Robert Vine: Blog https://www.robertvinephotography.com.au/blog en-us (C) Robert Vine (Robert Vine) Tue, 14 Apr 2020 09:43:00 GMT Tue, 14 Apr 2020 09:43:00 GMT https://www.robertvinephotography.com.au/img/s/v-12/u1062051775-o616782448-50.jpg Robert Vine: Blog https://www.robertvinephotography.com.au/blog 120 80 One Hundred Images - Roadside https://www.robertvinephotography.com.au/blog/2020/4/one-hundred-images---roadside In this blog series I am telling the stories of 100 of my favorite images, how I came to be there, what it was like and why I still enjoy the image. For image 32 of the series I'm looking at an image that came about from a quick break during a long road trip.

Roadside, Tirrannaville, NSW.RoadsideTirrannaville, NSW.

Roadside

27 February 2013. Tirrannaville, NSW. Australia

It had been a long week of working in Canberra and while I was eager to hit the road and get home to the family it wasn't too long until I needed to stop and take a break. Pulling off the country road I had taken as a short cut I got out to stretch my legs and I could see this storm in the distance. It was a perfect backdrop to the Australian countryside so I took a quick image of it with my long lens and feeling recharged, hopped back in the car for the journey home.


Creating fine prints is my favorite part of photography, sharing the ultimate expression of an image with someone who will cherish it for years to come brings me great satisfaction. If you would like to purchase a print please contact me, prints from this series start at just $100.

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(Robert Vine) australia country fence field nsw rain storm tirrannaville https://www.robertvinephotography.com.au/blog/2020/4/one-hundred-images---roadside Tue, 14 Apr 2020 09:42:16 GMT
One Hundred Images - Shells https://www.robertvinephotography.com.au/blog/2020/4/one-hundred-images---shells Over a year ago I stated a blog series I am telling the stories of 100 of my favorite images, how I came to be there, what it was like and why I still enjoy the image. As often happens, life took over and before too long even a short blog post every few days became a chore so this fell by the wayside. With some spare time to review my portfolio I have discovered that these are the very best of my images and what I need to focus on. For image 31 of the series I'm looking at an image that shows how dynamic the waterline can be.

Shells. Tanilba Bay, NSW.ShellsTanilba Bay, NSW.

Shells

1 January 2013. Boat Harbour, NSW. Australia

The tide dominates Tanilba Bay, at high tide the water laps up against the roads and paths on the shore and at low tide it is quite a hike to the waterline! When the tide is out the sand is littered with the discarded shells of the creatures that bury themselves in the sand, creating patterns of holes, mounds and shells in the sand. At the right time the water begins to lap up against them and reflects the light of the sunset.


Creating fine prints is my favorite part of photography, sharing the ultimate expression of an image with someone who will cherish it for years to come brings me great satisfaction. If you would like to purchase a print please contact me, prints from this series start at just $100.

 

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One Hundred Images - Rushing https://www.robertvinephotography.com.au/blog/2019/7/one-hundred-images---rushing In this blog series I am telling the stories of 100 of my favorite images, how I came to be there, what it was like and why I still enjoy the image. For image 30 of the series I'm looking at an image that makes the thoughts, feelings and emotions of a scene come rushing back.

RushingRushingBoat Harbour, NSW.

Rushing

30 December 2012. Boat Harbour, NSW. Australia

As I sit here contemplating this image my mind is initially blank, many years have passed since I made it and the initial memory of Boat Harbour now far far away. But the feeling of this place soon comes rushing back, it was a warm evening and a little humid. Exploring this part of the coastline required a little exertion and a thin layer of sweat covered my body. The offshore breeze was also warm but the feeling of it passing over my skin helped cool me slightly as I composed my image and made some exposures. While I was waiting for the right wave formation to come upon the rocks I could feel my slightly long hair rustled by the breeze, no doubt I looked a mess but cares about appearance fade away when there are images to make!

After this contemplation, I am now warm and content - despite being inside during a cold winter's night! This is the power of images, colour, composition, motion, light and dark can create emotions and recall memories. Emotions such as the contentment of exploring the world and creating, memories of a warm breeze at sunset on a summers day. The power of images is not just relevant to those who create them, a strong image will create a different emotion in every viewer.


Creating fine prints is my favorite part of photography, sharing the ultimate expression of an image with someone who will cherish it for years to come brings me great satisfaction. If you would like to purchase a print please contact me, prints from this series start at just $100.
 

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One Hundred Images - Coast https://www.robertvinephotography.com.au/blog/2019/6/one-hundred-images---coast In this blog series I am telling the stories of 100 of my favorite images, how I came to be there, what it was like and why I still enjoy the image. For image 29 of the series I'm looking at a part of the world that I think encapsulates the variety of the world's coastlines.

CoastCoastBoat Harbour, NSW.

Coast

30 December 2012. Boat Harbour, NSW. Australia

Until moving to Canberra in 2018 I had never lived more than 30 minutes from the coast. I've spent a lot of time at many different coastlines from beaches to cliffs to rocky outcrops, each coastline is unique. The small coastal town of Boat Harbour in the Port Stephens region has all three types of coastline in a very short area and for a photographer it is great fun exploring this area. Scrambling between areas you can find a never ending array of compositions and thanks to the tide rarely is any trip to this place the same. This image was made on my very first trip to Boat Harbour, just after Christmas with a brand new camera in hand (thanks Santa!) 

In this particular image I really like how the rocky outcrops interact with the water, they are positioned to try and constrain the water but as the waves surge forward they cannot hold the water back. The reflection of the clouds in the puddled water is a subtle reminder that the motion of the tide will bring the water higher than it seems to be now. A hint of the power of the water and the danger that it poses.


Creating fine prints is my favorite part of photography, sharing the ultimate expression of an image with someone who will cherish it for years to come brings me great satisfaction. If you would like to purchase a print please contact me, prints from this series start at just $100.
 

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(Robert Vine) boat clouds coast coastline harbour outcrops reflection rocks water waves https://www.robertvinephotography.com.au/blog/2019/6/one-hundred-images---coast Sun, 30 Jun 2019 11:18:27 GMT
One Hundred Images - National Carillion https://www.robertvinephotography.com.au/blog/2019/6/one-hundred-images---national-carillion In this blog series I am telling the stories of 100 of my favorite images, how I came to be there, what it was like and why I still enjoy the image. For image 28 of the series I'm looking at the challenge of photographing a place that has become cliche.

National CarillionNational CarillionThe Carillion, Canberra. ACT.

National Carillion


22 October 2012. The National Carillion, Canberra, ACT. Australia

I approached the National Carillion with trepidation, it is a magnificent landmark that sits proud within Lake Burley Griffin, chiming across the Capital city of Australia. My trepidation came not from the challenge of the location but from a problem more and more common to photography in the internet age - that of the cliche image. You will have seen it 'that' image which every photographer makes, places like Yosemite and Wanaka will instantly conjure thoughts of 'that' image that everyone takes. The problem with the cliche image is that it portrays the photographer not as a creative but as a hunter, challenged to travel and capture 'that shot' rather than contemplate the experience of a place and create an image that reflects feeling. I myself am guilty of capturing the occasional cliched image but there is little satisfaction in this approach and the frustration mounts as you find you find millions more images just like yours, all without substance.

I had never been to the Carillion before and would have contented myself with the time spent outside if I had not found a unique composition. Still, I took a walk around the island upon which the Carillion sits and as the sun started to set I was blessed with some nice colour to the clouds. The sunset spurred me to make an image of the Carillion that I have not seen before, I was surprised that although the building sits proud on the lake as you get close to it you realise that it is nestled with nature.


