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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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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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Sunset at Lee Point, Darwin. Print Of The Month January 2017!

Sunset at Lee Point, Darwin NT – Print Of The Month for January 2017.

To ring in the new year I’m announcing a monthly print offer! Every month I will be discounting a single image from my portfolio, sometimes it will be a limited edition print, other times an open edition. Every print will be made personally by me, signed, numbered (for limited editions) and then archival mounted and matted into a standard size ready for framing. As you can read about in my Products page, I take the utmost care to produce a stunning image that will last more than a lifetime.

Lee Point, NT. Limited Edition Print 2016-2136

On the 6th of November 2016 I was out at Lee Point to capture the sunset, I have been there many times before but I had always focused on the water in these outings – this time I was determined to stay away from the water and capture what is further up the beach. There were many Territorians out enjoying the sunset and the cool breeze with their four-legged friends. After an hour or so wandering up and down the beach making a few images I set myself up in this spot waiting for the right light and for some ‘models’ to wander into the scene. As well as the stunning colour that the sunset produced on this day I really love the silhouettes of the people walking the beach. It gives you a sense of the scale of the sky and a reminder that this scene was enjoyed by many people.

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 January 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.

Get in fast as this image won’t go on sale again! If you are looking for this image in any other form please contact me.

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High Tide At East Point

When the tide comes in the trees along the shore at East Point stand in the water for a few hours, cooling their feet off!

East Point, Darwin NT, Australia. 2016-0044

East Point, Darwin NT, Australia. 2016-0044

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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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Sunset light on tree at Sandia Peak

Just the one image tonight, as I was hiking up to Kiwani’s Cabin on Sandia Peak the last night of the day was streaming through the trees illuminating some but not others. I kept my head on a swivel looking for a place where just the right amount of light was striking just the right tree in just the right way (and trying not to trip over the rocks on the track at the same time!) It took a while and a few different attempts but this particular tree was perfect, I love how complex the branch structure and the moss on the tree is and a really busy background just makes it perfect.

Sandia Peak, Albuquerque. NM. 2015-1769

Sandia Peak, Albuquerque. NM. 2015-1769

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Fallen Tree On Sandia Peak

Sandia peak looms large over the city of Albuquerque so I had to go up there. The tramway takes you from the city at 6000ft to 10,000ft. For this poor bloke who has lived his whole life at sea level this meant that setting up the camera too some effort, hiking even more so! I took a few really nice images while hiking around the peak, I really liked this little place and something about it made me want to crop square.

Fallen Tree On Sandia Peak, NM

Fallen Tree On Sandia Peak, NM

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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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Hazy

I really wanted to photograph this area at low tide but last weekend the tide was right up so I took the opportunity to work with the rocks and the water as it’s not often that the tide is this high. I had to sneak past the fisherman to get to this place – careful of any errant hooks about to be flung my way! This part of the coastline cut away sharply to accentuate the curve of the bay and to highlight the different colours and textures of the rocks.

As the sun went down the sky lit up in a hazy orange with the most subtle of details in the dusty, smoky air that hangs in the sky during the dry season. The land in the foreground takes up the same colours as the sky for a very warm effect. The people fishing are a part of the landscape, I like to include them in my shots because it shows how people enjoy this place and how we interact with it. I love to hear your feedback on my images and if you want to know more about how I create them please leave me a comment.

East Point Reserve, Darwin NT. 2015-0974-Edit

East Point Reserve, Darwin NT. 2015-0974-Edit

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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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