I try not to compliment Christian Fletcher too often. However, when I first went to Karijini, I 'noticed' a book in the Resort's reception that Christian none too subtly slipped under my nose. It was his book, of course, and it's a great book. All shot on film, which means there was a greater degree of difficulty required, and it's still for sale, not because it's a slow seller, rather I think he just printed thousands of them. I haven't looked in his garage lately to see if there are more there...
What I remember from this book are the photographs of reflections taken in the amazing Karijini gorges. While there are many other great locations and subjects in the book (there's heaps of variety up in Karijini), I wondered how he got such vibrant reds and oranges, often contrasted against rich blues and greens. The colour palette was simply exquisite.
I'm not talking about mirror reflections, although there are plenty of these as well, rather splashes and accents of colour within the frame. When we walked down into Weano and Dales gorges that first trip, I still didn't quite see how he had achieved his results, but with a little practice, suddenly I could see reflections everywhere. The rich reds of the Pilbara reflect in water at all times of the day, but you get that great colour contrast by shooting the gorge in shadow when the water is reflecting the sunlit escarpments.
The image above was taken in Hamersley Gorge. Hamersley is a bit of a drive from where we stay at the Karijini Eco Resort, but with weather and road conditions allowing, it's a location we'll visit again this year. I think we'll try to get there even earlier in the afternoon so everyone has time to find lots of reflections.
And I realise I'm not fooling anyone by running a photograph of Karijini given Tony Hewitt and I are taking a group of photographers there this April. We still have plenty of places available, but if you are thinking of it, drop me an email so we can put your name on the list. It helps us plan things, including how many helpers we may need, how many eco-tents and so on. And if you need to fly in from Newman, then booking flights sooner rather than later is a good idea as well.
You can read all about the workshop in a great little publication we've produced - visit the www.betterphotography.com website and go to the Workshops section in the online shop.
The photograph below is the raw image processed out of Capture One software with very little adjustment. The colour is all there in the original file. The image above has a small number of layer adjusments which could have been happily made in either Capture One or Photoshop.