Day 8 – Fiordland and Cascade Creek, New Zealand – December 2015

Ah, to have more time to explore and be awed by Fiordland National Park! And a revisit in late winter/early spring is in order too.
We ventured along the Te Anau – Milford Highway, to hike the Key Summit, a day-hike portion of the Routeburn Track, beginning at The Divide. Spectacular!

Here is a portion of the view from the end of Key Summit.

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Routeburn Track 2AM 0796-0800 panorama. ©Andrew McInnes

 

Hiking (“tramping” in NZ) up to Key Summit.

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Routeburn Track 2AM-000788. ©Andrew McInnes

 

A loo with a view – sort of.

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Routeburn Track 2AM-000814. ©Andrew McInnes

 

Driving into Fiordland National Park in the morning we noticed a field of lupins and thought that it would be worth a look on the way out that evening. What a beautiful scene it turned out to be!

This is Cascade Creek, along the Te Anau-Milford Hwy.

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Cascade Creek 2AM 0827-0832 Panorama. ©Andrew McInnes

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Cascade Creek 2AM 0842-0843 panorama. ©Andrew McInnes

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Cascade Creek 2AM-000819. ©Andrew McInnes

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Cascade Creek 2AM-000844. ©Andrew McInnes

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Cascade Creek 2AM-000863. ©Andrew McInnes

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Cascade Creek 2AM-000865. ©Andrew McInnes

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Cascade Creek 2AM-000889. ©Andrew McInnes

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Cascade Creek 2AM-000835. ©Andrew McInnes

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Cascade Creek 2AM-000818. ©Andrew McInnes

I hope you like lupins 😉
Thanks for viewing my images.

Cheers 🙂

Day 1: Rotorua, New Zealand – December 2015.

Oh, New Zealand – what a wonder you are! I was fortunate to take a family holiday over Christmas in New Zealand, and am very keen to return, next time for a designated photography trip.

This is the first posting of what will ultimately be a series of approximately ten posts, roughly one for each day of our holiday.

Day 1 – Rotorua area (North Island).
We visited the stunning and amazing Wai-O-Tapu (Sacred Waters) Thermal Area, and can wholeheartedly recommend including this on your itinerary. I have included images from the three primary attractions: the Geothermal Area, Lady Knox Geyser, and the Mud Pool.

I strongly encourage you to visit the Geothermal Area as soon as the doors to the Thermal Wonderland open in the morning because the temperature differential really allows for viewing more steam/venting. After you have enjoyed the wonder of the place, perhaps go explore elsewhere for a few hours, but ensure you return late afternoon – specifically to view the stunning colours of The Champagne Pool which show themselves as the sun gets lower in the west. I have included some afternoon images showing these almost unbelievable colours, which are a result of the mineral composition of the spring water, some of which are: gold, silver, mercury, sulphur, arsenic, thallium, silica, and antimony.

Before we get to the images of Wai-O-Tapu, here is a scene that captured my attention on our drive along the Thermal Explorer Highway…

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Fence and Hill 2AM-000332. ©Andrew McInnes

 

Into Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland we go…

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Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Area 2AM-000102. ©Andrew McInnes

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Devil’s Bath 2AM-000107. ©Andrew McInnes

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Devil’s Bath 2AM-000325. ©Andrew McInnes

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Devil’s Bath 2AM-000106. ©Andrew McInnes

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Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Area 2AM-000196. ©Andrew McInnes

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Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Area 2AM-000117. ©Andrew McInnes

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Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Area 2AM-000175. ©Andrew McInnes

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Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Area 2AM-000194. ©Andrew McInnes

 

On to my favourite feature – The Champagne Pool. I was fascinated and enthralled by it 🙂

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The Champagne Pool 2AM 0301-0307 panorama. ©Andrew McInnes

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The Champagne Pool 2AM-000124. ©Andrew McInnes

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The Champagne Pool 2AM-000131. ©Andrew McInnes

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The Champagne Pool 2AM-000185. ©Andrew McInnes

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The Champagne Pool 2AM-000281. ©Andrew McInnes

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The Champagne Pool 2AM-004249. ©Andrew McInnes

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The Champagne Pool 2AM-000122. ©Andrew McInnes

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The Champagne Pool 2AM-000164. ©Andrew McInnes

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The Champagne Pool 2AM-000123. ©Andrew McInnes

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The Champagne Pool 2AM-000141. ©Andrew McInnes

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The Champagne Pool 2AM-000138. ©Andrew McInnes

 

Next to The Champagne Pool is an area/feature named The Primrose Terrace, including warning signage.

