LOOKING OUT THROUGH THE SMALL ENTRANCE

Loch Ard Gorge, Victoria, Australia

Thursday 29 January 2015

Out of bed and into the car at 3:45am this morning to make the two hour trek to Loch Ard Gorge. I've been wanting to shoot this spot for a long time and everything lined up for me today. The sunrise wasn't spectacular but good enough to get some great images that I will share with you over the next few weeks. This shot is from inside the gorge looking out through the small entrance from the sea. 'The gorge is named after the clipper ship Loch Ard, which ran aground on 1 June 1878 approaching the end of a three-month journey from England to Melbourne. Of the fifty-four passengers and crew, only two survived.' [Wikipedia] (1211)

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MUCH MORE INTERESTING

Urquhart Bluff, Victoria, Australia

Wednesday 28 January 2015

Sitting here, processing this image shot at Urquhart Bluff I suddenly noticed that the sand bar in the foreground looks like a white pointer shark! Not sure if anyone else can see it, or if I was required to do an ink blot test I would fail, or at the very least give the psychologist plenty of ammunition to 'put me away'. But that aside, the real reason I captured this scene is for the incredible ripples cut into the sand by the sea passing back and forth. Much more interesting than a flat boring white sandy beach. (1210)

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LOVELY FLUFFY CLOUDS

Thompson Creek, Victoria, Australia

Tuesday 27 January 2015

When I visited the mouth of the Thompson Creek late yesterday afternoon I was amazed to see that it had been completely blocked by a sand bar. Nothing was getting in or out and this was giving the fisherman on the upstream side a lot of fish to chase (his words). On the ocean side I was confronted with this almost perfectly flat beach, where there should have been a river mouth and the result was a lovely reflective surface as the waves covered most of the sand and very slowly retreated. Without the waves in the background it might be difficult to see where the sky finishes and the reflection of the lovely fluffy clouds start. (1209)

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FESTIVAL OF SAILS

Geelong, Victoria, Australia

Monday 26 January 2015

Today is Australia Day and over the weekend the Royal Geelong Yacht Club hosts the Festival of Sails. I was fortunate to be able to take a few images this morning before most of the sailors were awake, including these 10 yachts that will be later heading out into the bay.

'The Festival of Sails is the largest annual keel boat regatta in the Southern Hemisphere with over 300 yacht entries and 3,500 competitors annually taking part in the event. First held in 1844, the Festival of Sails Regatta is one of the nation’s oldest sporting events, and has evolved over many years culminating in its’ current format as Australia’s foremost keelboat regatta.' [www.festivalofsails.com.au] (1208)

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PINKS & BLUES

Jan Juc, Victoria, Australia

Sunday 25 January 2015

Clouds add a great dimension to any image. I'm afraid that a completely blue sky just doesn't do it for me. And in the early morning or late afternoon, the sun can add warmth and beautiful colours to the clouds to make a photograph far more interesting and enjoyable. In addition to the pinks and blues of these clouds, the rugged orange rocks of the Jan Juc coast contrast well with the green waters of Bass Straight. (1207)

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SUCH A SHAME

St Leonards, Victoria, Australia

Saturday 24 January 2015

Unfortunately the foreshore at St Leonards has become unstable and a danger to people walking along the beach, so a wooden fence has been constructed to keep people back from the cliff and this has greatly reduced the beach area. Such a shame, but public safety is more important, I guess. The edge of the cliff was very orange in the early morning light when I captured this image and even the sand on the beach caught the warm light of the sunrise. It almost made up for the fence intruding into the scene. (1206)

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SILENT SOLDIERS

Port Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Friday 23 January 2015

These silent soldiers stand guard at the old Princes Pier in Port Melbourne. They would have originally been the brawn that held up the pier, out of sight of the public who didn't recognise their value. Now that the rest of the pier has been dismantled they sit here in full view of the world, exposed to the elements and now find a new life as props for eager photographers who love the symmetry and the contrast they provide. (1205)

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A WIND SWEPT CORNER

Moggs Creek, Victoria, Australia

Thursday 22 January 2015

A wind swept corner of the Great Ocean Road on a bleak afternoon. You can almost feel the cold wind on it's journey from Antarctica as it crashes into these sand dunes and bends what native grasses there are over. The sand on the beach ripples from the relentless south westerly wind and the sky with it's angry clouds looks ready for rain. There isn't a lot of colour in this image but I think it conveys the desolation that coastal regions can experience at certain times of the year. (1204)

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DANCING ON THE WAY TO THE SEA

Anglesea, Victoria, Australia

Wednesday 21 January 2015

When I look at this image, I see the river dancing through the sandbar on it's way to the sea. It feels like the Anglesea River is delighted to have escaped the clutches of the sand that has held it back from the normal gravity assisted journey beginning in the Otway Ranges and finishing in Bass Straight. The swirls and ripples created as the water curves around the stubborn obstacle as it creates an opening are highlighted by the colourful light from the early morning sunrise. (1203)

