Thursday, August 5, 2010

Service Bay

This old garage is at Redland Bay, a stones throw away from where the ferry leaves for Karragarra.

I've driven past it many times, but never bothered to stop and photograph it because it's always been full-light and I knew the results would be mediocre at best.

On Wednesday night, the light was just fading from the sky as I got to the ferry terminal, so the light was right.

Service Bay

I still think the results are mediocre, but at least there's some colour in the sky. It got me to thinking about my speed light and how terrified of using it I am. A bit of fill flash might have made all the difference in this photo. I could have darkened the sky dramatically in Photoshop and just had the garage door lit up.

I saw this photo yesterday, posted on a blog. It was taken in depression-era America, when very few photos were being taken in colour.

And I just love it: The colours, the sky, the use of fill flash, the solid edges you get with film. I wish I had a high-enough resolution version of it, because I'd be blowing it up and putting it on my wall (if that wasn't, ahem, copyright restriction...)

So now, my aim with my photography is to learn to master my speed light. Expect a lot of flash photography posted on here in the near future...


  1. What a cool old garage and really nice shot - that place has a lot of photographic possibilities me thinks. I like the old shot as well - there's nothing like good, old-fashioned photographs on film. Sigh..
    I look forward to seeing more of your photos. Have a nice weekend!

  2. hmmm now I need to go and find out what speed light is.. I have so much to learn!!

  3. Your mediocre photo is 100 per cent better than most people's best!

  4. I second 'brismod' and add that you can come and take mediocre photos for me any day of the week :)


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