Photography

Katie Jayne

Katie Jayne approached me recently to take a few photos of her that she could use to promote her music career. Katie was formerly a member of the Southern Junction band but has recently commenced a solo career.  She has performed in the USA, the UK and Australia, most recently at the Off the Eaten Truck Festival organised by Rooty Hill RSL.

After exploring a few locations we decided up a little known location in Sydney that included an old aquaduct.  Here a few of the photos from the shoot.

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Katie with the aquaduct disappearing into the distance

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One of Katie’s favourite shots from the day.

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Katie with the sun starting to light her from behind.

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In between shots

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One of the old towers that contained machinery to operate the aquaduct

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Katie framed by the door frame

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Katie on the top of the aquaduct

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Headshot of Katie

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Katie looking relaxed during the shoot

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Katie looking very empowering

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My personal favourite from the day.

Keep up to date with Katie’s career and future gigs by liking her music page on Facebook – Katie Jayne Music

If you are interested or know of anyone else that could be interested in having some portraits taken then feel free to complete the form below to contact us.

Georgia White – Promo Photos

I first heard Georgia White perform when she was around 15 years old and she was singing in a fund raiser concert at Campbelltown RSL.  Since then I have followed her career including her time with the Apprentices group.

Georgia has an amazing voice and is a lovely young woman.  I was only too happy to take some new promo photos for her early in October this year.

As luck would have it, Georgia was filming a promotional video in Chippendale at a great studio style location and we were able to shoot there for a few hours after the video shoot.

The images below are those selected by Georgia as her favourites.

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On the day of the photo shoot Georgia recorded a promotional video which showcases her amazing talent.  Check out the video on Youtube

If you are interested in a photo shoot please contact me by completing the form below:

 

 

King Street Crawl 2016

Father’s day this year was spent with my son Daniel wandering around listening to bands during the King Street Crawl at Newtown.  It was my first experience of the King Street Crawl and I enjoyed hearing some new music.  I ended up photographing a few bands at the various venues that we visited.

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Betty & Oswald

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If you would like Firefly Photos to photograph your next live performance or take your new promo photos we can be contacted on our Facebook Page or by completing the contact form below.

A Shot in the Dark

After having photographed a previous incarnation the band “A Shot in the Dark”, at a local Battle of the Bands, they approached me about shooting some promo photos. We headed to an abandoned building in the Southern Highlands and created these images:

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A Shot in the Dark are an Alternative Metal/Hard Rock/Heavy Metal band located in the South West of Sydney.

The band members are:

Luke McKay – Guitar/Vocals
Nathan Craigie – Guitar
Zac Ball – Bass
Josh Sanchez – Drums

You can keep up to date with them by liking their Facebook page – A Shot in the Dark.

If you or anyone that you know are interested in some promo photos, live gig photos or portraits please fill in the details below:

Kilcowera Station

If you are looking for somewhere off the beaten track for a holiday then think about heading to Kilcowera Station which is located along the Darling Track between Hungerford and Thargomindah, Qld.

It is a 120,000 acres cattle station owned and operated by Greg and Toni Sherwin (you couldn’t ask for nicer hosts).  We camped beside the Cardenyabba lagoon for 10 stunning nights (we had only planned to stay for 4 nights).

There are plenty of things to see and explore on the property which also has accommodation in the shearer’s quarters.

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Remnants of a Fence in the Goat Paddock

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My Favourite Lagoon at Kilcowera Station

There is a lot of bird life to be found on Kilcowera Station.  We spotted and photographed quite a few as you can see below:

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We had an amazing campsite beside the lagoon.

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Aerial View of our Campsite

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Morning View from our Campsite

Amazing clouds nearly every day!

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Amazing Clouds

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One of the fine specimens on Kilcowera Station

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All the cattle looked very healthy

During periods of heavy rainfall Kilcowera becomes home to some ancient shrimps!

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Ancient Shrimp at Kilcowera

 

And it’s really camping unless you have a campfire!

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If you are interested in staying at Kilcowera Station you can contact Toni or Greg through their Website or on Facebook.

 

Hawaii from the Air

My daughter was recently married in Hawaii and while we were there we decided to go on a doors off helicopter flight over the Ohau island with Makani kai Helicopters.

 

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Oahu Map

Due to poor weather on the day of scheduled flight it was necessary to reschedule to another day and Makani kai Helicopters were very obliging in assisting us in rescheduling with limited time available.

