Boats at dusk – Town of 1770, Queensland.

Boats at rest during a tranquil sunset on Round Hill Creek – the Town of 1770, Queensland.

Seventeen Seventy 2AM-009255 ©Andrew McInnes

Seventeen Seventy 2AM-009260 ©Andrew McInnes

Seventeen Seventy 2AM-009401 ©Andrew McInnes

Seventeen Seventy 2AM-009545 ©Andrew McInnes

Seventeen Seventy 2AM-009552 ©Andrew McInnes

Seventeen Seventy 2AM-009556 ©Andrew McInnes

Seventeen Seventy 2AM-009571 ©Andrew McInnes

Cheers 🙂

Black Swans and Fishermen greet a golden dawn – Pumicestone Passage, Caloundra, QLD.

A pair of Black Swans (Cygnus stratus) greet the dawn over Bribie Island and Pumicestone Passage, as seen from Golden Beach, Caloundra.

Golden Beach 2AM-003674 ©Andrew McInnes. All Rights Reserved.

Oh to be boating (and fishing) on a tranquil summer morning such as this.

Pumicestone Passage 2AM-008338 ©Andrew McInnes. All Rights Reserved.

 

Cheers, 🙂

A few quick photo shoots in Halifax and surrounds – Nova Scotia, Canada.

I recently undertook an express visit with my wife to visit friends who were staying in Halifax for a period. I only managed to get out and photograph on a few occasions but was enamored of the area. Magnificent vistas, abundant maritime history, so ripe with scenery and scenes; I would have thoroughly enjoyed more time exploring and photographing. Nevertheless, here is a sampling of images from the very few times I was able to go walkabout. I hope you enjoy!

This is the first image I captured  – I love the posture, gait, and apparent enthusiasm of the youngster; the dog’s tail; and the fact that the father had a bright red sweater on (excellent for ‘pop’ of people out in nature).

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Halifax 2AM-000802
Canon 7D with Canon 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L lens. f4.5 for 1/800 second at ISO 800.
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A chicane of sorts …

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Halifax 2AM-000834
Canon 7D with Canon 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L lens. f5.6 for 1/2000 second at ISO 800.
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Although we witnessed some glorious fall color, it was the same old situation of “you should have seen it last week!” 🙂
the next two images include a birch tree – the bark and patterning thereof fascinated me.

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Halifax 2AM-000851
Canon 7D with Canon 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L lens. f8 for 1/800 second at ISO 800.
© Andrew McInnes/2AM Photography. All Rights Reserved.

 

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Halifax 2AM-000860
Canon 7D with Canon 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L lens. f8 for 1/400 second at ISO 800.
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Definitely much color still available around the area, even if the leaves had fallen.

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Halifax 2AM-000887
Canon 5D Mark III with Canon 24-105mm f/4L lens. f4.5 for 1/1600 second at ISO 800.
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Early in our visit our hosts took me out for a brief but wonderful excursion to Herring Cove. Although very overcast and gloomy, the light was lovely for scenes that didn’t include much, if any, sky. After this mini-hike it was time for lunch so we stopped in at “Now We’re Cookin’!” where I had the superb gastronomic pleasure of a dozen perfectly fried and ultra-delicious “Digby Clams.”

Here are a series of images from the Herring Cove Provincial Park Reserve from that visit:

I call this image “The Admiral” – hopefully you can deduce why 🙂  I captured one of our hosts overlooking a temporarily tranquil Atlantic Ocean – it was a fleeting opportunity to get the shot, so I did not have time to adjust the camera settings, hence the very slow shutter speed for a hand held shot. Thankfully I managed to be stable enough for a sharp image.

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“The Admiral” – Herring Cove 2AM-000977
Canon 5D Mark III with Canon 24-105mm f/4L lens. f22 for 1/13 second at ISO 400.
© Andrew McInnes/2AM Photography. All Rights Reserved.

 

Early into the gorgeous walk I found this scene and liked the various elements so much – hence this image to capture it 🙂

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Herring Cove 2AM-000976
Canon 5D Mark III with Canon 24-105mm f/4L lens. f22 for 1/13 second at ISO 400.
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Loved these rosehip berries!

