The majestic Lower McLean Falls in the lush Catlins Forest of New Zealand.
18 7511 day ago
A sunrise 60 million years in the making.
27 1,2141 week ago
I’m now across the ditch in New Zealand as we spend three weeks road-tripping around the South Island. We’ve just driven along the remote West Coast where the mountains meet the sea and lush forests seem to rise out of ice-blue pools.
This long-exposure is of the imposing Thunder Creek Falls along Haast Pass. I used a polarising filter to cut through the glare and into the blue water rushing past below.
16 7063 weeks ago
In the alleyways of Da Nang, we stumbled across a group of elderly women chewing on Betel Nuts, which contain nicotine-like stimulants (and stain the mouth red over a lifetime). I asked if I could take the eldest lady's photo—as best I could without words—and she promptly posed like this, all the while cackling to her friends.
I've just finished the short film of our travels through Vietnam. It was my main project while I was there, so feel free to check it out (YouTube link in my bio).
34 8071 month ago
The jagged peaks of Vestrahorn towering over the wind swept headland of Stokksnes.
Howling winds blasted the coastline - and my camera gear too - on this memorable morning in the south east of Iceland. This photo is a combination of two exposures, taken around 20 minutes apart. I first captured the vivid sunrise colours at their peak, and then blended that with a later photo (with more ambient light) to freeze the ever moving foreground dunes.
Sony A7RII • f/5.6 • 1/60 sec • ISO 320
40 1,2662 months ago
Strong winds swept up the east coast earlier this week, shaping pristine dunes along Stockton Beach.
It's a location I've been eager to visit for some time now, and our current road trip up the coast presented an opportunity to explore the area. With clear skies overhead we wandered into the night, capturing the Milky Way rise over the sweeping dunes.
Sony A7RII • f/9 • 1/160 sec • ISO 100
20 9763 months ago
I’ve finally pieced together the short film of our adventures through Iceland - there’s a YouTube link to it in my bio. It was an unforgettable journey across the land of the midnight sun, and on reflection I’m glad I took the time to film the experience as well as photograph it. Feel free to check it out and let me know what you think! :)
Sony A7RII • f/4 • 1/800 sec • ISO 100
21 1,0093 months ago
On the final leg of our road trip we returned via the forestry town of Laurel Hill. Nearby, a plantation of Sugar Pines were left uncut for decades and have grown unhindered into giants over the years.
We arrived on sunrise hoping to capture golden light illuminating the forest, or even better, a blanket of fresh white snow. In reality, there was neither.
Overnight rain brought with it thick morning fog, which unfortunately blocked any sunshine reaching the forest. However, we soon embraced the conditions for what they were and captured eerie scenes of the limbless trunks as the fog slowly snaked through the trees.
Sony A7RII • f/10 • 1.3 sec • ISO 200
37 1,2513 months ago
Dad and I have just spent three days driving non-stop across Australia towards Uluṟu-Kata Tjuṯa National Park.
It's a location that has special resonance with me. Not just because I visited it on a trip around Australia as a 5 month old baby - my memory is a little hazy of that visit - but because it's also where my Father and I travelled to back in mid 2013. A trip through The Outback which fostered the start of my passion for photography, albeit with an iPhone at the time - which made me even more eager to return this time round with a dedicated camera in hand.
Sony A7RII • f/8 • 1/80 sec • ISO 100
25 8904 months ago
After an unforgettable two weeks on the road, I’ve now written up an account of our adventures around Iceland (link in bio). It’s not a short read - it comes in just shy of 4000 words - but feel free to stop by and have a look at the pretty pictures.
Sony A7RII • f/18 • 1/3 sec • ISO 100
37 1,2084 months ago
House On The Hill.
The thing about Iceland is, there's seemingly a photo waiting to be taken around every corner. And not just dramatic vistas, but more intimate scenes too.
This shot was taken on our drive from Höfn to Seyðisfjörður. As we rounded the corner, I spotted this monochrome house set into the hillside. Rather than pull up out the front and take the shot, I retraced back along the road, and instead used my telephoto lens to zoom in on the house at 300mm and compress the entire scene.
