The Sunshine Coast – Explored by Owen Wilson

The Sunshine Coast is one of my favourite spots to photograph. It has it all, The Glasshouse mountains, pineapple plantations, Buderim Falls, Sunshine Plaza, Mooloolaba and Maroochydore, The SS dicky may it rest in peace and Montville a quaint little town full of treasures and nick knacks.

The Sunshine Coast
D700 Nikon Camera, 3sec exposure, f16 aperture, ISO 100, using a 70-200mm lens

The Beautiful Glasshouse Mountains, Mt Coonowrin and Mt Crook Neck at twilight with a full moon, so very picturesque. There’s something calming about the Glasshouse Mountains. This was my Honeymoon spot years ago when the pineapple plantations where everywhere, nothing better than to taste a pineapple freshly picked from the plantation, juicy and sweet. We camped in a cabin below Mt. Tibrogargan, it had a pineapple plantation right at our doorstep, just magic.

Glasshouse Mountains
D200 Nikon Camera, 1/125sec exposure, f16 aperture, ISO 100, using a 24-70mm lens

Doesn’t look like that today, most of the pineapple plantations have been pulled out. We also visited the Buderim Ginger factory, which is no longer in Buderim, it is now located in Yandina. When we were there it had these delicious ginger cream chocolates and ginger beer not like the one you get today, but that’s progress, nothing stays the same. You could also watch how they made the chocolates from above. Enough of the memoirs.

Buderim Falls, one of the most beautiful waterfalls I have ever seen. Surrounded by lush greenery looks untouched.

Buderim Falls
D200 Nikon Camera, 2.5sec exposure, f22 aperture, ISO 100, using a 20mm lens

Buderim Falls located in Buderim Forest Park, with babbling brooks, cascading waters and tall trees only 10 mins from the coast, yet it feels like you are in the middle of nowhere.

Montville is another quaint little town full of market stalls and cafes. My favourite is Poets Café.

D700 Nikon Camera, 8sec exposure, f16 aperture, ISO 200, using a 70-200mm lens

So tranquil now but wait till the markets open and it becomes a bustling busy little town way up in the hinterland of the Sunshine Coast.

Tranquil
D100 Nikon Camera, 1/125sec exposure, f16 aperture, ISO 200, using a 24-70mm lens

Maroochydore is also located on the Sunshine Coast it seems a quiet little metropolis with beaches and waterways to while away the hours. Maroochydore the major commercial centre of the Sunshine coast, it has some of the most popular surfing beaches not to be short changed Mooloolaba has plenty to offer as well.

Maroochydore
D800 Nikon Camera, 1/13sec exposure, f16 aperture, ISO 200, using a 24-70mm lens

With it’s peaceful marina offering restaurants and cafes. All within sight of the water, the Wharf Marina has quite a lot to offer.

Now for the ladies the best place for shopping is the Sunshine plaza with all the shops you could ask for, no need to leave for a bite to eat either there are plenty of food and beverage outlets to satisfy anyone. Not only is it a shopping complex but its pretty spectacular to photograph also.

D700 Nikon Camera, 2.5sec exposure, f8 aperture, ISO 200, using a 24-70mm lens

Night brings out the best for photographic opportunities. And then we have Dicky beach home of the ill-fated SS Dicky, the last remnants were removed from the beach not so long ago to safeguard visitors from harm. What a shame here are two images one much earlier and one not long before it’s removal.

Dicky beach
D700 Nikon Camera, 59sec exposure, f8 aperture, ISO 200, using a 24-70mm lens

What a marvellous sunrise it was. And then the twilight before its demise.

Sunrise and Twilight
D800 Nikon Camera, 20sec exposure, f8 aperture, ISO 50, using a 70-200mm lens

Eerie yet beautiful. I hope this has heightened your taste for travel. Now all you need do is go there.

For more wonderful images of the Sunshine Coast please visit our website www.owenwilson.com.au and enjoy.

The Gold Coast – Owen Wilson Photography

Fun, surf, sun and beaches is the best way to describe the Gold Coast. Long beaches for walking, whether it be strolling for a casual walk or jogging and running, this place is perfect for that and much more.

Skyscrapers in Paradise Beach
D800 Nikon Camera, 1/125 sec exposure, f6.3 aperture, 100 ISO, using a 14-24mm lens

How incredible is this, the buildings are right down to the water and not little buildings, great big huge skyscrapers. This is the view you get when walking along Surfers Paradise Beach. This beach is patrolled so it’s safe to swim here also.

