Walking Circles – view towards Shell Chimney

Creative Project 1:  A view towards Shell

Background:  The Shell Refinery has been a magnet for my photography over the years – with changing light and the concern over the environment versus aesthetics.  As the light changes, so the views may go from mundane to magical.

These photos are in response to my personal interest in the refinery, and especially the many chimneys and vertical structures.  The photos are taken on a heading from the twelve walking circles towards the large red and white Shell chimney.

All of these were taken on a heading towards Shell (worked out using Google Earth maps).

The Images

The images were taken in the weeks after Mountain to Mouth.  Processing included merging multiple images using HDR (High Dynamic Range) software for some images shot in difficult light conditions.  Images were post processed in Adobe Camera Raw and Photoshop.  Images were saved as print files and separate web files.

All but three sites (Big Rock, Lara RSL and Limeburner’s Lagoon) had headings towards the north.  This made photography difficult as the sun was far in the northern sky moving towards the winter solstice.   This meant that most subjects were backlit and in shadow, with loss of sharpness and colour.

The Next Stage

Twelve images (one for each site) will be selected for printing to A3 size (or larger).