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.
A peaceful country evening settles on the Hunter Valley as the Paterson River flows under the Dunmore Bridge, one of many similar styles of bridge in the area.
I was lucky enough to meet the owner of this land, a farmer, as he returned home from tending cattle in the fields. We had a quick chat and he gave me permission to jump his fence which helped me to get this composition.
This warm historical piece will bring a country feel to any area of your house.
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 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.
Capture story coming soon!
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.
This photo epitomizes Wet Season in the Territory to me. At the time the monsoonal clouds blocking the sun, but just as the sun set, it got a small break in the clouds and was able to put this colour into the sky.
The location was East Point, with the iconic Darwin coloured rocks. This was my alternate location for the evening, after I failed to check the tide times and my primary spot was underwater!
Still, I was very glad that I ended up here for this moment in time.
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.