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Coastal Storm

Having a little look through my archives today and found this image from a sailing trip to Port Douglas a couple of years ago. We were anchored at Fitzroy Is near Cairns ,when a large rainsquall came in off the sea and settled over Cape Grafton for a little while. I pulled out the camera in the hope of getting some interesting light which didn’t eventuate (as usual!)

I took a couple of images when the cloud texture looked interesting and they have been sitting on my hard drive ever since. Decided to have  a little play in Lightroom & Photoshop to see if I could make this one look halfway decent and this is what came out the other end. Considering how flat and uninteresting it looked when I started, I am quite happy with the result!

Cape Grafton

 

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The Hazards

Another image from Coles Bay,  this time it is of The Hazards. Even though the light is not the best, I like the contrast between the bright, lichen covered granite in the foreground and the  stormy sky.

The Hazards

Guess I will just have to go back one day and wait for the good light!


Coles Bay

This is an image from Coles Bay which is the gateway to Freycinet National Park. It is a very different place from my last visit around 25yrs ago! Back then, it was a sleepy little place with minimal accomodation options and the nearest Nat. Parks office was an hour up the road at Bicheno. Now it is  a tourist mecca during the summer months and there are people all over the place!

After seeing some beautiful images of The Hazards reflecting the evening sunlight  I was hoping to get some nice images but the weather beat me again as frontal cloud moved in from the west and killed any chance if good light. As they say, if the eggs are broken, you may as well make an omelette, so I got some nice images taking advantage of the pretty cool cloud layer that moved in!

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There will be a couple more from this area coming soon!


Dinghy Wharf

When this image first appeared on my computer screen I was a little disappointed in it, slight movement of the pontoon during a 3s exposure had very slightly ruined it. But, that’s what you get for doing a long exposure on a platform that floats!

I decided to see what I could do with it anyway because the composition looked good and that dinghy in the foreground looked interesting.

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Not the best image I have ever shot but I have to admit it’s growing on me! What do you think?


What’s Wrong With This Picture?

Most afternoons on Orpheus Is.huge rainsqualls would pass between the island and the mainland and often there were some quite cool cloud formations with them.

I shot this image more because of the rain in the distance and when I first looked at it on screen it didn’t really excite me that much. While I was playing around with it, I began to see potential and I finally arrived at what you see here.

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 As I was looking at this image,phrases began to run through my head like ‘climate change’, ‘sea-level rise’ and ‘extreme weather’!

If Glaciers and Ice-caps continue to melt at the current rate, this could be a depressingly familiar sight to many island nations and coastal  communities world-wide, as the sea slowly &  insidiously creeps over their land.Unfortunately, now, the option of walking inland to the next higher caves doesn’t exist!

The evidence is there and the scientific community, who study these things continuously are pretty much in agreement that human activity is accelerating the changes faster than would normally happen.

Yet,,Governments and big Multi-Nationals continue to argue,dither and generally do sweet F.A.!!

A couple of worrying signs are that Conservative governments which have just recently been put into power in Victoria & Qld are dismantling  and winding back climate change initiatives that were put in place by previous governments because “they cost too much”!

In the meantime it’s full steam ahead for the coal industry, they can’t dig it up and sell it overseas fast enough! Burning huge amounts of coal & other fossil fuels is one of the biggest contributors to climate change, isn’t it??

There is something definately wrong with this picture!


The Waiting Game.

G’day Gang,

First up, apologies to all for not participating in the blogosphere as much of late. My new job is to blame, early starts,long days & plenty of ’em!  Not quite what I was envisioning but that is the marine tourism industry sometimes.  GFC, what GFC? you would not know it existed here at the moment, a large improvement on previous months!

Needless to say, I have been as busy as a one- armed paperhanger and have not had much time for photography related activities.

This image is testament to an old adage of repeatedly visiting a place until you get the shot. Every time I come to Tasmania I visit this spot at least once a day usually at sunrise or sunset, because you just never know what may transpire. Even so, I have been caught out a couple of times after packing the gear away after a fruitless wait only to see the conditions come together within minutes!

This particular morning everything came together nicely for about an hour and I came away with a good selection of images.  Enjoy!


It’s Cold Down Here!

Just a short note to let you all know that I am in Tassie for a couple of weeks visiting family. getting some nice images as well!