Firstly, this was my first attempt at a panoramic capture. I'd seen images in awe online, and did some looking around on how to do it - and what do you know, I had all the gear needed to try. Tried the basics in the backyard and it gave me some inspiration to try some of my own. I'm based on the West of Melbourne (and originally from interstate), and it's really only been the last few months that it's clicked as to how close places such as Torquay, Lorne, the Otways and the stunning coast on Great Ocean Road are - so my aim is to get out more this year.
I always felt my good shots prior to this were luck - but my friend who was with me on this day has been so supportive of my photography, and encouraged me to get out there more - and not be as harsh on myself. Thanks to her support, I've also started to sell prints (fine art, canvas and acrylic). She's good company on the drives, and being one of my gym members (yeah, I teach group fitness classes too), isn't afraid to take on those more advanced walks or clambering over rocks and logs.
I find seeing so many shots on groups such as this inspiring, but also intimidating and at times overwhelming, and this can really take me down a peg or two and question my skill, and, well, really down-talk myself. Yep, I'm just starting out, and not every shoot captures something amazing, but then look at shots like this and realise I'm not crap, and shouldn't be so harsh on myself - I'm a stubborn Virgo who excels to perfection, and when it's not there, admit that I beat myself up over it. Lots to learn and try, but not a bad foundation to start on, eh? Phaw, wasn't expecting this post to be quite so personal, just sorta came out.
We had been looking for something for our entry hall for the past few years - but never captured the right image. But my partner loved this, and we now have it as wallpaper, so every morning I get to see this amazing place - at least how it was when the shot was captured.