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2015 Retrospective & Resolutions

2015 has been another enjoyable year for us. Most of our shooting has been confined to specific trips so I can’t really do a month by month this year . Instead, here’s a bunch of images to show you what we were up to at various stages of the year.

A year of revisiting an old landscape friend in New Zealand. We remain resolute in returning!


Roy’s Peak has been a great friend to us over the years!

A year of exploring the night with an electric candle. We hope to stay resolute to projects.


In 2015, I set out to take a set of images to show the scale of the cosmos with me and an electric candle. This was at Lake Bumbunga.

A year where we received sponsorship from Nisi. With sponsorship, we hope to stay resolute to our own visions and true opinions.


In October, we were contacted by Nisi to review their filters in exchange for a new set. We have not been disappointed to date!

A year where we produced 2m posters for the first time! We’ve made a resolution to print more of our images – perhaps investing in a large printer ?


At 2m wide, backlit, this poster was printed in exchange for car hire for our New Zealand trip. Taken in 2012 and first printed this year!

A year snow for the kids. We have an ongoing resolution to keep them involved with our travels 🙂

Some snow at Dinner plain near Mount Hotham

A year to journey to the centre of the earth! This is a strange one but another resolution would be to make the most of any situation, and this includes not skimping on opportunities we can now afford such as the guided adventure into the depths of Karijini.


The base of Hancock Gorge makes you feel like you are in a Jules Verne novel.

A year of publications with local and international magazines. We hope to maintain dialogue with our publishers!

One of several cover shots for Australian Photography Magazine

Cover art for 'The Scots' magazine featuring hiking in the Torridon region

Cover art for ‘The Scots’ magazine featuring hiking in the Torridon region

A year of ongoing trickles. We need to make a resolution to let our image archive do some work instead of sitting idle!


This year we’ve established a few ongoing deals with print companies. Our favourite to deal with is Pikitia postcards! This image is one of their new line for Christchurch.

A year of meeting random people in random places! A new year’s resolution would be to seek out more networking opportunities (photographically and in our main occupations)


We bumped into Tom Putt during his Karijini workshop in April!


We bumped into Dale from and Jordan from while photographing the aurora australis

A year of transition to a new camera system! After writing about ‘GAS’ earlier in the year and succumbing to it, we should make a resolution to be aware of GAS even more lol.


One of the first shots taken on the new setup with the Sony A7Rii paired with metabones and canon lenses.

A year of transition to a new social media platform : instagram! We can’t make a resolution to post every day but would like to be responsive to enquiries through social media in general.

40K followers in a year was beyond all expectations! Now we hope the 'reach' limitation does not kill the site for us

40K followers in a year was beyond all expectations! Now we hope the ‘reach’ limitation does not kill the site for us

A year of social media debate generation such as this post: We’d like to continue generating debate while maintaining civility and accepting opinions of others.

15 reasons why the modern landscape photography world is better than nature:
1. The pterodactyls are back! Particularly easy to find in coastal regions
2. We can warp ourselves into impossible precipices and proportions , so in awe of ourselves that we stretch out our arms to silent applause.
3. Sunlight can appear from anywhere, even in the middle of the night
4. We control the spin of the earth placing stars where we need
5. We control the brightness of stars, +60 if we need to see them at twilight
6. There are mountains and there are MOUNTAINS but many mere mountains are now MOUNTAINS
7. Our retina lost the ability to see cyan and green in open areas
8. UFOs with yellow engines apparently hover over forests, particularly waterfalls (at any time of day)
9. The world has become a warm fuzzy glowy place
10. Wildflowers have the capability to consume high quantities of anabolic sterols
11. Nature bends and flips to please our western left to right reading eye
12. There’s no need to hope for light, light just replays itself on order
13. There’s no need to position for light, light will bend for us
14. There’s no such thing as perspective, just a vision
15. Who needs movies, popcorn times ahead when the truth is debated.

The 'Bird Brush' is becoming increasingly popular with landscape photographers

The ‘Bird Brush’ is becoming increasingly popular with landscape photographers

A year of shooting images for ourselves. We need to keep true to our own needs and not treat every shoot as one for magazines, competitions, postcards etc.

One of our favourites from Karijini but I haven’t really put it on all of our social media sites

A year of shooting images for social media. We resolve to have fun while shooting!


I’ve been doing more selfies this year – mainly directed at the instagram audience. And they’re kind of fun 🙂

A year of creating educational material. A target to set ourselves is to continue releasing material on our site. The next video may be about blend modes and the next ebook may be a location guide.

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Marianne has created our three current ebooks :

A preview of one of our instructional videos.

A year of meeting fantastic photographers online through skype and discussing post processing.

A pleasure to edit scenes of remarkable locations such as this one by Craig holloway . See his images here :

A pleasure to edit scenes of remarkable locations such as this one by Craig Holloway . See his images here :

A year of attempting to win awards (yet shooting for ourselves as described above)


One of Marianne’s four silver awards in the Epson Panorama Awards


Image from Whitecliff Walkway taken in 2014 which made it into this year’s top 101 for the International Landscape Photographer of the year.

