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Stunning Sunset At Nightcliff, Darwin

When you get stunning colours for a Top End sunset it can last for only a few short minutes. You need to be in the right place, at the right time and a little lucky to catch it! I was set up in this spot all ready and still only got off a few frames before the light disappearred. That’s all you need though.

This image is available as a limited edition print or canvas, please contact me for pricing.

Nightcliff, Darwin NT. Limited Edition Print. 2016-0256-Edit

Nightcliff, Darwin NT. Limited Edition Print. 2016-0256-Edit

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Kakadu’s Motor Car Falls – Limited Edition Image

You need to put in a lot of effort to get really spectacular images but this shot required more effort than usual! December is not the best time of year to visit Kakadu, the days are hot and humid, roads and walks begin to close and the wildlife starts to present a greater danger than usual. This didn’t stop me from using the leave pass my wife gave me for my birthday to get out to Kakadu for three days. After a lot of research I knew where I wanted to go and while I had it all planned out I don’t think one aspect of the trip went according to that plan 🙂 With my plans all stuffed up I decided to head out to one of the places not on my original plan. After confirming with the rangers that Motor Car Falls was open and getting a recommendation from a tour boat driver I decided to head out there on Thursday morning.

Plan was to get there in time to make the walk in before the heat set in but as soon as I stepped out of the car I realised that I was already too late for that! While prepping my gear for the 7km trek I discovered another problem that was to plague me the whole day – flies… These flies bite and only about 50% of them were put off by insect repellant (Bushman’s – the stuff that has 40% DEET in it…) Heat + humidity + flies + heavy camera gear do not make Rob a happy photographer (and sweat mixed with Bushmans tastes bad when it runs into your mouth 🙁 ) but as soon as I started to hear the falls I knew it would be good.

Motor Car Falls, Kakadu National Park. NT Australia. 2015-2547-Edit

Motor Car Falls, Kakadu National Park. NT Australia. 2015-2547-Edit

I scrambled up to a rock that I knew would be a good vantage point, set up my gear and got to work. The light was rapidly changing as the sun went in and out of the clouds, constantly changing the light. I used a 10-stop ‘Big-stopper’ Neutral Density filter to increase my exposures and get the silky smooth look to the gushing falls. After the long hike it was cool and calm by the falls, I was considering a quick swim but I didn’t have too – the rain moved in after I had been there for 30 minutes or so and quickly cooled me off!

After 2 hours by the falls watching the light change and trying a few different compositions it was time to start the hike back. The return hike was the opposite of the hike in, instead of hot and humid it was cold and pouring with rain! I eventually got back to the car cold, dripping wet and exhausted but I haven’t seen an image of these falls quite like this one so I will limit production of this image to 50 prints only.

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Sunset Over Fannie Bay Beach

It’s late and I’m very tired but I’m also very glad to have finished this image and have it ready for display. The last shot from my shoot at Fannie Bay was one of the best and contains every element of the Northern Territory coastline. A stunning sunset, sand, soft water and hard rocks that are intricately patterned are all there in the one image. This very special image will be available as a limited edition of only 50 prints, drop me a line if you are interested in purchasing one.

Sunset Over Fannie Bay Beach, Northern Territory, Australia. 2015-1697-Edit

Sunset Over Fannie Bay Beach, Northern Territory, Australia. 2015-1697-Edit

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Nightcliff Beach Outflow

I’ve had a great time lately, getting out to shoot a lot of different locations and as a result I’ve barely had time to process all the images I think are worthy of production let alone write and post here. So this post will be a short introduction for an image I took of a fantastic sunset at Nightcliff, it’s rare to get a sunset like this during the dry season so I was very lucky that I got there early and saw the sky building over a few hours. After some slow contemplative shooting the sky turned bright pink and I spend a furious 20 minutes making the most of it and the beach. I got a lot of really nice images but this one immediately stood out for the simplicity of the foreground, the colours and the white flow of the water. If only I could find time to make a test print.

2015-1182-Edit

2015-1182-Edit

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Genesis

It’s one of the first images that I took with a digital camera and the second oldest image in my galleries. I took this shot of Newcastle Baths in 2005 with my then-new Canon 300D. 6 megapixels was a big deal back then but when I use the camera now (yes it’s 10 years old and still works!) I can feel how much camera technology have improved in that short amount of time. Modern cameras fire up instantly but the 300D even took about 5 seconds to turn on!

Newcastle, NSW. 2004-0004

Newcastle, NSW. 2004-0004

I was still able to take some great images with it and over the years I have been able to tweak the processing a few times to improve them a lot. However, when I took this image I didn’t understand how to expose it properly so it came out under exposed. The effect of this was to capture the really saturated pink hue of the Newcastle sky before sunrise. If I had exposed it correctly I wouldn’t have gotten the same effect. Over the years I have played with the tones to get a softer transition from pink to purple and I have removed the ships from some versions of the image. A queue of coal ships was a feature of the Newcastle skyline for some years so I have left them in for accuracy. I often ponder the people on those ships and what they felt when they saw this sunrise?

