Blue Mountains Explore

This is at the top of a 250m cliff, you can see the abseiling start chains just at the bottom left of the image.. hairy!

Hello All,

The other weekend my friend wanted to check out some start points for walks in the mountains, asked if I wanted to tag along. He knows the area fairly well, and has done canyoning/abseiling in the region for many years. So we did a lot of driving, but saw some wonderous places. Quite a tough place to shoot during the day, would be spectacular in the morning or in the evening. Id be keen to head out for a weekend, to get up for some shoots :)

Narrow Neck & Megalong Valley

This is Narrow Neck & Megalong Valley... a beautiful place. On the far right of the image you can see the tip of the Boar's Head.

We headed to Katoomba and around the Jamison Valley.. before heading along Narrow Neck and down into the Megalong Valley. We decided to go down Bells Line of Rd to head back to Sydney… lots of potential for sure and somewhere Id like to visit again soon. We also passed near the Colo River, which is a beautiful river system north west of Sydney. Im thinking a fishing/camping and photography trip to the region is in order during the warmer months.

I recommend the mountains for a day trip of food (wine and cheese) and shots.. if game.. the traffic can be a bit tiresome however.

On the Edge

On the Edge, my better half Rose standing on the edge of a 250m cliff infront of the Jamison Valley

As usual click the images for larger views.

The full set can be viewed here.

Till next time..

London. You know: fish, chips, cup ‘o tea, bad food, worse weather, Mary fucking Poppins… LONDON.

High Key Abbey - Westminster Abbey

High Key Abbey - Westminster Abbey

So, 12 months on (well more like 14 for London) and I have finally finished editing.

What a great city, pardon the rude title but its very fitting from a great movie (Snatch.)

Path to Palace

Path to Palace

This was where i learnt the most in my short time.. since leaving home and actually having to learn to use my camera, there was the most shots out of any other city, the most swear words and the most frustration. But funnily enough in the end, after some processing some of my favourites.

I hope you enjoy and please click through and check out the whole set.

The full set can be seen here.

Interlaken, Switzerland

Valley in the Alps

Valley in the Alps

The name ‘Interlaken’ actually means "between the lakes" – Lake Thun and Lake Brienz to be precise and water is omnipresent throughout the area with idyllic clear mountain streams and waterfalls running off the hills and into the lakes. Interlaken is the secret capital Switzerland’s beautiful Bernese Oberland. The town is located between the lakes of Thun and Brienz, at the foot of the towering trio of the Eiger, Mönch & Jungfrau. Interlaken is located in the German-speaking heart of Switzerland.

This was one of my favourite places in Europe due to the scenery.. ive never had my breath taken away by sheer spectacular beauty!

We headed up to Schilthorn where they shot the 1968 James Bond movie On her Majesty’s Secret Service with Australian George Lazenby.

Lauterbrunnen was gorgeous, however we didnt head up to Jungfrau.

I wish i had some more time, and a car because there are so many other places in the Alps i would LOVE to explore one day.

You can view the full set here.

Hope you enjoy,

Till next time..

Kraków, Poland

Krakow Palace Wall

Krakow Palace Wall

From the vault.. as many may not know I spent 9 weeks backpacking across Europe in early 2009. I have over time created numerous sets of each city I visited and I am looking to get these all finished before July this year.

So here is one I just finished, this is Kraków, Poland.

From Wikipedia;
Kraków (Polish pronunciation: [krakuf], also spelled Krakow or Cracow (English pronunciation: /?kræka?/, is the 2nd largest and one of the oldest cities in Poland and a popular tourist destination.[1][2] Its historic center was inscribed on the list of World Heritage Sites as the first of its kind.[3] Situated on the Vistula river (Polish: Wis?a) in the Lesser Poland region, the city dates back to the 7th century.[4] Kraków has traditionally been one of the leading centers of Polish academic, cultural and artistic life, and is one of Poland’s most important economic centers. It was the capital of Poland from 1038 to 1596, the capital of the Grand Duchy of Kraków from 1846 to 1918, and the capital of Kraków Voivodeship from the 14th century to 1999. It is now the capital of the Lesser Poland Voivodeship.

The city has grown from a Stone Age settlement to Poland’s second most important city. It began as a hamlet on Wawel Hill, and was already being reported as a busy trading center of Slavonic Europe in 965.[5] With the emergence of the Second Polish Republic, and throughout the 20th century, Kraków reaffirmed its role as a major national academic and artistic center, with the establishment of new universities and cultural venues.