A year of judging awards , this time for FOCUS who put us up for a great annual dinner in November.

Great to have met Jacqui Dean, Adam Williams, Kate Holland, Brendan Goodger, Brian Bornstein, Luke Tscharke ( who killed it at the awards!) and so many others from FOCUS over that weekend 🙂

A year where we explored Victoria which we hope to explore further in the future along with the rest of our own great country.

Snow gums outside our accommodation at Dinner Plain

Revisiting the Great Ocean Road

A year where we had limited opportunities to explore our South Australian backyard which have not been doing. Perhaps many more weekends away rather than the big trips?

A rare visit to Port Willunga this year


A visit to Robe is always a joy even when the weather seems greyed out!

A year of #dbreezied moments from our own backyard. Damn you awesome light, you will not escape our cameras!!!

The mother of all #dbreezied moments!

The mother of all #dbreezied moments!

A year where we lost our beloved husky of 13 years to melanoma. Gizmo our 15 year old Jack Russell remains and we hope to keep him healthy and active.

R.I.P. Sanu 2002-2015

R.I.P. Sanu 2002-2015

Another year of family holidaying over Christmas. Every time we manage a family trip, it has always been a great success so we need to put the effort to organise more !

Dawn forays before family time

One of many dawn forays before family time

And most importantly, a year of enjoying family and life in general 🙂 May this continue into the future !

The Toh clan at Middleton

The Toh clan at Middleton

Cheers to the 2016! Enjoy the video of the hits and misses from all the landscape images edited in 2015.


The Great Ocean Reprieve

Exactly 30 months ago , Charlotte came into this world. Exactly 30 months and 1 day ago was the last morning that Marianne and I had without having to worry about being woken up or waking up Charlotte. While that sounds negative, I have to stress that parenthood itself has been filled with so much joy and life experience that there really are no room for regrets, just opportunity for reflection. With our second child due to enter the world in a few weeks, we decided to try something different : a holiday without Charlotte. We had all sorts of concerns ranging from how Charlotte would cope without us , to how glum we might feel without her boundless toddler energy (she’s past toddling now really) . I am delighted to say that Charlotte treated it as  a holiday to our grandparents’ house (whose assistance was greatly appreciated). Marianne and I almost didn’t know what to do with ourselves with the sudden degree of freedom to do as we pleased! I would have usually considered photographing most dawns, dusks, nights and travelling through the day tiring but compared to raising a young child, it is nothing! I think this is a hard concept for those without children to grasp but if you are a landscape photographer and plan on having children in the future, take full toll of your freedom now!!

As for the Great Ocean Road itself, we were visiting with two frames of mind. The first was that of a keen tourist. I had not been down here for many years and definitely not without the knowledge of how to take and create images so I was excited to see what ‘all the fuss’ was about. From this perspective I was not disappointed as there were just so many walks and places to visit and revisit. The second was that of a photographer. The worldwide portfolio of images from this location is outstanding and possibly even intimidating. However, there is a ‘sameness’ to such popularly shot icons and I wondered if it would be possible to come back from the trip with the personal satisfaction of creating a set of unique images. I’ll let you answer that question for yourselves at the end of this post but I’d say I was only partly satisfied 🙂 And now for the pictures:

Our first evening at the 12 apostles , fresh off an 8 hour car ride took us to the twelve apostles, the most accessible of locations.

12 Apostles (minus a few)

During the next morning, there was little light on offer but we visited the Loch Ard Gorge area.

Just south of Loch Ard Gorge

After some wanderings around the Bay of Islands and  the Grotto, we had a great lunch at the ‘Fat Cow’ at Timboon.

The Grotto and a splash!

That evening, we witnessed some amazing light having split ourselves between the apostles themselves and Gibson’s Steps

Golden drama at the twelve apostles

The light from Gibson’s Steps

The following morning saw a return to the Bay of Islands before venturing out to the Otways. I had thought that the closed waterfalls meant no access but apparently photographers have still been getting to Hopetoun and Beauchamp falls! If only we had known!

Triplet Falls, and a wandering photographer

That evening, Marianne took a break from proceedings while I found my way down to wreck beach and the 366 steps down. (366 steps is not actually as many as it sounds). The anchor of the Marie Gabrielle stood waiting as the tide retreated.

Shelves and reflections at Wreck Beach

Resting place of the Marie Gabrielle

The following morning saw a return to Loch Ard Gorge with some golden light after sunrise.

Loch Ard Gorge by moonlight

The end of Loch Ard Gorge

The last evening was again spent at Loch Ard as Marianne had not been there thus far.

Loch Ard Gorge at sunset

Knowing the weekend of freedom was coming to an end, I took advantage of a seemingly clear night to photograph the stars. Unfortunately, the cloud blew in just as the moonrise was occurring which meant that I had to take a foreground exposed shot several hours after the star images.

Milky way over the apostles

Last golden light before leaving

And with that, concludes our last photographic trip for quite some time as we are expecting to be taken up with parental duties from after early April 🙂