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Herring Cove 2AM-000982
Canon 5D Mark III with Canon 24-105mm f/4L lens. f4 for 1/100 second at ISO 400.
© Andrew McInnes/2AM Photography. All Rights Reserved.

 

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Herring Cove 2AM-001009
Canon 5D Mark III with Canon 24-105mm f/4L lens. f22 for 1/15 second at ISO 1000.
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Same general scene, different interpretation. My photographic mentor drummed into me to shoot and shoot and shoot a scene from numerous angles/interpretations, with a strict caveat that each composition/interpretation must be appealing to me, not just shooting a bunch and ‘hoping’ one of them will be ‘good’.

Herring Cove 2AM-001011

Herring Cove 2AM-001011
Canon 5D Mark III with Canon 24-105mm f/4L lens. f22 for 1/15 second at ISO 1000.
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A portion of the walking trail.

Herring Cove 2AM-001027

Herring Cove 2AM-001027
Canon 5D Mark III with Canon 24-105mm f/4L lens. f22 for 1/20 second at ISO 1000.
© Andrew McInnes/2AM Photography. All Rights Reserved.

 

More of the meandering walking trail and a very typical scene of this splendid coast.

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Herring Cove 2AM-001025
Canon 5D Mark III with Canon 24-105mm f/4L lens. f22 for 1/30 second at ISO 1000.
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’twas a very blustery gloomy day and the smart one here (that would be me 🙂 ) decides to take a multi-hour exploratory walk around the Halifax waterfront to take in some of the history of this place. When I say it was blustery, it was really blowing! There is a bit of a tale from my home country that goes something like this: “Tie a brick onto a long piece of line and hang it so that it is free to swing. If the brick/string is vertical, there isn’t enough wind to go sailing; If the brick/string are horizontal, then perhaps there is a little too much wind for a sail; Anywhere in between = just right for a sail.” Well, the brick would have been darn near horizontal whilst I wandered around that particular day 😉
This block and blue line appealed to me as they hung and swung, suspended above the dark cold water. Hope you enjoy it too.

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“Block and Blue” – Halifax 2AM-000914
Canon 5D Mark III with Canon 24-105mm f/4L lens. f8 for 1/160 second at ISO 800.
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I find the marine flora and fauna of cold water habitats fascinating, and Nova Scotia in early winter did not disappoint me.This image, and the mussel image following it, were taken on a bucking and rolling floating dock that was doing its non-level best to ensure that either I fell in the cold cold water, or dropped the camera into said water, or fail to get a sharp image of the subjects that were interesting me. I am very thankful that the 5D Mark III handles high ISO noise so bloody well!

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Halifax 2AM-000931
Canon 5D Mark III with Canon 24-105mm f/4L lens. f8 for 1/40 second at ISO 3200.
© Andrew McInnes/2AM Photography. All Rights Reserved.

 

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Halifax 2AM-000937
Canon 5D Mark III with Canon 24-105mm f/4L lens. f8 for 1/30 second at ISO 5000.
© Andrew McInnes/2AM Photography. All Rights Reserved.

 

Some scenes need capturing, despite the quality (or lack thereof) of available light; I thought this public art installation the Halifax Waterfront Boardwalk to be such a scene. This public art installation is a collaboration between Chris Hanson and Hendrika Sonnenberg. One of the lampposts (at rear in this image) is peeing in the ocean. The other two are on their way home after drinking too much – the closest has stumbled and fallen, the other is bending over to check if all is okay with the fallen one.

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“Drunken Street Lights” – Halifax 2AM-000946
Canon 5D Mark III with Canon 24-105mm f/4L lens. f8 for 1/30 second at ISO 5000.
© Andrew McInnes/2AM Photography. All Rights Reserved.

 

Boardwalk boards (and nails)

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Halifax 2AM-000958
Canon 5D Mark III with Canon 24-105mm f/4L lens. f4 for 1/100 second at ISO 500.
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Whilst she isn’t particularly old, this yacht is reminiscent of a time apparently long gone, when vessels actually had lovely lines! Plus, what’s not to like about bowsprits, jib-booms, bowlines, and vertically seamed sails with stitched lines along the leech?

