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The Exkoskinator & The Optical Delusion

November 17, 2016  •  1 Comment

A few members of the Port Macquarie Panthers Photographic Club spent the weekend at Werrikimbe National Park. It was a wonderful time of fellowship and photography...and weather. As President Tom said, "We had a veritable cornucopia of weather." Sunshine, rain, storms, wind, mist, and fog.

On Saturday night an electrical storm passed through on its way to the Macquarie Coast. Photographers lined up on the east-facing end of the verandah of our accommodation with their tripods and tried their hands at capturing lightning. It reminded me of the whoops of children at Luna Park when impressive flashes of lightning lit up the sky and rolling thunder followed. If someone managed to catch the bolt there were shouts of joy. Good fun. Geoff, one of our senior members at 81 years of age, captured his first ever photograph of lightning. How cool is that!

Werrikimbe storm timelapseMultiple still images compiled into a timelapse sequence in Adobe Premiere Pro.

After the storm passed, we settled for a while to enjoy conversation and beverages by moonlight. By and by, weary people drifted off to their bunks or tents and the party was reduced to two souls: Mr Timo and Mr Rob—a seasoned duo of photoexpeditionists.

The photoexpeditionistsThe PhotoexpeditionistsSundown at Coolah Tops National Park. May 2012. 0.7s @ f5.6 & 18mm ISO 100 + self-timer

It was about 11PM when we decided to abandon the comfort of our camp chairs and go down to the creek (at the source of the Hastings River) and play with our torches and cameras.

The moon was gibbous and just a few days shy of the November super moon. Thanks to the rain, mist rose from the creek and shrouded the reedbeds. A few moths fluttered. With the moonlight as a backdrop, the scene looked eerie. Our torch beams raked the vapour like Star Wars lasersabres as we painted reeds and cobwebs for our cameras.

In the spotlightIn the spotlightA spider web draped between reed stems is painted with torchlight.
1/15s @ f5.6 & 20mm + light painting

Then I had an idea. What made the idea viable was a good mate who could help me make it happen. And here it is...

The ExkoskinatorThe ExkoskinatorMy mate Timo plays with his lasersabre in the mist. 15s @ f4 & 16mm ISO 400 + light painting

With that shot in the bag we were satisfied and went back to camp to enjoy a cocktail nightcap (Bundy OP rum and Schnapps) that we invented and have called The Optical Delusion. We hit the swags at 01:15 to grab a scant four hours of sleep before the morning photo shoot. Life is good.


The early morning has gold in its mouth — Benjamin Franklin

 


Comments

1.des crawley(non-registered)
A great yarn. The fellowship is what appeals. I am pleased to read that Timo is out and about and if it takes your optical delusion to get him to do so all the better.
The image of the camera emitting light is a great idea. A camera giving off light rather than absorbing it.....hmm...as for the cornucopia of weather I think Tom must have had a sly swig of the Bundy OP to come up with that expression.
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