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Mad Max II Museum at Silverton

Silverton, Australia

An exterior view of the Mad Max II Museum in Silverton.

If you know the Australian film, Mad Max II: The Road Warrior, you will recall the menacing mood of the Outback environments where the film was shot. Mad Max II was shot at locations in and around Silverton and Broken Hill.

Because of its authentic Outback atmosphere, Silverton (population about 50) and its Hotel often feature in film and TV productions.

The Outback - part 5 by Stephen

The Outback - part 5 by Stephen

Posted on 2017-08-12

An exterior view of the Mad Max II Museum in Silverton.

If you know the Australian film, Mad Max II: The Road Warrior, you will recall the menacing mood of the Outback environments where the film was shot. Mad Max II was shot at locations in and around Silverton and Broken Hill.

Because of its authentic Outback atmosphere, Silverton (population about 50) and its Hotel often feature in film and TV productions.

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Kate Ceberano at National Multicultural Festival

Canberra, Australia

Early autumn is my favourite time of year with so many festivals taking place around Canberra. These events include Enlighten (which begins tonight) and the Balloon Spectacular.

Today I continue my series of performance and parade shots from the Multicultural Festival. Here you see Kate Ceberano, headline act at the opening night concert.

National Multicultural Festival 2017 - part 2 by Stephen

National Multicultural Festival 2017 - part 2 by Stephen

Posted on 2017-03-03

Early autumn is my favourite time of year with so many festivals taking place around Canberra. These events include Enlighten (which begins tonight) and the Balloon Spectacular.

Today I continue my series of performance and parade shots from the Multicultural Festival. Here you see Kate Ceberano, headline act at the opening night concert.

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Paddle Steamer Enterprise at National Museum

Australia

In celebration of Australia Day, the National Museum hosted their Continuing Culture festival. One of the highlights of the day was being welcomed aboard the Paddle Steamer Enterprise.

The steam boat is the largest functional object at the Museum. The vessel was launched in 1878 after being built in Echuca on the Murray River. Here, you see Bob, one of the volunteer crew. Perhaps he is dreaming of the good old days when paddle steamers were a common sight on great inland waterways.

Dock of the bay by Stephen

Dock of the bay by Stephen

Posted on 2016-02-05

In celebration of Australia Day, the National Museum hosted their Continuing Culture festival. One of the highlights of the day was being welcomed aboard the Paddle Steamer Enterprise.

The steam boat is the largest functional object at the Museum. The vessel was launched in 1878 after being built in Echuca on the Murray River. Here, you see Bob, one of the volunteer crew. Perhaps he is dreaming of the good old days when paddle steamers were a common sight on great inland waterways.

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baby kookaburra in the Dromana Hills

Australia

This is a baby kookaburra. Just a couple of days ago, his parents took him on his first flight. The celebratory joy, marked by constant laughing from the parents, was an amazing experience to behold. The baby has a shorter beak than the mature kookaburras and, as yet, there is no colour on the wings.

baby kookaburra... by Gemma Wiseman

baby kookaburra... by Gemma Wiseman

Posted on 2015-12-06

This is a baby kookaburra. Just a couple of days ago, his parents took him on his first flight. The celebratory joy, marked by constant laughing from the parents, was an amazing experience to behold. The baby has a shorter beak than the mature kookaburras and, as yet, there is no colour on the wings.

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Angel Place

Sydney, Australia

Street in Sydney with bird cages suspended overhead

Angel Place by Stephen

Angel Place by Stephen

Posted on 2015-03-23

Street in Sydney with bird cages suspended overhead

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man in a boat with a fish near Dromana beach

Australia

Today is Australia Day...
I decided rather than post the usual flag waving ya-ya, I would select a recent photo which captures the quirky, outdoor spirit that, for me, is the soul of Australia Day...
And this is the photo...

there's a fishy story... by Gemma Wiseman

there's a fishy story... by Gemma Wiseman

Posted on 2015-01-26

Today is Australia Day...
I decided rather than post the usual flag waving ya-ya, I would select a recent photo which captures the quirky, outdoor spirit that, for me, is the soul of Australia Day...
And this is the photo...

