you to the city in the very far distance.  It gives you an idea of how far away the city of Melbourne is. Again the sky isn’t as moody as ones to follow, but you can see the boats.  You can see how far the tide was out that you could walk a long way out and the water wouldn’t even be up to your ankles.  You can also see that it is raining somewhere between there and the city. If I zoom out and take in more, then you can see more of the cloudy sky.  You can’t see much detail of the pier and the water and the boats, but does that matter?  I think …

Wlking Out on the Pier

Waiting for a Cool Change

Yesterday while I was in Portarlington the cool change came through, as predicted, though no rain, very stormy looking skies though. I took this image out the back of the racing, just as it finished.  It was nice looking at the darkening skies.  Such a change after what we went through the day before.  It was refreshing to see. This is a HDR image with a series of 5 bracketed shots.  I am still working on making them not so surreal, but somehow I can’t seem to stop, well, sometimes it seems to suit the images. You can see in the image that it is raining, but looks like it is raining on the water.  It didn’t stop people from enjoying the beach. I went down to the beach on my way to my car.  It was so nice and cool down there. This was one of the last images I took.  The clouds were so dark but it really didn’t stop anyone from having a good time. I love cloudy dark skies and I …

Old House Geelong Road

Missed Opportunities

Often when I go away to photograph cycling events, I see things that I think will be good images, but, I either don’t have the time to stop and take photos, or it is the wrong time of the day.  Cycling outside always seems to happen in the middle of the day, the worse time for photography.  Imagine really early morning races, the amazing shots you could get, or late in the day. This is from Portarlington, and this shot was taken during the Jayco Bay Cycling Classic, a 4 day event with criteriums each day, and in different places.  This year stage 2 was in Portarlington.  I believe next year stage 3 is. This image could be interesting, but the city is too far away and a better sky might have made for a more interesting shot.  One of the things I have always liked about Melbourne is how the only real high rises we have are in the city, so you can always tell where the city is.  We are across the bay here, no …

2011 Jayco Bay Cycling Classic

The first big cycling event for 2011.  Lots and lots of riders, and lots and lots of spectators, and of course lots and lots of photographers.  Seems like every second person there had a camera.  There were many official photographers there, as always, from various media outlets and some freelancers like me.  There seemed to be people with blue bibs everywhere, the blue bibs indicating that they have media accreditation.  I had one as well for each day. This was my second year at the bay crits.  Last year when I did it I felt I had a lot to learn, being one of the first real events that I had photographed.  At that time I had only had my camera for less than a month and still didn’t really know what I was doing.  I’ve learned a lot since then and my goals have changed for taking photos at events like this.  I was keen to have another go and had been waiting for this event for the last few months.  Though, having said …