Rescheduling was fine with us!

Rescheduling was fine with us!

The weather on the day of the rescheduled flight was great and we had a very smooth flight.

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Inside the Helicopter

Here are a few of the images taken from the helicopter.

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US$15m will buy you one of these!

US$15m will buy you one of these!

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We Survived!

We Survived!

Album Cover Shoot for Tara Favell

Having photographed Tara Favell in 2014 for her Tamworth promotional photos I was pleased to be contacted again to shoot the cover of her upcoming CD.  After discussing ideas and scouting around for a location we decided on the Camelia Gardens at Caringbah.  These are beautifully landscaped gardens with lots of paths wandering throughout the gardens.

These are some of the photos that we ended up with on the day.

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Photoshoot with Tara Favell 5.12.15 at Camellia Gardens, Caringbah for CD cover and promo photos.

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Photoshoot with Tara Favell 5.12.15 at Camellia Gardens, Caringbah for CD cover and promo photos.

Photoshoot with Tara Favell 5.12.15 at Camellia Gardens, Caringbah for CD cover and promo photos.

Photoshoot with Tara Favell 5.12.15 at Camellia Gardens, Caringbah for CD cover and promo photos.

Photoshoot with Tara Favell 5.12.15 at Camellia Gardens, Caringbah for CD cover and promo photos.

 

Studio Shoot with Ian Burns

Country singer Ian Burns contacted me for a 3rd photo shoot and this time it was for his upcoming album cover.  He had a specific set of images that he wanted and this was the outcome.

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Portraits of Kiara Taylor

A few weeks ago Kiara Taylor approached me for another photo shoot as she needed updated photos for her upcoming CD.  We were lucky enough to be able to shoot at Camelot Castle in Kirkham and also Mater Dei Catholic School.

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Missy Lancaster – Til I Figure it Out

With the release of Missy Lancaster‘s first EP approaching, Missy contacted me about taking the photos for her EP cover and promotional photos for posters etc.

The photos were taken in Missy’s hometown of Picton.

The title of the EP is “Til I Figure it Out” and is available on Itunes – “Til I Figure it Out”

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Missy’s EP is definitely worth listening particularly the title track “Til I Figure it Out” which is about growing up and making decisions on what do to with your life before you really know what you want to do. For someone as young as she is Missy Lancaster is very talented.

The track listing is:

1. “A Story”

2. “Til I Figure it Out”

3. “I Got to Know”

4. “Just You Wait”

5. “Invincible”

Missy Lancaster co-wrote three of the songs with Drew McAlister and one with Peter McWhirter.

My favourite track is “Just You Wait” which reminds me a lot of Carrie Underwood in her earlier years.

The official video clip  for “I Got to Know” can be seen on Itunes – Video Clip

You can keep up with everything that is happening with Missy’s music career by liking her Facebook page.

I am available for photo shoots for promotional purposes, CD covers and behind the scenes on music videos at very reasonable prices.  If you are interested I can be contacted by email malcolm@fireflyphotos.com.au or on my Firefly Photos Australia Facbook page by clicking on this link.

 

 

 

Christie Lamb – Promo Shoot & Behind the Scenes

I was approached by CMC New Oz Artist of the Year, Christie Lamb to take behind the scenes shots whilst she was filming her latest music video, “Love Me Tonight”.

The video was filmed in a the Shangra La Hotel in room overlooking Sydney Harbour – What a view!!

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What a View!

There was a cast of thousands for the video shoot with up to 8 dancers, camera crew, make-up artist and family members squished into a above average sized hotel room.

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Cast of Thousands

Even though it was a long day and hard work everyone enjoyed themselves.

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Fun on the Set

Being a make-up artist means more than making sure the star looks great, they also help out blocking the sun!  This Lee Hanly lending a hand.

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At time it was a hair raising experience!

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Prior to the filming of the music video Christie asked if I could take a few promo photos for her around the rocks area and we ended up with quite a few that we both liked.  Here are a few of them.

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One of my favourites of Christie

 

Check out the Christie’s website and watch the “Love Me Tonight” video clip on Youtube by clicking this link “Love Me Tonight”

I am available for photoshoots and behind the scenes shoots for reasonable prices.  If you would like to make an enquiry you can contact me by email malcolm@fireflyphotos.com.au or on facebook at Firefly Photos Australia

Studio Work

I have recently set up a studio in small space at home.  You don’t need a lot of space or much in the way of equipment to create a studio to be able create great photos.