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Surf City campervan at Marques in the Park

Australia

Farewell, Surf City! A last look at this very cool 1934 chev. It started life as a bread van before converting to a camper van. As well as all the home comforts the van also has space for an electric piano, electric guitar and Marshall amp. It has two jukeboxes and of course a dance floor! Remember, you're never too old to Rock 'n' Roll!

A few more highlights to show you at Marques in the Park. Up next, a change of pace with a Ford Mustang Shelby GT500.

Marques in the Park - part 8 by Stephen

Marques in the Park - part 8 by Stephen

Posted on 2014-11-25

Farewell, Surf City! A last look at this very cool 1934 chev. It started life as a bread van before converting to a camper van. As well as all the home comforts the van also has space for an electric piano, electric guitar and Marshall amp. It has two jukeboxes and of course a dance floor! Remember, you're never too old to Rock 'n' Roll!

A few more highlights to show you at Marques in the Park. Up next, a change of pace with a Ford Mustang Shelby GT500.

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Storm clouds approaching at Batemans Bay

Canberra, Australia

With landscapes and urban shots I seek to include movement in the frame with passing figures. Here, the expression on his face and perhaps his thoughts as well suggest weather in mind. The weather is stormy with the approaching line of dark clouds. Soon after I had to run for cover as the rain set in.

Weather in mind by Stephen

Weather in mind by Stephen

Posted on 2014-07-23

With landscapes and urban shots I seek to include movement in the frame with passing figures. Here, the expression on his face and perhaps his thoughts as well suggest weather in mind. The weather is stormy with the approaching line of dark clouds. Soon after I had to run for cover as the rain set in.

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Loading Zone cafe in Odgers Lane Civic

Australia

I am having a day out shooting in a street photography style. I am now at the Loading Zone cafe. Laneways such as you see here mostly give service access to the back entrance of shops and cafes. However, here in Odgers Lane, the Loading Zone cafe creates a very gritty urban mood with its setting.

Loading Zone by Stephen

Loading Zone by Stephen

Posted on 2014-06-20

I am having a day out shooting in a street photography style. I am now at the Loading Zone cafe. Laneways such as you see here mostly give service access to the back entrance of shops and cafes. However, here in Odgers Lane, the Loading Zone cafe creates a very gritty urban mood with its setting.

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moving through time and space

Perth, Australia

A colourful and mystical sunset at my favourite spot - Burns Beach... when i took this photo late last year, the ocean returned almost all the sand it took away during the Winter and most of the rocks were already covered... this prompted me to try a composition without the usual rock elements in the foreground...

moving through time and space by Darkelf Photography

moving through time and space by Darkelf Photography

Posted on 2014-05-15

A colourful and mystical sunset at my favourite spot - Burns Beach... when i took this photo late last year, the ocean returned almost all the sand it took away during the Winter and most of the rocks were already covered... this prompted me to try a composition without the usual rock elements in the foreground...

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a little bit of Japan in Tasmania

Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

From my trip to Tasmania in 2013 i present something a little different - the Japanese Garden in the Botanic Gardens in Hobart... i loved this little setting with the abundance of colour and detail... it was Autumn as well so some of the fall colours were also visible...

a little bit of Japan in Tasmania by Darkelf Photography

a little bit of Japan in Tasmania by Darkelf Photography

Posted on 2014-04-27

From my trip to Tasmania in 2013 i present something a little different - the Japanese Garden in the Botanic Gardens in Hobart... i loved this little setting with the abundance of colour and detail... it was Autumn as well so some of the fall colours were also visible...

