Townsville Seascapes

Discussion in 'Scenic, Architecture, and Travel' started by MattNQ, Aug 1, 2012.

  1. MattNQ

    MattNQ Mu-43 Regular

    Jul 31, 2012
    having just joined, I thought I'd share few shots of one of Townsville's more interesting bits coastline as part of my introduction.
    EPL1 + 9-18mm




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  2. jloden

    jloden Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 15, 2012
    Hunterdon County, NJ
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    Those are gorgeous seascapes, thanks for sharing!
  3. xellz

    xellz Mu-43 Rookie

    Aug 1, 2012
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    Really like your style. Also enjoy high contrast landscapes. Hope i can get oly 9-18 soon, really miss wide angle.
  4. Roger

    Roger Mu-43 Regular

    Jul 2, 2011
    Western PA
    You might be new here, but it doesn't look like you're new at photography. Those are great images - wall hangers.
  5. LVL8hacker

    LVL8hacker Mu-43 Veteran

    Jan 4, 2012
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    Larry Anderson
    I love the first shot! Would really like to see it a bit larger :)
  6. MattNQ

    MattNQ Mu-43 Regular

    Jul 31, 2012
    Thanks all for looking & the kind comments.
    Roger, you are correct - I'm not new to photography. I got my EPL1 almost 2 years ago, which was the first time I have explored settings on any camera beyond Auto, and it has been a fairly steep learning curve since then. I do enjoy trying different things, especially with water movement.

    Lawrence, I'll try this to see if it appears larger (linked from Smugmug)

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  7. LVL8hacker

    LVL8hacker Mu-43 Veteran

    Jan 4, 2012
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    Larry Anderson
    NICE!. I like the fact that you can see someone fishing off the lets me know even though the picture looks out of my reach and so perfect, one day I too could be standing on that dock. WONDERFUL
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  8. dannat

    dannat Mu-43 Regular

    May 2, 2010
    Melbourne Australia
    the bigger size looks great
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  9. krugorg

    krugorg Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jul 18, 2011
    Minnesota USA
    Great work, Matt!
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  10. justin4192

    justin4192 Mu-43 Regular

    Dec 27, 2011
    Fairfax, VA, USA
    Beautiful photos! Great composition and lighting!
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  11. TDP

    TDP Guest

    wow, great long exposures and color tones
  12. flash

    flash Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Apr 29, 2010
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    These are awesome. Thanks for sharing.

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  13. riverr02

    riverr02 Mu-43 Veteran

    May 2, 2011
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    Very, very nice.
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  14. RevBob

    RevBob Super Moderator

    Jun 4, 2011
    NorthWestern PA
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    Wow, nicely done! :thumbup:
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  15. JudyM

    JudyM Mu-43 All-Pro

    May 5, 2010
    Westminster, MD
    Wow, these are gorgeous. I agree, #1 looks smashing as a larger image. I'd have it hanging on my wall if it were mine.
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  16. David

    David Mu-43 Veteran

    Jun 22, 2011
    lovely photos. I was looking for places to go for a holiday. NOw I think I know
    where to go.
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  17. Johnytuono

    Johnytuono Mu-43 Regular

    Feb 10, 2012
    Lancs., UK
    Great shots!! Just came here after looking at your B&W shots. Both sets are great!
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  18. beckyi90

    beckyi90 Mu-43 Rookie

    May 21, 2012
    Stockton, UK
    Love the photos :)
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  19. Livnius

    Livnius Super Moderator

    Jul 7, 2011
    Melbourne. Australia
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    Awesome images 'em.

    I'm glad to see some really nicely done long exposure wide angle landscape shots....I've only just recently bought a cokin P holder and some Hitech filters...(4 stop ND - 2 stop soft grad - and a 2 stop reverse grad) and am hoping to take the pana 7-14 out to give it a try.

    I'd love to know more about your kit and process you used for the shots....did you use just straight up ND filters or grads as well ? Also the warm tint...was that done in post or with a filter ?

    Sorry to hit you up with so many questions but I am only a newbie too having got off auto mode only a year ago.

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  20. MattNQ

    MattNQ Mu-43 Regular

    Jul 31, 2012
    Hi Joe. I don't mind the questions.
    My kit is fairly simple - EPL1 with the 9-18mm M.Zuiko.
    I have a Cokin P holder with Cokin GND filters. I have previously used a screw in ND filter with the GND, but it does vignette on the 9-18mm, so I usually don't use them together.

    For most shots on the rocks, I use a Joby Gorillapod - you can set it up almost anywhere - nice and secure on uneven rocks.
    Exposures are really not that long. Here I am usually looking for interesting water movement, so I start at around 1/4 second shutter speed & move up & down depending on wave speed until I get the texture & shapes I want
    The best shots are usually close to the water, so I often get my feet wet. Seems simple, but one of my most useful purchases was a good quality pair of surf shoes. plenty of grip on wet rocks.

    The warm tint on #1 was post processing. Other processing was usual levels, highlights, saturation etc
    #1 & #2 I had to lighten some of the rocks where the GND had darkened them a bit too much.
    #3 also has a little software GND filter applied as well, but there is still no substitute for the real thing.
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