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Halifax 2AM-000968
Canon 5D Mark III with Canon 24-105mm f/4L lens. f16 for 1/125 second at ISO 500.
© Andrew McInnes/2AM Photography. All Rights Reserved.

 

A new day, and, well, there were some trees still shedding their colorful leaves, and a stunningly sky, so why not?

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Halifax 2AM-001342
Canon 7D with Canon 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 lens. f8 for 1/3200 second at ISO 800.
© Andrew McInnes/2AM Photography. All Rights Reserved.

 

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Halifax 2AM-001400
Canon 7D with Canon 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 lens. f8 for 1/2500 second at ISO 800.
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Dusk was rapidly descending on a bloody chilly day when I happened upon this lovely little yawl at rest on its mooring in a secluded and tranquil inlet.

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Halifax 2AM-001083
Canon 5D Mark III with Canon 24-105mm f/4L lens. f22 for 1/10 second at ISO 200.
© Andrew McInnes/2AM Photography. All Rights Reserved.

 

Sometimes “hard to figure out at first” is intriguing – to me at least 🙂

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Halifax 2AM-001084
Canon 5D Mark III with Canon 24-105mm f/4L lens. f22 for 1/10 second at ISO 200.
© Andrew McInnes/2AM Photography. All Rights Reserved.

 

A revisit to Herring Cove because the light was “cleaner.”

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Herring Cove 2AM-001036
Canon 5D Mark III with Canon 24-105mm f/4L lens. f22 for 1/15 second at ISO 200.
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A little ‘overflow’ creek from Powers Pond to the Atlantic Ocean (via Herring Cove).

Herring Cove 2AM-001043

Herring Cove 2AM-001043
Canon 5D Mark III with Canon 24-105mm f/4L lens. f22 for 1/10 second at ISO 200.
© Andrew McInnes/2AM Photography. All Rights Reserved.

 

To me these next two images typify coastal fishing hamlets.

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Herring Cove 2AM-001038
Canon 5D Mark III with Canon 24-105mm f/4L lens. f22 for 1/20 second at ISO 200.
© Andrew McInnes/2AM Photography. All Rights Reserved.

 

To my eye, when strolling around town, this image was very appealing. Initial concerns about it being “too busy” rapidly dissipated – likely due to the location of the colored elements, the reflections, and the leading line of the dock. Perhaps I am mistaken?

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Herring Cove 2AM-001108
Canon 7D with Canon 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L lens. f16 for 1/250 second at ISO 200.
© Andrew McInnes/2AM Photography. All Rights Reserved.

 

Speaking of reflections… here are two more from the walking trail at Herring Cove Provincial Park Reserve.

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Herring Cove 2AM-001115
Canon 7D with Canon 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L lens. f16 for 1/60 second at ISO 200.
© Andrew McInnes/2AM Photography. All Rights Reserved.

 

A stunning blue sky, granite, and grass.

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Herring Cove 2AM-001062
Canon 5D Mark III with Canon 24-105mm f/4L lens. f22 for 1/25 second at ISO 200.
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My final image from Herring Cove showing one side of the entrance to Herring Cove; the great blue yonder is the fabled ornery Atlantic.

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Herring Cove 2AM-001066
Canon 5D Mark III with Canon 24-105mm f/4L lens. f22 for 1/30 second at ISO 200.
© Andrew McInnes/2AM Photography. All Rights Reserved.

 

On the coldest day of the winter thus far (it having snowed the first snow of the season the previous night), we ventured on a quick trip down to Peggy’s Cove – a gorgeous sunset, some ice in the rocky depressions of the granite headland, and it was blowing stink, and we were right on the edge of the Atlantic. Not blowing quite strong enough for there to be whitecaps in the toilet, but darn near!
The following images were all captured within roughly one hour, and again, I present 4 images with the lighthouse in it, each sufficiently appealing to me.

There were some strange light behavior happenings last evening during dusk at Peggy’s Cove – one with my lens glare (this image), the other some neat atmospherics (the next image).