Sony A7RII • f/8 • 1/640 sec • ISO 100
6 8194 months ago
Our travels through the land of the midnight sun now, reluctantly, draws to a close.
Throughout our lap of Iceland, we’ve encountered a wealth of changing environments, from crunching glaciers to bubbling thermal pools, and from barren black beaches to lush green farmlands. We’ve seen countless, largely unnamed, waterfalls each worthy to be photographed in their own right.
I’ve now got over thousand photos to sift through, and a blog and short video which I’m working on and eager to share.
This image of the mighty Skógafoss waterfall was actually taken back on our first night here. I returned in the evening to beat the popular snapshot location, and chose to capture the falls from a different angle, far away zoomed in with my telephoto lens. And although I’m a fan of moving water and long exposures, I opted not to here, and instead froze the falling flow to highlight the shear power of the falls.
Sony A7RII • f/8 • 1/160 sec • ISO 320
18 7434 months ago
Land of the midnight sun, and moon.
We're so far north now that the sun is setting after midnight, dipping only slightly below the horizon, before rising again shortly after. So much so that light continues to linger in the sky continuously throughout the evening, never coming close to complete darkness.
It's a strange phenomenon to experience firsthand, and makes you glad you're not here in the depths of winter.
Sony A7RII + 70-300mm @ 300mm • f/5.6 • 1/25 sec • ISO 100
20 1,0304 months ago
We’ve now finished our travels along the Southern and Eastern coasts of Iceland, and are now slowly making our way around the north back to Reykjavík.
Earlier in the trip near Vík I undertook a 3am hike up the coastal mountain of Reynisfjall in the search of Puffins. However patchy rain and winds howling up the cliff were less than ideal photography conditions. And with the colony perched vertically on the side of the cliff face, it only added to the difficulty in capturing them.
However as we made our way up the East Coast, I was informed at the Egilsstaðir information centre there was another colony near the harbour town of Borgarfjarðarhöfn - in the very North East of the island. I departed on the two hour drive North to be welcomed by a colony of lively puffins late in the evening, perched on a craggy headland.
The puffins - who were much smaller than I expected - were darting and swooping into the water to catch fish for their evening meal. I used my 300mm zoom lens which allowed me to get extremely close to the little critters, photographing them with freshly caught fish still dangling from their beaks. Then, after the all tourists - well, I’m practically a local now - departed on their buses, the puffins grew curious and waddled over towards me, standing no more than a meter or two away. They seemed to be just as interested in me as I was in them.
Sony A7RII • f/5.6 • 1/160 sec • ISO 320
27 1,1484 months ago
It's now day 5 of our Icelandic adventure and I've been too busy taking photos to find the time to share one. Which, in the world of photography, isn't necessarily a bad thing.
After flying in to Reykjavík, we're making our away counter-clockwise around Iceland's only major highway, the Ring Road, which runs around the coast of the island. We spent the past few days in Vík - which, as is all of Iceland, absolutely stunning - and have now arrived at Höfn in the South East.
This photo is of the striking Fjaðrárgljúfur canyon (thanks for the spelling, Google), which forges its way through the countryside for 2 km. I used a polarising filter to cut down the glare in the snaking river, and a long exposure to smooth out the flowing water.
Sony A7RII • f/18 • 0.5 sec • ISO 100
39 1,3384 months ago
Yours truely, captured by my talented girl @ivyl_.
As a photographer, I'm more often behind the camera than in front of it. Lucky for me, Ivy is keen to grow her portrait skills and asked to photograph me earlier this afternoon.
This was taken in my coastal hometown of Shellharbour, and I thought it would be a fitting new profile picture as we hit the road for the remainder of the year.
34 6245 months ago
It's that time of year again where Sydney is illuminated in light, and so too are our Instagram feeds.
While this is hardly a unique composition of the Opera House, I've tried to create my own version of the scene, combining two exposures. I used a faster shutter speed (1/15 sec) to freeze the moving patterns, and a longer one to smooth out the water and capture the projected light beams.
Sony A7RII • f/13 • 65 sec • ISO 100