Monday, February 28, 2011

Second Day of Storms and Uni...hmmm...

So today was the second day of my first year back to school after 10 years. Also today a huge storm hit and knocked down some trees in the area.

Ok I'm obssessed with Thunderstorms!

I apologise but I just love cloud formations, they take me back to when I was a kid.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Dolphins at Port Stephens

Beautiful day for a dolphin cruise. Taking photo's on boats just isn't as easy as it looks!!

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Pied Butcher Bird

These birds have the most beautiful song in the world. They're called butcher birds because if you have a look at their talon's you'll notice they are quite short. Being predators, this means that they can't eat and fly at the same time like most other predatory birds. They'll swoop down and grab mice from the ground, dropping them from a great height to kill them, they will grab the dead prey and take them to a tree. The butcher bird will then hang their food upside down in a fork in a branch, just like meat on a hook, then tear off the meat that way. Generally they eat small rodents, mice etc. This one is only young, fully grown birds are fully black and white, this one was mostly gray. Don't forget to view the link so you can hear it's song.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Main Issue with the Terrace

Here at Raymond Terrace we are right near the Williamtown Air-force Base. So naturally every ten minutes or so is the ear-shattering sound of the fighter jets screaming by. They do look cool though!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Kickin' it Old Style

My Irish partner often finds it mildly amusing when we aussies carry on with how old buildings are. She herself grew up in a house that was in her family for 500 years.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Another Attempt at HDR

Okay this is more like the feel that I'm going for in my HDR photo's. Though this is about my hundredth time trying!

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Thursday, February 17, 2011

A Look Around Town

From Carmel's first drive around town. Just a couple of quick ones today.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

March of the Mud Crabs.

Carmel and I went for a low-tide trip to Karuah with puppy. We had to hold the little bugger back because all she wanted to do was chase the crabs...

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

More from the Seaside!

I know, there's a lot of these pics, but living out in the middle of Australia, being closest to every beach in Australia but furthest from any was kind of hard.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Pelican Shore

A day at a friends. His little girl was extraordinarily hyper-active so we went for a drive to Lemon Tree Passage and went down the park. Got some cool shots of the pelicans and also this adorable one of little Isla!

Seaside in the rain.

Drive to the sea with Carmel, it was a beautiful yet rainy day and made for some very moody shots. I'll post more tomorrow!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Friday, February 11, 2011

Night Shooting

Got a little bored the other night and wanted to play around with ISO and night shooting. Got a really interesting shot of the Southern Cross, so I drew out the cross on the image so people can see it!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Roses are Red

I was out and about walking puppy this morning and I noticed all of these beautiful flowers in gardens. So I ran around in this afternoons light taking some snaps. I really am going to do some history and plant research in this area!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Riverside Lounging

It was a beautiful day today and I'm a bit taken by the river by Raymond Terrace, The Hunter River. Got some great shots of these birds, I'm trying to figure out what the hell they are though!

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Riverside Photo's

So I went down to the Hunter river, just a small jetty area with some fishing boats and some kids playing on the wharf. The wind started to pick up and I nearly got blown straight in at one stage. It was kinda funny.

Dust Removal

I don't know how so much dirt can get in to a little area so quickly. Sensor glass just seems to attract it! Anyway have to get over my little OCD about black spots. You can't even tell that these were riddled with the little buggers!

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Red Head Beach

So after being frustrated by the university's inability to give me a student card so that I could start getting materials together, I took Carmel for a fun little ride to Red Head, my favourite beach in Newcastle area. Visibility was a bit poor due to salt spray, but I got a couple of shots.

Ok Internet wasn't so Stable

Alright now I'm back for real. Internet sorted. University sorted. Job search on and definitely so many more opportunities for photography around here. Just a quick post and a thanks to those guys who recommended me for the new blog that this one will be featured in!!!

Friday, January 28, 2011

Quick Drive to Karuah

So we were sitting at home yesterday afternoon. I looked over at Carmel, not liking sitting still doing nothing, I offered to take her for a drive down to Karuah. It's only 25km from my folks place, so away we went. I got a couple of nice shots but my favorite is the one of the little doggy running. It's just so energetic!