Peggy's Cove 2AM-001471

Peggy’s Cove 2AM-001471
Canon 5D Mark III with Canon 24-105mm f/4L lens. f16 for 1/200 second at ISO 500.
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The three of us who were there together all were mesmerized by the vertical shaft of light – normally I expect to see crepuscular rays, but this instance had only the vertical element. As it was developing I was scampering around trying to find any element for foreground interest. “Beam me up” or  perhaps a 
“batman-like beam.” 😉

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Peggy’s Cove 2AM-001488
Canon 5D Mark III with Canon 24-105mm f/4L lens. f22 for 1.6 seconds at ISO 100.
© Andrew McInnes/2AM Photography. All Rights Reserved.

 

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Peggy’s Cove 2AM-001474
Canon 5D Mark III with Canon 24-105mm f/4L lens. f22 for 1/25 second at ISO 400.
© Andrew McInnes/2AM Photography. All Rights Reserved.

 

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Peggy’s Cove 2AM-001485
Canon 5D Mark III with Canon 24-105mm f/4L lens. f22 for 1/8 second at ISO 400.
© Andrew McInnes/2AM Photography. All Rights Reserved.

 

And to wrap up this visit to Halifax, Nova Scotia – Canada, here is a light-painting of the lighthouse at Peggy’s Cove – the primary purpose of the quick evening trip to Peggy’s Cove. I hope you enjoy this light-painting image – is was certainly the most difficult to make: my wife and our host said I looked a bit like a mountain goat running around over the rocks and boulders in the dark whilst painting the scene with my trusty Q-beam II Million power flashlight.

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A light-painting – Peggy’s Cove 2AM-001515
Canon 5D Mark III with Canon 24-105mm f/4L lens. f5.6 for 30 seconds at ISO 400.
© Andrew McInnes/2AM Photography. All Rights Reserved.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A few hours in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee.

On the first day that the National Parks were reopened to the citizens who own them, I drove to the Smoky Mountains to have a few hours in Cades Cove – a truly remarkable location, and a visit I highly recommend.

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I feel so very fortunate to see a family of American Black Bears up close and personal – sort of.

Peek-a-boo 🙂

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American Black Bear_2AM-000210
Canon 7D with Canon 100-400MM f/4.5-5.6L lens. f5.6 for 1/400 second at ISO 800 (handheld).
© Andrew McInnes/2AM Photography. All Rights Reserved.

 

Mama bear ascends. Such amazing claws/claw strength!

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American Black Bear_2AM-000214
Canon 7D with Canon 100-400MM f/4.5-5.6L lens. f5.6 for 1/400 second at ISO 800 (handheld).
© Andrew McInnes/2AM Photography. All Rights Reserved.

 

Unlike the assorted yahoo’s who observed the scene with me, I did not approach and stand under the tree!

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American Black Bear_2AM-000371
Canon 7D with Canon 100-400MM f/4.5-5.6L lens. f5.6 for 1/125 second at ISO 1000 (handheld).
© Andrew McInnes/2AM Photography. All Rights Reserved.

 

The fog was very thick when I first arrived. This scene/habitat is very similar to that where I observed the bears.

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Cades Cove_2AM-000546
Canon 5D Mark III with Canon 24-105MM f/4L lens. f22 for 1/5 second at ISO 200.
© Andrew McInnes/2AM Photography. All Rights Reserved.

 

Morning light flashes the prairie through the fog.

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Cades Cove_2AM-000553
Canon 5D Mark III with Canon 24-105MM f/4L lens. f22 for 1/8 second at ISO 200.
© Andrew McInnes/2AM Photography. All Rights Reserved.

 

This is not a monochrome/black-and-white treatment. Rather, the fog and rain and mist altered the light to what you see here.

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Great Smoky Mountains_2AM-000528
Canon 7D with Canon 100-400MM f/4.5-5.6L lens. f22 for 1/13 second at ISO 500.
© Andrew McInnes/2AM Photography. All Rights Reserved.

 

The lovely winding road that leads to Cades Cove follows a stream for a good portion, and this lone tunnel is always intriguing to me. I stopped to take this image on my way out – the fall leaves are beginning to turn on  a show right now!

