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Sunrise over Ubud Rice Terraces – February 2017 Print Of The Month

In June last year my family and I took a holiday to Bali, it was the second time that we had been over there and I was keen to spend a day entirely focused on photography. Thanks to a friend I was put in touch with a tour guide and amateur photographer who would be my guide for the day. I really wanted to get out to the rice terraces for sunrise so a 4:30 am start was in order to find a spot and get the good light! The first location we went to was a bit of a bust – I learnt that the terraces are constantly changing and depending on where they are in the harvest cycle will depend on what you see.

The sun was starting to come up as we drove down to a second location, I was starting to worry that we had missed the best light but Made (Mar-day) my guide was confident. Good thing that he was quick on his feet – I had stopped at one spot that was ‘ok’ and Made had gone ahead, he came back quickly – he had found the best spot! We both settled in this location as the light started to shine into the valley – there was hardly anyone around and I knew then and there that I had the shot.

2016-1023. Ubud Rice Terraces, Bali. Limited Edition Print

I must confess that I also sacrificed a good pair of shoes that day – the paths are narrow and I fell into the rice paddy’s about 5 times! Saved my gear though 🙂 You can see more of my images from Bali here.

This A3+ sized image (16×10.66 inches exact image size) comes mounted on foam core and matted to 20×16 inches. This is a standard size so it is easy to frame! This limited edition print would normally be $400 but for orders placed during the month of February it will be only $250! To order, simply message me through the contact page and let me know your address so that I can quote shipping and handling costs. Payment can be made through PayPal or direct deposit.

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Roots among the mangrove trees. East Point, Darwin.

Down really low, the tripod spread apart so that I can get the camera down close to the roots of the Mangrove trees that are only exposed at low tide. With the sun over my shoulder and behind clouds I could get the light into the tree without my own shadow getting in the way! I had to take this shot quickly though, my knees couldn’t take the crouching for too long and I had to be wary or crocs in this location!

2017-0087. East Point Reserve, Darwin NT.

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Tree Overhanging Yellow River – Kakadu National Park

I booked a sunset cruise on the Yellow River as part of my trip to Kakadu. The good thing about being in the park on a weekday during the off-season? You get the boat to yourself! It also turned out that the tour guide is also a photographer so he was more than happy to move into places that got the best shot. Two hours just flew by, we had some interesting light, great scenery and diverse animals. Here is a shot I really like of the way that the trees interact with the water, there was so much to shoot – there will be more to come!

Yellow River, Kakadu National Park. NT Australia. 2015-2434

Yellow River, Kakadu National Park. NT Australia. 2015-2434

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Green

It’s heading towards July so it’s been a long time since we saw rain up here. All the grass and trees turned brown long ago but it’s still possible to find the odd oasis of green. Berry Springs reserve is about 45 minutes outside of Darwin and a popular swimming spot for tourists (once the rangers clear it of crocodiles!) I went down there with another photographer who was visiting Darwin with the intent of getting a lot of photos of the springs themselves but there were so many people in the water that it was difficult to find a clear shot (I did in the end…) so while I was waiting for the crowds to leave I looked for some different shots.

I was really interested in the pattern to these ferns as they had seemed to arrange themselves into three lines. I usually use wide angle lenses but this time I could stand well back and make the image look a little flatter with a longer focal length. I was also pretty lucky that it was so still with no wind, this way I could use the aperture and ISO that I wanted and still get a sharp shot with a 0.8 second exposure. This scene photographed so easily, barely and re-touching required in Lightroom to get it looking the way I wanted.

2015-1244. Berry Springs, NT

2015-1244. Berry Springs, NT

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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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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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