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Hurry Up and Catch Up

Brisbane, Australia

I live on the northside of Brisbane in Queensland Australia near a large lake with lots of wild birds, and great view point to the west for catching sunsets, this is the Place I Live.

Hurry Up and Catch Up by Stephen

Hurry Up and Catch Up by Stephen

Posted on 2014-02-28

I live on the northside of Brisbane in Queensland Australia near a large lake with lots of wild birds, and great view point to the west for catching sunsets, this is the Place I Live.

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Megan Washington at Australia Celebrates Live

Canberra, Australia

Megan Washington performs at Australia Celebrates Live. A crowd of twenty thousand made for an exciting event. Before the bands hit the stage, it all began with a ceremony for the Australian of the Year Award. Later, a very fresh and relevant line up of music acts. Washington topped the bill with Matt Corby.

Megan Washington is a most versatile musician and songwriter; and equally at home with jazz, indie pop and rock.

Megan Washington by Stephen

Megan Washington by Stephen

Posted on 2014-01-30

Megan Washington performs at Australia Celebrates Live. A crowd of twenty thousand made for an exciting event. Before the bands hit the stage, it all began with a ceremony for the Australian of the Year Award. Later, a very fresh and relevant line up of music acts. Washington topped the bill with Matt Corby.

Megan Washington is a most versatile musician and songwriter; and equally at home with jazz, indie pop and rock.

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Beach

Melbourne, Australia

I spend quite a deal of my life at this place, as you would know if you have followed my blog over the years. This photo was taken recently during our very hot summer when there are many people visiting the beaches around the two bays of Melbourne. I usually find myself alone on this beach. It is my special place for peace and reflection as I walk and take photos.

Beach by : Helen :

Beach by : Helen :

Posted on 2014-01-20

I spend quite a deal of my life at this place, as you would know if you have followed my blog over the years. This photo was taken recently during our very hot summer when there are many people visiting the beaches around the two bays of Melbourne. I usually find myself alone on this beach. It is my special place for peace and reflection as I walk and take photos.

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Remarkable Rocks

Kangaroo Island, Australia

We spent the New Year in 2017 on Kangaroo Island just off the coast of mainland in South Australia. It was a great place for us to get away from civilisation and we spent most of our time there on the more rugged west end of the island.

The feature that I set out to photograph especially, was a group of boulders called the Remarkable Rocks in Flinders Chase National Park. For three days I drove each morning and evening through a winding road that leads up to the rocks, hoping for some ....

Remarkable Rocks by Darkelf Photography

Remarkable Rocks by Darkelf Photography

Posted on 2017-03-05

We spent the New Year in 2017 on Kangaroo Island just off the coast of mainland in South Australia. It was a great place for us to get away from civilisation and we spent most of our time there on the more rugged west end of the island.

The feature that I set out to photograph especially, was a group of boulders called the Remarkable Rocks in Flinders Chase National Park. For three days I drove each morning and evening through a winding road that leads up to the rocks, hoping for some ....

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The Great Ocean Road : 3

is currently photographing at home in, Australia

The 12 Apostles a most well-known southern coastline scenes in Australia. The Twelve Apostles are a series of limestone stacks that have endured the erosion of the great southern ocean tides and storms.

The Great Ocean Road : 3 by : Helen :

The Great Ocean Road : 3 by : Helen :

Posted on 2016-12-05

The 12 Apostles a most well-known southern coastline scenes in Australia. The Twelve Apostles are a series of limestone stacks that have endured the erosion of the great southern ocean tides and storms.

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Weekend in the city ii

Adelaide, Australia

Venturing out into the city at night is always an adventure – more so for a young child where it all seems very exciting. Her wide open armed pose is one of possibility and acceptance, a lack of fear for the darkness that as adults we know too well.

Weekend in the city ii by Richard Goldsworthy

Weekend in the city ii by Richard Goldsworthy

Posted on 2015-08-02

Venturing out into the city at night is always an adventure – more so for a young child where it all seems very exciting. Her wide open armed pose is one of possibility and acceptance, a lack of fear for the darkness that as adults we know too well.

