Australia’s most Easterly point 26/4

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Byron Bay…

What comes to mind when you think of Byron Bay, well for me it is a number of things as I have grown up surfing and living only an hours drive so I have made the trip south on a number of times. This particular trip I got to the Byron Lighthouse car park in complete darkness and began the walk up the hill to the spot I had in mind, waiting for the sun to rise but as the sky began to lighten I noticed that there was a mass of rain heading straight for me from behind the lighthouse so I packed up my camera leaving my tripod set up ready to go. It soon became clear that this rain was not your typical “she’ll be right” bit of drizzle but more of a its going to bucket down better leave and come back after it stops so I grabbed my tripod and headed back to the car somewhat disjointed and soaking wet. I started the car and put the heater on to get warm because I was soaked from head to toe and a few minutes later just as I was about to leave the rain died down and I saw the faintest hint of colour through the fogged up window.

It was on, I ran up the hill and set up in the same spot, fired off one roll (four images) and the light vanished not a single person around to witness the light show. This has happened to me a number of times and the few times that you pack up and leave generally are the best so I have learnt over the years that getting a little wet can sometimes be a blessing in disguise.

I hope you like this one… I love it!

Byron Bay Lighthouse - NSW, Australia

Cheers


Darren Tierney

Technical Information

Camera: Linhof 617s III
Lens: Schneider super Angulon XL 72mm 5.6
Film: Fujichrome Velvia 50
Exposure: 20 seconds @ f45

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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

Cheers

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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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Good Light… 29/6

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This shot is one from this morning taken at Currumbin Beach here on the Gold Coast.

Currumbing Rock - Gold Coast

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Crescent Head – Mid North Coast NSW 24/3

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I met up with an old mate of mine landscape photographer Simon Beedle (watch out for this guy) for a quick road trip to the Mid North Coast of New South Wales. We had originally planned a week at Fraser Island but cancelled due to the cyclones off the Queensland Coast and I have to say that im pretty happy we ended up heading south instead, we got some of the best light I have shot in very a long time.

This is a 10 image vertical stitch of Crescent Head. Also there may be a new toy on the way but more about that one another time…

Cheers for having a look

Darren

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A windy sunrise at Burleigh Heads 04/3

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I had set my alarm for 4:50am in hope of capturing decent sunrise at Burleigh Heads. When my alarm went off and I heard that it was pouring with rain and blowing a gale I turned it off and tried getting back to sleep… no victory today, wide awake and average weather at best damn it. One of the benefits of living two streets from the beach is that I can see the ocean and get a pretty good idea if it is worth the effort of leaving the house. I couldn’t see any inviting sky but I decided to go anyway as I had been wanting to work on this stitching business.

This is one of my first stitches with moving water and I think it is pretty good and the sky was also worth the effort in the end :)

Canon 5d Mark 2 – 24-70mm 2.8L @ 50mm – 3 stop Lee ND – 6 vertical images

Cheers for stopping by Darren

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The First Blog 01/2

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Hi and welcome to my blog

World Heritage listed rainforest and some of the countries best beaches all within an hours drive not too bad hey. The sunny Gold Coast is where I call home and is an amazing place for any landscape photographer to live. Right now its not all that sunny and the East Coast is coping a battering from ex tropical cyclone Olga. With the weather being so bad what better time to work on some photos…

This photo was taken just after sunrise last week down at Fingal headland.

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