Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Sunset Photography

Some shots of a shoot we did on Sunday 8th February 2015 at Wellington Point, Redland Bay.
This is one of the other photographers we were silhouetted against the sunset

Looking towards the north west, the cranes of the port are visible in the background.

The tide was well out the evening we were there making for some interesting textures and light effects.

We were with a small group of fellow photographers experimenting with photography at sunset. A great backdrop on all sides with the Port of Brisbane and the flights coming and going from the Brisbane Airport in the background.

Friday, 30 January 2015

Dubai: The NEW city of Lights?

Paris is frequently referred to as the City of Lights but spend a couple of nights in Dubai and you can see how this city could topple Paris. 

Visible from almost everywhere in the city is the Burj Khalifa like a needle pointing skywards. It dominates the skyline and can be seen from every direction. 

By day it dominates by its sheer presence and by night it is lit up, appearing as a sliver of light emerging from the lake and shops that surround it.

At 830 meters, the Burj Khalifa is the tallest structure in the world. Impressive now, it really is a sign of the excesses that can consume Dubai. Opened in 2010 and originally called the Burj Dubai, it was renamed as the Burj Khalifa honour the President of the UAE for his crucial (financial) support.

Although spectacular the Burj Khalifa is not the 
only reason to consider Dubai as the city of

Lights. Spectacularly lit buildings, lakes and forecourts abound throughout the city. At this time of year (January) Dubai is unbelievably pleasant to stroll around, particularly at night. 

Stick your head into one of the many entrances to the luxury hotels around Dubai and you are likely to see beautiful fountains, water features or arches like the one here. This is the entrance to the very grand and upmarket (USD$1,104/night) The Palace Hotel that is part of the "The Address" group of hotels. (No, I DON'T get to stay there!)

The Burj Khalifa is pretty spectacular and stands out at all times of the day. This is a shot taken from the Ras al Khor Wetlands east of Dubai. Taken at around 0630 one morning, it shows that even when not lit up, the Burj is still an impressive sight!



Friday, 27 June 2014


Africa still looms large in our imagination.  Even though it has been nearly 7 months since we were last there, many of the sounds and experiences remain vivid and almost touchable.

videoTwo of the funniest sightings on our last trip were of elephants. As much as we enjoy all of the animals that we encounter, I am pretty sure that elephants are the most amusing of them all. The interactions within the herd are positively touching. The video here is a classic example.

We came across a herd of about two dozen animals exiting a waterhole and crossing the track we were travelling along. There was plenty of noise and commotion as the youngsters in the herd were playing around as they came up to the track.

One of the senior females took up a "guard" position to ensure that we kept a respectable distance from the youngsters as they crossed. She had a bit of attitude which you can see towards the end of the video, she was reminding us just who was the boss.

Elephants, you could watch them all day!



Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Wild Dogs in the Kruger

Here's a short video of some wild dogs at play we saw early one morning in the Kruger. We had watched these guys for about 20 minutes when they turned in our direction. They trotted to within a few metres and then relaxed for a while.

They are hyper active, hardly able to stay still for more than a few minutes.