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Satisfied Cheli Cub
Elephant Embrace
Looking at Lunch
Anticipation
Crimson Mara
Lift Off
Trunk Wrestling
Portrait of a Lilac-Breasted Roller
Thirty Seconds Before Sunrise
Lone Acacia
Crowning Around
Roaring in the Rain
Leopard in a Tree
Grassland Pipit
Maasai at Sunrise
Portrait of a Young Cheetah
Growl of the Leopardess
Suspended
Staring at the Sun
Mario's Tree
Shake It Off
The Bustard Can Sing
Big Boy
Wait for Me, Mum!
Baba the Maasai
On Safari
Cheli Mother
Leopard of the Day
The Moody Mara Plains
Lilac-Breasted Roller
Circular Quay West
Narrabeen Surge
Into the Groove
Dusk Descendence
White Wash
Rush
Sydney Reflections
Primary Colours
Mahon Pool at Dusk
Standing Tall
Purple Streak
Enter the Darkness
Streak
On the Edge
Waxing Gibbous
Valley of Mount Richardson
At Ease
Observation
Guitar Pick Island
Misty Blue Waters
Jenolan Caves House
Blue Lagoon
The Moody Hunter
Hills of the Hunter
Stormy Lurline (B&W)
Conversing by the Window
Last Night in London
Rainy Riverside
Zig Zag
Big Nigrescens
Petals
Valentine Rose
Swishes and Swirls
Glowing
The Changing Face of Sydney
Long Day in Sydney
Dawn on Mt Mee
Play Misty For Me
Bukekayo Ingwe
Brisbane City from Kangaroo Point
Lone Tree on the Savannah
Pretty Face
Night Leopard
Panthera Leo
Fender American Deluxe Stratocaster in Ash
The East Window
The Octagon
Ely Cathedral
After 9pm on a Rainy London Night
London Blues
The Organ and the Nave of Ely Cathedral
Ely Cathedral Epicentre
Greetings from Sydney
The Colours of Sydney
The Cenacle on Mount Zion
As the Day Was Dawning
Big Cat of the Kruger
Coastal Moods
Cracker Sunrise
Ceiling of the Church of All Nations
I Can See You
Nave of the Church of All Nations
The Look
Church of All Nations - Jesus and Judas in the Garden of Gethsemane
Church of the Loaves and Fishes
Tel Aviv by Night
Snowy Mountains by Night
An Elegant Huntress
Panthera Pardus Profile
Majestic Timbavati Lioness
Leopard of the Night
Headbangers
Pretty Kitty
I Spy with My Little Eye
Timbavati Queen
Makepisi Male in the Sunshine
Smiling Giraffe
The Hippo's Yawn
Eye of the Leopard
Morning Gaze
Portrait of a Southern Yellow-Billed Hornbill
Motswari Night
The King's Face (B&W)
Leopard on the Mound
Jacaranda Pride Lioness
Profile of Rockfig Jr
Personal Encounter with the Giraffes of Tala
Staring Contest
Makepisi by Night
The King's Face
The Old Giant
Ingwe
The Colours of Afrika
The Elusive Kudu Portrait
Baby Zebra of Tala
The King of Timbavati
Rockfig Jr on Alert
Standing Tall at Sunrise
Watching and Waiting
Timbavati Sunset
Regal Lioness
Afrika se Nag Lug
The Leopard Rests
Sunset on the African Savannah
Portrait of Makepisi
It's a Long Way to the Top
Federal Parliament by Night
Sydney Opera House at Sunrise
The Nuns' Piano
City of Blinding Lights
Meerkat Moment
Narrabeen Reflections
Whooshka
Flat
Month of Magical Moss
Churning
Summer Sunset over Long Reef
Two Part II
Barbed Wire Fence by Sunset
Sunrise over Holt's Point Jetty
Shepherd's Warning
Lady Chapel
To the Point
Sisterly Presence
Northern Aspect
Light 'er Up
Darling Harbour by Twilight (B&W)
City Lights and City Nights
Flat
Channel Interrupted
Whale of a Cascade
Twilight Outcrop
Clyde
Signature
Hyde Park and Beyond
High Above Sydney
The White Abyss
Dawn Drama
Wind-Swept
Shani at the Park
The Wind Caught Her Hair
The Little Cove
South Cronulla Awakening
Carli: The Keeper of Secrets
The Nave of St Peter's
Luxurious Hydration
Turimetta Blues
Solid Gold
Facing the Front
Fire Water Burn
Easter Blues
The Golden Girls
Enshrouded
Berrima Girl
Washing Machine
Magic at Long Reef
Fire on a Distant Shore
Bare Tranquility
Archibald Fountain at Twilight
Cathedral Onslaught
Gong for Shore
I'm Not That Innocent (B&W)
Luger's Army
Beneath our Southern Skies
Seepage
Bare Island at Dawn
Fire in the Sky
Blue Mist
High Above
The Spire
Dani
Only the Lonely
Rushing
Hawaiian Mercury
Dusk at the Entrance
Profile of a Lioness
Shiraz Escapism
Dawn at Cathedral Rocks
The Narrabeen Gorge
Stormy Lurline
It Rises from the Abyss
Kara in the Spring of 2009
The Great Cathedral by the Sea
Sydney Twilight
Together Alone
Brolga
The Tudor Mansion
Blazing Torrent
She's All Smiles
Wine is a Primary Industry
White Bay Wheels and Pipes
Queen Victoria Building Interior
Southern Mist
The Look of Lust
The Smoking Gun
Tree on Mee
Peppers Convent
Happy Anniversary, Baby
The Altar
Sarah Jane
Riedel
Darling Harbour by Twilight
Mount Mee Morning
Long Reef Longing

Satisfied Cheli Cub

One of the cubs from the Mara North Conservancy's resident Cheli Pride sits satisfied, looking into the distance, after a fantastic afternoon sighting of the pride members gorging themselves on a zebra kill nearby.

Elephant Embrace

Belated World Elephant Day. Two elephants engage in a trunk embrace in the Mara North Conservancy in south-west Kenya.

Looking at Lunch

This young cheetah eyes off potential lunch in some distant antelope in the Maasai Mara National Reserve.

Anticipation

This lioness from the Cheli Pride awaits with anticipation the return of her cubs and fellow lionesses from yonder, as she sits alone during the fall of the afternoon rain in the Mara North Conservancy of Kenya.

Crimson Mara

A beautiful crimson, cloud-laden sky greeted us as we began our fourth day in the Mara North Conservancy at a favourite solitary acacia tree known as "Mario's Tree".

Lift Off

During one of our encounters with a herd of buffalo, I was fortunate enough to isolate one of the animals in a photographically pleasing pose, but also capture an oxpecker launching into flight from the top of the buffalo's head. I didn't realise I even captured this until I reviewed the images days after capturing them.

Trunk Wrestling

An hour after a magnificent sunrise in the Maasai Mara, we encountered a breeding herd of elephants. Here, two of the larger adults are engaging in some trunk wrestling during playtime.

Portrait of a Lilac-Breasted Roller

An up-close and personal portrait of a lilac-breasted roller. The lilac-breasted roller is the national bird of Kenya, so it was only fitting to discover him in the Mara North Conservancy in south-western Kenya, a place which is truly his home.

Thirty Seconds Before Sunrise

On our fourth day in the Maasai Mara region of south-west Kenya, we headed out early to photograph an acacia tree at sunrise. On this particular morning we were greeted with some pleasing conditions, and in the very few seconds left before the sun peeked over the horizon, I captured this image of an iconic acacia tree on the Mara plains. A topi can also be seen on the plains, grazing and awaiting the warmth of the rising sun.

Lone Acacia

A view of a lone acacia tree, affectionately known as Mario's Tree, on the plains of the Mara North Conservancy in south-west Kenya, during a dawn which greeted us with a stunning sky.

Crowning Around

A full view of a grey crowned crane surveying the Mara plains of Kenya from an elevated position on a log.