It is a beautiful town however unfortunately I did not make the most of the photography opportunities (combined with weather). I also decided not to take photos when visiting Auschwitz, perhaps next time i visit.

The people are vibrant, the town is pretty and it is highly recommended.

I will each day post up links to my other sets for each city in Europe.

You can visit the whole set here.

Till next time..

Bronte Sunrise

Bronte Sunrise

Bronte Sunrise

Met up with my friend Zee this morning for a shoot at Bronte, i slept in :( Woke up at 5:55, first light @ 6:03.. sunrise @ 6:38 and i arrived at the beach at 6:28

Quickly dashed down for some shots, only had about 20mins of shooting.

Did get my new Cokin Z kit tho, I will get some shots of it and do a review for the blog.

Bronte is a lovely spot for Sunrises, i dont think i have shot it the way i want yet.. i always get there a touch too late… time to harden up and get there earlier. Wasnt as cold as i thought, but was still pretty cold

Full set here.

Till next time…

Brunswick Heads

Brunswick Heads HDR

Brunswick Heads HDR

My trip to Brunswick Heads was for family reasons, to visit my grandparents and spend some quality time. It was very nice, its is a beautiful spot on the North Coast of New South Wales.. i highly recommend it as a base to travel inland or up and down the coast.

I had the pleasure of meeting a nice guy called Dan off OCAU forums who happened to live in town (small world) and we met up for some beers and the following day he took me too a swamp near town, an old oyster farm and a look out point where we took some panoramas and tried some star trails.

The shot above is a HDR i took at Brunswick Heads themselves, facing north… but please check the rest of the set on my Flickr Page

http://www.flickr.com/photos/defty/sets/72157623888536898/

Till Next Time…

Redfern Carriageworks

I have had the pleasure of getting access to the Redfern/Newtown Carriageworks in Sydney in the past couple of weeks. They have a loft style room which was being renovated with new floors, I had a before and after shoot and the floors have come up amazing. I thought it was definitely worthy of a shoot and the reflections were just astronomical. I have two shots for this, one can be found in my explore set here. That shot is not a HDR, was processed from a slightly underexposed shot so that the windows would not completely blow out with highlights.

This is a shot from downstairs, looking up the stairways to the room above (taken last week) click here.

You can view the shot from the pre-polished floors here.

Till next time…

Maroubra (Mahon Pool) & La Perouse

What a weekend of shooting! I backed up the morning shoot at Bronte with an afternoon shoot with my friend Michael at the Mahon Pool (Maroubra) and at La Perouse. It was overcast, wet and windy… icy icy cold. We persevered since Michael was out from Penrith and had yet to visit/explore the coast and the photo opportunities it has to offer! I have shot the Mahon pool once before at Sunrise, facing east on an overcast day gives an opportunity to shoot with filters. I had a range of success, with the colour cast being the result from double stacking my Cokin filters.

I decided to aim for a mix of B&W, HDR and Filtered shots and have gone quite heavy on this series. The salt spray was so fast and abundant it infact made it almost pointless in using the filters at La Perouse.. we took some shots at the base of the bridge near Bare Island but i wasnt quite happy with any of the shots, i have processed just one shot of the turret at La Perouse.

Mahon Pool offers a variety of rock platforms to shoot the pool from, or to shoot the rocks and the waves that crash against them. Low tide offers some great effects of calmer water flows, where as a big swell and surf see’s lots of crashing water. I am very impressed with the fact it can be shot at different times of the day, please take note for sunrise that Mahon Pool has big orange sulfur flood lights to light it up, so you will have to adjust your white balance or wait for enough light for the orange light to not have an effect on your photos.

The full set can be seen here.

Till next time…

A Bronte Beach Sunrise

An explore with my friend Zee and James to Bronte this morning. The sunrise was a little dissapointing with an abundance of cloud dulling the colour.. and then it downpoured! And we scampered for cover.. and then the sun came out from behind the clouds with an awesome glow.. whilst it still rained… ahh for want of a weatherproofed camera.

It was a great spot, south side of Bronte at low tide yields some great results with rocks and the pool there. Definitely recommend this as a location to visit.

For anyone wanting to visit, park on the south side of Bronte Rd and head down the path ways to get down to the rock pool. From there you can explore the rock shelf on the left, or go straight off the beach. 10 points to the guy complaining about people in his shots this morning, he even asked a woman not to go for a swim…

The full set can be seen here.

Till next time…

Castles made of Sand

Recent HDR Shot from Turimetta Beach, Sydney, NSW, Australia

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