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Holi Mela colours festival in Canberra

Canberra, Australia

This week I will post shots to celebrate Holi - India's Spring Festival of Colours!

My one concern was to protect my camera gear. I used a 55-200mm lens allowing me to keep a safe distance from the clouds of Holi powder!

Holi - Festival of Colours - part 1 by Stephen

Holi - Festival of Colours - part 1 by Stephen

Posted on 2015-03-23

This week I will post shots to celebrate Holi - India's Spring Festival of Colours!

My one concern was to protect my camera gear. I used a 55-200mm lens allowing me to keep a safe distance from the clouds of Holi powder!

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sandy world

Pinnacles Desert, Australia

sand dunes stretch as far as the eye can see just south of the Pinnacles Desert in Western Australia... the clouds building over the dunes were the ones that brought heavy rains and hail to Perth back in October 2014...

sandy world by Darkelf Photography

sandy world by Darkelf Photography

Posted on 2015-03-18

sand dunes stretch as far as the eye can see just south of the Pinnacles Desert in Western Australia... the clouds building over the dunes were the ones that brought heavy rains and hail to Perth back in October 2014...

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Aggressive display

Melbourne, Australia

This Wattlebird (Anthochaera carunculata) making an aggressive display was having an absolute meltdown because a magpie had landed on a branch in its tree. The poor magpie didn't really deserve this treatment as the Wattlebird later stole the magpie's piece of bread. The robbery may be seen here.

Aggressive display by : Helen :

Aggressive display by : Helen :

Posted on 2015-01-24

This Wattlebird (Anthochaera carunculata) making an aggressive display was having an absolute meltdown because a magpie had landed on a branch in its tree. The poor magpie didn't really deserve this treatment as the Wattlebird later stole the magpie's piece of bread. The robbery may be seen here.

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Old highway reclaimed by nature at Bermagui

Bermagui, NSW, Australia

Decades ago, a storm washed away this road near Bermagui on the South Coast. Long since closed to cars, nature has gradually reclaimed the asphalt. In this shot, you can see one of the few sections where the white lines down the middle of the road are still visible. Although an abandoned highway, it now serves as a walking and mountain bike trail.

Lost highway - south to Bermagui by Stephen

Lost highway - south to Bermagui by Stephen

Posted on 2014-09-03

Decades ago, a storm washed away this road near Bermagui on the South Coast. Long since closed to cars, nature has gradually reclaimed the asphalt. In this shot, you can see one of the few sections where the white lines down the middle of the road are still visible. Although an abandoned highway, it now serves as a walking and mountain bike trail.

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Patty Mills with the Larry O'Brien trophy

Canberra, Australia

Patrick Mills and San Antonio Spurs teammate Aron Baynes hold aloft the Larry O’Brien trophy. NBA championship winner Mills was home in Canberra today to accept the keys to the city. He also had photos taken with fans at the reception in Civic Square.

My son was in a class with Patty Mills at College; and my son’s boss coached Mills. It’s a small town!

Homecoming by Stephen

Homecoming by Stephen

Posted on 2014-07-18

Patrick Mills and San Antonio Spurs teammate Aron Baynes hold aloft the Larry O’Brien trophy. NBA championship winner Mills was home in Canberra today to accept the keys to the city. He also had photos taken with fans at the reception in Civic Square.

My son was in a class with Patty Mills at College; and my son’s boss coached Mills. It’s a small town!

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Tri Nguyen with Gift of Refuge model refugee boat

Canberra, Australia

Tri Nguyen steps down to the shore of Lake Burley Griffin after completing his 400 mile walk from Melbourne to Canberra. His pilgrimage was to deliver a model of the boat he and his father and sister fled Vietnam in 1982. Tri and his support team pulled the boat along on a set of wheels. It was an inspiring journey and Gift of Refuge by Tri. His walk was possible because of the hospitality of the people he met along the way.