Roaring in the Rain

One of the Cheli Pride lionesses was sitting in the grass on her own when we encountered her one afternoon. Here she is, roaring for the rest of her pride to join her, as a rainstorm descends upon the Mara.

Leopard in a Tree

An encounter with a young male leopard in the Mara North Conservancy was a special occasion, as it was our first sighting of an elusive animal and our first time seeing a leopard in a tree. It took place at Leopard Gorge towards the western side of the conservancy. It was a short-lived sighting, as he soon disappeared into the foliage, and photography was more or less over after this shot.

Grassland Pipit

The Maasai Mara provided us with some fantastic opportunities to photograph birds in good light and from good distances. Here on a morning game drive during our fourth day in the Mara North Conservancy of Kenya, we encountered a grassland pipit on our way back to camp, and I was fortunate enough to capture his profile before he flew away.

Maasai at Sunrise

Baba, a Maasai tribesman, stands on the plains of the Mara North Conservancy as a new day in the East African wilderness is greeted by the rising sun.

Portrait of a Young Cheetah

A day spent in the Maasai Mara National Reserve brought us our very first cheetah sighting, and here I was fortunate enough to capture one of the sub-adult cheetahs posing nicely as the mother and four young cheetahs steadily made their way towards some distant antelope.

Growl of the Leopardess

During a mating session between a pair of leopards, the female made very clear her displeasure at the male's advances. Our eleventh game drive in the Maasai Mara brought us into contact with these mating leopards, where we intently watched and listened to the ferocious routine as the big cats engaged in the lengthy cycle of mating and resting. I also shot video footage of the mating leopards.

Suspended

To my surprise, many of my best wildlife images during our Maasai Mara safari depicted birds. I'm traditionally not a bird photographer, preferring, both in personality and in a visual sense, the big cats of Africa; but I landed quite a few pleasing images of birds during the trip. This is a pied kingfisher, which we spotted rapidly ascending and descending in one spot. By sheer luck, I managed to land a crisp shot of the kingfisher in flight. Photographing birds in flight -- particularly small birds -- takes a lot of skill and luck, and in my case, it was more luck than skill.

Staring at the Sun

A Maasai tribesman in traditional dress, armed with his spear, looks towards the rising sun from the solitude of the savannah in the Mara North Conservancy in Kenya.

Mario's Tree

On a number of a occasions during our wildlife and landscape photography safari in the Mara North Conservancy of Kenya, we stopped at an iconic acacia tree, known affectionately as Mario's tree, as our friend and safari leader Mario often photographs this tree. On this particular occasion we were greeted with a nice dawn sky, so I got down on a low angle and shot Mario's tree against the dramatic reds and blues in the distant sky.

Shake It Off

During a terrific sighting of the Cheli Pride during an afternoon game drive in the Mara North Conservancy of Kenya, an almighty rain storm descended upon us. This female lion from the pride had been sitting in the open, roaring for the rest of her pride to join her. This made conditions great for photography! Before the other lions emerged from the distance, it had rained, and here, I managed to capture the lioness shaking the excess water from her face.

The Bustard Can Sing

On a morning game drive in the Mara North Conservancy, we encountered a black-bellied bustard sitting on a small mound close to the side of the track, so we stopped to capture the bustard in the warm light. We watched and photographed it for a while, studying the calling patterns of the bird, and then when we were familiar with the behavioural pattern, we fired off a rapid series of shots to capture its call. Here in this image, I have captured the bustard at full neck extension during its call.

Big Boy

On our final afternoon/evening game drive in the Mara North Conservancy in Kenya, we encountered a pair of mating leopards. We spent quite a while with them as they mated, rested, mated again, and continued the cycle. Here in this image, the male, who I have called Big Boy, is resting after a swift and ferocious mating session with the female nearby. Leopards are notoriously elusive and difficult to find, and to have found two and witnessed them mating was an incredible experience.

Wait for Me, Mum!

On our fifth day in the Maasai Mara, we decided to head out of Mara North Conservancy and into the publicly-accessible Maasai Mara National Reserve, where we would later find cheetahs. Earlier on the morning game drive, we happened across a mother giraffe with her calf. Both were nicely positioned on rthe horizon, so we shot silhouettes of the giraffes on the plains as the morning sun's rays shone upon them.

Baba the Maasai

This morning before sunrise, we headed out to "Mario's Tree" with Baba, a Maasai tribesman, for a portrait shoot at sunrise. This silhouetted profile of Baba in traditional Maasai costume, looking out over the Mara plains against a rising sun, captures the essence of this place.

On Safari

Early this morning, we headed out for a day-long game drive, stopping at a place called "Mario's Tree", which we have photographed at sunrise twice before. This time we decided to shoot a silhouette to capture the essence of a safari, including our people (except me; I was behind the camera), 4WD and an acacia tree on the Mara plains, all set against a magical African sunrise.

Cheli Mother

During this afternoon's game drive, we experienced an amazing lion sighting, in which this Cheli Pride mother, on her own, sat on a mound in the open, roaring for the rest of her pride to join her. Thunderstorms were brewing nearby, and soon enough the rain started falling. After a while longer, the lioness departed in search for the pride, which she found, with us in hot pursuit.

Leopard of the Day

On our second day in the Mara North Conservancy, we encountered a young male leopard at a spectacular location called, aptly enough, Leopard Gorge. I captured this image during the early part of our sighting, soon after which, he disappeared into the foliage and was never easy to photograph again. The conditions were difficult, the light was lacking, the focal length was long and the foliage was dense, and by all accounts, I captured the only decent leopard image of the day, hence the title. I hope my viewers enjoy this rare glimpse of an elusive leopard in his natural habitat.

The Moody Mara Plains

On our first early morning game drive in the Mara North Conservancy, we were greeted with a moody sky, which had earlier delivered rain. Before heading further into the plains in search of lions (which we found), we stopped to shoot an iconic acacia tree against a moody sky on the Mara plains.

Lilac-Breasted Roller

During an afternoon game drive in the Mara plains, we encountered a lilac-breasted roller very close to where we were positioned, so we spent some time photographing it in the afternoon light.

Circular Quay West

During a time of holidays and some special times, my long-dormant urge to get out and capture images has thankfully risen to the surface, and the photographer's itch has become pervasive. I have been wanting to get out and shoot, and of late I have been more drawn towards cityscapes and architecture than any other subject matter. On a rare mid-week session, I headed to Circular Quay, a very busy precinct which I haven't photographed much for quite some years now. In the mid-to-late afternoon, I scouted for some vantage points along the western side of the Quay, and finally settled on the observation deck of the International Passenger Terminal, which affords a higher view, and additionally was empty and free from passers by. I waited for the blue hour, and captured this view of Sydney which I have not seen (or photographed) before.

Narrabeen Surge

A surge of water cascading over the rocks at north Narrabeen during one of the most rewarding dawns I have ever photographed.

Into the Groove

On one of my very few afternoon/twilight seascape shoots, the sky put on a fabulous show of pinks and blues at the iconic seascaping location Turimetta.

Dusk Descendence

This type of image -- specifically a panoramic image -- is new for me. I've never been one to shoot panos, but based on where I was and the gear I had at the time, it made sense to shoot a panoramic image. I was waiting for the royal blue sky presented by twilight, but before that time, after golden hour had subsided, there was a magical glow of the Sydney skyline as the darkness of an emerging dusk rose in the eastern sky blending into the pastel pink of ambient daylight soon to fade. This 3:1 panoramic image was shot with a 135mm lens, and consists of nine images stitched together. I hope viewers like it.

White Wash

During an incredible morning at Narrabeen on Sydney's Northern Beaches, the ocean brought forth some fantastic waves and cascades on this section of rock shelf.

Rush

The title "Rush" is the simplest way to describe the feeling of being immersed in the powerful and sometimes dangerous Narrabeen Gorge when the sea is in a mood.

