A quick (2 nights) visit to Fraser Island, Queensland.

“Fraser” is the largest sand island in the world, is fascinating in its diversity, and absolutely stunning. I recently spent two nights on family vacation on the splendid Fraser Island, Queensland. As it was a family holiday, these were opportunistic photos and as such do not represent the vast diversity of habitats and scenery.


This is Lake McKenzie – a beautiful spot to have a freshwater swim.

Fraser Island 2AM-005282 ©Andrew McInnes

 

The view back as you approach Lake Wabby.

Fraser Island 2AM-005283 ©Andrew McInnes

 

The view up the sand dune from Lake Wabby.

Fraser Island 2AM 5293-5294 stitch ©Andrew McInnes

 

Sunrise ocean motion.

Fraser Island 2AM-005313 ©Andrew McInnes

 

Stranded jellyfish.

Fraser Island 2AM-005316 ©Andrew McInnes

 

Tempestuous sunrise.

Fraser Island 2AM 5342-5344 HDR ©Andrew McInnes

 

Ocean approachin’.

Fraser Island 2AM-005349 ©Andrew McInnes

 

Stranded jellyfish again.

Fraser Island 2AM-005353 ©Andrew McInnes

 

Beach Spinifex (Spinifex sericeus) in front of  She-oaks (Allocasuarina and Casuarina spp.).

Fraser Island 2AM-005360 ©Andrew McInnes

 

Beach Spinifex (Spinifex sericeus).

Fraser Island 2AM-005361 ©Andrew McInnes

 

Beach Highway.

Fraser Island 2AM-005364 ©Andrew McInnes

 

Goats-foot Convolvulus (Ipomea pescaprae subsp. brasiliensis) and Beach Spinifex (Spinifex sericeus).

Fraser Island 2AM-005375 ©Andrew McInnes

 

Beach airstrip.

Fraser Island 2AM-005384 ©Andrew McInnes

 

North view from Indian Head.

Fraser Island 2AM 5406-5413 stitch ©Andrew McInnes

 

South view from Indian Head.

Fraser Island 2AM-005417 ©Andrew McInnes

 

The beautiful Pacific Ocean as it meets the beach next to Indian Head.

Fraser Island 2AM-005419 ©Andrew McInnes

 

4WD’s from Indian Head.

Fraser Island 2AM-005420 ©Andrew McInnes

 

Contemplation on Indian Head.

Fraser Island 2AM-005425 ©Andrew McInnes

 

A very busy day at the famed Champagne Pools.

Fraser Island 2AM-5440-5443 stitch ©Andrew McInnes

 

Cruising down Eli Creek.

Fraser Island 2AM-005448
©Andrew McInnes

 

Cheers 🙂

Posting #12 of my road trip from Fremantle to Kununurra, Western Australia.

The 12th and final posting of my trip up to Kununurra and back!
This is a small collection of images from a brief detour to visit the wonderful Tunnel Creek National Park.

The view as you near Tunnel Creek along Leopold Downs Road. This is part of the Napier Range: Devonian reef from 350 – 375 million years ago.

Devonian Reef 2AM-003686. ©2014 Andrew McInnes.

Devonian Reef 2AM-003682. ©2014 Andrew McInnes.

Underneath the bluff in the following picture is ‘Tunnel Creek’ – a 750 meter erosion tunnel through the Napier Range, eroded by a creek. The tunnel is purported to be the oldest cave system in Western Australia!

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Tunnel Creek National Park 2AM-003691. ©2014 Andrew McInnes.

This is a day-use park only; this is my trusty 1984 Toyota Hilux in the parking area – only a very short hike to the cave entrance.

Tunnel Creek National Park 2AM-003689. ©2014 Andrew McInnes.

Along the trail to the cave entrance…

Tunnel Creek National Park 2AM-003700. ©2014 Andrew McInnes.

Inside Tunnel Creek, looking back toward the entrance…

Tunnel Creek National Park 2AM-003765. ©2014 Andrew McInnes.

Looking deeper into Tunnel Creek – follow it to the right 😉

Tunnel Creek National Park 2AM-003772. ©2014 Andrew McInnes.

Tunnel Creek National Park 2AM-003774. ©2014 Andrew McInnes.

 

That’s it for now. Until next time, thanks for visiting.

 

 

 

 

Posting #10 of my road trip from Fremantle to Kununurra, Western Australia.

A collection of images from Lake Kununurra, Lily Creek Lagoon, Ivanhoe Crossing, and the iconic Cockburn Ranges – all proximal to Kununurra, Western Australia.

