One of my priorities these past couple of weeks has been to try and show the best side of Brisbane city and for the most part I think the project has been successful. There have obviously been things out of my control like the weather, for example I have been up on tStorey Bridge three times in the last fortnight taking photos and haven’t ended up posting one of them because the clouds have always been boring. Clouds have a major role to play in any good landscape image. Which brings us to this image title “The Oil Fields”. It was taken yesterday morning and I was sure that I wasn’t going to get anything good out of the shoot as the clouds were all low and far off on the horizon when out of the blue this one set of clouds rolled over me just as the sun rose, talk about luck ! as there hadn’t been in for the previous 45 minutes I was out.

Reflections have also been catching my eye a lot too and I saw this frame when exploring the artificial beach Brisbane has at Southbank. The city actually built a fake beach ! and it has it’s own lifeguard towers and everything as well ūüôā I never understood it when I first moved here because the city is located on this giant river and Surfers Paradise is just a 45 minute drive away. But what I didn’t realise was that there are actually lots of sharks that come up into the river, scary ! and sometimes city life can get too busy for people to be taking half day trips to the beach so a quick trip to this artificial beach in the middle of the day for a bit of a dip and sunbake is perfect for some.

When I was packing up my camera and tripod to leave a 75 year old man came up to get a drink at the water fountain right near me and he started washing blood of a finger and thats when I noticed he had torn skin off his hands and knees. I asked him if he was OK and he started telling me this story about how his heart had started pounding and thats when he just fell to the cement whilst out for his morning jog. God it was scary for me, I can’t imagine what it was like for him. Anyways I offered to phone his friends or family, or even a hospital but he refused politely so I just stayed with him for a bit to chat and make sure he was alright. What an amazing man to just take this all in his stride. The whole situation for me was an incredible eye opener into how fragile life can be…

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Image Location:

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Post Processing info for photographers:

I added lots of yellow to this image during the post processing and the great thing about yellow is that it can change most colours without the results being all muggy, like if you were to add purple to this image you would most likely end up with lots of browns and muck. ¬†This effect was done using On1’s Perfect Effects¬†Filter software as it has the ability to add a solid tone to the image and you can control many aspects of the filter as well. I also used 3 other filters in Perfect Effects ¬†to achieve this effect and am really happy with the outcome as I like to produce work that is art and not just an old school photograph.


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