Creating fine prints is my favorite part of photography, sharing the ultimate expression of an image with someone who will cherish it for years to come brings me great satisfaction. If you would like to purchase a print please contact me, prints from this series start at just $100.
 

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One Hundred Images - Frozen Earth https://www.robertvinephotography.com.au/blog/2019/6/one-hundred-images---frozen-earth In this blog series I am telling the stories of 100 of my favorite images, how I came to be there, what it was like and why I still enjoy the image. For image 27 of the series I'm looking back on an image that really encapsulates how the seasons effect the landscape.

Frozen EarthFrozen EarthMt Selwyn, NSW.

Frozen Earth

15 July 2012. Mt Selwyn, NSW. Australia

The snow was still falling gently on my shoulders as I walked out of the bush land where I had taken 'Blissful Snowstorm'. The effort of walking in snow while trying to squeeze in and around the vegetation had sapped all of my energy so I made my way slowly to the nearest road. I stopped briefly to catch my breath, despite being on a road all was quiet. The sound of my boots crunching in the snow and 'swish' of my clothes rubbing was replaced with just my labored breathing. My heart rate quickly subsided and I started the trek back to my waiting family. 

Soon, I came to an opening at the side of the road which seemed to be the start of a trail head. I could sense that there would be an interesting view to take in from the clearing so I carefully made my way down the embankment and to an opening in the bush which presented this view. I was taken in by the sheer complexity of the detail that the snow created by lying on the trees. It was stark, bleak and beautiful against the gray sky. By sheer luck I found myself in the best place to photograph this scene and using my tele lens I made a number of images so that I could stitch them into a panorama of incredible detail. Back at home I made a 50 inch print of this image and put it on my cubicle wall at work, my boss fell in love with the detail of the image and was in wonder of the fact that is actually a colour image and not black and white!


Creating fine prints is my favorite part of photography, sharing the ultimate expression of an image with someone who will cherish it for years to come brings me great satisfaction. If you would like to purchase a print please contact me, prints from this series start at just $100.
 

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One Hundred Images - Blissful Snowstorm https://www.robertvinephotography.com.au/blog/2019/6/one-hundred-images---blissful-snowstorm In this blog series I am telling the stories of 100 of my favorite images, how I came to be there, what it was like and why I still enjoy the image. For image 26 of the series I'm remembering the blissful state of mind that can be obtained in the Australian alpine region.

Blissful SnowstormBlissful SnowstormMt Selwyn, NSW.

Blissful Snowstorm

15 July 2012. Mt Selwyn, NSW. Australia

For Australians, snow is a rarity only found in a very small area and only at the right time of the year, this makes it difficult to create images of the unique Australian landscape in snow. I made this image while on holiday with my family introducing my kids to the snow for the first time, on the first day of our visit we were frustrated by totally bare ground - no good for tobogganing! The next day however we found the ground at Mt Selwyn coated with a nice fresh layer of snow and over the course of the morning my kids reminded me that they have vastly more energy than I do for walking up and down hills. When they (finally) started to get cold and tired the family retired to the clubhouse and I took the opportunity to explore the area around the ski resort.

It didn't take long to be away from the bustle of the ski resort and within the bush. Here a quiet, calm tranquility came over me. The air felt clear and crisp and my senses heightened to the shapes and textures of the world around. As I slowly made my way through the land looking for images to create the perfection of the scene was completed when a light snow shower started to fall. I felt blessed to experience an event so unique in this country and the solitude of my surrounds made me feel as though it had been created just for me. In large prints of this image you can see the snow falling through the scene and it immerses me back into those same feelings of tranquility that I had in 2012.


Creating fine prints is my favorite part of photography, sharing the ultimate expression of an image with someone who will cherish it for years to come brings me great satisfaction. If you would like to purchase a print please contact me, prints from this series start at just $100.
 

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(Robert Vine) alpine australia bush selwyn snow trees https://www.robertvinephotography.com.au/blog/2019/6/one-hundred-images---blissful-snowstorm Mon, 17 Jun 2019 10:15:33 GMT
One Hundred Images - Profession https://www.robertvinephotography.com.au/blog/2019/6/one-hundred-images---profession In this blog series I am telling the stories of 100 of my favorite images, how I came to be there, what it was like and why I still enjoy the image. For image 25 of the series we are looking at an image that shows how your hobby and profession can be enjoyed together.

ProfessionProfessionWaimea Bay, Oahu, Hawaii.

Profession

11 June 2012. Waimea Bay, Oahu, Hawaii.

I am not a professional photographer, not because my images are not up to an exacting standard but because it is not my profession. I don't make money from my photography, it is a hobby but that does not mean that my work life and my hobby never combine! I have a fantastic job and one of the fantastic things about that job is the occasional need to travel overseas. My work has sent me to Hawaii 4 times now and while that my sound wonderful (and it is) you still have to do work while you are away! Therefore chances to indulge in photography are few and usually come at times that you would prefer to be resting from long hours, jet lag and socialising! But when you can get away, the fatigue quickly evaporates when you start to focus on creating images.

Waimea Bay is one of the most iconic beaches on the north shore of Oahu, known for the church tower and big wave surfing. The big waves only occur in the northern hemisphere winter so on the dawn of this summer's day the water was calm. This beach becomes packed very early in the day, even at dawn there was a big Hawaiian Family setting up for a full day by the beach. By the time I was leaving the car park was already full! I have been to Waimea Bay before but never early in the morning so I did know what to expect, driving through the mountains from Honolulu is an event and the weather is always different from one side of the island to another. When I came out of the tunnel I could see that it would be an overcast morning - but that should never be cause to turn around for the comfort of bed again! I practically had the beach to myself and could explore the western end where later in the day it will be full of people diving off the rocks. After trying a few different compositions I decided to capture a simple scene of the water gliding onto the sand. For a beach known for big wave surfing and big crowds I like how this image conveys a sense of calm in both composition and colours, the overcast skies give a detail to the sky but also a soft blue colour to the start of the day.


Creating fine prints is my favorite part of photography, sharing the ultimate expression of an image with someone who will cherish it for years to come brings me great satisfaction. If you would like to purchase a print please contact me, prints from this series start at just $100.
 

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(Robert Vine) bay beach blue church clouds hawaii oahu overcast sand sea sunrise tower waimea water waves https://www.robertvinephotography.com.au/blog/2019/6/one-hundred-images---profession Sun, 16 Jun 2019 03:09:59 GMT
One Hundred Images - Submerged https://www.robertvinephotography.com.au/blog/2019/5/one-hundred-images---submerged In this blog series I am telling the stories of 100 of my favorite images, how I came to be there, what it was like and why I still enjoy the image. For image 24 of the series we are looking at a scene that I would drive past quick often but needed the right mix of weather and light to create an image.

SubmergedTanilba Bay, NSW.

Submerged

20 April 2012, Tanilba Bay, NSW Australia

After a long period of rain, the land around Port Stephens would become waterlogged and I would see this land every day on my way too and from work. For a few years in a row the water drained before I had time to get out and make an image of the phenomenon. This was quite spectacular from the air, flying in or out of the nearby Williamtown airport you could see waterlogged land all around, I would normally pass this tree at 100km/h but on the day that I was finally able to get out to image the water I drove slowly with my eyes on the scenery rather than drearily heading to work! I did not have to travel far, just three minutes from home I found this tree and pulled over. Under the curious gaze of passers by I walked up and down the road looking for the perfect angle, in this spot I could capture the beauty of the tree trunk submerged in the waterlogged land and with the sun highlighting the reflection in the water. The scene was just perfect, after making this image I knew that I did not need to make any more - I had finally captured a scene that had eluded me for many years.

