Overnight at Fig Tree Point

High and Wide: Fig Tree Point &emdash; Sunset Glow at Fig Tree Point

It’s late January in South-East Queensland and summer is really starting to kick into gear. What better time to go for a walk in the hot, steamy wetlands of the Cooloola Recreation Area…. Right?!

With our time left in Queensland very quickly ticking away (we are moving to Tasmania in March), Maree and I have been forced to stop being picky about the weather in order to give ourselves the best chance of finishing off our tick-list of local adventures before we go. So with this mantra in mind, and despite the poor forecast of hot and stormy weather, we hit the road as soon as work finished for the week and headed North. Continue reading

Photo of the Week – Poondahra Falls

I’ve been crazy busy with work over the last month, which means I’ve had to resort to using my blogging/photo editing time (between 10 and 2 at night) to actually sleep. I finally had a full day on the photos today and did some more finishing touches on this one of Poondahra Falls at Springbrook N.P.

This shot was another from our walk on the Warrie Circuit and I’m sure benefits from the large amount of water that was flowing.

I’m currently in the process of preparing this as a 40 x 60 inch canvas print for a special customer and am super excited to see the end result.

High and Wide: Landscape &emdash; Poondahra Falls

Click through to see the image in all its glory or get in contact for a print of your own.

Photo of the Week – Meeting of the Waters

This weeks shot was taken on the same weekend as the previous one up at Springbrook. Maree and I completed the Warrie Circuit which had been on our list since doing the Twin Falls Circuit last year.

The waterfalls were stunning. With the large amount of rain that came through the day before they were all pumping.

This shot is of Meeting of the Waters. A good lunch spot on the circuit and the point where all the water from upstream in the gorge funnels through. The photo is a three shot panorama taken from a rock perched in the middle of the flow. My goal was to capture the power of the water coming through this small gap. Please click through to see the image in a bigger format on Flickr.Meeting of the Waters Upstream

Photo of the Week – Looking Up

After heading down into the Coomera River from Binna Burra, then back up the other side of the valley we reached this amazing stand of Tallowood on the ridge. This one in particular caught my eye. The huge gnarled old fella, past its prime, now uses another tree as a crutch. The smaller ones race each other to fill the void in the canopy it left behind.

Looking Up

Review: Ortlieb V-Shot Camera Bag

High and Wide: Ortlieb V-Shot &emdash; DSC06615

Product testing the Ortlieb V-Shot

Like many photographers and outdoors enthusiasts I’m always on the lookout for the holy grail of camera bags. To me, the bag that I choose enables my style of photography, and is therefore almost as important as the camera itself. Some of the attributes which I evaluate closely include:

  • Quick access: This is very important to me. There is no way I want to have to take off my pack and dig around for the camera when I see a shot while out bushwalking.
  • Comfort: Equally important is the level of comfort. If I’m walking all day I want the camera to be comfortable enough that I’m not tempted to put it away out of reach.
  • Closure system
  • Level of protection: The bag has to do its job at protecting the gear inside while in objectionable conditions.
  • Robustness and weatherproofing: The bag has to hold up to some abuse and ideally have some level of weatherproofing.

After an extended period of making do with what I had I came across the Ortlieb V-Shot holster style case. With its unique feature set including being weatherproof to an IP67 rating I was intrigued enough to make the (not insignificant) investment and try one out for myself. Continue reading

Toolona Creek Circuit

High and Wide: Landscape &emdash; Chalahn Falls

Chalahn Falls

Check out the latest issue of the bushwalk.com emag (PDF download). Tom and myself have contributed a few articles including this one on the Toolona Creek Circuit at Lamington N.P. that we did back in January.

Excited to see some of our articles with some nice layout applied and published alongside some well known writers and organisations.

You can also check out the full gallery of higher res images from the walk here. Some images (such as the Chalahn Falls shot above) are available for purchase as prints in the landscape gallery.

High and Wide: Toolona Creek - Jan 2015 &emdash; Lush

Lush

 

Photo of the Week – Northbrook Gorge Tranquility

Well, it’s been a few weeks since I posted a photo of the week so here’s one from Northbrook Gorge in the D’Aguilar N.P. near Brisbane. I had this shot in mind from the moment we arrived at the gorge. However, it was a popular day in the creek so I had to wait until the swimmers all decided it was too late and headed back down the creek.

A circular polariser was used to cut reflections in the water and accent the colour of the rocks. High and Wide: Landscape &emdash; Northbrook GorgeThis image is a new addition to my landscape portfolio. This means you can purchase it as a print by clicking on the image itself and looking for the buy prompts.

I’ve recently refined my price lists and found an excellent supplier for very high quality canvas and acrylic prints. Let me know if you have any questions.

Larapinta Falls

Lamington National Park is one of those places that you can spend a lifetime exploring; some people do. Having started my exploration roughly 25 years ago I’m on my way, but of course, don’t find it hard to discover new places within the park that I’ve never heard of before.

Larapinta Falls on Christmas Creek is found in the Southern section of the park and until weeks ago was one of those places. Continue reading

Surprise! Twin Falls Circuit

Springbrook Cliffs

There are many ways in which to be surprised in the bush. There are good ways and not so good ways. All of them, however, combine to help create the lasting memories which stay with us long after we finish a trip or walk. Last week, Maree and I did the Twin Falls Circuit at Springbrook N.P. and going by this measure, we are sure to remember this walk for a long time. Continue reading