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Karijini National Park

March 26th, 2014 at 12:05pm

Earlier this year I had the chance to visit Karijini National Park. While I have been there a couple of times before this was the first time I was able to get up there in the wet season. And a vastly different place it is at this time of year.

Firstly there was a cyclone that ripped through the area just north of Karijini National Park a few days before but it also left a vast amount of rain in and around Karijini, cutting off access roads and towns. If we had planned to go up 2 days earlier we would of not of been able to get through the closed access roads.

We waiting the main roads department close all the roads and reopen them slowly over the course of 3 days from the comfort of home and the Department Of Main Roads website updates …

Two days before the last of the access roads opened we set off on the 1600km drive up to Karijini National Park. Stopped off at Coral bay for a night before heading into the park.

One the best reasons to go in the wet season is the storms firing in over the land. They make for some spectacular colour to an already stunning landscape as evident below with a late afternoon summer storm that surrounded us me as I shot over the gorges below. Incredible light and stunning scenery, you cant ask for more than that …


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Forest Abstracts

March 24th, 2014 at 3:00pm

Forest in the fog abstracts

Photographing in fog is awesome when given the chance. Where I live we are lucky to get much fog, maybe once or twice a year, some places though get it almost every other day. A couple of years back I was at the Otway National Park in Victoria, a stunning area on the south coast of Victoria. Hiking in the forest at dawn with the misty fog presents a lot of photographic opportunities. While shooting the panoramic type images I am used to doing I also shot a few frames with abstracts in mind. This being one of them.

Listed on the site for sale as a print

Otway Forest In The Fog


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Noble Waterfall Gidgegannup

March 21st, 2014 at 11:54am

Not to far outside of Perth lies one of our only natural waterfalls and then only if we get decent winter rains. Living in a semi arid location dos have it limits and an abundance of waterfalls is one of them.

I have been meaning to get to these falls for a couple of years but either when I went up there the rains had not been good enough for a good amount of water to flow over the falls or there was so much of that white foam stuff you see sometimes at waterfalls that taking anything half decent is not an option.

On this trip up there is was pretty good, still not what I would of liked to get an overall view of the falls but pretty good. I spent the morning up there shooting it from many different vantage points with this particular view of the falls my favourite for the morning shoot. I have had a pretty good response to the image and sold a few prints before it was actually on the website and listed for sale. So knowing that I have finally listed Noble Falls on my website for print sales … Below is a small preview of the print of Noble Falls …

 


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Really Right Stuff Tripod For Sale

March 18th, 2014 at 1:54pm

TQC-14 Quick-Column Series 1 TripodReally Right Stuff Tripod

SOLD

This awesome travel tripod I bought last year for my trip to Iceland because it is light and packs small great for traveling. Now that I do not have much if any air travel booked for the next year or so I need to sell this item.

Here is a link to the tripod and its specifications listed on the Really Right Stuff website  …

As you can see on the website it folds up nice and compact and can stand quite high with its centre column 122cm and 150cm respectively with a load rating of 11.3kg it will take any DSLR and lens up to the 70-200 from both Canon and Nikon … Steady as rock and built with the precision we know and expect from Really Right Stuff.

The tripod retails for $850 US plus shipping …

I am asking $650AU plus postage if you are not within Australia. Payable through Paypal. If you are interested please email myself at info at spoolphotography.com

Does not include Tripod Head as pictured second image.

Cheers Neal

 

 


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The Basin Rottnest

March 17th, 2014 at 12:15pm

A week or so back I visited Rottnest Island for a few days. There are a few ways to get across to the island, either by ferry, small plane or a mates boat. This year I went across by ferry that departs from Hillarys Boat Harbour, there is also one that departs from Fremantle, Hillary’s is closer to me.

After a 40min cruise over I arrived there around 8.15amWhat a stunning island it is as well. Each day I would head out early on the bike and ride to a morning shoot at one of the bays. After the shoot I would head into the town area and grab a coffee and light breakfast before spending the rest of the day shooting the bays riding from one to another. I think I pretty much rode around the island twice in the time I was there.

Here is a short video of The Basin I shot while I was there plus my panoramic image of The basin I shot on the last day I was there.

One of the bays I visited on a few occassions was “The Basin” a popular location at Rottest Island especially with day trippers as access is not far from the ferry terminal and the town centre, so you can hope off the ferry, hit the The Basin for a swim, head into town for a late lunch and a beverage before boarding your ferry for the return trip late afternoon.

 

The Basin Rottnest Island, Western Australia


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Ask not for whom the wolf stalks …

February 14th, 2014 at 11:22am

Recently read a good article on the balance of carnivores and vegetarians … And how removing the hunter has a long term detrimental effect on the prey. I have watched a show in National Geographic Channel some years back on the Yellowstone Wolves and how they where doing after being reintroduced to the area some 12 or so years earlier and how observers had seen several changes in the park and not what you would expect like less deer, coyotes etc, but more vegetation was now growing along wolves highways and some noticeable signs of rivers slowly changing courses through river banks not being eroded so heavily etc, more of a natural path.

