Coast to Country, NSW

After many hours of editing it’s finally online.

‘Coast to Country’ is my latest timelapse film featuring a collection of locations from my travels around NSW, Australia over the past year.

Please enjoy.

Coast to Country – NSW from Ben.Coope on Vimeo.

‘Coast to Country’ is my exploration of NSW in 2014.

25 scenes from across NSW, from the central coast to the snowy mountains and many from my home town of Sydney.
over 17,000 images have been put into the creation of this short film, I hope you enjoy.

All your likes, shares and comments are greatly appreciated.

Footage available for licensing by contacting me through my website,

Music license – Victorious by Benj Heard

Camera gear and software;
Nikon D3100, D90, D800, Samyang 14mm & 8mm, Nikkor 24mm.
Dynamic Perception Stage Zero, MX3
LRTimelapse3, dslrDashBoard, Adobe LR, After Effects, and Premiere Pro

Rams Head Ranges


Being blessed with an amazing sunset and calm weather while camping in the Snowy Mountains during September last year was a highlight of 2014 photography-wise for me.

Having found these rocks and this composition near to our camp site earlier in the afternoon keeping the surrounding area free of my boot prints was a constant task as I continued to explore the area.

As the sunset lit up the sky I tried a few compositions and also shot frames to use in the star blend in my previous post.


A night under the stars



Whilst camping in the Snowy Mountains last September with some friends we witnessed an amazing sunset.

As the sun disappeared at this altitude the clouds stayed low in the sky taking on the reds of the sunset whilst up above the deep blue tones of the night sky became visible.

At this point there was something that I really wanted to try, so leaving my tripod setup and being careful not to walk through my composition I walked back to camp for dinner. Lucky the sky stayed clear for what I had in mind and a few hours later I set off to get an image when the stars were out above my chosen rock formation.

I hope you like the results.



Its finished :) –


So my on going project last year was to photograph 100 sunrises, and I happy say I completed the challenge.

There were a lot of early starts (well 100 actually) and struggles to find new locations but looking back it was the best decision, I had a lot of fun doing this project, I shot a few nice images, and I ticked off a lot of locations that have been on my radar for a long time.

Please check out all the images over at

Time for some sleep ins and maybe a few sunset shoots



Elouera Beach Sunset

Elouera Beach Sunset

Elouera Beach Sunset


I don’t get to shoot many sunsets, but I was lucky enough to be out on the weekend to capture this beautiful light.

Zenith Beach

At the end of last month I was lucky enough to witness this amazing sunrise on the NSW coast.

A huge storm hit the day before and I made the decision to brave the rain and wind to see what sunrise would be like, so glad I did.

I find that I am never disappointed if i get up to shoot the sunrise but always regretful if I hit the snooze button.

Zenith Beach, NSW

Zenith Beach

Silver at the NSW AIPP Awards

I was honored to receive 3 Silver awards at the Epson NSW Australian Institute of Professional Photography (AIPP) awards this year.

The AIPP awards are one of the only photography competitions where you must submit a print, and all judging is based on the print itself not on a digital image viewed on a monitor.

This means the final product you are producing is judged on colour balance, sharpness, overall image impact/message, print quality, everything that a customer would see when viewing a print. If a photographer slips up on any of these areas being judged it affects their final score.

So as well as producing an image that will impress the judging panel there are the added factors of print quality and production to stress over.

These awards are really worthwhile, they push me get the best possible image and print I can and to receive the recognition of 3 Silver awards is amazing.


These are my awarded images.




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2013 Calendar Pre-Order

2013 Ben Coope Photography Calendar Pre-order

 My first calendar was a huge success last year and completely sold out so I am releasing a 2013 Calendar a bit earlier with a new design and some of my best images from 2012.

Many of these images are from a photo trip to South Island, New Zealand earlier this year, it was such an amazing time living out of a camper van and having a different destination to explore each day, we visited so many beautiful landscapes in such a short period I am already planning a trip back to explore some new places and spend some more time at our favorites.

This new 2013 Calendar is ready for Pre-Order, and will be shipped early next week.

The Calendar is $20AUD with $5 domestic shipping and $10 worldwide shipping.

Check out the images below and buy yours with the ‘buy now’ link (quantity can be changed at check out).


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Calendar with Domestic Shipping (AU)

Calendar with Worldwide Shipping


(This 13 month 2013 Calendar is A4 when folded, A3 when displayed on the wall, each month has a differnt image with plently of space for notes and calendar entries.)



Govetts leap, Grose Valley, Dawn

Early morning in the blue mountains near Govetts Leap.

Blue Mountains Landscape Photographer Govetts Leap at Dawn

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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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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


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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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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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.

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.

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.

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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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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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.

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.