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Great Smoky Mountains_2AM-000079
Canon 5D Mark III with Canon 24-105MM f/4L lens. f22 for 6 seconds at ISO 800.
© Andrew McInnes/2AM Photography. All Rights Reserved.

 

 

These images are a mere sampling of the wondrous place that is the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. For more of my images of the park, swing over to some of my earlier/archived posts:

https://2amphotography.wordpress.com/2012/01/05/a-bloody-cold-shoot-in-the-mountains/
https://2amphotography.wordpress.com/2011/08/30/serenity-in-the-great-smoky-mountains-national-park/

 

Cheers,

Andrew

 

 

 

 

Margaret River Region – Australia’s South West

A region of diversity famous for its premium wines and stunning wineries, picturesque rural vistas, stunning forests, spectacular coast with both tranquil beaches and world-class surfing, plus fantastic views and proximity to the southward migration of humpback and other whales. Welcome to the Margaret River Region of Australia’s South West.

 

This is Canal Rocks under heavy swell.

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Canal Rocks 2AM-113306
Canon 7D with Canon 24-105mm f/4L lens. f20 for 1/2 second at ISO 100.
© Andrew and Allison McInnes/2AM Photography. All rights reserved.

 

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Canal Rocks 2AM-113270
Canon 7D with Canon 24-105mm f/4L lens. f20 for 0.3 second at ISO 100.
© Andrew and Allison McInnes/2AM Photography. All rights reserved.

 

A lovely “chute” with abundant epiphytes – an offshoot of the “canal”.

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Canal Rocks 2AM-113689
Canon 7D with Canon 24-105mm f/4L lens. f20 for 1/40 second at ISO 200.
© Andrew and Allison McInnes/2AM Photography. All rights reserved.

 

The view as you descend to Canal Rocks.

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Canal Rocks 2AM-113217
Canon 7D with Canon 24-105mm f/4L lens. f8 for 1/160 second at ISO 250.
© Andrew and Allison McInnes/2AM Photography. All rights reserved.

 

A lovely drive through a karri forest.

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Karri Forest 2AM-113017
Canon 7D with Canon 24-105mm f/4L lens. f11 for 1/15 second at ISO 100.
© Andrew and Allison McInnes/2AM Photography. All rights reserved.

 

Boranup Karri Forest.

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Boranup Karri Forest 2AM-111945
Canon 7D with Canon 24-105mm f/4L lens. f9 for 1/30 second at ISO 200.
© Andrew and Allison McInnes/2AM Photography. All rights reserved.

 

The now ruined Hamelin Bay Jetty was built in 1882 to service the local timber mills.

Hamelin Bay 2AM-113078_7D

Hamelin Bay 2AM-113078
Canon 7D with Canon 24-105mm f/4L lens. f5.5 for 1/1000 seconds at ISO 200.
© Andrew and Allison McInnes/2AM Photography. All rights reserved.

 

Proximal to the jetty ruins is a small public boat ramp.

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Hamelin Bay 2AM-113093
Canon 7D with Canon 24-105mm f/4L lens. f11 for 1/200 second at ISO 200.
© Andrew and Allison McInnes/2AM Photography. All rights reserved.

 

This is the other portion of Hamelin Bay.

Hamelin Bay 2AM-113080_7D

Hamelin Bay 2AM-113080
Canon 7D with Canon 24-105mm f/4L lens. f11 for 1/320 second at ISO 200.
© Andrew and Allison McInnes/2AM Photography. All rights reserved.

 

If you are lucky (and perhaps brave), you might be fortunate enough to have the local stingrays pay you a visit – as they did here to my lovely wife. Although massive, these are “gentle” creatures – the worst you may experience is them nom-nomming (chewing) on your toes 🙂

Smooth Stingray - Hamelin Bay 2AM-113560_7D

Smooth Stingray – Hamelin Bay 2AM-113560
Canon 7D with Canon 24-105mm f/4L lens. f8 for 1/200 second at ISO 500.
© Andrew and Allison McInnes/2AM Photography. All rights reserved.

 

The “business end” of a massive ray (and another coming in from the back).

