It’s been a little while in final production but the children’s book I’ve collaborated on featuring my photo illustrations from the Australasian Antarctic Expedition earlier this year is now available at the Blurb website. It prints up beautifully and feedback from ‘test parents’ and their kiddies has been really positive. Check it out and if you like it please share and perhaps even buy it! All feedback welcome. Andrew
Based on the true story of the contemporary Australasian Antarctic Expedition this delightful book is for children aged 5 to 9 years but all readers with a love of adventure and a desire to learn about Antarctica will enjoy it. In late 2013 the ice strengthened ship Akademik Shokalskiy became stuck in thick pack ice at the edge of East Antarctica. The fate of the ship’s crew and the scientists and tourists aboard became the focus of a world-wide media frenzy over the New Year. Little known is that there was a very special passenger aboard the ship and, along with colorful photo illustrations, in this book ‘Stay’ the dog, tells us his unique story of the stranding and subsequent dramatic rescue. While helping his friends to study the icy world around them, through the eyes of ‘Stay’ we learn about the beautiful and climactically important frozen continent at the bottom of the world and meet the cheeky penguins and other animals who live there.
Well even at the risk of overdoing the ‘long exposure, beachside, saturated colour’ imagery genre I thought I’d post a photo from the beautiful location in front of the house where we are currently staying.
Sunrise WITH the strong addition of human presence in the frame to add something different. It helped to have a remote trigger so that I could fire the shutter with the camera on a tripod while Sabina and I placed ourselves near the edge of the ocean.
Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EF16-35mm f2.8L II, 2 secs @ f/18, ISO 100 LR RAW processing with VSCO film04
I’ve just arrived back in Noosa Heads, Queensland for a short stay. You could call it my home base - if in fact I have one of those anymore!
It’s a laid back coastal town heavily dependent on tourism with a highlight being the National Park on a large headland giving access to beautiful unspoilt beaches. Pictured here is one of the local characters heading back to the beach in Laguna Bay after an evening SUP with his dog.
A favorite image from recent travels in the US Southwest is published in the June ‘14 issue of Backpacker Magazine.
I spent ~2 hours photographing in the dramatic Lower Antelope Canyon on Navajo land just outside Page, Arizona. It was a quiet afternoon and I had the place to myself but as is often the case the presence of a person to give perspective to an outdoors landscape can add to the scene.
In this case I asked my wife to take her time and pause to look up every so often as she climbed the metal stairs that give access at the beginning of the canyon so I could compose and grab this image. She didn’t purchase a ‘photographer’ permit so as soon as this shot was taken she had to scurry on ahead to rejoin her guided group leaving me alone to explore the canyon.
Canon 5D mark3, 16-35mm f2.8LII @24mm, ISO 1250 1/80 sec f4.0 Processed with VSCOfilm04
Adelie Penguins are inquisitive and endlessly fascinating to observe. I photographed this pair on the sea ice off East Antarctica, competing with each other to stand atop a small ice mound. For an instant the shutter freezes their tomfoolery and they appear as close friends might.
Volume 3 of Aurora Photos’ quarterly publication is a celebration and exploration of our relationship with the natural world. This collection of imagery from Aurora Photos examines that from all angles and perspectives. Enjoy!
Back cover feature in the latest excellent publication from Aurora Photos - a celebration and exploration of our relationship with the natural world. Imagery that allows for an original and unique view on the world we live in.
Time spent in the outdoors can be a ton of fun especially when road tripping in the desert southwest of the US as I did earlier this year with my wife Sabina. Pictured here enjoying life at the aptly named Kodachrome Basin State Park in Utah.
In keeping with my recent Italy photo comparison themed post I thought I’d share another!
Some years ago a pre-dawn start in the cold foggy #Tuscan countryside saw me driving around the Val d’Orcia. I was searching for a location that I’d been inspired to find after seeing a wonderful photo of an old chapel printed in a book by Peter Eastway - a well respected landscape photographer from Australia.
I did eventually find the spot only to strangely discover another building alongside the chapel I’d set out to photograph. Turns out Peter had removed the chapel in his final version of the landscape! As he clearly states on his website page showing this photo, “Famous chapel found in many guide books, as seen from a main road vantage. The farmhouse next to the chapel has been removed and the colours enhanced.”. Fair enough, it is art after all but I was a tad disappointed when faced with a different view to that I’d imagined!
My average rendering of the scene (with extra building) seen here next to Peter’s version.
I love this image from the ‘Altered Images’ category on the left by Dina Bova and thought a comparison with my straightforward photo of the ‘real’ thing would be interesting in case you’ve never visited this visually stunning coastal area of 5 villages hugging the cliffs in northwest Italy.
Much has been written about the awful deaths of 16 Nepalese (13 were Sherpa) climbers on Everest recently.
I can’t add much more to what’s been said already but since the photos for sale at www.sherpasfund.org in support of the Alex Lowe Charitable Fund are sold out I thought I would offer one of my photos for sale.
For the month of May only I will direct 100% of proceeds from any print sales (after the cost of printing) to the Sherpa community via the nonprofit Alex Lowe Charitable Foundation, which has been working with Sherpa climbers in the Khumbu since 2003.
The photo is of the classic trekkers view of Mt Everest taken from atop Kala Pattar at 5600m when I was in the Khumbu leading a trek in 2012.
The mountain summit is framed by prayer flags and the treacherous ice fall can be seen snaking away from the slopes below.