 

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For anyone requiring a photo shoot I can be contacted by email malcolm@fireflyphotos.com.au

 

Sydney Country Music Festival 8th November, 2014

 

2014 was the 3rd year of the Sydney Country Music Festival which was held at the Bella Vista Farm in Bella Vista just off the M2.  The popularity of the festival has grown substantially from when it started in 2012 with 600 attendees to over 6,000 attendees in 2014.  The growth is the result of the hard work put in by the organisers and the quality of the acts that they procured for the festival.

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McAlister Kemp

Any gig with artists of the calibre of The McClymonts, The Viper Creek Band, McAlister Kemp, Beccy Cole and Luke O’Shea is sure to be a festival that draws the crowds.  As well as the big name established artists there were great performances by Chelsea Basham, Ashleigh Dallas and Wagon. At $45 a ticket this represents great value in anyone’s books.

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Guitar Licks by Beccy Cole

Being a relative new festival and only the second time at the Bella Vista Farm it is expected that there would be a few teething problems.  The higher than expected crowd (Over 1,500 tickets were bought at the gate) did cause some problems with toilets which the organisers corrected by having more delivered through the day.  The other concern of patrons was the line-up for the bar facilities was too long which was also not helped by the higher than usual temperature on the day and the extra crowds.  The organisers have confirmed that these two issues will be fixed for 2015.

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The Viper Creek Band

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Luke O’Shea

There were a lot of good things about the festival including, the artists line up, the variety of food, the location, easy parking, friendly staff, extra activities such as line dancing, ute display, rock climbing and whip cracking for the time in between artists.

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Henry Wagons

 

 

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Beccy Cole impersonating the Wolfe Brothers

I’m looking forward to 2015 as the festival will be held over 2 days, 31st October, 2015 and 1st November, 2015 with camping available for anyone that wants to make a weekend out of it.  It has already been announced that Adam Brand and The Wolfe Brothers will performing next year.

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Sam McClymont

 

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Bella Vista Farm

 

A smaller stage near the entrance to the festival was used for the Silver Saddles competition finals.  This competition was designed to unearth raw country talent from NSW and over the past few months competitions were held to determine the finalists.   This year’s finalists were Ellen Amy, Rachael Fahim, Blake Dantier Band, Goldheist, Gayle O’Neil and Justin Robinson. The judges had a hard decision to make and couldn’t split Gayle O’Neil and Justin Robinson who were named joint winners for 2014.

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Ellen Amy

There is a great early bird special on tickets for the 2015 Sydney Country Music Festival and if you would like to take advantage of it then head over to their website. If this year was anything to go by then I am sure that next year will be a huge not to be missed event on the music calendar.

Ian Burns – Photo Shoot

Country singer Ian Burns approached me recently to take some promo photos and shoot the cover for his forthcoming CD that he is recording.

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One the Property – Ian Burns

We shot a few locations including at his property, Anthill Golf Club and a few of the local back streets.

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At Anthill – Ian Burns

Ian couldn’t resist having a photo with one of his big boy toys.

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Ian & His Harley

We were nearly run over whilst shooting this shot – no one around until Ian starts walking down the road!

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Country Road – Ian Burns

And this one was one of my favourites from the shoot.

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Ian Burns

 

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Ian Burns

You can often find Ian performing around the Camden/Picton area so make sure that you check out your gig guide and especially keep an eye out for Anthill Golf Club gigs.

Victorian Travels – Part 2

The adventure continues as we leave Princetown to explore the area to the east.  We decided that Apollo Bay would be a central location that would along us to set up camp and explore the area.  This ended up being a good decision as it was close to the Otway National Park and all its attractions.

On the way, we visited the Cape Otway Lighthouse and were nearly blown away.  They advise you to hang onto your hat and glasses when you climb to the top of the lighthouse and I can understand why as it was so exposed that you could easily lose something in the wind.

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Cape Otway Lighthouse

The were quite few Koalas around Cape Otway and one nearly walked in front of us as we were driving along.

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Koala at Cape Otway

Continuing on from Cape Otway we travelled to Apollo Bay and set up camp at the caravan park right beside the Barham River.  Being winter there were not many people around and we had our choice of camp sites.

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Rainbow reflected in the Barham River

There were plenty of birds to be seen and I pleased to be able capture a shot of this New Holland Honeyeater in the tree next to our campsite.

