Take better photos with your smartphone

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You can take great photos with your smartphone – as long as you remember two things: The smartphone is for internet use only. The quality is not adequate for print, unless it’s postcard size or smaller. This is due the the small format, i.e., the sensor in the iPhone is smaller than your little fingernail. Others may argue that you … Read More

Behind the scenes on this month’s magazine feature

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Wedge-tailed eagle Raptor rehab story

This week I’m taking you behind the scenes of my current published assignment for Australian Geographic. It’s only a short feature and you can see it in the November December 2016 issue called “Raptor rehab”. Here are some notes as to how and why I shot some of the pics. I was allowed very limited access to these injured birds of … Read More

Judging The Nature Conservancy Photo Competition 2016

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Eye Spy by Mark Seabury

Nature Conservancy Australia contacted me in June to see  if I’d be interested in being a judge for this year’s Nature Photo Competition. Of course I would! I’ve admired the work of the Nature Conservancy in the US for years. They also spread their activities around the globe and have successfully protected over 48 million hectares of land and thousands of … Read More

5x Growth – a Conservation Success Story

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Gould's Petrel chick

Several years ago, I partnered up with science write Karen McGee to produce a feature on Gould’s Petrel for the UK magazine, Geographical. Most stories of endangered species I find confronting, but this one turned out to have a happy ending. Gould’s Petrel nests almost exclusively on a tiny bunch of rocks off the coast of New South Wales. One of them is … Read More

Don’t frame too tight

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Sometimes, when I’ve been judging photo competitons, I’ve had to evaluate an image where the subject in the photo is wedged so tight in the frame that you get an uncomfortable feeling looking at it. When I’ve commented that “there’s no room to breathe” the photographer usually rebuts me by saying “but I’ve been criticised in the past for not cropping tight enough!” … Read More

Happy Feather’s Day!

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Male emu with eggs

Here’s something to make all fathers think. Be thankful you weren’t born an emu. Your lot in life would have been tending all the eggs – a dozen or more at a time (some even fertilised by rival males!) – no time to lubricate your parched throat and you would suffer dramatic weight loss. And it doesn’t stop there – you’d be tending … Read More

Big news – latest book!

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Booderee National Park? Who’s heard of that? Well, I knew it as Jervis Bay National Park when I was the photographer there years ago. It was so great to be working on this book because I got a chance to re-visit some of my favourite old haunts. And it was refreshing to discover that the beauty and wildness of the … Read More

An artful life: Scotland Island, Sydney

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I photographed an article for Australian Geographic recently and it’s now also online. If you don’t have a subscription to the Australian Geographic newsletter, you can see it here. Give a thought to the lead picture which is an overview of Scotland Island on a sparkling summer day. It almost looks like an aerial shot. Such an easy shot to take, … Read More

Suzanne Holman, go in peace

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The artist, Suzanne Holman, at work on one of her first major artworks, the mural at the children’s pool at Bondi Beach. I just had to write something to acknowledge this lovely, talented and community-spirited artist. She never stopped created murals and art installations along the whole eastern coastline. What a beautiful woman! Had I known at the time of taking her … Read More