Hanging Rock in the Mist

13/2/2014  –  Hanging Rock, Blue Mountains

 

Spent the morning watching the clouds and mists rolling up the valley from hanging rock.

Such a fantastic way to spend a few hours, the 11km round trip hike was not really that bad either 🙂

 

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Some images from the morning below as well.

 

Enjoy,

 

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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.)

 

 

Tree Root Detail

From a hike in the Blue Mountains, a little Tree root detail in the Valley of the Waters.

I have been taking a lot of B&W images lately, well colour images with the express intent of converting to B&W later, sometimes you just know that B&W is going to show up the details and themes in an image better than colour can. The textures and twisted patterns of these tree roots get lost in the greens and browns of the colour image, but come through clearer in the B&W.

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Ulladulla Rockpool

I spent a few days down the south coast at Ulladulla with family at the begining of march, lots of great photo locations down there. I love traveling to different places and going exploring, I’m always itching to go and find new local locations and re-visit old favorites to try new compositions and see what weather and time of year can bring to a location.

NSW South Coast Landscape, Fine Art Landscape Photography

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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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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.

Curl Curl Sunrise 5/6/2011


There were some big waves at Nth Curl Curl a few weekends ago, the sun hit this 1 set perfectly as it crashed on the rocks but after that the light went flat and i went home for breakfast.

Shelly Beach 5/15/2011


Couple of shots from an early morning at Shelly Beach in Sydney.


I think i took too many cameras with me but luckily the carpark is really close.
While waiting for a long exposure I played around with an infrared converted D70s (self portrait, pic 4) and also shot a few rolls of 120 with my old Hasselblad, its film so I have to wait and see what they come out like but I love using that camera as it has the best finder ever (pic 3) and film is awesome.