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 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 Eacham however has picnic facilities and the only one offering swimming facilities, it is located 8 kilometres further up the Gillies Range.
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.
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
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.
Another waterfall and the star
attraction to Lamington National Park is Chalahn Falls on Toolona Creek as is
Elabana, simply gorgeous.
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
This is a 2 drop waterfall of about 64metres. Just above Coomera is Yarrabilgong falls (not seen in this image), next comes Bahnamboola Falls.
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.
Another Gorgeous waterfall on the
coomera circuit is Chigiunya, with a very tempting pool at the base of the
These trees are from the ancient past. Covered in moss adding to the experience walking along Border Track in Lamington National Park.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
For instances the Echuca panorama above
needed more length to capture the wharf and the boats, and to give it depth.
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
This image of Six Mile creek was great
because the length captured the creek in its entirety and filled the panorama.
This panorama of the Three sisters
Katoomba was enhanced with the Kookaburra and Waratah complimenting the shot.
To see more of these amazing panoramas
and if you wish you can order one for your wall.
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.
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.
All the amazing formations of the Coral Fish – Owen Wilson Photography, who would have though a perfectly shaped Heart made by nature.
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 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.
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
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.
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. Millaa Milla falls taken in June 2010. Lush green and red foliage, good water flow over the falls.
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.
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.
This is a real passion of mine, it is
not for everyone, it takes a lot of patience and time.
Most people love birds with all their beauty and charm, but do they have the patience it takes to capture them in their native habitat? For instance, the Azure king fisher, it took me several days, standing in waist deep water to capture this little fellow. The nest is in a bank only a meter away, I set up a bird hide in the creek and stood waiting. He only returned once every 30 mins or so sometimes longer. He was very cautious and seem to be look right at me. When I’d put my eye up to the viewer he noticed and shied away, the mirror on the camera when I fired would also frighten him. So, I decided to put the mirror up ready to fire and captured this shot, but only after he was used to me being there for a day, maybe a day and a half. They love to eat tiny fish and insect larvae. Can you see the fish fry in his beak?
The smaller birds are the most difficult to capture, like these fairy wrens, or blue wrens as we like to call them. There are plenty to see in the garden, but they don’t stay still for long. These two were attacking the mirror on my car and admiring themselves in it too. So I set up a branch just a bit away from the car and they liked to go there and rest between visits back and forth to the mirror. So I was able to set up my hide again and capture them. I probably took about 30-40 shots to get this one though.
There would be one or the other looking away with it’s back to me. This is what I mean by patience. You also need to be observant, and watch to see where birds are going, do they have something in their beak? Like nesting material or food for say their chicks. I located this little guy when I was grading a road (before I became a full-time photographer). This is a mistletoe bird, I would watch him whilst going about my job and finally I located its nest hanging above the road a few meters away. I came back the following day being a weekend, set up my hide on top of my four-wheel drive and watched and waited, it was the next day before I captured this shot of the male feeding its young.
Very vivid in color and the chicks look very hungry. Again, this is one shot of about 50 shots I took over the day. Sometimes there would be shade over the nest, other times the sun would be covered by cloud. But as you can see its worth it in the end. Plovers are birds that are hard to spot in the grass, unless they are trying to distract you from finding their nest with a clutch of eggs in. They have a very spars nest with very little to keep the eggs safe. I suppose that is why they are so aggressive when you venture into their nest site. This Spurwing plover or Masked lapwing, so called because of the spur they have on their wing which they will use to defend their nest.
And sometimes your just lucky, when your out shooting scenery and come across a bird like this cassowary. I was in the Daintree taking some shots of the rain-forest and creek, when I happened upon this fellow, he was probably also enjoying his walk in the rainforest. This is a bird you don’t want to be too close to. So you just take your shots and hurry away out of site.
All these shots apart from the Cassowary are captured on medium format transparency film using a Mamiya RB67 camera. This camera is really unsuited to wildlife photography as it is big and bulky (like holding on to a house brick) it is more suited to studio photography, but it was a great landscape photographers’ camera, for its exceptional quality and detail when blowing up your images. 250mm prime lens and a number 1 extension tube was used on the lens, this allowed for getting in close to the smaller birds, I’m talking about a metre off the bird. Without the extension tube the 250mm lens would only focus down to about 2metres from the bird, the bird would be very small in the picture. This is for all you camera buffs and budding wildlife photographers. I am talking about the mid 1980s. 35mm digital cameras are so much faster these days without the problem of a large camera.
