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| | Back from Vanuatu

Back from Vanuatu

I had never heard of Vanuatu but ever since I came to Australia in 2007 and I found out about this country, I have always wanted to visit it. In particular, I was very interested in photographing the land diving festival (Naghol), one of the most spectacular and death defying rituals in the world. It happens every Saturday between April and May at Pentecost Island, just 50 minutes away from Port Vila.

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Back from Vanuatu

| | The Creation of Icehole

The Creation of Icehole

Icehole won a gold award at the Australian Professional Photography Awards this year and it is a composite image. This means that it is not real. A composite Image is a picture that is made from the combination of multiple images merged into one. It is a constructed creation.

The two images that were used to create Icehole were taken in Iceland whilst running a tour with Luke Austin and Adam Williams (The Light Collective). The iceberg was photographed at Black Sand Beach near Jökulsárlón and the ‘Icehole’ that frames the subject was photographed just outside an ice cave, also near Jökulsárlón.

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The Creation of Icehole

| | My experience in South Georgia and Antarctica

My experience in South Georgia and Antarctica

Since 1998 I have travelled around more than 80 countries all over the word and visited and photographed thousands of amazing places. I have trekked in the most beautiful National Parks in the world, done hundreds of game drives all over Africa, and dived in some of the most amazing reefs in our oceans. I have taken aerial flights to photograph glaciers, mountains, lakes, reefs, volcanoes, and cities.

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My experience in South Georgia and Antarctica

| | Back from the Red Centre

Back from the Red Centre

The Light Collective has just completed another photography workshop in the Red Centre of Australia, including Uluru, Kata Tujta, Kings Canyon and the West Mac Donnell Ranges.

Often as photographers we have to work really hard for our images, however every now and then mother nature will give us a special gift. Christmas came early in the red centre and we must be the nice kids, day after day mother nature turned up with gift after gift.

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Back from the Red Centre

| | Retouching Ice and Snow: Skógafoss Waterfall

Retouching Ice and Snow: Skógafoss Waterfall

There is a technique that I frequently use when I am editing images that have a lot of ice and snow.

This consists of applying a combination of what I called Auto Curves (Photoshop), the Detail Extractor tool of Nik Software together with the Apply Image tool of Photoshop. This technique works really well and can make your image pop out of the screen…

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Retouching Ice and Snow: Skógafoss Waterfall

| | DJI Phantom - A great little drone

DJI Phantom - A great little drone

January this year I bought a DJI Phantom 3 Professional drone to take to Iceland and Norway withAdam Williams and Luke Austin (The Light Collective). I had looked at different brands and models and I decided to buy the DJI Phantom 3 pro, mainly because it portability and its price. This drone is light, small and very easy to set up and fly. It is the perfect drone for beginners and at about $AU1,399 it is a great tool to complement anyone’s camera gear…

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DJI Phantom - A great little drone

| | How to Create the ORTON Effect with Photoshop

How to Create the ORTON Effect with Photoshop

I often apply the Orton effect to some of my images and there are a few different ways of creating this effect. In this article I will show you the specific technique that I follow to apply the Orton effect to my images.

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How to Create the ORTON Effect with Photoshop

| | TLC First Photography Workshop

TLC First Photography Workshop

The Light Collective First Photography Workshop

In February this year, three of the five members of The Light Collective (Luke Austin, Adam Williams and myself) went on an adventure above the arctic circle to capture images of Iceland and Lofoten (Norway) with 14 intrepid participants.

We are very happy as these were the first photography workshops organised by The Light Collective and they both were a great success. We had terrific weather, saw a few amazing auroras, and captured some great images.

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TLC First Photography Workshop

| | South Georgia and Antarctica Expedition with Luminous Landscape

South Georgia and Antarctica Expedition with Luminous Landscape

Over the moon today!! I have booked my flights to Ushuaia to go the South Georgia and Antarctica Expedition in November this year. I will be working as an instructor with Luminous Landscape alongside Steve Gosling and Hans Strand, photographers that I admired for years. The cruise have two berths remaining just in case you would like to join us… Can’t wait!!

