Archive for the ‘Photography’ Category

Basilica San Marco, Venice

Friday, 13 July, 2012

Golden domes

Rome in the Rain

Friday, 22 June, 2012

Rome street in the rain

Another night fountain

Friday, 25 May, 2012

Trevi nightIf you go to Rome, do see the Trevi Fountain at night. It looks more amazing than it does during the day. And the crowds start to drift away around 11pm. :-)

Home from Italy and France

Wednesday, 23 May, 2012

Fontana dei Quattro FiumiWe got home from Paris last night and had about 12 hours sleep. It’s morning and it feels like morning, yay! Here’s a photo from Piazza Navona in Rome.

Autumn leaves

Thursday, 19 April, 2012

Liquidambar leavesSugar Maple leavesJapanese Maple leavesIt always weirds me out when I see lots of new photos being posted to Flickr at this time of year with spring flowers, or around October with autumn leaves. To correct this hemispheric bias, here are some shots I took last weekend.

Morning photos

Wednesday, 21 March, 2012

The Morning SwimGot up early this morning to take photos at Collaroy. Sunrise was pretty poor, but I got this shot, which I think turned out well.

Mahon Pool at Dawn

Sunday, 23 October, 2011

Mahon Pool at DawnI got up at 04:45 this morning to head out to Mahon Pool at Maroubra for a photo shoot. Unfortunately the sky was a bit too cloudy for anything really spectacular, but I got a few decent shots. Then went to a cafe and spoiled myself with eggs benedict for breakfast. :-)

More Getty Images

Wednesday, 3 August, 2011

Woo! Getty Images selected another 7 of my Flickr photos to be added to their collection for licensing to commercial buyers.

Quench Two Apostles Scampi A strong candidate for most photographed road sign in Australia Dunmarra Windmill Yellow Water Dawn Blue-Footed Booby

And I realised this is where the money mysteriously appearing in my PayPal account is coming from. I went through my Getty statements for the past few months and realised I’ve made several sales. One for a book published by the UK National Trust!

Leon Dormido

Wednesday, 15 June, 2011

Leon DormidoBack in the day, I used to get roughly one of my photos per month into Flickr’s Explore – the top 500 most “interesting” photos posted on the site on any given day. But the rate petered off and now I’ve had a drought that’s lasted almost two years – my last Explored photo was back in September, 2009.

I figure it’s because Flickr has grown rapidly. There are more people uploading more photos, and that just makes it harder to attract enough attention to get a photo into the top 500 of an ever-expanding sample size.

But I was pleasantly surprised to see a raft of comments and likes on this photo, which I posted a couple of days ago. This is a shot of Leon Dormido (“Sleeping Lion”), a volcanic rock spire sticking out of the ocean a few kilometres off the coast of San Cristóbal Island in the Galapagos. It’s a nesting site for blue-footed boobies and magnificent frigatebirds. We circled the rock in our boat a couple of times at dawn to see the frigatebirds in their courtship displays – there’s no landing place on the rock. This shot is as we were leaving it behind, our last encounter with wildlife in the Galapagos. To me there’s that element of sadness in this image – something I guess nobody else picks up just from looking at it. Still, I’m very pleased with how this photo turned out.

Owl Butterfly

Tuesday, 7 June, 2011

Big WingOne of my favourite photos from my recent trip to South America. This is a species of giant owl butterfly, taken in the Peruvian jungle near Puerto Maldonado, a stone’s throw from the Rio Madre de Dios, which is the largest tributary of the Amazon. This is probably the biggest butterfly I’ve ever seen.

Unfortunately I can’t quite identify the exact species of owl butterfly. It somewhat resembles either the Forest giant owl butterfly (Caligo eurilochus), Idomeneus giant owl butterfly (Caligo idomeneus), or Illioneus giant owl butterfly (Caligo illioneus), but not enough that I’m positive about an identification. It may be another species I haven’t managed to find good pictures of to make a comparison. If anyone can make a positive ID, I’d be grateful.

Yes, that’s my wife in the background. :-)