There are more of these wonderful shots,
a large variety of birds to view on my website www.owenwilson.net.au I hope you
enjoyed this blog and visit my site to see more. You will find them in the
category wildlife under birds. Remember patience and observation are the keys
to finding and capturing great bird shots.
On Christmas Eve I decided to photograph the 7th annual Cresent Head Santa Surf. I was overwhelmed by the number of participants. It was so spectacular with all the red and white in the water. From children to adults of all ages, even dogs were dressed in their red and white Christmas outfits.
The parade started 5oo meters above the bridge on Killick Creek and the participants paddle to the ocean
Some chose to paddle in canoes, on surf boards, while others used pool noodles or anything, they had available.
Boards of all shapes and sizes to go with the shape and size of the participant.
where some continued on to surf and others returned to the beach to party on. A lot of fun was had by all. Kempsey Cresent Head Surf life saving club should be congratulated for all the effort put in to make this event such a success.
Cresent Head Beach is one of the most popular beaches for surfing and a great holiday destination on the Mid North Coast NSW.
The Life guards were on duty to make sure everyone was safe.
The dogs enjoyed the event as much as the people. I snapped this photo while the surfers were out on their boards and this little guy was happy to pose for me.
This was an enjoyable event for me also. Well worth the visit to Cresent Head, so don’t miss next year’s event 24th December. To view more images of this event please visit www.owenwilson.net.au
Created by Jose` Paronella. Paronella Park was built 1930-1935 when it was opened to the public. One man’s dream fulfilled, built on 5 hectares of lush tropical paradise beside Mena Creek. The park works using a Hydro powered original 1930’s system.
The inspiration for this tropical paradise was this 45ft waterfall, which flows all year round with pristine spring water, known as Teresa Falls.
This gives that beautiful water flow movement effect enhanced only by the lighting provided for after dark tours of the park.
The lushness of the park is evident by the moss covering the building and these stairs. The park is inundated after high rainfall. This happens almost every year sometimes more than once.
I find cloudy days gives the best light for shots like these, no harsh shadows and even light.
Paronella Park is situated along Canecutter Way between Silkwood and Innisfail. Truly a journey worth making to this wonderful piece of Australia, you won’t be disappointed. I enjoyed my visits immensely, I have been here several times now. If you would like to see more of my amazing images of this park, please visit www.owenwilson.net.au look under Cairns in the Queensland categories.
Wildlife is a passion of mine particularly birds. There are so many beautiful birds in this country of ours. Kookaburras are especially interesting with their inquisitive nature. They remind me of times I spent camping while on a photographic shoot, I’d often have a Bar be Que lunch and there they’d be watching and waiting for the chance to take a piece of meat from my plate when I wasn’t looking, not at all shy.
One time while having a BBQ, there they were, five of them perched above my BBQ, just waiting for there chance, I just happened to have my camera at the ready to grab this wonderful shot. Not often you find Five kookaburras sitting together and all facing the same direction.
I couldn’t wait to see if I had captured the shot I wanted. This shot has been a popular one as far as sales go. I have several images of Kookaburras in my portfolio, all of them showing what keen hunters they are. After they have caught and eaten their prey you can hear them smacking that large strong beak of theirs on a branch of the tree they like to perch in. You can see all my images of Kookaburras and other birds on my website www.owenwilson.net.au in the category wildlife under birds.
Skyfire is an annual event in Canberra, it happens in March every year along with Enlighten and the Balloon spectacular. Held over Lake Burley Griffin and seen all through Commonwealth park. It’s the place to be if you are a photographer. With numerous vantage points to capture your perfect shot. Mount Ainslie, Red Hill and Regatta Point are typical, with great backdrops like Lake Burley Griffin, and The Parliament houses all lit up with Enlighten, there is plenty to see and capture through the lens of your camera.
Skyfire displays over 40,000 individual fireworks, with Music to compliment the action, sponsored by the local radio station it’s free, so what more could one ask for.
During the day you will see hot air balloons a plenty, firing up in the early hours and taking off from the reflection ponds in front of Parliament house.
You will find more images like these on my website www.owenwilson.net.au so what are you waiting for? Look me up and view the images, then tell all your friends.