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New Holland Honeyeater

The Great Otway National Park has so many beautiful places to visit but with limited time to spare we only visited a few of them.  The area had received a lot of rain and the waterfalls were flowing very fast and hard so we made sure that we visited both Hopetoun Falls and Beauchamp Falls.  It was raining at both waterfalls but Danni kindly volunteered to hold the umbrella over me to keep the rain off the camera while I took a few shots.

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Hopetoun Falls

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Beauchamp Falls

Driving through the Great Otway National Park we experienced all types of weather (in one day most times!) including wind, rain, sunny and misty.  We had planned to go to the Otway Fly Treetop Adventures but it was too wet and windy and they had closed most activities.

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Driving through the Otway

Ferns Galore

Ferns Galore

 

One place in the Otway National Park that we were amazed by was the California Redwood Forest.  The trees were planted in about 1939 and we were just dwarfed by them.

Dwarfed by the California Redwoods

Dwarfed by the California Redwoods

Looking Up at the California Redwoods

Looking Up at the California Redwoods

The forest is situated beside a lovely stream surrounded by ferns.

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Idyllic Location

Waterfalls don’t need to be large to look good.  This waterfall was near a causeway on one of the many back roads that we took in the Great Otway National Park.

Small Waterfalls

Small Waterfalls

One thing that we did notice in Apollo Bay was how big the seagulls were compared to those in NSW and there were plenty around especially when you were eating your fish and chips!

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The Birds

 

Looking for Chips

Looking for Chips

To be continued

Victorian Travels – Part 1

A few weeks ago we headed out on a trip with our camper trailer in tow and no real route to follow.  All we knew was that we wanted to head to Victoria and see the Great Ocean Road.

It was our first trip with the camper trailer and we didn’t realise how much extra fuel we would use.  It wasn’t until the car started beeping and a light lit up on the dashboard that we realised how much more fuel we actually used.  Luckily we were less than 5 kms from Holbrook and we could limp in there to fill up the car and a few jerry cars.

Leaving Holbrook we made our way down to the Murray River at Albury and after crossing over into Victoria we started looking for a campsite along the Murray River.  We found one that we liked not far from Rutherglen and it was called the Police Paddocks.

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Campsite at the Police Paddocks

Even though it rained a fair bit which was to be expected because we were in Victoria, it didn’t dampen our enthusiasm for camping.  We enjoyed being in the outdoors and being away from the stresses of work.

The next morning we packed up to drive to Swan Hill where we stayed in a cabin so that we could get an early start for the drive to Murray Sunset National Park.  We were lucky that we left early for the drive to Murray Sunset National Park as we had trouble finding somewhere to camp there and actually did not know where we were.  After driving for hours through sand, dirt and gravel tracks and not seeing anyone else we decided that we should set up camp before it got dark so we found a suitable location and had one of the best nights of the trip.

I woke early, about 4am and looked outside to see the amazing night sky and all the stars that were visible.

Under the Milky Way

Under the Milky Way

There is always a bit of excitement on a trip and this one was no exception as we got bogged about three quarters of the way up a sand dune.  After lowering the air pressure in the tyres and engaging low range we were able to get out of trouble.  The photo below looks back on the dune that we were stuck on as was taken as we approached another one.  Don’t forget that we were towing a heavy camper trailer at this time which made it a lot more difficult.

 

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One the many sand dunes

We had actually planned to camp near a lake in the Murray Sunset National Park but they were all dry so after navigating our way out we decided to head to Wyperfeld National Park as on the map it looked like they had a huge lake.  We were disappointed again as the lake there had also dried up but we didn’t have time to find somewhere else to camp and set up there for the night.  We realised that you don’t need a TV when you have a campfire and a starry night.

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Wyperfeld Camp Site

 

Still in search of a lake with water we headed south in the morning towards Lake Albacutya.  The route to the lake took us through some barren burnt out forest and were began to wonder if we were lost again.

The Track to Lake Albacutya

The Track to Lake Albacutya

When we finally arrived at Lake Albacutya we found a paddock with some tracks across it.  Apparently it hasn’t been full since 1984!   We ended up driving about 13 kms across the lake bed and were only interrupted by a mob of about 50 kangaroos.

