Originally published March 4th 2008 on my Redbubble photography blog. Reposted here on WordPress for easy reading.
For those who haven’t noticed, we have returned from six days in upper New South Wales (NSW) and some parts of Queensland (QLD), Australia.
It was a lot of fun, and my wife and I were able to escape the hot weather of Adelaide to enjoy the wet yet humid days of the East side of Australia. Primarily it was to attend my grandfather’s 21st birthday (before you ask “What the…?”, think about what year it is and what date it was at the end of February), but I was able to spend some time photographing some amazing locations.
Out of the chosen 125, I uploaded around 25-50. It’s always the way, you think a shot is terrific – but the truth comes out when carefully scrutinising the final result.
Here are all the locations we were able to visit: Bleekers Arboretum . This was a great location with amazing foliage and flowers. I don’t think I saw the whole place, we only stayed a few hours. I hope to return within the next 12-18months.
Read more about all three images in consecutive manipulation
Crystal Castle ( Crystalight )
We got a little lost trying to locate this mesmorizing tourist attraction so I had a few short opportunities to shoot local architecture, street signs, letter boxes, and other features. We crossed a concrete bridge that had water shooting out one side, but you couldn’t see where it came from on the other … really weird.
On the return journey we found a wide part of the one-lane road to stop to capture some creative angles of this wooden garage door . Expect to see some more images of this that certainly step outside my usual style!
Casino Royal Revolving Restaurant, QLD (for Opa’s birthday). I shot some amazing photographs from the 26th floor, but I’m undecided on uploading to Redbubble.
Plus various beaches, cliffs, peninsula’s and other geographical locations around Lismore, Fingal Head, Broken Head Beach and Minyon Falls , all in Upper NSW.
The irony of it all is the contrast of weather patterns. We rarely saw sunlight on the Sunshine Coast, whereas Adelaide’s usually grey-days were stinking hot. (And I’ve come back to a 34 degrees celsius day. Joy of Joys.)
BTW, The World is Getting Too Small!
1. Whilst visiting an open garden in upper NSW last week, I was asked by a guy at the gate if I put my work on Redbubble.com. I laughed and wrote my pseudonym in the visitors book. I have now met a Redbubbler in the flesh.
2. On the flight back to Adelaide I purchased Volume 30 Edition 8 (Feb 28-April 2 2008) of BRW. Redbubble.com is mentioned on page 58 as part of an article entitled “Caught in the Web 2.0″. Actually quite an informative and interesting article.
3. Ten minutes ago (around 1.30pm, 4th March 2008) a representative from a roof-sealing company knocked on the door. After discussing a few options, I agreed for him to have my name to call back in 12 months time, saying “It’s OK, I’ll be famous soon.” (Said with tongue-in-cheek and a hearty laugh). He asked why. I said I am a photographer, I sell my work on the internet. He asked “Redbubble?” …. Needless to say, we had a good laugh.
The world is getting far too small… Or Redbubble is getting very very popular?
Sub Title: Shooting Boots
Yesterday I had the weirdest and scariest moment of my life.
I thought I had lost my photo mojo!
Lo and behold, I found my father-in-law’s old leather boots, both covered in character that only time and hard-work can give. With ripped toes exposing the steel caps beneath, plus stretch marks where they have been hastily pulled off his old weary feet, these boots were instantly my subject of the day.
As the afternoon sun hit the backyard, I quickly found a surface apt for the job: The top of a honey-heater-box, coated in dirty white paint (because dirt fell on whilst the paint was drying) was perfect for the job!
As you can see from my photograph series of boots below, I still have my photo mojo!
Always feels good to shoot an interesting subject and shoot either with natural or appropriate lighting. Oh, photo mojo, you complete me!