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.
This image was taken at Vesteys Beach, in Darwin, NT.
I scouted this location on numerous occasions, waiting for the tide to be in the right spot while there was a chance for a beautiful sunset to occur.
Luckily Sunday night was the night. I made the short walk out onto the exposed rock shelf as the tide was quite low this evening. The sunset appeared promising with significant cloud cover, however you can never ever tell what will happen. Some nights the sun will just quietly slip into nothing behind a cloud bank, and some nights it will light up the sky with its atmospheric fire.
This night was such a one, with the sunset transitioning from dark foreboding clouds hiding a fiery red ball, into this, 15 minutes after actual sun set.
I took all of my panorama gear with me, and used it to good effect here, for this 9 image stitched panorama, just as the light got really special, reflecting off the rocks in a beautiful light orange glow.
This is a 9 image stitched panorama image, over 324 Megapixel, 4.2 gb in size and able to be printed up to over 10 metres wide.
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After a great weekend photographing Autumn Colours in the Blue Mountains, Amanda and I were returning home, hoping to stop at a beach on the Central Coast for sunset on the way. (That was the plan at least!) We encountered heavy traffic transiting through North Western Sydney, and ended up stopping for an early dinner.
As we got onto the freeway, the sun was already on its last legs. I was resigned to not getting to shoot this particular sunset, which looked like it would be pretty amazing, lighting up several cloud banks and starting to go pink.
We were frantically trying to think of places close by that we could stop to shoot, when it hit me that we were coming up to the Brooklyn Bridge, on the Hawkesbury River. We turned off the freeway, headed onto the Old Pacific Highway and I made a frantic dash to the waters edge with the camera to setup the gear.
It was now that I discovered (of course) that I must have left my shutter remote actuator somewhere in Mt Wilson in the Mountains... Thankfully my camera has a time set mode that I frantically programmed to try and get the last of the colours being displayed.
I only just managed to pull it all together for this beautiful shot, featuring Spectacle Island as it sits on the Hawkesbury River, with the last of that amazing sunset lighting up the cloud bank behind, in this, one of the most easily and often seen (but least thought about) landscapes in the Hunter Region of NSW.
All that remains, a row of pylons emerging from the calm evening waters of Shoal Bay. This sunset was one that was beautiful in all directions, however the access to each different vantage spot was made extremely difficult as it was on a breakwall filled with large, slippery boulders. To change from one vantage to another was a painful, difficult experience.
The main decision I had to make for this image during the composition process was the height that I wanted the pylons to appear, whether I wanted them above the horizon or not. I ended up choosing a composition that showed the pylons against the backdrop of the smooth waters of Shoal Bay.
This is a unique location, sheltered under Mt Tomaree, that has become a favourite picnic spot for my family and I.
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 iconic Newcastle Landmark, the Nobbys Lighthouse, juts out in the Newcastle Harbour on this glorious sunset evening. We decided to have an afternoon splash at the beach before the cooler weather begins and of course whenever we head out for the afternoon the camera comes too.
My wife and I both haven’t been to this part of Stockton before, and it is always great to explore new places and get great photos at the same time. The sunset gave us a pastel rainbow style sky and the Harbour was quite calm, without many ships coming or going.
This Port Stephens sunset image captures the relaxing atmosphere of the peninsula perfectly.
I have never seen the waters of Tilligerry Creek, Port Stephens as calm as at Sunset on this winter’s afternoon. Sailboats and Houseboats alike sit moored at this calm inlet, as the sun sets away from them, leaving the simplicity of the vessels and their reflections to imprint my camera sensor.
The peach and apricot colours of this image are offset by the white of the skies edge and the pink blush starting to come through the glow.
Relax with this strikingly simple image decorating your lounge room, office or bedroom, and think about these peaceful vessels at sunset.
I was heading to work one morning at a different location to normal and drove past this forest of Malaleuca trees. I didn't have my camera with me and it was one of those moments I wish I did. So from that day forward, I took my camera and left a little earlier every day, waiting for the sunrise to do its thing, one more time for me.
I was lucky, only a few days of waiting and the sun shone exactly they way I had hoped and it lit up these magnificent tree trunks and leaves, creating this glowing artwork.