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(Robert Vine) flood land sunset tree water waterlogged https://www.robertvinephotography.com.au/blog/2019/5/one-hundred-images---submerged Thu, 23 May 2019 09:28:12 GMT
One Hundred Images - Overcast https://www.robertvinephotography.com.au/blog/2019/5/one-hundred-images---overcast In this blog series I am telling the stories of 100 of my favorite images, how I came to be there, what it was like and why I still enjoy the image. For image 23 of the series we are looking at an image that proves why you should press on despite the weather.

OvercastOvercastLemon Tree Passage, NSW.

Overcast

15 April 2012. Lemon Tree Passage, NSW Australia

So often I would set my alarm clock to wake me many hours before the dawn so that I could make a trip out to a location and wait patiently for the light. On too many occasions the alarm would sound and I would make the short walk to the window and sneak a peak through the blinds to check the weather, finding the sky overcast my semi-conscious mind would will me back to bed. This type of weather is often the best time to create images but it takes determination to overcome the desire to return to warmth and sleep. I had planned to make the 5 minute drive down to Lemon Tree Passage the day before I made this image but could not overcome a hectic work week and a sleep deficit. The next morning I had more luck and managed to will myself out the door in time for the sunrise.

This trip resulted in two images in this series, the bright red burst of light in image 22 lasted only a few minutes before returning to a blue/grey. After the colour disappeared I could begin to see the rough texture of the clouds that hung over the bay. The cloud layer must not have been very thick as the sun still lit up some areas of cloud but left others dark and stormy. I singled out this lonely tree from the few that dotted the shoreline and made an image that showed it calmly wading in the shallow waters of high tide, offset against the chaos of the skies above.


Creating fine prints is my favorite part of photography, sharing the ultimate expression of an image with someone who will cherish it for years to come brings me great satisfaction. If you would like to purchase a print please contact me, prints from this series start at just $100.
 

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(Robert Vine) australia clouds lemon lone overcast passage port shallow single stephens tide tree water https://www.robertvinephotography.com.au/blog/2019/5/one-hundred-images---overcast Tue, 21 May 2019 08:34:13 GMT
One Hundred Images - Complexity https://www.robertvinephotography.com.au/blog/2019/4/one-hundred-images---complexity In this blog series I am telling the stories of 100 of my favorite images, how I came to be there, what it was like and why I still enjoy the image. For image 22 of the series we are looking at an image that defines my style.

ComplexityComplexityLemon Tree Passage, NSW.

Complexity

15 April 2012. Lemon Tree Passage, Port Stephens, NSW. Australia.

For many years my photography was purely instinctive, how I made each image was based off what I felt would work best. Yes, I read much about photographic technique and used the 'rules' when I thought that they suited but I didn't think too much about my own style. All that changed with a gift from my mother, a book called 'The Photographer's Mind' by Michael Freeman. It was a revelation, I read it over and over - often with my laptop by my side so that I could analyse my images and find the artistic style that I had developed over the years. The greatest revelation was that I belonged to an artistic style that I would never have guessed! I was an impressionist!

You may think of the impressionist masters and consider this image a million miles away from them but the complexity that is evident in so many of my images as well as my use of colour belongs to this style. I think that this is the earliest image in my portfolio that shows this style, the pink of the sunrise is pretty but not the subject of the image, the reflection in the smooth water is also pretty but also not the subject. The smooth water contrasts the high frequency detail of the tree and its leaves in silhouette which are the subject of the image. You can spend hours looking at the intricate details and patterns in the image and keep finding new ways to be amazed.


Creating fine prints is my favorite part of photography, sharing the ultimate expression of an image with someone who will cherish it for years to come brings me great satisfaction. If you would like to purchase a print please contact me, prints from this series start at just $100.
 

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(Robert Vine) cloud complexity impressionist leaves lemon passage pink port reflection silhouette stephens sunrise tree water https://www.robertvinephotography.com.au/blog/2019/4/one-hundred-images---complexity Mon, 22 Apr 2019 08:35:11 GMT
One Hundred Images - Return https://www.robertvinephotography.com.au/blog/2019/4/one-hundred-images---return In this blog series I am telling the stories of 100 of my favorite images, how I came to be there, what it was like and why I still enjoy the image. For image 21 of the series I am looking at an image that I had visualised a few years before I went back to shoot with the right light.

ReturnReturnFingal Bay, NSW.

Return

2 November 2011. Fingal Bay, NSW. Australia

The photography group that I was once a part of took a day trip out to Fingal Island one day, this Island can be reached by a sandbar when the tide is low so if you time it right you can walk out to the island but you have to be careful to make sure that you get back at the right time otherwise you will need to camp or swim! We took this walk during the afternoon and it was quite fun, on the way back I noticed the view north up the coast and how the major landmarks of Port Stephens line up to well. It would create a great image at sunrise as the first light of the day hits the mountains, unfortunately it would be a long, dark walk across the sand to get to this location in time!

It took a few years for me to pluck up the courage to make this trip, it was easier in 2011 as I had moved closer so there was 45 minutes less driving to do just to get to the car park. It was pitch black still when I arrived at the car park and I had to navigate with torchlight across the sand. It was so dark in fact that I had to walk close to the water for a while to keep my bearings until the light started to come. That was when I thought that I might not make it in time! I increased my pace and when I finally reached this location I was out of breath and covered in sweat despite it being quite chilly. I arrive with plenty of time and explored a few compositions before having to take the same trek back again - this time at a more leisurely pace.


Creating fine prints is my favorite part of photography, sharing the ultimate expression of an image with someone who will cherish it for years to come brings me great satisfaction. If you would like to purchase a print please contact me, prints from this series start at just $100.
 

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(Robert Vine) bay beach fingal mountains nsw port sand stephens sunrise waves https://www.robertvinephotography.com.au/blog/2019/4/one-hundred-images---return Sun, 21 Apr 2019 01:25:27 GMT
One Hundred Images - Prediction https://www.robertvinephotography.com.au/blog/2019/4/one-hundred-images---prediction In this blog series I am telling the stories of 100 of my favorite images, how I came to be there, what it was like and why I still enjoy the image. For image 20 of the series I am looking at an image that I predicted would occur a few hours before the sunset!

PredictionPredictionTanilba Bay, NSW.

Prediction

11 December 2010. Tanilba Bay, NSW. Australia

In my last post I talked about the similarities between photographers and fisherman in how the joy comes from the time spent casting your line into nature and waiting for great light to come. Sometimes however, with a little knowledge of the weather and familiarity with a locality you can predict an image. On this day I had been outside working in my yard and as the end of the day neared I could see the wispy, high level cloud that can light up at sunset. The most important factor on that day was that the horizon was clear so I grabbed my camera bag and headed down to the bay. Knowing that the tide was out I decided to emphasise the sand mounds created by the crabs making their way to the surface while the water was out. This created a fantastic pattern in the sand to match the brilliant pattern that came out in the sky as the sun dipped below the horizon. I stood on the sand in awe of the ability of nature to produce such a scene, we really do live in a wonderous world.


Creating fine prints is my favorite part of photography, sharing the ultimate expression of an image with someone who will cherish it for years to come brings me great satisfaction. If you would like to purchase a print please contact me, prints from this series start at just $100.
 

