Teaching the Next Generation


Teaching the Next Generation
One of the participants at the Improve Photography Conference in Phoenix recently tagged me in this post. Jeanette, who came all the way from Sweden to the conference, attended my sessions on Intimate Landscape and I am so touched and inspired to see her teaching the next generation how to look and appreciate nature. Thank You Jeanette.




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Hand Stands for Hayden


Hand Stands for Hayden
Our little Phillip Island Community came together this afternoon for Hand Stands For Hayden. This community fundraising extravaganza was in support of the Marshall family and the money raised will assist them with expenses such as modifying their home to accommodate Hayden’s wheelchair and the significant costs involved with his ongoing treatment.

A state gold medal winning gymnast, Hayden has always wanted to hold a world record, so the community turned out for ‘Handstands for Hayden’ to break records and helps he and his family.

The afternoon entertainment included the Pierce Brothers with special guest fiddler, Meg, who brought the house down and had everyone dancing! #handstandsforhayden

The full set of images from the afternoon can be found on this link: http://photorangers.smugmug.com/Hand-Stands-for-Hayden/










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ADVENTURE BASED BASIC CAMERA Workshop, Saturday 1 April 2017 @ 5:30pm Phillip Is



ADVENTURE BASED BASIC CAMERA Workshop, Saturday 1 April 2017 @ 5:30pm Phillip Island. We’ll start from Woolamai Beach and hike to The Pinnacles and return. If you’re interested, contact us via Facebook or the website. ——————————————- Come hear our conference presentations on Eco-Photography and Intimate Landscapes for FREE on 22 April 2017. See our Facebook Events section for details. Also, all new workshops announced for Autumn.




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Off Camera Session Child Photography Session #49


Off Camera Session Child Photography Session #49
Earlier today a photography mate (he shoots Fuji too … good man) posted a few shots of his child commenting:
“Off camera session child photography session #49
Outcome: Failure
Duration: 22 seconds of photos before the child lost interest and decided to make it as difficult as possible. Ice cream bribery only had short term success.
Recommendations: Unknown. If anyone has ideas on how to drug a child so they stay still for longer let me know.”

At first glance I immediately thought ‘no idea mate, I have the same trouble’. I then got stuck into editing a batch of photos taken today. Most of them were of my daughter. She’s an equestrian and every Saturday we, well she, attends riding lessons. I got to looking through the photos and remarked on the absolute look of joy in her face while riding. She does not mind me taking photos while she’s on the horse. For more than an hour I can take as many photos of her as I want! As a matter of fact, she loves it cause then she posts them to her Instagram account. But this is about the only time I am ever able to photograph her. Any other time she will either walk out after 22 seconds or flat out refuse in the first place.

So Athol, my friend, the answer to your query is get your daughter a horse.

All images taken with a Fuji XT2, 50-140mm, 1/4000th sec and f/2.8 using continuous focus while the horse was in a canter.









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Morning Walk and Intimate Landscapes


Morning Walk and Intimate Landscapes
Went for a 5k walk at Oswin Robert’s Reserve on the island today. Oswin Roberts is about the only natural woodland left on the island and a beautiful walk. I’m not sure what I was hoping to photograph. I went with an open mind and the desire to just get out and wander in some woods for the morning.

Upon entering the reserve I was immediately struck by the strong smell of eucalyptus in the morning air. It was really invigorating and such a pleasant way to begin a 5k hike.

While out walking I had the distinct feeling I was being watched. You know what I mean? It was one of those feelings where your hair stands up on the back of your neck? Well, that was the one. I slowly looked around and noticed a small face peering at me from within the thick fern undergrowth. A little swamp wallaby was checking me out. He was kind enough to remain stationary for a quick photo or two.

Within the reserve it was the perfect place for intimate landscapes. I’ll be giving the lectures I gave in the US about Intimate Landscapes and Eco-Photography on the 22 April at 1pm at the PICAL Offices in Cowes, Phillip Island. This is a free event and I’d like to welcome you all to come and join me.

