I’ve taken a week for myself to travel into the middle of Australia at Yulara, the home of Uluru. The weather has been almost perfect with clear skies and amazing sunrise. I heartily recommend travelling here to experience this natural beauty.
Currently I am out of the country, travelling overseas and experiencing life outside Australia. While I’m not out photographing landscapes par se, there are always opportunities
This year I went to Floriade under very impromptu circumstances. While having lunch in Manuka, friends asked if I’d like to join them at Floriade for the afternoon. I only had my then week old iPhone X[S] with me, and thought it would be a great opportunity to try it out. I wasn’t disappointed. The new Smart HDR feature excelled, and can be seen in some of the photos below, while the new portrait capability allowed the dark effect you can see at the bottom. None of these photos were taken in RAW, and very minimal editing has been done. As is often stated, the best camera is the one you have with you. I have no issues at all if the only one I have is the iPhone X[S].
Beautiful bokeh from the new Portrait Mode
Backlit? No problem with Smart HDR
Studio spotlight with Portrait Effects.
Eleven years ago I had the pleasure of traveling around the South Island of New Zealand for two weeks after finishing a three month work trip. Four of those fourteen days were spent in Queenstown, and one of them was spent in Milford Fjord. This week I had the opportunity to return with more experience and better gear.
Back then I was wielding a Canon 350D and what I remember was a 28-135mm f3.5-5.6 lens. A precursor to the 24-105mm f4L that replaced it. It was an overcast day in 2007, and today also cloudy, with the cloud back then hanging lower in the sky with some recent rain filling the fjord cliff faces with waterfalls.
Today I had the mighty Olympus OMD EM1 mkII and the m.zuiko 12-100mm f4 PRO with image stabilisation.
I think the results speak for themselves. While the original has more atmosphere due to the cloud cover, the clarity and colour from the more modern hardware speaks volumes.
So I'm currently in Queenstown on the south island of a New Zealand. After a bumpy start where I left my spare battery at home for the camera, while still plugged into its charger, and my main SD card still in the computer, I got myself sorted and ready for an amazing photography holiday.
I've been using the new drone and putting the Olympus through its paces, and I think the results speak for themselves.
Further examples of the photoshoot with Erin on Dairy Farmers Hill at the national Arboretum in Canberra.
Hada wonderful and chilly afternoon at the National Arboretum in Canberra photographing the wonderful Erin, with makeup by Gabby. The photo here was taken on the Olympus OMD EM-1 Mk II with a 40-150mm f2.8 lens.
It was cold. It was windy. But we had fun
I've just finished processing and uploading a wonderful shoot I had with a family in Newcastle. The day was perfect and the light was warm, and we had a great time at the beach near Nelson Bay.
While the weekend may have started off with a very wet Friday, we're looking forward to a dryer Saturday and Sunday for a great weekend of reaching
It's been a little while since I posted as we get settled into Canberra, but that doesn't mean the photography stops. With spring here it's time for Floriade, the annual flower festival in Canberra. While the weather has been less than ideal, there have still been plenty of opportunities to pull out the macro lens and get busy up close with nature.
A beautiful day to see the balloons taking off from in front of the old parliament house. There was a surprisingly large crowd on this Canberra Day, with families and photographers gathering for the sight.
I tried to stay mobile, capturing the action from various angles. Enjoy the photos below.
Scouted out a new location today for an upcoming urbex photo shoot featuring a number of performers. Should be more to show in the coming weeks.
A great day out with Bronte and the guys from Cirkos as we scoured an abandoned industrial site for awesome photos in amazing locations. This was my last shoot in Newcastle as I had on to bigger and better things in the nation's capital.
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Another fantastic session with the girls in make up and costume. Creepy doesn't even begin to describe what they are capable of.
These strange dolls are not for your children...
Had a fantastic time with Kate, Pearl, Cassie and Maddy as they scared us (and themselves) dressed as broken dolls and zombies. A fantastic fun afternoon of shooting images!
Had the opportunity to photograph young Kate in her Hunger Games outfit as Katniss Everdeen from the books. A lovely young model that I'm looking forward to working with more in the future!
Over the weekend we had the opportunity to take a cruise from Nelson Bay Marina in Port Stephens on the Moonshadow Cruise boat.
We were taken out of the harbour, through the heads, and out to sea heading south along the coast (see map right).
The seas were rough, and for a while we didn't see any whales. But then, at the point where we had to turn around we saw the spout of water above the ocean!
We were fortunate enough to have a mother and her calf come within 50m of the boat, right up alongside us! The photos you see here are just a few shots I was able to get, but with the constant high swells, it was certainly tricky!
We have exciting news in regards to the look and feel of the web site. Currently we are investigating a new back end provider for the site which will provide a number of new features as well as a whole new look to how your photos are presented.
The new site will be:
- Mobile responsive. This will allow it to look great on iOS, Android and Windows mobile devices.
- Easier to get your digital downloads. Best of all, you will have a Download All button to grab everything in one go!
- Beautiful to look at. Galleries will be much improved, making better use of space with a massive speed improvement on the back end. Say goodbye to small thumbnails and hello to huge previews!
We will also be providing Mobile Demo Apps, which let you hold a gallery of up to 40 of your photos in an app right on your phone or tablet, ready to show friends or family at any time, even if you're offline. In addition, you will still have the fantastic print offerings that are currently available.
We're looking forward to sharing this exciting new direction for the website with you shortly.
I had the distinct pleasure of photographing Hawaii's Miss North Shore, Keala over the weekend. This energetic, fun and very professional model was an absolute delight to photograph. I can't wait to get started on these photos when I return home, and I look forward to sharing them with you all.