Sydney Reflections

A beautiful twilight greeted me as I photographed the spectacular Sydney skyline from a less common location.

Primary Colours

A view towards Turimetta Beach from the North Narrabeen headland on a morning when the sky presented some rich primary colours.

Mahon Pool at Dusk

Stunning pastel colours greeted me during an evening shoot at Maroubra's Mahon Pool. As the tide continued to rise, the fury intensified, making this apparently serene scene more dangerous.

Standing Tall

Today I decided to re-process an image I originally processed and published in black and white. This colour version is stylistically different, but to me holds more appeal than the original B&W version. On this particular morning at Cathedral Rocks near Kiama, the conditions were fantastic for photographing this awesome location.

Purple Streak

On a visit to south Cronulla one summer morning in 2009, the sky put on a show of streaking pinks, purples and blues.

Enter the Darkness

This view of a tempestuous sky in South Cronulla was an image I shot over four years ago, and originally processed and published in black and white. Here is a newly-processed colour version. To my eyes years later, it looks just as effective in colour as it does in black and white.

Streak

Last night I attended the Focus Photography 2014 Annual Awards with many photography friends and associates, and being in the company of such people and such images can often give one a bit of a kick-start. While my photographic output in 2014 has been very low, after hearing the winner of one of the awards relating how the image had sat idle for many months after shooting it, I thought I'd look back at some of my own work and see if there was a hidden gem. Sure enough, there was, and this image was it. I shot this image towards the end of 2013, a year in which I had spent time photographing scenes in England and Israel, yet a year in which I had also found the time and inspiration to photograph my own city. I don't know how I didn't recognise the potential of this image; it was completely overlooked in favour of other images I captured during the same shoot. But today, looking through inspired and perhaps different eyes, I saw something that I had missed earlier, and here is the result of taking a second look. Based on this experience, I would encourage all photographers to go back through their archives and just see what is there, waiting to be given the attention it deserves. I have found that after some time away, it's possible to find a gem which for a long enough time was hidden in plain sight, or spotted once but since forgotten.

On the Edge

A view of the edge of the rock shelf at Narrabeen, captured on one of the finest dawns and sunrises I've ever photographed.

Waxing Gibbous

Having recently bought a 400mm f/2.8 lens, I have been somewhat keen to use it. I bought it to photograph wildlife during our next African safari, but for the lack of any local leopards or lions, I decided to use this lens for the next best subject: the moon. Here, on 6 September, 2014, the moon is in Waxing Gibbous phase. I headed outside earlier this evening to photograph the moon, which was a challenge given the heavy cloud cover that was blowing over. During one of a few short windows of opportunity, I captured this frame. Ignore the focal length of 800mm; I actually shot this at 1,120mm as a result of having stacked both my 1.4x and 2x tele-converters; but when stacking more than one tele-converter, the focal length and aperture are not transmitted to the camera, so it appears that I used only my 2x tele-converter.

Valley of Mount Richardson

A view towards Dungog from high above Mount Richardson in the Hunter Valley, taken early in the morning with David Oliver during his portraiture and landscape photography weekend.

At Ease

A majestic lioness from the Timbavati region's Jacaranda pride rests at ease on a termite mound. She provided us with an intense experience on an early morning game drive.

Observation

The stunning leopardess Rockfig Jr surveys her territory, observing a potential meal in the distance.

Guitar Pick Island

On a stunning sunrise at Long Reef in 2010, I captured this serene natural rockpool on the outer reef. The main rock featured in this image resembles a guitar pick, hence the title "Guitar Pick Island".

Misty Blue Waters

A scene from an amazing morning at Narrabeen in the autumn of 2012. The water takes on a misty blue appearance as the rich red and orange sky of an imminent sunrise lights the jagged rocks on the rock shelf.

Jenolan Caves House

For the past few days, we have called this magnificent Edwardian hotel -- Caves House -- home; for we headed to Jenolan, in the Blue Mountains, for a pre-Queen's Birthday long weekend getway to reconnect with nature and give ourselves a much-needed break from the hustle and bustle of daily life in the big smoke. During our stay at Caves House in Jenolan, we spent many hours immersed in the magnificence of 420 million-year-old limestone caves, adorned with calcite crystal formations which have developed over thousands and millions of years. Over the coming days I will publish more images from our Jenolan Caves getaway, featuring not only this magnificent hotel, but the incredible formations in the six caves we visited. I captured this image of our lodgings on the second night of our stay, having recently emerged from the Imperial-Diamond Cave, in time for the beautiful twilight that presented itself in the short time before we went for dinner. I hope you enjoy this image. It will always remind me of the fantastic time we had here.

Blue Lagoon

This older image was captured at Long Reef in 2010, on what turned out to be a spectacular morning which yielded pleasing images. This particular location is on the outer part of the reef near the breaking waves. A magical sky and rich colour provided for a beautiful, glassly lake surrounded by Long Reef's many boulders.

The Moody Hunter

On the weekend of 12-13 April, 2014, I went away with David Oliver and Peter Eastway -- two of Australia's leading photographers -- and some friends from the Flickr FOCUS group. We attended an intense two-day landscape photography workshop with David and Peter, and shot in and around Gresford and Dungog in the picturesque Hunter Valley, both from the ground and from the air on an early-morning helicopter flight. This image was captured along Bingleburra Road between East Gresford and Dungog. Some moody skies had been constantly changing the conditions, and we encountered rain. A few of us headed up for a higher, and different view over the valley. This view looks south, and on the distant ridges, rain can be seen falling.

Hills of the Hunter

On the weekend of 12-13 April, 2014, I went away with David Oliver and Peter Eastway -- two of Australia's leading photographers -- and some friends from the Flickr FOCUS group. We attended an intense two-day landscape photography workshop with David and Peter, and shot in and around Gresford and Dungog in the picturesque Hunter Valley, both from the ground and from the air on an early-morning helicopter flight. The aerial photography component was all about beautiful lighting and capturing the contours of the landscape. This was the stand-out image from the aerial session. With this image, all of the elements aligned, except I didn't know it at the time. A glorious patch of light illuminated this isolated tree on the rolling hills, and a natural leading line points right at it. Also hidden within the intricacies of this image are animals grazing on the hills. It was a fantastic weekend, and this image alone was very pleasing. Peter made an A3 print of this image, so I will have it framed and hang it proudly in our home.

Stormy Lurline (B&W)

A fantastic morning at Lurline Bay in the eastern suburbs of Sydney. The threatening sky and the rich textures of the foreground rocks combined to create a sense of drama and contrast on this moody morning.

Conversing by the Window

At a Chinese friend's wedding, I captured in beautiful side-lighting this elder Chinese man, wearing a richly-coloured shirt, engrossed in conversation.

Last Night in London

This composition is a slightly different take on an earlier image I published, depicting Westminster Bridge, Elizabeth Tower and the Houses of Parliament in London. This was the last night of our fleeting five-day visit in May of 2013, so I've appropriately titled it "Last Night in London".

Rainy Riverside

On our first night in London for a long time, we headed to Tower Bridge, where I had intended to shoot the bridge in the royal blue twilight light. The weather had other ideas. As the darkness crept in, so did the rain, and it drizzled relentlessly as we cowered under the barely-adequte shelter outside London's City Hall. Earlier, I did manage to land a shot adjacent to The Scoop, looking west along the riverside. In the distance can be seen The Shard, one of London's newer buildings, which affords stunning views of London. The London skyline has changed a lot since my previous trip in 2000, but the weather can still be quite miserable!

Zig Zag

A productive sunset shoot at the much-photographed Turimetta Beach.

Big Nigrescens

This is Big Nigrescens, a spot in the Timbavati region of South Africa, through which we had passed during a morning game drive. I wanted to capture stunning silhouettes of jagged, dead trees against the magnificent night sky over Africa. After some fantastic wildlife spotting and photography, including pursuit of a leopardess on a stalk some thirty minutes earlier, we returned to Big Nigrescens where I shot this image and a few others in the pitch blackness of a warm African night.

