Fine Arts Photo Library by Owen Wilson

Here at Owen Wilson Photography we pride ourselves with our images in fine arts. These images are only available as prints, we won’t sell the digital image and we never sell our copyright on any of our images. Mostly these images are panoramas.

Photo Library Sydney
Photo Library Sydney

The beauty of the digital camera is that you can make a panorama from several files by stitching them together and creating some magnificent images. Using a small telephoto lens such as 70-135mm allowing 25% overlap for each image you are able to create a very nice Panoramic image. If you use a wide-angle lens such as 20mm you really need to overlap approximately 50% for each image to overcome the curvature of the lens if slightly tiled up or down. This will allow you to stitch the images together easier to compensate for the curvature.

Photo Library Brisbane
Photo Library Brisbane

Some of my shots saved in my photo library were horizontal, but I mostly shoot vertical, giving me a larger and better image to work with, end result a sharper, clearer image. I always use a tripod to shoot the images for my panoramas this gives me the best possible images to work with. Sooting around f11-f16 this gives a sharper images from corner to corner, for example if you shoot f2.8-f5.6 you can get a bit of blurring in the corners, so when you stitch the images together there will be blurriness in the connecting points of your panorama, the end result will not look great. This is the main reason for using a tripod, allowing for the use of a lower shutter speed on the camera, enabling you to shoot using aperture f16.

Panoramas range in length and height depending on the size of the images taken and the amount of cropping needed, also the amount of information needed for the area captured.

Photo Library Melbourne
Photo Library Melbourne

For instances the Echuca panorama above needed more length to capture the wharf and the boats, and to give it depth.

Photo Library Tasmania
Photo Library Tasmania

This image of Govett’s Leap above had enough length to capture the landscape and there wasn’t a lot of sky, so it fills the panorama without cropping. This was the same with the Melbourne panorama. Whereas the Port Macquarie panorama was like the Echuca panorama needing more length thus giving more sky, so cropping was necessary to fill the panorama.

Six Mile creek - Owen Wilson Photography
Six Mile creek – Owen Wilson Photography

This image of Six Mile creek was great because the length captured the creek in its entirety and filled the panorama.

Three sisters Katoomba - Owen Wilson Photography
Three sisters Katoomba – Owen Wilson Photography

This panorama of the Three sisters Katoomba was enhanced with the Kookaburra and Waratah complimenting the shot.

To see more of these amazing panoramas visit www.owenwilson.net.au and if you wish you can order one for your wall.

Marvelous Whitsundays – A Sublime Photography by Owen Wilson

When you think of the Whitsundays, what comes into your mind first? If someone asked me that question I would say, pristine waters, fun and Islands. This is a special place to see from both the air and on the ground or in the water. Whitehaven beach and Hill Inlet look spectacular from the air.

Whitehaven beach and Hill Inlet look spectacular from the air

Whitehaven beach and Hill Inlet look spectacular from the air

This image was taken from a helicopter, I had the opportunity to take a flight back to the mainland from the outer reef pontoon. The helicopter only accommodates 3 passengers. The flight takes 1hour back to Hamilton Island. I took some amazing images of the reef and this, plus others of Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet. The reef is just magic from the air. Whitehaven beach is one of the most photographed beaches in Australia. You can really only appreciate this from the air. A tip for the buddy photographers out there, you need to time your photography for approximately 1½ hours either side of the change of tides. Otherwise you will get the water stained with tannin (brownish in colour) from the trees (this is not pollution it’s just nature at work) and this will ruin your shot. Also you will get more of the ripple of the pristine white sand during the in between tides, where if it is high tide you won’t see that.

Heart Shaped Coral Island

All the different shades of blue and the browns and orange of the coral, it is hard to get one’s head around the sheer beauty nature has provided. Snorkelling is a popular activity on the reef, Cruise Whitsunday is the company to contact for a unique trip out to the reef. The water is pristine, the coral fabulous and multitudes of little fish to see such as the ones in this next image.

Heart Reef -Owen Wilson Photography

All the amazing formations of the Coral Fish – Owen Wilson Photography, who would have though a perfectly shaped Heart made by nature.

Coral Fish – Owen Wilson Photography

There are beaked coral fish, striped Surgeon fish, fish with stripes some with coloured fins, Clown fish and many more to view on the reef.

