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Dark and Stormy On Dripstone Beach

I just got my film back from the Dripstone beach shoot and there was a pleasant surprise in the negatives. I was really impressed with how dark and moody this long exposure image is! It’s similar to another shot that I’ve posted from a digital capture but there is great feel to this image.

2017-02-09. Dripstone Beach, 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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Rays Of Light

This beach gets a lot of foot traffic at sunset, it’s a great place to go for a walk – even in the hot wet season there is a breeze that can take a few degrees out of the day. The day that I was there I was lucky to witness these really strong rays of light just after sunset, I don’t really know what caused them and I really struggled to find the right composition for these scene. I think that this image works the best, the footsteps are a gentle reminder that there are a lot of people who have come past this spot but not all of them were witness to this stunning light show.

Casurina Beach, Darwin. NT. Australia. 2015-2108

Casurina Beach, Darwin. NT. Australia. 2015-2108

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Light Orange Rocks On A Blue Beach

As the sun set on Casurina Beach and we moved into ‘blue hour’ I saw a brilliant contrast between these rocks and the sand. The wet sand was reflecting the blue hour light but the rocks were still bright orange. It’s interesting to see how the land changes as the light fades.

Casurina Beach, Darwin. NT. Australia 2015-2099-Edit

Casurina Beach, Darwin. NT. Australia 2015-2099-Edit

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Walking The Dog

There’s nothing like the freedom of taking the family for a walk on the beach with the dog.

Casurina Beach, Darwin NT. Australia. 2015-1955-Edit

Casurina Beach, Darwin NT. Australia. 2015-1955-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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While I Was Waiting

I’d finished up shooting and walked back to the car park, my wife was going to pick me up but she had not arrived yet so I looked around for something to shoot while I waited. I could see the orange glow very faintly on the horizon, there was not much light left because the sun had gone down almost an hour before. With nothing else to do I decided to take a couple of shots anyway. I took some horizontal shots and then decided to switch to vertical to emphasise the transition from light to dark, focusing was difficult – it was so dark I had to manually guess the focus on the live view screen of the camera – not an easy task with all the sensor noise the camera was generating!

When I had finished the exposure I was pleasantly surprised! Almost invisible to the naked eye but obvious after a long exposure was the pink, whispy clouds in the centre of the frame, by sheer luck I had composed them beautifully and they helped with my intent for this image – to emphasise the transition from light to dark. They go beautifully against the reflection in the water and the glow on the horizon. This might just be the best image from this shoot and one that I never planned to capture.

2015-0993-Edit

2015-0993-Edit

East Point Reserve
Darwin, Northern Territory
Australia.

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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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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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