Since I was a kid, there is nothing that I have loved more than getting out of the city and going camping. This started when I was a about 8 and I was a cub scout, my dad was a cub scout leader and I would always be out camping with him, even before I became a cub.
This has morphed through the years into a full blown obsession with 4WDs, camper trailers and pretty much spending any time away from camping, planning for the next adventure.
In May, my wife and our friends are planning on hitting the north of Western Australia up once again to see some new sights. This is our rough plan of attack to do the Gibb River Road from Kununurra through to Derby with some stop-offs before to see Wolf Creek Crater and maybe even a sneaky cross over the border into the Northern Territory. If time permits there may be a stop off in Broome.
So tell me, have you been up here and if you have, for the best photo opportunities, where do you recommend we stop and have a look or stay?
I have to admit, I've never been a big on Freo, it's in dire need of some masterplanning to make it what it should be. I find it disjointed and disconnected but there must be some reason that the tourists flock here before anywhere else.
That being said, from a photographic perspective it doesn't dissapoint, whilst walking around this afternoon I took a few snaps. I tend to visit once a year and every time it reminds me why its been a while since I last went. Cant complain about the food though because it well and truly delivers!
There is a trend these days for photographers to post a 'show us your gear' photo, there's even a website dedicated to it. Recently I was asked to do one but I am very much on the side of it not mattering what camera you shoot with, its about who is behind it.
Posting a 'shotkit' is about showing your tools of the trade, what you use to get photos in your chosen genre. I dont have a solid genre though as ill take photos of pretty much anything.
It was cool to lay out all my camera gear, especially considering that I sold off basically every last bit of camera gear I owned last year and reinvested a portion of it into a new and smaller camera system. I used to lug around a big backpack full of glass and gear and my back hated me for it. Now, like a lot of people, I can fit everything into one small shoulder bag and take it anywhere I go and without looking like the paparazzi.
It has been a while since I took any photos, let alone written anything about it.
This isn't because of a lack of interest, its quite the opposite - I have developed that motivation again and im back into photography like I was 10+ years ago. You may even notice that the website is now an .au domain, well this is because I have finally taken the step to turn this into something more than a hobby. What I make of it will be more obvious later, but I am very excited as to what the future will bring.
There will be some changes to the website in due course, but this blog will be the main place that I share some casual images and talk about it.
For the 15 years that I have been into photography, I have never owned a macro lens. Well this has now changed with a new purchase, a Sony 90mm F2.8 G Macro OSS lens, my first professional grade lens since switching brands from Canon to Sony.
This lens is a complete beast and will take my camera work to new depths. There isn't much in bloom this time of year but I stopped in to Kings Park on my way home from work to try it out - so here are a few test images to see what this bit of glass is capable of.
The worst of winter is now behind us, and with that the colours of spring have arrived. It has been a while since I have taken any photos as the weather prevents getting out too much and my now wife and I have been busy planning and having our wedding last weekend.
With a little inspiration from our garden wedding at Naked Apple Cider House and seeing some of our amazing photos taken by Don Benson Photography, I am feeling a little inspired to get the camera out.
I have the week off work post wedding, so after asking where I should take some photos on Facebook, Raeburn Orchards was the destination of choice. An orchard is more of a place to use as a backdrop for portrait photography but I gave it a crack to see what I could produce.
Here are the images I walked away with. Enjoy!
Back in May, my fiance - with some great friends and I, spent some time up north on the Ningaloo.
This is the second time in three years we have been but there is so much to see it will take a lifetime to explore everything. Before the trip, I purchased a water and shock proof camera to capture the trip from some different angles. Last time I didn't have anything that I could use underwater, so it was fun to capture some of the beautiful coral and marine life in Coral Bay, then bring out the camera encrusted in salt, give it a wipe and continue to take shots of landscapes and whatever else I could find on our travels.
The camera is a Lumix FT7 and even though I have recently bought a Sony Alpha, this tough little thing can take some great photos and will be going with us everywhere on future trips.
The current weather isn't quite the best to produce great photos (or try out my new camera gear), so what better opportunity then to have a fresh look and edit of some photos I took a few years back while on a road trip to Melbourne and back.
I would have loved to have spent weeks taking photos however the trip was an express 10 day one and it was mostly just getting the camera out for a few quick snaps and put it back away before driving for hours and hours!
I've uploaded a few new images and I am hoping to get back out there soon
A couple of years ago in 2017, I was lucky enough to spend some time in the Karijini National Park while on a camping trip.
Situated around 1400km north of Perth and not far east of Tom Price, it's loaded with beautiful and unforgiving creeks, gorges and towering chasms that are a real sight to behold.
At the time, I didn't have a subscription to Lightroom so I filed the raw photo files on my computer and forgot about them. As what becomes so easy to do was to shoot on my phone and keep those handy to show and upload.
Since beginning this little side project website, I have geared myself up with a new Lightroom alternative and thought it was well overdue to have another look at these photos.
For me, most were bin worthy - I was shooting with a 24-105mm L lens for the trip on a Canon 70D, and there was just something about the lens I didn't like, it was randomly soft, however on having a new look there are a few keepers like this one.