Cruise Whitsunday is the boat company that will take you to the outer reef, where there is a pontoon for day visits, snorkelling and diving, underwater observatory to view the fish and coral. Also there is a boat with a glass bottom to view the corals and fish. You have the option to stay overnight on the pontoon if you wish. There is a 10-minuet joy flight by Helicopter available to view Heart reef from the air.

The Voyager - Owen Wilson Photography
The Voyager – Owen Wilson Photography

The Voyager is a cruise boat that can take you to Whitehaven Beach, its only a matter of stepping onto the beach. Enjoy the day and return to Airlie Beach late afternoon.

The Whitsundays is a group of 74 Islands with only 8 Inhabited the other66 are protected by National Parks. Hamilton Island is the most popular of the habited islands, it is a car free island skirted by coral reefs and an abundance of marine life.

By air you can see the inhabited area compared to the bushland area, which is only accessible by walking trails. Travel on the island is by golf cart. Travel to and from the Island is either by air as Hamilton is equipped with and airstrip, or by sea.

Golf Cart Island

There is a beautiful marina located on the West side of the island. All in all, a very nice Island to visit.

Marina – Owen Wilson Photography

The Whitsundays are truly amazing, if you get the chance don’t hesitate GO. For more of these wonderful images visit www.owenwilson.net.au

Teddy’s World What Next? Let’s Here From Owen Wilson

Since we have had several inquiries regarding what happens next with Teddy, we decided to post another blog regarding this subject.

We have many and varied ideas regarding what Teddy gets up to. We have Farmer Teddy where we utilised a small tractor to suit the small teddies in our collection of models, using various props like small pumpkins different types of artificial grasses sometimes we use natural greenery and foliage, we also use mosses and flora. Here we have a scene with Teddy visiting a neighbour farmer to help him harvest his pumpkins so he can start cultivating the ground for the next crop. Putting a scenery image in the background such as The Flinders Ranges. This is an actual print used as a backdrop, where sometimes we use an image and deep etch the teddy scene into it. This image is part of our on the land series.

This idea was conceived by the passing of The Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin. We dressed Teddy in Khaki, found an amazing little hat and added a shark tooth band to it to represent Crocodile teeth. Made a pole with rope to top jaw rope the crocodile and put a garden figure of a croc’s head in a little pond we made up on our work table in the studio, decorated it with rocks and moss, some water lilies and water. Set up the studio lighting and took several shots to get the lighting just right for our perfect shot. Using a picture of Elabana falls for the backdrop giving it that three-dimensional look and hey presto we have our Croc hunter Teddy shot.

Next Teddy became an artist, painting this gorgeous picture of his niece on a rocking horse. This image was shot in our studio with studio lighting. We inserted a duplicate of the Teddy on the rocking horse into a layer mask and placed it on the canvas. Great effect.

The backdrop was also painted by us. We can be very creative when needed. I think you will agree it had the desired effect. This was part of our occupations series.

The following image is part of our seasons series, Autumn. We have two little bays fishing in a pond with a wharf and a row boat. Everything was made by us except the row boat, which we borrowed from a friend. The entire set was built on our studio table water and all. The little wharf was made from twigs and branches, decorating the set with autumn leaves to create the mood. Take notice of the splash where the teddy on the wharf has cast his line. We have add every detail.

The lighting makes all the difference, it brings authenticity to the outdoor scene. Our lighting techniques are the be all and end all of our studio settings.

The following image is from our winter and snow series. The Teddy couple live in the woods and have gathered and chopped some wood for their cosy fire in their little cabin. The lighting in the cabin is created with a tea light candle the smoke is added later. We sprayed the entire set with snow spray and use fibre filling to create the snow covered ground.

The entire set created on my Studio Table.

I actually had to cut and chop each piece of wood myself to keep it authentic. I hope this has quenched your appetites for more on Teddy.

Visit www.owenwilson.net.au for more Teddys World images.

River Boats Echuca – A Treasure of Owen Wilson Photography

It’s like a step back in time when you visit the river boat wharf of Echuca. Enjoy this 19th Century Wharf on the Murray River Victoria.

This Wharf was used in the mini series ‘All the Rivers Run

The Port of Echuca is on the Murray River in Victoria, Pictured here with the paddle steamers Alexander Arbuthnot and the Adelaide.

