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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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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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Nightcliff Beach Outflow

I’ve been in a bit of a slump lately, the rest of life is going well but I haven’t been in the mood for photography. Finally back into it tonight printing off some images and editing this one from the start of February.

2016-0259. Nightcliff, Darwin NT.

2016-0259. Nightcliff, Darwin NT.

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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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Afternoon Light On The Rocks

Just hanging out for sunset, watching the light cross the rocks.

Fannie Bay, Darwin NT. Australia. 2016-0083-Edit

Fannie Bay, Darwin NT. Australia. 2016-0083-Edit

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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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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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Ubirr, Kakadu National Park

The visitors guide suggests that Ubirr is a great place to watch the sunset and they aren’t wrong – as long as the clouds don’t move in at the wrong time! What I waited for the sun to set I spent time photographing the rock art in this area and looking for interesting landscape compositions. This area really came alive about an hour before sunset when the sun poked its way through the clouds to cast a soft, warm light over the area. I took some shots of this very dynamic rock with equally dynamic light upon it and I’m very happy with the outcome.

Ubirr, Kakadu National Park. NT Australia. 2015-2266-Edit

Ubirr, Kakadu National Park. NT Australia. 2015-2266-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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