Posted September 24th 2012
In 2007 when I was working in Adelaide it was commonly known that the infamous F111 would be ceasing operations in the Defence Force. With that information I decided to fly to Brisbane with the hope of capturing a photograph for myself of the F111 Fuel Dump and Burn over Brisbane City that happens every year.
I scouted the area with a fellow photographer and found a space that I thought was going to be great for the direction that the jets were flying that night. So armed with my Fuji G617 I set up camp pretty early that day. As always people are intrigued about why you are there, and it was that day I met another keen photographer who was there for the same reason. But he thought that if we could get higher just a little bit, we would be better placed. So Garry went into the Medina Hotel and asked if we could set up our cameras from the pool balcony. To my surprise they let us up there.
After setting up, and waiting for the sun to well and truly set, I started what was to be an exposure that spanned over a 30 min time frame and 5 separate exposure on the one frame, the first was a 10 min exposure of the city which allow me to get a clear image of the city, as the smoke from the fireworks later on engulfed that in a matter of minutes once it started. The second exposure was for the first pass of the F111 from Woolloongabba and straight over our heads, the third was for the fireworks and I did 2 separate ones for them, and the last one was for the second pass of the F111 from Southbank and finishing over the story Bridge.
The above photo is the product of all those exposure put together. Lucky as I had one go at it and I feel I nailed it.
Posted August 31st 2012
During the construction of my website one of the final parts of the site was to set up the payment system.
My website is set up with Eway payment gateway, to get this installed into my site I had to go through a sequence of procedures before anything could be added to my site. This involved applying for a business name through ASIC (Australian Securities and Investment Commission); once that was approved I could then open a business account with NAB. After that I applied for a merchant account, once that was set up I was able to have the Eway gateway setup for my website.
But there was just one more part to add, and that was a SSL Certificate that guarantees total security will be used, so no credit card details can be stolen from what be would hackers during a purchase from my website. I was told that if I didn’t have the encrypted part set up on my payment set up that the bank would close my merchant account and I could not continue trading.
So be assured that when you make a purchase, all details will be completely secure. And if you ever wanted to know if a site you are visiting and making an online payment too, look at the top of the page where the website URL is, and if it has HTTPS with a lock next to it, then you can be sure that the site is safe.
Posted August 13th 2012
Welcome to the new website of Casey Smith Photography, as part of the launch and for the month of September we will be running specials on our 30, 40 and 50 Inch Fujiflex prints. These are extended to all panoramic prints on this site, excluding Limited Editions. The offer is not subject to numbers on prints, customers can purchase as many photos at the special price during this offer.
Posted June 5th 2012
In May I had the pleasure of spending 3 weeks in Darwin for work, and there is nothing better when you leave home to a much warmer climate.
With the news of going to the NT, I packed my Linhof and about 20 rolls of film hoping it was enough for the time I was up there.
Taking photos of the sunsets looking out off the coast, also sunsets that were hitting the yellow rocks of Darwin’s coastline. I also went to Litchfeild National Park, taking photos of Florence Falls at the top as well as down at the bottom. Covering Buley Rockhole and Tolmer Falls. And I spent a few days in Katherine as well checking out Edith Falls after the damage of the floods that ripped through there in Jan 2012, and with such force it took out a railway bridge.
I will be adding new photos as I scan and edit them for the website.
Posted June 5th 2012
This Linhof 617 Panoramic camera is primarily what I use to take all the panoramic photos that are currently on this website.
The Linhof is a dedicated panoramic camera taking either 120 or 220 roll film, taking either 4 shots per roll or 8 shots. The body is made up of a die cast aluminium, which can take a pretty hard knock if you accidentally drop it.
The lens how ever is a little more delicate, I currently use the 90mm F5.6 German made Schidner lens, and the clarity and sharpness of this lens is sharp from edge to edge with no distortions at all. It has a 1.5 stop filter on the front to avoid any light fall off at the outer edges of the film.
