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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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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Fraser Island Shipwreck – SS Maheno 16/9


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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The Great Sandy National Park – Fraser Island 04/8


Last week I packed the Four wheel Drive and headed north to Fraser Island for a weeks worth of photography with Simon Beedle and Beau Mitchell. Initially it looked like we had picked the worst week of weather possible with the forecast predicting strong winds and pouring rain. After a couple days of ideal rainforest conditions there was a break in the weather and there was a hint of blue sky. Simon had this cracker of a composition in Pile Valley but with 6-8 minute exposures he wasn’t going to get the shot he was after with the patchy clouds letting the sun through and ruining any chances of an even exposure. By this time I had give up on getting a shot and headed back to the car for a quick bite whilst back at the car I got talking to the ranger about how to get into Lake McKenzie as it was closed to the public due to construction, he ended up saying that we would have to walk in and it was only about a few hundred meters from where we could park the car. Few hundred meters hey, that would have been nice it was more like 1-2 km uphill on soft sand what a mission, we ended up doing that walk twice and each time it was worth it especially the second time when we ended up getting the lake to ourselves for about an hour at midday and anyone who has been to Lake McKenzie before knows how busy this place gets so you can appreciate how lucky we were.

This trip was full of amazing shots and one of the shots that sticks in my head was capturing this dingo walking along the beach looking for some food. The dingo walked right by me within arms distance as if I wasn’t there I was blown away and wanted more shots of this relaxed dingo. This was a somewhat more pleasurable experience than my last encounter where a pack of dingos surrounded me whilst photographing the dunes last year.

Shot Details for those of you who are interested…
Canon 5D Mark 2
17-40mm F4L
ISO 200
1/500th sec @ F5.6


Darren Tierney

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Fraser Island 01/8


Hey everyone,

Still up at Fraser and finally got some internet, here is a quick look at a shot taken earlier this week.

Heading back tomorrow so i will have plenty to post in the coming week.


Darren Tierney

Fraser Island

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