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SEA SCULPT. Huge surf had eroded away a wall of sand on the beach that waves were crashing into, throwing big foamy shapes into the air. With a fast shutter speed the shapes are frozen in time like some kind of abstract sea sculpture. North Curl Curl Beach, New South Wales. Cannon 5D Mk ll, EF8-15mm f/4L FISHEYE USM, 1/1000, f/10, ISO 250, handheld, Aquatech underwater housing
This image was also named winner of the People’s Choice award in the 2015 Australian Geographic ANZANG Nature Photographer of the Year competition.
While the competition winners are chosen by expert judges, the People’s Choice Award is selected by visitors to the exhibition.
EUCALPYT MEANDER. Angophora and Eucalyptus trees surround me on an early morning walk in this sclerophyll forest. I stand still, yet feel my spirit gently drawn towards the sylvan distance. Garigal National Park, New South Wales. Sony Nex-6, Tamron 50mm, 0.4, f/11, ISO 400, UV filter, handheld
TIDE OUT, MILFORD SOUND. Milford Sound, dead still with the tide right out, exposing beautiful round algae covered rocks. After an hour walking on very slippery and uneven rocks I settled on this composition to illustrate this stunning landscape. I lowered my tripod to just above the ground and only a few inches from this rock! Milford Sound, New Zealand. Nikon D800E, Nikon 14-24mm F2.8, 0.5, f/16, ISO 100, tripod
BLUE TEARS. Intimate view of a desert oak tree taking centre stage from a section of Uluru. This unusual viewpoint is a catalyst for the leading lines of blue after recent rain and weather events. When partially wet the rock displays many shades of pink, purple and blue – a truly rare and amazing event. Uluru, Northern Territory. Nikon D800, Sigma 150.0-500.0mm, 1/25, f/16, ISO 400, tripod
REEDS IN BREEZE. The soft evening light over this coastal lagoon was aided by a gentle breeze allowing some of the reeds to waver in the wind whilst the remainder were focused, creating an interesting perspective. Tarkine wilderness, Tasmania Nikon D8100, Nikon 400, 1, IS0 200, f/400, tripod
FIRST LIGHT ON LITTLE HORN. The first direct rays of an autumn sunrise reach Little Horn, a summit of Cradle Mountain, and bathe it in a red glow for several fleeting minutes. The peak is reflected in the seemingly tranquil waters of the Twisted Lakes amongst pencil pines and golden fagus trees. Lake St Clair National Park, Tasmania. Sony A7R, Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II Tilt Shift Lens, 0.2, f/11, ISO100, tripod
ROLLING THUNDER. There had been a big storm off the coast and the seas were enormous. The salt spray was thick in the air and the sound of breaking waves filled my ears. I stood and watched in awe of the power of the ocean. Denhams Beach, New South Wales. Nikon d800e, Tamron 70-300mm, 1/30, f/18, ISO 50, RAW, tripod
MYSTIFY. I had beautiful conditions while photographing the karri trees of Boranup Forest. Next to no wind, beautiful warm morning light and fog. As I was wandering through a section of the forest this tree caught my eye. It was alone and had great foliage on the forest floor around it. Boranup, Western Australia. Canon 5D Mk II, Canon 16-35mm Mk II, 0.4, f/16, ISO 100, tripod
TO BE FREE. I found this composition that was very similar to what I had in mind, earlier in the day. That evening as the sky filled with these beautiful soft clouds, the setting sun would break through the clouds to my left and stunning warm light would illuminate Frenchman Peak.Frenchman Peak, Cape Le Grande National Park, Western Australia. Sony A7r, Canon 16-35mm Mk II, 1/40, f/9, ISO 500, tripod
EDITH FALLS. Wedged between Sylvia Falls and Lodore Falls, the smaller Edith Falls presents a great opportunity for close-up study as the track down the valley goes directly in front of its face. This was shot early one morning in foggy conditions, well before the sunlight reached over clifftops and into the valley. Valley of the Waters, Blue Mountains National Park, New South Wales. Canon EOS 5D Mk II, Canon TS-E 24mm f3.4L, 20, f/8, ISO 125, Hoya ND x400 Filter, Manfrotto 055XPROB tripod with 496RC2 Ball Head
MYSTIC JUNGLE. These forests once covered most of the southern supercontinent of Gondwana and remain the most ancient community of vegetation in Australia. Primitive plant groups found here reveal direct links to the birth and spread of flowering plants more than 100 million years ago. Dorrigo World Heritage National Park, New South Wales. Canon 5D Mk II, Canon EF17-40 f/4L USM, 6, f/13, ISO 100, tripod, circular polarised filter
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