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A LITTLE BIT OF PARADISE

Binalong Bay, Tasmania, Australia

Tuesday 20 January 2015

A little bit of paradise to warm the eyes of those of you who live in the northern hemisphere and are having to endure the freezing cold. Binalong Bay is in Tasmania and as this image will attest, is very picturesque with it's white sand, colourful rocks and aqua water. When I last went to Tasmania I almost did the complete circuit of the Island, although it is impossible to drive to the south west which is mostly a wilderness park. (1202)

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A SOLITARY ROCK

Red Rock Beach, Victoria, Australia

Monday 19 January 2015

A solitary rock on the deserted Red Rock Beach. This is the peaceful scene I found on a walk along this stretch of coastline, with only the gentle sound of the waves to break the silence of the colourful sunrise. (1201)

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LONG FORGOTTEN

Lake Connewarre, Victoria, Australia

Sunday 18 January 2015

A small section of fence who's original purpose is long forgotten sits partly submerged in Lake Connewarre. It does however provide a foreground interest in my photo of an almost perfectly still body of water, with a cloudless pink and blue sky as the background. (1200)

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A VERY TRANQUIL LOCATION

Lake St Clair, Tasmania, Australia

Saturday 17 January 2015

This image is of one end of the beautiful Lake Clair in the middle of Tasmania. 'It forms part of the Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park. It has an area of approx 45 km2 (17 sq mi), and a maximum depth of 200 m, making it Australia's deepest lake.' [Wikipedia] I was lucky enough to be there late in the afternoon and stayed at the nearby cabins for the night. It was a very tranquil location of the drive across to the west coast. (1199)

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BEST PART OF THE DAY

Point Lonsdale, Victoria, Australia

Friday 16 January 2015

I had a wonderful morning at Point Lonsdale last week, the sunrise was spectacular. The lovely old pier stood facing the warm sunshine as I wandered past. I truly think that I'm very lucky to live in this area of Australia and that I'm a morning person who doesn't normally mind getting out of bed before the sun does. It sure beats lying in bed and missing the best part of the day! (1198)

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EVEN MORE SPECTACULAR

Bay of Islands, Victoria, Australia

Thursday 15 January 2015

I'm not a great fan of shooting landscapes in the middle of the day, but sometimes it is unavoidable. Passing through the Bay of Islands region of the Great Ocean Road on the way to Warrnambool, it was almost mandatory that one stops and takes a few snaps of this wonderful scenery ... in my option even better that the twelve apostles, which is just up the road. The water is very green and the cliffs range in colour from white to burnt orange. All in all, a great place that I must visit again in the very early hours when the light will be even more spectacular. (1197)

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THE POSITIVENESS THAT NATURE CAN PROVIDE

Cumberland River, Victoria, Australia

Wednesday 14 January 2015

At the end of a long and difficult day, I'm sitting here in my office listening to Santana and editing this unusual landscape image. The Cumberland River as it enters Bass Strait passes by these wonderful rock structures. If the patio at my home was as smooth as these rocks I would be impressed ... and mother nature did this one! In a world full of drama and hurt being experienced at the moment it sometimes takes a scene like this to bring one back to reality ... there is calm and beauty aplenty if we care to turn the television off and go and look for it. I know that we should be mindful of what is happening in the world and care, but sometimes the battery needs to be recharged with the positiveness that nature can provide. (1196)

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A BIT MORE INTERESTING

Warrnambool, Victoria, Australia

Tuesday 13 January 2015

The sun hasn't even come over the horizon but these boats are ready to go fishing. However there wasn't a fisherman to be seen as I wandered alongside the Hopkins River trying to find interesting angles to take this amazing sunrise. I know that I'm scathing of the fishermen that get in my shots when I don't want them to, but an angler or two might have made this image a bit more interesting. (1195)

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DREAM TIME

Mornington, Victoria, Australia

Monday 12 January 2015

This image was shot in very low light, early one morning at Mornington. It has a dreamy feeling to it with the soft pinks and purples of the 'blue hour' and the water has been made smooth by the long exposure needed to capture the picture. It's a pity that life isn't always this peaceful! (1194)

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VARIOUS SIZES & STATES OF RENOVATION

Franklin, Tasmania, Australia

Sunday 11 January 2015

Outside of the Wooden Boat Centre on the Huon River in Tasmania is an assorted collection of boats, in various sizes and states of renovation. This centre was an amazing find on my recent trip along the Huon Valley and one worth visiting if you love wooden boats, and in fact woodwork in general. The tour will also give you an appreciation for various types of timber, including the famous Huon Pine that is native to this island. (1193)