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The Primrose terrace 2AM-000297. ©Andrew McInnes


A boardwalk crosses the draining end of The Champagne Pool, and the evaporating water is rich in silica, depositing as silicious sinter – creating The Primrose Terrace feature.

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The Primrose Terrace 2AM-000166. ©Andrew McInnes


A popular feature/attraction is Lady Knox Geyser, but I must admit I was somewhat underwhelmed, primarily because anthropogenic inputs are added to ensure the 10:15 am daily event. Nevertheless, worth a look.

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Lady Knox Geyser 2AM-000221. ©Andrew McInnes

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Lady Knox Geyser 2AM-000226. ©Andrew McInnes

 

On now to the Mud Pool. This is a small section of the feature shown here.

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Mud Pool 2AM-004227. ©Andrew McInnes


Sometimes you see an “explosion”

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Mud Pool 2AM-004120. ©Andrew McInnes


At other times a slow building of pressure…

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Mud Pool 2AM-004163. ©Andrew McInnes


Which begets the following “burp”

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Mud Pool 2AM-004164. ©Andrew McInnes


so many shapes…

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Mud Pool 2AM-004184. ©Andrew McInnes

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Mud Pool 2AM-004190. ©Andrew McInnes

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Mud Pool 2AM-004211. ©Andrew McInnes

 

I hope you enjoyed, and are intrigued by the scenes in this posting.

Cheers 🙂

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.

 

 

Posting #7 of my road trip from Fremantle to Kununurra, Western Australia.

Ah, I arrived at my destination – Kununurra – after 9 days of driving and bush camping. Here are some images around the greater Kununurra area from the first day or so.

Not far short of Kununurra, and the scenery, topography, and geology changes (after leaving Halls Creek).

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Great Northern Highway 2AM-003678. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

Assorted roadside grasses…

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Grass 2AM-002958. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

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Grass 2AM-002960. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

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Grass 2AM-003141. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

The fishing is fantastic in the Kimberley; this is a 1.14 meter Barramundi (released immediately after photo) caught on the lower Ord River.

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Fisherman and Barramundi 2AM-3066. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

The ubiquitous estaurine crocodiles (“Saltwater Crocodile”) necessitate care around the water.

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Saltwater Crocodile 2AM-004748. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

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Saltwater Crocodile 2AM-004757. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

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Saltwater Crocodile 2AM-004771. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

 

Iconic Kimberley vistas…
If you have watched the movie “Australia” then you may recognise this geologic feature, known as ‘House Roof Hill’ – it is the backdrop to the fictional “Faraway Downs” homestead.
This image was captured very early on another glorious Kimberley morning.

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House Roof Hill 2AM-003047. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

The next image is “False House Roof Hill” – neighboring bluffs along the Ord River.

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False House Roof Hill 2AM-003013. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

The April 2014 Lunar Eclipse occurred whilst I was in this area. The following image captures part of this eclipse over a Kimberley range.

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Lunar Eclipse 2AM-004793. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

Lake Argyle is Australia’s largest artificial lake (by volume). It is part of the Ord River Irrigation Scheme and is a sight to behold. Unfortunately these “roadside” images are all I managed to capture of this vast and beautiful feature – I must return and spend time above and on the lake!

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Lake Argyle 2AM_3131-3134 panoramic. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

An alternate view of the Ord River Dam – construction was completed in 1971.

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Lake Argyle 2AM-003126. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

Grass in seed along the dam wall – beautiful April conditions.

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Lake Argyle 2AM-003137. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

 

 

Posting #2 of my road trip from Fremantle to Kununurra, Western Australia.

I hope you enjoy these images of a portion of my recent travel up the Western Australia coast.

 

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Winnowing among the sand dunes. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

 

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Stark and simple – dunes and a stunningly blue autumn sky engulf me (and a coastal tree). © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

 

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Footprints among the sand. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

 

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Sand dune aglow. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

 

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Wildlife tracks in the sand. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

 

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Plain Tiger butterfly. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

 

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Rusty bollard and a boat. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

More images to follow in upcoming photo-blogs.

 

 

 

Posting #1 of my road trip from Fremantle to Kununurra, Western Australia.

I recently embarked on what turned out to be a quite a drive with the purpose of visiting an old mate from my teenage years whom I have not seen for more than 20 years! My old vehicle (1984 Toyota Hilux diesel) logged 9,193 km (5,712 miles) doing my return trip from Fremantle – Kununurra – Fremantle, Western Australia.

With an esky full of water and assorted sandwich-construction material, plus spare diesel, oil, etc., I essentially drove until it was time to find a bush-camp for the night. I’d awake early and continue northward, repeating as required until I arrived at Kununurra.