Gift of refuge - part 2 by Stephen

Gift of refuge - part 2 by Stephen

Posted on 2014-05-16

Tri Nguyen steps down to the shore of Lake Burley Griffin after completing his 400 mile walk from Melbourne to Canberra. His pilgrimage was to deliver a model of the boat he and his father and sister fled Vietnam in 1982. Tri and his support team pulled the boat along on a set of wheels. It was an inspiring journey and Gift of Refuge by Tri. His walk was possible because of the hospitality of the people he met along the way.

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where souls disappear

Australia

This is a 180 second exposure at Burns Beach... the water kept washing over the little canyon between the rocks and the i like the effect that the long exposure has produced... when i first looked at it i thought "this is where souls must disappear"...

where souls disappear by Darkelf Photography

where souls disappear by Darkelf Photography

Posted on 2014-05-13

This is a 180 second exposure at Burns Beach... the water kept washing over the little canyon between the rocks and the i like the effect that the long exposure has produced... when i first looked at it i thought "this is where souls must disappear"...

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Bailon's Crake

Brisbane, Australia

A Bailon's Crake is a small bird that is often hidden amongst reeds but can sometimes be seen when out foraging on the muddy edges of wetlands.

Bailon's Crake by rick

Bailon's Crake by rick

Posted on 2014-02-07

A Bailon's Crake is a small bird that is often hidden amongst reeds but can sometimes be seen when out foraging on the muddy edges of wetlands.

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Dancer with Miriam Lieberman band

Canberra, Australia

A dancer who joined Miriam Lieberman on stage for her show at the festival. African dance moves and drumming gave a enthralling World Music style to the band and its performance.

National Multicultural Festival 2017 - part 3 by Stephen

National Multicultural Festival 2017 - part 3 by Stephen

Posted on 2017-03-06

A dancer who joined Miriam Lieberman on stage for her show at the festival. African dance moves and drumming gave a enthralling World Music style to the band and its performance.

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The Great Ocean Road : 2

is currently photographing at home in, Australia

Gibson's Steps are the first stop along the D Shipwreck coastline if you are heading west from Melbourne. Once you descend the 86 steps down the sheer cliff face, you are rewarded with this view!

Once on the beach you are dwarfed by the 70 metre high cliffs one one side and you can see the giant limestone stacks rising up out of the sea.

The steps were carved into the face of the cliff by local settler Hugh Gibson, who worked on the route originally used by the Kirrae Whurrong people.

The Great Ocean Road : 2 by : Helen :

The Great Ocean Road : 2 by : Helen :

Posted on 2016-12-04

Gibson's Steps are the first stop along the D Shipwreck coastline if you are heading west from Melbourne. Once you descend the 86 steps down the sheer cliff face, you are rewarded with this view!

Once on the beach you are dwarfed by the 70 metre high cliffs one one side and you can see the giant limestone stacks rising up out of the sea.

The steps were carved into the face of the cliff by local settler Hugh Gibson, who worked on the route originally used by the Kirrae Whurrong people.

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ACT Flyball competition

Canberra, Australia

Excitable owners and their dogs! For my new series I am at the ACT Flyball competition. My head was spinning at the end of this shoot. The noise level was phenomenal with buzzers, whistles and yells to accompany the dog chorus. I hope you can join me in this series for all the excitement!

Flyball champions - part 1 by Stephen

Flyball champions - part 1 by Stephen

Posted on 2016-07-04

Excitable owners and their dogs! For my new series I am at the ACT Flyball competition. My head was spinning at the end of this shoot. The noise level was phenomenal with buzzers, whistles and yells to accompany the dog chorus. I hope you can join me in this series for all the excitement!

