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Narrabeen Aquatic Reserve

Woke up nice and early at 0430 to train at the gym at 0530 – i figured since sunrise was at 0647 i may as well pack my camera gear and head down to the beach for a shoot, allowing me ample time to drive down there, set up and have a chat to the people out exercising on such a lovely morning.  The weather was nice and warm, perfect for shooting – no chilly wind to knock the tripod around.

The one thing I noticed was how polite people were, I was taking up the entire walkway with my tripod and my f-stop bag splayed over the footpath, nobody seemed to mind much, they paused, then asked me if they could walk in front of the camera.  The guy who was walking down the walkway (the one in the shot) noticed I was getting a bit dismayed as he was right in my shot and wearing red which would have been hard to photoshop out and then make the pier look perfect again, so he hurried up and apologised when he got to the end – totally unnecessary, but so nice to know that the Northern Beaches is full of gorgeous people!

Oh and they had the audacity to tell me that I should have been down here yesterday as the sunrise was sweet as…. grrrr…. didn’t need to know that 🙂

I got loads of shots, but this was my favourite panoramic, will upload an individual shot later.

Technical Specs: 11 march 2011, 6:54am, iso100, f/14, 0.6 sec, 24mm, canon l series 24-70mm lens, canon 1d mark iv, 9 images stitched

Collaroy Beach

Taken at Collaroy Beach last night after sunset.  The tungsten lighting presents an issue when editing these shots, as it puts an orange/magenta cast over the image, but it can also work quite well.  I think I prefer this lighting effect for dawn rather than dusk, as the light is a lot softer and it compliments the environment.  Gorgeous evening to be out shooting, nice warm breeze, loads of people out swimming, running and just enjoying what is left of the “summer” weather.  If the cloud cover wasn’t so heavy I would have stuck around to shoot some star trails.

Technical specs: 9 march 2011, 1940hr, iso100, f/13, 24mm, 15 secs, 5 images stitched, ps cs5, canon l series 24-70mm, lee soft grad filter 0.6, canon 1d mk iv

Currumbin Rock

Every time I come to the Gold Coast, I relax too much and don’t get out and shoot enough, I thought today was a good day to set the alarm for 4:20am and head off to Currumbin Rock to get a nice sunrise shoot in.  Didn’t think I would make it as it was getting pretty light as I was driving past Palm Beach and was tempted to just get a beach shot in, but that’s not my style, so I kept on driving.  My 4-yr old son begged to come last night, so I woke him up at 4:25 and he reluctantly made it to the car and went back to sleep.  I hiked out to location with my 15kg backpack on (all my gear in it) and my 16kg son on my hip.  Thank god, I have been going to the gym or I would have been dead once I got there.  The sun took forever to come up, it was supposed to be sunrise at 5:28am, but it didn’t seem to breach the horizon til around 5:40am, which is when I got this shot.  Not an overly exciting sunrise to say the least, but I’m happy with the shot.  Loads of keen fishermen up at this early hour.  Technical notes: 5:40am, 14 february 2011, iso100, f/13, 1/5 sec, 24mm, 24-70mm canon l series lens, lee soft grad filter 0.9, canon 1d mark iv


Happy Valentines Day!!!

Shorncliffe Pier at Dawn

Shorncliffe Pier at Dawn, Brisbane, QLD, Australia

5:03am, 12 february 2011, iso100, 42mm, f/22, 30sec, lee soft grad filter 0.6, 24-70mm canon l series lens, canon 1d mark iv

Gorgeous Byron Bay

Was keen to get a nice sunset to start off my Byron shots, but I got there a bit early and the sunset was nice but not intense.  This was my favourite shot of the day.  Shot it on my new Canon 1D Mark IV and it is an absolutely beautiful piece of equipment – was a bit stuck on a few settings, but once I got the manual out and figured out how basic it really was, and where all the buttons were, it was so simple to use and this was the result.  I love it!!!

Technical: 6:49pm, 9 February 2011, iso 100,  85 sec, 16mm, f/13, 16-35mm, lee soft grad filter 0.6, lee big stopper 10, canon 1d mark iv

North Avoca Sunset

Went down to North Avoca with Tim Bolger to shoot sunset.  Took a while to find a comp that I liked.  As the sun was setting I had my big stopper on and missed the pink clouds, but I got this just before sunset.  Definitely a place I will be heading back to and reshoot, maybe a sunrise next time… (now I know how to find the place).

Image can be purchased by clicking on the photo, it will direct link to my website…


Technical Specs: f/13, 1.3 secs, 24mm, ISO100, 18 January 2011, 7:44pm, canon 5d mkii, canon l series 24-70mm lens, lee soft graduated filter 0.9

Forresters at Dusk – Panoramic

My panoramic is finally manually stitched from last night’s shoot.  This is a series of 8 shots taken in portrait orientation.  Specs: f/18, ISO100, 10 secs per frame, 24mm, 8:13pm-8:15pm, 18 January 2011.  I thought I would upload something different from Forresters – I have a few seascape shots as well, but will upload those as they are processed.  Hope you like this one.

