17 Jul 2019 at 7:37pm
Down South has been named Lonely Planet’s Best in Asia Pacific 2019 ! How awesome is that?! Of course, I’ve always known that. It’s why I live in Dunsborough. If you haven’t visited yet, then you definitely should. Maybe wait until summer though. It’s a bit wet and cold at the moment.
This is what Lonely Planets had to say – “Take one look at Meelup Beach and you’ll wonder where it’s been all your life: the West Australian bush parts to reveal ocean the hue of a Bombay Sapphire bottle, which is typical of the coastline stretching from Margaret River to the state’s south. Beyond the sand, some of the country’s slickest wineries, breweries and restaurants lie between tracts of tall-tree forest and kangaroo-dotted farmland.”
21 Oct 2015 at 11:53am
I have just returned from a fun week of flying with my brother Michael and pilot Roger Avery. We covered around 7000kms and flew a total of 38 hours. Let me tell you, it ain’t all beer and skittles. The thought of all that airtime taking photographs is very romantic. The reality is there were countless hours flying over flat dry and very baron landscapes. As much as it was interesting to see there was a lot of nothing out there.
We started in Busselton and made a track towards Lake Grace and Lake Dumbleyung. Such awesome aerials around there with the salt lakes coming in all shapes, sizes and colours. We had pinks, reds, oranges, green and fluro yellows. It was amazing. From there we flew to Kalgoorlie for a top up on the fuel.
Next was Lake Leroy and then down to a pretty cool sand dune range on the south coast. We approached it at 9000ft as the air had heated up and we were looking for less bumps. Opening the window of the plane at this height was not my idea of fun. The outside temperature was 4 degrees. The boys in the front were ok but i was freezing! An hour later and we were on the ground for our first night in a small train stop called Forrest. What a cool place, lots of aviation history.
The next morning we cleared out really early as a thunderstorm was heading our way. We kept ahead of it and found clear skys over Marlalinga. I was hoping the town was a bit more interesting but most of it has been removed. There were new sheds there and a tourism business for those who like it a little HOT. We kept going to Coober Pedy and got more fuel. Now that is a crazy place. The amount of holes everywhere was staggering. Great to shoot from the air. But man it was hot and windy! From there we finally ended up at our base for the next three days, Leigh Creek.
We shot all around there venturing over the Flinders Ranges, Lake Eyre and even Birdsville in Queensland. Of course we stopped at the famous pub, but didn’t have a drink as it was still only 9.30am.
On the last day we headed back home via Ceduna, Nullabor Village, Forrest and then Kalgoorlie. We flew low, high around in circles and back and forth. I now have over 3000 photos to process. The clients were happy, we were happy and our families were happy to see us home safe and sound.
What a great trip, can’t wait for the next one!
15 Sep 2010 at 9:52am
“My good mate Tommy Putt (yes the one with the pink feather boa) has a few places left on his Cradle Mountain and Freycinet Workshops coming up in November.
Along with his mate Ian Wallace, they’ve won more awards between them than
I’ve had hot breakfasts, so you’d be a fool not to get along. You’ll spend 5
days under their expert tuition with heaps of photography and tips.
His Cradle workshop is his most popular one and if you sign up and mention
me, he’ll give you a copy of his latest book on Cradle Mountain.
Get in quick though as Tommy P is more popular (and much better looking!)
Cradle Mountain – Friday 31st Oct to Tuesday 2 Nov (Cup weekend) staying at
Cradle Mountain Lodge (all inclusive)
Freycinet – Friday 16th Nov to 20th Nov staying at Freycinet Lodge (all
Go to www.tomputtphotographicworkshops.com for more information and to
24 Aug 2009 at 8:28am
Here is a couple of pics of Markie Mark, getting wet all in the name of photography. He managed to get soaked by a wave standing on the top of this cliff face, just a big further back and then got the bottom half wet on the beach. Later that day he walked 12kms in bare feet at Lamington National Park and then topped it off with a shower under a raging waterfall in Springbrook NP. The guy is a water rat!! I didn’t get a drop on me!!! Land lover!!!
14 Apr 2009 at 3:45am
Rod has a bargain going, if anyone wants a new kick-arse 50mm f/1.2
I am wanting to sell ( regretably ) my one month old 50mm 1.2L Canon lens. I brought it from Discount Digital here in Sydney approx one month ago. There is a genuine reason for selling, and I dont really want to sell it, but for anyone that is serious you can email me on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0417 677966 for further information. Included with this lens will be a 72mm adaptor ring for anyone that has the Lee filter system and Ill pay for freight anywhere in Australia. I am asking only $1800, which is a saving of about $300. If anyone needs a recommendation for this lens, I am sure Christian will vouch that they are truly an awesome piece of glass.
This is my favorite lens and the one I use for most of my shots, get in quick!! Rod I like Redback!!!
25 Mar 2009 at 2:07am
Hows that for a bit of pressure selling!!! I am going to run a course on the 18th of April at my Dunsborough gallery at 7.30 pm. It will be $250 per person and go for around 5 hours. I will cover all aspects of my workflow from capture to fine art printing. If you are wanting to get on for the last workshop I will be running for a whilst let me know asap. From May to August I will be away on the East coast getting pics for what I hope will be a book on Australia.
17 Mar 2009 at 5:27am
Ok it is a bit of a swipe at Flemmings Hawk Dreaming but it just seemed to work so nicely. This is a pic of my mate Mark taking pics at Oxer lookout where all the gorges meet. A great place to wear shoes with grip. Mark had his thongs on so he was safe!!!! I love this place and have to thank Mark for adding scale to my shot. Now if only he was wearing a bikini………………..and yes was a blonde………………….all right, female too!! 🙂
12 Feb 2009 at 7:34am
A vertical stitch from this morning. It was just beautiful. Still warm with lots of nice cloud.
12 Feb 2009 at 6:34am
I don’t mean the violent variety. We have had some great skys down here in the past few days. This one offered a lot of promise but I can’t get it how I’d like to see it. I don’t even know how I would like to see it!!! Probably why I am having so much trouble. Used my new Lee hard ND, still not sure about them, they smack of, hey he has used a hard grad!! It will take a bit of trial and error to get the best result I guess. This image isn’t my favourite and I’m a bit frustrated with it. Still it isn’t a bad stock shot. Maybe it is too colourful.
15 May 2008 at 7:35am
This ones for you Dave, not a Spitie but just as good. This guy had just taken off. Image is a little soft when blown up but a cool image for us plane geeks. 400mm lens taken with my old 20D.