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(Robert Vine) bay crabs mounds nsw orange port sand sky stephens sunset tanilba https://www.robertvinephotography.com.au/blog/2019/4/one-hundred-images---prediction Mon, 15 Apr 2019 09:51:49 GMT
One Hundred Images - Casting https://www.robertvinephotography.com.au/blog/2019/4/one-hundred-images---casting In this blog series I am telling the stories of 100 of my favorite images, how I came to be there, what it was like and why I still enjoy the image. For image 19 of the series I am looking at an image that shows the similarities between photographers and fisherman!

CastingCastingMallabula, NSW.

Casting

17 July 2010. Mallabulla, Port Stephens NSW. Australia

I think that landscape photographers have so much in common with fisherman and not only because people fishing are usually my only company at dawn or dusk! Fisherman set out and cast their lines then wait patiently for a bite, if they are lucky they will be able to reel in a beautiful fish that can become a great meal when properly prepared. Photographers are very similar, we set out to a place where there might be a great image to be made, set up our equipment and if we are lucky there will be great light that we can capture. If the capture is carefully edited then it becomes a great image to savor. Just with recreational fishing, the enjoyment comes from the act of casting your line out and even if the light does not materialise you can return home fulfilled.

I made this image on a cold, clear and non-descript day. There was no specific reason for heading out other than the need to enjoy my hobby but on this day I was lucky and I was presented with great light on beautifully still water in Port Stephens. With careful editing I was able to create a stunning image from this one trip out to cast my line in.


Creating fine prints is my favorite part of photography, sharing the ultimate expression of an image with someone who will cherish it for years to come brings me great satisfaction. If you would like to purchase a print please contact me, prints from this series start at just $100.
 

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(Robert Vine) jetty mallabulla pier port reflection stephens still sunrise sunset water https://www.robertvinephotography.com.au/blog/2019/4/one-hundred-images---casting Sun, 14 Apr 2019 01:52:53 GMT
One Hundred Images - Journey https://www.robertvinephotography.com.au/blog/2019/4/one-hundred-images---journey In this blog series I am telling the stories of 100 of my favorite images, how I came to be there, what it was like and why I still enjoy the image. For image 18 of the series I am looking at an image that tells the journey at Elabana Falls, Springbrook NP QLD.

JourneyJourneyElabana Falls, Springbrook NP QLD.

Journey

2 May 2010. Elabana Falls, Springbrook NP, QLD. Australia

Good images show the destination, great images show the journey. Increasingly, I was taking longer and longer journeys to create my images and I was starting to realise that it was the time exploring nature that was providing most of the enjoyment that I gained from photography. In 2010 I was travelling away for work regularly, those who do not travel for work might think that this is a great opportunity and while it is, balancing a work travel schedule with your personal life takes its toll. Escaping this situation requires effort and on this particular weekend I knew that I had to escape into the wilderness so I hired a car and left the city with nothing but my camera gear. The Gold Coast is know for its stunning beaches but the Gold Coast hinterland is also well knows for its stunning rainforest and after a stunning drive up twisty rainforest lined roads I found that national parks to be full of opportunities.

I selected Elabana Falls as an ideal destination and while I maintained a brisk pace to arrive with time capture the falls I was able to stop and take in the scenes along the forest path. Getting to this location requires a leap of faith, you can see the falls from the end of the path but the best images are made closer to the falls. To get there you need to clamber across rocks, secure all of your gear to your backpack, steady yourself and in 1, 2, 3, leap! Once you have cross a chasm between boulders that block the entrance to this location you can clearly see that the water makes its own journey through these falls. Each drop of water makes its own unique journey through the falls, a journey that makes for a spectacle to be enjoyed.


Creating fine prints is my favorite part of photography, sharing the ultimate expression of an image with someone who will cherish it for years to come brings me great satisfaction. If you would like to purchase a print please contact me, prints from this series start at just $100.
 

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(Robert Vine) coast forest gold green hinterland national one hundred images park queensland rain rainforest springbrook waterfall https://www.robertvinephotography.com.au/blog/2019/4/one-hundred-images---journey Thu, 11 Apr 2019 12:17:40 GMT
One Hundred Images - Hazards https://www.robertvinephotography.com.au/blog/2019/4/one-hundred-images---hazards In this blog series I am telling the stories of 100 of my favorite images, how I came to be there, what it was like and why I still enjoy the image. For image 17 of the series we are braving the elements at Freycinet NP.

HazardHazardThe Hazards, Freycinet NP, TAS.

Hazard

10 September 2009. The Hazards, Freycinet NP, TAS. Australia.

Not long after our first child was born I felt like everything in my life had changed and that I was trapped at home caring for a baby with my wife. To prove myself wrong I went ahead and booked the holiday that I had been putting off for a long time, to prove that we could do everything we always loved doing as a family. I had seen many great images from Tasmania so I planned a driving tour of the island. One of the stops was to the town of Coles Bay so that we could explore Freycinet NP on the east coast. This park does not get as much publicity as others in Tasmania and for that reason it has a unique look that I wanted to capture. Unfortunately a bitterly cold wind straight from Antarctica greeted us there! We braved the weather while we explored the park together but waiting around until after sunset to capture the Hazards Mountain Range was one activity that I was going to have to do by myself.

This scene dominates the town of Coles Bay, from almost every part of the town you can take it in and there is no shortage of places along the waters edge to make an image. Given the weather I drove around for a hour or so dashing out of the comfort of the car to make and image and then dash back to the warmth again. I love how clear the air is here and how the mountains seem to glow. It was after sunset so the Hazards should be dark but in the twilight they seemed to glow a strange shade of pink and orange. Against the blue of the water and the sky I find this image to be pleasurable to view in its simplicity.


Creating fine prints is my favorite part of photography, sharing the ultimate expression of an image with someone who will cherish it for years to come brings me great satisfaction. If you would like to purchase a print please contact me, prints from this series start at just $100.
 

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(Robert Vine) australia bay blue cliffs coles freycinet hazards hill mountain national park sky tasmania water https://www.robertvinephotography.com.au/blog/2019/4/one-hundred-images---hazards Tue, 09 Apr 2019 09:20:46 GMT
One Hundred Images - Proud https://www.robertvinephotography.com.au/blog/2019/4/100-images---proud In this blog series I am telling the stories of 100 of my favorite images, how I came to be there, what it was like and why I still enjoy the image. For image 16 of the series we are exploring the waters of Barrington Tops NP, NSW

ProudProudWilliams River, Barrington Tops, NSW.

Proud

8 August 2009. Barrington Tops NP, NSW. Australia.

After a long walk through the forest I knew that I was approaching my destination, the sound of trickling water grew louder and I grew aware that I was nearing not only a stream, but a waterfall. It seems like it takes an age to arrive at a waterfall but when you do the place unveils itself suddenly, I found myself out of the rainforest and into a clearing flanked by a large waterfall, with a stream running through it and the setting sun lighting the forest in the background. All of a sudden I had a dozen compositions in mind but the one thing that I had to do quickly was to capture the way that the setting sun was lighting up the forest in the background. While I was thinking about what to use as a foreground object I took my shoes off and put on a pair of gumboots that I had been carrying just for this occasion. I waded out into the middle of the stream with my camera and tripod and selected this rock that stood proudly out from the others as the foreground. Taking the image was simple and I knew from the back of the camera that it would require very little editing to be stunning. After making this image I walked around and made a few more of the waterfall but with the light fading, this first image was by far the best.

I love how there is so much to look at in this image, the sheen of the rocks, the patterns of the water, the formations of moss on the rock and lastly the detail that the sun brings out in the trees. This is a great example of 'the right light' and it came to me purely by chance, I did not know or plan for the sun to set in exactly the right location for my image and for me to have made the trek out here at the right time to capture it.

Of course it meant that I had a very dark walk back to the car.


