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The Kimberley

31 Aug 2011 at 7:32pm

Seems that Tony Burke doesn’t think James Price Point is worth saving and big business wins again. I’m sure they will still have a fight from everyone opposed to the worlds biggest gas plant being built on the Broome doorstep. He has proposed that half of the Kimberley is to be heritage listed, what happens to the other half? Well I guess that is where the resources are. What is heritage listing anyway, just more red tape for companies to go through to get what they want. In the end will it really stop anything going ahead?

As for Woodside protecting the dinosaur footprints, will that be similar to how they protected the rock art on the Burrup Peninsula. See the photo below.

Not many people know where the rock art ended up. We were taken there by a guide and led up a very obscure track, that obviously isn’t one they want you to use. We all felt a sense of shame at what we saw and I could only think of how I would feel if something culturally significant to me was moved to make way for a plant that was there to save the world from burning coal. Sorry I meant to make a shit load of money for the company. I assume the dinosaur prints will be treated just as carefully and respectfully.

To everyone in Broome who opposes the gas hub, I’m saddened to hear this news but I’m sure with your strong will and community spirit this thing can still be averted. To those who are rubbing their hands together in glee for the profits they may or may not make, please think about our environment, your kids environment, the respect of indigenous culture and land and those who only want a good outcome for everyone, not just the oil and gas industry.

There are no jobs on a dead planet

Anyway on a lighter note the Bike to Broome went extremely well. No crashes, no injuries only a bit of nappy rash and some upset stomachs. Goes to show that humans can do anything if they put their minds to it. We were ahead of schedule on most changes but because we couldn’t get into Broome ahead of time we had to go a bit slower at times. This gave us a chance for a breather but the sleep was pretty hard to come by. We probably only averaged 2 to 3 hours per day so it got a bit tough in the last couple. Still when we arrived we were running on excitement and positive energy and the warm reception from the Broome locals was fantastic. Along the way the public and news were told about our ride and what we were doing it for so the message was getting out there. Thanks to everyone who sponsored us with donations and products. It was so amazing. To those who praised our efforts, thank you. We hope some people have had another think about what the Kimberley means to them and some attitudes have been changed.

To all the people in power who make these crazy decisions, know that the public will be voting one day soon and I hope you have done enough to be re-elected. Remember also the decisions you make today you will have to live with forever. If the Kimberley is laid bare and destroyed it will be your actions we will remember. I hope you can live with that.

We were all so amazed with how we coped with the ride we are already talking about a Bike to Canberra. How good would that be. You loose weight, get fit, see the country at 3okph and air your dirty socks on the doorstep of Parliament House. If we eat enough beans I’m sure even the hardest nosed politician will be asking us to put our gas elsewhere!! We are happy to do that. No one wants gas pollution in their neighbourhood. Speaking of  gas pollution, check this out –

Environmental impacts associated with this proposed development include:

