Wilson Bay NZ

Recently I had a chance to go through my images from April’s NZ trip and found this one, I have had this image in the back of my head for awhile now and havent been able to get to it, so glad i found a few hours to go through the back log of images that i have taken so far this year.

When i shot this image I shot it with B&W conversion in mind, couldn’t even consider it in colour and I think it works perfectly, the B&W shows up the contrasts of the early morning light spilling over the mountains out of the frame to camera left and striking this hill side showing up all the texture of these amazing NZ mountains.

Wilson Bay, New Zealand Photography, Fine art Landscape Photographer

Planning on printing this one really big, cant wait to see it once its done. If you are interested in prints please let me know.

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Hidden Canyon

An amazing little canyon I found in the Aspiring National Park in New Zealand, caught a glimpse of what looked like an interesting creek/gulley while driving so pulled over and after 5 minutes of walking through some LOTR style forest (everything was covered in a foot of moss and tangled branches) we found this amazing canyon system. Cant wait to go back here in summer at some point and go for a swim and explore further.

#newzealandphotography #landscapephotography #canyoning

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A long exposure after a long day hiking in the Blue Mountains

Spent a day hiking in the Blue Mountains last week, was fantastic to get out of the city.

I needed a bit of a break before atempting the long walk back up to the car (why does the Blue Mountains have so many stairs) so I decided to play around with my 10 stop ND filter, this image was a 60sec exposure and a few atempts to get my composition right gave me enough time to prepare for the hike back, and i think the photo turned out pretty good, hope you like it.

#minimalmonday   +Olivier Du Tré
#monochromemonday #bwfineartle +Joel Tjintjelaar

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4 Bronze awards at the Epson International Pano Awards

Received an emails a little while ago from the Epson International Pano Awards.

I entered for the first time this year and 4 of my images received Bronze awards.

Very happy with that result!

Check out the images below, I took all of these last April (2012) during a 10 day birthday/photo holiday caravanning around South Island New Zealand with my wife, had a great time (another blog post to come) exploring and taking photos everyday.

#EpsonInternationalPanoAwards #panoawards #InternationalPanoAwards
#panoramaphotography #landscapephotography

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Narrawallee Dawn

Cool rock formation down the south coast at Narrawallee.

#bwfineartle #longexposure #blackandwhitephotography

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Pacific Bay

The closest beach to my hotel in coffs harbour was this unnamed beach, well it wasnt named on any map i could find. Its part of the Pacific Bay resort though so i figure Pacific Bay is a good name.

It was quite a small beach but had plenty of rocks and big surf creating some action.

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Silver at the NSW AIPP Print Awards

AIPP SILVER LANDSCAPE AWARD

I entered the NSW AIPP awards for the first time this year, and just got the results back.

Totally stoked that I received a Silver award for my landscape image ‘Ascension.

Was a very interesting experience preparing the images for the awards and going through a different thought process to get them ready. Making sure that there is a point of interest (a clearly defined one and not just a pretty picture), checking print quality, colours, sharpness, composition, story etc. These are things that go through my mind with all the images I take but when going through my favorite images to pick the ones to enter in an award there is so much more emphasis put onto each component it completly changes what you think will do well, and of course it depends on the judges.

It was a great experience and I will definitely be entering next year.

Mona Vale

I spent dawn at Mona Vale beach, was going for some compositions with just breaking waves in the forground, luckly there was some good cloud cover about.

Which is not suprising with the rainy summer we have been having in Sydney this year, but rain means clounds and clouds mean a better chance at fantastic colours at sunrise so i dont think any landscape photographers are complaining.

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Sawtell Beach

I spent some time up the coast near Coffs Harbour over Christmas last year, it was amazing to get up each morning and checkout a new location and another beautiful sunrise.

This was what my Christmas morning looked like last year, sunrise on Sawtell beach.

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Newport South

A few images from Newport the other weekend, I love the rocks on that section of beach.

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Saphire Beach

Been going through some photos i took on holiday at Christmas, theres a tonne of locations i havent edited yet, this is the first of them. Saphire Beach NSW, just past Coffs Harbour.

I think im going through a Black and White phase, a lot of the images i edit end up being B&W at the moment, but i like em.

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Australian Landscape Photography, Fine Art Landscape

Whale Beach

This year I am making an effort to visit beaches I havent been to (for photography purposes anyway) around Sydney.

Whale Beach is one of Sydney’s most northern beaches, its a bit of a trek to get to during the day so i never really though about getting there for sunrise as I assumed it would take too long and I would be stuck in the car watching a beautiful sunrise while driving. But it turns out its not really that much further than my usual drive to the beaches as between 4-6am on a weekend (sunday especially) there is no traffic and you have to be really unlucky to catch all the traffic lights on the way.

A group of us decided to check out Whale Beach on Sunday morning and loved it, will definitely be going back there again, and further up to Palm beach.

 

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Maroubra Beach

There are so many beautiful beaches in Sydney and so far ive been concentrating on the northern beaches so this year im making the effort to get to some of the beaches to the south.

A few weekends back I visited Maroubra Beach to check it out and see what it had on offer.

 

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The Misty Mountains

A few weekends ago i spent the a day Canyoning in the Blue Mountains. Jenni and I did Empress Canyon with ASM as an introduction and absolutely loved it.

Unfortunately i could not take pictures, my water proof setup is huge (D90 in a pelican case) so with the large group we went with it would have slowed everyone down to get the camera out and dry my hands etc and i don’t have a waterproof compact (i think a GoPro Hero would be perfect for a small camera in a canyon).

But since it was an amazing misty day i did get to take photos around Katoomba later in the evening, it was great to wander around the mountains in the mist with nobody about (that i could see anyways, the mist was that think). These are some of the photos.

