Stormy Sunrise

Some days images seem to leap out of the landscape, or seascape in this case, however this particular image certainly did not, almost deleted it… To make things worse it was pretty well underexposed, however alittle bash over the head and it made a few star rating.

I blame the 4 hours sleep..

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Tunnel Vision

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Reach for the Sun

A very cute patch of greenery placed appropriately for sunrise as the sunlight rays developed for a fraction of a minute before transforming the day into sun drenched sunday.

3 shot panorama of another great piece of Sydney coastline.

As always, its a crime not to view large so if you do look, be sure to click through :)

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For All Eternity – Faroe Islands

Originally shared by +Patrick Di Fruscia

I have received many messages from photographers who are getting discouraged with their passion and this, mainly because of social medias and the lack of interaction they get from people. Here is roughly the answer I gave to a friend recently. Hoping this might also help those who do not feel like reaching out to someone for advice but are going through the exact same thing.

Please don't quit my friend unless you are doing it for the wrong reasons..If doing landscape photography makes you feel alive, makes you forget about time and helps you see the beauty around you, then you owe it to yourself to keep shooting. Don't do it for the praises, don't judge your work according to the amount of +1 or likes you get. Do it for the memorable experiences it brings you and make sure you appreciate every single moment. The minute you forget about why you started doing this in the first place and try to please others, is the minute when you will start hating what you do. Your passion will turn into work and you really don't want this.

What will you remember the most on your death bed? The amount of interactions you got on social medias or how fortunate you were to see and experience all these incredible places? Always keep in mind that social medias can be really awesome to meet great people & promote your work but also very destructive when you start comparing yourself to others or start giving it more attention than it truly deserves.. Believe me when I say that people mostly share only the good parts of their lives but rarely the bad. Everyone's life looks so good that it could bring you down at times and this is a feeling I have had more than once. You have to leave all this aside and come back to the core of it all. What made you fall in love with photography in the first place? I am sure that your answer is exactly like mine.."The unexplainable feeling of inner peace it procures". Every time I am by myself and see spectacular places or the true beauty of mother nature..I always stop for a moment and think…all this beauty is unveiling before my eyes only for me to witness, I am the only person in the whole world who actually sees this and this is truly a GIFT no one will ever take away from me.

Keep doing what you love, keep pushing hard and always try to better yourself and all the rest will come by itself. That is a promise my friend.

– I really understand the feeling these people are going through. One small reason why I needed to take a break for so long was because of the overwhelming self-inflicted pressure I would constantly put on myself. It really felt good to let go of everything without feeling guilty about it. I just made sure to keep that little flame alive inside of me ready to ignite when the time was right. And the time is Now!!!

Some funky-ass duck

There are some really great spots at +Taronga Zoo for getting really close to the birds, i could get so close I could almost knock them birds of the perch ;)

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Snapper Point

via chinamans beach

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Goanna Head

ya gotta view this one large, in the distance, the little specs on the horizon are not trees but the nearby sugar mill. This is a slight variation in position from the previous image and with a panorama format, although only two images were used.

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Entries of 2013 National Geographic Photo Contest

Originally shared by +Jay Patel

via: +In Focus
Photo By: Teruo Araya/National Geographic Photo Contest

I am sure anyone whose work is selected will be thirlled. But how would we see us as photographer if our entry was selected in the contest? –

Nothing more than a chance that my photo was selected? Or an accomplished photographer?

You can see all the entries here:
http://www.theatlantic.com/infocus/2013/11/national-geographic-photo-contest-2013/100629/

Enjoy & Share.
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Flickr Group – FOCUS – (Australia – Seascape & Landscape & Macro Photography) Awards 2013

It was great to attend the Flickr Focus Awards (http://www.flickr.com/groups/northernbeachesnsw/discuss/72157635103344041/) on Saturday night and it was a much fun as last year! Always good to put faces to the names and catch with people.

It's the only 'competition' that I bother to enter, even though it does require payment – it's a good cause and a great community worth being part of and worth supporting. What i really enjoy is seeing all the other images up there and also the choices and grades the judges give, there is no doubt there is a emphasis on creativity and impact and I for one have learnt alot from see the images. There is more info here http://focusaward.betterphotography.com/judges.php about the judges and their experience. I gotta say to, tht was an impressive feat judging all those images, excellent work.

+Peter Eastway gave a great talk about his recent trip and also imparted some great experience and knowledge with some good humour added in – nice one dude.

Congrads to the tog of the year (Olga) and also some of the crew that are on gplus, +Grant Galbraith with a couple of tidy wins the BW category and of course +Ricardo Da Cunha with his awesome lighthouse image.
+Mike Hankey nailed a nice dragonfly image which took out the macro category, great stuff and well deserved.
It was also great to see images there from +Jason Beaven +Chris Jones and +Rene Kisselbach

I am happy with my results given the high standard of images and also the large number of images (in excess of 500)

I will be there next year for sure.