Yes, this is Lake Albacutya

Yes, this is Lake Albacutya

After driving across Lake Albacutya we headed down to The Grampians and found a nice little camp ground “The Plantation Campground” near Halls Gap to stay for a few days.  It was a free campground with pit toilets, water and when it wasn’t raining, a view of the Grampians.  It wet and windy for most of the time that we were there but we still enjoyed our stay.  The campground that we had planned to stay in was closed as the area is still recovering from the January, 2014 bush fires.

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The Grampians recovering from bush fires

We weren’t alone at our campsite as there were plenty of kangaroos around to keep us company.

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Mum with Joey

With all the wet and windy weather we didn’t get much of a chance to see the Grampians but we did find Lake Londsdale.  We were told that it was only about 10% full but I’m not sure how true that was as there looked to be a fair bit of water in it.

Lake Londsdale Panorama

Lake Londsdale Panorama

We left the Grampians and then headed to Port Fairy near the start of the Great Ocean Road.  Port Fairy is a lovely little seaside town with lots of attractions for tourists.

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Port Fairy

One of the highlights for me at Port Fairy was the seal that visited when I was down at the wharf shooting the night view of the port.  I could hear something blowing and was wondering what it was until I spotted the seal peering at me. I raced back to the car to change lenses and grab a flash so that I could take a photo of him.

Surprise Visitor

Surprise Visitor

Leaving Port Fairy to head to Princetown we typed in the address to our navigator which sent us down a street that was a dead end.  At the end of the street was a cul-de-sac with another car parked in it.  The street wasn’t wide enough to turn around with the camper trailer so I had to go wide and onto the grass to turn around.  Big Mistake!  We become bogged and could not get out even disconnecting the trailer and lowering the tyre pressure.  Luckily Danni found a helpful resident who just happened to have some 4wd recovery tracks to get us out.

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Bogged

On the way to Princetown we passed the Bay of Islands but unfortunately it was in the middle of the day and not the best conditions to photograph it.  I did take a panorama of it with my phone though and it looked pretty good.  We realised that the best way to photograph the rock features along the Great Ocean Road was from a helicopter.  I made enquiries with one of the pilots about removing the door for me so that I could get some shots but he said no as it would be too cold for him!

Bay of Islands

Bay of Islands

Arriving at the Princetown Camping Ground we were surprised that no one else was there, not even a caretaker!  There was a note on the office door saying that if it was unattended that you could set up camp and come back later to pay.  We spent two nights at the camp ground and did a fair bit of exploring around the area.  It always pays to take the route less traveled (unless you get bogged) and doing so we discovered a stunning valley along the Old Ocean Road.

Along the Old Great Ocean Road

Along the Old Great Ocean Road

We have never seen so many rainbows as we did whilst in Victoria however given that it rained on and off most of the trip it is understandable.

Rainbow at Princetown

Rainbow at Princetown

Superb Fairy Wrens are usually difficult to photograph as they are quite shy and rarely stand still for any length of time.  We were camped next to a family of them at Princetown and I managed to take quite a few photos of them.

Immature Male Wren IMG_6883 copy

Young Male Superb Fairy Wren

Mature Male Superb Fairy Wren

Mature Male Superb Fairy Wren

Superb Fairy Wren IMG_6915 copy

Female Superb Fairy Wren

 

To be continued

Corinne Rushby

Earlier this year I was approached by a young country singer, Corinne Rushby, to take some promotional photos for her that she could use for her facebook, website, posters and cards.  I had previously met Corinne when she made a guest appearance at a gig of Golden Guitar winner Luke O’Shea.  It says a lot for the talent of Corinne that she was asked to sing with someone as prestigious as Luke.

Over a few weeks we discussed the type of image that Corinne was looking for and then started thinking about locations that suited her vision.  We considered a number of locations that we could use and after scouting around finally decided on the area of Theresa Park/Brownlow Hill as it had a lovely country outlook and was reasonably close for both of us.  Luckily for us Corinne’s mother had arranged access for us to a private property which had some great settings that we could use during the shoot.

As we had planned to shoot a few different looks, Corinne had chosen a few different outfits and started with a formal red dress which worked really well with the green arches of the trees over the road.

Under the Natural Arches

The chosen location worked very well for what we had in mind and we both really liked this photo of Corinne in one of the country fields.

Field of Gold

It was hard not to shoot under the archway created by the trees as they worked well in framing Corinne.

Under the Arches

By using a large aperture and blurring the background I was able to isolate Corinne in this shot so that she stood out as the main focus of the viewer.