 

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Dee Why

The area around Long Reef is one of my favorite places for sunrise, I’m going to have to get there for sunset one day too.

The area i like is everything around the Long Reef headland this extends down into Dee Why (northern end of the beach) and over to collaroy pool.
There is so much variety to this section depending on the tides and light that I have never been bored here and I’m always surprised at new rock formations, patterns and compositions even after many visits this last year.
A few weeks back I got down to the northern end of Dee Why for dawn and the colours in the sky were amazing, here are a few photos from that morning.

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Victoria Falls

Victoria falls, January 2012

Getting down to Victoria falls is a massive effort, its further into the mountains than I usually go (12kms past Katoomba), has 5kms of dirt rd to get to the start of the path and then 2kms of steep descent. But…

It’s worth it.

We even went on a terrible day for photography, full sun, no clouds and really hot. But once down at the cascades and waterfall it was great, we had the entire place to ourselves and the scenery was beautiful.

Will definitely be visiting this location again.

Panorama of the view from the lookout and the top of the trail and below some images from the day.

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Avalon

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Avalon Beach on Sydney’s northern beaches.
A beautiful spot and well worth the extra time it takes to get there (for me anyway). Avalon also has such a great vibe its like being on holidays up the coast in a little beach side town, there are some fantastic places for breakfast too, which is well deserved after a early morning shoot.

2011 Review

Wow what a year…
2011 has been a massive year of photography for me, I’ve been out on a beach for sunrise most weekends since April when i met Gareth Kelly while in Cairns and became addicted to early morning seascapes.

During 2011 I have broken cameras (salt air is not too friendly to electronics), been drenched in icy cold downpours with no wet weather gear and been soaked in salt water too many times, broken tripods, taken some terrible photos, taken some fantastic photos, seen the most magical sunrises and sunsets, missed some amazing sunrises, met some fantastic generous inspiring photographers, completed projects and achieved goals.
All in all it’s been one of the best years of my life, so what did I learn?

Always be prepared
Wet weather gear, windproof jackets and warm clothing is worth more than a few more lenses or another camera when you are on location, comfort is key to being able to think on an icy cold windy night on the NSW south coast (learnt that the hard way), keeping fresh clothes in the car is also a good idea.

Plan
Scouting and googling the location is a must, knowing where you are going, what the tides, sun and weather is doing for a morning shoot is so important when you’re arriving somewhere new in the dark.

Inspiration
Find other photographers to talk to, bounce ideas off and critique you’re work, online or face to face.
Photo books are sometimes a better investment than new gear.
Inspiration also comes from everywhere, movies, tv, books, people, it all stimulates your creativity.

Projects
Have multiple goals and projects going all the time so there is always something to do or think about. Give yourself deadlines.

Wake up Early
The earlier you arrive at the location the more time you get to setup and find a composition rather then scrambling for any shot you can make before that perfect light disappears.

Don’t wuss out
Going back to bed when its raining etc is always a regret as the sunrises are usually better, and if not, just being up early on an empty beach (or forest, or at a waterfall etc) is the best part of the day.

And the most important thing ive learnt this year is to take more photos, doesn’t matter where or when, just keep at it and enjoy.

Here are the highlights of my 2011 photographically.

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Christmas 2011


Sawtell beach dawn 25/12/2011

Glenbrook Gorge

I visited Glenbrook gorge in the Blue Mountains just west of Sydney, with a group of photographers from Lens School, for the first time last week.
It was nice to try something a little bit different and take some photos away from the beaches for a day. I’m looking forward to re-visiting the gorge in early morning or late evening light to see how the massive orange cliffs light up with a low sun angle.
I also took some B&W photos with my film camera which was lots of fun, starting a B&W landscape project over the next few months.

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Luminous



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Newport

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Newport beach is a great location that i have only recently discovered and over the last few months i have retured a few times.
There is an ocean pool and a small bay at the south end of the beach with lots of fantastic rocks and patterns that are very interesting with the waves breaking over them, then a little further down around the corner there is a massive flat rock shelf that a low tide has some amazing patterns and pools that reflect the sunrise colours like magic, its a really great Sydney location with plenty to keep me coming back.

2012 Calendar

I’ve finally finished it, my first calendar has just arrived from the printers.
And it looks fantastic, it contains 12 seascapes/landscapes from the east coast of Australia, all captured during 2011.
Check out the thumbnail previews below.
If you would like to purchase a calendar from this limited edition print run please contact me, the price is $20 (including AU postage).

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Changing Turimetta

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I have visited Turimetta beach many times this year, and each time I’m so surprised at how much the beach changes. The sands move in and out like a slow tide covering and uncovering new rock shelves, creating new and interesting compositions.
Each time I visit I am looking for something new so it really pays off to keep visiting the same locations as you get to know what the high or low tide will bring, what times of day are good from different vantage points and it definitely doesn’t get boring like some non-photographers I know have suggested. Multiple visits to a location also help me track the progress or changes in my vision when I look back and see what I’ve captured on different visits, it is very interesting to see what caught my attention.
At a location like Turimetta or any location that is constantly changed by the elements the photographic opportunities seem endless.

New Site

The new site is up and running, I will be adding more and more images as i go through my catalogue so should be another update soon.

Turimetta Beach 2-7-2011


Decided to concentrate on the rocks after another cloudless dawn at Turimetta beach, got soaked but had fun.

Wellington Point QLD


While in Brisbane for work over the weekend i was lucky enough to have some free time on Sunday and took a Dusk workshop with and Photography.

Had a great time creating some images around Welligton Point, here are a few of my favorites.