Date: October 5th, 2021, Posted by admin
Each month Clare opens up her photography journal and takes us behind some of her images. This is Fleeting, shot at Burleigh Heads in Queensland.
This remarkable location is iconic with surfers and photographers. The beach lends itself to versatility for photographers as it offers an opportunity to extend ourselves beyond the everyday of capturing images.
Rocks are prolific in specific areas and define the coastline with a distinct warning. When the ocean is nearing full tide, they can prove to be potentially lethal as they are so slippery.
When I arrive at Burleigh Heads to do a photoshoot, I always have a sense of expectancy and excitement. I know that the shoot is going to be an opportunity to sharpen my photographic skills.
It can be a place where the ocean is calm and lethargic, but it is not the norm. I thrive on the opportunities to push my photographic boundaries beyond the ordinary to the extraordinary.
Wearing my waders is a distinct advantage as it enables me to immerse my tripod and myself, in the water. Depending on the fullness of the tide, and the nature of the ocean I can be up to my waist at times.
Before I decide on my specific position on each photoshoot at Burleigh Heads, I instinctively survey the surrounding areas in that vicinity. The rock pools are idyllic when the tide is cascading over the rocks. Otherwise I use the coastline as an advantage to showcase the light superbly with the help of Mother Nature.
Alternatively, on a more lethargic day, when the tide is perfect for splashing over the rocks gently, I stand on the beach, in front of the restaurant, which offers me an opportunity to reduce my tripod legs, whilst my camera is secure on the tripod.
I then evaluate the safety of my equipment, ensuring my filters are protected. I lower myself to control the functionality of my camera and shutter release, thereby maximising the moment of exposure and reflections of the clouds whilst the light soaks the sky. In God’s broad Master strokes of colour that drip with His Creative Genius. Inspiring and impressing upon humanity to stop, to be still and to absorb the moment of rest and relaxation.
On the morning of this photoshoot the conditions were superbly synchronised. I experienced the throb of God’s pulse in the ocean as the waves advanced towards me. There were moments of resistance against my tripod, from the waves, but I stood my ground and remained strong and resilient.
The rocks were smooth and glossy with the effect of the water washing over them. The sun soaked the water with warmth, whilst it was also blended with the coolness of the blue of the early morning sky. A surfer stands solitary, waiting with anticipation of catching a wave.
At the end of my photoshoot, my waders were soaked, but my tripod, camera and filters were safe. My soul was elated. Burleigh Heads continues to invite me back for future opportunities of stimulating my senses and upgrading the fine art of photography.
I packed my camera bag, tripod and filters into my vehicle and headed for home, bursting with excitement after a momentous photoshoot.
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Date: September 21st, 2021, Posted by admin
Each month Clare opens up her photography journal and takes us behind some of her images. This is Intimacy.
This location is renowned for barbeques, relaxation, fishermen, dog walkers who walk to King island at low tide, cyclists, and photographers. It is a versatile location for photographers, as they are fortunate enough to capture sunrise and sunset shoots from this inspirational place.
When I arrived on the morning of my photoshoot I choose to capture the sunrise from the rock precipice as the tide was high.
It worked out perfectly as with a heightened tripod. I was able to capture the intense effect of the light across the water, more effectively. The clouds were ablaze with light, releasing it across the vivid water. It was a sunrise that was brilliant in every way, from beginning to end.
My shutter release button was very active during this photoshoot. The rocks beneath the water’s surface add an interesting dimension.
The jetty at this location is also a wonderful feature, it is popular with fishermen, whilst fishing boats resemble a conveyer belt on the boat ramp, when the tide is right. Pelicans eagerly await the fishing boats return, hoping for a catch of fish.
As I packed up my photographic equipment and walked to my vehicle, I reflected on the spontaneity of the moment of heading to this wonderful location that morning, and how God blessed humanity with an inspirational sunrise. The world is my office and my playground!
Date: September 16th, 2021, Posted by admin
Each month Clare opens up her photography journal and takes us behind some of her images. This is “In the Mood”, shot at Lake Pukaki in New Zealand.
At the time of capturing this image of Lake Pukaki, I was living in Australia. I flew into Christchurch Airport and stayed in a small town en route to Lake Pukaki.
