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Plan your year with a wall calendar

Are you organised for 2019? I’ve got the best calendar for that. I love to get an idea of my year ahead: what jobs I’ve got booked, whether assignments, my own stock shooting trips, presentations, as well as how much time I need to set aside for pre- and post-production for each.   When I …

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Help the Regent Honeyeater and Enjoy Nature Too

Regent Honeyeater (Xanthomyza phrygia) with yellow banksia flower. Southeastern Australia. Endangered species.

Helping our endangered wildlife doesn’t have to be hard. In fact, it can be a lot of fun. The Regent Honeyeater is responding to the help the species has received in recent years. But he’s not out of the woods yet and is still listed as critically endangered.  Here are two great projects that not …

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MightyGoods.com – the great bag interview

Esther Beaton interviewed Mighty Goods website

I love talking about gear. What photographer doesn’t? Last month I got the chance to do a lot of “talking” about it when Mighty Goods website interviewed me. Along with 15 other outdoor photographers, of course. It’s a website devoted to bags of all sorts and they represent some great options for photographers, from lightweight …

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28 Best Reasons to do Bird Photography

Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis) (subspecies coromandus) at nesting site, in willow tree, farm dam, Dooralong, Central Coast, New South Wales

Bird photography is the most challenging, difficult, expensive and time-consuming of all the areas of nature photography. Why on earth would anyone want to go to all that trouble? But something’s going on, because not only is there a rapid rise in bird watching, but also in nature and wildlife photography. If you’re not already on …

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Tripods and heads for Bird Photography

Gimbal head holding 200-500 mm zoom lens on Benbo tripod.

A tripod comes with three features: the legs, the head and the mount. Each is an important choice. Needless to say, the more solid and heavier the tripod, the more sturdily it will hold your long lens. A well-built tripod will last decades (like my magnificent and trusty Benbo as you can see by these …

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Photo Tip – Plan The Shots for Your Editorial Assignment

Here’s a tip for covering an editorial assignment. I’ve shot features for many magazines, but my favourite is the geographic assignment, so those are the sample photos I’ll use. The key to a successful feature in a magazine, geographical or otherwise, is diversity. To achieve that: Be sure to have three types of shots: long …

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The Story Behind the Green And Golden Bell Frog Image

It was the magic year of 2000. Everyone had breathed a sigh of relief that our computers and systems hadn’t gone haywire. In Sydney it was the time of the Olympics. Energy was high. Somehow the threatened Green and Golden Bell Frog became emblematic of this productive and heartfelt era. I was on assignment for Australian …

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The Arty Frog

This handsome little fellow is the Green and Golden Bell Frog. He’s part of my latest body of artworks called “Noble Spirit – Australian Wildlife Portraits” which was on exhibit at the Sydney Royal Botanic Gardens in 2017. I originally photographed him as part of an assignment for Australian Geographic several years ago but, it …

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Squirrel Glider

Squirrel Glider (Petaurus norfolcensis) Southeastern Australia. Threatened species

From a secure high perch, the Squirrel Glider extends the flaps between its wrists and ankles – then soars. This portrait photo served as the cover, through two editions, of the classic tome by the Australian Museum, called The Complete Book of Australian Mammals. Interested in seeing this delicate portrait as a fine art print? …

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The exhibition wraps up!

Many tourists and visitors to the Noble Spirit exhibition at Palm House, Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, Australia.

What a great exhibition!   Hundreds of tourists, both domestic an international, went through the Palm House – that little jewel of a gallery tucked within the royal Botanic Gardens in Sydney. Their comments in my visitor’s book and on tape confirm how amazed and delighted they were by the wildlife portraits. In addition, the …

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