Category Archives: Victoria
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!
A year of exploring the night with an electric candle. We hope to stay resolute to projects.
A year where we received sponsorship from Nisi. With sponsorship, we hope to stay resolute to our own visions and true opinions.
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 ?
A year snow for the kids. We have an ongoing resolution to keep them involved with our travels 🙂
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.
A year of publications with local and international magazines. We hope to maintain dialogue with our publishers!
A year of ongoing trickles. We need to make a resolution to let our image archive do some work instead of sitting idle!
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
A year of shooting images for social media. We resolve to have fun while shooting!
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.
A preview of one of our instructional videos.
A year of meeting fantastic photographers online through skype and discussing post processing.
A year of attempting to win awards (yet shooting for ourselves as described above)
A year of judging awards , this time for FOCUS who put us up for a great annual dinner in November.
A year where we explored Victoria which we hope to explore further in the future along with the rest of our own great country.
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 year of #dbreezied moments from our own backyard. Damn you awesome light, you will not escape our cameras!!!
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.
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 !
And most importantly, a year of enjoying family and life in general 🙂 May this continue into the future !
Cheers to the 2016! Enjoy the video of the hits and misses from all the landscape images edited in 2015.
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.
During the next morning, there was little light on offer but we visited the Loch Ard Gorge area.
After some wanderings around the Bay of Islands and the Grotto, we had a great lunch at the ‘Fat Cow’ at Timboon.
That evening, we witnessed some amazing light having split ourselves between the apostles themselves and 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!
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.
The following morning saw a return to Loch Ard Gorge with some golden light after sunrise.
The last evening was again spent at Loch Ard as Marianne had not been there thus far.
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.
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 🙂