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    • Trying to get four unique images each with a different colour, the idea was to have four images there were unique but would stand together as an overall theme which was the main brief while capturing the colours of Australia, So any colour that leaped out I tried to capture, some more successful than others. These red trees here for instances had buildings in front and no matter how I went to get an image I managed to get buildings of fences in the shot in the end this was the final frame I managed not a great image so I moved on again.

    • Another spot I stopped off at was a series of cascades as the weather was somewhat warm 41 Deg C and 71% humidity, Not the most pleasant of temperatures to work in, the Cascades were full off people swimming, in this case I was looking for  grey shot and came away with this one again not a strong image, I was starting to get a little concerned, I was getting snap shots and not strong images here and time was ticking.

    • I headed out to the coast to try adn find a location for sunset, looking for some options. As I got to the coast the clouds gathered, unfortuantely not the light and fluffy ones I prefered for sunset. As I was pushed for time rather than wast it I tried a few different shots there, again nothing that was showing me anything to exciting. This one taken upto me knees in the low surf.

    • Saturday night I got back to the room about ten and down loaded the imaged from the day to see if there was anything there that I could use as part of my four images and build on that. Unfortunately there was nothing there that grabed me as anything worthy of working on. So back to square one and only had till 12 the next moring to have four images printed and matted. So an early start to make the most of it, up at 4:00am ready to try again. Startign in the centre of Cairns, the parks by the water had the trees lit up so gave that a go certainly had colour. With the thought of four images spread tought out the day night dawn mid day and seun set etc, well the idea was four images that fitted the brief, I just didn't have the images. So only a slight problem.

    • Another attempt down by the water were some sculptures that I had a go at light painting, agian, nothing really excting, but now starting to get into an idea, times running out and still not really any images I was really happy with.

    • As Sunrise wasn't far off so walked along the water front till I found a posible position for the sunrise. Little less cloud this time compaed to last night so a possibility of some colour, so set up and wait. Better than the night before but again nothing exciting.

    • So by now the pressure was building to have four shots and really needed to be heading back by ten in order to print and mount by mid day. So walking around the water front I found a palm and managed this one. Hmmm now we're getting something interesting, light, shadow leading lines, water droplets for interest, this one might have been a posibility.

    • The same location a decent splash of colour nicely framing the plam tree. another possibility. At last a couple of shots that may be of use. Suns well up now and soon I'll loose any decent early morning light so back to the car and off to see what else I can find.

    • Found my self at the Cairns, botanical gardens, Bingo, colour decent light, a flower with water droplets, all I needed was my speedlites and I could make something with this. Only problem no speedlites provided in the kit. How ever I did have a bright headlamp. So by adjusting the headlamp distance I coud control the light. Had Colour, an interesting shot and I was off.

    • So walking throught the Botanic Gardens, I managed to find a whole series of flowers differnet colours to play with. In this case the lighting was natural with the sun hitting the leaf. So now I had two images I was happy with. Both colour and intersting.

    • One more image to get, Walking through the gardens I found these aqua petals on the ground, Looked above and saw only green leaves so thoguth I had missed the flowers by a day or so, then spotted these still in flower with some bonus colour in the back ground with sun light on them. I light the aqua flowers with the headlamp and I had four images.

    • I was happy I had done my best for the 24 hours and managed to have my images printed with about 40 minutes to spare so really used all the avaiable time I had. We left the room and waited for teh judges to judge the winnng set of images. After about 40 minutes we were sumons back into the room and the Tony Hewitt the lead judge went through each set of images explaining the process and what the liked about each image and finally they anounced the winner Masa from Melbourne, Below is his winning images. So a great experince and fun weekend. Great feedback from the judges on all the images. So that wraps up the Canon light awards live for 2018. In the coming days Canon should be putting out a video of the weekend. There is already a short video up but a longer one should be coming shortly, I'll post that once its released as well.

    • Thanks Chris. All the flower shots were in daylight but underexposed and light with a headlamp that you’d use for cycling or hiking. They have made a video not out yet that I’ve seen, they have a one minute wrap up one so far but should have a 6 minute one out any day. I’ll post a link when it’s out. Thanks.

    • Not sure why the link doesn’t work, worked for me when I checked just then but when I originally tried I had no luck. That’s only a one minute teaser they were supposed to put up a 6 minute one like last year but no sign of it and their sites been updated now so no sign of some where to add the link there now. So may not happen, I’ll keep an eye out for it.