The ND5 2016 Shark Bay: Inscription exhibition at the Shark Bay Discovery & Visitor Centre. Photos kindly provided by the gallery's staff.
It is more that three years ago that ND5 photographed Shark Bay from the air, beginning it appears a popular trend in contemporary photography. Ninety Degrees Five (ND5) is a unique collaboration between four photographers, Les Walkling, Tony Hewitt, Christian Fletcher, Peter Eastway and filmmaker Michael Fletcher.
The idea to photograph Shark Bay was Michael Fletcher's with the ultimate objective of participating in the 400-year celebrations of Dirk Hartog discovering Australia - hence the exhibition's name: 2016 - Shark Bay: Inscription.
Along the way, the Ninety Degrees Five collaborative staged several, large format exhibitions in 2013 and 2014, pushing aerial photography in new directions with the use of high quality medium format cameras and distinctive post-production techniques based on high contrast and strong colour saturation. In addition, Tony Hewitt won the AIPP's Australian Professional Photographer of the Year in 2013 with four aerial images from the Shark Bay project, and the '2016 - Shark Bay: Inscription' fine art book featuring 40 aerial works won the 2014 AIPP Photo Book of the Year. The photography was not only commercially very successful, but has featured in public exhibitions, both in Australia and around the world.
However, the main objective has only just been concluded, with a special exhibition of the work on display as part of the Dirk Hartog Voyage of Discovery celebration, commemorating 400 years since Dirk Hartog made landfall off the coast of Western Australia.
On display at the Shark Bay World Heritage Discovery & Visitor Centre in Denham, Shark Bay, the exhibition is described as "an aerial exploration of Shark Bay, an untouched World Heritage listed area in WA. The unique viewpoint the ND5 group present Shark Bay from is a contemplative vision of one of Australia’s most unique and cherished landscapes. The collective aims to tell the story between the bay and the ocean; between feral destruction and its regrowth/rehabilitation; between European landing and country; between the ‘lie of the land’ and landscape mythology; between eternity and ourselves; and the realisation that there are other ways of mapping reality than those that dominate our everyday lives."
The exhibition was very well received and included visits by King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands, as well as the country’s Foreign Minister Bert Koenders and Trade Minister Liliane Ploumen.
The Shire of Shark Bay has purchased a large number of prints for continued exhibition in the area, so next time you just happen to be passing Shark Bay (okay, so that's not realistic given it's a 10 hour drive from Perth, but anyway), drop in and have a look!
Thanks to the staff at the Centre for providing the photographs of the October exhibition in Denham.
Series 1 of Tales by Light now on Netflix.
Canon Australia is proud to announce that Season One of the brand’s locally conceived and produced photography adventure series, Tales by Light is now available to the global Netflix audience.
Shot in stunning 4K resolution, Tales by Light Season One is a six-part series that follows five extraordinary photographers as they push the limits of their craft in little-known, little-covered and little-understood corners of the Earth. The photographers are Art Wolfe, Darren Jew, Krystle Wright, Richard I'Anson and Better Photography's own Peter Eastway.
“Having Tales by Light Season One available on Netflix is a wonderful acclamation of the quality and broad appeal of our Australian-made photography series and we are excited that it will now entertain millions of subscribers around the world,” says Canon Australia Director of Consumer Imaging and Executive Producer of the series Jason McLean. “This series is unique and started from our simple aim of celebrating the amazing visual storytellers who push the creative boundaries and it’s great that this concept resonates so well across regional divides.”
Prior to joining the Netflix documentary content line-up, Tales by Light Season One screened initially on the National Geographic Channel subscription network in Australia and New Zealand.
Prayer flags at Chele La, Bhutan.
Phase One A-Series IQ3 100MP, 23mm lens, 1/60 and 1/4 second @ f11, ISO 50
Another photograph from the remarkable Chele La in Bhutan, this one taken on our photo tour just a month or so ago on the night of 'that full moon'! Chele La is a 4000 metre pass and each time I visit, it's a little bit different. The flags have changed position or aged, the weather is different, or sometimes it's just me!
On this occasion, I loved the strong colour of the orange flag with the predominantly white flags behind. Using an ultra wide-angle lens, I moved in close to the orange flag (less than a metre distant) so it became a dominant element in the composition. However, I had two conflicting desires when it came to the exposure. On the one hand, I wanted to capture the writing and illustrations printed on the flag, which needed a fast shutter speed; on the other, I wanted to capture the blur and motion of the flags as they fluttered and crackled in the strong wind, in which case a slow shutter speed was required.
What to do? The solution was relatively easy, especially since my camera was mounted on a tripod. I took a series of photographs at different shutter speeds, using a 3-stop ND filter to slow down the shutter speed. I took a lot of shots because you can't always tell when the flag is going to be in an 'attractive' position.
To read how I handled the post-production in Capture One and Photoshop, click through to the website for the full article.
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The latest printed issue of Better Photography magazine is not far away and will be posted soon. It will also be on sale in the newsagents. However, for online digital subscribers, you can login and download the magazine right now!
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