Landscape Photographer from the South West of Western Australia

Archive for May, 2012

Autumn leaves

Autumn seems to be hanging on – with a front approaching we will probably see most of the autumn leaves go in the next few days.


This was captured in the gardens at Aravina Estate (it used to be called Amberley until 2 years ago).

Simply for Strings

While looking for a place in Enoggera Terrace (Red Hill) to shoot looking towards Brisbane I came across this fabulous shop – full of violins. They gave me permission to shoot inside their shop. Here are a couple of images.


Looking at the view

In the above image I have incorporated a second image of the view from the window.
Simply For Strings

Simply For Strings (2)



Red Hill, Brisbane

This is a 5 image stitch of Red Hill, Brisbane looking towards Paddington from Waterworks Road. This area is hilly and picturesque. You can see Mt Coot-tha in the background. This is where Brisbane’s five TV transmitters are located.

Redhill, Brisbane

Red Hill, Brisbane

The original is a massive file and has an incredible amount of detail. For example you can see the texture on individual tiles on the church at the upper left, (and this is nearly 1km away) when you zoom in on the original! Surprisingly no-one was out on the verandahs of their Queenslanders enjoying breakfast in the morning sun.

Ipswich Railway Museum – Blacksmiths shop

This rail museum is a fabulous place. The blacksmiths workshop is a working workshop still worked by Qld Rail.

Blacksiths shop

They were butt welding a tool while these sparks were flying.

This was 1/4 second exposure handheld.

Singapore – Arab St – 30 years ago and today.

Still scanning our 30 year old negatives. Some places (eg Brunei, Singapore, Borneo) have changed dramatically since then, others haven’t changed for hundreds of years (eg Tower of London!). The technology today that is available is incredible. Here is a shot of Arab St in Singapore taken 30 years ago ( a 2 image stitch because I actually took 2 overlapping shots not knowing one day I could stitch them!). I thought I would check out the same location in Google Earth Liveview , and found that although the 1982 building had disappeared, the architectural style has been preserved. Unfortunately the “character” in the original has gone, perhaps for the better, perhaps not.

24 Arab St, Singapore in 1982

24 Arab St, Singapore in 1982

24 Arab St Today (Courtesy Google Earth Liveview)

24 Arab St Today (Courtesy Google Earth Liveview)

OOC image of Stormy Sunset.

OOC image

Mark – here is the OOC image – impressive DR for the D800E. Oh – and you can see someone else was there taking photos – he had a point and shoot, and wet weather gear for himself!

Stormy sunset at Canal Rocks

We have had some rough weather down here. Last evening I took my D800E to Canal Rocks. It was hardly ideal conditions, wind gusting to 45 knots, spray everywhere, and shooting into the sun. The camera was in a rain cover to protect it from the spray. I couldn’t let go of the tripod or it would have blown over. I had seen some evidence that the D800E was very good at recovering detail from shadows, so I just braced myself, tried to steady the tripod and decreased the exposure until the sky was not blown out (except directly at the sun). The rocks and water all looked pretty black. Back at home and in Lightroom I was easily able to recover the shadows!

Stormy sunset at Canal Rocks

Stormy sunset at Canal Rocks

This was not the best image to judge the resolution of the D800E – at times it was all I could do to stand up, and focussing through the plastic of the rain cover was difficult. However a large print looks pretty good, so I am pleased with the result.

Brunei and Sabah in 1981

We have been intending to scan our old 35mm negatives for years before they get too scratched and we lose them. Finally we are getting around to it.

In 1981 I was working in Brunei and took a trip with a friend on a long weekend. Others had done the trip before and our social club had a file giving details of where to go, telephone numbers to make hotel bookings and so on. The idea was to leave the capital of Brunei in a fast ferry, travel across the Bay of Brunei, and then transfer to a longboat to go upriver to a place called Meropok. A short walk across the border into Sabah took us to a village called Sindumin. There we had to negotiate for the locals (who spoke no English) to take us to a town called Beaufort. From Beaufort we intended to catch a train up the gorges to Tenom, but the monsoon had arrived early and the train couldn’t get through. So we caught a train to Kota Kinabalu, and the next day flew to Labuan. Finally we caught a ferry back to Brunei. It was an eventful 3 days – one I will always remember.

I see on the maps there are roads now – we caught longboats because there were no roads in those days. Most transport was by river as it had been for centuries. There were just a couple of small villages – Sinduman, Sipitang, Beaufort were the major ones. The roads were gravel/dirt. On the way to Beaufort a crocodile crossed the road ahead of us! So the photos from this trip document a scene that has largely disappeared.

Beaufort,Sabah in 1981

Beaufort,Sabah in 1981

You can see more photos from this trip at this link. Album