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Smooth Stingray – Hamelin Bay 2AM-113530
Canon 7D with Canon 24-105mm f/4L lens. f8 for 1/320 second at ISO 500.
© Andrew and Allison McInnes/2AM Photography. All rights reserved.

 

Sugarloaf Rock, Cape Naturaliste.

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Sugarloaf Rock 2AM-113201
Canon 7D with Canon 24-105mm f/4L lens. f8 for 1/100 second at ISO 800.
© Andrew and Allison McInnes/2AM Photography. All rights reserved.

 

Injidup Point, not far from the mouth of the Margaret River.

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Injidup Point 2AM-113094
Canon 7D with Canon 24-105mm f/4L lens. f11 for 1/125 second at ISO 200.
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Injidup Point.

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Injidup Point 2AM-113109
Canon 7D with Canon 24-105mm f/4L lens. f11 for 1/400 second at ISO 250.
© Andrew and Allison McInnes/2AM Photography. All rights reserved.

 

Dune and clouds at Moses Rocks.

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Moses Rocks Beach 2AM-113336
Canon 7D with Canon 24-105mm f/4L lens. f11 for 1/100 second at ISO 100.
© Andrew and Allison McInnes/2AM Photography. All rights reserved.

 

Yallingup, a world famous surf-break which was quite that day, at dusk just before we nestled among the boulders to enjoy a quite beverage and hors d’oeuvres – magical.

Yallingup 2AM-111960_7D

Yallingup 2AM-111960
Canon 7D with Canon 24-105mm f/4L lens. f11 for 1/20 second at ISO 250.
© Andrew and Allison McInnes/2AM Photography. All rights reserved.

 

A little color and softness among the colorful rocks at Yallingup.

Yallingup 2AM-111964_7D

Yallingup 2AM-111964
Canon 7D with Canon 24-105mm f/4L lens. f11 for 1/5 second at ISO 250.
© Andrew and Allison McInnes/2AM Photography. All rights reserved.

 

Meelup Beach, a glorious place to take a dip.

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Meelup Beach 2AM-113746
Canon 7D with Canon 24-105mm f/4L lens. f11 for 1/30 second at ISO 100.
© Andrew and Allison McInnes/2AM Photography. All rights reserved.

 

Picnic table with a view – Meelup Beach.

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Meelup Beach 2AM-113737
Canon 7D with Canon 24-105mm f/4L lens. f11 for 1/20 second at ISO 100.
© Andrew and Allison McInnes/2AM Photography. All rights reserved.

 

Castle Rock, just around the point from Meelup Beach. Climbing the point nearby allows for unfettered views of Geographe Bay and the Indian Ocean.

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Castle Rock 2AM-113118
Canon 7D with Canon 24-105mm f/4L lens. f11 for 1/200 seconds at ISO 250.
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Same feature, different view/feel.

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Castle Rock 2AM-113120
Canon 7D with Canon 24-105mm f/4L lens. f11 for 1/200 seconds at ISO 250.
© Andrew and Allison McInnes/2AM Photography. All rights reserved.

 

A ketch at anchor in the tranquility afforded by Geographe Bay – viewed from “whale lookout” at Castle Rock.

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Castle Rock 2AM-113351
Canon 7D with Canon 24-105mm f/4L lens. f16 for 1/80 second at ISO 250.
© Andrew and Allison McInnes/2AM Photography. All rights reserved.

 

This lovely tranquil beach with its clear and clean water also has portions dotted with boulders, some of which are partially submerged.

Castle Rock 2AM-113126_7D

Castle Rock 2AM-113126
Canon 7D with Canon 24-105mm f/4L lens. f11 for 1/100 second at ISO 250.
© Andrew and Allison McInnes/2AM Photography. All rights reserved.

 

More rocks, first by daylight, then after dusk – with light added by flashlight.

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Castle Rock 2AM-113366
Canon 7D with Canon 24-105mm f/4L lens. f11 for 1/60 second at ISO 250.
© Andrew and Allison McInnes/2AM Photography. All rights reserved.

 

Hues of blue – a light-painting.

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Castle Rock 2AM-113415
Canon 7D with Canon 24-105mm f/4L lens. f8 for 20 seconds at ISO 100 – a light-painting.
© Andrew and Allison McInnes/2AM Photography. All rights reserved.