Surfing in Burleigh Heads and Coolangatta

D800 Nikon Camera, 1/1000 sec exposure, f4.5 aperture, 200 ISO, using a 70-200mm  lens

Surfing is also possible but more towards Burleigh Heads and Coolangatta.

Christmas time Carols on the beach

D800 Nikon Camera, 1/10 sec exposure, f5.6 aperture, 2000 ISO, using a 24-70mm lens

There are loads of activities, depending on the time you visit, Christmas time Carols on the beach, it’s cool and everyone has a great time. Awesome location for such an event. There are night markets, plenty of night life, in fact it hardly goes to sleep. The buildings light up at night making for some awesome photographic opportunities.

Carols on the beach

D700 Nikon Camera, 0.4 sec exposure, f8 aperture, 100 ISO, using a 24-70mm lens

Twilight is my favorite time to photograph, either the early evening or early Mornings. Because of the climate it’s so easy to, probably better at sometimes during the year to rise before light and go out pick your spot, if you miss it there’s always tomorrow. During the day it’s great to spend time with the family and go see the sights, visit tourist attractions like Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary.


D200 Nikon Camera, 1/250 sec exposure, f9 aperture, 200 ISO, using a 14-24mm lens

Feed the Lorikeets, see the other animals, Koalas, Kangaroos etc. Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary has been operating for over 70 years. Opening in 1947 as Currumbin bird sanctuary, renamed in 1995 to Currumbin Wildlife sanctuary and Heritage listed in 2009 and still improving. There’s lots to do for the kids as well.

The best of all lookout, aptly named, is well worth a look.

Springbrook National Park Gold Coast

D800 Nikon Camera, 1/6 sec exposure, f16 aperture, 100 ISO, using a 24-70mm lens

Magnificent vista, gorgeous, lush rainforest and mountain views.

Located south west of the Gold Coast city lies Springbrook National Park, with Cave creek, a tributary of the Nerang River containing a gorgeous waterfall and natural bridge. Simply gorgeous, this would have to be the jewel of the Gold Coast.

Springbrook National Park

D700 Nikon Camera, 1.6 sec exposure, f16 aperture, 100 ISO, using a 24-70mm lens

Back to the city and we have The Hard Rock Café, great food and beverages to please any palate. With the light rail passing by as part of a 20-kilometre line and 19 stations so you can travel all day and visit everything on your bucket list.

Hard Rock Café

D800 Nikon Camera, 1/80 sec exposure, f2.83 aperture, 2000 ISO, using a 24-70mm lens

The chevron Renaissance is another of it’s stops, offering family accommodation with holiday apartments, and still giving you a resort style stay.

family accommodation with holiday apartments

D800 Nikon Camera, 1/400 sec exposure, f5.6 aperture, 200 ISO, using a 24-70mm lens

And the magnificent Q1 building, great views from the observation deck.

Q1 building from the observation deck

Aerial, D700 Nikon Camera, 1/1000 sec exposure, f6.3 aperture, 200 ISO, using a 24-70mm lens

Backed by the Nerang River and seafront views its awesome, if you like heights. This would be a wonderful spot to watch the V8 Supercar races held on the Gold Coast every year mid-October, through the Skyscrapers and along the beach-side track. The circuit covers 2.98 kilometres, with 2 chicanes and several fast sections, not to mention the noise and excitement filling the air.

Seafront views in Narang River

Aerial, D700 Nikon Camera, 1/1000 sec exposure, f5.6 aperture, 200 ISO, using a 24-70mm lens

The high light of your visit will be the Meter Maids, once patrolling the streets to take care of the parking meters, ensuring no one received a parking fine. Now they will pose for a picture charging a small fee and selling their calendars and other merchandise. It’s great for tourism and fun too.

Gold Coast Metermaids

D700 Nikon Camera, 1/125 sec exposure, f14 aperture, 100 ISO, using a 24-70mm lens

This concludes yet another blog, I hope we piqued your interest and you venture to this wonderful part of the world. For more images of the Gold Coast and surrounds please visit our website www.owenwilson.net.au and enjoy.

Port Douglas and Daintree, A Shoot by Owen Wilson

Located in the far north of Queensland, lies paradise, lush tropical Rainforest, sandy beach resorts, pristine coral reefs.

tropical Rainforest
Nikon D700 camera, 1/125 sec Shutter speed, f4.5 Aperture, ISO 200 using 24-70mm lens

Marina Mirage Port Douglas, luxurious yachts, cruise boats and deep-sea fishing charter boats all start here.