Paddle steamers are moored here on a regular basis, so you can see them up close and even climb aboard for a guided tour. See the old river boats in all their glory. It is even possible to take a tour on the Emmylou for an experience you won’t forget. See how our pioneers travelled back in those early days, travelling from port to port along the mighty Murray transporting their goods. Learn about the hardships endured when the River was low, and travel was not possible. Or just take a look around and try to visualise the scenes from the Mini-series.

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Visit after dark for a ghostly tour, if your lucky you may encounter an eerie presence from the busy port days.

The P S Emmylou is a sight to behold when she travels down river whether it be aboard or from the banks of the Murray she is a treasure and if she could speak would be only too happy to share her tales of adventures from long ago.

I enjoyed my visit, taking it all in and capturing some gorgeous images. More of these images can be seen on the website www.owenwilson.net.au compare them with the ones you take when you visit this wonderful place along the Murray in Echuca.

Tropical Cairns Pictures Taken By Owen Wilson

Cairns is a tropical paradise, with it’s many attractions to cater to all likes. These attractions encompass the city of Cairns, ranging from water activities like snorkelling on the reef. You can take any number of boats out on day trips to explore the reef by snorkelling or diving or just for a boat trip out to the Barrier Reef. The outer Reef is particularly beautiful.

37sec exposure, f8 aperture, 200ISO, 24+70mm lens using Nikon D800 no flash

Marlin Marina is the main departure site for these activities. This image was taken on a still night with the Shangri la hotel prominently featured. There a plenty of vantage points for photographers to take incredible shots any time of the day or night. I love Cairns it’s one of my favourite spots to visit.

Millaa Millaa falls is one of my choice spots to photograph, here I was fortunate enough to capture the Ulysses butterfly in my shot, they frequent this location. They are a large butterfly and vivid in colour. The Falls no longer look quite this picturesque as they have been opened up for tourist buses, and swimming is now permitted in the falls. A lot of the foliage no longer exists, and a viewing platform has been added.

5sec exposure, f22 aperture, 100ISO, 24-70mm lens on a Nikon D700 using a polarising filter

5sec exposure, f22 aperture, 100ISO, 24-70mm lens on a Nikon D700 using a polarising filter. Millaa Milla falls taken in June 2010. Lush green and red foliage, good water flow over the falls.

6sec exposure, f11 aperture, 200 ISO using 24-70mm lens on Nikon D800 no flash

A great swimming spot right in the heart of Cairns is the Esplanade lagoon, clean water and large enough to have your own space. This is a central meeting place for many visitors. It presents itself in many a photograph and is very vast in it’s appearance. For instance, at twilight it has a uniquely crimson to purple glow and when there is a spectacular sunset it will have a wonderful warm glow. There a numerous apartment and hotels to accommodate the visitors of Cairns. From the air you see a totally new aspect of the lagoon as seen here in the image below.

1/1250sec exposure, f2.8 aperture, 200ISO using Nikon D800 and 70-200mm lens

The difference of the water colour is remarkable. As there are no sand beaches the water and its banks are muddy. Most people think the beaches are this lovely blue with pristine sands but it’s not so. Further to the north you will find such beaches.

1/1000sec exposure, f4.5 aperture, 200 ISO 24-70mm lens on Nikon D700

Tully River white water rafting is a popular attraction, riding the rapids and travelling the river in Tully Gorge. Raging Thunder white water Rafting is the go when looking for excitement of the nature.

There are a lot more attractions in and around Cairns, enough to keep any visitor happy.

For more of these amazing images visit www.owenwilson.net.au

Wild Birds and Owen Wilson Photography

This is a real passion of mine, it is not for everyone, it takes a lot of patience and time.

Most people love birds with all their beauty and charm, but do they have the patience it takes to capture them in their native habitat? For instance, the Azure king fisher, it took me several days, standing in waist deep water to capture this little fellow. The nest is in a bank only a meter away, I set up a bird hide in the creek and stood waiting. He only returned once every 30 mins or so sometimes longer. He was very cautious and seem to be look right at me. When I’d put my eye up to the viewer he noticed and shied away, the mirror on the camera when I fired would also frighten him. So, I decided to put the mirror up ready to fire and captured this shot, but only after he was used to me being there for a day, maybe a day and a half. They love to eat tiny fish and insect larvae. Can you see the fish fry in his beak?

