The Seychelles!

Last October we were fortunate enough the experience the Seychelles which has to be a traveling highlight. This remote island nation east of Africa has incredible scenery, and often ranks in the top three of the best beaches on the planet. It took me a while to get these photos up with my work being quite intensive at the moment, but I’m glad I got it done. I love tropical places, and the wonderful people, epic scenery made for good photography.

Electric water, La Digue, Seychelles. 5D Mark III | 24mm 1.4 Art

So check out the full gallery and I hope you enjoy!

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Great Ocean Road

Hello guys! Finally got a chance to process a few images from the Great Ocean Road in Australia. This famous coast road takes you through incredible beaches, sleepy villages and wild headlands. Well worth a trip, but be prepared for a long drive. There are a few cool light houses along the way, we stopped at one and saw the perfectly preserved light keepers cottage. Hope you enjoy!

Some 240km of nice roads, the Great Ocean Road is a heritage listed stretch in south eastern Victoria. The area is good for swimming, hiking, visiting villages, sight seeing and of course photography. On this occasion, I did not have the opportunity to use landscape filters, to create long exposure images.. The problems of going with family! :P. However, if you are into landscape photography, this is probably one of the best places in Australia in my opinion.

 

Brighton Beach Australia

Its another cold, sleety Sunday morning in Bavaria. Winter is slowly coming to an end, and its about time, I’ve had enough of 2 degrees and sleet. Starting to look forward to summer, or at least Spring. Actually, I found some un-processed photos from Australia with sun and surf which might have brought about the negativity! So here are a few photos from Brighton Beach in Victoria to help get everyone into the mood for summer!

Brighton Beach VIC, 5D Mark III, 12mm 2.8 Fisheye

Brighton Beach VIC, 5D Mark III, 12mm 2.8 Fisheye

Brighton Beach is close to Melbourne, and is famous for its many colourful little beach shacks. There are better beaches in the world, but perhaps none so colourful! I used the Breakthrough X4 polariser, 24mm 1.4 Art and Samyang 12mm 2.8 Fish-eye here. Hope you enjoy!!

 

Wilsons Promontory Hiking Trip

Hey Guys!!

Over the Easter break my partner and I went hiking in the famous Wilsons Promontory in Victoria. We went for 4 days, camping along the way. The map below details the route we took.

Wilsons Promontory Hiking route. 4 days.

Wilsons Promontory Hiking route. 4 days.

Of course, I had to bring my DSLR and photograph the beautiful landscapes. But when carrying your home with you on your back though, this isn’t so easy. You really have to limit the gear you take on hikes. We had about 35km to cover, and taking all my photography equipment wasn’t an option.

Weather conditions can also be unpredictable, and you must ensure you take steps to protect your camera equipment. For this trip I wanted to keep it simple. I took along the following gear;

  • Canon 5D Mark III body with grip and L-bracket.
  • Canon 16-35mm 2.8L II lens
  • Hoya UV filter (helps with weather sealing on the 16-35L lens)
  • B+W Kasemann MRC CPL filter
  • Lee 100mm filter holder
  • Lee Little Stopper (6 stop ND filter)
  • Lee Big Stopper (10 stop ND filter)
  • Lee 0.9 Pro stop 3 stop ND filter
  • Lee ND graduated filters
  • Remote for 5D Mark III
  • Slik Pro 713 CF II Carbon Fiber Tripod
  • Giottos MH1301 Ballhead

 

Here are some tips for managing your photography gear on a hiking trip;

  • Take only gear that you really need. Make sure you don’t forget anything!
  • Make sure you have a way of protecting them from the weather, I used a dry sack which could fit my camera with lens attached.
  • Bring a polarizing filter! CPLs help to deepen skys, saturate colour and remove unwanted reflections.
  • Bring a lightweight, but sturdy tripod
  • Make sure your batteries will last the distance, keep them warm in cold climates.
  • Take time to take photos, plan breaks around the best light for photography.

 

Here are some results from the trip!! All taken with 5D Mark III and 16-35mm 2.8L II lens

 

Australia album now up!

Hey everyone! I have created an album from Australia. I hope to make albums from all the places I’ve traveled, but this one is special. Australia is home to me, and I’ve lived here 15 years so far. Below are some tasters. Be sure to checkout the album here:

Australia

 

Lunar New Year in Melbourne

Its Lunar New Year and its the year of the Goat!

There have been celebrations across the city of Melbourne. Today we went to China town, to get amongst the action! It seemed like there was loin dancing on every corner, it turns out that restaurants arrange to get the lion dance in front of their place for good fortune. the sound of the firecrackers was deafening! I used a 50mm 1.4 lens for most of the images here.

Took the opportunity to take some portraits today as well. Vanessa is wearing an Ao Dai, Vietnamese traditional dress.

Hope you enjoy!

Bradmill

Some images from the spooky abandoned Bradmill. The old factory is in Melbourne’s inner city, and the property is set to be sold for $120m AUD, but negotiations seem to have stalled… Good place for photography in the meantime!