Category Archives: Australia

Sunset on the Mornington Peninsula

Note to self, spend more time on the Mornington Peninsula! I rented a beach house near Rye (about an hour from Melbourne) for three days and it was amazing! The coastline is beautiful down here and perfect for photography. A storm rolled in on the final afternoon and really brought the sky to life with intense lightning in one direction and a gorgeous sunset in the other. I found this cool little cave and did a little bit of exploring, slowly backing out of the cave as I remembered about all the dangerous animals here in Australia… Haha easy to forget when you’re from NZ, there’s nothing dangerous back home!

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The Cricket World Cup Final

We had an amazing run but my dreams of New Zealand winning the Cricket World Cup were ultimately dashed by a dominant Australian team in the final last night at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. I was bummed with the result (really bummed) but even in defeat the team were a class act, they are great role models and sitting with so many other NZ supporters I felt proud to be a Kiwi!

I climbed to the top of one of the stands after the lights came on to get a nice wide angle photo of the MCG but came to the conclusion that it looked best about two-thirds of the way up where you could see both the roof and the lights. I probably should have brought my 12mm lens with me but the corners are so much sharper with the Sony full frame 16mm that I rarely use the wider one anymore.

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Inside the MCG Cauldron

Here’s a wide angle shot from the MCG last night in Melbourne on the first day of the 2015 Cricket World Cup. There was a great atmosphere with a crowd of over 80000 in attendance and I managed to squeeze most of them in at 12mm. There’s some crazy distortion with a wide angle shot like this so I wasn’t exactly THIS far from the action! Australia beat England of course, again, but I’m cheering for NZ so wasn’t too worried about the result, just happy to be hanging out with my big sis who was in town from Sydney.

Inside the MCG Cauldron

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Melbourne from High Above

I love coming up here to the viewing deck at the Eureka Tower in Melbourne every now and then. If I’m not busy and it looks like it might be a nice sunset I’ll head on up and take photos for an hour or so, just casually strolling about looking for interesting shots. The sun sets at different locations on the horizon over the year (kinda obvious but still something to think about) so it’s always a little different. Right now in summer it drops into the ocean at the end of the Yarra River and I like the way your eyes follow the river past Southbank all the way out to Port Melbourne as the sun says goodbye for another day.

Melbourne from High Above

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A Morning Walk Along the Cairns Esplanade

I got up early this morning and went for a walk along the Cairns esplanade, it’s really gorgeous and has a different feel to it than the parts of Australia I’m used to, very tropical. As a word of advice don’t get greedy and walk too far out towards the water as you may end up with mud halfway up your leg and a very sheepish look on your face….

Why am I actually here in Cairns? Good question! I’m on my way to Japan for a month and decided to stop here for a few days to break up the flights and have a look around.


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Sunset Reflection from the Eureka Tower in Melbourne

I’ve been living near the Eureka Tower for a while now but hadn’t gone up to the observation deck until a few days ago. I was waiting for some epic weather and I think I found it on this night! After cruising up to the 88th floor I walked around the observation deck a few times, waiting for sunset while looking for interesting compositions.

With just a thin gap between the clouds and the horizon there was only going to be a small window of opportunity to capture the sun as it fell through the void. I can tell you that it was quite a spectacle when it did! Light suddenly flooded the city and I went to work getting as many shots as I could. It was interesting going through the sequence afterwards as the images suddenly explode to life for a brief moment. I spent most of my time looking through the windows at this spot as I thought the reflection off the gold plated windows was super cool.

As you might imagine with so many windows and reflections involved, there was a lot of stray light. It took some work cleaning things up but I think the final result is pretty cool and a nice reminder for me of that moment when the sun dropped beneath those dramatic clouds and Melbourne came to life.


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The Sun Worshipper

This scene really caught my eye as I was walking out of the botanic gardens in Melbourne. I like the way the path leads towards the sun and it has a certain Aztec sun worshipping feel to it, which is kind of a weird thing to say now that I think about it. 🙂


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Twilight at the St Kilda Pier

Here’s another shot from the St Kilda Pier. There was just enough light left on the horizon at this point of the evening to get some colour to go along with a few early stars.


