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Lower Melaluka Falls

17 Apr 2012 at 1:50pm

Yesterday was the second heli picnic at Melaluka falls. Flying in we spotted this lower falls and walked down to get some shots. It ended up being an epic with water crossings and bush bashing the order of the day. If only we were there at sunset for the magic hour!

At 3pm today we hop in the helicopter again and camp out at a remote waterfall and swimming hole somewhere up the Sale River. Looking forward to being under the stars and getting some awesome light. Clouds are already starting to build up so fingers crossed for an unbelievable sunset and sunrise.

Tomorrow it is Montgomery Reef.


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Prince Frederick Harbour

14 Apr 2012 at 11:39am

This was our view last night over Prince Frederick Harbour. Markie and I got a heli to drop us on the highest hill we could find for the sunset. It was smack on 1000ft above sea level. Thanks to Rob for the fancy flying. We are anchored around the corner from this bay in the Hunter River awaiting the mighty Tom Putt to join us. He is going to go nuts when he sees this place for the first time.


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Eagle Falls Day 3

11 Apr 2012 at 8:56am

Yesterday we were at Eagle Falls. It is one of the most epic spots on the planet. Markie, Jen and I walked to the bottom of the falls to capture this shot. I don’t think anyone has ventured do there before. It is a bit of a rock climb and bush bash but worth the effort. There is a freshwater croc that lives in this waterhole and when you zoom in to this image you can see it sleeping on the rocks to the right. It is way bigger than it looks and a fall from the top would mean certain death. You might just notice the guy on the right of the waterfall who gives it some scale.

Just after walking back to the top the skies unleashed a huge rainstorm. We all got soaked but it was so nice. Markie had his brolly out but even he had to zip up the camera bag. It was that heavy. The Kimberley at this time is awesome. So humid and have had cloud everyday.

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News and Updates

23 Jan 2012 at 12:58pm

Thanks to everyone that attended the workshop with Nick Rains and myself last weekend at Bunker Bay. It was great fun and I hope you all learnt a great deal about getting the best images possible. Keep an eye on the blog for our new workshop announcements and if you want to get on my mailing list please let me know.

Next week I will be in South Australia shooting with the new Fujifilm X-Pro1. I will be reporting on my findings so make sure you tune in to read all about it. I will be going with my bro, who will be filming the whole thing, Kevin Cooper from Fuji, who happens to be a great shooter as well and Michael Coyne, legendary photojournalist. The guy has done some amazing work. See his website here I have to say this camera looks pretty exciting, and what I have heard so far is going to be a game changer.

The next South West Light trip kicks off in a couple of weeks and the boys will be over to create some amazing images. This will be our last shoot before working on finalising an exhibition date and location. We also hope to publish a book of the images which is going to be spectacular to say the least, I am biased!!!

Update on Emails I just have too many to get back to everyone, if I haven’t replied to you please don’t take it the wrong way, I read everything, just don’t have enough hours in the day. So sorry if you are one of those people.

Other Workshops Coming up – Don’t forget the ultimate workshop aboard True North in April this year. See my blog post here for details.



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True North Kimberley Workshop 2012

26 Oct 2011 at 1:11pm

Ok you have thought about it, you have been tempted by it, some of the bloggers have done it and now it is your turn to experience the ultimate Kimberley photographic workshop.


I will be on True North with the man himself truenorthmark.com to teach everything I know about photography. To show you how to get stunning landscape images of what is probably Australia’s most untouched paradise. See below for the trip details.

Kimberley Gorges From 07 April 2012 To 14 April 2012
Wyndham – Hunter River/Broome, 7 Nights

The Kimberley Gorges itinerary features the northern half of the Kimberley
Ultimate cruise. Here the landscape is dominated by the Kimberley’s
stunning gorge country including the Berkeley River, the King George Falls
and the Mitchell River. Includes helicopter/aircraft transfer to Broome.

Kimberley Islands From 14 April 2012 To 20 April 2012
Broome/Hunter River – Broome, 6 Nights

The Kimberley Islands itinerary features the southern half of the Kimberley
Ultimate cruise. A totally different Kimberley experience featuring the
mighty Prince Regent, intriguing Montgomery Reef and the exhilarating
Horizontal Waterfalls. Includes helicopter/aircraft transfer from Broome.

