Day out with Niamh

•April 9, 2012 • Leave a Comment

We had a quick day out taking photos. I have a new camera to play with. Hopefully Ill give this webpage a work out.

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Testing out the slide show option. Very cool. Shots include those taken at Turrametta over looking Narrabeen lakes. Close ups of the Duck Holes at West Head.

New York – January

•April 9, 2012 • Leave a Comment

We were able to go and see our family in New Jersey in the January holidays this year. We had a brilliant time and thank you to our family for all the fun moments. Here are some photos. These were all taken on the S90. Maegan took some brilliant family photos which I will try add later.

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A Little More – Nth QLD – June

•September 11, 2011 • Leave a Comment

Port Douglas Beach

Plant In Daintree

Vine In Daintree

Estuarine Crocodile Crocodylus porosus

Mangroves Drop Roots on Daintree River

Mangroves on Daintree River

Bark in Upper Daintree

Stingray Bay Mangroves

Finally Something

•September 11, 2011 • Leave a Comment

As Ive been super busy I havent been taking many photos. Here are some from last weekend. All in Ku-Ring-Gai Chase Np. All with 180mm.

Eriostemon australasius

Moss (sp?)

Underwoodisaurus milii

Glossodia major

Telopia speciosissima

Caladenia carnea

Broken Head – Byron Bay

•May 2, 2011 • 1 Comment

April came time for my annual trip north to Coffs for diving. I took a lot less photographs this time, as least above the water. Our first stop were at our friends Chris and Uta’s house behind Port Macquarie. They have a lovely little farm on which we sat an enjoyed a fantastic dinner and a few lovely wines. The highlight of the dinner were the fantastic figs wrapped in proscutto and cooked with gorgonzola. Perfect. Pictured below was the spot we sat and watched the sun go down drinking a couple of good wines (1ds, 17-40, f8, 1/8). The best wine from memory was the Shiraz Tannat from the Hunter.

Moving North the next day we headed up to Byron Bay. We stayed at a lovely caravan park at Broken Head just south of Coffs. The caravan park was at the Southern end of a large stretch of beach with the Byron Bay light house at the northern end. You can see it in the tip of this picture below. This shot was taken at sunrise when the first rays begin to touch the land. (1ds, 17-40, f8, 25secs)

After our second dive up in Coffs at Julian Rocks we headed up to Mount Warning. Mount Warning is a fantastic peak with beautiful sub tropical rainforests surrounding its base. Below is a picture of the some of the buttressed routes you will see at the beginning of this walk (1ds, 17-40, f4, 1/40, iso 400). I love the way they tangle around the rock, I would suggest that this is a fig, but I cannot remember. I felt black and white works better to show of the intricate root structure. This walk was tough but fantastic. We only had a view of the clouds at the top.

On the way back we passed Nimbin which is a pretty cool yet to me unliveable town. Had a very nice laksa. Soon after we head South down to Woolgoolga. Meeting up with Ben and Pip make this a special trip. Been a long time since Ive seen Pip. Here we were to dive some more, in some of the most amazing sites I know. Love this place.

Our stay at Woolgoolga was special. The weather final lifted us and we had sun. This photo above shows the signs of a coming sun early in the morning. We had a heap of fun here, lots of good wines including Bourgogne, Otago Pinots, Nebbiolos from Australia and Itali. Tough life this camping!

A 21st and a Wedding

•April 7, 2011 • 1 Comment

I recently was asked to shoot a 21st. People photography is not really my preferred type of photography, possibly due to pressure or the fact that landscapes and geckos don’t care how your photos come out. Regardless as it was for a close friend and practically family I decided I might as well. Either way, I thought it would be nice to post a photo of Kate on her 21st. I was blown away with how this once young girl I knew had grown up to become a lady. I like this photo as it shows Kate out the front talking happily to the 90 or so guests invited. Anyone who knew the shy child who became the proud girl in this photo will appreciate the change thats occurred. (1ds, 17-40, f6.3, 1/125, iso 200, bounced flash).

The final little picture was taken on a recent trip to foster to enjoy the wedding of two close friends Louise and Waz. This wedding was set on Blackhead Beach and despite nasty looking weather, it turned out beautifully. I expect that their photos will turn out amazing. The colours and light that was available for the shoot should ensure that. Whilst they were getting their professional shoot and Maegan and myself were enjoying the food, view and drinks available I took this shot of the newly married pair on the beach. I think its a cute. (S95, f5.6, 1/50)

Til next time.

Another Two Days at the Office

•April 7, 2011 • Leave a Comment

As can easily be discurned by my lack of posts life has been busy of late. Whilst I have seen and done some cool things I have had very little of a chance to post or even take many photos. I will pop up some interesting finds or events of the work term. The first was from early in the year on a new site at Cattai Creek. I like this simple photo as it attempts to show the beauty of the bark of the Scribbly Gum (E. sclerophylla). This varient is different from the one found around the Sydney basin, but has many similar charactoristics. The markings are left by moth larvae. (Photo taken, 07/02/2011, S95, f5.6, 1/60th).

The second photo is of a magnificant find by the boss, Don. Whilst teaching an over night excursion with a fantastic school group from St Scholasticas, Don came across a species of gecko unfamiliar to us. The thick tailed gecko, Underwoodisaurus millii, is found across a large region of area ranging to lower QLD, most of NSW, and temperate areas across the rest of Australia. Whilst to us hard to find, within areas with an established populations the species is quite abundant. They eat insects and other small geckos. The colouration of these guys is fantastic and once released back onto a a lichen covered rock they are very hard to see. (30d, 180mm, f13, 1/800th, iso 800, off camera flash).

We have had many cool encounters at Auseco this term. Such is my working life =]