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LAST LIGHT

Geelong, Victoria, Australia

Saturday 10 January 2015

Last light over Geelong's Eastern Beach with the golden light reflecting in Corio Bay and in the children's swimming pool. This week has seen it all, extreme heat, thunderstorms and even wet days. Today was cool enough for me to consider (only for a fleeting moment) putting on a vest, in the middle of summer! I know that you shouldn't wish your life away, but I can't wait until the next season. (1192)

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APPRECIATE THE BEAUTY

Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park, Tasmania, Australia

Friday 9 January 2015

My series of photos from the Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park in Tasmania haven't been well received by those that follow my work … not sure why? I love them, I think it is because of my childhood and how they remind me of the 'bush block' that my parents owned or perhaps because of the trips we made (six kids) in the back of dad's '61 Chevy into the nearby Grampians National Park. Whatever the reason, I'm posting this image today with the hope that there are a few people that might appreciate the beauty that I see in this type of scene. (1191)

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LOOKING FORWARD

Jan Juc, Victoria, Australia

Thursday 8 January 2015

The start of a new day, and not long after the start of a new year. A clean slate to work on achieving your dreams & goals today or this year. Every year I start off with a number of goals that I want to achieve, and I accomplish many of them. For a number of years I have had the goal of making my photography better, and this year it is at the top of the list again. I know it is a subjective thing, but I think my work is better than it was a year of two back, but it still has a long way to go when compared to the masters of the profession. I'm an avid reader of photography blogs and watcher of photography YouTube videos and this helps me find new and better ways to both take photographs and to process the images. I'm really looking forward to the journey this year. (1190)

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A GREAT PLACE TO VISIT

Binalong Bay, Tasmania, Australia

Wednesday 7 January 2015

I'm so in love with the Binalong Bay area of Tasmania. I know I said the same thing about Strahan, but I think I'm entitled to have a favourite area on each of the opposite sides of the apple isle! Binalong Bay has these wonderful coloured rocks, beautiful blue water and the whitest of sand on the beaches. A great place to visit if you find yourself anywhere nearby. (1189)

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SUNRISE PEEKING

Blackrock, Victoria, Australia

Tuesday 6 January 2015

The aptly named Blackrock isn't a normal sandy beach on the Bellarine Peninsular. It is covered in rocks that make it hard to get to the waterline, but the scenery is still wonderful and coupled with a sunrise peeking over the hill worthy of a photograph. (1188)

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WORTH THE LACK OF SLEEP!

Point Lonsdale, Victoria, Australia

Monday 5 January 2015

I was up at 4:30am this morning and headed off to Point Lonsdale to capture the sunrise. I was rewarded with a beautiful one, a few clouds and a golden sun. There was also a lighthouse and plenty of water for a reflection and to top it all off, I captured a great sunburst as the sun cleared a rock on the water line. Totally worth the lack of sleep! (1187)

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BRINGING IT BACK TO LIFE

Loch Lomond, Scotland

Sunday 4 January 2015

I love this part of the world. Loch Lomond in the Trossachs National Park is an amazing place and the light is so soft and inviting to a photographer. The weather can be a bit tricky though and photography isn't always possible. Point in case is this image I took on my last trip to Scotland and had overlooked because it was dark and not all that appealing. I decided to see how far I could push Photoshop with a view to saving it from the 'cutting room floor' and this is the result. Having started with a RAW file, I was able to find light where there wasn't any and colours that were hiding in the shadows. I hope you like the image as much as enjoyed bringing it back to life. (1186)

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ENJOY THE TRANQUILLITY

Western Beach, Victoria,

Saturday 3 January 2015

I love the light poles in this image, they seem to go on forever. Even though the sun has begun to rise, they are defiantly still alight but not for much longer. When I took this photograph the sea was incredibly still with the low tide exposing the mud and weed along this stretch of Corio Bay. I hope you enjoy the tranquillity. (1185)

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BRAVE THE ELEMENTS

Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park, Tasmania, Australia

Friday 2 January 2015

Oh how I long for the wonderful days of autumn, the moody skies, calm winds, green grass and water from recent rain pooled in low lying sections of the landscape! You might think I have lost my mind (yet again!), but the southern portion of Australia is going through an extreme heat wave this week with a temperature prediction of 42C (107F) tomorrow and unbearable sleeping temperatures tonight.

Today's photo is from a better time, when a landscape photographer was at his happiest. I might just sit here and look at this image a little longer before I have to brave the elements outside. (1184)

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AN ICON FOR THE CITY

Werribee, Victoria, Australia

Thursday 1 January 2015

Happy new year! 2015 promises to be a great year, and for me, one filled with photography opportunities and challenges.

Today's image is of the wonderful walking bridge crossing the river in Werribee. It is an unusual shape and weaves it's way through the trees and over the very still water. I think that the architects did a great job of creating a structure that will become an icon for the city. (1183)

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