Creating fine prints is my favorite part of photography, sharing the ultimate expression of an image with someone who will cherish it for years to come brings me great satisfaction. If you would like to purchase a print please contact me, prints from this series start at just $100.
 

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(Robert Vine) flow light moss river rocks stream sunset trees water waterfall https://www.robertvinephotography.com.au/blog/2019/4/100-images---proud Mon, 08 Apr 2019 08:56:29 GMT
One Hundred Images - Moss https://www.robertvinephotography.com.au/blog/2019/4/one-hundred-images---moss In this blog series I am telling the stories of 100 of my favorite images, how I came to be there, what it was like and why I still enjoy the image. For image 15 of the series we are exploring the forests of Barrington Tops NP, NSW

MossMossBarrington Tops, NSW.

Moss

8 August 2009. Barrington Tops NP, NSW. Australia

In 2009 my wife and I were starting to settle into life as parents but things were still hectic as I was travelling a lot with my work. When my wife was to go away for a weekend with our daughter you'd expect that this would be a good opportunity for me to take a rest. Well, no. Instead I decided to head out to Barrington Tops. Ever since we had moved to Newcastle in 2002 I had wanted to explore the Tops but it is still a fair distance away from Newcastle and the park is so vast that you can't cross through it except in a 4WD. I also found it hard to determine where to go for the best photography but with an empty weekend schedule I decided on the 'Williams River Day Use Area' mostly because there were toilets there! Without knowing what quite to expect I packed the car and made the 2 hour drive, when I got there I was happy to find that it is like most Australian National Parks and had a sign detailing the local bushwalks. I picked the Williams River walk and set off.

Beautiful forest scenes were all around and so the challenge was deciding on what scenes to spend time on. I could have spent days making every image that came to mind but with limited time I started to get a feel for what I wanted to express about this ancient land. The trees were particularly spectacular but difficult to photograph, with a wide angle lens any attempt to get the whole tree into the frame would reduce the sense of size that these wonderful trees have. When I walked past this single large tree that stood in front of many smaller trees I wondered that maybe I didn't need to get the whole tree in the frame to display the sense of size. Instead I made an image of the single large tree in the foreground with the many saplings in the background for scale. The size and age of this tree now becomes apparent.

What makes this image special for me is not only how is depicts scale but life, there are new, young trees in the background, an old moss covered trunk in the foreground and in the subtle mid-ground there is a fallen trunk slowly being returned to the earth.


Creating fine prints is my favorite part of photography, sharing the ultimate expression of an image with someone who will cherish it for years to come brings me great satisfaction. If you would like to purchase a print please contact me, prints from this series start at just $100.
 

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(Robert Vine) barrington forest green moss national new park rainforest south tops tree trunk wales https://www.robertvinephotography.com.au/blog/2019/4/one-hundred-images---moss Tue, 02 Apr 2019 09:03:18 GMT
One Hundred Images - Clouds https://www.robertvinephotography.com.au/blog/2019/3/one-hundred-images---clouds In this blog series I am telling the stories of 100 of my favorite images, how I came to be there, what it was like and why I still enjoy the image. For image 14 of the series we are looking at an other worldly image of Bar Beach, Newcastle.
 

CloudsCloudsBar Beach, Newcastle NSW. Clouds

17 January 2009. Bar Beach, Newcastle NSW. Australia.

The beauty of the beach comes from movement, the water is always moving and this movement effects everything one the beach. Sand, fish, people and objects all move with the water and a long exposure allows the photographer to create an image that is not just an instant of time, but an average of time. I love how alien this image is, it is almost as though it was taken on another world but in fact it was our own world that created this image. It's a reminder that we see only an instant of time.


Creating fine prints is my favorite part of photography, sharing the ultimate expression of an image with someone who will cherish it for years to come brings me great satisfaction. If you would like to purchase a print please contact me, prints from this series start at just $100.

 

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(Robert Vine) alien beach blue clouds exposure grey long newcastle posts water waves https://www.robertvinephotography.com.au/blog/2019/3/one-hundred-images---clouds Thu, 28 Mar 2019 07:42:03 GMT
One Hundred Images - Reminisce https://www.robertvinephotography.com.au/blog/2019/3/one-hundred-images---reminisce In this blog series I am telling the stories of 100 of my favorite images, how I came to be there, what it was like and why I still enjoy the image. For image 13 of the series we are exploring Austinmer Beach, NSW.

ReminisceReminisceAustinmer Beach, NSW.
Reminisce

29 November 2008. Austinmer Beach, NSW. Australia.

Some of my earliest memories are of this beach, growing up we would visit this beach often, normally on a summer's day with my parents and sisters. There's a good reason that these memories stick out from others, in 1987 I was 5 years old when my parents first bought a video camera, we still have the very first video my father took - a day out at this beach. 

Not much had changed at Austinmer when I returned to photograph it 20 years after that video was taken, the gentle curve of the beach flanked by ocean baths at one end, rocks at the other and towering cliffs in background. What had changed in those 20 years was me, the clarity of purpose in my earlier years was now clouded, the fog of uncertainty had rolled into my life just as it rolled onto Austinmer Beach that morning. I was soon to become a father, would I provide wonderful childhood like my parents had given me? I knew that there would be challenges ahead but just like the mist on the cliffs in this image the nature of those challenges and the path ahead was not clear. All I knew was that I was starting from the right point and that the memories from all those years ago were all the guidance I needed.


Creating fine prints is my favorite part of photography, sharing the ultimate expression of an image with someone who will cherish it for years to come brings me great satisfaction. If you would like to purchase a print please contact me, prints from this series start at just $100.
 

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(Robert Vine) austinmer baths beach clouds mist ocean pool water wollongong https://www.robertvinephotography.com.au/blog/2019/3/one-hundred-images---reminisce Thu, 21 Mar 2019 08:32:55 GMT
One Hundred Images - Chains https://www.robertvinephotography.com.au/blog/2019/3/one-hundred-images---chains In this blog series I am telling the stories of 100 of my favorite images, how I came to be there, what it was like and why I still enjoy the image. For image 12 of the series we are exploring Newcastle Ocean Baths, NSW.

ChainsChainsNewcastle Ocean Baths, NSW.

Chains

21 June 2008. Newcastle Ocean Baths, NSW. Australia.

It's rare the a single day will produce two images that stand the test of time in my portfolio but this image and 'Six' were taken just minutes apart. I had visualised this image the first time that I visited the baths back in 2005 but back then I did not have an ultra-wide angle lens that would be necessary to create this perspective of the posts and chain standing in the foreground and then arching off to the background on the other side of the frame. Still, this image required careful positioning of the camera to make sure that the closest post was prominent in the frame while making sure that all of the other posts stood out individually and did not overlap. With an ultra-wide lens moving the camera just centimetres had the potential to block out large numbers of posts ruining the effect.

In large prints, the decay in the posts becomes evident - for some there is very little metal left to connect them to the concrete. As with 'Six' the arching concrete wall separates smooth, still water in the pool with the rough waves of the ocean. Lastly, the slightest pink in the clouds offsets the cold blue of the sky and the water - hinting at the warmth that the sun is about to bring to the day.


Creating fine prints is my favorite part of photography, sharing the ultimate expression of an image with someone who will cherish it for years to come brings me great satisfaction. If you would like to purchase a print please contact me, prints from this series start at just $100.
 

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(Robert Vine) arch baths blue chain concrete curve newcastle ocean pool post rust sand sunrise water https://www.robertvinephotography.com.au/blog/2019/3/one-hundred-images---chains Tue, 19 Mar 2019 08:08:44 GMT
One Hundred Images - Six https://www.robertvinephotography.com.au/blog/2019/3/one-hundred-images---six In this blog series I am telling the stories of 100 of my favorite images,  how I came to be there, what it was like and why I still enjoy the image. For image 11 of the series we are exploring Newcastle Ocean Baths, NSW.