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LOST in a Bamboo Forest

I love bamboo forests so was excited to find this spot in the Botanic Gardens in Melbourne. I set up my tripod on the ground and took a shot with my wide angle lens that kind of reminds me of the opening scene of LOST. Anyone else remember that show? I used to love it, the writers kind of lost the plot (so to speak) down the stretch but it was always going to be tough to wrap up such a crazy storyline.


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The Dancing Flames

I was trying something a little different here, increasing the exposure speed to just 1/2000 of a second and trying to capture the flames as they danced in the night. I think it looks kinda cool, this is the eternal flame at the Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne by the way.


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Three Boats at St Kilda

I got up early and went out to St Kilda for some sweet sunrise action and my god it was cold! It doesn’t really get that cold here in Melbourne but the wind chill on this particular day was crazy town! I was pretty much frozen at this point but I managed to set up for a shot of these three little boats that were practically demanding to be photographed!


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The View from My New Apartment

This is the view from my new apartment in Southbank, Melbourne. It’s mostly a giant Crown building but hey, always good to be living right next to a casino right?…


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To Infinity and Beyond at the Melbourne Arts Centre

There’s just something about this photo of the Melbourne Arts Centre that makes me want to shout “to infinity and beyond!” like I’m Buzz Lightyear or something. Maybe it’s the spire thing that looks a bit like a space rocket, or maybe it’s because I’m a bit weird….ok it’s definitely that.


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Sunrise in the Heart of Melbourne

I took this shot from the bridge that goes over the Yarra River on St Kilda Road early one morning as the sun came up. If I had to recommend just one place in Melbourne to take photos then it would probably be around here in the centre of the city near Federation Square. Sure it’s a bit touristy but you can find a wide variety of interesting shots within just a short walk. Obviously there’s much more to see but I’m sure busy people with just a few hours up their sleeve will appreciate my half-arsed and completely obvious suggestion. 🙂


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Late Night Reflections in Melbourne

You can get some wonderful late night photos in Melbourne along the Yarra River, this is in front of the rowing club looking towards Federation Square. There was a dark, moody feel to the scene so I used a slightly underexposed shot and heavily vignetted the corners to help accentuate that while processing in Lightroom.


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Taking the Boat for a Spin

The sky was really beautiful on this night in Melbourne but I was lacking an interesting subject…..enter this guy and his boat. I helped him untie the rope attached to the pier and off he went, round and round in circles, right in front of that beautiful sky. I love Truman Show type moments like this! 🙂


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The Walker Fountain in Kings Domain

The Walker Fountain in Kings Domain, Melbourne looks great at night and I especially like the smooth, almost ghostly appearance of the water if you do a long exposure. This one was 25 seconds in length, long enough to create a nice water effect but too long to keep the energetic jogging gang sharp, that took a much shorter exposure which I merged through later.


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St Kilda Lighthouse

There’s something mysterious about lighthouses that I love! The St Kilda lighthouse in Melbourne is pretty easy to find but it was a little tricky to get this close. I had to carefully walk over some slippery rocks which is always intense when you’re holding an expensive camera! (especially after I destroyed my last camera by falling into the ocean! Haha this is not a joke). Thankfully all went to plan and I got a nice photo of the lighthouse for my troubles.


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Autumn at the Melbourne Botanic Gardens

Is it botanic or botanical? I can never figure it out! Anyway I’ve spent some time down at the Melbourne Botanic Gardens this autumn and it’s gorgeous! There’s just something about all those leaves on the ground, I’m not 100% sure what that something is but I like to think it helps this photo. I don’t think you could find a more inviting place to sit down and read a book anywhere in Melbourne!


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Flames Over the Yarra River

I mentioned the other day how much I love reflections so it might not surprise you to see them in this photo too! There’s a flame show every hour between 9pm and midnight along Southbank here in Melbourne and I’ve always wanted to involve them in some kind of composition. There were lots of inviting puddles around after some rain so it seemed like as good a time as any to give this shot a try. There were a lot of people coming past so it ended up being quite difficult! I took a number of different exposures and managed to merge them together to create something that worked. 🙂


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