Petals

Another close-up view of a rose. This time I photographed a different rose, used a longer focal length, and employed the technique of focus stacking to provide deep depth of field and sharp focus throughout the image. For more details on how I created this image, visit the following article: http://xenedis.wordpress.com/2014/02/16/overcoming-the-challenge-of-depth-of-field-in-macro-photography/

Valentine Rose

On Valentine's Day of 2014, I bought some roses for Xenedette. I rarely shoot flowers or macro images, so I've shot an image combining both. I wanted some dramatic side lighting, and I wanted to highlight water droplets on the rich red petals, so I used my trusty LED headlamp in a darkened room, manually holding it during a ten-second exposure.

Swishes and Swirls

An incredible morning at Narrabeen, in the Northern Beaches district of Sydney. The sky was sensational on that morning, and resulted in many pleasing images from this excellent rock shelf.

Glowing

Lighting setup: 1. Canon Speedlite 580EX II at 1/64th power and 24mm zoom, positioned behind the subject, outside a light tent with a blue backdrop, and triggered with a PocketWizard PLUS II. 2. Desk lamp with fluorescent light globe at 90 degrees camera left. 3. Desk lamp with tungsten light globe at 90 degrees camera right.

The Changing Face of Sydney

I captured this twilight view of Sydney on 18/12/2013, which was the first photography outing for me in over six months. It has been an even longer time since I photographed the Sydney skyline, and the presence of a substantial number of cranes at Barangaroo, which is now a major development site, is testimony to the changing face of Sydney.

Long Day in Sydney

Yesterday I went for out a shoot for the first time in six months. Yes, it has been that long! For quite a while I had wanted to shoot the Sydney skyline from a different vantage point to the usual places, and Ballaarat Park on Darling Island in Pyrmont was the place I had in mind. I set out to capture the golden hour light, and later, the blue hour light of twilight, which was my original intention. However, having arrived early, I decided to shoot a long-exposure image using my ten-stop ND filter. In post-processing, I decided that a moody, punchy monochrome version in 2:1 aspect ratio looked best. Besides, at the time the light was flat and dull, and not ideal for photography. I am pleased with the result.

Dawn on Mt Mee

There is nothing more rewarding than heading out for a dawn landscape shoot in inclement weather, knowing that the conditions will probably be quite dreadful, and then encountering an utterly amazing sky during a small window of opportunity so familiar to landscape photographers. This is an awesome sunrise on Mt Mee, north-west of Brisbane in Queensland. During this shoot we only had a brief window of magic before the inclement conditions returned, and the rest of the day was grey, wet and gloomy. You'd never know that such a sunrise happened on an otherwise dull day.

Play Misty For Me

It's been quite some time since I published a seascape image, and longer since I shot one. The year 2013 was not "Year of the Seascape" for me, as my interests were elsewhere, and motivation for photography was significantly lacking. Today I dragged out an old, unpublished image from the archives. This image was taken in 2012, on one of the rare mornings I've encountered, in which the light and conditions were superb. Perhaps I should re-visit seascaping again in the new year.

Bukekayo Ingwe

A profile of leopardess Rockfig Jr, who inhabits the Timbavati region of Greater Kruger National Park in Mpumalanga, South Africa.

Brisbane City from Kangaroo Point

On a wet and cold Sunday, I decided to re-visit a six-year old image and process it quite differently. In this version, the distortion has been corrected, and the contrast is much less aggressive. As a point of comparison, here is the original version: www.flickr.com/photos/xenedis/2042602845/

Lone Tree on the Savannah

A magnificent sunset closes out our first day in the African bushveld.

Pretty Face

A view of one of the magnificent lionesses from the Jacaranda Pride, which we encountered on our third day in the Motswari Private Game Reserve in South Africa.

Night Leopard

This is the wide-eyed male leopard Makepisi, who inhabits the Timbavati region of greater Kruger National Park in South Africa. This image was amongst the many we captured during an intense four-day safari in Motswari Private Game Reserve. Makepisi was the first of several leopards we would encounter during the trip, and this image was captured on our first game drive.

Panthera Leo

A magnificent lioness from the Jacaranda Pride which inhabits the Timbavati region of the greater Kruger National Park in South Africa. We had a fantastic morning with this lioness and another from her pride.

Fender American Deluxe Stratocaster in Ash

This is my latest guitar: a Fender American Deluxe Stratocaster in ash, with a maple neck and fretboard. The finish is called Aged Cherry Sunburst. It joins my lineup of electric guitars, three of which (including this one) are American Fender Stratocasters. Not only does it sound and feel great, but the Aged Cherry Sunburst finish looks awesome. I wanted to capture the beauty of the finish, in what proved to be a tricky image due to the highly reflective nature of this Strat. My blog article offers some more insight into the making of this image.

The East Window

A view of the east window of Ely Cathedral, located behind the high altar in this stunning 11th-13th century cathedral.

The Octagon

A view of the magnificent interior of Ely Cathedral in Cambridgeshire, with its distinctive central octagonal lantern tower (colloquially known as 'The Octagon'). We spent a wet, grey afernoon inside Ely Cathedral, where I captured a series of images of this very ornate 11th-13th century cathedral.

Ely Cathedral

One of the first images of Ely Cathedral I captured was an exterior shot. I positioned the lens quite close and pointed up for an exggerated angle of the large cathedral.

After 9pm on a Rainy London Night

This image of London's famous clock tower -- colloquially and incorrectly called 'Big Ben', but in actuality now called Elizabeth Tower -- is one of a series of images I shot of the Houses of Parliament in Westminster on our last night in London on this trip.This image is something of a 'labour of love'. I dragged Xenedette into the cold, rainy and windy streets where we stood in constant drizzle for the better part of two hours while I waited for the right light and shot my series of images. To say I am pleased with the result is an understatement, as I've been wanting to shoot some twilight images of London's 'postcard' scenes for a while, and the weather has been less than accommodating. Even tonight, the weather was not ideal or pleasant, but even during cloudy nights, the twilight produces a royal blue sky, with some additional texture in the way of the clouds.

London Blues

An image of the London Houses of Parliament, Elizabeth Tower, the Westminster Bridge and the River Thames was on my list of quintessential London scenes to capture during our fleeting five-day visit. On the first night, it was wet and miserable, and my efforts down at Tower Bridge weren't as pleasing as I had hoped. On night two, we were on our way back to London from Ely and Cambridge, so a twilight shoot was not possible. Night three saw us catching up for dinner with some good friends who have recently moved to London for a few years. Night four was my last chance to capture the iconic scene.The weather has been wet, cold and windy for the entire duration of the trip, but I decided that I was going to capture my image no matter what the weather presented. After standing in cold rain for over an hour, waiting for the right light and for the lights to switch on and illuminate my subject, I finally landed my image. It was worth it.

The Organ and the Nave of Ely Cathedral

This is another view of the magnificent interior of Ely Cathedral in Cambridgeshire, England. In this view, the beautiful organ and ornate architecture of the ceiling of the nave can be seen, right down to the stained glass windows beyond the high altar. Ely Cathedral, which was built from 1083 to 1375, is well worth visiting, and in my opinion, is an architecture photographer's paradise. It is magical even to view it with one's own eyes.

Ely Cathedral Epicentre

During our 2013 trip to England (the first time I've visited since 2000), we visited some friends in Cambridgeshire. We visited the city of Ely, and its spectacular cathedral, which was built from 1083 to 1375. Ely Cathedral is an architecturally stunning building, with a central octagonal lantern tower, shown in the centre of this view of the cathedral's ceiling. This image is the first I shot of a series of interior architectural images, depicting the magnificence of Ely Cathedral.