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South Georgia and Antarctica Expedition with Luminous Landscape

| | Lake Eyre, Red Australia and the RGB Project

Lake Eyre, Red Australia and the RGB Project

The Light Collective has finished their adventure capturing some images for its upcoming exhibition and book. We have chosen this beautiful location in the South Australian outback to create some images that will be part of our RED project…

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Lake Eyre, Red Australia and the RGB Project

| | South America was a blast!

South America was a blast!

I have just returned from my South American adventure with Kevin Raber of Luminous Landscape and photography legend Art Wolfe and we were blessed with some of the best light conditions I have ever experienced on both tours. I am sure that if you are into photography, you have heard of both Kevin and Art…

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South America was a blast!

| | Head On / Add On Festivals in Sydney

Head On / Add On Festivals in Sydney

Last Friday Paul Hoelen Adam Williams and I had an awesome night at the magnificent Head On Photo Festival Event. Great images and very well set up. This year I was again lucky to get a place within 20 talented finalists. Congrats to my friend Paul Hoelen of The Light Collective to win the second place of this prestigious competition. He is also featuring an exhibition in Sydney as part of the Head On festival titled ‘Altered lands’ with another couple of aerial photography icons in Australia: Scott McCook and Sheldon Pettit. If you are in Sydney go and enjoy this exhibition with great imagery. Customs House, Circular Quay. Spread the word. I am also participating with an image in the Add On exhibition for the first time. Exciting week!

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Head On / Add On Festivals in Sydney

| | 12 Great International Photo Contests you should enter in 2016

12 Great International Photo Contests you should enter in 2016

Amateur and professional photographers enter photography competitions for different reasons. Some look for recognition in the most important contests, some are looking to earn a bit of cashand others simply enter to learn and to have some fun! Most of us are actually after all of those.

One of the most important things that has helped me to create fine art images has been to enter photography competitions. In the early days of my photographic career, I entered a few photography club competitions, both in Spain and Australia. I submitted images that I loved but most of the times, they didn’t do it well and I was wondering why… T

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12 Great International Photo Contests you should enter in 2016

| | Come to Canada in autumn with The Light Collective

Come to Canada in autumn with The Light Collective

Join Luke Austin (International Landscape Photographer of the Year) and Ignacio Palacios of The Light Collective to an epic trip in Canada where we will be chasing auroras, and photographing the beautiful fall colors of the Yukon and the Canadian Rockies…

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Come to Canada in autumn with The Light Collective

| | Altiplano Tour 2016 with Luminous Landscape

Altiplano Tour 2016 with Luminous Landscape

Wrapping up our Atacama/Altiplano workshop with Kevin Raber and Art Wolfe today. It has been over four weeks on the road with early morning amazing sunrises, sunsets, long nights shooting stars, drone adventures and lots fun. But after four weeks running workshops, we all need a break!

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Altiplano Tour 2016 with Luminous Landscape

| | Patagonia workshops with Luminous Landscape, Kevin Raber and Art Wolfe

Patagonia workshops with Luminous Landscape, Kevin Raber and Art Wolfe

Just finished a terrific workshop with Art Wolfe and Kevin Raber in Torres Del Paine, Chile and Perito Moreno, Mt. Fitz Roy and Cerro Torre, in Parque Nacional los Glaciares, Argentina. We had a great group of photographers with some amazing talent. The weather was beyond perfect as we had 2 weeks of incredible light. All of us are returning with a lot of really nice images. Some I have already posted, many more to come. We leave tomorrow for a 2 week workshop in Atacama, Chile where we should be able to take some more terrific images.

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Patagonia workshops with Luminous Landscape, Kevin Raber and Art Wolfe

| | NSW AIPP Science, Wildlife and Wildplaces Photographer of the Year!!!

NSW AIPP Science, Wildlife and Wildplaces Photographer of the Year!!!

