– Bunker Bay –

I am currently south at the moment attending a workshop to refine my photography skills a touch more. One of the massive positives being down here, is that I get to stay at the Bunker Bay Pullmans resort, right on the beach. Bleached white sand, clear turquoise blue waters, so I couldn’t resist a morning shoot down at the shoreline.
Hope you like my two shots I managed to capture this morning.

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I hope to capture many more images on my trip down here, so expect a few more posts……

Top 12 Images of 2013

This year has been a big one in my life, my photography business has gone from strength to strength with a few of my images being displayed at Blue Lizard Gallery in Joondalup. Thanks to Erika for the opportunity and believing in my work enough to have it displayed. I look forward to continuing our work relationship into the new year and beyond. I also had 12 of my images selected to be used in the Surgical House 2014 Calendar. With well known photographers like Neal Pritchard and Glen Cowans being featured in the calendar in the past it was a real honour to be the featured photographer this year.
I also experienced my first cyclone this year while visiting my brother in Port Hedland. For a storm photographer like myself, that certainly was an experience.

Last but certainly not least, I finally took the plunge and married my best friend in front of my family and friends at the incredible Ayana Resort and Spa in Bali. Certainly the absolute highlight of the year, and I wish I could do it over and over again.
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With the end of the year only hours away I thought now would be a good time to share with you what I think are my top 10 photos of this year.
The year saw me travel around the state chasing storms, visiting national parks, do a bit of flying all with my camera in hand, just waiting for that opportunity to arise to capture another image.
It actually is my top 11, as I had to include my lightning selfie here 🙂
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I just love that photo, it is me in my element, and exactly where I love to be, watching the stars, lightning flashing in the distance, and thunder rumbling around me. Just epic.

Ok, so here are my top 10 photos for 2013 in no particular order.

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So that’s it, my top 10 for 2013.

I would love to hear your comments, and whether you think other images could’ve been included.

Thank you to all my followers to my photography, and my blog. I hope you have had a successful and fulfilling 2013, and here to a better, stronger, and safe 2014.

Cya all in 2014 🙂

Kindest Regards,

Jordan Cantelo

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I ventured up to the Pinnacles a couple of nights ago to see if it could catch the annual Geminid Meteor shower.
It was a great show, at one stage in the morning after the almost full moon set in the west, we were seeing a few meteors a minute. A few, “did you see that, whoaaa, did you see that other one….”.
After last years effort and great show, and now this years, I will be sure to make this an annual event I will never miss.

My goal for the night was to capture a time-lapse of the night sky again, so not being able to move my camera around I didn’t capture many meteors. However the time-lapse came out great. (Will be released sometime this week)
I think I will need to invest in another camera shortly, to hopefully capture the ones I would otherwise miss.

– Wonderful Wheatbelt –

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I use to think I had a favourite place to shoot, a favourite region of Western Australia that was just far above anywhere else. This thought process has completely changed. I have come to the conclusion that it is actually the whole state I am in love with. Each region has its special unique landscape that stands out from the others.
This shot is from the Wheatbelt, recent rains have filled salt lakes up, and brought colour back, if only for a short while.
The whole state is just incredibly spectacular.

Bluff Knoll, Stirling Range, Western Australia

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Bluff Knoll is the highest mountain in the SW of Western Australia. Standing at 3’600ft above sea level, it is one of the few places in WA where it snows.  A 20cm “dump” of snow occurred on the summit in October 1992, it also fell at the base of the mountain at 1’500ft.
While snow falls of this magnitude are extremely rare, it is not uncommon for dustings to occur during the late winter months, when strong cold fronts bring very cold air up from the antarctic.

Perfect Pilbara

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The Pilbara region is located in Western Australia and is home to Australia’s iron ore reserves. Other then mining, the region is consistently referred to as ‘gods country’, the reason being is its incredible landscape. It is very easy to just get lost in your own thoughts looking over the landscape from a high vantage point.
I am just biting at the bit to get back up there again.

Little Beach, Two Peoples Bay

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Little Beach is currently ranked #3 best beach in Australia.

Little Beach is quite that, Little. Located at Two Peoples Bay National Park in the Great Southern region, of Western Australia. The waters are turquoise blue, the sand it bleached white.
Bays like Little Beach litter the south coast, the water is quite cool, but can be refreshing when the temperature hits 40C.

Salmon Holes Sunrise

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My final full day in Albany, I decided to join my mate Buz for a spot of fishing down at Salmon Holes.
The salmon are due to start moving through the area soon, but though we might be able to snag one of the early runners.