Greetings from Sydney

This morning, I found myself immersed in a bizarre combination of three unusual circumstances: 1. I went out for a dawn shoot. 2. I wanted a plain sky. 3. I photographed the Sydney Harbour Bridge. These days, each of these factors on its own is quite rare. Firstly, I seldom get time or motivation to head out at dawn. With more or less three jobs, when I get time on the weekend, I look forward to not having to be anywhere, and rising at 3am and travelling somewhere for a dawn shoot is usually far from my mind. Secondly, I cannot stand plain skies, and generally do not even shoot if there isn't good cloud cover. I keep an eye on weather and sky condition forecasts so I know whether or not it's worth heading out. Apart from plain skies being very boring, the light is harsh and difficult to shoot, particularly when facing east. Thirdly, I rarely shoot the Sydney Harbour Bridge. It's a subject that has been shot to death by seemingly just about every photographer who lives in Sydney, or who has visited Sydney. It generally bores me in the photographic sense, and apart from one aerial flight during which I captured it from the sky, this is the first time I've photographed the bridge in a good five years. Because I haven't been out for shoots much lately, and with my recent holiday period starting, I felt the itch, and wanted to take advantage of some free time before heading to London late this week. My original plan was to head out on Monday night and shoot a twilight cityscape, but the weather forecast was for cloud and possible rain, and sure enough, the cloud rolled in and would have ironically spoiled the image I had in mind. So, I decided to head out for a shoot on the following morning. Inspired by an image captured by a contact of mine, I headed to Kirribilli, on the north shore of Sydney Harbour. I had never visited this location, let alone shot from it. I arrived nice and early, and captured a few images from my location during the morning blue hour before the light became dull and harsh. Unusually for my morning shoots, I was facing south-south-west rather than eastward. While this image is what I'd call a postcard shot (hence the title Greetings from Sydney) and terribly cliché, I felt the unusual desire to produce such an image, and I'm happy with the result.

The Colours of Sydney

One of a few images of the Sydney skyline I captured from east Balmain in the autumn of 2011.This particular vantage point offers a very nice view of a picturesque city, and it's not the usual postcard view.

The Cenacle on Mount Zion

The Cenacle, also known as the Hall of the Last Supper or the Upper Room, is the site at which Jesus held the Last Supper with his disciples in the days leading up to his arrest and crucifixion. It is located on Mount Zion just outside the walls of the Old City of Jerusalem. We visited the Cenacle during my second visit to the Old City of Jerusalem, where I captured this image and a few other views of the interior of the gothic structure.

As the Day Was Dawning

This image is one of the earliest images I captured on a magical morning on 07/04/2012 at Narrabeen. I have been shooting seascapes for years, but despite that, I have rarely seen such a sky. I captured a number of pleasing images on that morning.

Big Cat of the Kruger

Another tight view of Rockfig Jr female, a stunning leopardess who inhabits the Motswari Private Nature Reserve in the Timbavati region of greater Kruger National Park, Mpumalanga province, South Africa. We had a fantastic morning with Rockfig Jr, and she was all too happy to sit and look stunning as we snapped away.

Coastal Moods

An image captured at the North Kiama rock shelf, a photographically rich location with lots of gorges, cascades and splashes to be captured. Most of my visits to this location have been on cloudy, moody days. One day I hope to return to a stunning, colourful sky.

Cracker Sunrise

One of the most magical dawns I've seen (and photographed) in recent years.

Ceiling of the Church of All Nations

A view of the magnificent architecture, mosaics and stained glass inside the Church of All Nations, which is also known as the Basilica of the Agony. This stunning basilica is located on the Mount of Olives outside the walls of the Old City of Jerusalem. Right outside the basilica is the Garden of Gethsemane (גת שמנים). The mosaic on the left depicts Jesus Christ and Judas Iscariot in the garden on the night he was betrayed and arrested.

I Can See You

Nave of the Church of All Nations

Featured in this image is the magnificent ceiling and support columns of the nave of the Church of All Nations, which is also known as the Basilica of the Agony. This stunning basilica is located on the Mount of Olives outside the walls of the Old City of Jerusalem. Right outside the basilica is the Garden of Gethsemane (גת שמנים), where Jesus was arrested.

The Look

Church of All Nations - Jesus and Judas in the Garden of Gethsemane

During our first visit to the Old City of Jerusalem during our January trip to Israel, we visited numerous sites significant in Christianity. Our first stop was the Church of All Nations, also known as the Basilica of the Agony or the Church of the Agony. This is one of the architectural images I captured of the incredibe interior. In this image is depicted a large mosaic of Jesus Christ and Judas Iscariot in the Garden of Gethsemane on the night where Jesus was praying. It is in this small garden that Jesus was arrested. The basilica is located right next to the Garden of Gethsemane (גת שמנים) on the Mount of Olives, where even today, there are olive trees over 800 years old. We got to see these and walk around the garden. Being in this church, and knowing the significance of what happened, was an amazing experience.

Church of the Loaves and Fishes

We spent the past two days travelling around the north of Israel, visiting the Sea of Galilee, Golan Heights, and Rosh Hanikra near the Israel-Lebanon border. Yesterday we visited the Church of the Loaves and Fishes, which is located on the north-west shore of the Sea of Galilee in the area where Jesus performed the miraculous feeding of 5,000 people with a bounty of loaves and fishes. This modern church, which now stands where churches stood in the fourth and fifth centuries, preserves an early Christian mosaic and the traditional stone on which the miraculous meal was laid.

Tel Aviv by Night

Xenedette and I are in Israel for a few weeks. Tonight we headed to the Azrieli Centre in central Tel Aviv (תל אביב), where I shot this twilight cityscape looking south-west over Tel Aviv and towards the Mediterranean Sea. Unbelievable as it may sound, our time in Israel so far has been wet, stormy, windy and cold. We haven't seen much sun at all, and in this image, heavy patches of rain can be seen moving into Tel Aviv from the sea. Not long after I captured this image, the rain poured heavily, thus ending the cityscape session.

Snowy Mountains by Night

Dave, Lea, Xenedette and myself headed away to the Snowy Mountains of NSW for a two-day sojourn and photography expedition. Having visited Charlotte Pass and nearby Spencers Creek on the first day, we decided to return later in the evening for some starfield photography by the creek. It was exceedingly dark, and very difficult to compose, both due to lack of visibility, and soft, grassy ground on which our tripods were resting. This image is the result of the best of what I shot on the night. Unusual for my style, it is shot at a relatively high ISO setting, hence the lack of 'clean' presentation. I hope viewers like the image. While the trip wasn't terribly fruitful in photographic sense, it was nice to get away for a few days and see a place we hadn't seen before. The orange glow in those distant clouds is not the rising or setting sun, but the soon-to-rise moon, which peeked over the ridge not long after this image was shot.

An Elegant Huntress

A tightly-framed portrait of one of the two Jacaranda Pride lionesses we encountered on the morning of 6 October, 2012, in the Motswari Private Game Reserve, South Africa. Looking at the regal elegance of this fairly young lioness, it's hard to believe she is also a ruthless hunter, willing and able to attack and kill a 2,000kg buffalo in order to provide food for the pride. It's nature at its harshest and most contradictory.

Panthera Pardus Profile

A profile of Rockfig Jr, the second of three unique leopards we encountered in the Motswari Private Game Reserve in South Africa, during an intsene and life-changing photographic safari in October of 2012. The background blur is not artificially introduced; it is the optical result of the use of a long focal length at a wide aperture within close proximity to the leopard.

Majestic Timbavati Lioness

Leopard of the Night

A magical sighting of Makepisi male leopard at night on our first night of our African safari adventure in the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, greater Kruger Park, South Africa. As the light fell, Petros, our tracker, brought out the spotlight so we could continue to view and photograph Makepisi as the sun set over a beautiful African savannah landscape in Mpumalanga province. We saw Makepisi twice during the trip, and he is a special leopard we will always remember. I also shot video footage of Makepisi.

Headbangers

Two male impala engaging in sparring. These two weren't at war, but were engaging in play-battle. Were a dominant male to encounter an invading male, there'd be a much more intense battle for dominance.