Nikon D800 camera, 1/125sec shutter speed, f6.3 aperture, ISO200 using 24-70mm lens

Cape Tribulation is the gateway to the Barrier Reef, where you can snorkel, dive, paddle board or kayak.

It’s hard to image going from Lush Rainforest to Barrier reef in a matter of minutes. Cross the Daintree River by car ferry into a lush rainforest.

Lush Rainforest to Barrier reef

D700 Nikon camera, 1/400sec shutter speed, f4.5 aperture, ISO 200, using 70-200mm lens

Daintree rain forest in fact. The world’s oldest rainforest, with tropical plants and wildlife. Crocodiles swim in the Daintree river, they can be seen sunning themselves on the banks or logs.

tropical plants and wildlife

D700 Nikon Camera, 1/250 sec shutter speed, f4.5 aperture, ISO 200, using 24-70mm lens

Walk amid the palms and moss-covered rocks, maybe see a Brush Turkey or even a cassowary if you’re lucky.


D700 Nikon Camera, 0.6sec shutter speed, f2.8 aperture, ISO200, using 24-70mm lens

There is an amazing scene waiting at every turn when walking through the Daintree Rainforest. There are loads of wonderful secluded areas in this rainforest with romantic swimming holes, tropical climate and lush greenery, what more could one ask for.

Moss Covered Rocks

D800 Nikon Camera, 30sec shutter speed, f16aperture, ISO 50, Using 24-70mm lens and a polarising filter

Mossman Gorge with its giant granite boulders and moss-covered rocks, part of Daintree National Park. Many hours can be spent just wandering the walking trails, immersing oneself in nature so to speak.

All this located just a short trip from Port Douglas.


D700 Nikon Camera, 1/500 sec shutter speed, f5.6 aperture, ISO 200 using 70-200mm lens

Then just to give you even more there is Four-mile beach.

A true tropical paradise, warm climate most of the year, beautiful sunsets.

tropical paradise beautiful sunsets.

D800 Nikon Camera, 1/8000 sec shutter speed, f11 aperture, ISO 50, using 24-70mm lens

Caps off an awesome adventure or just a fun day.

For the camera buffs, my kit for this trip was both Nikon D700 and D800 cameras, 24-70mm lens and a 70-200mm lens

For more amazing images of Port Douglas and the Daintree visit our website www.owenwilson.net.au  under Queensland in the categories click on Port Douglas.

Let’s Explore Rockhampton Cattle Country

Rockhampton Cattle Country
Rockhampton Cattle Country

As this image depicts Rockhampton, it is the cattle producing area on Queensland’s Capricorn Coast. There are several bull statues in Rockhampton, this one is welcoming you to Rockhampton. Vandals play havoc with these statues; removal of their family jewels is prevalent.

Braford bull, Brahman cross Hereford

D800 Nikon Camera, 1/250 sec exposure, f4aperture, ISO 200 using a 70-200mm lens

This one is of a Braford bull, Brahman cross Hereford. These statues are all bulls and are placed in strategic spots all over Rockhampton in Honour of the different breeds produced here.


D700 Nikon Camera, 1/250 sec exposure, f7.1 aperture, ISO 200 using a 70-200mm lens https://owenwilson.net.au/categories/new-south-wales/65/

Brahman seem to be most popular due to there versatility and ability to cope with extreme weather and strong teeth for the harshest of grasses.

Rockhampton also has beautiful scenery and some wonderful attractions such as the Capricorn caves.

D700 Nikon Camera, 10 sec exposure, f2.8 aperture, ISO 200 using a 14-24mm lens

This cave is in use as a Cathedral and weddings are performed here from time to time. So, besides their beauty they have their uses as well. Another such attraction are the thunder eggs located 36 kilometres west of Rockhampton along the Capricorn Highway. Thousands of Thunder eggs (also known as volcanic birthstones) are still being unearthed at Mount Hay gemstone tourist park, so why not go have a dig and see for yourself and while your near visit Rockhampton and the Capricorn Coast. You will be surprised what you see there.


D100 Nikon Camera, 2 sec exposure, f25 aperture, ISO 200 using a 18-70mm lens

These are just a few of the Thunder Eggs uncovered at Mount Hay, they come in all shapes and sizes, everyone a treasure to behold.

Kershaw Gardens is well worth a visit with its tropical gardens and waterfalls, water features etc. So, don’t miss it.

