my (amateur) photography adventure


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Timelapse – Military Jetty, Golden Beach

Shot on a glorious Queensland winter day, while fishing from the nearby jetty. Military Jetty, Golden Beach.

Shot with Canon EF-S 10-18 f/4.0 – 5.6 lens, ND1000 filter, and Radian.


Jacarandas timelapse

Making the most of a day off – here is my setup for a dusk timelapse with the jacarandas in full bloom.

Edit: looking gorgeous now:


Circular Quay timelapse

Here is a preview image showing my setup at Circular Quay. Shooting with a 10mm (16mm equivalent) lens so should be interesting!Circular Quay-7144

The Break

(no, not my recent unplanned break from blogging).

Saw “The Break” (playing at Qld Art Gallery) who describe their style as ‘interstellar psychedelic mariachi surf rock’.

Australia’s most innovative and powerful surf rock band is:
Jim Moginie (guitar/theremin/keyboards); Rob Hirst (drums)
Brian Ritchie (bass/vocals); Martin Rotsey (guitar);
Jack Howard (trumpet).

Rob Hirst, Jim Moginie and Martin Rotsey were as awesome as ever (and Brian Ritchie and Jack Howard were pretty awesome too).

-It Wasn’t Me- Belinda Jeffrey

Author Belinda Jeffrey reads her new children’s picture book “It Wasn’t Me” at the launch at Avid Reader Bookshop on 4th October 2013.

(Part 1):

(Part 2):

Find Belinda’s Young Adult and children’s books here:

Point Cartwright at dusk


A clear warm windy evening created a few opportunities:

Steam in Miniature


Well, I had plans for extensive sunrise and sunset timelapsing on the weekend (see my previous post) – but the weather conspired against me!

A weekend of cloudy skies and rain meant that there was hardly any opportunity for sunrise / sunset timelapse – but a bit of wind brought the kitesurfers out in force.

I have a promising looking timelapse of kitesurfing to compile – here are a few frames.

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I was chuffed when the container ship came into frame in the background – it looks cool in the preliminary version of the timelapse (which I will post later).


Personal Favourites

Well, I have been doing this (blogging some of my photos) for a year.  I’ve enjoyed it and I think it’s been good for my photography – it has pushed me a bit and helped me explore some themes.

I decided I should get organised and actually PRINT and HANG some of my photos on my wall at home.  (Radical, I know).

So, I had to choose some photos I liked enough to look at for a year or two.  Here are the ones I picked – apologies if you’ve seen them here before:

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Timelapse: Rock Fishing, first frames

Dawn timelapse at Snapper Rocks: sample frames. More to come!


Rainbow Bay Timelapse Part 1

We are holidaying at Rainbow Bay beach and have been lucky to get a unit with a great location. So, this afternoon, I decided to combine two of my favourite activities – photography and swimming in the surf.

I downloaded the Triggertrap app for iPhone a few months ago and purchased a dongle to let it control my camera through the remote port. I have been wanting to buy an intervalometer for some time, but the price ($200 to $300) has always put me off. Once I got an iPhone for work, for $30 I thought Triggertrap was worth a try!

I started with something pretty easy – this is a set up on the balcony of our unit looking to the beach across the road. I tried a bit of experimentation and settled on 1/100s, f/11, ISO 100 at 24mm, with a photo every 24 seconds. I knew the light would change a lot so was intentionally overexposed at the start – I will try to smooth the exposure a bit in Lightroom later when combining the stills into timelapse video (should end up with about 10 seconds of video).

Then, I went for a swim. I expect I will be in frame for about 100 frames of the timelapse stills. It worked perfectly while I was away and I am looking forward to combining the frames when I get home!

Here are a few initial stills – these are taken approximately 15 minutes apart. I’m happy so far!









Woodford Folk Festival

Some pictures from the fantastic night procession at Woodford Folk Festival, last night.







Night Lights, Sydney

Work has been kicking me pretty hard lately, sorry for the lack of blog posts. I think this is the first time that I have gone 3 weeks without posting since I started this, and I’ll try not to do it again.

