Technique and Approach #3

For the third instalment of my series I would like to look at the Golden Hour.

That period of time 1 hr after sunrise or 1hr before sunset. Although I don't always shoot at this time, it certainly produces some beautiful light. Often creating unexpected and surprising colours with film.

This makes me happy.

The following image was shot only a month or so ago during WWIM (World Wide Insta-Meet) here in Brisbane. Atop Kangaroo Point overlooking the city. In this instance, focusing on the fauna growing along the cliff edge. The obvious being the city skyline. 

Focusing on the tree, with an almost identical one in the background giving it both a shadow  / silhouette look. Using Kodak Ultramax 400 Colour film, the colour was a little unexpected, but a wonderful surprise. 'Golden'. A slight vignette around the bottom where the sun slowly passes below the horizon. This has become of my favourite photographs. The golden colour, the silhouette. Simply nature.

I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.


For me photography is about the process. The technique. Application. How can I achieve this result or perhaps "I wonder what will happen if I" or use this element in this way. What result will I get? Learning, applying. The camera, the scene, lens and other 'tools' used. 

The process is just as important as the result. A series of thoughts, processes and applications. 

One of my recent images, "Essence of Bird". A trip out to an industrial area near the Port of Brisbane / Airport. I had often been fascinated with the polarisation effect / reflection from a rear view mirror. My natural curiosity / analytical mind led me to this. 

Shooting the mirror in bright sun beaming through the warehouses (main stage) for my image. A flock of birds rummaging about for worms or whatever they could find edible amongst the grass rubble. This particular one is a re-frame (shooting conditions limited my framing) from an original, something I seldom do. All colours, everything else is as is.

A kind of double exposure, I guess. Yes. A double exposure. Once again, fuelling my love of the often randomness of film/ vintage cameras.


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Mt Cootha (shortly after sparrow fart) Jan 2014, TTF, Canon A1, Canon FD 50mm f/1.8

Mt Cootha (shortly after sparrow fart) Jan 2014, TTF, Canon A1, Canon FD 50mm f/1.8

This is a huge change from where I've been. I did enjoyed my past photographic pursuits (mostly). But felt after 6 years, I couldn't do it to myself anymore. You know what they say (whoever "they" are or is), change is as good as a holiday. 

So around March 2013, I decided to shut down my photography business and pursue photography for myself. I also decided to shoot on film (something I had always dreamt of doing). So I have and here it is. My new site, Sea the Mountains.