Rockhampton has many historical buildings too, which add to the character of the region. There is the historic bank, Customs House and this one The Criterion Hotel Motel, great place to stay with meals and beverages to please the palate.


D100 Nikon Camera, 1/125 sec exposure, f16 aperture, ISO 200 using a 18-70mm lens

Other places near by like Yeppoon and the Singing Ship, a commemorative reminder of Captain James Cook and his exploration in this area in 1770. The Singing ship represents the billowing sail, mast and rigging of the Endeavour, Captain Cook’s ship. The eerie music is produced by way of concealed Organ pipes catching the sea breeze, which gives a mystical illusion.


D700 Nikon Camera, 158 sec exposure, f11aperture, ISO 100 using a 24-70mm lens and a tripod

Or maybe you’d rather snorkel, encompassed in the Capricorn Coast are some wonderful Islands with reefs like Lady Musgrave, pictured below


D700 Nikon Camera, 1/250 sec exposure, f7.1 aperture, ISO 200 using a 20mm lens

Or if you prefer to truly be at one with nature try an ECO Island like Lady Elliott, well worth the trip. Lady Elliott is only accessible by plane and there is a limit as to how much luggage you can take. Everything pretty much goes in and comes out by plane.


D700 Nikon Camera, 59 sec exposure, f8 aperture, ISO 100 using a 70-200mm lens

Mount Morgan a historic Gold smelter and mining town. It was founded in 1882 with vast amounts of Gold, Silver and Copper mined here. Only a 40min drive from Rockhampton along Capricorn way, a must for all visitors.


D100 Nikon Camera, 13 sec exposure, f5.6 aperture, ISO 200 using a 18-70mm lens plus tripod

Night life is also beautiful in Rockhampton, with the beauty of the Fitzroy River, Rockhampton’s main River enhances the experience.


D700 Nikon Camera, 1/500 sec exposure, f3.2 aperture, ISO 100 using a 70-200mm lens

When you leave Rockhampton, you are farewelled by the Brahman bull wishing you a safe and happy journey. So, there we have it, Capricorn Coast, add it to your bucket list and enjoy the trip.

For more images of The Capricorn Coast and Rockhampton visit our website www.owenwilson.net.au You won’t be disappointed.

Brisbane River Fire Festival – Captured by Owen Wilson

The Story Bridge in Brisbane is similar to the Sydney Harbour Bridge, in that it is used for many an occasion whether it be to light up the sky with fireworks for the River fire festival or just to light up for Christmas.

River fire festival Brisbane

D700 Nikon, 20 sec exposure, f11 aperture, 100 ISO. 24-70mm lens

It is excellent for the backdrop for the River Fire Festival fireworks. Easy to get to for residents and tourists alike. An icon for Brisbane you might say.

The River Fire Festival is held each year in September.

The Story bridge is the longest steel cantilever bridge in Australia, it spans the Brisbane River and has been heritage listed since 1992.

South Bank Brisbane is the home of the Sunsuper River Fire Festival with the Fireworks being the finale to Queensland’s largest Arts and Cultural event. Brisbane City skies come alive with bursts of colour to light up the night with a pyrotechnic extravaganza.

Sunsuper River Fire Festival

D700 Nikon, 30sec exposure, f11 aperture, 100 ISO, 24-70mm lens

The Story Bridge is also lit up on other occasions such as Christmas.

Story Bridge River fire festival

D810 Nikon, 84sec exposure, f16 aperture, 100 ISO, 14-24mm lens

Brisbane has a wealth of beautiful vantage points to view the city from, one of my favorite spots to photograph in Kangaroo Point.

Photograph in Kangaroo Point

D810 Nikon, 14sec exposure, f11 aperture, 100 ISO, 14-24mm lens

Both night and day shots, show the river off enhanced by the city skyline. Twilight is great too.


D810 Nikon, 5 sec exposure, f14 aperture, 100 ISO, 14-24mm lens

For the budding Photographers, I use 14-24mm and 24-70mm lens for fireworks. Tip: no polarising filter, 4sec exposure, F8 aperture,100 ISO and of course always use tripod for stability, giving you great, clear firework shots.

Everything happens in South Bank and River Fire is just one event. To view more of my images of Brisbane and River Fire festival visit www.owenwilson.net.au

The Crater Lakes National Park Photography By Owen Wilson

60kilometres or 1 hour from Cairns Queensland lie 2 lakes formed volcanically in the Crater Lakes National Park. The Crater lakes National park consists of 2 sections Lake Eacham and Lake Barrine.