  • Clearing of 2400 hectares (24 square kilometres) of Pindan Woodlands and extremely rare Monsoon Vine Thicket plant communities could be affected.
  • Dredging is the process of digging a channel and turning basin to allow access for the LNG tankers and other boats. It is a very ecologically damaging process that releases large loads of sediment, and under plans released by the Government up to 21 million tonnes would be dredged.
  • Sediment: The release of sediment into the marine environment causes impacts on light-dependant organisms suchas corals and sea grass by smothering the organisms and cutting off the light required for photosynthesis. Suspended sediments impact on filter feeding organisms such as oysters and sponges by clogging their feeding mechanisms, essentially starving the animals. Other organisms such as fish are impacted by the clogging of their gills.
  • Humpback Whales: The largest Humpback whale nursery on Earth lies between Broome and Camden Sound on the Kimberley coast. The Kimberley coast is crucial habitat for the Humpback whale, a protected species in Australia. The Kimberley population of whales is internationally significant.
  • Fish: James Price Point has been identified as a fish aggregation area, though scientific information is limited. It is likely that future studies will identify fish breeding sites and the dredging and blasting of coral reefs will destroy habitat.
  • Turtles: Five marine turtle species, including Australia’s own Flatback turtle, are found in the Kimberley. Studies have identified the James Price point region as an important feeding area for turtles and nesting has been recorded in the area, though survey effort has been insufficient to date to have a clear idea of the significance of the area as anesting beach. It is known from elsewhere that light pollution and other impacts from this sort of development can impact on turtle hatchling survival.
  • Coral: A coral reef province of global significance extends along the Kimberley coast. The James Price Point area is no exception and the area under threat from development is home to many beautiful and diverse coral species.
  • Snubfin dolphins: are Australia’s unique dolphin species! Found nowhere else in the world this species has been recently discovered by science and the Kimberley is crucial habitat. The latest research has identified that Snubfin families appear to spend much of their lives in very small territories close to shore. This means Snubfin populations can be heavily impacted by habitat destruction and unsustainable development.
  • Reef blasting: the diverse coral and other communities are threatened by the extensive blasting that would be required for port and channel construction.
  • Breakwater: the breakwater proposed for the area could be as large as 7km long. Such a large structure would interrupt and change the local current flows, and damage the local ecosystem during construction with unpredictable impacts.
  • Seismic pollution (e.g. blasting and ship noise) – studies have implicated seismic pollution in changing migratoryand other behaviour and whale stranding events.
  • Climate change: Greenhouse gas emissions would skyrocket, rendering the achievement of WA and Australiagreenhouse gas reduction targets virtually impossible. Conservative estimates of just the initial project indicate that 15 million tonnes of greenhouse gases would be emitted every year – equivalent to 3 million cars (20% of WA’s total).
  • Air pollution: Toxic air pollution from the gas hub would release gasses from flare towers and other operations including poisonous nitrogen and sulfur compounds (‘Nox’ and ‘Sox’) known to have negative impacts of humanand wildlife health.
  • Sea pollution: Continuous pollution and degradation of the marine environment from drilling, dredging, shipping,and pipelines being laid along the ocean floor.
  • Disasters: Shipping and the potential for oil spills – along with this proposed development would come the construction of huge oil and gas rigs and undersea pipelines and a massive increase in shipping. As we saw recently with the Gulf of Mexico and Montara (West Atlas) oil spill off the Kimberley coast, accidents do happen. This region is just too ecologically significant, too special to be put at unnecessary risk.
  • Water: A huge amount of fresh water would be required for this project. This will come from groundwater or viadesalination. The use of groundwater is likely to have negative impacts on the waterholes and vegetation of the region. Desalination is an energy (greenhouse) intensive process that also releases highly saline water and chemicals into the marine environment.
  • Scott Reef: Scott Reef is in danger, with Woodside planning to put the rig that will pump oil and gas to James Price Point on top of the environmentally important and beautiful Scott Reef.



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These lights are Cool

30 Aug 2011 at 4:22pm

I bought one of these Graflilites the other day from Team Digital so I could properly assess what my prints look like under better lighting conditions. Using this light the print and the monitor matched even more closely. Fantastic device and the only thing to have when doing up your award prints. I have the Mode.

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Canon in Focus with Nick Rains

29 Aug 2011 at 7:49pm

Join Nick Rains and Ian van der Wolde to find out exactly how to use the Canon EOS 5D MarkII, EOS 1D Mark IV and other high end Canons to their full potential. A full day of seminars with two of Australia’s leading professional photographers who will share their methods and techniques developed over decades of full time pro photography.
Nick and Ian will cover:
Auto Focus – menu settings, in use, focus point choices, custom functions, strengths and weaknesses.
Manual Focus – when to use it.
What is a ‘sharp’ image and how do we create them?
How high resolution sensors are very rewarding, but also very demanding of correct technique.
High ISO.
Lens choices. Zooms or primes?
Tilt – Shift Lens use.
And much more.
If you feel you are not getting the absolute sharpest images possible with your Canon camera, or want to brush up on your shooting techniques, whether you are a beginner or a seasoned pro you will be sure to learn more about the subtleties of your camera than you thought possible. Best of all, with Canon’s help we can offer all this for just $99.
Where: Team Digital, 268 Lord Street, East Perth.
When : September 13th at 0900.
Price : $99 (discount available for Canon CPS Members)
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Charlie at the beach – Glidecam HD 2000 test

22 Aug 2011 at 9:08am


I went out with my little mate Charlie down to one of our local beaches called “Honeycombs” to give my new Glidecam HD 2000 camera stabiliser a go and to do some timelapses. It’s a great piece of gear for any videographer and makes shooting on the hop much easier and the results a lot more natural.

