Jesse Stapleton

Finalist in

Upper Secondary Category

Written Statement

I decided to give an insight into my life and the place I live. This is because recently I took a trip to India and since then have never stopped marvelling at how lucky I am to live such an amazing life, in an amazing home in Aireys Inlet, with an amazing family and incredible friends.

The photo taken at the lighthouse was at around 4am. I got up with a couple of my mates and we rode down there in the dead silence of the darkness to take photos of the blood moon but instead I couldn’t stop staring at the colours appearing on the horizon at the base of the lighthouse. Obviously it took me many shots to get the right one and this final photograph has not had the colours altered at all. The settings I used were: 30 sec. f/3.5 18 mm and ISO8000. I brought the edges in a little as well when cropping to centre the focal point.

The photo of my dog Pepper was taken at the beach when I was walking her in the early stages of sunset. The settings I used were: 1/4000 sec. f/5.6 55 mm and 500ISO. I would have preferred to get the whole of her reflection in the frame.

The black-and-white photo was taken in a spot my mates and I like to hang out in summer when the water is warm and the waves aren’t great. The settings I used for this are: 1/4000 sec. f/3.5 18 mm and ISO500. In post-production I changed the image to black-and-white as I felt it defined the rocks and subject more. I also added a vignette to focus attention to the centre.


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