Also, if you get the opportunity, go for a hike in Oswin Roberts one morning.








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A couple from yesterday’s adventure.Comfort Zone


A couple from yesterday’s adventure.



Comfort Zone
Yesterday I had one of my harebrained ideas. Harebrained as in having no more sense than a hare. The sunset looked like it would be a dude and the wind was blowing mighty strong. With the thought of a lackluster sunset, I decided to get some shots of Cadillac Canyon from the cliffs above.

When I got to the spot, the swell was very messy due to the wind but the waves were standing tall and slamming into Cadillac Canyon with good force.

I started the climb up to the top not realising the recent rains had turned the steep hillside into a very slick mudslide for anyone trying to climb it.

I eventually made it to the top and after inching over a few cliff edges and drop offs, made it to the spot I was thinking about. What I had not figured into my idea was the strength of the wind on a lone figure on a skinny rocky outcrop many meters high over Cadillac Canyon. Keeping the tripod and myself steady in the winds and crashing waves below proved to be a massive challenge.

I managed to stay the nerves enough to get some decent shots from above but when the sun started to set, colour erupted in the sky. I quickly half slid, half fell down the hillside to the beach below and managed to get a few shots before the colour disappeared.

Like every adventure to Cadillac Canyon, I ended up soaking wet and found myself with a face full of spray on numerous occasions. But, what kind of landscape photographer would I be if I didn’t get out of my comfort zone to get the shot.


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Comfort Zone


Comfort Zone
Yesterday I had one of my harebrained ideas. Harebrained as in having no more sense than a hare. The sunset looked like it would be a dude and the wind was blowing mighty strong. With the thought of a lackluster sunset, I decided to get some shots of Cadillac Canyon from the cliffs above.

When I got to the spot, the swell was very messy due to the wind but the waves were standing tall and slamming into Cadillac Canyon with good force.

I started the climb up to the top not realising the recent rains had turned the steep hillside into a very slick mudslide for anyone trying to climb it.

I eventually made it to the top and after inching over a few cliff edges and drop offs, made it to the spot I was thinking about. What I had not figured into my idea was the strength of the wind on a lone figure on a skinny rocky outcrop many meters high over Cadillac Canyon. Keeping the tripod and myself steady in the winds and crashing waves below proved to be a massive challenge.

I managed to stay the nerves enough to get some decent shots from above but when the sun started to set, colour erupted in the sky. I quickly half slid, half fell down the hillside to the beach below and managed to get a few shots before the colour disappeared.

Like every adventure to Cadillac Canyon, I ended up soaking wet and found myself with a face full of spray on numerous occasions. But, what kind of landscape photographer would I be if I didn’t get out of my comfort zone to get the shot.





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Roll On Greys


Roll On Greys
I watched the grey clouds roll across the island today. No matter the weather, there’s always a good photo 🙂

Reminder that our first workshop for Autumn will a BASIC Camera workshop on 1 April 2017. If you’re interested, hit the going button on the Facebook Event or contact me to reserve your spot.




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Feel Good


Feel Good
It was just one of those ‘Feel Good’ kinda nights. The surf was right, the temperature was right and the sunset was just right. All in all everyone was feeling good.

These three images were edited in Lightroom CC then finished off in Photoshop CC using the Lumenzia luminosity masking panel. I was also feeling good learning to use the power of the luminosity mask to precisely isolate areas of thee images and apply edits without causing the tell tale halo effect normally seen when trying to lighten/darken foregrounds and sky. I’m still new at this whole luminosity thing but I can certainly see the benefits and how it can take my own image editing up a level.

If you are curious about luminsoity masking and want to learn more, check out my mate Greg Benz’s tutorials at https://gregbenzphotography.com/luminosity-masking-tutorial/ . Greg has developed free ‘actions’ for photoshop as well as the much more powerful Lumenzia software.






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