The following morning, I arrived at Lake Pukaki. It was windswept with heavy clouds, that were impregnated with rain. This was in stark contrast with the turquoise coloured water rapidly releasing its power to the shoreline of the lake.
It is under those conditions, where the lake resembles an ocean, that I thrive. I have been exposed to an assortment of weather conditions which sharpen my photographic skills.
As a mature woman Fine Art Landscape Photographer, I have been blessed with flying in a helicopter, doors off, over Fiordland, South Island, New Zealand. I was fortunate to land on Mt Tutoko, Fiordland and captured heaven on earth experiences.
I have been recognised by some, as an extreme nature Fine Art Landscape Photographer. Freezing cold temperatures, on land and in the water, don’t deter me. I thrive in conditions where the ocean pumps big waves towards me and when the wind is out of control and the rain represents bullets, pelting at my body.
But here is the line that changes everything. I know that God is in control and when I’m shooting in extreme weather conditions, I remain within the boundaries of His protection. I am safe.
Before I go on any photo shoots, I prepare myself, physically, emotionally and mentally. I research the areas intensely, that I’m going to visit, and my intention is to locate out of the way, off the beaten track destinations. Even without GPS, they are still available.
I visited Lake Pukaki, travelling down a remote road, far removed from the tourist tracks. The experiences at the lake that morning, with the wind whipping the water into a frenzy, elevated my soul and spirit to another level.
My tripod was firmly secured onto the rocks alongside the lake, whilst my camera was safely in position on my tripod. On each occasion, when I moved to another area of the lake, I guarded my photographic equipment, by standing with my back to the wind, acting as a buffer.
It was a momentous photo shoot. The renowned turquoise coloured water, contrasted against the mountains and moodiness of the black clouds. The water is due to fine silt particles in the water, this is a result of glacial erosion. The silt is so fine it does not settle to the bottom quickly, remaining in suspension in the lake water.
Once I had packed up my camera, tripod and filters, I headed to my friend’s home. I was thrilled and yet tamed by the severe challenges of nature that were responsible for improving my art.
Clare Page is an award winning International Fine Art Landscape Photographer. Her prints are available to purchase in the Clare Page Photography Shop with FREE worldwide shipping. You can also purchase inspiring acrylic Desk Blocks for moments of peaceful contemplation. Clare’s vision is to connect and bring inspirational images and words of healing to everyone who comes into contact with her work.
Date: August 6th, 2021, Posted by admin
Each month Clare opens up her photography journal and takes us behind some of her images. This is Defining Moments, shot at The Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia.
This beach is an iconic surfing and photographic location. It is ideally located on the Gold, Coast, Queensland, Australia. It is also enjoyed by dog walkers who gather together and exchange life stories.
It is quite a beach to walk to in the dark, although some places are well illuminated, my mind stretches things beyond reality when walking past shadows. It is about walking by faith and not by sight. I will not permit fear to paralyse me or to stop me in my tracks.
Walking from the car park in my waders is good, whilst I position my tripod and camera over my shoulder, with my filter pouch wrapped around my waist. Sand/water is pumped out to sea from this beach. It is wonderful witnessing the quiet pulse of sand/water being released to the ocean.
As I made my way to the beach, I immediately recognised another photographer in the dark, from a distance. To be honest, my heart started beating at an accelerated rate. But I needed to remain rooted where I was and to inform the fear to retreat.
The conditions were superb. Having done my research regarding the weather, before leaving home, paid dividends. Clouds were scattered across the horizon, whilst a gentle breeze had no effect on the surface of the water.
I located my position that was suitable to shoot from, securing my tripod in the sand, I started shooting as first light was breaking across the horizon. The Spit is predictably unpredictable. It has fast moving currents, and if you are unaware of where they are, one could experience some difficulty.
Before the sunrise fully matured, the colour in the clouds was influenced by the intensity of the sunrise. The ocean was calm and soothing, clothed in a vivid blue.
During that photoshoot, I repositioned my tripod on several occasions and altered my focal length of my lens, absorbing the accuracy of the spectacular scene before me. The tide was ebbing, with an ease for a more relaxed photoshoot.
Towards the end of my photoshoot I was joined by several other photographers who were maximising the moment as I was, as we appreciated the inspiration of Mother Nature before us.
