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, www.bencoope.com

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

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www.100sunrises.com

Rams Head Ranges

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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.

Ben

Its finished :) – 100sunrises.com

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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 100sunrises.com

Time for some sleep ins and maybe a few sunset shoots

Cheers,

Ben

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 2013 Epson International Pano Awards

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This month saw the judging of the 2013 Epson International Pano Awards and after waiting on the results for what seemed like forever I woke up last week to a fantastic suprise.

My image above from Breaker Bay in NZ won a Silver Award!

The goal for this year was to gain a Silver Award so I am stoked with this result.

I received a few more Bronze Awards as well which I will post later on.

-Ben

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.)

 

 

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

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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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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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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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