They are both clear blue crater lakes encompassed by tall rainforest. They both have walking trails. Lake Barrine is the only one offering rainforest boat tours and giant Bull Kauri trees.

Lake Barrine

D700 Nikon, 1/250 sec exposure, f6.2 aperture, 200 ISO, 24-70mm Lens

Lake Barrine also features a tea house with restaurant facilities. When I was there, I enjoyed the barramundi fish with macadamia, delicious. The Boat tour was very interesting and full of information. The area is tranquil and quiet.

Lake Barrine

D700 Nikon, 1/500 sec exposure, f3.2 aperture, 200 ISO, 24-70mm lens

Lake Eacham however has picnic facilities and the only one offering swimming facilities, it is located 8 kilometres further up the Gillies Range.

Lake Eacham

D800 Nikon, 1/500 sec exposure, f2.8 aperture, 200 ISO, 24-70mm lens

The pristine blue lake can be viewed from the air to show its true form. Lake Barrine (above) is the largest of the 2 lakes.

Pristine Blue Lake

D800 Nikon, 1/500 sec exposure, f3.5 aperture, 200 ISO, 24-70mm lens

The vastness of the lake is also seen from the air. It appears to be in the middle of nowhere. The rainforest surround is also apparent.

When I think of the Crater lakes, I wonder just how long ago these Crater lakes were active volcanoes. We have so many beautiful and varied attributes in this wonderful country of ours, how many are yet to be discovered? For more images of the crater lakes and Cairns visit www.owenwilson.net.au

Owen Wilson Took Some Photograph in Lamington National Park

Lamington National Park is located on the Gold Coast hinterland Queensland. It features the Border and McPherson Ranges, numerous waterfalls and is riddled with walking trails, a bushwalkers paradise. The waterfalls are situated among lush rainforests, gorgeous mountain vistas and Artic Beech forests.

Border Track starting from O’Rielly’s and linked with Coomera Circuit is a day well spent walking. These two trails combined take in 22kms of pure amazement and wonder. Located on Border trail Elabana Falls is one of the most stunning Falls you will see.

D700 Nikon, 1.3 sec aperture, f16 aperture, 100 ISO, 24-70mm lens
D700 Nikon, 1.3 sec aperture, f16 aperture, 100 ISO, 24-70mm lens

Another waterfall and the star attraction to Lamington National Park is Chalahn Falls on Toolona Creek as is Elabana, simply gorgeous.

Coomera Falls
D700 Nikon, 1.3 sec exposure, f22 aperture, 100 ISO, 24-70mm lens

About 1.9 kilometres along Border Track you come to a fork in the track , take the right fork and you begin a truly amazing adventure. The first falls you come to is Coomera Falls about 5.5 kilometres down

D200 Nikon, 0.6 sec exposure, f14 aperture, 100 ISO, 14-24mm lens

This is a 2 drop waterfall of about 64metres. Just above Coomera is Yarrabilgong falls (not seen in this image), next comes Bahnamboola Falls.

D200 Nikon, 5 sec aperture, f16 shutter speed, 100 ISO, 14-24mm lens

Then Neerigomindalala Falls this circuit is about 17.4 kilometres long taking about 5-6 hours to walk before it links back to Border Track where you will walk among the Antarctic Beech trees and the Best of all Lookout along the Binna Burra range. This walk incorporating both Border Track and Coomera Circuit takes roughly 10-12 hours to navigate depending on stops made along the way.


D200 Nikon, 3 sec exposure, f16 aperture, 100 ISO, 14-24mm lens

Another Gorgeous waterfall on the coomera circuit is Chigiunya, with a very tempting pool at the base of the falls.

D200 Nikon camera, 2sec exposure, f16 aperture, 100 ISO, 24-70mm lens
D200 Nikon camera, 2sec exposure, f16 aperture, 100 ISO, 24-70mm lens

These trees are from the ancient past. Covered in moss adding to the experience walking along Border Track in Lamington National Park.

D700 Nikon, 5 sec exposure, f22 aperture, 100 ISO, 24-70mm lens

These giants of long ago in all their splendour, mingled with tree ferns and a lush rainforest, plenty of wildlife what more could you ask for.

For all those budding photographers out there, this is what have in my kit on this trip. 14-24mm zoom lens, 24-70mm lens and my favourite small telephoto lens 70-200mm this is my main lens kit. Of course, not to forget a polarising filter to take the sheen of vegetation and waterfalls, and the trusty tripod, light wet weather gear plus a small snack and most importantly water.

