While photography as a business offering is often challenging and hard work, it’s still always nice while on holidays to grab the Nikon and spend some time capturing some more artistic and scenic shots. And that’s just what I did on a recent holiday over on North Stradbroke Island (off the coast of Brisbane).
Cooly Rocks On was on again for 2016; and I ventured out before the crowds arrived to get some clean, artistic photos of the cars and also the Gold Coast scenery—with cars ranging from hot rods, to big American muscle cars, and the more unusual and downright weird.
Nearly twenty years ago my parents bought their first investment property: a unit on the Sunshine Coast that overlooks the tidal lake at Currimundi. Since then we've spent many family holidays here, plus my wife and I have enjoyed some romantic getaways to this unique spot on the Queensland coastline.
Ever since I've been involved with the Bean Brewding coffee blog and coffee tours, we've always had a plan in the back of our minds to one day travel down to Byron Bay and check out the plantations where they grow Australian coffee ... and late in 2015 that plan finally came to fruition!
We spent a day out at Neurum Creek and the Mount Mee State Forest as part of the TJM Sunshine Coast Father's Day Adventure Weekend!
RACQ’s celebration of all things motoring, MotorFest was on Sunday 12 July 2015. I went along for the first time this year and had a great time checking out all the cars and snapping some photos. There was a great mix of vehicles on display, from early 1900's vintage models, to classic roadsters and muscle cars, right up to the latest state-of-the-art electric vehicles including the Tesla Model S and BMW i8!
We had two days of adventurous off-road driving through the forests just outside Kenilworth on Queensland's Sunshine Coast, representing ESG's Xray Vision driving light brand.
Taking a long-long weekend for Australia Day, joined by great friends, we spent five days in the Hunter Valley NSW. Surrounded by farms and wineries too numerous to count, we stayed in a little cottage amongst the olive trees at Pukara Estate
Some photo highlights from our trip to Millmerran for the Australian Camp Oven Festival. Over 1,400 caravans and motorhomes descended on the tiny town of Millmerran (about three hours west of Brisbane) for the weekend-long biannual festival.
A small collection of photos from my afternoon and evening at the 2014 Ekka. Considering the last time I attended the Ekka was about fifteen years ago, the whole affair was still strangely familiar ... though I spent the time I used to spend stalking out showbags, stalking out gourmet coffee stalls instead!
Cooly Rocks On, or 'Coolies' as it is affectionately known by the regulars, is a festival full of shows, live music, and of course: hundreds and hundreds of immaculately presented classic cars. Having the chance to attend four days of the festival—including the main weekend where all the cars were on display—meant I was able to capture a range of detail and action shots of the 'Coolies' cars, plus some of the local scenery that is Coolangatta and Rainbow Bay on the Gold Coast.
These are some photo highlights from the June 2014 'Whippet Fun Day', run by The Whippet Club of Queensland.
From Sydney CBD right down the coast to Jarvis Bay, we visited the Sydney Opera House, Cockatoo Island, Potts Point, Manly, and The Gap cliffs. Though there are still some more 'cliché' tourist shots in this collection, I've tried to shoot the city and surrounding areas in a more artistic and observational way.
One tweet. Just twenty-eight words. That's all it took to start a complete shift in the way I use my iMac in my full-time Marketing Communications role at work. I've rearranged and modified my desk, moved my chair over to one side, and have spent the last week standing at my computer instead of sitting in the stale, stagnant position I've spent the last ten or more years sitting in throughout my working life.
We recently embarked on a two-thousand kilometre road-trip from Brisbane to the majestic Hunter Valley wine region in New South Wales. We set off in search of locally produced wine, boutique beer and to visit the Estate that makes virgin olive oil that Renée sells at the markets. We had our usual arsenal of iPhones for communication, searching for good coffee and playing music in the car, our compact Nikon P7000 for snapping some holiday shots, and the iPad for downloading and viewing those photos. But on this trip we had an extra hi-tech traveller, Logitech's battery-powered bluetooth enabled UE Boombox.
Bill Watterson, creator of Calvin and Hobbes, gives his advice on life to creatives on work, success, family and work/life balance the way he knows best.
I know plenty of people who have bought themselves thousands of dollars worth of camera gear with the promise that they'll instantly become an amazing photographer. Unfortunately this is like giving a self-opinionated, zit-faced wet-dreaming teenager the keys to a Lamborghini Aventador and expecting some kind of race driving child-prodigy to miraculously materialise. The absolute truth is: expensive cameras don't take amazing photos; people take amazing photos. With some tips about lighting and composition, there's no reason why you can't practice and develop your photography skills using simply the camera on your very own iPhone.
Smartphones, and particularly late model iPhones, are remarkable little devices. They play our music, enable us to surf the net from virtually anywhere, we can watch feature length movies, Facebook, Twitter, emails, heck, I'm even typing this article on my iPhone 5 using an Apple BlueTooth keyboard. And while PCs and even notebook computers are frequently getting replaced by smaller, smarter, thinner iPhones and iPads, there's another product category that is suffering terribly under the burden of smartphone popularity: compact cameras.
Twitter is fast becoming my favourite way to network and meet new like-minded people online. One of the most recent of those connections was through a family friend of mine who in turn put me in touch with some of his old workmates who now run a Brisbane based coffee blog website called Bean Brewding. If you’re not in Brisbane the site’s still worth a browse as it has lots of information, pictures and ideas for making coffee treats at home. If you are in Brisbane then this is fast becoming a local coffee bible that sniffs out and rates some of the city’s best coffee houses and roasteries. And on the 15 December 2012 Bean Brewding together with Yelp hosted the very first (hopefully of many to come) Bean Brewding Brisbane Coffee Tour—which I was lucky enough to get a personal invite to via my new found friends on Twitter!