Sometimes you just have to try and try (and try!) again. This is how I felt recently attempting to take this iconic Newcastle scene, but it really was worth it.
I knew that I needed the rocks of the Nobbys pool to really make this composition work, so it was a matter of checking tides, being here for every sunrise and sunset and having my fingers crossed until everything came together and I got one that stood out.
The soft pastels of this image are exactly what I wanted, it really shows good things do come to those who work hard, persist and aim for quality. These colours and this iconic lighthouse showcase just how beautiful Newcastle can be and is.
This creek in the beautiful Mossman Gorge near Port Douglas is the absolute embodiment of beauty in nature.
We recently went to this location during the wet season, and this creek is a solid 3km walk through the rainforest to get to. By the time we reached it, I took about 3 photo's then couldn't stand it any more, stripped off and went for a swim! The water was seriously chilly and extremely refreshing.
This is one of my favourite locations from recent shoots.
This unnamed shearing hut in the heart of the Hunter Valley farmlands, captured on a smokey summers evening displays both an important slice of Australian heritage, and also a beautiful memory of time gone by.
The golden grasses of summer combine with debris from the shearing shed to litter the ground, on a still working farm, located on Old North Road near Cessnock, NSW.
Daniel Courtney has been travelling Australia and the World for most of his adult life, exploring and capturing the best that nature can display, while enduring the worst it can provide. Daniel has now given up his house in the suburbs to get even more remote than ever before, touring Australia in a 4WD and a Caravan and getting right to every nook and cranny, for you, his customers to be able to see and purchase pieces of Australia you have never seen before.
This beautiful sand island rests in the Great Barrier Reef, reasonably close to Cairns.
Taken from a helicopter as we flew over the reef, our pilot stopped and touched the skids down on Sandy Cay for us. I took this image almost straight afterwards, as the shallow waters of the reef surrounding the island pop light and dark blues, contrasted with the super white sands.
I hope you enjoy this peaceful part of Australia.
Ahhh those summer beach days, this shot of Dixon Park Beach, Merewether captures Newcastle in the Summer holidays.
I absolutely love everything this image shows; the white sandy beach, the turquoise blue water, the gentle waves, the beach goers enjoying the sunshine, it just makes my heart sing and happiness burst out.
This playful image shows sun lovers basking in Summer at one of Newcastle’s most famous beaches, Merewether. The waves rolling in over the sand produce a beautiful intense blue that contrasts perfectly with the light yellow of the sand.
This image is a snapshot of summer, watching surfers and swimmers taken from above.
When creating this image I was aiming to bring warmth, happiness and sunshine to any space through it, whether it be a loungeroom, bedroom, bathroom or office.
I have spent many mornings and afternoons bodyboarding the Newcastle coastline and each time I look into this artwork, I am caught up in a wave and find myself reminiscing the many good times the Newcastle beaches made available.