Pretty Kitty

Check out Mario's very similar image of the same Jacaranda Pride lioness: 500px.com/photo/17978717

I Spy with My Little Eye

Around 15 minutes after we encountered Rockfig Jr female during our second game drive in the Motswari Private Game Reserve, something caught her attention. Rockfig Jr got up from the termite mound on which she was resting, and headed over to a thicket, where she keenly watched a bachelor warthog which we had also seen, and which was perhaps 50 to 100 metres away. There was a possibility that Rockfig Jr would attack the warthog and provide herself a nice breakfast, but instead, she sat watching intently. She soon returned and came extremely close to us. At one point she was less than two metres behind our open-top Land Rover. I was perched in the rear part of the vehicle, and it was the closest I had ever been to a leopard.

Timbavati Queen

One of the two Jacaranda Pride lionesses we encountered on the morning of our third day of our safari in the Motswari Private Game Reserve.

Makepisi Male in the Sunshine

This was one of the earlier images I captured of Makepisi male during our first of two encounters with him during our safari in the Timbavati. In this image, warm patches of sunlight can be seen shining on his fur as he rests on the termite mound on which we found him.

Smiling Giraffe

It was our final day at Tala Game Reserve, and we had booked a game drive for the afternoon. The following day, we would be leaving South Africa. We were pleasantly surprised to discover that it was only the two of us on our game drive. We had a private game drive. Amongst the many wildlife we saw, we encountered the giraffes of Tala. People we had met during our four days in Tala had been talking about these giraffes, and wanting to see them. On our private game drive, we went off the usual track and into the thick, where seven or eight giraffes, including two pregnant females, were grazing all around us. We were allowed to exit the vehicle and stand in these giraffes' back yard. One giraffe was inquisitive, and approached us. During our personal encounter with the giraffes of Tala, I photographed this beautiful creature.

The Hippo's Yawn

The hippopotamus is the most dangerous animal in Africa. It is very aggressive and territorial, and will charge at anyone or anything that invades its territory, including boats and humans. Hippos, despite being large, heavy creatures, can reach running speeds of 30km/h, and can therefore outrun humans. Alongside with African wildlife photographer and now friend, Mario Moreno, I shot this image of a hippo yawning in Argyle Dam, where we'd stopped at sunrise during the third day of our African wildlife safari in the Motswari Private Game Reserve in the Timbavati region of greater Kruger Park, Mpumalanga Province, South Africa. I shot this image as I stood not far from the waterline -- the back yard of this and other hippos, as well as crocodiles which live in Argyle Dam.

Eye of the Leopard

The title Eye of the Leopard is homage to the awesome National Geographic documentary of the same name, shot by Beverly and Dereck Jouvert, featuring the life of Legadema, a young leopard in the Okavango Delta in Botswana. The leopard in my image is Makepisi (which means "hat" in Shangaan). I captured this image of a stunning leopard on the first game drive we took in the Motswari Private Game Reserve, which is located within the Timbavati region of greater Kruger Park in Mpumalanga province, South Africa. Makepisi was the very first wild leopard we encountered. We spent quite a nice time in close proximity to Makepisi, watching, photographing and videoing him. Be sure to see my video footage of Makepisi.

Morning Gaze

An image from an awesome sighting of two Jacaranda Pride lionesses during our third day of our wildlife safari in the Motswari Private Game Reserve, located in the Timbavati region of greater Kruger Park, Mpumalanga, South Africa. This Jacaranda lioness was perched atop a mound, happily gazing into the distance in the morning sunlight.

Portrait of a Southern Yellow-Billed Hornbill

During our second morning game drive in the Motswari Private Game Reserve, we were fortunate enough to spot a pair of southern yellow-billed hornbills perched high in a tree. Fortunately our vantage point was such that the warm morning light shone upon the hornbills.

Motswari Night

The King's Face (B&W)

The mighty King of Timbavati, during a late afternoon sighting on our last afternoon/evening game drive in the Motswari Private Game Reserve. It was an intense experience to witness this wild male lion and his companion resting in the late afternoon, and to photograph them from a short distance.

Leopard on the Mound

A view of Rockfig Jr (female leopard) sitting on a mound during a morning game drive in the Motswari Private Game Reserve in Greater Kruger. She is such a majestic leopard, and a pleasure to see and photograph.

Jacaranda Pride Lioness

Another portrait of one of the beautiful Jacaranda pride lionesses we encountered on day three of our safari in the Motswari Private Game Reserve in the Timbavati region of Kruger Park, Mpumalanga, South Africa.

Profile of Rockfig Jr

Personal Encounter with the Giraffes of Tala

It was our final day at Tala Game Reserve, and we had booked a game drive for the afternoon. The following day, we would be leaving South Africa. We were pleasantly surprised to discover that it was only the two of us on our game drive. We had a private game drive. Amongst the many wildlife we saw, we encountered the giraffes of Tala. People we had met during our four days in Tala had been talking about these giraffes, and wanting to see them. On our private game drive, we went off the usual track and into the thick, where seven or eight giraffes, including two pregnant females, were grazing all around us. We were allowed to exit the vehicle and stand in these giraffes' back yard. One giraffe was inquisitive, and approached us. During our personal encounter with the giraffes of Tala, I photographed this beautiful creature.

Staring Contest

On our very last game drive in Tala Private Game Reserve, we were lucky enough to encounter a kudu which was willing to stare me down long enough for me to capture a portrait in pleasing surroundings.

Makepisi by Night

This is Makepisi, a male leopard who inhabits the Timbavati region of Kruger Park. He was the first leopard we saw on a magical four-day safari in Motswari Private Game Reserve. Makepisi was sitting on a termite mound, and as the light fell, we continued to observe and photograph him, while he sat only several metres away from us. Makepisi (roughly pronounced "Muh-keh-peez") means "hat" in the Tsonga language. I also shot video footage of Makepisi.

The King's Face

The mighty King of Timbavati, during a late afternoon sighting on our last afternoon/evening game drive in the Motswari Private Game Reserve. It was an intense experience to witness this wild male lion and his companion resting in the late afternoon, and to photograph them from a short distance.

The Old Giant

On our sixth and final game drive in the Motswari Private Game Reserve, we were fortunate enough to find ourselves immersed within a herd of grazing elephants, which included a few infants, as well as this lager elephantm whose face shows signs of age and experience.

Ingwe

Ingwe is the Zulu word for Leopard. This particular leopard is a female, called Rockfig Jr. We had a terrific morning watching, photographing and videoing her.

The Colours of Afrika

The Elusive Kudu Portrait

During our first trip to South Africa, we headed out on eight game drives across two private game reserves in the country. We spotted quite a few kudu, but achieving a clean portrait of a kudu looking straight at the camera, without any scrub cutting across the animal's face, is quite a challenge, as kudu like to hide in scrub to avoid predators, and they seldom stay in the open, which makes photography quite difficult. Finally, this aftenoon, on our final game drive before we head home, we were fortunate enough to encounter some kudu, which, while typically skittish, actually did cooperate, and allow me to land a nice, clean portrait in pleasant surroundings. Hence, the elusive kudu portrait.

Baby Zebra of Tala

On our first of two game drives in Tala Private Game Reserve, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, we encountered numerous zebras, including this cute juvenile who was happy to pose.

The King of Timbavati

On our fifth game drive in Timbavati Private Game Reserve, we finally found male lions. The news up to this point had not been good: very little lion activity had been detected in the area. On the 6th of October, 2012, we were very lucky. Not only did we encounter both female lions (in the morning) and male lions (in the evening), but we encountered and photographed all of Africa's 'Big Five' in the one afternoon game drive.

Rockfig Jr on Alert

A closer view of Rockfig Jr as she sensed something in the distance.

Standing Tall at Sunrise

During one of our morning game drives, we spotted a giraffe or two at sunrise, and stopped to shoot a silhouette of the magnificant creature standing tall.

