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The Road from Queenstown to Glenorchy

Is this the most beautiful drive in the world? I wouldn’t argue if you thought so! We spent about an hour at this special spot on the road between Queenstown and Glenorchy watching the colours change as soft, puffy clouds floated over Lake Wakatipu. Naturally I took way too many photos and had all kinds of problems choosing the one I liked best, haha classic first world problems!

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Sunshine in the Fjord

The weather tends to change quickly here in the Norwegian fjords, which is great for photography! Clouds come and go as they please and it’s especially beautiful when the sun rays pierce through them, diffusing glorius light over a soft palette of colour and shape….haha too much? 🙂

Sunshine in the Fjord

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Drifting Through Sognefjord

I’m on a boat drifting quietly through the fjords of Norway, oh my lordie it’s beautiful out here! I don’t really have any plans over the next 4 or 5 days I’m just gonna go with the flow, stopping overnight at towns in the Sognefjord that pique my interest, which could be all of them…

Update: I left my tripod on the boat but they returned it to me the next day! Haha thanks Norway! 🙂

Drifting Through Sognefjord

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Hello from the Faroe Islands!

I’m here in the Faroe Islands for about a week, doing what exactly you ask? I HAVE NO IDEA! Haha! Definitely a few hikes, and maybe some exploring, yes lots of exploring! Anyway I’m staying in Torshavn and the people have been super-duper nice so far! I took this photo on a little walk through the town after settling in, this is gonna be fun!

Hello from the Faroe Islands

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Lenticular Clouds at the Volcano Huts

After starting the day in Skogar I finally made it to the Volcano Huts in Thorsmork for a well earned rest! Before settling in for food and a shower I quickly took a few snaps of the lenticular clouds hovering around the mountains. I don’t get the chance to see them very often and they looked incredible as the sun went down.

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The Impossible River Crossing

Today I learnt an important lesson in why not to solely rely on Google Maps. I knew exactly where my camp at Thorsmork was but what I didn’t count on was a raging river that I had no way of crossing on foot. I’m not sure if the river is always like that but it seemed like a hopeless situation at the time. I walked alongside the river for a couple of hours until a bus with giant river crossing wheels turned up. The driver was nice enough to let me jump on board and across we went, crisis avoided! This photo is one of the many I took while walking alongside the river (and no this isn’t the ‘raging’ part, haha that’s further to the left). The strange cloud formations were especially awesome around these parts, what a wild day!

The Impossible River Crossing

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Hallgrimskirkja on a Wild Morning

I’m staying right across the road from this incredible church here in Reykjavik called Hallgrimskirkja. Other than being impossible to spell correctly, this thing is just amazing! It kind of looks like a spaceship, and on this wild morning of swirling clouds it actually looks like it was blasting off!

Hallgrimskirkja on a Wild Morning

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Tokyo Bay at Night from Odaiba

I spent the evening in Odaiba, taking photos while walking along the waterfront. It’s nice out here and there are lots of opportunities for photography (including giant robots). You can see the Rainbow Bridge in the background of this photo as well as some light trails from boats moving across the bay. This was a 20 second exposure which explains the light trails and cloud movement. I also used my 14mm wide angle lens to fit in as much Tokyo Bay magic as possible! 🙂

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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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The Impossible Blue

I was absolutely mesmerized by this scene on the beach at Huahine. Fluffy white clouds floated across the impossibly blue sky as I slowly dozed off, drifting gently between worlds.

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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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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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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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Scorched Skies Above Port Melbourne

I love it when the sun goes beneath the horizon and the clouds catch fire like this, scorched skies make for great photos! One of those great nights when the sky changes every few minutes, giving you a whole range of different photos without the need to move around much. I was at the Kerferd Road Pier by the way, a nice spot to watch sunsets here in Melbourne.

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Worlds Apart – St Kilda after the Rain

The other day I posted a photo of some kind of cloud monster that formed as the weather broke up after a nasty storm in Melbourne. Well this is what was happening in the other direction as the sun broke through the clouds, it looked particularly cool in front of this interesting globe sculpture I stumbled upon in St Kilda.

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A Melbourne Cloud Monster

The weather in Melbourne can change pretty quickly, I think that’s a common saying in a lot of cities but it’s really true here! I find that some of the best landscape photo opportunities occur during these weather changes so when a funky storm was breaking up the other day I went on a bit of adventure with my camera to see if I could take advantage of it. While I was admiring the sun breaking through the clouds in one direction I had the distinct feeling that I was being watched, I turned around to see a seriously weird cloud formation that looked like some kind of cloud monster! Cool! 🙂

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New Zealand Photo Adventure with Trey Ratcliff

Well that was fun! Big thanks to Trey, Curtis, Karen, Scott and everyone else who made this New Zealand photo adventure so awesome! I made some great new friends and it was cool seeing parts of NZ that I hadn’t been to before. I feel like I really improved my technical knowledge, composition and post-processing skills over the week and I’m looking forward to putting them into practise! These are a few of my favourite shots from the trip 🙂

Moody MilfordThe Primordial LakeThe UFO Landing SiteThe Perfect NZ SunsetThe Mysterious Glowing TreeMonkey CreekQueenstown from High AboveA Pond at the HillsThe DuelLake Wakatipu UFOMilford CloudsLady Bowen FallsMonkey Creek CloudsQueenstown Garden BridgeFunky CloudsBendemeer HayBendemeer HillsClassic NZ LandscapeGlenorchy Lake HillsBendemeer WarmthKorean PrisonJumper at the HillsThe RemarkablesA Glenorchy PathA Glenorchy SunsetDeer Park FieldsThe Winding RoadThe Wolves GatherEarly Morning on Lake WakatipuBendemeer UFO'sSunrise on Lake WakatipuGlenorchy WatersGlenorchy ReflectionsWide Open SpacesEarthynessWool Shed Stars

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The Perfect New Zealand Sunset

So this is why people want to visit New Zealand! It had already been the perfect evening exploring the countryside outside Queenstown but it was about to get more perfecter! 🙂 I could tell this sunset was going to be something special so I wanted to find the perfect spot to watch it happen. I jumped fences, ran through fields, climbed hills and finally settled at the location you see below. Just a mesmerizing moment.

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Funky Clouds near Lake Hayes

As the night went on the clouds got more and more interesting. These funky clouds near Lake Hayes look like blobs of paint thrown against a wall, and I love them for it.

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A UFO Over Lake Wakatipu

On the way back to Queenstown from Milford Sound we stopped alongside Lake Wakatipu to take photos of some strange lenticular clouds. This one looked like a UFO!

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