If you would like to purchase a print or canvas of this image please contact me through the contact page.

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Nightcliff Rocks

Nightcliff, NT. 2015-0512

Nightcliff, NT.
2015-0512

For my second shoot in the NT I got out to Nightcliff with Dan Courtney to show me around. The rocks around Darwin have stunning colours and patterns in them which change with the light. After a few obligatory pictures of the Jetty we headed out to capture the coastline as the sun set. The sunset was complex in detail yet subtle in colour and serves as the perfect backdrop to the foreground that I was keen on capturing. Even though it was the first time that I had been to this spot I really feel like I have truly capture the essence of this place.

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Last Shot From Tanilba

It’s been a crazy couple of weeks, after Christmas we packed up our house in New South Wales and started the journey to Darwin in the Northern Territory. After 2 weeks on the road, a week in accommodation, a week moving into our new house and a few weeks to settle into a new job I finally found some time to go through all the photos I took of the trip up and upload them. They are all in the galleries right now to look at but I’ll post more details about each shot in the coming weeks.

Before we left NSW I got one last shot at Tanilba Bay, I had promised my wife to cook dinner that night but I could see the potential for a stunning sunset that night. Luckily she gave me a rain check on dinner and I headed out. I’m glad I did because the sunset was a spectacular orange!

Tanilba Bay, NSW. 2014-3389

Tanilba Bay, NSW. 2014-3389


I created this image with some new techniques that I have been researching for a while now. This image is a blend of two exposures; one that is focused and exposed for the foreground and another that is focused and exposed for the background. Both shots are combined to achieve an image that is very sharp from the foreground all the way to the background. By changing the exposure for each shot I can leave my clunky graduated filters in the bag and work faster but with much more precision. I made a 24 inch wide print of this image and the result is stunning even up close!

 

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New Images!

I posted up some new images yesterday. I have taken these over the last few months so without further ado here are the new Limited Edition releases.

Tanilba Bay, NSW. 2013-1618

Tanilba Bay, NSW. 2013-1618

The first shot is from Tanilba Bay in 2013. I loved the shot at the time but completely forgot to post it up!

Clarence Town, NSW. 2014-0836

Clarence Town, NSW. 2014-0836


This one is from a morning shoot near Clarence Town. I wanted to get back to capture some of the more iconic Australian bush scene and with a lot of recent rain it was pretty green out there. I took a bit of inspiration from the classic Australian landscape painters and went with brighter and lower contrast skies for these images.

Tanilba Bay, NSW. 2014-1061

Tanilba Bay, NSW. 2014-1061


I love living in a country where people just rig up a swing on a tree branch near the water. If my kids had been with me I’m sure they would have wanted a go.

A few more open edition prints from these shoots:

Clarence Town, NSW. 2014-0751

Clarence Town, NSW. 2014-0751

Clarence Town, NSW. 2014-0756

Clarence Town, NSW. 2014-0756

Clarence Town, NSW. 2014-0821

Clarence Town, NSW. 2014-0821

 

This last shot is from a spot I discovered in 2005. Still stunning and the trees have grown a lot.

Tanilba Bay, NSW. 2014-1069

Tanilba Bay, NSW. 2014-1069

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Antarctica Photos Online!

My photos from the Antarctica trip are finally online! I’ve been back for two weeks now but it took a while to go through all 7600 photos that I took on the trip! That’s right seven thousand six hundred photos from 5 days in Antarctica, I hope you understand that it took a little while to work out which images to post!

This is the first time that I have had so many images to choose from, on the trip I had very little time to go through them until we were on our way back across the Drake Passage (more about this lovely body of water later!) I started off by going through every photo on my laptop and tagging those that I liked and I made sure to sort out duplicate shots, this got me down to about 1500 photos. I did a second review of these images are removed those that I didn’t like on the second pass. From these 1200 I picked those that really stood out, I did this over a few days so that I could really contemplate the images I had. After I got home and recovered from jet lag I could finally look at the last 100 images on a decent monitor, from here I removed a few more photos to give me 69 final images to process to perfection.

The final results are now in the Antarctica Gallery and are available as limited edition prints and canvas.

I’ll be telling some of the stories behind the images over the coming months, but for now just enjoy them and send me an e-mail or message on Facebook.

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Tanilba Bay Limited Edition Print

I was very sneaky and used this as the image for my canvas post but I thought I should actually announce the addition of this new limited edition image to my portfolio!

Tanilba Bay, NSW. 2013-1381

Tanilba Bay, NSW. 2013-1381


I knew this image of a cool Tanilba Bay sunset would be special as soon as I found this little outlet of water flowing into the bay. The river of water glowed so brightly against the darkness of the surrounding sand, its progress only interrupted by the shells dotting the landscape. I like to use colour in my shots and for this one I waited until the sun was illuminating only a few clouds with its warmth, the day had seen a glimmer of warmth but now it was cool and still. This stunning print is available in print (framed or unframed) or as a stretched, ready to hang canvas.

 

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