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.

Whisky Bay, Wilsons Promontory.

Hi Friends,
This is by far the most intense sunset/sunrise l have witnessed in Victoria throughout my photographic career. The amazing colours you see here are from the result of a passing storm. As the storm passed and the sun was setting on the horizon the atmosphere that was left lingering could best be described as a ‘sense of aliveness’. Captured at Whisky Bay, Wilson’s Promontory.
Darren J
Whisky Bay, Wilsons Promontory, Victoria.

Goddess Of Thunder

The fury that lives within, is a demon trying to get out. l will smash it with my hammer, l will watch as it pours out through the wounds l have made in my body, for l have mutilated myself to the extent that l no longer see who or what l am. l only see the demon inside, l have torn my skin to shreds, only the bones and flesh remain, you have made me into what l am today, take away my pain, release me and my soul. As the mighty hammer cracks my bones into sand, l will flow through the to waters dark depths and bury myself there.

Darren J.

goddess of thunder, great ocean road, victoria, australia

 

 

Dramatic Clouds.

These two images were captured a couple of months ago. Storm clouds started rolling through from early morning at Port Campbell and kept me busy photographing throughout the whole morning and into much of the afternoon. It was a landscape photographer’s delight.

Impressive cloud formations were building up in all directions. I’m a big fan of clouds – they add drama and contrast, and play a huge part in how the light plays out in the landscape. Very rarely do I photograph a cloudless scene.

Having photographed the iconic 12 Apostles on more than one occasion over the years and having so many images from there, in order not to keep repeating the ‘same old same old’, my temptation to photograph this area is driven by predictions of ‘unstable weather’ such as storms, thunder and lightning, which all adds up to wild weather.

Also trying to come up with a slightly different view, a view that might be a little more off-kilter than the norm and in doing so, keeping in mind not to destroy any flora or fauna along the way.

Darren J.

a view for two, stormy skies, gibsons beach, port campbell national park, victoria, australia

give me my wings and l will fly to you, stormy skies, port campbell, great ocean rd, victoria, australia

Stormy Season

I have to say that I love the stormy season, and recently the Great Ocean Road has been providing some amazing scenes.

Whenever there is a slight chance of thunder and lightning being forecast I drop whatever I am doing at the time and head out towards the coast. Due to my emotionally charged state of mind, a moody sky pulls me in all the time; add to that some stormy seas and you will see me doing cartwheels on the sand.

Waist-deep in water, feeling every moment of energy as I reel off frame after frame. Not stopping for air, I make my images in a mad frenzy like a nutty professor who has just stumbled upon an amazing scientific breakthrough.

Onlookers watch in bewilderment as I’m just about knocked over by incoming waves, relentlessly one after the other. I stand my ground firmly against each onslaught, rather than retreating and possibly slipping or stepping into a rock pool due to the fact that I’m unable to see the bottom.

My first reaction if the water level may be too high is to raise my camera and tripod above me; otherwise I grasp onto the tripod firmly to keep its place secure. If you’re looking to do seascape photography, you can stand out in the car-park and set up from there, or alternatively be prepared to get wet.

It’s so important to know your tide times and photograph as the tide is receding, but always trust your instincts and never turn your back on the sea (unless you have eyes in the back of your head) :).

Darren J.

while l slowly slip away, red johanna beach, great ocean rd, victoria, australia

no way forward, apollo bay region, great ocean rd, victoria, australia

Campbells Cove.

campbells sea huts, old, werribee south, victoria, australia

Yesterday evening, without too much time left to spare, I decided to make a last minute dash to Campbell’s Cove in Werribee South, taking into account it only takes me 25 minutes to drive there and a severe storm was approaching Melbourne. Upon my arrival to Campbell’s Cove, the storm was in full swing, heavy rains and lightning blasting away.

Once the rain eased up, I decided to grab my umbrella, step out of the car and tempt fate by grabbing a few snapshots, when right above me the heavens decided to give me a wake up call and let loose with one of the mightiest thunder claps l have ever heard; leaving me cowering for cover and at that moment the best option was to dive back into the car.