Subsequent blog postings will present more images from the trip to the north of this bloody big state.
Theses images document my travels up and back – I hope you will find them appealing.

 

It isn’t long until these emblematic signs present themselves, with varying fauna presented.

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Iconic Aussie Wildlife (sans koala which is not native to WA) – Indian Ocean Road. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

 

Having previously visited and photographed The Pinnacles (click here to view these) at Nambung National Park, near Cervantes, I chose to revisit and shoot more images from this amazing ‘moonscape’ before moving on and finding a place to camp for the night.

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Early evening light bathes a portion of the calcium carbonate structures at The Pinnacles Desert. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

 

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This image contains part of the Milky Way, plus the Southern Cross, a meteor, and Magellanic Clouds which are irregular dwarf galaxies visible from the southern hemisphere. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

 

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© 2014 Andrew McInnes.

 

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A long exposure for pin-wheel stars. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

 

This leaning tree is but one of many around the Greenough area. These River Gum/eucalyptus trees (Eucalyptus camaldulensis) have horizontal trunks due to exposure to strong and near-continuous southerly winds.

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Leaning Tree of Greenough. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

 

Should you find yourself anywhere near Geraldton or Walkaway, I thoroughly recommend a visit to Ellendale Pool, be it for a day trip or a place to camp – as I did for an evening.

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This is a light-painting during the blue-hour of dusk.  © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

 

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Another light-painting, this time a little later in the evening. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

 

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Ahhh, a rope swing – top setting for it! © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

 

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Morning’s reflection. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

 

Lovely spot to set up a caravan!

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A “room with a view”. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

 

The ubiquitous and raucous Little Corella

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Little Corellas in flight. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

 

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Little Corella. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

 

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Little Corella. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

 

Hope you enjoyed the early portion of my trip, if vicariously 🙂

More images from the trip to follow soon.

 

Cheers,

Andrew

 

 

 

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.

All images are Copyright © Andrew McInnes/2AM Photography. All rights reserved.
If you wish to purchase prints please visit my website http://andrew-mcinnes.artistwebsites.com/ or send an Email to me.

 

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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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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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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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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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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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

 

 

 

 

Malaysia (3 of 3) – Scenes from a ship on the South China Sea.

This is the third, and final, post covering my recent trip to Malaysia. As it was not a photography or vacation trip, I took one camera with one lens – no tripod, flash, etc. Consequently, all of these images are handheld or rested on objects, and all are taken essentially as ‘snapshots’ throughout the day/night and with whatever light was available, not targeted light. All images were captured with Canon 7D and Canon 24-105mm f/4L lens. Taking images with a slow shutter speed on a moving ship is certainly challenging 🙂

All images are Copyright © Andrew McInnes/2AM Photography. All rights reserved.

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Clouds and some of the unidentified islands (to me at least) of the South China Sea, photographed through the plane’s window somewhere between Kuala Lumpur (on the Malaysian peninsular) and Labuan Island (just off Malaysian Borneo).

 

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A glorious dusk on the South China Sea off Borneo. This image includes some of the fender chains at the bow.

 

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South China Sea 2AM-117315
More from the bow of the ship – a spectacular sunset.

 

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Ripples on a calm, golden sea.

 

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Gold and steel.

 

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South China Sea 2AM 117300-117310
A ten image panorama.

 

 

So long Malaysia, you are lovely and diverse, as are your people.

 

 

 

 

 

Malaysia (2 of 3) – Labuan and surrounds.

This is the second of three posts covering my recent trip to Malaysia. As it was not a photography or vacation trip, I took one camera with one lens – no tripod, flash, etc. Consequently, the great majority of these images are handheld, and all are taken essentially as ‘snapshots’ throughout the day/night and with whatever light was available, not targeted light. All images were captured with Canon 7D and Canon 24-105mm f/4L lens.

Labuan is one of three Federal Territories of Malaysia and is an island off Malaysian Borneo. This photo-blog will include some scenes from Labuan and some from nearby islands (island = Pulau).

All images are Copyright © Andrew McInnes/2AM Photography. All rights reserved.

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The Tiara Labuan Hotel, where I stayed for the first few days on Labuan.

 

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This is one of the “water villages” on Labuan Island, Malaysia. At high tide the water comes within about one foot of the floors of these homes. The people in this village were lovely, friendly, and apparently content with their lot in life – perhaps those of us with so-called ‘first-world problems’ could learn some lessons from these fine folks. This scene reminded me of areas in Papua New Guinea, where I was raised.

