Escher “Modderplas” via Waterlogue
Dawn at Duranbah Beach courtesy of Waterlogue
A brand new exhibit by Cai Guo-Qiang opens at Gallery of Modern Art on Saturday. So, seems like my ideal Saturday will be to visit the Cai Guo-Qiang exhibit at GoMA; then shoot some timelapse of the sun setting behind the Gallery.
The Photographer’s Ephemeris app (see screenshot) assures me this is a viable shoot from the Kurilpa Bridge, so I hope to have some frames to post in a couple of days.
Above: Amadiers et ruines, Sicile, John Russell
John Russell is an Australian impressionist painter, a contemporary of Monet and Matisse. Qld Art Gallery has a number of his works on display at the moment, including these two.
I first saw Russell’s ‘Belle Ile’ works in a travelling exhibit called ‘Belle Ile: Monet, Russell & Matisse in Brittany’ around 10 years ago and was impressed then – I still am.
Above: Pulekafa (sennit on cardboard), Kulasi (wool on cardboard), and Pulefakalava (sennit on cardboard).
Sopolemalama Filipe Tohi‘s art is ‘based on the ancient Pacific Island art form of lalava (lashing) that was used for joining and binding materials together. Meters of coloured sennit were wound and tied so as to create distinct geometric patterns that were a well established part of daily life. I believe lalava patterns were a mnemonic device for representing a life philosophy’ (from the artist’s website http://www.lalava.net).
Sennit is hand-rolled cord from coconut husks which is then dyed.
Above: “Wingreeguu” by Shirley Macnamara. ‘Somersault in sandalwood sky’ by Atul Dodiya in the background.
The artist is of the indigenous Australian Indilandji people. Materials include native spinifex, turpentine shrub and ochre.
Well, I finished my first effort at a timelapse video.
I made heaps of technical and practical mistakes, and the perfectionist in me wants to go and fix them all before I show the video – but that’s not real life, is it?
Shooting the timelapse video was a lot of fun, and I will know what to do better (and differently) next time.
The locations are:
Froggies Beach (on the Queensland / NSW border) for sunrise (above).
Rainbow Bay Beach for the two middle sequences:
and Greenmount Hill, looking toward Coolangatta, for the (very cloudy) sunset:
Please excuse the jitter and shake in some of the sequences – some of that is a result of amateur mistakes by me – and in the sunset sequence, the weather was very rainy and windy which made it very challenging. You may see my umbrella peek into shot occasionally ;).
Sunrise and sunset times and locations were planned with The Photographer’s Ephemeris: (photoephemeris.com). Triggered using the Triggertrap app (triggertrap.com). Those apps are just ridiculously good value for a keen photographer at about $10 each.
Gear: Shot with my trusty Canon 60D and the EF-S 18 – 135mm f/3.5 – 5.6 lens on my Induro AT413 tripod.
For any keen photographers out there: give timelapse a go! You do not need super-expensive gear – it’s mostly about planning, patience, getting up early… and standing in the rain keeping your camera dry with an umbrella when necessary.
Hope you enjoy it.