After good rainfall and overcast to rainy day would be preferable to give you the best shots. Add to this a little mist and we have perfection, but of course there is no controlling the weather. For more images relating to this topi

Whale Watching Fraser Coast Photography By Owen Wilson

I have traveled to Hervey Bay on several occasions, sometimes just for the whale watching experience. If you have discovered this wonderful experience yet, don’t wait any longer go.

The whale season is happening soon, these majestic creatures migrate along our east coast every year from May till November, The first 2 weeks are considered whale searching time. This is an epic journey they embark on every year. Starting from Antarctica, it is a 10,000-kilometre round trip, with a pit stop in Harvey bay.

Whale

D700 Nikon, 1/1000 sec exposure, f2.8 aperture, 200 ISO, 70-200mm lens

Mothers and their calves love the calm protected waters of Hervey Bay and Platypus Bay on the Fraser Coast. Humpback whales give birth and enjoy the warmer waters of the Queensland Coast.

These whales prepare for this journey by eating up to 2 tonnes of krill a day before migration takes place and then they don’t eat for the entire trip, they live off their body fat. Humpback whales have a life span of 48-100 years, so that’s at least 48 trips of this magnitude for each whale.

Hervey bay is known as the whale watching capital of Australia.

There are a number of boats you can share this experience on, my personal favourite is The Spirit of Hervey Bay, I have also toured on The Whalesong and The Tasman Venture all equally good.


D200 Nikon, 1/1000 sec exposure, f2.8 aperture, 100 ISO, 70-20000mm lens

The Spirit of Hervey Bay has Three viewing platforms and an underwater area to view the whales from below the water. While out on tours you will come across other tour boats and be able to capture them in your shots of the whales.

Whale watching tours on Fraser Coast are from the end of August until the end of October when the whales migrate back to Antarctica.

Fraser Coast Whale

D800 Nikon, 1/640 sec exposure, f4.0 aperture, 400 ISO, 300mm lens

This image is of the Tasman Venture with some great whale breeches.

Windy weather seems to bring out the playfulness in the whales and it seems you have more chances of capturing a breech or some tail or pectoral fin slapping. The calm clear days give you better visibility as the whales come closer to the boats. Close encounters are the best experience you will ever have, to see them up close and just the sheer size of them blows your mind.

The tail of the whale is called a fluke, there is also the spy hop, when they surface to take a peek all incredible to see.

Hervey Bay Whale
D100 Nikon, 1/1000 sec exposure, f5.6 aperture, 200 ISO, 70-200mm lens

Here we have the Whalesong with a huge whale breeching, I captured this while on the Spirit of Hervey Bay, it gives perspective as to the size of these whales.

Lake MacKenzie Whale - Owen Wilson

D700 Nikon, 1/1000 sec exposure, f4.5 aperture, 200 ISO, 70-200mm lens

Why not combine a trip with a tour of Fraser Island, with pristine wilderness and sandy beaches, Lake MacKenzie and lots more.

I was lucky to see Orca whales on one of my trips to Hervey Bay, it was awesome as always and I captured some great shots. Not sure how often this happens but what an amazing sight.

Fraser Island Whales Owen Wilson

D800 Nikon, 1/640 sec exposure, f4.0 aperture, 400 ISO, 300mm lens

You may also be lucky when you visit Hervey Bay to spot some Orca whales, if not there’s always next year.

My kit for this trip, 14-24mm zoom lens, 24-70mm lens and 70-=200 telephoto lens, and also my prime 2.8 300mm lens, I do find this lens a little bit awkward such a heavy lens, I use a mono pod with this lens. The more powerful the lens the harder it is to capture a breeching whale. Sometimes I use a polarising filter but not always, depends on the day.

For more incredible images of topic visit www.owenwilson.net.au

Fine Arts Photo Library by Owen Wilson

Here at Owen Wilson Photography we pride ourselves with our images in fine arts. These images are only available as prints, we won’t sell the digital image and we never sell our copyright on any of our images. Mostly these images are panoramas.

Photo Library Sydney
Photo Library Sydney

The beauty of the digital camera is that you can make a panorama from several files by stitching them together and creating some magnificent images. Using a small telephoto lens such as 70-135mm allowing 25% overlap for each image you are able to create a very nice Panoramic image. If you use a wide-angle lens such as 20mm you really need to overlap approximately 50% for each image to overcome the curvature of the lens if slightly tiled up or down. This will allow you to stitch the images together easier to compensate for the curvature.

