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Driftwood at Dripstone, Darwin NT

The waves can bring back to the land something that had found its way into the sea but perhaps only for a short period before it is swept back out again. Dripstone Beach, Darwin NT. Australia.

2017-0056. Dripstone Beach, Darwin NT. Australia.

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Long Exposure and High Tide at Dripstone, Darwin NT.

It was well and truly dark by this stage but I stayed put for one last exposure. This was taken on the landing of the stairs that you use to get down to the beach, with the sun gone I didn’t have to contend with people walking up and down the stairs and shaking the camera!

2017-0080. Dripstone Cliffs, Darwin NT. Australia

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Sunset light on Dripstone Cliffs. Darwin NT Australia.

When the tide is high the water brings in a lot of sea shells but on this shoot it was the first time that I’ve seen the effect that the shells have on the out going water from the waves. These were really difficult to photograph because you’d get set up in a spot to photograph a nice cluster of shells then a large wave would come through and move them all into a different spot! I was really happy with this one shot, especially how the sun was poking through a hole in the clouds to light up the cliff in the background.

2017-0049 Dripstone Cliffs, Darwin NT. Australia.

 

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Sunset Over Darwin Harbour From East Point

It’s been hot and we haven’t had any rain to help temper the humidity of the wet season so by the time I got to this location I was soaked in sweat! Before I arrived at this location I had been in an area shielded from the breeze but as soon as I stepped out of the car here I was met by the cool breeze coming off the water and the promise of a beautiful sunset. This part of East Point can be difficult to photograph, it’s a great place to watch the sunset but it can be difficult to find foreground-background compositions that I like to use. Luckily, I have been here before so I used some tried and true compositions as well as experimenting with some new ideas as the light faded away for the day.

East Point Reserve, Darwin NT. Australia. 2016-0068-Edit

East Point Reserve, Darwin NT. Australia. 2016-0068-Edit

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East Point Cliffs Glowing At Sunset

Took my first trip out for 2016 last night and the sunset did not disappoint. Unfortunately, I was in the wrong place! I was hoping to get some good shots of a group of trees that become submerged at high tide (I might post these images later) but at the sun dipped below the horizon I could see a band of cloud that I knew was going the light up so I scrambled back to the car to get to a different location. I was right but this particular sunset was very difficult to shoot because the clouds with the nice pink colour were up very high so it was hard to get foreground features composed with it.

Later, all that was left was a faint flow on the horizon and this painted the cliffs at East Point in a very warm light which you can see here.

East Point, Darwin NT, Australia. 2016-0071-Edit

East Point, Darwin NT, Australia. 2016-0071-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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Afternoon Glow on The Cliff

I really love the way the cliffs here glow in the last minutes of the day. It took a bit of physical risk to get this shot, I very carefully crept out out on the jagged sharp rocks – right up to the waters edge (croc territory) so that I could look back towards the cliff. The tide was coming in so I could only get a few shots in before the water surrounded me and I was getting my feet wet! Getting back to the beach was even more work now that the rocks were slippery!

Vestey's Beach, Darwin. NT, Australia. 2015-1888-Edit

Vestey’s Beach, Darwin. NT, Australia. 2015-1888-Edit

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Sunset at Fannie Bay Beach

Cloudless days make for boring sunsets right? Not always! The trick is to have a clear view of the horizon and to be patient. The sun was long gone and it was getting quite dark when the sky lit up like this and it was only when the red appeared in the sky that I could make a composition with the magenta coloured rocks work.

Fannie Bay Beach, Northern Territory, Australia. 2015-1690

Fannie Bay Beach, Northern Territory, Australia. 2015-1690

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Fish and Chips

Last night I took the family out for fish and chips and the sunset at Nightcliff. While we were waiting I snapped this little beauty of the sunset light shining on the cliffs with my Fuji X-E2. This morning I started to edit this image, after trying a lot of my favourite processing techniques I found that this image didn’t really need any processing!

Nightcliff, NT. 2015-1091

Nightcliff, NT. 2015-1091

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Portfolio Update

With a gloomy rainy Saturday it’s a good opportunity to update my portfolio with some new shots for the website. While I put my images up on Facebook and 500px regularly, I only put an image into my web site portfolio after much consideration so you might find some images on those sites that a are not here. It’s an important skill for an artist to know how to put a portfolio together, to pick the couple of shots that are the best representations of your style and who wants to see 100 photos that are almost the same?

This first shot is from Mallabulla, on Port Stephens. I live just around the corner from here so it’s great to see a nice sunset developing then rust out with my gear. This is one of the most complex cloud scenes that I’ve seen here and the tide was rushing in at the same time to make the scene more dynamic.

Tanilba Bay, NSW. 2014-0743

Tanilba Bay, NSW. 2014-0743

The next two images are from Fishermans Bay, I’ve visited this place a few times. The rock formations are very interested so I’ve decided to do a detailed study of the area. Another cloudy day made for some interesting skies and once the sun set it was a great opportunity to do some long exposures and accentuate the moss on the rocks at low tide. Normally you can’t get to the spot where I took the second image but at low tide on a calm day it was easily accessible for a short while!

Fishermans Bay, NSW. 2014-0684

Fishermans Bay, NSW. 2014-0684

Fishermans Bay, NSW. 2014-0694

Fishermans Bay, NSW. 2014-0694

 

After much deliberation, I’ve decided to add a few more images from my Grand Canyon trip. The first image is from the helicopter flight to the canyon and the last is while we were flying out after out time on the ground. Have a look at my video from the trip to see what it was like! Grand Canyon on YouTube.

Arizona, USA. 2014-0258

Arizona, USA. 2014-0258

The Grand Canyon, Arizona. 2014-0273

The Grand Canyon, Arizona. 2014-0273

 

The next two shots were taken back in January on a sweltering hot 42 degree day. I had decided to go for a drive and took my camera along even though I did not expect to get any portfolio grade shots in the middle of the day. I came across a great winding road that twisted up into the hills, the sky was quite hazy from a bushfire in the distance so I stopped at the top of a couple of hills to take a few shots. I was quite surprised with the results, the hazy sky recreated the feeling of a hot, dry country day quite well.

Underbank, NSW. 2014-0114

Underbank, NSW. 2014-0114

 

Underbank, NSW. 2014-0132

Underbank, NSW. 2014-0132

Another shot from Fishermans Bay but with a much different sky! I don’t think there is much more that needs to be said 🙂

Fishermans Bay, NSW. 2013-2073

Fishermans Bay, NSW. 2013-2073

 

The next two shots are from an area devastated by bush fires late last year. I had to capture the devastation, surprisingly even though it had only been two weeks since the fire – some of the trees were growing again!

Raymond Terrace, NSW. 2013-2036

Raymond Terrace, NSW. 2013-2036

Raymond Terrace, NSW. 2013-1972

Raymond Terrace, NSW. 2013-1972

Lastly, I took this shot almost a year ago now. I don’t know why I have waited this long to put it on the web site but there is just so much chaos going on!

Yarrangobilly, NSW. 2013-1427

Yarrangobilly, NSW. 2013-1427

 

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