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.
Taken on a blustery winter evening, The warm golden tones of the rocks at the Bogey Hole in Newcastle light up this image.
The rocks were extremely slippery, and I had to take extreme caution when getting to this spot, my backpack lowered down from above by my partner. Getting exactly the right composition was a challenge as the rocks fall away from where I wanted to take my image from. I used the full extent of my 2.5m Tripod to get this, as I sat perched on the rocks waiting for the perfect light.
This image is a panorama, stitched together from 4 full sized images to give me an amazing amount of detail and let me print this really large in beautiful Fine Art quality.
Newcastle Baths, my favourite photo spot in Newcastle, NSW. I love it so much because there are such a variety of things and seascapes in a small area, with 3 different sides, so no matter which way clouds are lighting up at sunset or sunrise you can get something beautiful.
These fisherman were standing right in the way of my composition, I loved the leading line of the water channel drawing the viewers eye into the image. I quickly thought about the final image I wanted and decided to take advantage of the fishermen to really set the scene, an iconic Australian past time in a beautiful setting.
This dramatic image invokes a lot of memories for me, waiting in the still, calm air as a Territory storm comes rolling in towards me.
I captured this image at Cullen Bay Marina, in Darwin right at the tail end of the storm season. This was one of the last big blows, and it really showed. You can see the line of rain sheeting down behind the stormfront, lit up by cloud lightning, all as the boats sit calmly, not even rocking as the air is completely still.
We just made it to our car after this photo, before the wind and rain really hit. We were lucky to have had the time to sit and watch natures fury while protected by a thin sheet of glass.
I was told about this gorgeous spot by a mate who comes here for 4WD'ing occasionally. We were headed down to Adelaide River stormchasing, hoping to catch a stormfront as it hit the floodplains, however it was not to be. As we drove south the storms seemed to part away from us.
We moved to Plan B, this spot that I had been told the (Very rough) location of. We eventually found the road up just as the sun was starting to set. The road was extremely steep and we encountered a washout about 40m up. In the name of caution we decided to roll back down the hill, park the car and walk up to the top.
This turned out to be a bit of a mistake, the climb was 40 stories according to my wife's Fitbit, and at a very steep gradient.
We made it to the top just as the sun was truly starting to show some colour. I got out my panorama gear and camera, levelled everything and setup just in time to catch this amazing ray of light as it pierced the stormy clouds sideways from the setting sun.
A true moment of beauty in the Australian outback.
What a magical sunset this was.
We were in Sydney for Vivid, having booked a room overlooking the harbour for the evening.
We were umming and ahhing about whether to stay in our room for the sunset or to head out for a walk. We decided that a ferry for McMahons point was just the ticket.
We only just made it in time, and it was really cold and windy! But I managed to catch these amazing colours as the sun set over the city and the bridge, the soft, golden glow lighting up the sides of buildings, while the blue of the water sets the tone of the image.
This image was captured in the very middle of the Darwin dry season. The purple haze is caused by the smoke from bushfires catching the last of the sunset glow, as the aqua blue water of Fannie Bay reflects the dark blue sky above.
If you look carefully, you can see the last of the sun hitting the Paspaley Building in the city.
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.
After a full on day in my Gallery, I was pumped to stop talking about my artworks with people and get out and capture one!
This was my 4th attempt to get a nice Redhead sunset, each previous attempt foiled by nature, people or my own forgetfulness (Apparently I need a tripod to shoot).
I had really high hopes for this evening, there was a strong wind, and interesting cloud formation. I had hoped to get a nice vertical panorama with beautiful lit up clouds overhead.
As sometimes happens though, nature has its own intentions, and I just have to roll with it. This soft cloud glow was the best of the night, as the sun sank into a dense cloud bank before it really had a chance to bring much colour to the clouds.
I used the opportunity to get some muted sand and water colours, brought together by these incredible rock formations and the surf lifesaving tower. The quick moving clouds created a nice soft sky for the tower to stand against.
Story coming soon!
What can I say about this image? It was a difficult one for me both physically taking it, and mentally editing it to get it's true potential out. The location is the Pinnacles, on Phillip Island, VIC.
The hike was pretty intense, a few hard km, rushed to try and make it before sunset. As you can see, we made it! The climb down past the "No access" sign was... Sketchy... and we had a few pant wetting moments on the way down. You can see the climb down in this photo, it's the grass on the far right. Looks a lot steeper in person!
The sunset looked pretty poor, we were getting frustrated that after the long climb we would be left without a great image.
Thankfully as I was setting up the panorama gear, Amanda told me to look up at the clouds. A hint of pink was starting to show through. I hurriedly finished setting up, and started to fire off shots for a panorama I had in my head. The light show we got was just amazing and really popped the colours of the cliffs around us in this epic location. I had seen other photographers images of this place, but I don't think any of them got as lucky as I did with the beautiful colours and clouds.
Stitching the image together was a whole other challenge! My quick setup and some poor execution on my part gave me days of headache getting this image stitched. It required some serious manual stitching work and almost did my head in! I've been sitting on this trying to get it right for weeks now!
The climb back up the cliff in the dark and the 4km hike back to the car was painful, but I was buoyed by the fact that I had captured an amazing scene.
This lone mangrove stands, watching, at the far ocean edge of the Nightcliff rock platform, and is only accessible when the tide drops low.
I headed out last night with a plan - I've been wanting to photograph this little tree for a while now but the tides just haven't been right when I've been able to get out there. Thankfully mother nature played ball for me and put on a show.
One summer evening we decided to join friends for a picnic at Warner's Bay. They told us it's usually lovely there for sunset, music, cheese and crackers. But this particular evening there was a storm approaching after a rainy day so the music was cancelled. We convened with our friends and decided to risk the weather and enjoy a night off from working. Ha, who am I kidding, I'm always working when we are out and about at sunset.
We were all sitting there and then all of a sudden we looked at each other and said 'I think the sunset might actually do something interesting'. I left Amanda, Aria and our friends, Erica and Ash and ran to the car to get my gear.
As I set myself up, this young couple perched themselves on the end of the pier, enjoying the moment, each other's company and their love for each other. The sun continued to set and give off these amazing sun rays and light up the sky. The lake was silent, calm and elegant, it matched the mood of this young couple perfectly.
The storm was still getting closer, so not long after this shot we packed up to head home before we got wet. Such a contrast to what was miserable rainy day.