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Back on the road!

So after a few weeks in Canberra catching up with friends and working on World Photography Day, It’s time to head back onto the road and explore a few more cool places around Australia.

I’ve dropped into the local camera store and had my camera serviced. Awesome, no more dust spots on my sensor! It’ll hopefuly motivate me more knowing that post processing isn’t going to take 5 times longer than it should (removing little black spots). While I was there, I also picked up a new GOPRO Hero 2! I’m really excited about the new video possibilities that I have with this epic little device. Stay tuned on my YouTube channel.

So this time around, I’m heading onto the road with a good mate of mine Josh. We hope to make it up to Moree, NSW via Tamworth (950 km). From there, we’ll look around for work crossing the border and heading up towards Brisbane (500km) as we need to. I also have a few mates heading up the Strzelecki Track towards innamincka (1400Km west of Brisbane). It would be nice if we made it in that direction to catch up with those guys. I’m yet to cross over to South Australia so it would be nice to cross that border this year.

With plenty to see, I’m sure that we won’t be getting bored anytime soon as we head along a few new tracks on an adventure across just a small part of the great country we call home, Australia!

A few interesting experiences today. I think I experianced a microsleep for the first time ever (and I didn’t even feel tired) I just remember thinking “oh strike… we’re not on the road anymore”. Prayer, that that doesn’t ever happen again would be good!

We also found out that the GPS was set to walking route. We only worked this out after 3 hours on the road travelling though back streets and wondering where the heck we were going. Then at a glance I noticed the estimated travel time “2 days and 18 hours” ahhh…. Righto. That’s why we ended up  across a few footpaths!

Stopped in Bathurst overnight at one of Josh’s mates places. We have our swags on the lounge room floor. Time for be I think!

Oh and Moses. He was just regular bloke that did great things. It all started with a burning bush.

Well Canberra, I’ll see you before the end of February. Catch you after.

Coffs Harbour International Marina [Photos]

So during my time in Coffs Harbour, I’ve had the chance to try out my recently inherited Canon EOS 30D. The camera originally belonged to one of my best mates, Stewart Orme. Unfortunately, at just 23, Stewart recently passed away after a motorcycle accident. What a blessing it is to have the opportunity to capture a few photographs using his old camera.

Now, I’ve always subscribed to the fact that a great photograph isn’t defined by the equipment that a photographer uses and I’ve told countless photography friends that the camera they have with them will always be the best camera to capture whatever they’re looking at. The kicker was that every time I said this, I’d be holding a Canon 5D II.

I’ve also made a point that regardless of the camera body, the glass is more important. I’ve always said: “Buy a cheap body and a high quality lens and you’ll get more detailed photos”. It was hard trying to sell this concept while I worked at Ted’s Camera Store in Canberra as a sales assistant.

These three photos were all taken using a Canon EF 24-105 L IS lens.

I’ll add that tripods also make a huge difference in landscape photography. I own a Manfrotto 055 CXPro3 and Manfrotto 303PLUS Panoramic head. Quite an investment but I’d spend less on the body and more on my tripod any day!

Well, here’s a twist to the story, now, many of those same mates are shooting Canon 7D’s and here I am poking around with my ‘old school’ 30D.

I’d like to think that my photography is just as good on the 30D as it was with my 5D II. I’ll let you be the judge!

Cradle Mountain, Tasmania

Located in the Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park, Cradle Mountain rises to 1,545 metres above sea level. It’s seen as one of Tasmania’s principle tourist destinations and after visiting, I can see why!

Similar to many of the other mountains in the area, Cradle Mountain is a formation of dolerite columns.

If you have a chance to visit Tasmania, this is a must see location. When I visited with Richard, we camped nearby but there’s plenty of cabins at the base of the mountain to relax in.

Richard picked a walk on the list that was signposted at the car park and we headed off for a walk that we later started to realise was tough. REALLY tough.

We tweeted with @cradlemtn on twitter who gave us some encouragement as we walked on. We fast came to the realisation that the retired couple behind us were much fitter than us. Somehow a 3 hour walk took 5 hours and we never made it to where we thought we were going!

I did capture some amazing photograph though!

Here are Richard’s photos from the same trip.