The storm passed through within about 30 minutes and once it was safe, I cautiously grabbed my gear and started snapping away. Campbell’s Cove has a lot of interesting photo opportunities given the right conditions. Old Sea Huts, which are colourfully painted and very attractive to the eye, always a great focal point. Also an old tractor hitched up with a boat in tow laying amongst waist high grass, a little bit dicey with snakes, though.

tractor towing boat, abandoned, werribee south, victoria, australia

Whilst taking some snapshots, one of the locals made his way over to ask what I was up to. We chalked up a conversation and he advised me of plans to remove the old tractor and boat, due to the issue of snakes; which didn’t help me none, considering I had just stepped out from the thick grasses, but l did make mention that they should leave the tractor and boat in place as it makes for wonderful subject matter. I must say he didn’t find it to amusing.

The images shown were taken before and after sunset.

Darren J.

Returning from the Storm

Wow!!! What a great turn at the Great Ocean – Port Campbell weather really turned it on, two storm fronts in one day.

I slept in my car over near Gibsons Steps, set my alarm for 5.00am but was awoken from my sleep at 4.00 am by the sound of thunder and flashes of lightning cracking the sky open.
In a hurry, I made my way over to the 12 Apostles, set my gear up, ready to reel off a few frames just when the rain started to pelt down, the next hour was spent running to and from the shelter back to the viewing platform in between light breaks in the rain.

The rain was unforgiving and eventually I had to make my way back to the car. After 30 minutes, daylight was well and truly breaking and so was the rain, so I made my way back to try to capture some images. The heavy rains and storm had kept all the early birds and tourists away, which meant I had the area all to myself. It’s always good to hang in there and ride out the storm.

If possible, try to place yourself in an area where you will be the only photographer shooting. If there are others around you, scout around for your own unique view, that way nobody else will near replicate your image. Photography is all about having unique images that are original to the market, and the only way to do this is to find your own space out there.

The cloud action from morning till afternoon was amazing, a day in which I could go on shooting and never tire of the fleeting but dramatic changes in cloud form. It’s important to watch how and where the clouds’ movement is going; always keep your eyes open to all angles and scan 360 degrees constantly to make sure you are capturing the best moment and action – if not, chase it.


The afternoon brought about another severe storm, with the strong winds blowing my umbrella to pieces and the sand blowing off the rocks into my eyes and camera gear. The wind was vicious, but I have to say it was damn exciting.

Darren J.


Danshui ‘Freshwater’ City.

Whilst in Taiwan, it was mentioned to me that the city of Danshui was very popular for shooting sunsets. Taking into account a typhoon had recently passed through Taiwan, I was keen to be out photographing, capturing the after-effects from the typhoon. Danshui was the centre for shipping and commerce in the 19th century; now it’s more popular for viewing sunsets into the Taiwan Strait. It is named after a river whose name means ‘Freshwater’, offering both river and mountain views.

I caught the train from Taipei main station directly to Danshui, which takes approximately 45 minutes. The MRT(Municipal Rapid Transport) system is clean (due to not being able to eat, drink or chew whilst on the train), quiet and relatively fast – I was really impressed and enjoyed using the metro rail system.

A storm was brewing upon my arrival into Danshui, heavy clouds filled the sky and it was evident rain was not too far away. After 30 minutes of one of the heaviest downpours I have ever witnessed, the clouds began to break and brief glimpses of sunshine where seen throughout the day.

After spending the rest of the day visiting the shops and traditional Taiwanese stalls, I made my way over to the Danshui River to find a good location to shoot. Here you can see the the great views and catch the ferry boat to the Fisherman’s Wharf or Bali Village, famous locations when you visit Danshui.

And did I mention famous for photographing sunsets? Photographers everywhere. Standing room only – well that was until the rain started to fall again, this downpour only lasted 20 minutes and was nowhere near as heavy as the rain that had fallen earlier in the day.

Once the rain had passed, I was the only photographer to be seen. The clouds were providing some great mood and the light was ambient and deep blue, illuminating the scene before me.

I fired off a few 30-second exposures that captured the movement of the clouds and the ambient light filtering through, lucky enough to have the ferry boat cruise through at that moment to create movement and blur in the foreground.
I kept photographing the scene for another 30 minutes before heading over to shoot the Red Castle, which is over near Danshui Old Street, with its beautiful architecture and background of famous landmarks which include the Guan-yin Mountain and Danshui River.

Darren J.