Fraser Island Shipwreck – SS Maheno 16/9

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Fraser Island Photography - Maheno shipwreck

Fraser Island is situated just 300kms north of Brisbane and is the world’s largest sand island stretching 123km parallel to the Queensland coast. In 1992 Fraser Island was World Heritage Listed by UNESCO in recognition of its exceptional natural beauty so what better place for a photographer to head for a weeks worth of exploring.

I have been to Fraser Island dozens of times and taken hundreds and hundreds of photos of the place but the island is weird and has weather like no place I have ever been. In the week that we spent on the island we had it all, torrential rain, freezing cold mornings, sea mist so thick you couldn’t see 200m in front of you, hot sunny days without a cloud in the sky as well as a few storms and days with wispy cloud that covered the whole sky. Pretty much we had a dream trip.

This particular morning was our last of the trip and after a weeks worth of fifteen hour days all I wanted to do is sleep but Murphy’s law meant that if I went back to sleep the sky would have done something amazing so I got up and drove the 15 odd kms and began waiting. Cold and tired I waited and waited until I had the slightest of a reading from my light meter, still very dark I fired off a 12 min exposure and waited, these shots can bring out colours that the human eye can’t see and when you get the right conditions they are amazing. I continued shooting on the Fuji G617 while the light was at its best but I also shot some digital after I was happy with what I had got.

Not at its peak this is a shot of the Maheno shipwreck is a shot I had been after for quite a while and everything just fell into place, tide was low, wispy cloud good colour in the sky what a way to end the trip.

Anyway that is how the trip to Fraser ended till next time happy snapping.

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Underwater wave 12/9

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Hey everyone,

The past month has been very busy but finally things are beginning to settle down a little and i’ve found some time to put something up on here.

I have a massive backlog of images to edit from both Fraser Island and New Zealand but I should manage to get through a fair chunk of that this week but in the mean time this is a shot take on the Queensland/New South Wales border with the Aquatech housing for the 5D Mark 2. I kind of like this image as you can keep looking at it and find new things in it kind of like looking at fish swimming in a tank, anyway hope you all like it and ill keep you posted on when the new images are up.

Cheers

Darren Tierney

Underwater wave photography

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Port Macquarie 16/8

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Quite a few months ago I headed down to Port Macquarie for couple of days photographing, this is one of the shots I worked quickly while waiting in the airport.

Hope you like…

Darren Tierney

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Currumbin Beach detail 23/6

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Whilst out on a commercial shoot a couple weeks ago I snapped off this 13 image stitch of Currumbin rock. Yeah it looks okay its nothing special but it really comes into its own when you zoom in to 100% the detail in this shot is just awesome.

Now I am a big believer in you pay for what you get and my trusty 24-70mm 2.8L lens (Betsy) is a perfect example. Yes it was a bloody expensive purchase for an 18 year old on about $2 an hour haha okay I exaggerated a little but either way it was an expensive purchase but well worth it. What I love most about this lens is how durable and tough it is and Betsy has coped a flogging in the past 8 years and she still puts out images with crazy sharpness and detail gotta love that.

Canon 5D Mark II
24-70mm 2.8L
2 stop full ND
Polariser

Currumbin Rock

That little yellow dot below the buildings on the top image is the lifeguard tower in the bottom image.

Cheers

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Darren

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Duranbah Panoramic 01/5

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As a landscape photographer I am always looking for something different to photograph. Duranbah is a little surf beach just around the corner from the world famous Snapper Rocks, it must be the way the beach faces but it almost always seems have a good wave. The reason I chose this angle is it gave the beach a sense of space which when you arrive at the car park is what you can see, a few scattered rocks on the left and a headland then a break wall on the right of the beach but mainly just sand and space.

This image is a 14 image stitch which could have been cropped to a 4:1 ratio but I liked the 3:1 better so that was the final result I went with.

Hope you like it

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Snapper Rocks 21/3

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I have caught some of the best waves I’ve ever surfed at this break but whenever the surf is good I’m generally left with a choice of getting some pics or getting some waves. The surf had been really good and this day was no different breaking from behind the rocks and running all the way through to Greenmount. These are a couple shots I snapped off when Beau and I were down that way last week.

5D Mark 2 – Polariser – 3 stop ND – 24-70mm 2.8L

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Tallebudgera Creek Sunset 23/2

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As I left home to meet up with Gold Coast/Perth photographer Beau Mitchell it began to pour with rain, not the best conditions to be shooting a sunset. It was still quite overcast and rainy when i got to Tallebudgera, i was thinking that all i was going to get was a wet camera instead of a new image but in the past every time i go home in these conditions the sky goes crazy with the most amazing light. It wasn’t one of those days with the perfect light you dream of and it was still spitting on and off but eventually the sky began to glow with some nice colour and this is what i came up with… hope you like it.

Canon 5D Mark II – 24-70mm 2.8L – 2 stop Lee soft ND

Exposure – 4 Secs @ F16

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Lamington National Park 08/2

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For most of my shooting life I have always used film and loved it. I have no issues with digital I just love that feeling you get when you get when you are looking at a perfectly exposed transparency on the light box. I have resisted using digital for so long but a few moths ago i lashed out and bought the Canon 5D Mark 2 and I am kicking myself for not doing it sooner the results are amazing, the files are big, crisp and full of colour what more could I ask for.

Last time I walked to Elabana falls I got nailed by leaches so after seeing a guy in the carpark with a whole lot of leach marks on his legs I wasn’t that enthused about the next 7km walk. This time I escaped with no leeches and this 3 image stitch of Elabana falls.

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