To be honest, I’m so pleased that I remained focused on remaining, as God showcased an inspirational light show that morning. It was a good walk on the beach with my camera and tripod over my shoulders, back to my vehicle, replaying the highlights of the sunrise, reflecting on the privilege of being a fine art landscape/seascape photographer.
It was with joy that I packed away my photographic equipment and made my way home.
Defining Moments is available to purchase as a piece of Wall Art in the Clare Page Photography Shop. Available in several different sizes and framed/unframed options. Defining Moments can also be purchased as part of a series of pieces for private homes & commercial uses. Please contact Clare directly for more information.
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Date: June 17th, 2021, Posted by admin
Join me in reading my journal as I unwrap my journey involved in capturing images that linger, whilst reflecting the spectacular scenery that soaks the soul with peace and hope!
Each month Clare opens up her photography journal and takes us behind some of her images. This is Heaven on Earth, South Island, New Zealand.
FROM CLARE’S JOURNAL
As I departed from my accommodation, I arrived at my vehicle, I noticed my windscreen was covered with ice. It was comfortable sitting in the warmth of the car, whilst defrosting the windscreen and back window. It was a luxury as I knew it wouldn’t be long before I would be arriving at Lake Hayes, where it was freezing cold.
The sky was cloudy, I knew rain was imminent. I sensed it was going to be an exceptional sunrise. The conditions were superb as I drove into the grounds. When I parked my car, the drops of rain made an appearance. The icy temperature was evident as soon as I turned the heater off. Observing the rain, I was almost reluctant to emerge from the car.
When I noticed the colour of the sky behind me, I instinctively knew it was going to be a spectacular sunrise, with impressive reflections across the water. In that moment, I literally leapt from my vehicle, clutching my umbrella, whilst securing my camera and tripod in my other hand.
CAPTURING THE SHOT
As I wear waders, I secure layers of winter clothing close to my body to maintain warmth, whilst I slip my waders on over my clothes. At that moment, I walked into the lake, and the water was as calm as a sheet of glass.
I’m always observing the light and fine tuning the ability to read it well. As I stepped into the lake, I heightened my tripod legs considerably as I continued wading until I was waist deep in the lake. My landscape lens is perfect for what I want to capture, whilst I positioned my camera towards the source of light.
Photography involves concentration, I pay particular attention to the aperture and shutter speed. I use photographic filters which accurately emphasise the light perfectly. Photographic filters offer an incredible effect regarding clouds, whilst they smooth the waves at the ocean.
During my photo shoot, my umbrella became useful. During a brief period, the rain arrived, the rainbows were radiant. The trees wore their autumn colours beautifully. I waded as close as I could to the trees and adjusted the focal length of my lens and the direction of my camera, to effectively capture the beauty before me.
It was a memorable photo shoot from start to finish. God had blessed me with an incredible sunrise, with a kaleidoscope of colours that blended beautifully together. I packed my photographic equipment with a sense of joy as a result of the thrill of such a spectacular sunrise. I drove home in an upbeat frame of mind.
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Tags: New Zealand
Date: June 17th, 2021, Posted by admin
Clare Page was awarded LUX Life’s Best Fine Art Landscape Photographer (Australia) in their Travel and Tourism Awards 2021. The award recognises excellence in her field. Clare was delighted to be the award recipient.
She has also been awarded ATIM’S TOP 60 Masters of Contemporary Art ‘Masters Certificate of Excellence in 2017.
Clare is passionate about fine art landscape photography. “I draw my inspiration from nature and persistently experiment in developing and advancing my work to new levels. I always use quality filters, selective shutter speeds, lenses and focal lengths.”
Clare continues to look for opportunities to exhibit and introduce her work to people from all over the world. Please get in touch at email@example.com.
Date: June 17th, 2021, Posted by admin
Each month Clare opens up her photography journal and takes us behind some of her images. This is Secret Retreat, shot at Bennets Bluff in New Zealand.
Clare’s Landscape Photography Prints are available to purchase in the Clare Page Photography Shop. Available in several different sizes and framed/unframed options with FREE worldwide shipping. You can also purchase inspiring acrylic Desk Blocks for moments of peaceful contemplation.
The thrill of winding my way through one of the most scenic routes I have travelled on, to reach Bennett’s Bluff is almost unparalleled. Threading my way on the superb scenic route from Queenstown to Glenorchy almost brings a lump to my throat. The beauty is out of the ordinary.
