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Long Reef, Sydney, Australia.

Long Reef, Sydney, Australia.

The sun sets on another hot day as seen from Long Reef Headland on Sydney’s Northern Beaches. Extending right out into the ocean, Long Reef offers great views both up and down the coastline. It’s also a great spot to go and sit and watch the whales swim by.  At this time of year the humpbacks are migrating back to Antarctica after their season up north. As they return they are bringing the newborns with them who seem to love to play, jumping and splashing around.

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Tinebank Creek Waterfall

Tinebank Creek Waterfall

I plan on getting a bit more active on my blog so I have added a new category of Photoblog.  To this category I shall upload a single shot and just a short description all very brief. So without any further ado.

Tinebank creek is in Willi Willi National Park just a short walk along the Waterfall Walk. It seems like quite an isolated park and I certainly had it to myself when I went.  Willi Willi is listed as part of the Gondwana Rainforests World Heritage Areas.

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World Heritage National Parks

World Heritage National Parks

I got back last week from a 3 week trip to the Northern Rivers region on the north coast of New South Wales. It was a great trip, I caught up with my family and just basically relaxed. I got up on most mornings for the sunrises and as a result I think I have seen more sunrises in the last couple of weeks than I have in my entire life. I took a few days to drive up there stopping off along the way at some of N.S.W.’s world heritage listed national park the Gondwana rainforests.

When I thought about Australia and national parks a sea of trees sprung to mind such as the views you get in the Blue Mountains. When I thought about being down under the canopies I thought about the type of scrubby bush that I grew up in and around and visited on camping trips with my parents. Nice to some I guess but as they say familiarity breeds contempt. I wouldn’t say I was at the contempt stage but I just found it hard to get excited about it.  The trip north really changed all that for me and opened my eyes up to a lot more of what Australia has on offer. In 3 days I visited 7 national parks on my whistle-stop tour.  Not enough time to really get to know any but enough to scratch the surface and peek inside.

I tried to visit as many of the World Heritage Gondwana Rainforests as I could (the list is quite long) even if it was only briefly. I was reasonably lucky with the weather. I was following a storm up the coast so although I didn’t get much rain all the waterfalls running not something that always happens in these areas. If  I want to be picky I wouldn’t have minded a slight drizzle for photographing in the forests as this really brings out the colours and adds a beautiful atmosphere.

I would certainly like to return to a few of them and spend a few days walking around photographing them.  I am also planning to visit some more of the Shield Group which is up on the Queensland and New South Wales border as I didn’t get to see too many of these.

 

Wikipedia entry about the Gondwana Rainforests.

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North Curl Curl Pool with Kate McCracken

North Curl Curl Pool with Kate McCracken

Kate McCracken

Kate McCracken, North Curl Curl Rock Pool, Sydney, Australia

Last week I had the pleasure of shooting with the lovely Kate McCracken, a model here in Australia. The goal of the shoot was to make some shots where instead of her being the model being the main focus of the photo she would be an equal part of it along with the landscape.  We weren’t sure until the last minute if the shoot would go ahead due to the weather, the heavens were threatening to rain down upon us the whole time. We took the risk and went to one of my favourite beach pool, North Curl Curl rock pool hoping to get at least a glimpse of a colourful sunset.

The weather held off and it didn’t start to rain until we were packing up to leave. The storm clouds provided a fantastical brooding atmosphere to the shots. The weather also brought with it some wind which twice manages to take my flash out. Not that bad except both times the flash ended up in the pool. I am happy to say that both it and my trigger survived though. Kate also ended up in the pool at one stage while trying to cross to the rock in the middle. She took it in good humour and we turned it to our advantage with some shots in the pool as well.

Many thanks go to Kate for her time and good humour, I’m sure not every model would have taken falling in the pool like that so well. Here is a link to Kate’s website.

You can see more shots here in my galleries.

 

 

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