Kingfisher by Owen Wilson

The smaller birds are the most difficult to capture, like these fairy wrens, or blue wrens as we like to call them. There are plenty to see in the garden, but they don’t stay still for long. These two were attacking the mirror on my car and admiring themselves in it too. So I set up a branch just a bit away from the car and they liked to go there and rest between visits back and forth to the mirror. So I was able to set up my hide again and capture them. I probably took about 30-40 shots to get this one though.

Small Birds – Owen Wilson

There would be one or the other looking away with it’s back to me. This is what I mean by patience. You also need to be observant, and watch to see where birds are going, do they have something in their beak? Like nesting material or food for say their chicks. I located this little guy when I was grading a road (before I became a full-time photographer). This is a mistletoe bird, I would watch him whilst going about my job and finally I located its nest hanging above the road a few meters away. I came back the following day being a weekend, set up my hide on top of my four-wheel drive and watched and waited, it was the next day before I captured this shot of the male feeding its young.

Bird Feeding – Owen Wilson

Very vivid in color and the chicks look very hungry. Again, this is one shot of about 50 shots I took over the day. Sometimes there would be shade over the nest, other times the sun would be covered by cloud. But as you can see its worth it in the end. Plovers are birds that are hard to spot in the grass, unless they are trying to distract you from finding their nest with a clutch of eggs in. They have a very spars nest with very little to keep the eggs safe. I suppose that is why they are so aggressive when you venture into their nest site. This Spurwing plover or Masked lapwing, so called because of the spur they have on their wing which they will use to defend their nest.

Bird with Eggs – Owen Wilson Photography

And sometimes your just lucky, when your out shooting scenery and come across a bird like this cassowary. I was in the Daintree taking some shots of the rain-forest and creek, when I happened upon this fellow, he was probably also enjoying his walk in the rainforest. This is a bird you don’t want to be too close to. So you just take your shots and hurry away out of site.

Cassowary pictures – Owen Wilson

All these shots apart from the Cassowary are captured on medium format transparency film using a Mamiya RB67 camera. This camera is really unsuited to wildlife photography as it is big and bulky (like holding on to a house brick) it is more suited to studio photography, but it was a great landscape photographers’ camera, for its exceptional quality and detail when blowing up your images. 250mm prime lens and a number 1 extension tube was used on the lens, this allowed for getting in close to the smaller birds, I’m talking about a metre off the bird. Without the extension tube the 250mm lens would only focus down to about 2metres from the bird, the bird would be very small in the picture. This is for all you camera buffs and budding wildlife photographers. I am talking about the mid 1980s. 35mm digital cameras are so much faster these days without the problem of a large camera.

There are more of these wonderful shots, a large variety of birds to view on my website www.owenwilson.net.au I hope you enjoyed this blog and visit my site to see more. You will find them in the category wildlife under birds. Remember patience and observation are the keys to finding and capturing great bird shots.

Pictures of Cats and Dogs Taken by Owen Wilson

Cats and dogs are so different in their temperament and personalities. We had a wonderful and sometimes trying time photographing these wonderful creatures.

Puppies and dogs were a great pleasure to photograph and so much fun. The most playful puppy we photographed was this little pug, she was such a joy.

Always entertaining and energetic.

Sometimes we would have 2 or 3 and one time we had 4 cute little miniature foxy cross puppies, they were so adorable, we could do anything with them. But as luck would have it or not our files got mixed up and we lost the rest of the images we had of them. So, this is the one and only. There’s a lesson in this, always save your images and most importantly name them, so you can find them, and then they won’t be saved over.

We have also photographed some large dogs as well, like this dalmatian.

Cats on the other hand can be quite difficult to photograph, since they have a mind of their own, they are not always cooperative. We have photographed all types from your typical house cat the moggy. Like these two mischievous little ones.

To some very exotic Balinese and Chin chillas, these seemed to be more temperamental than most.

And we have the pleasure of photographing this gorgeous Rag doll cat. She was simply wonderful, nothing was a both to her.

All the images featured in this blog were shot in a studio setting using professional lighting. Most were shot using Nikon D100 or D200, the lighting is an intricate part of studio work, and it is important to capture eye contact with your subject.

