Here is the parameters to my experiment. Due to fatherhood and the realization that i will be spending the next 6 months at home with baby Edmund I will undertake a 365 day challenge. The rules are to capture and upload an image a day that I have created using my Cannon G9. The images will be uploaded in Black and White and no subject matter is off limits.
1st January 2011
Attempted a three day walk in the Bogong high Plains our plans were to walk to Ropers Hut then onto Spion Kopje and back to Rocky Valley reservoir . Due to high Westerly Winds our second day was spent out of the wind on the playground near Johnson’s Hut. Many of the Waterfalls and rivers were running high which made up for the lack of photographic opportunity on the open Plains. Here are a selection of images from the trip.
Spent three days photographing at Mt buffalo we walked out to Mt Mcleod. The road out to the reservoir was badly effected by the recent rains so we walked a extra three km to the turn off. There was still quite a large amount of deep snow covering the track which made the walk difficult in places. The northern plateau of Buffalo is well worth the walk with spectacular views into the valleys. Here are the images plus a video.
Over the past two years i have been photographing something a little different. I started this project in September 2008 during instillation of the Waubra Wind Farm. The Waubra Wind Farm Project is located in Waubra, approximately 35kms North West of Ballarat in Victoria, Australia and is the largest renewable power project in the Southern Hemisphere. The Waubra Wind Farm comprises 128 wind turbines. For me this folio was the opposite of what I have traditional photographed which is nature’s impact on the landscape and pristine Wilderness. My aim with this folio was not only to show the influence the turbines have had on the landscape but also to show how the farming community have accepted them into their working lives.
From 28th March to 05 April 2010 we traveled to Tasmania to walk from Pieman River heads to Sandy Bay and return. What a special place apart from the occasional four wheel drive we experienced a part of the world unspoiled by mans impact. A photographers dream with souring sand dunes and tranquil bays. Here are a selection of images from the trip. Thanks to Dad and Ian for a great trip.
Four of us spent from the 2nd of January to 6th January walking up on the high plains. We started the walk from Howmans Gap up the Frying Pan Spur and over to Pretty Valley Pond and onto Tawonga Huts. The weather was hot with some amazing cloud formations. The second day we spent walking to the Fainters North and South and camping back at Tawong Huts. The third day we walked towards Cope Hut to drop my Dad back at his car and then on to Wallaces hut. The fourth day we camped between the unnamed mountain and Spion Kop in a idillic spot not far from the crows nest and a beautiful waterfall. On the 6th Jan we walked back to the car via Spion Kop and Little Spion Kop back to Howmans Gap.
Spent three days walking in the Grampians National Park from the 21 September to 23 September 2009. We arrived on Monday to some strong winds and possible showers and thunderstorms. The first day we spent walking from Deep creek to Western cave not a hard walk with a uphill section to the top and down into a gully to the camp spot. We had the campsite to ourselves until a school group from Adelaide arrived and a group of boys who had lost two friends on the way. They were not eager to find them which was quite a concern. During the evening it rained, we awoke to heavy mist and light rain. We spent an hour walking in the mist until we reached the Eastern cave where we stopped to take some images in the heavy mist. From the top we descended on four wheel drive track until we reached Mt Thackeray campsite. After collecting water and having some lunch we headed up Mt Thackeray for a great afternoon with good weather and amazing views of the Southern Grampians. We even spotted a pair of Wedged tail eagles flying over Mt Thackeray. That evening it rained for most of the night, the morning was filled with heavy winds and light showers. The walk was a 15km hike back to the car with some steep descending and a few river crossing. An enjoyable trip thanks Brett.
Ian and I spent five days walking from Bogong Village up onto the Bogong High Plains. We spent the first nigh at Bogong Jacks hut then over The Fainters to Tawonga hut. The first two days were quite challenging with deep snow and Heavy pack but the weather was perfect with crystal clear sky’s. From Tawonga hut we moved on to Cope hut for the night meeting a group of students from the Rover Scouts. In the morning we made our way to Kellys Hut of an hour visit and then on to Edmundsen Hut. Our last day was spent walking back to Bogong Village with a few incidents, first we tried a short cut which added an extra hour to
the day. Second both Ian’s snowshoes broke which we had to repair with some string and ties. Finally the descent was incredibly steep and once we got below the snow line we were hindered by fallen trees and a river crossing. The Journey was an amazing venture into a winter wonderland.
Here are some of the images from the trip.
Over the past month I been photographing some of the worst effected areas of the Bushfires. These include Kinglake, Kinglake West, Marrysville and Lake Mountain. I was amazed to see how the landscape was effected by the fires and how quickly the environment was regenerating.
2009 has come around rather fast which means a walk in the Victorian Alps. From 4th Jan to 9th Jan Ian and I spent 4 days walking in the heat of the Bogong High Plains. Spent most of my time photographing with Black and White film as the days were bright with a lot of contrast.
It was nice to be walking and looking for images again and experiencing the huts of Victorian high country. In a way it was a frustrating trip as all four days were hot and sunny. This meant trying not to get burnt and waiting for the sun to fall far enough to decrease to the contrast of the Australian sun. While the images were limited i was able to capture some images which were successful in illustrating how it felt to be in such a special part of Victoria.
Ian and I spent 8 days photographing on the Western Arthur’s from 14 Jan to 22 Jan. This has got to be one of the most untouched piece of of Wilderness and by far my favourite part of South West Tasmania. The weather was typical of the South West with beautiful sunsets to rain, strong winds and below freezing conditions. For a photographer perfect conditions to capture the mystery of the Arthur’s
Ian and I spent 3 days photographing around Mt Bogong. We had stunning weather with an amazing sunset. Spent two nights camping at Cleve Cole hut and met some hospitable people from Bogong Ski Club. Also we made a side trip to Howmans Falls and its many cascades. Here are some of the images captured during the trip.
From 30 June to 9 July 2007 we spent an amazing time walking and photographing the Overland track in Tasmania. A great trip Thanks Anne and Ian for the company and evenings of cheating scrabble.
From 1 April to 7 April I spent a week photographing down on the Great Ocean Road. Much of my time was spent at places like Castle Cove, Johanna Beach, Milanesia beach and Moonlight head.
From 2 January to 11 January 2007 I spent time photographing around Cradle Mountain. We first travelled to Reynolds falls, which took 4 days. It was definitely worth the hardship as the falls were spectacular. For the rest of the journey we embarked on the first few days of the Overland track. Unfortunately we got caught at Suttons tarn in a three-day storm with strong winds. Then on to Waterfall Valley and back to Scott Kilvert hut what an amazing journey and here are the Photographs from the walk