 

Dusk at Castle Rock.

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Castle Rock 2AM-113172
Canon 7D with Canon 24-105mm f/4L lens. f22 for 13 seconds at ISO 100.
© Andrew and Allison McInnes/2AM Photography. All rights reserved.

 

Ah, the primary image I originally went to Castle Rock for: A light painting with stars and meteorite.
I had to rock-hop in a mad dash once I set the self timer for the exposure in order to position myself such that the shadows/light source were creating the feel I wanted. Thankfully no falls or broken ankles!

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Castle Rock 2AM-113197
Canon 7D with Canon 24-105mm f/4L lens. f4.5 for 30 seconds at ISO 3200.
© Andrew and Allison McInnes/2AM Photography. All rights reserved.

 

 

 

 

 

Southern Forests Region – Australia’s South West

A scenic 36 hours spent in and around magnificent karri, marri and tingle forests (including the “Valley of the Giants”), undulating terrain sliced by numerous rivers and streams, fertile orchards and vineyards, all edged by dramatic cliffs, estuaries, and beaches along the Southern Ocean – welcome to the Southern Forests Region of Australia’s South West.

 

Here are three images from Fernhook Falls on the Deep River.

Fernhook Falls 2AM-112804_7D

Fernhook Falls 2AM-112804
Canon 7D with Canon 24-105mm f/4 lens.
© Andrew and Allison McInnes/2AM Photography. All rights reserved.

 

Fernhook Falls 2AM-112855_7D

Fernhook Falls 2AM-112855
Canon 7D with Canon 24-105mm f/4 lens.
© Andrew and Allison McInnes/2AM Photography. All rights reserved.

 

Fernhook Falls 2AM-112874_7D

Fernhook Falls 2AM-112874
Canon 7D with Canon 24-105mm f/4 lens.
© Andrew and Allison McInnes/2AM Photography. All rights reserved.

 

Among the forest under-story these “flowers” really “Popped”.

Flowers 2AM-112716_7D

Flowers 2AM-112716
Canon 7D with Canon 24-105mm f/4 lens.
© Andrew and Allison McInnes/2AM Photography. All rights reserved.

 

Color and lushness were pleasant surprises far below the forest canopy.

Flowers 2AM-112717_7D

Flowers 2AM-112717
Canon 7D with Canon 24-105mm f/4 lens.
© Andrew and Allison McInnes/2AM Photography. All rights reserved.

 

An early morning bath in renewing rain and nourishing light greet the forest, including a youngish Karri tree.

Karri Tree 2AM-112698_7D

Karri Tree 2AM-112698
Canon 7D with Canon 24-105mm f/4 lens.
© Andrew and Allison McInnes/2AM Photography. All rights reserved.

 

This walkway allowed for magical, if wobbly views of Beedalup Falls near Pemberton.

Beedelup Falls - Pemberton 2AM-113050_7D

Beedelup Falls 2AM-113050
Canon 7D with Canon 24-105mm f/4 lens.
© Andrew and Allison McInnes/2AM Photography. All rights reserved.

 

Beedelup Falls - Pemberton 2AM-113039_7D

Beedelup Falls 2AM-113039
Canon 7D with Canon 24-105mm f/4 lens.
© Andrew and Allison McInnes/2AM Photography. All rights reserved.

 

A grand old Tingle Tree (a so-called Giant Tingle Tree) in the Walpole Wilderness Area. This tree has a circumference of almost 25 meters and is thought to be the oldest living eucalypt in the world. The heartwood has been ravaged by numerous fires yet the tree survives because the “living and growing parts” (xylem and phloem) and located just under the bark.

Tingle Tree - Walpole Wilderness Area 2AM-112769_7D

Tingle Tree 2AM-112769
Canon 7D with Canon 24-105mm f/4 lens.
© Andrew and Allison McInnes/2AM Photography. All rights reserved.

 

An exposed portion of roots from the Giant Tingle Tree – resilience and form.

Tingle Tree - Walpole Wilderness Area 2AM-112772_7D

Tingle Tree 2AM-112772
Canon 7D with Canon 24-105mm f/4 lens.
© Andrew and Allison McInnes/2AM Photography. All rights reserved.

