Lake McKenzie Fraser Island 18/3



Fraser Island holds a significant place in my heart as it is one the main reasons I started taking photographs. After a two week trip exploring the island I returned back to the Gold Coast with 11 rolls of film which when I got processed didn’t really capture the mood or feel of the island so I made it my goal to figure out what all these knobs and settings on the top of this old Pentax did. Who would have thought not being able to take a photo to save my life would lead me to becoming a photographer. Anyway, this was our second visit to Lake McKenzie and some how we managed to get the lake to ourselves not a single person in the water, on the beach or even in the carpark… I can tell you there are not too many people who can say they have had Lake McKenzie to themselves in the middle of the day that’s for sure, Lake McKenzie is the Bondi Beach of Fraser Island, people everywhere which makes this location a hard place to photograph without hoards of people in your image so I would have to say we hit the jackpot this time.

I hope you like this image…

Lake McKenzie Fraser Island

Lake McKenzie on the World Heritage listed Fraser Island

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The importance of a good data back up workflow… 11/3


Sometime ago I came across a blog post about backing up your data by photographer Chaise Jarvis which I reposted here, after watching the video on his blog it made me take a good look at the way I look after the most valuable asset to my business. That’s right I am talking about data! After watching that video I began developing a workflow that would work within my business. Now after spending hours and hours backing up, sorting, renaming and just making sure everything was in good order I am a happy man as today my Mac decided to throw the towel in and is no longer working. I am lucky because although I am up for a new computer I have at worst only lost 3 days of work but what I ask you is, can your business survive a hard drive crash and if the answer is no you need to do something about it right away.

I made a quick little flow chart of my workflow for those who would like to see it a more detailed part 2 will be coming later so stay tuned.



My computer is now working but has no files luck for back ups if you ask me…

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A change is coming… 06/3


This blog has been up almost a year now and it has been mainly to showcase new images and the such. I wont be doing anything radical to change the appearance of the blog or anything like that but more so making this blog more informative to the reader.

For starters, each month there will be an “Print of the Month” which will be available at a discounted rate. but along with the print of the month, I will be giving you an insight into some of the companies, products and services I use and recommend as well as the odd photo tip along the way. In the mean time this is an image taken from a different angle of the famous Q1 building in Surfers Paradise hope you like.

The change… you will have to wait and see but all I can say its a big one!!!

Taken on the Fuji G617 Velvia 50



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For Sale – Fuji G617 Panoramic Camera 03/3


The time has come to sell my beloved Fuji G617, not because I don’t shoot film anymore but because I am upgrading and getting a new piece of gear.

This camera has seen some amazing light over the years and has been treated like a princess hence its condition. The camera has some very minor cosmetic marks. The Lens, shutter, viewfinder and centre filter are in A1 shape as you can see by clicking the below photos for a better view.

Price – SOLD

Fuji G617 Panoramic Camera with (fixed 105mm lens)
Original case
Centre Filter
Original lens hood
Original lens cap and thread
1/4″ – 1/8″ tripod adapter so you can use your existing tripod plate.
Printed Manual
I will also throw in a pro pack of Fuji Velvia as well as 6 high-res drum scans from the Imacon 343.

You can contact me on 0413 931 206 or via email



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Surfers Paradise Aerial Photography 01/3

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I’m Back… Thanks for your patience it has been a crazy start to the year that’s for sure.

The Gold Coast is forever changing and buildings are popping up left right and centre so after waiting for the completion of the Circle on Cavil project a few years ago I decided to head up in a helicopter to capture the city on the beach (Surfers Paradise) from a different angle. If you have been to the Gold Coast recently or you live here you will know that there are two major developments going on in Surfers Paradise at the moment, one being Soul a 77 story monolith and the HIlton development which will stand at 32 and 57 stories so there are cranes all over the place at the moment.

I thought I would post my take on Surfers Paradise but without all the cranes and construction going on. I will be also getting up in the air once Soul is finished so stay tuned for those images as well.


Darren Tierney

Surfers Paradise Aerial photography

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Manly Sunset – Northern Beaches of Sydney 04/1


Welcome to 2011…

Last year was a busy year, time flew by with a blink of an eye and no doubt this year fly by even quicker. Over the holiday period I went down to Sydney to pick up a new canvas printer for the office and to catch up with family so while I was down there I decided to see what is around down that way in terms of photography. All the photographers down that way certainly have it lucky that’s for sure there is a much bigger beach culture than that here on the Gold Coast and the people seem a lot more friendly.

The first morning I shot at a beach just north of Manly called South Curl Curl, shooting in and around the South Curl Curl sea pools was great and was a little refreshing as it is not something we have here on the coast to shoot so readily. Later on that evening I did a bit of a google map search trying to find the best spot to get a sunset photo and worked out a couple good spots as well as back up plans incase the light was going to be on the wrong angle but all of those failed me. After trying all my locations I headed back to Manly where I was staying and set up on top of the headland looking back towards the North Steyne surf club after a while of waiting the sky just lit up, looks like I got lucky on this little trip south, A great sunrise and an awesome sunset to back it up.

Northern Beaches - manly Sunset

Canon 5D Mark 2 – 24-70mm 2.8L – 6 sec @ F16

Hope you like this shot of one of Sydney’s most famous beaches there is also a few more shots taken from that trip that are in the gallery section under Northern Beaches or click this link for easy navigation

Have a great 2011

Darren Tierney

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Fraser Island Shipwreck – Limited Edition 12/12

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Hi Everyone,

Just though I would let you all know that I have done a bit of an update on my website as well as the release of a few new images including “Shipwrecked” the latest Limited Edition which taken on my latest trip to Fraser Island.

For a full story about “Shipwrecked” click here

Fraser Island Shipwreck


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Happy Valley – Fraser Island 09/12


Earlier this year I spent a week on Fraser Island photographing. I like to base myself about half way up the island on the eastern side to take full advantage of what the place has to offer. Fraser Island has a lot of sand, I mean a lot of sand and well it should, it’s the world’s largest sand island. With there being so much sand, there is a fair amount of plain beach especially along 75 mile beach however I did manage to find a little outcrop of coffee rock just near Happy Valley.

When photographing with the Fuji G617 using 120 velvia 50 you only get 4 shots per roll unlike using digital where you can snap away without a worry in the world, the Fuji really makes you slow down and think about what you are doing when out photographing. After setting up and composing the shot I was after I realised that the shot I had composed was only going to work on a freak set so with the incoming tide I waited and waited and finally it came in enough for another wave to wash up and over the rock. I used a one second exposure to give the shot a sense of movement, I think it worked pretty well but ill let you be the judge of that one. You can view the image larger by clicking on the photo.

Thanks for stopping by

Darren Tierney

Photos of Fraser Island

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