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Forresters at Dusk!

It’s about time I got back out on the beaches to shoot some seascapes.  I met up with Danny, Tim and Jasiah down at Forresters Beach on the Central Coast to capture tonight’s sunset.  The cloud was a bit thick to filter much colour through, so it was an overcast shoot – but still so nice to shoot Forresters – always something different to compose.  I found my favourite rock to shoot and this is the first out of a few shots that I got tonight.

Technical Specs: f/14, 10 sec, 8:17pm, 24mm, lee grad filter 0.9, 24-70mm l series, canon 5d mark ii

Broadwater “Body” of Water


Happy New Year!  Thought I would see the New Year in differently this year, went out and saw the fireworks at Broadbeach and decided to set the alarm for 3:50am to see the first day of the New Year in properly with a sunrise shoot.  The sky didn’t turn out as I was hoping, it looked pinkish at around 4:00am but the cloud cover and wind picked up and I got a dreary/wet sunrise shoot, but still nice to get up that early on the 01/01/11.  This photograph is a 3 image stitch, shot at 4:29am, f/13, 90secsx3, ISO100, 24mm, canon 5d mkii, lee soft grad filter 0.6.

If you look to the left of the image to the top right of the swimming enclosure, there is a lump in the water, I didn’t think much about it until I got back to my MacBook and blew up the image to 100%.  It looked like a man lying face down in the water, dark hair, blue shorts, brown t-shirt.  Thought I had better ring it in just in case.  Maybe he had too hard of a night to see in the New Year.  Luckily, I was told that it was just the tie down for the swimming float fence.  Much to my relief and embarrassment 🙂

The weather is nice and hot today so I may head out for a sunset shoot tonight… no floods here which is a good thing 🙂

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Warriewood Storm Brewing

Headed down to Warriewood this evening before the storm hit – the clouds were coming in fast and thick – as the light was falling, the pictures just got better and better.  I have taken a few panoramics and a few long exposures which I will edit and upload as they are completed.  This is the first image from this evening down at Warriewood beach…

EXIF: f/22, 1.3sec, ISO100, 16mm, lee soft grad filter 0.6, canon 5d mark ii, canon l series lens 16-35mm, 7:59pm, 26 December 2010

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Turimetta Sunrise

What a gorgeous morning to be up – I was watching an orange/pink sunset last night and was determined to capture a sunrise since I haven’t been out shooting for ages.  Headed down to Turimetta and on the way down Mona Vale Road, saw the sky going pink at around 4:40am – pretty excited at this point, knew it was going to be a cracker… Texted a few photographers to get up and shoot it!

Sunrise wasn’t until 5:41am, but the photo opportunities started close to 5:00am and the light was pretty much gone by 5:20am.  Didn’t stick around to watch the sunrise as I got my shots in the first 10 exposures.  Stunning morning to be up nice and early.  Will process some panoramics later on today, but just wanted to get this one up on the internet…

Narrabeen Wash

From the archives – just uploading images to my website and found this image that I hadn’t yet processed… I remember taking this shot, I got washed by a massive set that came through and this was the wash after the wave … I grabbed my tripod above my head, but was drenched… I love the shot though – well worth it…


Gear Up!

I am constantly asked what my photography gear pack is made up of, so I have compiled a list of it below (& my wish list too):

My current pack
  • Canon 5D Mark II
  • Canon EF 24-70mm 1:2.8L USM lens w’ hood (wide angle)
  • Canon EF 16-35mm 1:2.8L II USM lens w’ hood (wide angle)
  • Canon EF 100mm 1:2.8L IS USM lens w’ hood (macro)
  • Lee Soft Graduated Filters 0.3, 0.6, 0.9 100x150mm Resin
  • Lee 10 Big Stopper
  • Lee 77mm Ring Adaptor
  • Lee 82mm Ring Adaptor
  • Lee Foundation Kit
  • Hoya Filter Circular Polarizing 77mm
  • Hoya PRO1 Digital Filter Circular Polarizing 82mm
  • Manfrotto 055CXPRO4 Carbon Fibre Tripod
  • Manfrotto Levelling Base 338
  • Manfrotto 808RC4 Ball Head
  • Canon Timer Remote Controller TC-80N3
  • Canon Speedlite 430EX
  • Lowepro Pro Runner 300 AW


  • Beanie
  • Scarpa gortex boots
  • Thermal shirt & socks
  • Scarf
  • Windproof jacket
  • LED torch
  • Compass
  • Lanyard
  • Screwdriver – phillips and standard
  • Lip gloss
  • Gloves – fingerless
  • Thermarest self-inflating seat
  • iPhone for tidal apps, sunrise/set, moonrise times, gps, weather apps, etc…
  • Petzl head torch

My wishlist

  • Canon EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L IS USM Autofocus Lens
  • Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM Autofocus Lens
  • Canon TS-E 17mm f/4L Manual Focus Lens for EOS
  • Canon 500mm f/4L IS

My Suppliers

Grey vs Local Stock?