I will be on both legs of the journey. Join us for one trip or both if you really want to see this coastline. It is a once in a lifetime adventure. Going with Mark is a bonus too as he knows all the spots to get the best shots, he always commandeers a tender boat and we never miss out on the action.

The best part of the True North is the absolute luxury you are in the whole time you are aboard. Not once do you have to lift a finger, everything is provided. It is simply the best ever experience I have had and will ever have. So much so that normal life after True North is a real let down. Be prepared for post True North Blues! Still there won’t be time for getting depressed you will have thousands of images to process when home again and back to reality.

We will shoot every day and process by night. I will be showing all my photoshop tricks and there will be lots of time in the field learning about composition and capture.

Get on board, this trip being at the end of the wet should prove to be as awesome as the most recent that Markie, Flemming, David Bettini and Greg Munyard were on this year. Lots of water and amazing skys.

More details of the adventure soon. Time to start planing.

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Back from the Kimberley

7 Jun 2011 at 1:07pm

Man it is tough in the real world! I am just going through the usual Post True North Depression that seems to happen to everyone who does the cruise. The real world is for others, I was born to be a 5 star kind of guy.

I had a blast on the TN and managed some pretty good pics that will hopefully make it to the Kimberley Project exhibition some time in 2012. So for now you have to look at my rejects. This is Montgomery Reef from the open door of the True North Heli. Thanks to our awesome pilot Howie for letting me open and shut the door mid flight.

You can see two tenders boats in this shot. Remember the True North Photography workshop happening next year April 2012. Save your pennies. You pay for your cabin and get me for free! You lucky ducks!!

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Michaels Teaser PNG Video

26 Nov 2009 at 6:33am

[vimeo http://vimeo.com/7829648]

Check out Michaels new video from his trip on True North to Papua New Guinea. This is just of the kids but you should see the landscape stuff. You will all be booking on for next years trips once you see this. Ask Rod Thomas, he will tell you. All shot on the 5D2 as per usual. It looks like a fantastic place and a fantastic culture.

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Things that fly!

9 Sep 2009 at 2:03am

eagle king george

heli steep island

heli picnic

I have had so many heli flights on this trip I feel like I could fly one of those things. Rainor our pilot is a legend and will put the heli in our shots when ever we want. The pic of Steep island was pretty cool with him hovering just in the shot. Michael was on the heli taking video of us on the hill. Expect to see that on Vimeo soon.
Two days to go, what a bummer.

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What do you do when the light is average?

8 Sep 2009 at 9:55am


mangrove leaves


Shoot in Black and White and point the camera towards the ground. We have been out in some awesome landscapes but if the light isn’t doing it, it can still be hard getting a great shot. Still it is always possible to get a photos of something. Saw some great rock art today and tomorrow we hit King George falls. Did I mention I caught my first Barra yesterday. The one I lost was close to the magic 1 meter mark, that thing was a beast, glad it got off though, would have been a shame to kill something so awesome.
The trip will be ending soon, I think I might leave with a tear in my eye. The crew are amazing and work so hard, we don’t do Jack!!! In fact if you asked nicely they might even wipe your bum for you so you absolutely don’t have to do anything.!!!
Had a heli picknick at Eagle Falls today, wooooowww, it was the best.

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Hello from True North

4 Sep 2009 at 12:49am

ruby falls

montgomery patterns

eagle creek

It is just under half way on my trip on True North and the weather is just getting better. Last night we did a group shot lit only by the moonlight. It was pretty good fun as there were probably 50 people on the front of the boat all trying to be still after a couple of hours of serious drinking. Will post the shot later. This trip is a dream, if you have the chance of doing it don’t let that chance go by. Five of the people doing this trip have now booked to do PNG with me next year for more photo fun.

As a side note my post about the new Nikon cameras coming out got put on a Nikon rumours forum, the result over 11,000 hits on the blog in one day. Now that is some serious numbers, you hearing this Canon???

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