Aireys Inlet, Great Ocean Road.

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Darren J.

 

Mt Buffalo, Cathedral Rock.

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Recently, l’ve had the pleasure of spending a few nights over in the Alpine Region of Victoria. Stayed at Mt Beauty for 5 nights with the family doing some camping, so l thought l would sneak in a little bit of photography, well actually a lot of photography!

Starting with a few sunrise shoots at Mt Buffalo, a couple of sessions over at Falls Creek and some local photography at Mt Beauty. The best conditions overall were at Mt Buffalo, the sunrise shoots were, to say the least, spectacular, with clear skies and great conditions, which made for really nice photography.

For the morning photography shoots at Mt Buffalo, l set the alarm clock for 4am in the morning, that way, l had enough time to drive from Mt Beauty (where we were camping) the 1.5 hours to Cathedral Rock at Mt Buffalo.

Cathedral Rock is a large Granite Tor (pile of huge boulders)which is located in the middle of the Mt Buffalo Plateau. Standing out amongst the smaller granite rock stacks in the area. It’s a very popular location for hikers, rock climbers and photographers alike. The drive up to Cathedral Rock from the entry point of Mt Buffalo takes around 40 minutes or so, due to the never ending tight winding road (all up hill).

Once you reach the car park, it’s a 750m hike up to Cathedral Rock, the path is fairly well laid out and manageable in low light conditions. Upon reaching the top, the views are spectacular with 360degree views, if the air is clear you will see most of the high peaks, such as The Pinnacle, Cresta Valley and the Horn. If you’re feeling fit, you could traverse another 300m up and along the same path for the views at The Horn.

l spent most of my morning photography shoots at The Cathedral. My first visit there, l was lucky enough to have mist rolling in and out for most of the morning, creating a sense of moody and atmospheric conditions. The following morning shoots were full of colour and beautiful high level cloud with barely a breadth of wind.

A truly spectacular place to visit for sunrise or sunset as the surrounding landscape lights up in glorious golden light as the sun kisses the landscape. If the skies are clear for sunrise, the Cathedral Rock lights up and the boulders are emblazened in a beautiful amber glow.

Darren J.

Cathedral Rock
Cathedral Rock
Mt Buffalo.

Seascapes on the Great Ocean Road, Aireys Inlet.

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Milford Destiny.

This lovely image of Milford Sound has been added to my website Gallery.

Milford Sound is an amazing place to visit any time of year, l have been lucky enough to have visited this lovely destination on a couple of occasions and was completely overwhelmed with the landscape and majestic atmosphere that it holds.

On this particular visit l had been greeted with such a moody and dramatic scene, which almost took my breath away. the depth of the scene was enough to leave a lasting impression that will live in my memories for years to come.

The cloudscape was ever-changing and evolving around me with such brilliance, photographing the scene as it was a pure delight.

I look forward to my next visit.

Please visit my website if you would like to purchase this lovely image.

Darren J.

Milford Destiny.

Australian Landscape Photographer.

New Images added to my website.
My newest release. ‘Rising Up’. A beautiful black and white image captured at Boroka Lookout, The Grampians, Victoria.
Limited Edition of 25.
Limited Edition Prints available.
Darren J
tree, mist, brook lookout, grampians, Victoria, Rising Up. :Tree in Mist, Boroka Lookout, The Grampians, Victoria.

Boroka Lookout, the Grampians.

Lake Tasman, Mount Cook

Focus on the vision – Train you Technique
Vision without technique is blind.
When nature opens her window of opportunity, put yourself in the place of most potential.
Be there with your vision and technique and be open to the possibilities
What will you be given today? be open enough to ‘see it’

Darren J.

gin and tonic, lake tasman, mount cook, south island, new zealand

blazing tasman, lake tasman, mount cook, south island, new zealand

Old Jetty, Little Paradise.

The Old Jetty is located In the South Island of New Zealand in Lake Wakatipu, and takes about 25-30 minutes to drive there from Queenstown and nestled away in a quiet little nook call Little Paradise.

l spent 3 nights photographing there.

It is very easy to overlook, hidden behind trees, sitting in such an expansive and beautiful lake. Keep an eye out for the Little Paradise Lodge and Garden, the Jetty is located about 200 metres or so past the Lodge heading to Glenorchy.

Driving in from Queenstown you can enjoy the great views of Lake Wakatipu, with its mountainous regions and breathtaking scenery.

The best times to photograph the Old Jetty would be sunrise or sunset and if you are lucky enough to have a very still day with little wind, the reflections can add such dramatic depth with the mountains in the background reflecting back into the still lake.

Try to get in close to the old jetty, emphasising the old timber pylons that are submerged in the water. Move around and try a few different compositions, keeping space between each pylon using a low point of view also helps.

Watch out for the sandflies, l usually cover up with a hat and gloves, trying to conceal any exposed skin. Sandflies are in abundance around lakes and oceans on the South Island. Unfortunately my wife and kids had to stay in the car whilst l was photographing the Old Jetty due to sandflies.

When you have finished  with the Old Jetty you can drive into Glenorchy which is only 20 kms from Little Paradise and if you have time Kinloch is also very photographic.

 

Darren J.

jetjeta

 

New Zealand, South Island Tour.

Flights are booked!!!

New Zealand here we come. Taking the family on a road trip to the South Island for 12 days, roughing it up in a motorhome. Looking forward to going back there.

How do l avoid sandflies attacking my children?

Mount Cook and Lake Tasman will definitely be on the itinerary, l might even go back to lake Wanaka.

Darren J.

lake wanaka, tree,

 

Lake Tasman, Mount Cook

Focus on the vision – Train you Technique
Vision without technique is blind.
When nature opens her window of opportunity, put yourself in the place of most potential.
Be there with your vision and technique and be open to the possibilities
What will you be given today? be open enough to ‘see it’

Darren J.

gin and tonic, lake tasman, mount cook, south island, new zealand

blazing tasman, lake tasman, mount cook, south island, new zealand

Back from New Zealand.

Hi all,

Just a quick one to let you all know that l’m back safely from New Zealand. I spent 4weeks cruising around the South Island in a campervan. Over the next few weeks l will be uploading images to my Website and Blog with related stories and adventures that l had along the way.

The image below was taken during my stay in Twizel, which is a town in the Mackenzie District of the Canterbury Region of New Zealand. One of my many favourite places in the South Island.

Darren J.