  • Don’t be worried about buying imported stock – the warranties are valid, Canon will service your product and if you insure your gear, then why worry?  A $2000 AUD lens can be $1250 AUD if negotiated correctly and you save $750 AUD buying from DWI or B&H.  If insurance costs you 5% of product cost or you save 37.5% buying an import, then the risk (for me) far outweighs arranging postage of sending the item to either Canon Australia, or the supplier.  More money saved, more gear you can buy!  Have never had any problems with any of my gear purchased local or overseas and these are trusted suppliers.

Dee Why Storm

This shot was taken about 5 months ago down at Dee Why at sunset with a massive storm brewing.  With all this rain and thick cloud cover its hard to get out and get some new shots, so I am trawling through the archives …

MacSunrise – Crop

M is for Maroubra

Time for a change, thought I would head down to the Eastern Beaches for something different.  There were no clouds in Wahroonga, so I hoped there would be some on the other side of Sydney – wrong!  Nothing on the horizon at all.  Played around on the rocks taking shots of the massive waves crashing onto the headland, got nothing spectacular… the moon rise was at 6:40pm – it was so feint – not worth shooting – was pretty cold by this point from being in the wind for about 2 hours… was just about to pack up and head home when I saw a different spot to shoot – I didn’t notice it at the time, but there is an M etched into the rocks from the water over time… definitely a location to head back to and reshoot over and over til I get something I love…

Lost Property

MacMasters Beach Sunrise

What a gorgeous morning to be up at 3:50am for… pink cotton wool clouds, nice and warm and a stunning sunrise…  I met up with Danny & Jasiah pre-dawn hoping to capture something like this… so glad I got up and headed up the coast – its mornings like this that make it all worthwhile…

Turimetta Triangle

Decided to take the family down to Turimetta to try for a sunset shoot – the kids wandered around the rock pools on the very low tide and I went out on the exposed rock shelf, trying to find some composition – got nothing… on the way back to the car, all packed up, I looked over and saw this… the sky wasn’t exciting, but its a nice picture all the same… the rocks are really nice down here and the green moss is still all over the rocks – amazingly…

North Forresters

The first morning in a while where it wasn’t raining and the weather forecast proved right.  I ventured up the coast to Forresters (was going to shoot it from Spoon Bay headland, but ended its a bit scary walking down there on a new moon at 5am with no light), so I opted for the safer choice of the beach entry… (by safe, I was referring to my Burleigh Heads experience  I got on location and the waves were just chasing me every time I put my eye to the camera… my jeans were soaked, my gortex boots full of sea water and I couldn’t seem to get an exposure longer than 2 secs without running back 10m with gear in hand…  I didn’t want to zoom in with my wide angled lens, so I shot what I could and nearly didn’t process any images and I am not stoked with them… but the colours were nice and i love the lead in lines with this shot.

Mona Vale Baths

The weather in Sydney has been shocking – constant rain, four seasons in one week, its cold but spring – which makes it so hard to try to plan photo shoots.  At around 5:30pm I had a look outside and the clouds look menacing, so I headed down to Mona Vale Baths, a location I dare not take my two little kids with me (cross waves and unpredictable tides).  It was raining very heavily when I was driving down to the Northern Beaches, but thought I may catch a gap in the weather – not so lucky.  I braved it and headed out anyway.  The only way I could get a shot was with my Lee Big Stopper 10, wiping the rain drops off the filter every 30 seconds to try to get a clean shot – yes, I forgot my umbrella… 

Needless to say, I got washed by the waves to my knees in my jeans, my gortex boots kept my feet dry (amazingly) and I managed to capture this shot in around 60 seconds.  Miserable day to be out shooting, but I figure, there is no challenge shooting on perfect days all the time – shoot nature from different angles, learn in all elements and broaden the portfolio…  Got home frozen, popped my gear in the washing machine, threw on a dress and headed off for pizza/wine at Manly with some friends and then a movie, hence the very late edit/post. 

However, my 4am wake-up for a sunrise shoot will be postponed until Sunday (as waking up to torrential rain is not so tempting at that early hour).


My final pre-dawn image from this morning at Collaroy – will definitely be heading back here to grab a pink/purple sunrise soon, nice location and loads of compositions to shoot!

Collaroy Ocean Baths

The colours were so vibrant at dawn this morning, no pink sunrise, but the blues were worth the 4am wake-up!  Nice & warm, nearly warm enough for a morning dip!