In this blog series I am telling the stories of 100 of my favorite images, how I came to be there, what it was like and why I still enjoy the image. For image 2 of the series we are exploring an image from Catherine Hill Bay on the Central Coast of New South Wales.
24 May 2005, Catherine Hill Bay, NSW. Australia.
Before digital cameras could practically see in the dark the photographer had to carefully select how to expose the image. By now I had learnt of my mistakes in Genesis and was optimising my exposures for the scene I wanted to capture. On this morning at Catherine Hill Bay I wanted to emphasise the texture in the clouds highlighted by the dawn light. The limitations of my camera meant that the rocks in the foreground faded to black and this gave me the perfect contrast of still, black rock against moving, colourful water and sky. I am primarily a colour photographer and find that colour gives movement and gesture to images. I found Catherine Hill Bay before many other photographers, I had the beach to myself that morning but that is unlikely nowadays! Exploring the beaches south of Newcastle uncovered this gem that is now very popular with photographers for the ability to use the jetty to lead the viewers eye towards the rising sun. The jetty can dominate images but for this image I took a broad view of the scene. By climbing on top of some rocks I was able to create space in the image by changing the balance between the rocks in the foreground and the jetty leading to the background. I find the final look is uncluttered yet it entices you to look for longer and appreciate the details of the image.
Creating fine prints is my favorite part of photography, sharing the ultimate expression of an image with someone who will cherish it for years to come brings me great satisfaction. If you would like to purchase a print please contact me, prints from this series start at just $100.