 

Nearby, a fern seeks the light after establishing itself in the decaying hulk of an old tingle tree – decomposition and succession at work!

Tingle Tree - Walpole Wilderness Area 2AM-112739_7D

Tingle Tree 2AM-112739
Canon 7D with Canon 24-105mm f/4 lens.
© Andrew and Allison McInnes/2AM Photography. All rights reserved.

 

When stirred up by pulses in river flow, Saponin – a leachate type product from plants breaking down in the water – causes a frothy, often cappuccino-like surface in Circular Pool. The pool’s name refers not to the shape – rather, it is for the currents and resultant eddies (circular flow) which create a myriad of patterns such as this, ephemeral as this pattern is as it is continually morphing.

Circular Pool 2AM-30266_30D

Circular Pool 2AM-30266
Canon 30D with Canon 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L lens.
© Andrew and Allison McInnes/2AM Photography. All rights reserved.

 

The Cascades section of Lefroy Brook also contains serene little embayments where the water is calm, such as this little spot.

The Cascades - Lefroy Brook 2AM-112923_7D

The Cascades – Lefroy Brook 2AM-112923
Canon 7D with Canon 24-105mm f/4 lens.
© Andrew and Allison McInnes/2AM Photography. All rights reserved.

 

Segue (of sorts)…

This is a Spotted Pardalote, a tiny and at this time of year very industrious “little colorful job.” I was enthralled for a considerable time as I enjoyed several of these birds gathering their nesting material alongside the Warren River, near Pemberton.

Spotted Pardalote 2AM-30289_30D

Spotted Pardalote 2AM-30289
Canon 30D with Canon 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L lens.
© Andrew and Allison McInnes/2AM Photography. All rights reserved.

 

Dawn and fog caress the Warren River and surrounding forest – near Pemberton.

Warren River 2AM-112953_7D

Warren River 2AM-112953
Canon 7D with Canon 24-105mm f/4 lens.
© Andrew and Allison McInnes/2AM Photography. All rights reserved.

 

Warren River 2AM-112942_7D

Warren River 2AM-112942
Canon 7D with Canon 24-105mm f/4 lens.
© Andrew and Allison McInnes/2AM Photography. All rights reserved.

 

Warren River 2AM-112983_7D

Warren River 2AM-112983
Canon 7D with Canon 24-105mm f/4 lens.
© Andrew and Allison McInnes/2AM Photography. All rights reserved.

 

Warren River 2AM-113012_7D

Warren River 2AM-113012
Canon 7D with Canon 24-105mm f/4 lens.
© Andrew and Allison McInnes/2AM Photography. All rights reserved.

 

Warren River 2AM-112955_7D

Warren River 2AM-112955
Canon 7D with Canon 24-105mm f/4 lens.
© Andrew and Allison McInnes/2AM Photography. All rights reserved.

 

Warren River 2AM-112934_7D

Warren River 2AM-112934
Canon 7D with Canon 24-105mm f/4 lens.
© Andrew and Allison McInnes/2AM Photography. All rights reserved.

 

Warren River 2AM-112995_7D

Warren River 2AM-112995
Canon 7D with Canon 24-105mm f/4 lens.
© Andrew and Allison McInnes/2AM Photography. All rights reserved.

 

The coast, an innate yearning for most Australians. A rainy dawn at Nornalup Inlet, near Walpole, where estuary becomes ocean. 

Nornalup Inlet Mouth 2AM-112671_7D

Nornalup Inlet Mouth 2AM-112671
Canon 7D with Canon 24-105mm f/4 lens.
© Andrew and Allison McInnes/2AM Photography. All rights reserved.

 

Nornalup Inlet Mouth 2AM-112675_7D

Nornalup Inlet Mouth 2AM-112675
Canon 7D with Canon 24-105mm f/4 lens.
© Andrew and Allison McInnes/2AM Photography. All rights reserved.

 

My final two photo-blogs from this trip to Western Australia will be images from Fremantle and the Margaret River Region. I hope you enjoy my existing photo’s and will visit the new posts when they occur.