A delightful boat ride up Lake Kununurra – the dog enjoyed the trip, especially the breeze in its face.

Lake Kununurra 2AM-003377. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

Lake Kununurra 2AM-003403. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

Lake Kununurra 2AM-003421. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

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Lake Kununurra 2AM-003422. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

A couple of the numerous and delightful inlets along the way.

Lake Kununurra 2AM-003425. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

Lake Kununurra 2AM-003435. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

The exposed geology is fascinating and stunning.

Lake Kununurra 2AM-003437. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

The Kimberley region has numerous sites with indigenous rock art; this particular location is very near to Kununurra.

Aboriginal Rock Art 2AM-003475. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

Aboriginal Rock Art 2AM-003480. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

Aboriginal Rock Art 2AM-003483. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

Aboriginal Rock Art 2AM-003485. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

Aboriginal Rock Art 2AM-003487. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

The view from the boat ramp on Lily Creek where we began and concluded this trip up Lake Kununurra.

Lily Creek Lagoon 2AM-003504. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

Lily Creek Lagoon with ‘Sleeping Buddha’ in the background.

Lily Creek Lagoon 2AM-003502. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

Off on a road trip now, just outside of Kununurra…

Highway Outcrop 2AM-003088. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

Highway Outcrop 2AM-003079-003082 panorama © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

A couple of images of vehicles crossing a small creek on El Questro where we stopped off for a refreshing dip (swim).

El Questro 2AM-003308. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

El Questro 2AM-003319. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

Not far past El Questro, on the famed Gibb River Road, is the Cockburn Range which is adjacent to the iconic Pentecost River but the river was flowing too much for us to make a crossing. There was an unfortunate couple stranded during their attempt at crossing – their front axle fell into a deeply eroded hole resulting in a cracked oil-pan or something similar, necessitating a tow out of these croc-infested waters.

Cockburn Ranges 2AM-003366-003368 panorama. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

Having captured this late-afternoon image of a man fishing for barramundi with a live bait on a hand line at the fast-flowing Ivanhoe Crossing, Kununurra, I moved on to shoot other nearby compositions. This area is accessible for the numerous salties of the Ord River and is also thick with barramundi. Soon after I moved I saw this fisherman in a mighty tug-of-war battle that, with the aid of the deep and rapidly flowing water, soon had him precariously close to taking an involuntary bath! Ultimately he was saved the ignominy as his large gauge hook was straightened, thus losing whatever was on the end of the line!
The Ivanhoe Crossing is no longer open to vehicles.

Ivanhoe Crossing 2AM-003178. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

 

The next blog posting will contain images from Marlgu Billabong and Wyndham.
Until then, cheers.

 

 

Experimenting with steel-wool in photography – plus a Jeep Wrangler.

Last weekend I went with a mate to San Luis Pass, Galveston, Texas to experiment with molten steel as an element/feature in photo’s, and ended up combining formed steel in the image too 🙂

We had a blast experimenting with this – thanks to Jeremy Caton for his self-sacrificing work “spinning the fire” (his hands are all torn up from the rotating cable – there will be gloves next time). NOTE: The use of this steel-wool technique requires locations that will not be conducive to ignition and subsequent fire!

As this was the first time either of us had tried this technique I have included the initial “practice” images – practice for Jeremy with the steel-wool, and practice for me as I figured the required metering for this molten steel. The final image is the result of the shoot.

 

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Steel-wool experiments 2AM-116079
Canon 7D with Canon 24-105mm f/4L lens. f22 for 5 seconds at ISO 100.
Copyright © Andrew McInnes/2AM Photography. All rights reserved.

 

Steel-wool experiments 2AM-116083_7D

Steel-wool experiments 2AM-116083
Canon 7D with Canon 24-105mm f/4L lens. f11 for 13 seconds at ISO 100.
Copyright © Andrew McInnes/2AM Photography. All rights reserved.

 

Steel-wool experiments 2AM-116091_7D

Steel-wool experiments 2AM-116091
Canon 7D with Canon 24-105mm f/4L lens. f8 for 30 seconds at ISO 400.
Copyright © Andrew McInnes/2AM Photography. All rights reserved.

 

 

Jeep-Wrangler-and-Steel-wool-2AM-116085-1106087_stacked

Jeep-Wrangler-and-Steel-wool-2AM-116085-1106087
Three image stack.
Canon 7D with Canon 24-105mm f/4L lens. ISO 400.
Copyright © Andrew McInnes/2AM Photography. All rights reserved.