Unfortunately we didn’t catch any salmon, but we did manage plenty of herring.

The sky was overcast with a couple of small gaps, so the potential was there for a nice start to the day. Lucky I decided to bring my camera down.

Southern Sunsets

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Last week I was fortunate enough to visit the City of Albany. The southern coastline of Western Australia is rugged and dangerous, but it is also breathtakingly beautiful. There were countless moments where I found myself just in my own little world staring out over the cliffs, and just soaking in the sounds and smells of this magnificent place.

I was extremely lucky to again catch up with a photographer friend of mine Tina Bartley, and also meet for the first time Shawn Haywood. It was an absolute pleasure shooting with these two photographers. I look forward to my next visit to Albany, hopefully not in the too distant future.

This image was taken on my second last night accompanied by Tina and Shawn.

West Australian Sunsets

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The clouds again graced the skies at the right time on the Perth coast. I was waiting for a tiny gap to appear closer to the horizon to light up the clouds a brilliant pink and orange just after sun dipped below. Unfortunately the clouds hugged the horizon and didn’t let any light filter through, though it still produced a brilliant sunset.

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On Sunday I headed out to the Wheatbelt region of Western Australia to again chase down a few thunderstorms that were forecast to develop in the area during the afternoon. And form up they did. I headed off from my place in the northern suburbs of Perth at around 1215pm and drove towards the town of Brookton. As I headed down a highway towards Brookton I encountered very heavy rain about 15km from the town, heavy enough for me to almost come to a complete stop for 30s. It was a crawling pace, but only last for a short while.

I got to Brookton at around 1445, and refuelled. I had received a call just prior to arriving from fellow chaser Tom, who said that he was going to try and get in front of a system that was already forming just SE of town, so after refuelling I checked the radar and realised that Tom was on the money, the system that he was chasing was developing quickly.
Not one to wait around, I headed south towards Pingelly, and then east towards the town on Yealearing. I found myself about 5-10 minutes too late, the storm was already over the town, and I had no other choice but to try and core punch the system to get to the other side (something I do not recommend trying, and something I always try to avoid). The result would’ve been a few spectacular photos. I know this because Tom was able to get in front of this cell and capture the most defined wall/shelf cloud I have seen for a long time.

Feeling a bit down because I had driven a few hours to get here and missing the shot, I was still very keen to stay out and try to get a few shots. The forecast wasn’t the best, so I had made the decision to head towards the town of York and try my luck at some star trail time-lapse for the night. Though my luck was about to change. As I was heading towards York, I could see on the northern horizon a series of cumulonimbus clouds exploding into the air. So I pulled over for a quick look at the radar, and it confirmed a thunderstorm was in fact starting to build to my north by about 75km. So that is where I headed, towards the town of Goomalling, and then onto Wongan Hills.

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I didn’t make it to Wongan Hills as the storm was well and truly firing by the time I got close. The lightning was very frequent, and when I got my camera set up, I was capturing at least 2-3 strikes per 20sec in frame, (out of frame easily 5 more). It was an incredible lightshow and it was going to fly directly over me.

I set my camera up as quick as I could and hopped back into my car, just in case a stray bolt decided that I was going to be a target on this night. As the storm got closer the winds picked up tremendously, with gusts easily in excess of 100kmh, I struggled to get the camera back into my car. My car was shaking around, and I knew I had to get further up the road and away from these gusts.

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As I pulled out from the edge of a farmers paddock, I was lucky enough to bump into fellow chasers who were chasing this particular system earlier on.
We all headed back towards Goomalling and watched this system fire of lightning like there was no tomorrow. An incredible sight.

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The system continued for another 45 minutes or so towards Goomalling, before tracking slightly more to the SE towards Cunderdin, the storm weakened rapidly and we headed off.

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On the way home, I checked the radar one more time, and low and behold another couple of cells were moving down the coast from Geraldton. Knowing I had the Monday off work, I got in contact with another chaser/photographer who was out in the wheatbelt to see whether he wanted to stay out and wait for these storms to come to us. We met up in Yanchep, and the cells tracked straight down the coast passed Jurien Bay, Lancelin, Guilderton and then onto Yanchep. I didn’t have my telephoto lens, so I decided that I would time-lapse the approaching storms.

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The second and final cell went over our heads at around 0530am.

The radar showed not too much more development was in behind these cells, so I headed home exhausted, but with a card full of very cool shots.

I travelled a total of 890km for the day chasing around the Wheatbelt and back into Perth. Needless to say, I loved every minute of it.

A video I put together of the chase, it features a couple of short time-lapse sequences, as well as a few photos found in this post

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