New Image Release: The Top of Australia in Winter



With Winter having only just finished, I'm pleased to announce the first new release for the second half of 2010:

The Top of Australia in Winter, Kosciuszko National Park, NSW

(click here to view larger preview and/or order a limited edition print)


Emotions behind the image
I can't think of anything that beats the peace of mind enabled by a windless day out in the backcountry of Australia's snowy mountains.  In addition to the pure mountain oxygen, there is so much to take in that you forget you're gaining altitude.  I made this image directly on Australia's highest point - Mount Kosciuszko @ 2,228 metres.  In the foreground are ruggedly textured cornices formed from the high winds which decorate the terrain in Winter by propelling the snow around.  In the background I've placed Mount Townsend, Australia's second highest mountain, directly in the centre, and hidden away to the right of it is Blue Lake.

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Spring News, Post-Launch Review, Trips and Exhibitions...


Having launched in June, I can honestly say I was overwhelmed by the volume of generous feedback, emails, comments and conversations from you all.  I fully appreciate all of your support and time in writing to me and I do my best to write back to you as soon as I can.

It's a tough gig starting a new business or project from scratch, but it helps to try and build a support network around you - especially with people like yourselves who can appreciate anything worth doing is never easy.  To those who have purchased prints, thanks for sending me photos of them hanging on your walls - they look fantastic!

I will go into more detail about post-launch information in coming newsletters, but for now, thankyou, thankyou, thankyou!

Recent trips
This Winter I hired a pair of snowshoes for the first time to hike up to Mount Kosciuszko.  The Australian backcountry of the snowy mountains is a special place to be and the best thing is that anyone who can walk has the skill to do it.  I will be releasing a new image from the trip shortly.  I also had a ball skiing Thredbo for 3 days with some friends in late August and got lucky with some great snow conditions.

Solo Exhibition confirmed for 2011
Photo Access and the Huw Davies Gallery, Manuka, have accepted my proposal for a solo exhibition to be held there late 2011.  This is something I'll be putting a lot of planning into and will be an event not to be missed.  Further details, including the title and theme of the exhibition will be provided closer to the exhibition.

Stay in touch with more regular updates...
I post regular, more minor updates via Twitter and to my Facebook page.  If you're not already, I invite you to follow me on Twitter and/or "Like" my Facebook page to receive these updates.

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How to be a great photographer...


A quick video post - I think this is a great ad by Panasonic.

I havn't used the Lumix G2 myself, but they're selling it in the right way.

The only thing I'll have to disagree with on principle is their copy:

"you don't have to be a great photographer to take great photos".

I would have preferred:

"you don't have to have a great camera to be a great photographer".

(but this wouldn't have helped Panasonic sell more Lumix's!)


Check it out:



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Photography - The Art of Seeing


This post briefly explains my thoughts on the question:


What is photography?

(I don't mean the literal definition - painting with light)

Photography is the art of seeing.


For a long time, I used to wonder what the differences were between average and great photographers.  I used to question assumptions like:


Do great photographers use the best cameras?

Are great photographers born with a special skill?

What does it take to be a great photographer?


It took a long time to figure out the answers to all 3 of these questions:

No, No & Seeing what others don't - by being you.




It is one thing to look at a well known subject such as Ayers Rock and say "wow, that is an amazing landscape - I think I'll take a photo of that."  But what is much more challenging and rewarding is looking at that same landscape through your eyes, with your perspective, using your experiences, with your composition, in your waywith your camera and in your style.  You may have noticed the key word here is YOU.  You are the best asset you have.




If you give 50 people a camera, put them in a room and tell them to take 100 photos each, you will get 5,000 unique images, each one totally different from the last.  In photographing the famous mountain in Switzerland, The Eiger, I had viewed many images of the mountain by great photographers in doing my research....  however I got there and did my own thing:




Aerial view of the Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau ridge-crest, Bernese Alps, Switzerland


(click to see larger preview)



Seeing what others don't

Photography has always, and will always, be about capturing light and knowing what works and doesn't work from a technical point of view.  However, it is easy to learn to be technically perfect and capture sharp images.  What is difficult, and takes a long time to learn, is learning to see.  This is what photographers really do, and good photographers have developed an advanced level of seeing.  Great photographers take this further and have an advanced level of seeing, combined with their own unique style.


This is why great photographs

(or any great work of art)

can almost never be duplicated.


I remember reading about a bunch of photographers who tried to recreate Ansel Adams' Moonrise over Hernandez image.  They made celestial calculations of the moon and sun calendar of the day and time Ansel made the photograph, and then used GPSs to calculate the same position he photographed it, with the same camera and the same lens.  Needless to say, they failed to recreate the image along with the other hundreds of thousands who have tried to copy great photographers.  Their time, effort and money would have been much better spent learning to see.


I hope this has been helpful.  If you would like to hear my thoughts on any subject in particular, write to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


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Plug: Continent Eight - Web Developers


This is a short blog post about thanking Continent Eight, the web developers who built this website.  This isn't some cash for comment post, I just like their work and hope others needing a website designed and developed can utilise their services as I did.


Continent Eight's slogan:


"We design and develop really, really, ridiculously good looking websites."


As someone who had no experience in websites or HTML, I needed someone to help convert my rough website idea into a site that worked, fulfilled my requirements and looked great.  Bao from Continent Eight also had the pleasure of answering about 3,000 of my annoying questions and requests for minor changes!  But thankfully he patiently answered each of my emails and helped me understand the technical side of things.


I recommend Continent Eight to anyone who needs a professionally designed and developed website.


For some other examples of their work, checkout:


To contact Continent Eight, write to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


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