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Australian Landscape Photography - Murray Fox -Bundamba Lagoon, Ipswich, Queensland, Australia at sunrise on Kodak Portra 160 4x5 Large Format Film by Australian Landscape Photographer Murray Fox

My colour 4×5 large format film Journey begins – Lagoon Sunrise

Bundamba Lagoon, Ipswich, Queensland at sunrise, photographed by Queensland Landscape Photographer Murray Fox based in Australia on Large Format 4x5 Film Kodak Portra 160.

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Australian Landscape Photography - Murray Fox -An old farm house sits in a drought dry field near Gatton in the Lockyer Valley of Queensland Australia. Photographed by Australian Landscape photographer Murray Fox

Drought House

Two years ago there was a golden field of wheat as far as the eye could see around this old house. Now, the land is bone dry and barren. There will be no winter crop this season, there is no water. The drought continues on and we pray for rain. Photographed with my Crown Graphic 4×5 Camera on Kodak Portra 160 film.

An old farm house sits in a drought dry field near Gatton in the Lockyer Valley of Queensland Australia. Photographed by Australian Landscape photographer Murray Fox

Australian Landscape Photography - Murray Fox A gigantic eagles nest sits at the top of the largest tree in the area, highlighted by the core of the milkyway as photographed by Australian Landscape photographer Murray Fox in the Lockyer Valley of Queensland Australia.

Where Eagles Dare – Astro Photograph

A gigantic Eagles Nest sits at the top of the tallest tree in the area, beautifully surrounded by the amazing core of the Milkyway. A photograph by Australian Landscape Photography Murray Fox, captured in Queensland Australia.

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A stunning album cover photograph for Kim Wright, Queensland Country Music Singer and Songwriter captured in this amazing rural sunset by Australian Landscape photographer Murray Fox

Sunset Cover Shoot – Kim Wright

I had the privilege of being asked to shoot a cover photo and additional portraits for Queensland Singer/Songwriter Kim Wright. With his love of Country music, we both felt my love of country photography would be the perfect match to create something truly unique.

I knew location was going to be paramount for this job. After working out a few locations and a few missed starts due to unfavourable weather, I decided the Little Brown House near Gatton would be the perfect location for the shoot. Again, many thanks to the owners for permission to access their property.

There are no crops in the ground at the moment, but the earth is ploughed ready for later season plantings, and these would create some great leading lines in the photographs. I recruited good friend Craig Bachmann to assist with me. He proved invaluable holding light stands and reflectors as the wind was still quite strong.

We arrived on location around 5pm, plenty of time before golden hour and sunset started. We spent a good hour going through various shots and a couple of these pre shoot photos made it to the final 8 images.

Once golden hour started it was game on, and as we had already been through our paces the shot progressed quickly. This first shot was something I had visualised for weeks and it came out perfectly. What I didn’t predict was what sunset would be like, and wow, what a turn on by mother nature, couldn’t have asked for better. To get the framing I wanted I’m lying in the dirt with my camera, taking bracketed series of photos due to the huge amount of backlight in the scene. Craig is off camera right with a golden reflector beaming that beautiful light back on Kim and the house.

A stunning album cover photograph for Kim Wright, Queensland Country Music Singer and Songwriter captured in this amazing rural sunset by Australian Landscape photographer Murray Fox

We then proceeded to take a few more photographs in closer to the house, some using flash, some using just the reflector. My goal here was to create some more personal photos for his album, as well as general promotional shots, the next photo having plenty of space to the right of scene for additional writing etc. The light was just beautiful.

Australian Country Music Singer Songwriter Kim Wright as photographed by Australian Landscape Photographer Murray Fox

We then headed out into the fields behind the house, to use the leading lines into the wonderful sunset and shot through the various changes in light in multiple directions.

A sunset portrait of Queensland Country music Singer and Songwriter Kim Wright photographed by Australian Landscape Photographer Murray Fox

It was quite a challenge to get the dynamic range of these photographs right. I had to bracket all my photographs capturing a base exposure, one that was 4 times darker and one 4 times brighter, then blending all together in post processing. Normally not too much of a challenge, except any movement by Kim resulted in it being almost impossible to amalgamate the photos. Kim was wonderful holding still for long periods of time.

