Saturday, October 8, 2016

Be Present in the Moment

Last month, Michael, myself and 3 of our adult daughters (still living at home), went on a week long holiday to Burleigh Heads on Queensland's Gold Coast. We had planned this "family" holiday over a year ago; everyone would contribute an equal share of the accommodation costs, food, etc. It was a much awaited and anticipated holiday; we were all looking forward to walks along the beach and headland, coffee dates, lunches of Acai bowls, Fathers Day celebrations on the Sunday with as many of our combined 9 children as possible, Michael's birthday celebrations, reading books, board games, and a well earned week-long rest and recharge for all who live at number 11!
The view from our 6th floor apartment.

Quite accidentally, we came up with a catch phrase for our time away:
"Be Present in the Moment".
This became a daily reminder that it was important as a family to 'be present' when we spend time together; Michael & I gave the girls the challenge to avoid using their mobile phones unless they were taking photos. This allowed us all to focus on the beauty of our surroundings, enjoy one another's company, engage fully in conversations and use our time at night to read books and play word games, rather than scroll through social media.

Headland walks around sunset provided the opportunity to soak in the beauty of God's creation while exercising together as a family.

The Burleigh Headland walk takes you all the way around to Tallebudgera Creek, with views out west to the mountains of the Tweed Range, part of the Great Dividing Range.

 A fun day out whale watching with a photographer friend, in not-so-perfect conditions.

I'm not a morning person at all but I did manage a couple of sunrises.

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Saturday, September 17, 2016

S P R I N G Days

It's that time of year again... Spring. My favourite season!

As the days become warmer, the blossom trees begin to bloom.

Blue-banded bees buzz happily around the garden.

And the sunsets last a little longer.

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Friday, September 2, 2016

Vantage Point Project: Brisbane City Lights

I was recently made aware of a revolutionary new compact camera, the Light L16 Camera, which "uses multiple lens systems to shoot photos at the same time, then computationally fuses them into a DSLR-quality image".
I must admit, I am intrigued by this idea and would love to get my hands on one to try it out and see how it performs.

When I heard about's #VantagePoint project, I immediately knew I wanted to participate, and share a favourite DSLR shot of my own with the story & settings behind the shot.

While I could have shared many images from my recent 2015 trip to Alaska, which I have previously blogged about, I decided to share an image from my home city as it encapsulates my absolute love of capturing the light and reflections of blue hour.

Living in Brisbane, also known as the "River City", we are spoiled with so many beautiful views of the city reflected on the Brisbane River which snakes around two sides of the CBD.
This particular vantage point (in the shot below) is one of my favourite spots for shooting long exposure shots of our city at night. I love the light & colours of the city skyline reflected off the water.

Camera Settings:

Aperture: f/11
ISO 100,
Exposure: 89 sec
Focal length: 17mm

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Sunday, July 24, 2016

Cape Schanck, Mornington Peninsula, VIC

Cape Schanck is a locality in the Australian state of Victoria. It is the southernmost tip of the Mornington Peninsula and separates the wild ocean waters of Bass Strait from the slightly calmer waters of Western Port. The most recognisable symbol of Cape Schanck is the Cape Schanck Lighthouse. The lighthouse was built in 1859 and was the second lighthouse built in Victoria.

From the lighthouse car park are a network of scenic walks. A short loop offers views of the lighthouse and coastline from several designated lookouts.

Follow the walking track from the kiosk towards the Cape. This short circuit walk takes visitors to the start of the wooden staircase and boardwalk which descends from the cliff tops to the rocky beach and rock platform below.

Several lookouts have spectacular views over the geological formations called Pulpit Rock and the Devils Desk.

A prominent rock outcrop is Pulpit Rock and stands out at the very tip of the cape.

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