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The sunset tonight from my backyard was just awesome. Actually, it wasn’t just awesome from my backyard, countless people bared witness to one of the most terrific sunsets in recent times here in Perth. Technically not the most thought out photo ever, yet you just cannot go past the brilliant saturation of colours presented to us in Perth tonight. We truly are blessed to be living in one of the best places on earth to witness sunsets like this.
Just magnificent.

Pilbara Lines

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Last week I visited my brother in the coastal mining town of Port Hedland.

My camera decided to stop working for a few days after I arrived and I was worried that I wouldn’t be able to capture any images from around the Pilbara town.

Lucky for me, the camera came to life and with a huge sense of relief I managed to get out and about and shoot over the final 2 days I was in the area.

This image was inspired by a landscape photographer who I admire greatly. Can you guess who?

First Light over Bali

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This is a re-edit of a previous panorama. I loved this view so much I had to re-create a vision I had of this image when I viewed it again. I hope you like it.

“After starting out at 2am to climb Mt Batur on the Indonesian island of Bali, we eventually made it just in time for sunrise. We walked around the creator edge to hopefully get a better view away from the crown now gathering at the first summit (That point can be seen in the middle of the image, identified by the flags).
It was a great climb with my gorgeous fiancé Irene, and this is the sunrise we were treated to. Absolutely worth it. It is rated as one of the best volcano climbs in the world due to the classical volcano shape Mt Batur has.
Oh and if  you are wondering what the steam is coming out of the creator. Mt Batur is still an active volcano with the last eruption only in 2000”

Hamersley Gorge, Karijini NP


Dry Rivers

The dry season in the Pilbara region of Western Australia brings with it little to no rain. In turn, transforming riverbeds into vast areas of dried creeks, filled with loose rock.
The Pilbara, is home to some of the oldest sedimentary rock found anywhere in the world.

Hamersley Gorge

Hamersley Gorge is located in the NW of Karijini National Park, Western Australia.

The waterhole at the bottom of the gorge is a welcome relief to travellers who can swim here during summer, when temperatures can reach in excess of 40C+ for days on end.

Northern Beaches Sunset


Having now settled in to my new place, I can be a touch more selective of when I should head to the beach and photograph the sunset. The area is becoming a favourite spot for locals to walk/drive to and just sit down and appreciate the sunsets that Western Australia’s renowned for.
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Canon 5d Mark II
24-105mm f4.0L IS USM + Lee ND Grad Filters
A: f14
T: 0.6
ISO: 100

Rainbows from the Air


On my flight out to Kalgoorlie yesterday we were treated to a couple of thunderstorms (photos from that storm when it hit Kalgoorlie can be found HERE). Having passed through these storms and the sun behind us, we were witness to some great rainbows. I haven’t had the chance to see many of these from the air, let alone capture them.

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Canon 5d Mark II
24-105mm f4.0L IS USM
A: f9.0
T: 1/320
ISO: 100

Storms in Kalgoorlie

Last week I was asked to come to Kalgoorlie for work and I took the opportunity as I have never visited the mining town, home to apparently the most valuable bit of land in the world ( the super-pit ).
Knowing also that Kalgoorlie has a reputation for getting a few good thunderstorms, I watched the weather pretty closely over the last week and a bit. A few days ago, the forecast changed for the better and the good ol’ thunderstorm sign started to appear on weather forecasts.

After passing just south of some storms on my way to Kal this afternoon, it certainly turned it on for a short while here. As soon as I landed, I headed to my accommodation, checked the radar and saw that I needed to get to a good vantage point fairly quickly. I am fortunate to have a mate of mine who lives here, take me to the major lookout over town. Being into photography himself, we both set up to watch a fairly impressive line of thunderstorms approach the mining town. It seemed to be a popular spot, as several groups of people rocked up not long after we arrived. I was also able to meet up with another WAweathergroup member, Matt. We were all stoked to get to such a great spot.
We both were able to fire off a nice amount of photos, and these are some of the better ones.
First night in Kal, and ive fallen in love with the place, a great storm.

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Canon 5d Mark II
24-105mm f4.0L IS USM
A: f5.6
T: 37s
ISO: 100

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Canon 5d Mark II
24-105mm f4.0L IS USM
A: f5.6
T: 10s
ISO: 100

Canon 5d Mark II
24-105mm f4.0L IS USM
A: f5.6
T: 29s
ISO: 100

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Canon 5d Mark II
24-105mm f4.0L IS USM
A: f5.0
T: 43s
ISO: 100

Fremantle Boat Harbour

I got up very early this morning, a while before sunrise so I could drive the 45mins to our destination at Fremantle. Tom had long pants a jumper and a beanie, while I had a pair of boardshorts and jumper. I will not be making that mistake again. Another layer of clothing would’ve done me quite fine.
Fremantle or Freo as the natives to WA call it, is a very photogenic area. This weekend has been a weekend of firsts for Tom and I, yesterday we went into the City, and now today in Fremantle.
The early morning rise paid off as we did not have to compete with the Sunday crowds that Freo is known for, especially in the area that we were shooting.
We spent our whole time in the boat harbour.