It was also exciting to enter the awards again… I entered 4 images in Science, Wildlife and another 4 in Landscape and got 6 Silver Distinction and 2 Silver awards so I was already very happy with my best results ever in this competition but yesterday I was lucky enough to be awarded the NSW AIPP Science, Wildlife and Wildplaces Photographer of the Year!!!…

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NSW AIPP Science, Wildlife and Wildplaces Photographer of the Year!!!

| | Travel plans for 2016-2017

Travel plans for 2016-2017

The next 12 months are going to be fun. Some of those flight paths to South America and Europe are overlapping. Two trips to Europe and back to Sydney + Two trips to South America and back to Sydney. I think I am taking a sabbatical in 2018 to retouch the 50000+ files I haven’t even opened yet since June 2014 when I started traveling with my family (+ plus the ones I will take in the next 12 months…)

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Travel plans for 2016-2017

| | Scandinavia 2017 - with Kevin Raber and Art Wolfe

Scandinavia 2017 - with Kevin Raber and Art Wolfe

Scandinavia – February 2017 with Kevin Raber and Art Wolfe

Kevin Raber of Luminous Landscape/Rockhoppers and I will be running two workshops in Scandinavia next year and again, Art Wolfe will be joining us in the snow and the ice.

The workshops will run back to back visiting Finland and Lofoten (Norway) in the heart of the winter (February 2017).

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Scandinavia 2017 - with Kevin Raber and Art Wolfe

| | 35 Spanish Photographers that you should follow

35 Spanish Photographers that you should follow

The photographers listed below produce very interesting landscape work. They all have very different styles, belong to different generations and have different views regarding what is photography. I am just presenting what I think is a good mixture of Spanish landscape photographers and if you have the time you should go to their websites and have a good look at their work for inspiration.

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35 Spanish Photographers that you should follow

| | Excited !! - Image license sold to Apple

Excited !! - Image license sold to Apple

I have sold this image to Apple today, I’m stoked can’t wait to see this on an iPhone!!! You see Lucinda Murray that helicopter flight also paid off !!

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Excited !! - Image license sold to Apple

| | Travel Photographer of the Year 2015 - Highly Commended

Travel Photographer of the Year 2015 - Highly Commended

The judging procedure for the Travel Photographer of the Year 2015 competition ‪has been concluded, entries from over 110 countries and wow, this competition is getting tougher and tougher every year!!. I am very happy to have be a finalist in one of the categories with a shot taken in Spain. I am also stoked that the image received a highly commended award.

Definitely one of my favorites to enter. Have a look at the winners galleries, amazing work… and congrats to the winning images and to Marsel van Oosten for winning the overall prize.

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Travel Photographer of the Year 2015 - Highly Commended

| | Paine Grande, Patagonia

Paine Grande, Patagonia

This is an image of Paine Grande in Patagonia (Chile). Paine Grande is the hightest of the peaks and less photographed than “The Horns” and “The Towers”. The image is a creation that I did for the Australian Professional Photography Awards and it went through a very interesting process to become the final image printed for the awards.

I took the photograph from a boat during a photography workshop using a Medium format Pentax 645D and a 300mm f4 lens. It was taken at midday (actually none of my entries were taken either at sunset or sunrise) and when I looked at it at home I liked it but I did not love it and I certainly didn’t think that it was an image that could do well in this competition.

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Paine Grande, Patagonia

| | APPAs 2015 - Chamonix Climbers

APPAs 2015 - Chamonix Climbers

The APPAs (Australian Professional Photography Awards) are over and I am very happy with the results of a really tough year. I posted the four images on facebook and a lot of people have asked about this particular image and so I thought it would be good to tell the story.

I didn’t take this image from a helicopter, plane or from a drone but from a cable car in Chamonix in the French Alps. I was traveling with my family around Europe and went there by chance… Chamonix is a ski resort and I was really impressed that you can actually see one of its glaciers from the town.

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APPAs 2015 - Chamonix Climbers

| | Australian Professional Photography Awards 2015

Australian Professional Photography Awards 2015

Very happy with my APPA results this year. 4 more points towards achieving the Master M.Photog which I hope to get next year. I watched part of the judging and it looks like it was very tough to get gold… I am very happy because for each print the scores were very consistent and because each year I get a bit closer … I hope I can get the elusive gold next year…
Thanks so much to everyone who helped me select the images and for making comments to improve them. I always struggle. In particular I would like to thank Adam Williams, Ricardo Da Cunha, Luke Austin and Paul Hoelen of The Light Collective TLC Group for your comments and help with this. You guys rock and inspire me with your creativity.

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Australian Professional Photography Awards 2015


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