I love using this camera and there is nothing better than getting film back from the lab, coupled with an Hasselblad X1 scanner, I am able to produce a file that can be printed to 100 inch (2.5metres) with no loss in clarity or sharpness at all.
Posted June 5th 2012
In 2008 I was lucky enough to spend 10 days on the steps of one of the most stunning island groups in Thailand.
There are six islands in the group known as Phi Phi. They lie 50 km south-east of Phuket, where the waters are stunning as well as the people that live and work there.
I spent 10 days there enjoying all the area has to offer as a tourist as well as a photographer. But it was Maya Bay that most people come to see, or as most people would know it, “The Beach”.
My first visit to Maya Bay was about an hour boat trip from Phi Phi Island on a small boat with one of the local islanders as this is the only way to get off the island and see other locations; it is a source of income to the locals that live on the islands. On arrival to the beach it nothing short of spectacular as the waters are a clear green from the moment you pass the entrance all the way into the beach. It is as stunning in the movie as it is in real life. To enter the beach you have to pay a beach tax, from memory that was about 2 dollars, so really its nothing. Once you are up on the beach looking back its is breath taking and for a brief moment you forget you are a photographer and just stand there in awe of the beauty before you.
On my arrival there were just 2 people on the beach and I couldn’t believe my luck as I was sure there was going to be more, but the couple that were there did warn me after realizing I was there to take photos that I had better hurry up, and with that warning in about 30 minutes there were about 3-400 people on the beach and in the water. So I took that experience and went back to Maya Bay a lot earlier so I had more time on my own to both enjoy the beach as well as capture it in its true beauty. Also while I was there I made a point of going for a swim in a lot of the shallow locations and I can tell you that the temperature of the water was constantly warm at every location.
Posted June 4th 2012
Grange Jetty is located on the coast of the South Australian city of Adelaide. There is a number of jetty’s that line the coast as these were used for shipping docks to load and unload cargo bound for Australia.
This is one of my favorite shots I have taken and still is, I had a week of work while my parents were visiting me, so I made a point of going to Grange Jetty every morning to capture what I was hoping was just that one photo that took my breath away when I got it back from the lab.
Well this is that shot that had that affect on me, it was on the fourth morning I was there and as the ice swimmers walked past me kindly reminding me that the sunrise was behind me and not it front of me that the light show started to happen. As the sun started to rise it hit the clouds that were behind me and turned it to a blood red sky, some of which you can see in the clouds above the jetty. So I set my camera to an exposure of 1.5 mins, which made all the water, which was already calm seem like a smooth lake. But it wasn’t that which I was really happy with when I saw the film, it was the color from the blood red sunrise that had bled onto the jetty itself that I couldn’t believe I had captured, because when I was taking the photo I could see that on the jetty at the time. So to this day it will always be one of my favourite shots in my collection.
Posted June 3rd 2012
2 Years ago a couple of mates of mine and I left Broome for an adventure trip to Karajini National Park.
Located about 500kms south west of Port Headland is Karijini National Park, it is the second largest national park in Western Australia and one of the most spectacular sights in the Pilbara. With breathtaking gorges, crystal clear rock pools, waterfalls, and stunning scenery, I knew it was a place that I had to visit.
Accommodation is located about 20 mins from the Park, consisting of both eco friendly huts with all that you need to have a comfortable stay, or you can be at one with nature and sleep in your own caravan, tent or just a swag. Either way the location is nothing short of stunning, no matter what your accommodation choice. There is also an information center, restaurant as well as shower and toilet amenities.
The Gorges themselves are amazing, with access to some of the most amazing places you will ever see, no matter how young or old you are. You can take a fully guided to that will take into places where you slide off a waterfall and into a pool below, as well as abseil down a 40mtr waterfall into a valley below. For a very small cost it is well worth every cent.
The photo above is accessible to everyone and takes about 30mins to get to, but the trek to get there is just as stunning as the photo. But do take a wet suite if you can, as the water is exposed to about an hour of sunlight everyday because of the depth of the gorge and the width across at the top.