SixSixNewcastle Ocean Baths, NSW.

Six


21 June 2008. Newcastle Ocean Baths, NSW. Australia.

It's hard to remember the particular reason why I headed down to the baths on this day but I really wanted to get an image where I had the smooth water against the detail of the wooden boardwalk. Winter mornings in Newcastle can be quite cold, especially with the wind chill off the water but I still had to contend with a lone swimmer to my right side cutting laps back and forth. I thought that he might ruin my image but I was able to time my exposure for when he was taking breaks behind me. What prevented me from getting the image that I pre-visualised was the wind, the wall in the background was shielding some of the baths from the wind but allowing the wind to create a light chop on the right side of the boardwalk. Being slightly disappointed I made an exposure then left for another area.

Over time this image has meant more and more to me. It has taken years of study to understand what it is that I like about it, the way that the boardwalk divides smooth with rough water. The way that the whitewash on the edge of the baths intersects the image horizontally and how the tiny amount of white paint on the boardwalk intersects the image vertically. Lastly, the colour gradient in the sky divides the sky into two, light over the starting blocks and dark over the right.

Where 'rule of thirds' is the norm, this image is about quarters - but it works.


Creating fine prints is my favorite part of photography, sharing the ultimate expression of an image with someone who will cherish it for years to come brings me great satisfaction. If you would like to purchase a print please contact me, prints from this series start at just $100.
 

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(Robert Vine) baths blue boardwalk green ocean public sea sunrise timber water wood https://www.robertvinephotography.com.au/blog/2019/3/one-hundred-images---six Mon, 18 Mar 2019 08:42:32 GMT
One Hundred Images - Flowing https://www.robertvinephotography.com.au/blog/2019/3/one-hundred-images---flowing In this blog series I am telling the stories of 100 of my favorite images,  how I came to be there, what it was like and why I still enjoy the image. For image 10 of the series we are exploring Merewether Beach at Newcastle, NSW.

FlowingFlowingMerewether Beach, NSW.

Flowing

27 November 2007. Merewether Beach, Newcastle, NSW. Australia.

Many photographers head to Merewether Ocean Baths for sunrise and I certainly have done so on a few occasions. Few, however venture further south along the beach. One sunny afternoon I ventured past the baths in search of a new image to make and found some beautiful rock formations that reacted perfectly with the sand and the water. I found one that particularly interested my eye so I made careful note of where it was and decided to come back at sunrise the next morning. When I made my way back it was almost like that scene has disappeared! The tide was further out so it wasn't covered by water and I spent much time searching up and down the beach for it. As the sun started to near the horizon I decided to give up on my desired location and look for a new image to make. I quickly found this area in the rocks where the water would rush in and over my feet then out again. I really likes the moss on this particular rock and I also noticed that when the water got high enough the outflow off the rock in the background created dozens of little waterfalls. The sun was rapidly approaching so I setup quickly and waited for the water to perform right in front of me, I was quite glad that it did just that right before the sun came up!

I really like the softness of the blue water, this image is also a little cold - your feet will go a little numb in the water of a cold November morning! I also like the uncluttered sky as it keeps your attention on the shape and colour of the moss in the foreground as well as the subtle way that the water flows off the water in the mid-ground.


Creating fine prints is my favorite part of photography, sharing the ultimate expression of an image with someone who will cherish it for years to come brings me great satisfaction. If you would like to purchase a print please contact me, prints from this series start at just $100.
 

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(Robert Vine) australia beach merewether moss newcastle nsw ocean rock sea water https://www.robertvinephotography.com.au/blog/2019/3/one-hundred-images---flowing Sun, 17 Mar 2019 08:16:24 GMT
One Hundred Images - Somersby Cascades https://www.robertvinephotography.com.au/blog/2019/3/one-hundred-images---somersby-cascades In this blog series I am telling the stories of 100 of my favorite images,  how I came to be there, what it was like and why I still enjoy the image. For image 9 of the series we are exploring Somersby Falls.

Somersby CascadesSomersby CascadesSomersby Falls, NSW.

Somersby Cascades

15 April 2007. Somersby Falls, NSW

I had heard about Somersby Falls, a beautiful tiered waterfall on the Central Coast of NSW just north of Sydney. One weekend I convinced my wife to take an afternoon drive down to the falls to go for a walk and a look around, we would arrive there in the middle of the day so I did not really expect good light necessary to make a great image of the falls. I also did not know what to expect in terms of water flow, there had been some rain recently and I had heard that without recent rain the falls would barely be a trickle. As we arrived we first descended the stairs to the first section of the fall, I stopped there and made a few images even though the falls were in direct sunlight. Then we descended further, into the dark canopy. Here we found the second, and much more impressive section of the falls in shadow thanks to the thick canopy of the trees above. At first sight the falls seemed tremendous and I was tempted to attempt to place their entire grandeur into the frame. Soon I found that there was far more subtle beauty to the bottom of the falls and I studied how the water splits into a number of streams as it nears the bottom. The best location for this image was squeezed up against a tree so I had to contort myself to get the camera into the best position. I made this image as a panoramic stitch of a number of images and then cropped the output to this format later.

I did have to crop out a very patient and loving wife who was sitting on a rock nearby reading a book while she waited for me to finish!


Creating fine prints is my favorite part of photography, sharing the ultimate expression of an image with someone who will cherish it for years to come brings me great satisfaction. If you would like to purchase a print please contact me, prints from this series start at just $100.
 

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(Robert Vine) falls green moss one hundred images panorama rocks somersby waterfall https://www.robertvinephotography.com.au/blog/2019/3/one-hundred-images---somersby-cascades Thu, 14 Mar 2019 10:42:39 GMT
One Hundred Images - Clear Sunrise https://www.robertvinephotography.com.au/blog/2019/3/one-hundred-images---clear-sunrise In this blog series I am telling the stories of 100 of my favorite images,  how I came to be there, what it was like and why I still enjoy the image. For image 8 of the series we are exploring the ocean baths at Coalcliff, NSW.

Clear SunriseClear SunriseCoalcliff Baths, NSW.

Clear Sunrise

11 March 2007. Coalcliff, New South Wales. Australia

After 7 successful posts I had my first break in this series due to overseas travel with work. The camera came with me but didn't come out of the bag (except for airport security) because I don't always get to visit the most photogenic of places! 

On a trip to visit my family in 2007 we went to see the rather famous sea cliff bridge. This whole area of coastline south of Sydney is beautiful with steep cliffs towering above the ocean below. As we explored the area around the bridge we found the town of Coalcliff and I drove around looking for an area where I could shoot the ocean with the cliffs in the background. Somehow I stumbled upon a park with the ocean baths nestled against the water, it was stunning and offered so many photographic opportunities. I returned at sunrise the next morning, now my early morning outings are usually a solo affair for obvious reasons but for this one I was joined by my mother and sister. The greatest challenge at Coalcliff baths was not finding a composition, it was choosing which ones to shoot out of all those offered!

A clear morning is not normally conducive to great images but in this case it gave a great blue sky with a beautiful reflection of the colour in the water. The cliffs are subtly lit by the approaching sun as this image was taken just the top of the orb started to broach the horizon. One thing that I love about this image is that the bottom of the baths is quite mossy and on the left side of the image you can see some green of the moss coming through with the blue of the reflected sky.