Bennett’s Bluff is situated at Mt Creighton. Here one can take in the magnificent views of the Humboldt Ranges, Mt Earnslaw and the top end of Lake Wakatipu.
The road ribbons alongside Lake Wakatipu, which is impressive in size and in colour. The mountains appear to embrace the lake in a majestic way.
My preference is always to arrive in good time for my desired shoot destination. It enables me to settle into the atmosphere that is expectant with excitement. As night surrenders to the early morning light it cracks across the horizon as a thin line of light.
It was my first photo shoot at Bennett’s Bluff. I was aware of a pull off point or lay by from the road. It squeezes a couple of vehicles in close proximity, enabling humanity to soak in the view.
It was dark when I arrived at Bennett’s Bluff. I noticed an impressive outcrop of rock across the road from me, that was quite intimidating in the absence of light. I gathered my tripod, camera and filters, and made my way towards the precipice. Whilst standing at the edge of a cliff, I had an appreciation of the sharp, drop that descended towards Lake Wakatipu.
The valley was tree-lined with rich green foliage, which blended beautifully with the lake. As the stars were replaced with the softness of dawn, I was busy clicking my shutter release button and changing filters as the light in the sky became increasingly intriguing. Ever knowing that I had a slither of ground to secure my tripod on.
A soft breeze did not influence the effect on the surface of the water in the lake as it perfectly reflected the beauty in the sky. Warm pinks washed the sky, attracting one’s attention to the snow-capped mountain ranges which complemented the picture with their perfection.
From start to finish, the photo shoot was exceptional. At the end of the shoot, I removed my waders and packed away my photographic equipment and drove home. It is a moment I will remember for some time to come.
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Tags: New Zealand
Date: June 17th, 2021, Posted by admin
Each month Clare opens up her photography journal and takes us behind some of her images. This is Cool and Calm, shot at Manly Yachts in Australia.
“Shooting at the Manly yachts has been the perfect training ground for me as a Fine Art Landscape Photographer. I have done numerous photoshoots at this beautiful, peaceful location.
It is also a popular destination with photographers. I always arrive early, before sunrise, securing a good spot. Arriving in good time prepares me adequately for my photoshoot. I secure my photographic filters around my waist by using my belt.
I prepare my camera, ensuring all its settings are correct. When I compose my photo, I ensure the camera’s focus is accurate. I usually commence my shoots before first light as there is an abundance of light to highlight the impressive yachts.
As the light cracks the horizon, I am prepared and ready to shoot. It does not take me long to start using my photographic filters. Shooting from Manly yachts is always a play on the light and shadows, as was on the morning this image was captured. The clouds appeared as the sun was rising, creating a dramatic effect, with an impressive reflection of the cloud across the water at sunrise.
When I first purchased my most recent professional camera, I delighted in practicing the effects and technique involved between light and dark, particularly as one shoots straight into the sun, hence the importance of using photographic filters at this idyllic location.
Although I am not in the water at Manly yachts, I sit on the edge of the pedestrian walkway, reducing my tripod to create maximum effects between the water, the light, the yachts and the shadows appearing between the yachts.
My purpose and passion as a Fine Art Landscape/Seascape Photographer is to capture images that linger in one’s memory, for as long as they appear on a wall.
Cool & Calm is available to purchase as a piece of Wall Art in the Clare Page Photography Shop. Available in several different sizes and framed/unframed options. Cool & Calm can also be purchased as part of a series of pieces for private homes & commercial uses. Please contact Clare directly for more information.
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Date: June 10th, 2021, Posted by admin
Each month Clare opens up her photography journal and takes us behind some of her images. This is Encounter, shot at Snapper Rocks in Queensland.
This iconic location for photographers and surfers has been responsible for fine tuning the fine art of landscape/seascape photography for me.
Snapper Rocks is located on the Gold Coast, adjacent to the New South Wales border. It smacks of adventure, excitement, pressure to perform under extreme weather conditions, versatility and tumultuous seas. The location also ‘boasts’ a generous rock platform where the ocean smashes against the rocks, at full force.
It is seldom that this magnificent piece of coastline is placid or calm. I absolutely thrive on the conditions that accelerate my heart beat. Before driving to Snapper Rocks, I ensure the weather is ideal for my photoshoot. It is tempestuous and unpredictable which stimulates my senses as a fine art landscape/seascape photographer.