Watching and Waiting

Timbavati Sunset

The photographic conclusion to our first day in Kruger Park. What a magical day it was, with sightings of many African wildlife, including Makepisi, a male leopard. Please view Mario Moreno's behind-the-scenes image of me capturing this image at 500px.com/photo/15521625.

Regal Lioness

During our four-day safari in Kruger Park, South Africa, this was our first of two lion sightings. Two female lions were basking in the morning sun on a mound. It was an intense experience to be a mere few metres from wild lions, who were completely unfussed about our presence. Please view 500px.com/photo/15447119 to see Mario Moreno's image of the same lioness; Mario was our tour guide, and was 1.5m away from me when I photographed this lioness.

Afrika se Nag Lug

One of the images I wanted to create during a four-day safari in Kruger Park, South Africa, was ironically not an image of the stunning wildlife, but a landscape image. The Timbavati region of Kruger Park is a very diverse territory, with lush green foliage, as well as many dead or dead-like trees. During a game drive, our ranger-driver Chad, knowing I wanted to shoot a long-exposure starfield image, pointed out this tree. After an afternoon of spotting and photographing giraffes, white rhino (etc.) and chasing a leopard through the bush after sunset, we returned to the tree in the darkness, and I proceeded to create the image I had in my mind. This is it.

The Leopard Rests

This is Rockfig Jr, a female leopard we encountered on the second morning of our safari in the Timbavati Private Game Reserve. This image would have to be my absolute favourite from the safari, and it was an intense experience to be only a few metres from Rockfig Jr as she rested in the grass.

Sunset on the African Savannah

Another beautiful African sunset after a rewarding game drive in the Timbavati Private Game Reserve in Kruger Park, South Africa.

Portrait of Makepisi

Makepisi is a male leopard who inhabits the Timbavati region of Kruger Park in South Africa. On an afternoon/evening game drive on our first day here, we were luky enough to find him resting on a termite mound a mere 10 metres from our vehicle. I also shot video footage of Makepisi.

It's a Long Way to the Top

A group of BridgeClimbers climbing the famous "Coathanger". I've done the BridgeClimb three times, and thoroughly recommend it.

Federal Parliament by Night

Sydney Opera House at Sunrise

The Nuns' Piano

During a weekend in April of 2012, Xenedette and I spent some time in the Hunter Valley, and stayed in Peppers Convent. Peppers Convent, built in 1909, was formerly home to the Brigidine Order of Nuns at Coonamble, NSW. The building was transported 600km from Coonamble to Pokolbin. During the evening I decided to photograph some of the interior of this beautiful French Baroque-style building, and in this scene is depicted an antique piano, which sits in the lounge.

City of Blinding Lights

Meerkat Moment

Narrabeen Reflections

Whooshka

Flat

Month of Magical Moss

It's that time of year again when Turi puts on a magical show with its rich green moss.

Churning

Summer Sunset over Long Reef

Two Part II

This was shot the morning after Two. This time I painted these giant rocks with my 6D Maglite in total darkness, painting the rocks for two minutes out of the five minutes for which this image was exposed.

Barbed Wire Fence by Sunset

Sunrise over Holt's Point Jetty

Shepherd's Warning

Lady Chapel

To the Point

Sisterly Presence

Northern Aspect

Light 'er Up

The light beams from this tower illuminating the Sydney Opera House immediately attracted my attention.

Darling Harbour by Twilight (B&W)

A B&W reproduction of the original colour image.

City Lights and City Nights

Flat

Channel Interrupted

Whale of a Cascade

Twilight Outcrop

Clyde

Signature

Hyde Park and Beyond

High Above Sydney

The White Abyss

This image was captured much later in my second session at the Kiama North rock shelf. For this image, I used my ten-stop filter, and in processing, went for a dark, high-contrast 'etherial' look. It's quite different to my usual style, but I like the result and think it is an effective form of treatment for a location like this.

Dawn Drama

A few months ago, I discovered a fantastic seascape photography location on the NSW south coast, which appears not to have been visited by many photographers in the photographic communities of which I am a part. I have visited this location twice -- first with seascaping buddies Sonia, Steve, Malcolm and Don -- and again today. The sky was terrible during my first visit (and I was not happy with the images), but this morning it was moody and produced much better results. I am very surprised that this location has apparently not been photographed much. I only know of a few people who have been there, yet is is so accessible, dramatic and powerful. In my opinion, it rivals and even exceeds many of the prime seascaping locations on Sydney's Northern Beaches, with big gorges, splashes and cascades aplenty. This rock shelf features many striking features, and is only a few minutes' walk north from the ocean pool on the northern rock shelf at Kiama. It is well worth visiting, and while the place can produce huge seas, there is plenty of space for retreating, and it is not as isolated as other rock shelves along the coast. If you haven't been yet, I thoroughly recommend this location. There is a lot to shoot, and plenty of drama when the big sets of waves roll in. Here is a short video I produced, showing the fantastic main gorge and cascading, churning water: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BRo84xVqXI0

Wind-Swept

Lighting information: Two 80cm gold reflectors positioned to bounce the late afternoon light onto the model.

Shani at the Park

Lighting information: Two 80cm gold reflectors positioned to bounce the late afternoon light onto the model.

The Wind Caught Her Hair

Model: Bo. Shot in natural sunlight.

The Little Cove

South Cronulla Awakening

Until the creation of this image, I had been on something of a hiatus, having not shot a seascape in several months. As of this morning, that drought has been broken, with south Cronulla offering me an interesting, colourful sky in the pre-dawn light.

Carli: The Keeper of Secrets

Model: Carli (Model Mayhem #798476). Captured in natural light.

The Nave of St Peter's

A continuation of my photographic study of St Peter's Anglican Cathedral in Adelaide. This ultra-wide view looks down the nave of the magnificent cathedral, showing the timber work on the roof, as well as the stonework of the arches upon approach to the altar.

Luxurious Hydration

Here are two outstanding modern vintages of Penfolds' flagship red wines: Penfolds Grange 2006 (shiraz) and Penfolds Bin 707 (cabernet). I have tasted both (this vintage of Grange twice), and both years were exceptional vintages in the Barossa Valley and surrounds. The 2006 Grange consists of fruit from the Barossa Valley, Coonawarra and Magill, while the 2008 Bin 707 consists of fruit from Coonawarra, the Barossa Valley and Wrattonbully. Lighting information: 1. Canon Speedlite 580EX II set to 1/16th power and 24mm zoom, positioned 45 degrees camera right at a distance of 30-40cm, fired through a 40 x 30cm softbox and triggered with a PocketWizard PLUS II 2. Canon Speedlite 580EX set to 1/128th +0.3 power and 80mm zoom, positioned behind the subject and pointed at the backdrop, fired bare and triggered with a PocketWizard PLUS II. 3. 80cm white reflector dish placed at 90 degrees camera left, 20cm from the subject.

Turimetta Blues

Solid Gold

I painted this distinctive rock with my Maglite torch, which contains six D-cell batteries. The 16-year-old globe in this torch is tungsten, which results in the warm tones in the rock and sand. I think it works well in a scene like this with rich, blue sky in the background. As is the case with a cloudless dawn, the sky exposure is very difficult to control. Under-exposing the background while painting the foreground allowed me to avoid blowing out the brighter parts of the sky.

Facing the Front

There's only one way to get a shot like this, and that involves getting in the line of fire!

Fire Water Burn

Easter Blues

The Golden Girls

An image of the famous Three Sisters at sunset is somewhat of a photographic cliché, but one I hadn't personally repeated until our trip to the Blue Mountains for the 2012 Queen's Birthday weekend.

Enshrouded

Berrima Girl

Natural light, with a gold reflector positioned at 45 degrees camera right. I've named this image Berrima Girl, as it reminds me a little of Steve McCurry's famous 1984 image Afghan Girl. I didn't set out to create an image along the lines of McCurry's shot, but the wide eyes, headscarf and warm light all kinda played out that way unintentionally.

