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South West Light – Melbourne

11 Feb 2013 at 8:27am

South West Light – Melbourne

South West Light Seminar – Melbourne 17 Feb

Tickets at Door This Sunday – $245

We still have room for the South West Light Seminar in Melbourne if you’re interested in coming along – it’s on this Sunday 17 February and we’re holding the early bird price at $245 because we’ve been told we didn’t start advertising it early enough! Sorry!

It features the ND5 group, meaning Les Walkling, Tony Hewitt, Christian Fletcher, Michael Fletcher and Peter Eastway. We’ve booked out the State Library of Victoria, Village Roadshow Theatrette and there are five presentations spread across the day, everything from inspiration and creativity to the more practical aspects of Photoshop post-production, colour management and printing.

The event is sponsored by Epson, Canson and Kayell and a similar event which we ran in Western Australia late last year received a really positive response, so if you’re in Melbourne, we’d be delighted to see you there…

State Library of Victoria, Village Roadshow Theatrette, Entry 3, 179 La Trobe St
9.30 am to 4.30 pm (see program)

Dr Les Walkling – Colour management, contemporary art photography and printing.
Tony Hewitt – Inspiration, vision, creativity.
MIchael Fletcher – The South West Light Documentary – full screening.
Christian Fletcher – Fletch’s Freaky Photoshop
Peter Eastway – Layers for creating photographs.

The South West Light presentation will also be held in Sydney on 7 April 2013 at the Australian National Maritime Museum, Darling Harbour. You can also book Sydney on the website if you wish.

To download the South West Light program, click here.

Click here to book your place on the Better Photography website.

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My Brother the Hero

3 Apr 2012 at 10:46am

A couple of days ago my brother Michael and one of the crew members on True North, Al, rescued another crew member, Tara Hawkes, from a croc. I was lying in bed reading when a call came through from Mark Stothard. I was amazed and proud of Michael for getting in there and helping free the girl. It isn’t something you would contemplate doing until you are in that situation, but it must have taken considerable courage for both guys to do what they did. It sounded horrific but bloody hell these guys are heros.

Michael has been on True North Filming the epic Kimberley coastline with renowned filmmaker Philip Bloom. He got Bloomie on the boat to show him the wild untamed North West and ended up seeing the wild bit first hand. I will let Michael recount the story in full when he returns home, it isn’t everyday you wrestle a croc!

Apparently Tara was amazing and well composed after the event and a very courageous girl herself.

As for a True North cruise on the Kimberley coast, do it. It is still the best trip you will ever do. They have been sailing these waters for more than 20 years so they have heaps of experience. This was a freak occurrence and they are still trying to work out how a croc got into that waterhole. It may have been an extra large king tide or the effects of a cyclone that allowed the croc to get that high out of the salt water and up the river. Thanks god they have a helicopter on board so getting to help is almost as quick as an ambulance ride. If you were out there without one things could be different. But that is the beauty of such a remote region, it is wilderness and it is unbelievable. The only problem is everything bites up there!


I’m proud of you bro, you have proved you are someone you can count on if the going gets tough. Now just don’t get any ideas about a tv show with crocodiles. That has been done!

Steve Irwin would have been proud.


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The South West Project

19 Sep 2011 at 12:37pm

Well it has started, a couple of weeks back we had our first of several trips to photograph the South West like it hasn’t been seen before. The same team from the Pilbara Project have gathered along with guest shooter Nick Rains. We have a super team of Landscape photographers

Christian Fletcher – M. Photog AIPP – Australian and Western Australian Landscape Photographer of the year 2011
Michael Fletcher – Australian Fusion (video) Photographer of the Year 2011
Tony Hewitt – GM. Photog AIPP – Western Australian Landscape Photographer of the Year 2004, 2008
Peter Eastway – GM. Photog AIPP – Australian Landscape Photographer of the year 1995, 1996, 1998,
Nick Rains – M. Photog AIPP – Australian Geographic Photographer of the Year 2002, (Guest photographer on this project)
Dr Les Walkling – Artist, Educator, Consultant

Farmland Busselton

The first trip started in Albany and worked its way back to Bridgetown shooting all along the way. Next we are heading inland and following the old country towns to Bremer Bay. For that trip we are taking our own Cessna 172 and Pilot. We hope to shoot a lot from the air as this gives you such a great perspective.

As a group we all have so much fun, the banter between us is constant and having cb radios in the car it only stopped when we were asleep. Here are some pics of the boys. Thanks to Tony  and Nick for some of these images.

Stay tuned for more stories to come from the project as well as announcements on the exhibition dates and a super workshop that will blow your minds!!!


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Michaels New Kimberley Edit being Shown to Bob Brown

14 Sep 2010 at 11:07am

[vimeo http://vimeo.com/14945627]

I just also wanted to say a big thank you to the crew at Clever Starfish web design.They have given me the best service since having them create my two sites. I have made subtle changes over the past months and it has never been a problem. That is what I call service and that is why I recommend them so highly. They are the best in the game and you should be using them for your next project. Rock on guys!

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Gigapan Promo Video

1 Sep 2010 at 4:35pm

[vimeo http://vimeo.com/14602062]

Another great video by my brother Michael. Shows off the Gigapan and the fun you can have with it. Now before you guys go, hang on that Sugarloaf shot wasn’t taken with the Gigapan, it is there because the actual image we shot wasn’t that great. Not in quality, that was awesome, in light and feel. It was the wrong time of day. For the video Michael thought this shot looked better, see even with all the best technology in the world if the light isn’t on….

The Landscape 500

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Men in Hats

23 Feb 2010 at 2:43pm

Have you ever seen a bigger bunch of photo geeks in your life. Should we be looking up to these guys or laughing at them……… ok lets laugh. All we need in there is Ken Duncan and Peter Lik and it would be a circus!

Thanks to the very talented Nicole Yardley for the use of the photos. Nicole was one of the PH Photography students who joined us for some cool adventures. Her photos look mint, geez she must of had a great teacher ;-0)
Well maybe just great talent.

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The Pilbara Project Video Teaser

18 Feb 2010 at 1:05am

[vimeo http://vimeo.com/9520603]

Well here is the start of Michaels video project from our recent trip to the Pilbara shooting with Tony Hewitt, Peter Eastway and Les Walkling. I think it is going to be an amazing doco on what we experienced. Stay tuned for more.

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Video Footage from 1D Mark IV

5 Jan 2010 at 1:54pm

[vimeo http://vimeo.com/8549391]

Here is the first snippet of footage from the brand new canon 1D mark IV. Michael didn’t get the best light, we have all experienced that problem before! The footage of the fireworks is exceptional. Looks pretty good in low light, would like to see some stills from this puppy. Will get some on Saturday night at the Trigger movie shoot.

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