I really love this image for how the detail of the cliffs is set against a clear sky, the cliffs tower over the sea and perched on top of the cliffs are tiny houses that get to take in this view everyday.


Creating fine prints is my favorite part of photography, sharing the ultimate expression of an image with someone who will cherish it for years to come brings me great satisfaction. If you would like to purchase a print please contact me, prints from this series start at just $100.
 

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(Robert Vine) baths blue clear cliff coalcliff fence green ocean one hundred images railing reflection sky sunrise https://www.robertvinephotography.com.au/blog/2019/3/one-hundred-images---clear-sunrise Tue, 12 Mar 2019 08:23:24 GMT
One Hundred Images - Blue Opera https://www.robertvinephotography.com.au/blog/2019/2/one-hundred-images---blue-opera In this blog series I am telling the stories of 100 of my favorite images,  how I came to be there, what it was like and why I still enjoy the image. For image 7 of the series we are exploring an image of the iconic Sydney Opera House.

Blue OperaSydney Opera House, NSW.

Blue Opera

26 November 2006. Sydney, New South Wales. Australia

During my first few years in photography I was part of an informal photography group. We all had a mutual employer, spent time discussing photography (often during work hours!) and organised outings in the Newcastle area. The group started to slowly expand its horizons and we organised a group trip to Sydney including hotels so that we could be in the city for the best light. I shot with my digital camera and for the first time in a long time with a film camera as well! We walked far and wide across the city before retiring for the night. All of us were up early in the morning to head down to the cruise ship terminal to photograph the sunset over the Opera House. Obviously, the sun was a no show but that didn't deter us, I made my exposures as long as possible to try and get some movement in the sky but instead I was surprised with the result.

I cannot claim to have envisaged the final result but I was pleasantly surprised with what I achieved. However, this image has grown on me over time, what I really like about it is the smooth and subtle lights and darks in the sky. Where the city and it's most iconic landmark (sorry Sydney Harbour Bridge) are brutal additions to the landscape (even if they are beautiful), the weather will be soft for this day. On another day the weather can be as harsh as the city below but at sunrise we knew that clouds and rain will soften the city for us.

Our informal photography club petered out not long after this trip, some members gave the hobby up, some moved onto new employers or better things in photography. It's a real pity that I haven't been able to find a similar group since.


Creating fine prints is my favorite part of photography, sharing the ultimate expression of an image with someone who will cherish it for years to come brings me great satisfaction. If you would like to purchase a print please contact me, prints from this series start at just $100.
 

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(Robert Vine) blue clouds dawn house opera overcast rain sails sydney https://www.robertvinephotography.com.au/blog/2019/2/one-hundred-images---blue-opera Tue, 26 Feb 2019 09:04:41 GMT
One Hundred Images - Inspiration https://www.robertvinephotography.com.au/blog/2019/2/one-hundred-images---inspiration In this blog series I am telling the stories of 100 of my favorite images,  how I came to be there, what it was like and why I still enjoy the image. For image 6 of the series we are exploring an image from Bar Beach, Newcastle, NSW.

InspirationBar Beach, Newcastle, NSW Australia

Inspiration

2 October 2006. Bar Beach, Newcastle New South Wales. Australia

There are many beautiful images of Turrimetta Beach from Sydney's northern beaches, the interaction of the low lying rocks, water and sand creating beautiful images of this beach. It was with these images as inspiration that I took to Bar Beach at sunrise. Once I found this scene I knew it was the right spot but I couldn't find a way to line the foreground up with the background sunrise! The answer was simply - don't. I moved further to the left to make my image of the rocks and sand. From this angle the sky reflects in the water that doesn't drain away quickly from the sand. The sun was about the crest the horizon as I took the image and this gave me a wonderful graduation of colour in the sky.

I love how simple this image looks, the sand is free of detail except for the sky it is reflecting, the rocks are dark and only the small pools of water lying on them provide any interest. Lastly the sea is calmed by the low tide and long exposure.


Creating fine prints is my favorite part of photography, sharing the ultimate expression of an image with someone who will cherish it for years to come brings me great satisfaction. If you would like to purchase a print please contact me, prints from this series start at just $100.
 

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(Robert Vine) bar beach ocean one hundred images pink reflection rocks sand sea water https://www.robertvinephotography.com.au/blog/2019/2/one-hundred-images---inspiration Sun, 24 Feb 2019 11:01:21 GMT
One Hundred Images - Perched https://www.robertvinephotography.com.au/blog/2019/2/one-hundred-images---perched In this blog series I am telling the stories of 100 of my favorite images,  how I came to be there, what it was like and why I still enjoy the image. For image 5 of the series we are exploring an image from Thredbo, New South Wales

PerchedThredbo River, NSW.

Perched

28 June 2006. Thredbo River, New South Wales. Australia

I always feel at peace when I'm surrounded by snow, as though it calms the ground from rough undulations into a silky smooth landscape. On one particular trip my wife and I were exploring the area around Thredbo, we found a nice hill where a few people were tobogganing so we grabbed our board and joined in. After a few fun runs down the hill my wife was getting cold so she retreated back to the warmth of the car and a good book while I explored the area a little further with my camera. She has always been so patient with me! I found the the Thredbo River nearby and carefully moved along the bank to find a composition. The best composition was to be had in the middle of the river, on a rock that barely stood above the water and was just large enough for me to crouch down behind my tripod! Carefully I perched myself on that rock and made an image of the water flowing past me.

In the afternoon shade I was starting to get quite cold, cold enough for my camera batteries to start fading quickly! When editing this image I nudged the white balance slightly towards blue to emphasise the cold. I love this image because of how the smooth water stands out against the snow and rocks. The path of the water is clear and simple by the position of the snow on the rocks is complex and fragile. The ice is brittle, and like me - perched on every hard surface it can find.


Creating fine prints is my favorite part of photography, sharing the ultimate expression of an image with someone who will cherish it for years to come brings me great satisfaction. If you would like to purchase a print please contact me, prints from this series start at just $100.
 

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(Robert Vine) australia flowing ice icy one hundred images rocks snow stream thredbo water https://www.robertvinephotography.com.au/blog/2019/2/one-hundred-images---perched Sat, 23 Feb 2019 08:52:24 GMT
One Hundred Images - Timing https://www.robertvinephotography.com.au/blog/2019/2/one-hundred-images---timing In this blog series I am telling the stories of 100 of my favorite images,  how I came to be there, what it was like and why I still enjoy the image. For image 4 of the series we are exploring an image from Gostwyck, New South Wales.

TimingGostwyck, NSW.

Timing

16 April 2006, Gostwyck, NSW Australia

Gostwyck is famous for its chapel, a quaint little building at the intersection of 3 country roads. A vine grows all over the chapel and in the autumn months the leaves turn red when the setting sun lights up the church beautifully, it is conveniently located near my in-laws so during one visit to see them we went out to photograph the chapel at sunset. I was expecting to photograph the chapel and despite good shooting conditions I could not seem to make a good composition of it, after an hour I assessed that the best light had gone and we got into the car to head back to Armidale. We were about 50 meters away from the chapel when I saw the very last light of the day shining through the trees. My passengers did not need an explanation when I quickly pulled the car over, lept out with my camera to photograph what I knew would be the best image of the outing. Knowing that the light would fade any second I left my tripod behind in the car and knelt right at the front of the car to take this image. To minimise the flare of the sun I stood in the shadow of a tree and shot a multi-image panorama. The light faded just as I took the last image but that was enough!