On the morning of this photoshoot a coastal low was located on the eastern seaboard of Australia. I arrived pre-dawn as I always do, but particularly at this destination. It is legendary with photographers and surfers.
I surveyed the conditions, knowing in advance the waves were big, boisterous and dangerous. I realised that I was not going to be standing on the rock shelf as I have done so often in the past.
A concrete wall was built some time ago to withstand the power of the ocean, pushing the waves back to form an artificial shoreline. As I arrived just before first light, I was intentional about securing a good photographic point. Where my lens would be pivotal in offering diverse shots of an angry ocean.
That morning I wore my waders and secured my filter pouch around my waist. The waders were an advantage as the big waves burst into an impressive overflow of sea spray before me.
God sets boundary lines for me, I know where to go and when to stand back. I felt safe on that wall even though the force of the waves accelerated towards me at an impressive rate and size.
I was intrigued at the influence of the impending cyclone, how it almost pulverised everything in its path, across the ocean. Fortunately, it did not impact the land, thus avoiding devastation.
Other photographers packed around me, witnessing the strength of the sea as it raced towards us. I secured my tripod firmly on the concrete wall and heightened it to a point where I could view the activity in front of me. From my perspective I knew I could compose something special. My heart was beating fast with excitement and anticipation!
During photoshoots, I am continually looking at the sky and anticipating what the light is doing and where it is having an impact. It was at that time, I discovered what was evolving to my left, involving the light and the tide.
After capturing the best of the sunrise from the concrete wall, I made my way to the rocks. I recognised the depth of colour in the water, it was intense with whirls of white froth on its surface. Adding interest were the seagull and a touch of humanity on the beach, on a cold day.
As I walked away from a sea that was throbbing with pulsating power, I was drained from pouring my energy into a photoshoot that resembled energy, excitement and power. My shutter release button was busy during that shoot as excitement unfolded into something extraordinary.
It was not a negative emotion, but one where I gave it my all. When I packed my camera, filters and tripod into my vehicle I knew God had enabled me to capture something special that resonated with Who He is. All Powerful and all Knowing!
Clare’s Landscape Photography Prints are available to purchase in the Clare Page Photography Shop. Available in several different sizes and framed/unframed options with FREE worldwide shipping. You can also purchase inspiring acrylic Desk Blocks for moments of peaceful contemplation
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Date: June 1st, 2021, Posted by admin
Each month Clare opens up her photography journal and takes us behind some of her images. This is Seize the Day, shot at Fingal Head in New South Wales, Australia.
When I think of Fingal Head, which is in Northern New South Wales, Australia, I immediately reflect on rushing water that surges, throbs and pulsates with indescribable power past rocks and displays an impressive spray of water as it erupts into the direction of Fingal Head Beach.
Recently I returned to Fingal Head where there is a diminutive light house. It has been some time since my visit to this exciting location. One of the reasons being COVID, it is across the border from where I live. And, until recently, the border has been closed.
Before I drove to Fingal Head, I researched the weather to the finest detail as weather conditions change regularly in that vicinity. When I knew it was good to go, I packed my car with my photographic equipment. The back of my vehicle represents my office as it houses most of my photographic-related items, apart from my quality camera, filters and tripod.
I was excited about the trip as it involves a walk in the dark, walking through dense bush to reach the rocks. Walking on my own, as a mature woman, with a tripod in my hands is always a form of defence. It’s amazing how the mind can work overtime when presented with a scenario such as I have described.
However, I was not going to permit fear to freeze me in the moment. I immediately got out of my vehicle, as I know procrastination can be a breeding ground for fear. I wore my waders, for good tread and being splash proof, a very good idea in a spot that is renowned for water being forced onto the rocks.
With my camera bag on my back, and my tripod in my arms, I made my way, fighting fear, and determined to reach my destination. When I arrived at the little lighthouse and I felt safe. Soil erosion had worked its way into some areas of the coastline. But where I intended walking, it was secure.
Two fishermen were on the cluster of rocks opposite me, that offered me peace of mind. I settled myself into my position on the rocks and prepared my lens to receive the filters. As night surrendered to the light of day, I recognised early that it was going to be a spectacular sunrise.