Fishing Boats

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Canon 5d Mark II
24-105mm f4.0L IS USM + CircPol
A: f9.0
T: 1.3s
ISO: 100

Fishermans Wharf

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Canon 5d Mark II
24-105mm f4.0L IS USM + B+W 10stop
A: f9.0
T: 100s
ISO: 100

Mussel Bar

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Canon 5d Mark II
24-105mm f4.0L IS USM + B+W 10stop
A: f9.0
T: 80s
ISO : 100

Perth City & Bell Tower

This morning I woke to several txt’s & messages through Facebook on my iPhone asking whether I was out taking photos of the storms that just happened to have developed out in the Wheatbelt. I jumped up after reading these, went to the computer and checked the radar to confirm that there were indeed several storms doing their thing out there.
I didn’t have a chance of catching these storms, so instead of throwing away the opportunity to take photos for the day, I headed out with Tom (portfolio HERE) and went to the city.
The city is somewhere neither of us had ventured for photos before so it was a great opportunity to get out and see what we could find. In our  favour was the amount of cloud around that allowed us some great contrasts. It softened the shadows as well, making it much easier to photograph.

I would love to head back here and spend a whole day capturing the different light streaming through the city from day break to sunset.

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Canon 5d Mark II
24-105mm f4.0L IS USM + 10 stop B+W filter + CircPol
A: f9.0
T: 35s
ISO: 100

St Georges Tce

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Canon 5d Mark II
24-105mm f4.0L IS USM + 10 stop B+W filter
A: f9.0
T: 70s
ISO: 100

St Georges Tce #2

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Canon 5d Mark II
24-105mm f4.0L IS USM + 10 Stop B+W filter
A: f9.0
T: 60s
ISO: 100

Mount Street Footbridge

After taking a few photos of Perth City, my mate Tom (his portfolio can be found HERE) and I decided that we would stay in the city and try our luck at car trails again from the Mount Street footbridge. We were here a few weeks back when the traffic was not as busy and got mixed results. This time we arrived during the peak period.

The first shot is of the bridge itself. I was fortunate enough to have the moon almost in line with the supports.

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5d Mark II
24-105mm f4.0L IS USM
A: f9.0
T: 15s
ISO: 100

Kwinana meets the Mitchell
The second shot is an 8 image stitch that was quite difficult to take. To get a more square image I will have to go back and take a few more photos, but I am very happy with the results I got tonight. I think the curve in the panorama works here.
As I said before we arrived during peak hour so we had no issues with car trails this time around.

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5d Mark II
24-105mm f4.0L IS USM
A: f9.0
T: 25s
ISO: 50

Mettams Pool

After watching the clouds develop all day, I knew this evening the sunset would be sensational once again. I got in contact with Tom (http://500px.com/TomaszGPhoto), and organised to meet up at Mettams Pool. A place where neither of us of taken photos from before. It turns out to be another great location.
All up and down the Perth coastline it’s near impossible to not be able to find a good vantage point to watch the sunset. All along the coastal dual-use path, people walk, jog and run right along the waters edge. A very popular spot to the locals.

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Canon 5d Mark II
24-105mm f4.0L IS USM + CircPol + Lee Filters
A: f11
T: 2.0s
ISO: 100

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Canon 5d Mark II
24-105mm f4.0: IS USM + CircPol + Lee Filters
A: f9.0
T: 15.0s
ISO: 100

Mt Bruce



Mount Bruce is located in the magnificent Karijini National Park in Western Australia. It is the states second highest mountain at 1235m. Mount Bruce is a standout over the plains as the mountain sits just off the Hamersley Range. As turn onto Karijini Drive coming from Tom Price Mount Bruce welcomes you right in your face. You certainly will not miss it if you visit Karijini.

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Canon 5d Mark II
70-200mm f4.0L USM + CircPol
A:  f4.0
T: 1/60
ISO: 100

Storms over Moora


We had thunderstorms come through Perth last night, with the city ending up with 40.8mm which is our first significant rainfall event for the year. Maybe winter has finally arrived? Maybe not, we are expecting 28C towards the end of the week. Though showers are also forecast. You just never know at this time of the year.

I was unable to get out and try for lightning photos last night, but thought I would have a look through the archives on my computer. I found this photo from December last year of a system that developed near the town of Moora.
Now I thought I would try something that I have not tried before with my storm photos and that is process them in black & white.

As this is a first for me, I would like to know what everyone thinks of it.

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Canon 5d Mark II
24-105mm f4.0 IS USM + CircPol
A: f9.0
T: 1/20
ISO: 50

Clouds over the Ocean

Yesterday as a trough was approaching the coast, some interesting cloud formations accompanied it. There is a slight chance of thunderstorms tonight, so the camera is charged and ready to go. If the storms do come, it will be the first time in a few months we have had some action.

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Canon 5d Mark II
24-105mm f4.0L IS USM + CircPol
A: f9.0
T: 1/80
ISO: 100

Tasmanian Central Highlands

When visiting Tasmania, you cannot help but pull over at every opportunity and just soak in the stunning scenery that this state has got to offer.
This landscape shot of the central highlands was taken while on our way to the famous Freycinet National Park after a couple of days at the equally impressive Cradle Mt – Lake St Clair National Park. The cleanliness and crispness of the cool mountain air is incredibly addictive while the landscape is just breathtaking. It is certainly a place I would love to visit again, again, and again.

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Canon 5d Mark
16-35mm f2.8L II USM
A: f5.6
T: 1/160
ISO: 100

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