Hamersley Gorge. Is this a different view? Probably not!
My little comment about originality in photography received a lot of supportive comments a few weeks back. However, sometimes when you visit a location, it can be difficult to be original. And even when you try something new, chances are someone else has done it before you.
Such as this 'different' view of Spa Pool at Hamersley Gorge. The front of this amazing rock formation has become very popular in recent years, so when Tony Hewitt and I visited there last week with ten intrepid photographers, I looked for an angle that was 'different'. Well, different for me, but I am sure there are many photographers viewing this newsletter who have taken a similar angle.
Don't get me wrong. If you visit Hamersley Gorge, I think you should photograph the pool from the front. It's like visiting Uluru or the Sydney Opera House. It's a rite of passage for all of us to photograph these icons and to add them to our portfolio.
However, I have been lucky enough to visit Hamersley a couple of times before, so on this occasion, I had the luxury of looking for something that was new for me - and hopefully my treatment of the image will make it distinctively mine.
It has been photographed with a 23mm Rodenstock Digaron lens on an Alpa TC with a Phase One IQ180 medium format back. The raw file was processed in Capture One and the final post-production in Photoshop. The bright colour on the water in the background is natural, just in case you were wondering, as is the colour of the rocks on the right. Most unlike me, isn't it!
If you're interested in joining Tony Hewitt and me on our next trip to New Zealand this June, we have some places left and we are definitely going. Think of it as nearly a week of high-powered photographic instruction, from our capture secrets all the way through to one-on-one post-production instruction in the New Zealand High Country. And unlike Hamersley Gorge, I can guarantee that some of our locations will have been seen by very few photographers before!
But don't take my word for it! There's a great little e-brochure I've created which has all the details - click here to have a look!