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Saskwatch on stage at New Year's Eve in the City

Melbourne, Australia

Melbourne six-piece outfit Saskwatch on stage at New Year's Eve in the City. This free event has a track record of great gigs. I've been lucky to get to the front of stage at these celebrations for the last few years.

Saskwatch - Celebration time by Stephen

Saskwatch - Celebration time by Stephen

Posted on 2016-01-02

Melbourne six-piece outfit Saskwatch on stage at New Year's Eve in the City. This free event has a track record of great gigs. I've been lucky to get to the front of stage at these celebrations for the last few years.

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Sunrise Winter Australia by Craig White (AUS)

Bridgetown, South-Western Australia, Australia

Autumn has come and gone in South-Western Australia. We have had some wonderful weather, leaves falling and chilly evenings. Today marks the official beginning of Winter 2015. I woke this morning to a red glow on the interior walls of my house and wondered what was treating it. Looking outside to the east, I saw this scene, had to grab the camera, make a memory for myself, and for those who were sleeping in. It made me feel warm and alive, and of the beauty that nature makes for us.

Welcome to Winter 2015 by Craig White AUS

Welcome to Winter 2015 by Craig White AUS

Posted on 2015-06-01

Autumn has come and gone in South-Western Australia. We have had some wonderful weather, leaves falling and chilly evenings. Today marks the official beginning of Winter 2015. I woke this morning to a red glow on the interior walls of my house and wondered what was treating it. Looking outside to the east, I saw this scene, had to grab the camera, make a memory for myself, and for those who were sleeping in. It made me feel warm and alive, and of the beauty that nature makes for us.

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Hutt Lagoon

Western Australia, Australia

Hutt Lagoon, near Kalbarri in Western Australia, is also known as the Pink Lake. Like many of its kind in our state, its pink hue is created by bacteria (dunaliella salina), which becomes trapped in the salt granules

there are two types of algae present in the lake that produce a reddish-orange organic pigment called Beta-Carotene, that is used commercially as a coloring pigment in food and medicines. It is the worlds largest system of algae farms dedicated to the production of this pigment

Hutt Lagoon by Darkelf Photography

Hutt Lagoon by Darkelf Photography

Posted on 2015-03-21

Hutt Lagoon, near Kalbarri in Western Australia, is also known as the Pink Lake. Like many of its kind in our state, its pink hue is created by bacteria (dunaliella salina), which becomes trapped in the salt granules

there are two types of algae present in the lake that produce a reddish-orange organic pigment called Beta-Carotene, that is used commercially as a coloring pigment in food and medicines. It is the worlds largest system of algae farms dedicated to the production of this pigment

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Young Socceroo fan with banner at Asian Cup Final.

Australia

A proud young Socceroos fan at the Asian Cup Final. It was an intense game for supporters with a brave South Korea netting a late equaliser with only seconds to go before full-time. Australia went on to win 2-1 in extra time.

Asian Cup Australia 2015 - part 11 by Stephen

Asian Cup Australia 2015 - part 11 by Stephen

Posted on 2015-02-04

A proud young Socceroos fan at the Asian Cup Final. It was an intense game for supporters with a brave South Korea netting a late equaliser with only seconds to go before full-time. Australia went on to win 2-1 in extra time.

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illumination

Sydney, Australia

During the Sydney Vivid Festival of Light...

it was only a short trip and the only day we had there was threatening to be a write off with showers and wind, however when the evening approached the weather cleared and we were able to enjoy the viewing of illuminations around Sydney...

i chose this photo of the Opera House because of the strong light beams that were illuminating the famous "sails"...

illumination by Darkelf Photography

illumination by Darkelf Photography

Posted on 2015-01-10

During the Sydney Vivid Festival of Light...

it was only a short trip and the only day we had there was threatening to be a write off with showers and wind, however when the evening approached the weather cleared and we were able to enjoy the viewing of illuminations around Sydney...

i chose this photo of the Opera House because of the strong light beams that were illuminating the famous "sails"...