Photo Library Brisbane
Photo Library Brisbane

Some of my shots saved in my photo library were horizontal, but I mostly shoot vertical, giving me a larger and better image to work with, end result a sharper, clearer image. I always use a tripod to shoot the images for my panoramas this gives me the best possible images to work with. Sooting around f11-f16 this gives a sharper images from corner to corner, for example if you shoot f2.8-f5.6 you can get a bit of blurring in the corners, so when you stitch the images together there will be blurriness in the connecting points of your panorama, the end result will not look great. This is the main reason for using a tripod, allowing for the use of a lower shutter speed on the camera, enabling you to shoot using aperture f16.

Panoramas range in length and height depending on the size of the images taken and the amount of cropping needed, also the amount of information needed for the area captured.

Photo Library Melbourne
Photo Library Melbourne

For instances the Echuca panorama above needed more length to capture the wharf and the boats, and to give it depth.

Photo Library Tasmania
Photo Library Tasmania

This image of Govett’s Leap above had enough length to capture the landscape and there wasn’t a lot of sky, so it fills the panorama without cropping. This was the same with the Melbourne panorama. Whereas the Port Macquarie panorama was like the Echuca panorama needing more length thus giving more sky, so cropping was necessary to fill the panorama.

Six Mile creek - Owen Wilson Photography
Six Mile creek – Owen Wilson Photography

This image of Six Mile creek was great because the length captured the creek in its entirety and filled the panorama.

Three sisters Katoomba - Owen Wilson Photography
Three sisters Katoomba – Owen Wilson Photography

This panorama of the Three sisters Katoomba was enhanced with the Kookaburra and Waratah complimenting the shot.

To see more of these amazing panoramas visit www.owenwilson.net.au and if you wish you can order one for your wall.

Marvelous Whitsundays – A Sublime Photography by Owen Wilson

When you think of the Whitsundays, what comes into your mind first? If someone asked me that question I would say, pristine waters, fun and Islands. This is a special place to see from both the air and on the ground or in the water. Whitehaven beach and Hill Inlet look spectacular from the air.

Whitehaven beach and Hill Inlet look spectacular from the air

Whitehaven beach and Hill Inlet look spectacular from the air

This image was taken from a helicopter, I had the opportunity to take a flight back to the mainland from the outer reef pontoon. The helicopter only accommodates 3 passengers. The flight takes 1hour back to Hamilton Island. I took some amazing images of the reef and this, plus others of Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet. The reef is just magic from the air. Whitehaven beach is one of the most photographed beaches in Australia. You can really only appreciate this from the air. A tip for the buddy photographers out there, you need to time your photography for approximately 1½ hours either side of the change of tides. Otherwise you will get the water stained with tannin (brownish in colour) from the trees (this is not pollution it’s just nature at work) and this will ruin your shot. Also you will get more of the ripple of the pristine white sand during the in between tides, where if it is high tide you won’t see that.

Heart Shaped Coral Island

All the different shades of blue and the browns and orange of the coral, it is hard to get one’s head around the sheer beauty nature has provided. Snorkelling is a popular activity on the reef, Cruise Whitsunday is the company to contact for a unique trip out to the reef. The water is pristine, the coral fabulous and multitudes of little fish to see such as the ones in this next image.

Heart Reef -Owen Wilson Photography

All the amazing formations of the Coral Fish – Owen Wilson Photography, who would have though a perfectly shaped Heart made by nature.

Coral Fish – Owen Wilson Photography

There are beaked coral fish, striped Surgeon fish, fish with stripes some with coloured fins, Clown fish and many more to view on the reef.

Cruise Whitsunday is the boat company that will take you to the outer reef, where there is a pontoon for day visits, snorkelling and diving, underwater observatory to view the fish and coral. Also there is a boat with a glass bottom to view the corals and fish. You have the option to stay overnight on the pontoon if you wish. There is a 10-minuet joy flight by Helicopter available to view Heart reef from the air.

The Voyager - Owen Wilson Photography
The Voyager – Owen Wilson Photography

The Voyager is a cruise boat that can take you to Whitehaven Beach, its only a matter of stepping onto the beach. Enjoy the day and return to Airlie Beach late afternoon.