I have not seen or read much else on the subject until I read this article this week … I thought I would share as I find it pretty interesting to know to know the carnivore and vegetarian both benefit from each other …

Here is the article if you are interested in a short read … I will be searching out if there is any more articles I can find to add to this post over time …

 

 

http://www.npr.org/2014/01/10/261120968/when-big-carnivores-go-down-even-vegetarians-take-the-hit

 

Wolves in Yellowstone


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Iceland And My Visit

February 12th, 2014 at 1:34pm

Dettifoss

My next few blog postings with be primary from my time in Iceland in September 2013, my experience there and some of the images I took there as I add these images to the main website for sale.

I only spent 2 weeks in Iceland and the beginning of Autumn, while the scenery is stunning in its starkness and grandeur of the mountains as they give way to lakes, small towns and baron volcanic landscapes. I would really love to go back at either March or December when it is a lot colder with so much more snow and the sun does not rise as high during the day or in June/July when the sun never really sets. Maybe in 2014 or 2015 I could get the opportunity to do this we shall see. If there is any interest in a Guided Icelandic Tour for 10 days for 6-10 people I would surely be interested in leading you around the country to some of the most photographic locations shooting them at the best times of day and if that means all day long if the light is perfect then so be it.

Here is one of the locations we would visit a magnificent waterfall by the name of Dettifoss … The most powerful waterfall in all of Europe …

 

Dettifoss Iceland europe's most powerful waterfall


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Little Beach Albany

February 10th, 2014 at 1:02pm

On my last trip to Albany I spent a couple of days shooting around Little Beach, which is the beach section inside Two Peoples Bay National Park. When I first arrived at this small beach just outside of Albany I knew immediately this was going to be my favourite West Australian Beach. Pure white sand, water that is just so clear with a few large granite boulders scatter along the shoreline and a small enough cove for it to be just perfect photographically.

I shot the beach morning and evening for 2 days to get my compositions right and to capture some nice light to enhance the already stunning little cove that is “Little Beach” with virtually no one around for most of the day and then maybe just a handful of people throughout the day it really does feel like you have escaped to your own little castaway island beach miles for civilisation, yet in reality you are just a few mins from Albany and all the creature comforts of a small seaside town.

Here are two of the panoramic prints that I now have available for sale from Little Beach Albany

little beach two peoples bay albany

Little Beach Two Peoples Bay Albany

Evening at Two Peoples Bay Albany

Little Beach Albany


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Blog Is Back In Business

February 7th, 2014 at 12:31pm

Time to renew the blog with more updates and regular happenings with my photography journey.

Well how times flies it has been 12 months since I kept the blog updated. With todays world of social media and all its outlets, I spent too much time in other arenas and no where near enough time here. Well in 2014 things are coming back round the the blog being the first priority. Sure there maybe not as many eyes on the posts as say a facebook update or tweeter tweet, but I have come to the conclusion those to venues are sloppy fast food with the blog being more of a place where you may read and enjoy the images for a little longer than a nano second at other venues.

In the last year I have moved over from Canon Cameras to Nikon and the D800e, shot Iceland, WA Beaches and visited Karijini National Park earlier this year. In 2014 I hope to take a lot more photos and share them through here. Some the best ones will end up in the gallery within the main portion of the website and others will just be posted here. All are for sale as stock imagery all you need to do is left me know which one you maybe interested in. Some images will just be Iphone pics taken on whim and just to share what I saw at the time.

So maybe I should share an Iphone image up first. Taken earlier this year in Karijini National Park on a very warm evening 45c+ and at the start of the evening thunderstorms that happen all around us.

enjoy … cheers welcome back if you are an older reader and if you are new to the blog … welcome … :)

"Thunderstorm Over Karijini"

 


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Canon Zeiss Gear For Sale

February 12th, 2013 at 1:24pm

UPDATE 15th Feb 2013 … ALL ZEISS GLASS SOLD : CANON 5D MRK II SOLD

FOR SALE : Canon & Zeiss Gear  …

1 Canon 5 D Mrk II Includes
3 Genuine Canon Batteries
1 Battery Charger
1 Remote Cable
1 Camera Strap

$1450

Zeiss 50mm f/2.0 Makro-Planar ZE Macro Lens for Canon EF Mount $1000 SOLD

Zeiss Distagon T* 21mm f/2.8 ZE Lens for Canon EF Mount $1550 SOLD

Zeiss Makro-Planar T* 100mm f/2 ZE Lens for Canon EF Mount $1550 SOLD

All items come complete in original boxing/packaging. All items listed are of excellent condition and quality. Will ship worldwide at buyers cost …

Will sell separately or as package for $5450

Any interested parties please contact myself at info@spoolphotography.com or 0406 408 317