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How to carry out an assignment for a geographic magazine – Part 2 – Being in the moment

I started shooting the story on pearl faming in New South Wales before I’d even signed the contract with the magazine. That was because a key event was happening immediately – an event that could not be rescheduled or wait for the convenience of a photographer — seeding the oysters.  On one beautiful warm morning, …

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How to carry out a geographic magazine assignment – Part 1 – Finding a great subject

Sometimes you’re lucky enough to get a call from an editor asking you to do a photo assignment. But sometimes you have to initiate the contact yourself. If your relationship has developed over the years to one of mutual trust, then chances are high that the magazine’s editors will listen to your idea and commission …

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Outdoor photographers – why we do what we do

Photographer Jean-Paul Ferrero

I can understand why outdoor photographer Matthew Dwyer got blown off Bluff Knoll. I’ve been to the peak twice myself. At the top, the winds are fierce, as this tree can attest. I tend to take risks myself, but it’s nothing to what my ex-husband, Jean-Paul Ferrero used to do. In this photo, he had …

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Sticks from the sky: photographing Australia’s insect giants

Brown Stick Insect

A stick insect dropped in one day. Not a large one. Probably blown in by the wind, which we’ve been having a bit of last few days. (In fact I’m writing this under “cyclonic” conditions.) I thought everyone knew about stick insects. They look like sticks and they are large. But my quick post on …

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When is a leaf a flower?

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 …

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