HMQS Gayundah

First light-painting session I've attempted.

Not too bad an effort given I'd never done this before.

Information about the ship is on Wikipedia.

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View all photos taken: Saturday, 27th October 2007, This photo: 6:44pm

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  • grace~ said:
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  • flash of light said:
    I would say pretty damn good. Who is the shadow in the sea?
  • David de Groot said:

    That would be a pesky fisherman that moved into the shot. You can also see another fisherman's beach rod looking like a rope from the ship.
  • beaumitchell said:
    Nice shot... probably could have done with another minute or so exposure just to bring some more detail into the ship, but still awesome never the less!

    Seen in my contacts' photos. (?)
  • David de Groot said:
    You're right, but I had not done this before. Another couple of flashes on the ship would have done it too, and a more powerful torch, the dolphin torches I had just aren't up to the job really.
  • bachamp said:
  • looby88 said:
    I spotted the shady figure as well , ahh its a ghost ship !!!

    good one David
  • David de Groot said:
    hehehe indeed, infested with the ghosts of fishermen that umm, no it wasn't a fishing boat.. there goes that theory.
  • benefit of hindsight said:
    well I just love the deep blue of the sky like this - very nicely done, David, and I think the light-painting worked out pretty well - an lovely photo!
  • David de Groot said:
    Another break from the baby eh ? ;-) Not too shabby for a first attempt eh ? I'm going to have to track down a brighter torch though as the ship should have been a bit brighter.
  • benefit of hindsight said:
    Ah, David, never a break from the baby :o)
    Just a day off work as yesterday was a public holiday in my part of Germany
  • David de Groot said:
    Yes that's true, babies are a full time job in themselves, just as well they're cute eh?
  • mowog said:
    Great night shot of the old girl.
  • David de Groot said:
    Not bad for a first attempt anyway :) I'm thinking a longer exposure and a brighter torch are in order for the next attempt.
  • Misteriddles said:
    Not bad at all. Superb for a first attempt.
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks :) I think if nothing else I've learnt a few things on this shoot.
  • Mr Magoo ICU said:
    Nice shot David. I've got a tip for the lighting..

    500,000 CP rechargable torch from supercheap $22
    Baking paper over the face for diffusion $0.01c
    Beautitful long exposures? Priceless ;-)
  • David de Groot said:
    D'oh! Yesterday I trundled out to BCF and picked up a 2 million candle power rechargeable torch for $49.
  • Mr Magoo ICU said:
    Ah cool, it'll do the job in less time but work just as well. I find the hand held 500k ones nice and portable for the type of work I do. They also get spray painted black ;-)

    A lovely shot of the hmas gyandah - i've shot this same location myself at around the same time. I just wish there was more if it left! The SS dicky is next but i've seen so many nice shots of it that it will be hard to do it justice. cheers.
  • David de Groot said:
    This one is about the same size as my old 500k one (now dead), and quite portable, however apparently it'll only last 1/2hr on a full charge (yet to try that out), but as a side bonus, it's already black.

    I'd never been to this ship before, so I didn't fully know what to expect. At least there's more of this left than the Dicky (which is also on my list of locations to shoot). I wanted to do the Cherry Venture, but alas that won't happen now. The Maheno on Fraser is meant to be good, but it's on Fraser, making getting there a bit more of a challenge.
  • CAUT said:
    Nice shot
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks, it's not fantastic, and I could do better now, but wasn't bad for a first attempt.