As the tide was starting to come in, the waves became more boisterous with time, but it was exhilarating. I ensured throughout the photoshoot that my camera and filters were safe. It is so easy to get caught up in the moment and to forget to wipe my filters clean. But I was vigilant as sea air clings to photographic filters in an environment such as Fingal Head.
This location is popular with fishermen and photographers. But I was fortunate that morning to have the rocks to myself. It’s all part of sharing the territory, but it’s ideal when one has an opportunity to use leverage and to have the availability of freedom of space to capture and to captivate, with the sense of being there, when the image is being viewed.
The clouds were intense in areas, releasing splashes of vivid colours whilst the sun soaked the sky permeated light and warmth across the horizon. Fingal Head is an accelerated place to upgrade my photographic skills as its power, pulse and performance packed into one.
When I packed away my camera, filters and tripod, I walked away feeling elated and excited, been entertained by God as He used a broad paintbrush to exhibit His beauty and various facets of colour. Indescribable! Inspirational! Indelible!
Seize the Day is available to purchase as a piece of Wall Art in the Clare Page Photography Shop. Available in several different sizes and framed/unframed options. Seize the Day can also be purchased as part of a series of seascape fine art pieces for private homes & commercial uses. Please contact Clare directly for more information.
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Date: May 11th, 2021, Posted by admin
Each month Clare opens up her photography journal and takes us behind some of her images. This is Upifting, an iconic shot of Brisbane at sunrise.
A print of Uplifting was donated to the charity, The Pyjama Foundation, in a silent auction.
“I left home fairly early that winter morning as the trip to Mt Coot-Tha, Brisbane, Australia, involves concentrated driving. When I arrived at this beautiful location, it was obvious it was too early for the other photographers.
It is an iconic photographic location with a view that directs one’s gaze towards Brisbane, Queensland’s capital city. As the time unfolded towards first light, photographers started trickling towards the precipice that attracts landscape photographers to stretch their photographic prowess. Before anyone else arrived, I intentionally sought the perfect position in which to use my quality photo lens.
The preparation involved, before I arrive at my photoshoot locations persistently prepares me for a seamless experience when I commence shooting. My camera batteries are always charged, my lens cleaned, my filters are ready for use, as well as ensuring my camera settings are correct. This process eliminates unnecessary last minute stress. My tripod is strong and secure as my camera is a respectable weight.”
“Once I’d secured my spot, as always I’m oblivious to the distractions that sometimes occur around me during a shoot. I started shooting, and with time, the thin light was becoming more evident across the horizon, separating light from darkness. As the night surrendered to daylight, the appearance of mist started settling across the city of Brisbane. It cocooned the city in golden misty light, woven intricately, as with a quality blanket.
The scene was surreal, and yet breathtakingly beautiful. A stillness rested upon the shoulders of Brisbane. It was a soothing, serene sight. What was significant was the majority of the photographers departed from the scene before the ultimate moment. This was when nature exhibited a spectacular display that continues to linger in my memory.
Typically, I am usually the last photographer standing. I purposefully extract every ounce of minute light detail that accurately reflects what I see and capture.
My work is captured from my soul, purposefully transporting one to a different space and place! Distinctly different, with you in mind.“
Uplifting is available to purchase as a piece of Wall Art in the Clare Page Photography Shop. Available in several different sizes and framed/unframed options. Uplifting can also be purchased as part of a series of Gold Coast location pieces for private homes & commercial uses. Please contact Clare directly for more information.
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Tags: Clare's Journal
Date: May 6th, 2021, Posted by admin
Each month Clare opens up her photography journal and takes us behind some of her images. This is Seek & Find, shot at Torquay Road.
This superb location was discovered after intentionally seeking new destinations to drive to for photoshoots. We had recently moved close by. I spent some time researching the coastline and drove to this hideaway place. Instinctively I knew it was ideal for future photoshoots.
As I use filters, the conditions need to be absolutely calm. The absence of wind is paramount, otherwise the yachts are blurred. It also necessitates considering the tide. iI needs to be full to offer perfect reflections of the yachts and a cloudy sunrise is always an advantage by offering interest and a distinct dynamic to an image.
On the morning of this photoshoot, I wore my waders and secured my camera onto my tripod. As always, I wear my filter pouch around my waist for convenience.