You can check them out here.



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R day is tomorrow

20 Aug 2011 at 8:54pm

Well hopefully the training and planing will pay off. Come tomorrow we finally Lycra up and head to Broome on our epic non stop trip. If anyone is in Perth tomorrow from 11am we will be assembling there and hitting the open road at 11.45. Come and give us some support.

Will try to post updates as time and Internet permits. See you in Broome.

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Vimeo now on Apple TV

16 Aug 2011 at 10:50pm

For those of you who may not yet know. Apple TV has just included Vimeo on it’s play list. If you seriously want to watch awesome HD content on the big screen in full HD you better check it out. Full surround sound with an earth shaking sub also helps.

It’s frigging awesome.

Maybe some of you photog’s can produce slideshows of your work and then have it watched by millions all over the world. Mind you watching still photos can be pretty boring. Shoot video I say…..

If you don’t have an Apple TV and a big arse carbon spewing plasma on your wall your missing out on what HD is all about.

Get on it people…..


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The Golden Shopping Trolley Awards

16 Aug 2011 at 9:23am

Team Digital is very pleased announce the Golden Shopping Trolley Awards or Photo competition.

This has been in the making for some time , the awards them self come from discussions with Christian Fletcher. Basically how to have a competition and have a lot fun doing it.

The theme is Urban Landscape or “Landscapes that have been touched by man” . Im sure you will all agree that this gives you a lot scope to come up with something out of the square.

We did want to make this competition different not only from the subject point of view but also the way it is judged. So we have came up with the idea of having the top 20 images judged live at Gala Evening ( Beer and Sausage Sizzle  at Team ) held on the 29th of October starting at 6.00pm  So you can come along and hear what the judges had to say about the images . Also the 20 finalist will be printed on Epson of course . And during the night we will have a large screen displaying all the entrants.

What could be better than that , how about a whole swag of prizes over $ 4000.00 worth
1st Prize is shiny new Epson Pro 3880 A2 printer valued at $ 2195.00
2nd Prize is a brand new Manfrotto Carbon Fibre Tripod 055CXPro4 valued at $ 795.00
3rd Prize is the Complete collection of NIK’s Software valued at $ 699.00

Wait there’s more, we have two other section. these are extra sections so you will entered into the main section as well.
The first is the X-100 Award which basically the best Urban landscape shot on the amazing Fuji X-100. This is a mounted Fujiflex print up to 60 x 90 cm valued at $ 550.00.
The second is the best Urban Landscape image that contains a shopping trolley. Canson have sponsored this section with a $ 250 media pack.

Now cost of entry $ 25.00 which allows you to enter 4 images and this includes a ticket to the gala evening.

You can put your entries in via a link on the Team Digital blog. That will be up and running by the end of the  week. Entries must be by the 21st of October.

Happy landscaping

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Karijini Workshop 2012

8 Aug 2011 at 1:55pm

Karijini National Park

It’s happening again, the now famous Karijini Workshop held by myself and two Grand Master Photographers Tony Hewitt and Peter Eastway. We are taking expressions of interest and the finer details are being worked out this week. If you are keen to get on this workshop please email me christianfletcher@westnet.com.au and I will add you to our list. The dates will be the 22nd of April 2012 to the 25th of April. Four days of shooting talking, post production, printing and learning all there is to know about photography. You will need to get to the eco retreat the day before on the 21st and leave on the morning of the 26th. Anzac day is in there so you don’t need to take too much time off of work.

We only have 15 places available and 5 of those are gone already.

Here is what people have said about our last Karijini workshops.

Thanks so much Christian, Peter and Tony. Can’t believe how much I learnt and improved. I’m revisitng all of my images taken prior to the workshop, that’s how far I progressed. For anyone reading this and thinking of going next year, it was awful, don’t bother coming!! #evil laughter, patting of fluffy white cat#    Darriene

Good to see you made it back safely. It was an amazing weekend, the instructors, participants and the location is out of this world. I stopped in at Hamersley gorge and that is also an amazing place that we didn’t get to in the workshop. Andre Joanisse

Thanks for a brilliant long weekend, I really needed an atmosphere like that to spur me on. I think we all learnt something from each other, including the instructors. Matthew Inman

Mate love to join you three jokers again in 2011 picked up heaps last workshop.  Andrew Stevens


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