Monday, 22 July 2013 00:00

Shelamar Station

This is as fresh as it gets. Beautiful sweet corn picked from the paddock at Shelamar Station, 200 kilometres south of Broome.

Called in to Shelamar today to photograph the station’s 200ha sweet corn crop, as part of an assignment I’m working on for a magazine.

Irrigated using huge centre pivots, Shelamar’s cornfields are an oasis in an otherwise harsh landscape. Never tasted sweeter sweet corn in my life.

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Friday, 19 July 2013 00:00

Ngumpan Cliffs

Heading for Fitzroy Crossing this morning we passed by one of my favourite spots in the Kimberley, Ngumpan Cliffs.

Rising above flat country on the edge of the Great Sandy Desert, the area is the traditional country of central Kimberley artist Claude Carter.

I was lucky enough to spend a couple of days with Claude when my mate Kev Kelly, from Red Rock Art Gallery in Kununurra, took me on a road trip to pick up new works back in 2011.

This photo is from that trip – didn’t have time to stop today – and shows Claude and his good mate, and fellow artist, Lloyd Kwilla in front of the cliffs.

I remember Claude at the time telling me about finding metre-wide aquatic fossils in the hills nearby. Sadly, some had been crow-barred out of the rock and stolen by fossil hunters. 

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Sunday, 21 July 2013 00:00

Broome time

Broome time. If you’ve ever been to the Kimberley capital you’ll know what that means.

It’s a pace of life that fits perfectly with long hot days, evening barbeques and full moon walks along Cable Beach.

Architecture also plays a significant role in creating the town’s chilled vibe. This old church is a perfect example of the corrugated-iron style that Broome is famous for.

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Wednesday, 17 July 2013 00:00

Kimberley workshop

As a photographer there is perhaps no better place in Australia to run a workshop than the East Kimberley.

Just completed a two-day one-on-one photography workshop in Kununurra and was reminded of how unique this part of the country is.

Although we spent the first day in town, for the second day we headed out to a small indigenous community on the edge of Kununurra.

There we had a great model in Stewart who was more than happy to help out his cousin, my student, by posing for two hours of shooting.

Photo tip: don't be afraid to get down on your stomach. An orange filter on the off camera flash gives the speedlite a warm glow.

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Thursday, 18 July 2013 00:00

Shooting from above

Crocs in Darwin and choppers in Kununurra; it’s great to be back in the Top End.

Spent yesterday morning hanging out of a Bell Longranger helicopter flying low and fast over Ord Valley farmland shooting for a Kununurra-based client.

This shot was taken over the Keep River, just east of the West Australian border, in the Northern Territory. As we passed along the river, massive saltwater crocs could be seen every few hundred metres. A group of fisherman putted along in a small tinnie on the brown river, oblivious to what we could see from above.

Although I spent six years shooting up here, it’s still hard to believe the colours. Even in harsh midday sun the colours shine through. A low tide revealed two white, salt-encrusted banks winding their path through the flat savannah.

Photo tips: used a polarizing filter to reduce glare from the water and shot at 1/1000 sec to counter the jarring motion of the chopper.

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