When I stepped into the water just before first light, with the tide rising, instinctively I knew it was going to be a sublime sunrise. Experience is almost everything. God has taught me what to expect in a sunrise by looking intently at the cloud formations.
Light started leaking across the horizon. In an instant I recognised the eruption of light before me was going to overflow across the horizon. The reflections would then represent a mirror image of the light emitting from the clouds and sky.
Carefully I reduced my tripod to an appropriate height, as I did not want the objects in the sand to be revealed in the image due to the tide. Then I began clicking my shutter release button. The light was extravagant and extraordinary as it soaked the water with perfect reflections.
I treaded carefully through the water to change my compositions to add depth and variation to the superb sunrise conditions. Light like that does not normally linger for too long, but God blessed me with an exceptional sunrise that has remained fresh in my mind.
Soon after the sunrise, the wind picked up, but I was blessed to have captured the boats before they became blurred. As I walked away from that beautiful location, that lends itself to an atmosphere of paradise, I packed my camera equipment into my vehicle and knew that God had gifted me with something special. I was elated and peaceful at the same time, as the scene before me soaked my soul.
Seek & Find is now available to purchase as a piece of Wall Art in the Clare Page Photography Shop. Available in several different sizes and framed/unframed options. Seek & Find can also be purchased as part of a series of Wall Art pieces for private homes & commercial uses. Please contact Clare directly for more information.
Date: May 6th, 2021, Posted by admin
Each month Clare opens up her photography journal and takes us behind some of her images. This is Softly, Silently, shot at Jacks Point in New Zealand.
On the morning of this photoshoot, the morning air was invigorating, tinged with a sharp crispness that inspires the soul.
Jack’s Point boasts an affluential suburb, an immaculate, well-manicured golf course and a club house/restaurant. The views are beautiful beyond description. Jack’s Point is well appointed, featuring the iconic Remarkables Mountain Range at one’s doorstep.
The first time I did a photo shoot at Jack’s Point I spent several hours capturing shots from different perspectives. The Remarkables Mountain Range literally hovers over the region, of gigantic proportions. This is particularly so during the winter months when the snow blankets the ranges.
At that time, I was conveniently located to Jack’s Point, so it was an easy drive for me, particularly driving in the dark. As I was familiar with the area, it did not stretch me in the least to locate the lake, where I captured this image.
I always say nothing comes from nothing. Wearing my waders was a good idea as I knew what was involved in accomplishing my mission to capture the mood of the moment.
Although there are no snakes in New Zealand, it is quite something to wind your way through thick, high flax, in the dark. But that was not going to surrender easily to my intentionality in gaining momentum through the bush. Carex grasses were thick, I could easily have become entwined in them.
My slow journey through almost impenetrable bush made me realise time was ticking by. There was also the realisation that first light was about to make an appearance behind the Remarkables Mountain Range. I weaved my way through the extensive bush, with a strategy of deliberation. I ensured I remained strong footed, as it was easy to surrender to the tough terrain.
When I approached the small lake, a host of ducks became very vocal. It was the last thing I wanted as they were intent on disturbing the water with their erratic behaviour.
It was important at that stage, to work my way to the water that was tantalising close, with calmness. This would help to eliminate the cacophony of the ducks. As I secured my tripod on the stones on the fringe of the lake, light had snuck out from behind the mountain range. Perfect timing!
I had just enough time to compose myself, in selecting the correct filters for that specific light. I crouched down in an attempt to hide myself from the ducks as they are curious birds. This enabled me to focus on my photo shoot.
The conditions were superb. It is not an everyday experience at this location to encounter such perfection in the light and weather. I lowered my tripod legs, whilst my camera was close to the water, then I commenced the clicking of my shutter release.
Composition is relevant. My intention was for the warmth of the lights from the clubhouse/restaurant to be a focal feature. I believe it is important to draw people into the mood of the image and for each individual to interpret what is special and important to them, that transports them to another space and place.
After the photo shoot, I placed my filters in my field pouch, slung my camera and tripod over my shoulder and returned to my vehicle. I was in an elevated state of mind, having experienced a magnificent display of nature. Memorable moments!
Softly, Silently is available to purchase as a piece of Wall Art in the Clare Page Photography Shop. Available in several different sizes and framed/unframed options. Cool & Calm can also be purchased as part of a series of pieces for private homes & commercial uses. Please contact Clare directly for more information.