Some gear news:  I have had the 60D in for a ‘grease and oil change’ (sensor clean etc.) recently – and am hoping to get a decent flash unit for my birthday next week.  Should be interesting learning to use a flash properly – at the moment, I just leave the on-camera flash turned off basically.

Here are some “Night Lights” shots taken on my Sydney trip in mid-October – I went down for work, but managed to pack the camera :).  I am really happy with these pics, so hope you enjoy them too!

Beach at Night

Above: Waves breaking on the rocks beside the boardwalk, Kings Beach.  ISO800, 18mm, f/13, 129s

Long exposure experiments on a dark beach and boardwalk at Kings Beach, Caloundra.

Footprints, Kings Beach, ISO200, 18mm, f/3.5, 15s
Boardwalk railing, Kings Beach, ISO800, 18mm, f/13, 124s

Brisbane Valley

Sunday drive through Fernvale, Glamorgan Vale and Lowood.

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Sumatran Tiger

From the same visit to Australia Zoo (other posts on Australia Zoo are here: – I bring you Kaitlyn – 85 kilograms of power and athleticism.

Sumatran Tigers are the smallest of the tiger sub-species and she is fully grown at 4.5 years old.  They are critically endangered so any chance to see them, even in zoos, is pretty special.

In this picture she is at least 4 to 5 metres up that tree, in pursuit of a favourite ‘toy’.

85 kilos of Sumatran Tiger power

You will have to forgive the slight reflections in some of these pictures – their enclosure is behind glass  – I did my best to manage the sun and reflection.

Eye on you
Well deserved drink

50cc champions

Following on from my previous Motocross Action post – here are the promised pictures of the little guys on their 50cc bikes.  Awesome stuff watching them ride, jump, fall and get back up again like troopers.

And a couple of other pictures, just for fun.

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Motocross Action

Had a fun morning watching a friend racing motocross at Tivoli Motocross Track.

These photos are from the Senior Lites (250cc) race – I have some good pics of the kids racing 50cc bikes which I’ll go through and post later.

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The Wheel of Brisbane

The Wheel of Brisbane is located in the Cultural Centre Forecourt, at South Bank, Brisbane.  It was a fun subject for some Friday night photography – popular too – I spotted at least 5 other keen photographers doing something similar to what I was doing.

Reflection, The Wheel of Brisbane
Brisbane Skyline – Treasury building at the left, The Wheel of Brisbane in foreground.
ISO 100, 36mm, f/29, 30s

My new tripod got a good workout, as you can see.  I am glad I decided to buy the taller and heavier one – so long as I’m dragging any tripod around, I don’t really mind how heavy it is, and it’s nice to be able to put my eye to the viewfinder properly on the tall ‘pod.

The Arbour, from Cultural Centre Forecourt, South Bank, Brisbane
ISO 100, 67mm, f/5.6, 4s

There was a guy standing beside me when I took this next one – he had his tripod, a 5D (I think) on the tripod, and a spare 60D for ‘snapshots’.  I’m not envious…. much….

The Wheel of Brisbane, looking towards South Bank.
ISO100, 18mm, f/22, 13s

I’d just like to acknowledge my inspiration for this next shot, which was a shot taken by Francois Lourette, another keen amateur photographer, who blogs as Almates.  I wouldn’t have thought to try such a shot, until I saw his.  You can see his ‘flags’ shot here: Long Exposure Ottawa.

Annie flags, Cultural Centre Forecourt, South Bank Brisbane. Victoria and Kurilpa Bridges in the background.
ISO100, 45mm, f/8, 15s.

I have previously posted about Kurilpa Bridge, here. So, obviously, my “What am I?” pictures from last night were detail shots of the Wheel of Brisbane.  The combined shots are below.

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I hope you enjoyed the pictures – I had fun taking them and was pretty happy with how they turned out.  I got some reasonable skyline / river shots as well – a post for another day!

If you’re interested in visiting or riding on the Wheel – its website is here:

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