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Tekapo Lupines

Perth, Australia

Continuing with the lovely morning at Lake Tekapo in New Zealand back in the Spring of 2013...

a bonus at that time was that the beautiful lupines just started to bloom and provided colours that complimented the dawn mood and light very nicely... not all of them were blooming just yet and i needed to walk around to find a composition that would work for me...

i hope you like the result...

Tekapo Lupines by Darkelf Photography

Tekapo Lupines by Darkelf Photography

Posted on 2014-07-03

Continuing with the lovely morning at Lake Tekapo in New Zealand back in the Spring of 2013...

a bonus at that time was that the beautiful lupines just started to bloom and provided colours that complimented the dawn mood and light very nicely... not all of them were blooming just yet and i needed to walk around to find a composition that would work for me...

i hope you like the result...

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Dancing in street at Lyneham Party at the Shops

Canberra, Australia

I hope you have your dancing shoes on! As you can see, the band plays on and people are up and dancing at the Lyneham Party at the Shops.

Street party - part 2 by Stephen

Street party - part 2 by Stephen

Posted on 2014-05-21

I hope you have your dancing shoes on! As you can see, the band plays on and people are up and dancing at the Lyneham Party at the Shops.

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Time trial event at Collector Pumpkin Festival

Canberra, Australia

I am at the annual Collector Pumpkin Festival. Here, there is a prize for the fastest pumpkin as well as the largest! In this shot, you see a very determined wheelbarrow racer in the time trial event.

At harvest time, the village of Collector is famous for its pumpkin growing contest and novelty events. And of course you can always look forward to hot pumpkin soup on a cold autumn day.

Pumpkin race by Stephen

Pumpkin race by Stephen

Posted on 2014-05-14

I am at the annual Collector Pumpkin Festival. Here, there is a prize for the fastest pumpkin as well as the largest! In this shot, you see a very determined wheelbarrow racer in the time trial event.

At harvest time, the village of Collector is famous for its pumpkin growing contest and novelty events. And of course you can always look forward to hot pumpkin soup on a cold autumn day.

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a dark touch of history

Perth, Australia

You can see the remains of the main prison building on the left and how it fits with this rather picturesque location...

The dark past of Port Arthur is not only the convict history, it is also where Australia's worst post-colonial mass murder took place on 28 April 1996... the subsequently convicted perpetrator murdered thirty five people and wounded twenty five more before being captured... this event led to a national ban on semi-automatic shotguns and rifles...

a dark touch of history by Darkelf Photography

a dark touch of history by Darkelf Photography

Posted on 2014-03-03

You can see the remains of the main prison building on the left and how it fits with this rather picturesque location...

The dark past of Port Arthur is not only the convict history, it is also where Australia's worst post-colonial mass murder took place on 28 April 1996... the subsequently convicted perpetrator murdered thirty five people and wounded twenty five more before being captured... this event led to a national ban on semi-automatic shotguns and rifles...

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Street art in laneway at the Ainslie Shops

Canberra, Australia

Cool street art in a laneway behind the Ainslie Shops. I grew up in this area and currently live not far away. Canberra draws much of its character from its suburban shops. Ainslie has one of the oldest neighbourhood centres. The idea of a local community focus is still crucial to the planning of our suburbs. You will often find shopfronts facing or surrounding a small plaza area with shade trees and public art. Places such as Ainslie typically offer a small supermarket, café, and restaurant.

Down memory lane by Stephen

Down memory lane by Stephen

Posted on 2014-02-27

Cool street art in a laneway behind the Ainslie Shops. I grew up in this area and currently live not far away. Canberra draws much of its character from its suburban shops. Ainslie has one of the oldest neighbourhood centres. The idea of a local community focus is still crucial to the planning of our suburbs. You will often find shopfronts facing or surrounding a small plaza area with shade trees and public art. Places such as Ainslie typically offer a small supermarket, café, and restaurant.

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