Seeing this image on a computer screen does not really do it justice, the 50 inch print that I have in my lounge room has far greater colour, brightness and detail. I love this image for the shadows as much as for the light, the perfectly spaced trees make perfectly spaced shadows that would balance the image but the road takes your eye away and towards a far brighter horizon. The light at the end of the 'tunnel' of trees guides you perfectly down the black road and into the viewers imagination. How does your eye move over this scene? I'd love to hear about how you take it in.


Creating fine prints is my favorite part of photography, sharing the ultimate expression of an image with someone who will cherish it for years to come brings me great satisfaction. If you would like to purchase a print please contact me, prints from this series start at just $100.
 

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(Robert Vine) country flare gostwych light one hundred images road shadows sunset trees https://www.robertvinephotography.com.au/blog/2019/2/one-hundred-images---timing Fri, 22 Feb 2019 09:50:15 GMT
One Hundred Images - Persistence at Bogey Hole https://www.robertvinephotography.com.au/blog/2019/2/one-hundred-images---persistence-at-bogey-hole In this blog series I am telling the stories of 100 of my favorite images,  how I came to be there, what it was like and why I still enjoy the image. For image 3 of the series we are exploring an image from Bogey Hole Ocean Baths at Newcastle, New South Wales.

Bogey HoleBogey Hole, Newcastle NSW.

Persistence at Bogey Hole

16 December 2005, Bogey Hole Ocean Baths, Newcastle, NSW Australia.

Bogey Hole was the first ocean baths built in Australia, it was carved out of the rock using convict labour for the express use of an Army Major who commanded the Newcastle barracks at the time. If only military officers could have such perks now! This place is nestled tightly against a cliff, a fairly steep set of stairs takes you down to the baths but only if the swell allows. I have been here a number of times and sometimes I have not been able to get off the stairs due to waves pounding all over the baths, at other times the waves will not break over the rocks and into the baths. After I first visited I knew that I needed an image that showed the interaction of the sea and the baths, the patterns that the baths created in the water and how the environment has caused the baths to erode back into the sea. Getting this image required persistence, I had to visit a number of times and take note of the tide and the swell relative to how much water was flowing into the baths. To much tide and swell and the baths were flooded, too little and the baths were still. Then, I wanted the right conditions to coincide with sunrise or sunset.

Although it was grey outside, the right tide aligned with sunset so I made my way out early. In December there can be quite a few swimmers, so the gray weather might reduce the number of other people there limited the images I could take. I arrived to find that I had the place to myself but with flat light there was very few compositions. After trying a few compositions I put my camera in this spot and I sat behind it waiting patiently for the right light and the best pattern in the water. Sunset colours never materialised but I was given nice flat light to highlight the detail in the rocks and the water. I took hundreds of images and spent hours selecting the single image that best depicted the scene as I visualised it.

I like how this image shows that water will always find a way back to the ocean, as you scan the different areas of the image you can see the paths drawn by the water in its very short journey back to the ocean. In some places it flows straight back in and in others it swirls, taking a slightly longer path. The dynamic flow of the water is juxtaposed against the decaying railings. The water is stronger than the steel.

I haven't been back to Bogey Hole in over 10 years and I understand that the council has installed new stairs and railings, if you have been there recently has the place lost some of its charm?


Creating fine prints is my favorite part of photography, sharing the ultimate expression of an image with someone who will cherish it for years to come brings me great satisfaction. If you would like to purchase a print please contact me, prints from this series start at just $100.

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One Hundred Images - Before https://www.robertvinephotography.com.au/blog/2019/2/one-hundred-images---before In this blog series I am telling the stories of 100 of my favorite images,  how I came to be there, what it was like and why I still enjoy the image. For image 2 of the series we are exploring an image from Catherine Hill Bay on the Central Coast of New South Wales.

BeforeBeforeCatherine Hill Bay, NSW.

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24 May 2005, Catherine Hill Bay, NSW. Australia.

Before digital cameras could practically see in the dark the photographer had to carefully select how to expose the image. By now I had learnt of my mistakes in Genesis and was optimising my exposures for the scene I wanted to capture. On this morning at Catherine Hill Bay I wanted to emphasise the texture in the clouds highlighted by the dawn light. The limitations of my camera meant that the rocks in the foreground faded to black and this gave me the perfect contrast of still, black rock against moving, colourful water and sky. I am primarily a colour photographer and find that colour gives movement and gesture to images. I found Catherine Hill Bay before many other photographers, I had the beach to myself that morning but that is unlikely nowadays! Exploring the beaches south of Newcastle uncovered this gem that is now very popular with photographers for the ability to use the jetty to lead the viewers eye towards the rising sun. The jetty can dominate images but for this image I took a broad view of the scene. By climbing on top of some rocks I was able to create space in the image by changing the balance between the rocks in the foreground and the jetty leading to the background. I find the final look is uncluttered yet it entices you to look for longer and appreciate the details of the image.


Creating fine prints is my favorite part of photography, sharing the ultimate expression of an image with someone who will cherish it for years to come brings me great satisfaction. If you would like to purchase a print please contact me, prints from this series start at just $100.
 

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One Hundred Images - Genesis https://www.robertvinephotography.com.au/blog/2019/2/one-hundred-images---genesis It's been three months since I took a photograph, I may have snapped pictures of the kids and family at Christmas but this is the longest period that I have gone without practicing the art of photography since I took up the hobby seriously in 2004. I have my excuses for this and I know how important being creative is for my well being but lately I've been contemplating the purpose of it all.

A health scare in 2015 has left me with chronic pain, insomnia and on a roundabout of physiotherapy. Time spent making images could be used resting and god knows that I need more of that but when you have time to think to yourself the mind can wander. What is the purpose of it all? What are you trying to say with your images? Are they really special? Do you really have a style? Are you really an artist? Are you actually any good? With so much photography being shared online, why is your work any different? There are many more questions that make further work seem pointless.

Tonight I was watching a video on you tube from Lina Bessonova, I have admired her work for some time and was interested to see the full length of her talk to her alma mater. Perhaps it was a subliminal message because I can't point exactly to the 'a ha' moment but by the end of the video I had the idea to do an online retrospective of some of my best images. I could tell the stories of each image, how I came to be there, what it was like and why I still enjoy it. This would give me another avenue for creativity, one that is more flexible and who knows, it might even provide some insight into the story that I want my images to tell. Luckily I had been working on selecting a portfolio of images and after spending some time adjusting my selections I now have one hundred images lined up to post about. So here is the first image!


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Genesis

5 January 2005, Newcastle Ocean Baths, NSW. Australia

With my new Canon 300D digital camera in hand I embarked on my second ever sunrise photography outing. I had scouted this location the day before and saw the potential that the curve of the railing and still water could bring, I had visualised a composition similar to this but was pleasantly surprised to see the pre-dawn light turn the sky pink. In the darkness before sunrise the colour dominated the scene and therefore I emphasised this in the final edit. 

While learning the theory of digital photography I had received some bad advice - that the 300D should be stopped down 1 stop. While I soon learned of this mistake it was not until after this and many other images were under-exposed. However this was a stroke of luck! The under-exposure emphasised the saturation of the colour in the sky and without this mistake this image would look quite different.

This image is the first image that I am truly proud of, the realisation of what I saw in my minds eye based on pre-visualisation of the scene. The simple curvature of the railing and its imperfect pattern offset the gentle graduation of the sky. I have often wondered if the image is stronger with or without the ships on the horizon, they were a common sight during this period in Newcastle's history - I have left them in for accuracy but let me know what you think!


Creating fine prints is my favorite part of photography, sharing the ultimate expression of an image with someone who will cherish it for years to come brings me great satisfaction. If you would like to purchase a print please contact me, prints from this series start at just $100.

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