Corinne and her Maton Guitar

Props are important on a photo shoot but not everyone can bring a lounge to location.  Thanks to Corinne’s brother Brad for delivering the lounge to us.

Relaxing during the shoot

We were lucky to find a shed full of hay that we could use for the shoot.

Corinne

The shoot wasn’t all hard work and there were plenty of funny moments.  I captured this shot as Corinne was laughing.

My personal favourite photo from the day was this one of Corinne.

Corinne Rushby

Corinne Rushby

 

Keep an eye out for Corinne and make sure that you catch one her gigs so that you can have a listen to a talented young artist.  If you like her facebook page you can be sure that you will be kept update with what is happening with her career and where her gigs will be on.

If you or anyone that you know of could use some new promotional shots, CD covers, posters and even a live gig shoot then contact via the contact page or email me at malcolm@fireflyphotos.com.au

Portraits

Over the last few years I have taken quite a few portraits.

These are a few of my favourites that I would like to share.

Corinne

Corinne

 

Christie

Christie

 

Corinne

Corinne

Marina

Marina

Aleyce

Aleyce

 

Thalia

Thalia

 

Candy

Candy

 

Suzette

Suzette

 

Christy

Christy

Sara

Sara

 

Suzette

Suzette

 

 

Candy

Candy

 

 

Long Exposures

Looking through the photos that I have taken over the last few years I have realised that I favour long exposure shots a fair bit so I thought that I would share a few personal favourites.

 

Bradley Head Lighthouse 3.2 seconds

Bradley Head Lighthouse 3.2 seconds

Using a Big Stopper filter you can even shoot long exposures in the day such as the Cecil Hill shot below.

Cecil Hills - 111 seconds

Cecil Hills – 111 seconds

 

Long exposures at sunrise create amazing images especially if you are lucky to have some morning colour.

Wollongong - 20 Seconds

Wollongong – 20 Seconds

Moving subjects such as this train at Museum Station shot at a longer exposure create an interesting photo.

Ghost Train 3.2 seconds

Ghost Train 3.2 seconds

Longer exposures at night are required to capture the Milky Way

The Milky Way - 20 seconds

The Milky Way – 20 seconds

Long exposures smooth out the water and blur the clouds but it works better on days with a breeze.

Bare Island 277 seconds

Bare Island 277 seconds

 

I decided to head to the Easter Show last year with my tripod to shoot some long exposures of the rides.  Exposures of a few seconds are enough to blur the rides.

Easter Show Ride - 3.2 seconds

Easter Show Ride – 3.2 seconds

 

To shoot long exposures it is necessary to use neutral density filters in front of the lens to reduce the amount light entering the camera.  This way the camera can hold the shutter open longer so that it has time to record the light.

Stockton Sand Dunes 8.2.14

Not long ago a myself and few photography mates headed up to Stockton to spend the weekend shooting the sand dunes.  I have always been fascinated by shapes and shadows formed by the wind on the dunes and jumped at the opportunity to shoot them.  The most important thing to do is to let the car tyres down to about 15 psi as without doing so the car would get bogged in the sand.

Chris and Don at the start

 

Stockton Beach is located north of Newcastle and is famous for its fishing, the sand dunes and the Sygna Wreck.

MV Sygna

The Sygna wreck has been there since 1974 although there is not too much left of it now as you can see above.  I had expected something a bit more photogenic than this so was a disappointed.

I definitely wasn’t disappointed by the sand dunes though and we shot them in the afternoon, at sunset, sunrise and the early morning.  Each time they looked different due to the amount of light falling on them and the position of the sun.

Shades and Curves

You can see in the shot above the shape of one of the sand dunes and the colour as the sun sets.  The wind has created an interesting shape with eye catching ripples.

Perspective

In this shot the sun is setting over Newcastle and if you look closely you can see my mate Chris setting up for shot on the distant dune.

 

No Dune Access

 

4WD drive access to the dunes is very limited and they can only be accessed by the tourist buses which do not operate during the best times for shooting the dunes.  We covered a lot of distance by foot walking over the dunes to find compositions that we liked.

Ripples

Pre Dawn near Tin City

Pre Dawn near Tin City

Stockton Beach is also home to Tin City which are a collection of fisherman’s shacks that were built after the 2nd World War and are still in use.

Tin City

Tin City

Stockton Beach is definitely worth another visit and will be organising a trip in the near future.

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