A beautiful dusk portrait of Queensland Country Singer Songwriter Kim Wright photographed by Australian Landscape Photographer Murray Fox

Finally as the last of the colour faded, I grabbed one more closer in head shot for Kim, you can’t ask for a more beautiful or better back drop than this.

Sunset Portrait of Queensland Country Music Singer Songwriter Kim Wright photographed by Australian Landscape Photographer Murray Fox.

Many thanks again to Kim for the offer to take these photographs. I’m so very glad with the results, I really can’t wait for the album to come out. Please visit Kim on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/kimwrightmusicpage/ and be sure to like and follow him. Everything we can do to support our local artists is always worthwhile. You can also follow Kim on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/kimwrightmusic/.

That’s it for this week, many thanks again for reading my blog. My photography is quite busy at the moment with photo shoots, one on one landscape workshops as well as my limited edition Landscape panorama Acrylic print sales. If you would like to hire me, learn from me, or purchase and Acrylic print, head to my contact page and drop me a message, would love to hear from you.

Until next time!

A stunning sunset over sunflowers at Mt Walker in Ipswich and the Scenic Rim of Queenland Australia looking west over the great dividing range. A panorama wall art / fine art photograph captured by Australian Landscape and Weather photographer Murray Fox

Sunflower Sunset

Well wasn’t this a challenge! My self and my good friend Craig had been in contact with a local farmer. He advised us his sunflowers were in their prime so we arranged a visit for Sunday afternoon to shoot it through sunset.

The massive problem was Tropical Cyclone Oma was approaching through the week and ended up sitting off the coast for a few days. The rain didn’t happen but boy did we get the wind. Capturing a stitched panoramic photograph can be challenging at anytime, throw in very strong winds with a close subject that moves around a lot, add just a sprinkle of low light as sunset occurs and I almost didn’t get a shot.

Thankfully, my previous experience with panoramas this year is really paying off and the final result, well, not blowing my own horn here but wow! This is the best panorama I’ve captured so far.

Timing was a bit rushed too as we first did a quick portrait shoot for the lovely couple who own the property, always great to give something back for being graciously granted permission onto their property. I’ve photographed in this area for nearly 10 years now and never have I captured a sunset with such a wonderful view as this.

Post production putting the final image together was also a super challenge. I ended up spending well over 5 hours putting all the pieces together and checking pretty much down to each flower everything joined up correctly. Hard work, but well worth the results.

Hopefully the rains come soon, everyone needs a drop so much.

A stunning sunset over sunflowers at Mt Walker in Ipswich and the Scenic Rim of Queenland Australia looking west over the great dividing range. A panorama wall art / fine art photograph captured by Australian Landscape and Weather photographer Murray Fox

I’m doing a bit more portrait work lately, it’s a change from the normal and being the obsessive technical type, a great challenge with lots of new things to learn. My first love is still landscapes and now panoramas however, so I may even explore the possibility of combining the two for something truly unique, stay tuned!

I’ve added this photograph to my Landscape Portfolio, and you may click here to find out more information about purchasing this photograph as a Limited Edition Acrylic Print.

Photographer of the Year 2018 - Commended - Murray Fox Australian Landscape, Astro & Weather Photographer

Commended in Australian Photographer of the Year 2018

I’m very happy to let you all know I received a commendation for my entry into this years Australian Photographer of the Year. My entry was 4 photographs from my Nightscape portfolio entered under the title, Rural Nights. With thousands of entries all competing, I’ve very happy with the result.

Astro season is starting again now, I look forward to capturing many more creative photographs using all the techniques I devised and put into practice last season. I have quite a few ideas already planned, as for me if I’m not out there taking the photos, I’m thinking about taking the photos.

Here is a copy of the award I received, and the photographs I entered. All of these photos are available for purchase as an open edition print on Acrylic, contact me for pricing and details (free shipping Australia wide!)

 

Let me know in the comments below which is your favourite photo!

I’m out hunting for more panoramic landscapes this weekend as we finally appear to have clouds. This morning was a failed attempt but I’ll keep trying until I get the photographs I want. That’s the fun of working with mother nature, you can never truly predict what happens next. Until next time, thank you for reading.