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).
I recently added a Nikon D610 and 28–300mm lens to the arsenal of Evocative's camera gear, so it only seemed appropriate to have some fun with and test out the new zoom.
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 took Nick from Duke Contracting's limited edition Kenworth T909 Director Series out through the cane fields south of Brisbane for a photoshoot. The shoot was done for the Xray Vision driving light brand, with the T909 boasting no less than four chrome HID driving lights up front.
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!
While on official sponsor business as part of my marketing role at ESG, I had the opportunity to take some photos of the V8 Supercars at Queensland Raceway. ESG sponsors the Safety Car, Medical Car and Course Car with Code 3 emergency products ... so naturally many of these shots are from pit lane and feature the fleet of official vehicles.
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!
In June 2015 I attended a global product marketing meeting over in the USA as part of my marketing communications role at ESG, and luckily I got some time to head out and explore a bit of Boise, Idaho. Coming from Brisbane, the town and buildings were a lot smaller, however the same laid-back, relaxed and friendly vibe resonated with the people I met ... so I felt quite at home before long.
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.
Apple is a company that is almost becoming like a German car maker: rather than reinventing the wheel with each new model of iPad or MacBook, they simply work on making incremental improvements to an already solid foundation. And the release of the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus is no different.
Most people who enjoy taking photos as a hobby or just socially, tend to leave their camera mode on 'auto' or 'P' and snap away without giving the other modes a second thought. And much of the time this is quite acceptable, as the auto mode on modern compact and digital SLR cameras are very, VERY good these days at taking sharp, accurately exposed photographs—all in the split second it takes to press the shutter.
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!
A small collection of images of the August 10 supermoon, taken over the water of Moreton Bay at Redcliffe in Australia. From the moonrise at sunset to later in the evening, the images also include a couple of shots of the lights of Redcliffe and the Houghton Highway Bridge.
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.