Washing Machine

Magic at Long Reef

Fire on a Distant Shore

Bare Tranquility

Archibald Fountain at Twilight

Cathedral Onslaught

Gong for Shore

I'm Not That Innocent (B&W)

Model: Jessyka Graham (Model Mayhem #1394739). Makeup artist: Nikya Blackburn (Model Mayhem #1794849). Lighting information: 2. Canon Speedlite 580EX fired at ½ power through a softbox, positioned close at 45 degrees camera right and triggered with a PocketWizard PLUS II. 1. Canon Speedlite 580EX fired through a translucent umbrella positioned further away at 45 degrees camera left and triggered with a PocketWizard PLUS II.

Luger's Army

Here's the setup for this image: 1. Sheet of glass on top of a black shirt. 2. Room darkened, but low ambient light from a lamp in the corner. 3. Maglite (six D-cell) pointed to the left (but not at the subject) to balance the lighting. 4. Tripod-mounted camera, macro lens and long exposure. A few important notes: 1. Yes, this ammunition is real. 2. Yes, I am licensed to possess and use this ammunition.

Beneath our Southern Skies

This morning I headed down to Cathedral Rocks at Kiama Downs for a dawn seascape session with Stanley Kozak. The forecast was for decent cloud over, but unusually, it turned out to be wrong, and the sky was completely cloudless, apart from a few small patches that appeared here and there. Given the clear sky, I decided to capture the Milky Way, which in the darkness of this location, can be quite clearly seen, despite being close to the populated areas of Wollongong and Kiama. I am quite happy with the result, which is a different style of image for me. I hope those who view it also enjoy it.

Seepage

Bare Island at Dawn

Fire in the Sky

Blue Mist

High Above

A quirky angle, depicting the altar, pipe organ and crucifix of St Peter's Anglican Cathedral in Adelaide.

The Spire

Dani

Model: Dani Hurley (Model Mayhem #1526934). Makeup artist: Nikya Blackburn (Model Mayhem #1794849). Lighting information: 1. Canon Speedlite 580EX fired through a softbox, positioned close at 45 degrees camera right and triggered with a PocketWizard PLUS II. 2. Canon Speedlite 580EX fired through a translucent umbrella positioned at 45 degrees camera left and triggered with a PocketWizard PLUS II. 3. Canon Speedlite 580EX pointed at the backdrop and triggered optically.

Only the Lonely

Rushing

Hawaiian Mercury

Read about the making of this image at my blog. Lighting information: Canon Speedlite 580EX II positioned at 45 degrees camera left, pointed at backdrop, set to 1/64th power and triggered with a PocketWizard PLUS II.

Dusk at the Entrance

During a getaway to the Central Coast, I shot this evening seascape during a spectacular sunset, whereby the clouds in the eastern sky reflected vibrant colours.

Profile of a Lioness

Shiraz Escapism

Lighting setup: 1. Canon Speedlite 580EX II at 24mm zoom and 1/64th and -0.7 power, placed high at 45 degrees camera right, fired at the backdrop, and triggered with a PocketWizard PLUS II. 2. Canon Speedlite 580EX at 24mm zoom and 1/128th power, placed low on camera axis, fired at the backdrop, and triggered with a PocketWizard PLUS II.

Dawn at Cathedral Rocks

The Narrabeen Gorge

Stormy Lurline

It Rises from the Abyss

Kara in the Spring of 2009

I shot some casual portraits of Kara with Dave and Ray on a quietish Sunday afternoon in the Spring of 2009. I've photographed Kara over a period of nearly three years, and seen her change a lot in that time. In some shots such as this one, she has a simple, understated expression, which I think works well in a portrait.

The Great Cathedral by the Sea

Sydney Twilight

Together Alone

Brolga

The Tudor Mansion

Blazing Torrent

During an Easter weekend dawn shoot at Narrabeen, I was treated to an incredible sky. This image, for me, would be the stand-out image from the highly-productive session.

She's All Smiles

Wine is a Primary Industry

Read about the making of this image at my blog. Lighting setup: Canon Speedlite 580EX II at 24mm zoom and 1/64th power, placed between the subject and a white backdrop, fired at the backdrop, and triggered with a PocketWizard PLUS II.

White Bay Wheels and Pipes

Queen Victoria Building Interior

This image is my first attempt at HDR imaging using Photomatix Pro. The source files consisted of seven raw images, bracketed a stop apart, ranging from -3EV to +3EV. The problem with HDR imaging is that people often overcook the processing, which results in artificial, over-saturated, halated, illustration-like images. I prefer photo-realism, and hopefully I haven't overdone it on my first attempt.

Southern Mist

To learn about the processing that went into this image, read my post-processing tutorial at my blog.

The Look of Lust

Model: Jessyka Graham (Model Mayhem #1394739). Makeup artist: Nikya Blackburn (Model Mayhem #1794849). Lighting information: 2. Canon Speedlite 580EX fired at ½ power through a softbox, positioned close at 45 degrees camera right and triggered with a PocketWizard PLUS II. 1. Canon Speedlite 580EX fired through a translucent umbrella positioned further away at 45 degrees camera left and triggered with a PocketWizard PLUS II.

The Smoking Gun

Almost five years ago to this date, an old Flickr contact of mine, Rich Legg, created a photographic image of a smoking gun. I was impressed, and I commented on his image at the time. I recently decided to have a go at this type of shot myself, and did so today. This is the result. Lighting information for the firearm: 1. Canon Speedlite 580EX II at 24mm zoom and 1/2 power, placed high at 45 degrees camera left, fired through a 42" translucent umbrella, and triggered with a PocketWizard PLUS II. 2. White backdrop placed under the firearm to bounce light under the muzzle and barrel area. 3. Silver reflector hand-held at 45 degrees camera right to bounce light back into the muzzle and barrel area. Lighting information for the smoke: 1. Canon Speedlite 580EX II at 80mm zoom and 1/4th power, placed at 90 degrees camera right, fired bare and triggered with a PocketWizard PLUS II. You can read about how I created this image at my blog. A few important notes: 1. Yes, this firearm is real. 2. Yes, it is mine. 3. Yes, I am licensed to possess and use handguns. 4. No, it is NOT loaded.

Tree on Mee

Peppers Convent

This is Peppers Convent, a secluded romantic hotel right in the centre of Pokolbin in the NSW Hunter Valley. Peppers Convent, built in 1909, was formerly home to the Brigidine Order of Nuns at Coonamble, NSW. The building was transported 600km from Coonamble to Pokolbin. We stayed here for my 2012 birthday celebration.

Happy Anniversary, Baby

The Altar

An image from a series of interior architectural photos I took inside Adelaide's St Peter's Anglican Cathedral on Labour Day of 2011. As I use a non-tilt/shift ultra-wide rectilinear lens, normally I go to great lengths to keep the axis of the lens perpendicular to the ground so that straight lines remain straight, but in this case I've exploited the lens's wide field of view to capture the altar and surrounds, from the floor right up to the ceiling high above.

Sarah Jane

Lighting information: Natural light, with a gold reflector positioned at 45 degrees camera right.

Riedel

Inspired by Nicole's image Fire and Ice, and created with her. Lighting setup: 1. Canon Speedlite 580EX II at 1/64th power and 24mm zoom, positioned behind the subject, outside a light tent with a blue backdrop, and triggered with a PocketWizard PLUS II. 2. Desk lamp with fluorescent light globe at 90 degrees camera left. 3. Desk lamp with tungsten light globe at 90 degrees camera right.

Darling Harbour by Twilight

My first outdoor HDR image, comprised of four exposures.

Mount Mee Morning

Long Reef Longing

The tide was right this morning for a Long Reef shoot. What the sky would do was anyone's guess. Tony, Glenn and I were delighted with what the show it put on for us, and this is the result. This image was featured on the front cover of Australian Photography magazine (September, 2011).