 

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A closer look at part of a water village.

 

As my purpose for this trip was marine related, i.e. working offshore on vessels, there are several images of boats and dry-dock…

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A storm and rainbow over a large assemblage of seismic vessels in Labuan Harbor.

 

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Pre-strorm light illuminates a portion of Labuan’s commercial district.

 

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Fishing Boat – Labuan 2AM-117064
A few local trawler vessels preparing for departure. I loved the character of the hulls of these boats.

 

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Scaffolding surrounds a ship that is dry-docked (photographed at night).

 

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Labuan Shipyard 2AM-117154
A worker inside a dry-docked barge uses an oxy acetylene torch to cut out great plates of compromised steel that are part of the hull of this barge.

 

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Labuan Shipyard 2AM-117173
Spectacular showers of molten steel sparks – a result of three oxy acetylene torches.

 

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Sparks rain down onto the great plates of steel as other plates are being cut out.

 

Water taxis were abundant and necessary for those, like me, who work on vessels.

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At rest – the bows of several taxis.

 

Labuan has an active bazaar which was both bustling and fascinating. All manner of goods and services are available including electronic repairs, jewelry, food, tailors, fashion, cobblers, etc.

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This shoe repairman was amazingly efficient with his workmanship, and a very pleasant fellow.

 

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Cobbler – Labuan 2AM-117074
Some of this cobbler’s tools of the trade – all manually applied instruments.

 

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A vendor watches a shopper stroll through a portion of the bazaar.

 

Arrrg! Almost without exception, whatever body of water I may be on, this is what I see, to varying extents (and this is only the visible stuff – I cannot imagine how much chemical contaminants are present). These images, though from Malaysian waters, are not endemic to this place.

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Quite the assortment!

 

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Marine Trash – Labuan 2AM-117056
Trash piled up between two small barges.

 

As there were several days of downtime awaiting the arrival of the vessel which was the vehicle for my work, several of us – Australian, German, French, American – hired a local boat owner to take us to a few off the nearby islands.  These places, though offshore, are not exempt from marine pollution.

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Pulau Rusukan Kecil – Malaysia 2AM-117011
More marine trash – an aesthetics killer.

 

More scenics from Pulau Rusukan Kecil, this time sans trash. A thoroughly delightful and complex group of little islands, all very proximal to each other.

Palau Rusukan Kecil - Malaysia 2AM-116996_7D

Pulau Rusukan Kecil – Malaysia 2AM-116996

 

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Pulau Rusukan Kecil – Malaysia 2AM-117014
A lovely sense of isolation on this island’s beaches.

 

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Pulau Rusukan Kecil – Malaysia 2AM-117027
Tropical paradise.

 

This next island is designated as a marine park – a “no-take, no damage” island and surrounding waters.

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Pulau Kuraman – Malaysia 2AM-116984
The red vessel is the one we adventured with. A lovely place for a swim/snorkel.

 

The following four images are from Pulau Daat, an island with a village populated by Philippine fishermen and their families. The colors were so vivid – almost startling – so much so that I was keenly wanting to explore and visit with the residents.

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Pulau Daat – Malaysia 2AM-117049
The approaching view.

 

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Pulau Daat – Malaysia 2AM-117038
A sampling of the colorful little fishing boats. The fishermen take these little, and highly unstable, motorized vessels offshore to fish – you might notice the outriggers that they troll their lines/lures off.

 

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Pulau Daat – Malaysia 2AM-117040
Home to a fishing family – how about the color!

 

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Pulau Daat – Malaysia 2AM-117044
I was fortunate to spend time visiting with some of the folks whereby verbal communication was challenging due to language barriers. One thing I already knew from my various travels was reinforced though… a smile goes a million miles in human interactions. What started as a chat with the four men (photo-front), soon became a delightful visit with over 2 dozen folks, most of which were children – once they “got their courage up.”

 

Back to Labuan.

Pond Cleaning Man - Labuan 2AM-116954_7D

Pond Cleaning Man – Labuan 2AM-116954
A worker harvest plants from a freshwater pond at the WWII Memorial.

 

As my last location before I departed Malaysia was at a dock in Labuan, I’ll close this post with a few images from there.

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Labuan Shipyard 2AM-117392
Mid afternoon a storm began building and I was hopeful there might just be some amazing light as dusk approached. I was not disappointed by the storm or the color!

 

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Labuan Shipyard 2AM-117395
Industrial imagination.

 

Hopefully you experienced some of the sights, sounds, and scents , if vicariously, through these images.

I sure appreciate you visiting.

Cheers,

Andrew