To see more of these amazing shots please visit www.owenwilson.net.au and look in the domestic animal category.

Mackay and Sugar cane

The sugar cane industry is a very important part of Mackay agriculture. The 1,600 farms in Mackay area are mostly predominantly owned and operated by families. These families supply 4 mills.

Sugar cane being harvested into trucks towed by tractors. The harvesting period is from late May to mid-November depending on the weather.

Burning the fields is mostly to eradicate rats and snakes before harvesting, these days green harvesting is the preferred method, to avoid losses due to wet weather and to reduce environmental impact.

It is quite a spectacular site to behold when a cane field is burning. I was privileged to see this on one of my trips through Mackay.

This is the green harvest method, with the harvest being loaded into a truck pulled by a tractor.

When the cane is cut green the leaf matter is discarded and used for mulching paddocks ready for planting the following years crop.

Once the trucks are full the tractors then transport the cane to the nearest rail siding to wait for the cane train to collect it and transport it to one of 4 mills in the region.

Here we see a locomotive fully laided with cane, crossing avia duct.

The rail network covers from Waroonga to Munbura and Finch Hatton. There are some 40 locomotives used in Mackay region, transporting 8,100 bins with a capacity of between 5 and 15 tonne.The largest of these carry a load of 180 6 tonne bins and reach upto 800 meters in length.

There are some 500 sidings like this located across the Mackay sugar region, not all a by the roadside. Some have a roll on roll off facility.

Mackay is a fascinating place to stop not only for its sugar industry but has some beautiful scenery also.

Please visit www.owenwilson.net.au to see more of these amazing images, of Mackay area.

Cresent Head Santa Surf 2018 Captured by Owen Wilson

On Christmas Eve I decided to photograph the 7th annual Cresent Head Santa Surf. I was overwhelmed by the number of participants. It was so spectacular with all the red and white in the water. From children to adults of all ages, even dogs were dressed in their red and white Christmas outfits.

The parade started 5oo meters above the bridge on Killick Creek and the participants paddle to the ocean

Some chose to paddle in canoes, on surf boards, while others used pool noodles or anything, they had available.

Boards of all shapes and sizes to go with the shape and size of the participant.

 

where some continued on to surf and others returned to the beach to party on. A lot of fun was had by all. Kempsey Cresent Head Surf life saving club should be congratulated for all the effort put in to make this event such a success.

Cresent Head Beach is one of the most popular beaches for surfing and a great holiday destination on the Mid North Coast NSW.

The Life guards were on duty to make sure everyone was safe.

The dogs enjoyed the event as much as the people. I snapped this photo while the surfers were out on their boards and this little guy was happy to pose for me.

This was an enjoyable event for me also. Well worth the visit to Cresent Head, so don’t miss next year’s event 24th December. To view  more images of this event please visit www.owenwilson.net.au

 

Welcome To The Owen Wilsons Teddys World

This is a cute category we have included in our website. Each year we produce 13 images for Bartel calendars and then add them to our website. We try to bring teddy to life and include him in everyday activities. He travels all over Australia, he has quite a social life. Based in Port Macquarie, he likes to fish and together with his business partner out to sea and bring back fish for market.  As you can see in this image he has all the required equipment.

Owen Wilson Teddy

This image is photographed in Port Macquarie and the teddies are shot in my studio. The two images are then deep etched and worked on to produce this great shot.

Teddy also likes to take his family on Picnics, this shot is of Bermagui on the South Coast NSW.

The Teddies are shot in the studio, and then deep etched into the scene. The lighting is the most important part, you need the Teddies to have the same lighting as the scene otherwise the image looks fake. We like to add all the bits and pieces to make up the scene. This is one of our favourite parts, shopping for props. All the little intricate detailed objects like the fruit the sandwiches, fishing rods, kite and surf boards everything a family would take with them on their picnic or day out.

The next image is for all those surfers out there, we have the surf boards on some very cute VW beetles. The guys have had their surf and are now enjoying an ice cream, and before the drive back home. The background image is of Yabbarra Beach near Narooma on the South Coast NSW.

And for the final image for this blog we have added Santa Teddy and his six white Boomers, in the outback on His Australian run.

Merry Christmas everyone, hope you enjoy the adventures of Teddys World. More of these delightful images can be viewed on our website www.owenwilson.net.au in the category Teddys World.