The Next Adventure

On the road again, and no I’m not going to visit Willie Nelson 😉 This time, we are off to South America, specifically Argentinian Patagonia. We have someone moving to our place to look after the dogs. We drove to Sydney and boarded a Qantas flight for Buenos Aires. I hadn’t flow Qantas internationally for a lot of years. I was pleasantly surprised by the smooth checkin, loading of the airplane, a 747 in this case and the in-flight service.

It is a long flight to Buenos Aires as we skirt the edge of Antarctica. Mariola has brushed up on her Spanish and I’m very impressed by her progress so far. I remember a bit of my high school Spanish and a bit of a refresher course a couple of years ago.

I’ll attempt to keep the blog updated as we go but there may be some quiet days along the way as there are places where we won’t be able to get Internet access.

Hunter LIfestyle Magazine Article

In the current edition of the Hunter Lifestyle Magazine, Marilyn Collins wrote a nice article about me. She talked about my photography, moving to Newcastle, our involvement with guide dogs, the fundraising for the Leukaemia Foundation that was done on the exhibition opening night. I also got to display a number of my photos.

The highlight is that they are using one of my Squids Ink photos for the front cover of Issue forty six. When Marilyn asked me if they could use one of my photos for the front cover, I was understandably very pleased to say the least :-). The article is named Leave Only Footprints and opens with a full page of my Golden Tumble photo taken at Karijini National Park back in April.

The magazine hit the newstand in the Hunter on Thursday 28 October. Some select newsagents also carry the magazine in the Sydney and Central Coast regions.

Exhibition Update

The exhibition at Gallery RAW has been a huge success. Over the month of August, we had close to 400 visitors. I am also very pleased to announce that we raised $3290 for the Leukaemia Foundation. This has been an amazing fundraiser on opening night and I would like to thank all those that visited and purchased prints.

On the last day, it was actually sad to be taking down the prints off the walls. Fortunately, Gallery RAW  is running a new exhibition called “Eclectic”.

The “Eclectic” exhibition has works from Sarah Norton, Daniel Danuser, Naomi Frost, Renee Moore, Mark St. Clair, Sue Walker and as mentioned, yours truly.

Gallery RAW has the “Eclectic” exhibition running till the end of September, so make sure to visit.

Exhibition Opening Night

Opening night has now been and gone. It was a huge success, way beyond my expectations. I was able to raise a fair bit of money for the Leukaemia Foundation quite a few of my prints sold on the night. I’m just in the process of calculating the final figures.

Gallery RAW was open all weekend and it is very rewarding to have people come in the gallery and enjoy my photographs, makes for a wonderful feeling. So if you are in the area, do not hesitate to come in for a chat and check out my photos.

Leave Only Footprints – The Journey

Leave Only Footprints - The JourneyNature, Wildlife, Travel, Photography, what more can you ask for? The journey started locally but has since taken me to the spectacular beauty of the Australian outback, the wilds of Africa and the majesty of the Canadian wilderness.

My love of travel and photography has allowed me to capture special images throughout my adventures.

My goal is to share these special moments in time with the viewer
allowing them to experience my journey of discovery.

The exhibition run from Saturday 7 August 2010 and will run till 29 August at Gallery RAW. Gallery RAW has recently re-opened in new premises at 202 King Street, Newcastle.

As we get closer to opening night, you can follow the prints being added in the exhibition gallery on the Leave Only Footprints web site.

On opening night, proceeds from the sale of the artwork will be donated to the Leukaemia Foundation. Make sure to visit their web site if you want more information on this great charitable organisation.

This is my first exhibition and it is extremely exciting to see so many of my photographs printed and hanging on the walls in one location.

Make sure to join me at Gallery RAW, Thurday to Sunday between the hours of 10 till 4.

Karijini – Oxer Lookout

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Karijini National Park in Western Australia is a amazing location. I am finally getting to process my images. So, back at the end of April, I was at Karijini National Park with a bunch of other photographers. It was a great time and the park is a photographer’s dream Great open landscapes, tight colourful gorges, great company, what more can you ask for. The workshop was organised by Christian Fletcher. I had met him briefly in the past and had been following his blog. He is a great photographer and I certainly learned heaps while at the workshop.

On our first day in the park, we made our way to Oxer Lookout. The colours in the Pilbara region of Western Australia are fantastic. We have these deep reds, blue skies, yellow spinifex. This made for a great start to the workshop. Christian helped work this image in Photoshop. With my new found techniques, I hope to really improve my post-processing skills.

Documentary – The Cove

The CoveMore by accident then by design, the other night we watched the documentary called The Cove. It just so happens that it won the 2009 OSCAR for Best Feature Documentary. The movie is about a team of activists, film makers and freedivers that go and investigate the “tradition” of hunting dolphins in a cove in Taiji, Japan. It is a story that will stay with you for a long time.

Did you know that approximately 20,000 dolphins are killed each year in Japan? The documentary shows how this is being done in this small seaside village in Japan. The fishermen initially round up the dolphins. Then some of these dolphins are sold to trainers that train up the dolphins to then be sold to dolphinariums or swim-with-dolphins programs. The rest of the dolphins are simply slaughtered and sold for meat!

Be warned, it is a difficult movie to watch but we need to watch it so people can take action. There are various ways to take action:

Start by watching the movie

Take part in the campaign.

Join a Save Japan Dolphins.

Spread the word to your friends, family, school, workmates.

Thank you.

Karijini and onwards

I am now well and truly on my way to a great outback adventure. I am awaiting my connecting flight to Perth. Over the next three weeks I will be travelling through the north west of Western Australia starting with a great workshop with Christian Fletcher, Peter Eastway and Tony Hewitt. This is all taking place in the Karijini NP in the Pilbara.

Following on, I continue to Broome, Great Gibb River Road and finish in Darwin. All up, it is about 5000kms!
I hope to keep the blog updated as I go, all dependant on Internet access.

Very exciting weeks ahead 🙂

Frans Lanting Seminar

Just a quick review of the Frans Lanting seminar that I was able to attend in Sydney this past weekend. Frans’ seminar was titled “Every Picture Tells a Story”.

Frans is a very engaging presenter and you can really feel his passion for nature photography. It was wonderful to listen to him talk about the process that he goes through when going on a photo shoot for National Geographic. How he conceptualises his images, be it landscape or wildlife, was very refreshing. Like all great nature photographers, these wonderful photos rarely just happen, he has spent numerous hours in the field, waiting and planning to get the image.

The seminar was organised by another famous photographer, at least in Australia, Ken Duncan. Ken was also running an exhibition of Frans’ works at his gallery in Erina and The Rocks in Sydney. To be able to view Frans’ work framed on the wall of the gallery was outstanding. These images look fantastic in the books that Frans has published but nothing compared to seeing them printed big.

What’s up?

The blog has been quiet lately, so lets get it going again. I’ll have some geek topics to get the ball rolling.  Over the next few days, I will go over some of the tools I use on the Mac. One of the tools that I will describe is ImageMagick.

I mainly use it to put a copyright on my images and also to resize some images. All this is done from the command line in OS X and it can then be integrated in the raw processor that I use, Bibble 5 Pro. Over the next few blog posts, I’ll explain how I accomplish this.

ImageMagick® is an extremely powerful tool. It is fully cross-platform so it run on Mac OS X, Windows Unix and many others. I got exposed to ImageMagick® back in the ’90s on Silicon Graphics systems running IRIX® but it wasn’t till recently that I really started using it more actively. Anyway, I am dating myself here 🙂 so I’ll get back to the subject at hand. As an example of the copyright, here is a photo of the Newcastle canoe pool.