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.

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.

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

 

Paronella Park, A Place You Can Find Only in Fairy Tales

 

Shot using a Nikon D700 using a 14-24mm lens with a shutter speed of 75 seconds on f22 and no flash on an overcast day.
Paronella Park – Owen Wilson Photography – Shot using a Nikon D700 using a 14-24mm lens with a shutter speed of 75 seconds on f22 and no flash on an overcast day.

Created by Jose` Paronella. Paronella Park was built 1930-1935 when it was opened to the public. One man’s dream fulfilled, built on 5 hectares of lush tropical paradise beside Mena Creek. The park works using a Hydro powered original 1930’s system.

The inspiration for this tropical paradise was this 45ft waterfall, which flows all year round with pristine spring water, known as Teresa Falls.

This shot was also taken on a Nikon D700 digital SLR camera using a 24-70mm lens on f2.8 with a shutter speed of 106 seconds using no flash, on an overcast day.
Owen Wilson Photography – Waterfall. This shot was also taken on a Nikon D700 digital SLR camera using a 24-70mm lens on f2.8 with a shutter speed of 106 seconds using no flash, on an overcast day. 

This gives that beautiful water flow movement effect enhanced only by the lighting provided for after dark tours of the park.
The lushness of the park is evident by the moss covering the building and these stairs. The park is inundated after high rainfall. This happens almost every year sometimes more than once.

This image was shot on the D800 Nikon only using a 14-24mm lens with a shutter speed of 75 seconds on f16 with no flash, on an overcast day.
Owen Wilson Photography – This image was shot on the D800 Nikon only using a 14-24mm lens with a shutter speed of 75 seconds on f16 with no flash, on an overcast day.

I find cloudy days gives the best light for shots like these, no harsh shadows and even light.
Paronella Park is situated along Canecutter Way between Silkwood and Innisfail. Truly a journey worth making to this wonderful piece of Australia, you won’t be disappointed. I enjoyed my visits immensely, I have been here several times now. If you would like to see more of my amazing images of this park, please visit www.owenwilson.net.au look under Cairns in the Queensland categories.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Five Kookaburras Are Watching Something Special

Wildlife is a passion of mine particularly birds. There are so many beautiful birds in this country of ours. Kookaburras are especially interesting with their inquisitive nature. They remind me of times I spent camping while on a photographic shoot, I’d often have a Bar be Que lunch and there they’d be watching and waiting for the chance to take a piece of meat from my plate when I wasn’t looking, not at all shy.

One time while having a BBQ, there they were, five of them perched above my BBQ, just waiting for there chance, I just happened to have my camera at the ready to grab this wonderful shot. Not often you find Five kookaburras sitting together and all facing the same direction.

 

I couldn’t wait to see if I had captured the shot I wanted. This shot has been a popular one as far as sales go. I have several images of Kookaburras in my portfolio, all of them showing what keen hunters they are. After they have caught and eaten their prey you can hear them smacking that large strong beak of theirs on a branch of the tree they like to perch in. You can see all my images of Kookaburras and other birds on my website www.owenwilson.net.au in the category wildlife under birds.

Canberra Skyfire With Enlighten and the Balloon spectacular

Skyfire is an annual event in Canberra, it happens in March every year along with Enlighten and the Balloon spectacular. Held over Lake Burley Griffin and seen all through Commonwealth park. It’s the place to be if you are a photographer. With numerous vantage points to capture your perfect shot. Mount Ainslie, Red Hill and Regatta Point are typical, with great backdrops like Lake Burley Griffin, and The Parliament houses all lit up with Enlighten, there is plenty to see and capture through the lens of your camera.

Skyfire displays over 40,000 individual fireworks, with Music to compliment the action, sponsored by the local radio station it’s free, so what more could one ask for.

During the day you will see hot air balloons a plenty, firing up in the early hours and taking off from the reflection ponds in front of Parliament house.

Owen Wilson - Balloons

You will find more images like these on my website www.owenwilson.net.au so what are you waiting for? Look me up and view the images, then tell all your friends.