Is this the Most Important Forest in the World?

Esther BeatonDid You Know?, Ecology, Habitats, Victoria

A recent media release announced that scientists had measured the most carbon dense forest in the world. No, it’s not in the Amazon – it’s right here in Australia and I know it intimately. I worked hand in hand, for over a year, with well-known ecologist David Lindenmayer, one of the team of scientists who made the discovery. (He’s the … Read More

Paul’s Silhouette Success

Esther BeatonPhoto Critiques, Photography Books

One of my favorite topics to post is a photo from a student. I was chatting to Paul Collis after he and his wife came back from the Kimberley, Western Australia. They had printed out a selection of recipes from my photography cookbook to take along on their travels. Paul specifically wanted to try one of the step-by-step recipes on … Read More

Trying Out Canon Gear

Esther BeatonPhotography Equipment

I’ve used Nikons all my career. That makes this article an impartial evaluation of the dream kit that Canon asked me to trial. It consisted of a Pelican case bursting with about $30,000 worth of pro gear. Let’s start with the EOS 1DS III – what a brilliant camera! It’s a bit of a Clydesdale in build but at least … Read More

When is a leaf a flower?

Esther BeatonBeautiful Images, Flower Photography, Nature Photography

When it is red. This month our Day Safari group headed out to photograph waratahs. These are stunning, large, red flowers native to Australia which appear during September and October – our springtime. They seem to emit a glow like an inner fire and stand out like beacons in the bushland around Sydney. When our group arrived and we parted … Read More

Kodak Fosters Nature Photography

Esther BeatonOn the Stage

Well, I’ve had a big adventure! I ‘just’ finished my seminar series with Kodak, “Great Recipes for Wildlife Photography”. Although the tour ended three weeks ago, it has taken me this long to handle all the jobs that had piled up in my absence. The talks were a great success with record crowds at each venue. In Melbourne and Sydney … Read More

Mac vs PC

Esther BeatonPhotography Equipment

As part of my recent tour around Australia and New Zealand, for the Kodak seminar series, I gave presentations at various photographic colleges. While visiting the various campuses, I poked into some of the classrooms to see what computers were provided to students – to see what was the basic platform of the teaching curriculum. Once upon a time it … Read More

Kodak Seminar Tour

Esther BeatonAnnouncements, On the Stage

Kodak and I are touring all over Australia and New Zealand in September. If you or a friend is interested in wildlife and nature photography, here’s an invitation to come along. Bookings are essential, so to attend this free seminar, you’ll have to sign up. Just go to the front page of Kodak’s website www.kodak.com.au and click on my name … Read More