Back on the mainland – One on One Photography Workshop with Leanne Cole – Part 2

The area of Bells Beach was our next destination. Our first stop at Winkipop found us in the middle of preparations for a big surfing competition, the Rip Curl Pro. There were lots of surfers and even more spectators. This wasn’t a place to linger to take long exposure photographs.

Just one shot from Winkipop – this time with a different technique. I used focus stacking to get everything sharp. Unfortunately due to mist in the air, the headland in the distance is still a bit fuzzy.

A few more photos in the area of Bells Beach – at least I think they were taken around Bells Beach. Unfortunately I had an app update for the geotagging application I normally use and it proved to be unusable, so I can’t pinpoint where each photo was taken.

Next stop was Point Addis. Leanne scouting out the next photo opportunity.

Beautiful coast line around here.

Our last stop was at the Lorne Pier – but our subject was not the pier, but the rocky area behind the bluff. Here we got another chance to practice long exposure photography.

All the remaining photos (apart from the last three) are long exposure photographs with exposure times between 6 and 15 seconds thanks to the Formatt Hitech Neutral Density filters provided by Leanne. It was great to see how easy it is to remove the filter holder and continue to take photos without the filters. I am just putting up these photos without much of a commentary. I think they showcase what is possible with Long Exposure Photography.

This is another Focus Stacking exercise.

and two normal photos to show what the sea was like to the naked eye.

Well that was the end of my One on One with Leanne Cole. Well actually, we did stop at the Lorne Pier Seafood Restaurant for a coffee and cake. Then it was a slow drive back to Melbourne as it was the end of a long weekend and traffic was very heavy.

It was a great day for me. I learned a lot about long exposure photography, quite a bit about choosing the spot to take photos and a little bit about composition. On top of that, I had a great personalised sight-seeing tour in an area that I am not familiar with.

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4 Responses to Back on the mainland – One on One Photography Workshop with Leanne Cole – Part 2

  1. Leanne Cole says:

    The other part of Bell’s beach that we went to was North Bell’s beach. We did a lot miles that day, I am still trying to work out what to do with the images. I will have to start working on some.

    Thank you too, it is always a bit scary spending a whole day with someone you don’t know, but it was fantastic, I thoroughly enjoyed it.

  2. johanna howard says:


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