my (amateur) photography adventure



First and last frames: timelapse

Shot today. Canon 450D. Rainbow Bay looking to Surfers.




Duranbah Beach at Dawn

I was shooting a timelapse sequence at Duranbah Beach recently – starting at about 4.45am to try to capture dawn.  I’m not quite happy with the sequence yet, but I have got some beautiful frames from the shoot, so thought I would share a few:

Dawn, 4.56am
Dawn, 4.56am
Duranbah Beach-0119
Glorious Orange
Duranbah Beach-0431
Heavy rain rolling in, 5.40am

Rainbow Bay timelapse

Well, I finished my first effort at a timelapse video.

I made heaps of technical and practical mistakes, and the perfectionist in me wants to go and fix them all before I show the video – but that’s not real life, is it?

Shooting the timelapse video was a lot of fun, and I will know what to do better (and differently) next time.

The locations are:

Froggies Beach (on the Queensland / NSW border) for sunrise (above).

Rainbow Bay Beach for the two middle sequences:

Rainbow Bay Dunes Timelapse still-9868 Rainbow Bay Beach Timelapse still-9865

and Greenmount Hill, looking toward Coolangatta, for the (very cloudy) sunset:

Greenmount to Cooly Timelapse still-1071

Please excuse the jitter and shake in some of the sequences – some of that is a result of amateur mistakes by me – and in the sunset sequence, the weather was very rainy and windy which made it very challenging.  You may see my umbrella peek into shot occasionally ;).

Sunrise and sunset times and locations were planned with The Photographer’s Ephemeris: ( Triggered using the Triggertrap app ( Those apps are just ridiculously good value for a keen photographer at about $10 each.

Gear: Shot with my trusty Canon 60D and the EF-S 18 – 135mm f/3.5 – 5.6 lens on my Induro AT413 tripod.

For any keen photographers out there: give timelapse a go! You do not need super-expensive gear – it’s mostly about planning, patience, getting up early… and standing in the rain keeping your camera dry with an umbrella when necessary.

Hope you enjoy it.

NZ South – Penguin Place

Monty the Penguin, watching the surf

taken at Penguin Place, Harington Point, Otago Peninsula

Penguin Place beach, eastern side of Harington Point, Otago Peninsula
Kelp in the swell, Penguin Place

More NZ South pictures here.

Photographers at Work

I always enjoy catching other photographers in action – I figure that, by definition, they are fair game to be the subjects of my photos.  If I can catch them in an otherwise beautiful photo – so much the better.  The photo above with the silhouetted photographer is exactly what I like to try to capture.

Here are a few of my other favourite “photographer at work” pics:

If I could afford that camera - I wouldn't take it where he did...
pausing between shots

 This photographer was good enough to take a photo of herself.  Twice actually, if you look closely….

Double reflection

 Of course it would only be fair to post one of me “at work” – taken by my 8 year old daughter – she thought it was hilarious.


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