The Whitsundays is a group of 74 Islands with only 8 Inhabited the other66 are protected by National Parks. Hamilton Island is the most popular of the habited islands, it is a car free island skirted by coral reefs and an abundance of marine life.

By air you can see the inhabited area compared to the bushland area, which is only accessible by walking trails. Travel on the island is by golf cart. Travel to and from the Island is either by air as Hamilton is equipped with and airstrip, or by sea.

Golf Cart Island

There is a beautiful marina located on the West side of the island. All in all, a very nice Island to visit.

The Whitsundays are truly amazing, if you get the chance don’t hesitate GO. For more of these wonderful images visit www.owenwilson.net.au

River Boats Echuca – A Treasure of Owen Wilson Photography

It’s like a step back in time when you visit the river boat wharf of Echuca. Enjoy this 19th Century Wharf on the Murray River Victoria.

This Wharf was used in the mini series ‘All the Rivers Run

The Port of Echuca is on the Murray River in Victoria, Pictured here with the paddle steamers Alexander Arbuthnot and the Adelaide.

Paddle steamers are moored here on a regular basis, so you can see them up close and even climb aboard for a guided tour. See the old river boats in all their glory. It is even possible to take a tour on the Emmylou for an experience you won’t forget. See how our pioneers travelled back in those early days, travelling from port to port along the mighty Murray transporting their goods. Learn about the hardships endured when the River was low, and travel was not possible. Or just take a look around and try to visualise the scenes from the Mini-series.

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Visit after dark for a ghostly tour, if your lucky you may encounter an eerie presence from the busy port days.

The P S Emmylou is a sight to behold when she travels down river whether it be aboard or from the banks of the Murray she is a treasure and if she could speak would be only too happy to share her tales of adventures from long ago.

I enjoyed my visit, taking it all in and capturing some gorgeous images. More of these images can be seen on the website www.owenwilson.net.au compare them with the ones you take when you visit this wonderful place along the Murray in Echuca.

Tropical Cairns Pictures Taken By Owen Wilson

Cairns is a tropical paradise, with it’s many attractions to cater to all likes. These attractions encompass the city of Cairns, ranging from water activities like snorkelling on the reef. You can take any number of boats out on day trips to explore the reef by snorkelling or diving or just for a boat trip out to the Barrier Reef. The outer Reef is particularly beautiful.

37sec exposure, f8 aperture, 200ISO, 24+70mm lens using Nikon D800 no flash

Marlin Marina is the main departure site for these activities. This image was taken on a still night with the Shangri la hotel prominently featured. There a plenty of vantage points for photographers to take incredible shots any time of the day or night. I love Cairns it’s one of my favourite spots to visit.

Millaa Millaa falls is one of my choice spots to photograph, here I was fortunate enough to capture the Ulysses butterfly in my shot, they frequent this location. They are a large butterfly and vivid in colour. The Falls no longer look quite this picturesque as they have been opened up for tourist buses, and swimming is now permitted in the falls. A lot of the foliage no longer exists, and a viewing platform has been added.

5sec exposure, f22 aperture, 100ISO, 24-70mm lens on a Nikon D700 using a polarising filter

5sec exposure, f22 aperture, 100ISO, 24-70mm lens on a Nikon D700 using a polarising filter. Millaa Milla falls taken in June 2010. Lush green and red foliage, good water flow over the falls.

6sec exposure, f11 aperture, 200 ISO using 24-70mm lens on Nikon D800 no flash

A great swimming spot right in the heart of Cairns is the Esplanade lagoon, clean water and large enough to have your own space. This is a central meeting place for many visitors. It presents itself in many a photograph and is very vast in it’s appearance. For instance, at twilight it has a uniquely crimson to purple glow and when there is a spectacular sunset it will have a wonderful warm glow. There a numerous apartment and hotels to accommodate the visitors of Cairns. From the air you see a totally new aspect of the lagoon as seen here in the image below.

1/1250sec exposure, f2.8 aperture, 200ISO using Nikon D800 and 70-200mm lens

The difference of the water colour is remarkable. As there are no sand beaches the water and its banks are muddy. Most people think the beaches are this lovely blue with pristine sands but it’s not so. Further to the north you will find such beaches.

1/1000sec exposure, f4.5 aperture, 200 ISO 24-70mm lens on Nikon D700

Tully River white water rafting is a popular attraction, riding the rapids and travelling the river in Tully Gorge. Raging Thunder white water Rafting is the go when looking for excitement of the nature.

There are a lot more attractions in and around Cairns, enough to keep any visitor happy.

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