Custom Art

I had the pleasure recently of revisiting the Grand Golf Course on Queenslands Gold Coast for a family lunch. Last year I was commissioned to create a wall piece for one of its founding members based around a tree on the course that had been in place since the course was first developed, originally designed by Greg Norman. It is such a relaxing place to visit and was hard to leave to say the least.

It reminded me of the many requests I have had to create custom art based around a location or theme. Hope you enjoy this one…. Take care, Damian

The Grand Golf Course

Solar Eclipse

The recent solar eclipse had the net buzzing as it does with such events, and for good reason. They don’t happen often and are quite amazing to see. I was fortunate to be in a position where the view was quite clear and just in time before the setting sun. I was joined by many other photographers and interested people to one of the many lookouts over Brisbane. Hope you enjoy… For those interested, this is available as a print….see below. Take care…:)

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The next total Lunar eclipse that can be seen from Brisbane is on the 8th of October 2014. The next solar eclipse will be the 20th of April 2023. This image can be purchased HERE

Gold Coast Mornings

Such a lovely time of year this is on the coast. Not too cold in the morning but not too hot in the day. People out enjoying ll the coast has to offer….Love it…:)

Sunrise at Burleigh Heads - Gold Coast Sunrise at Burleigh Heads - Gold Coast Sunrise at Burleigh Heads - Gold Coast

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Presenting at the PPAQ’s ‘Connections’

Happy to announce I will be presenting at the Professional Photographers Association of Qld connections weekend coming up in a few weeks’ time.

With a full weekend of presentations and workshops looking at all aspects of photographic life and work, it is bound to be weekend any photographer would benefit from. I am humbled to be presenting alongside some impressive photographers and industry people including Darren Jew and David Watson.

For those interested in attending you can find out more details HERE.

Preserving the Ancient – Thangka Painting

Preserving the ancient form of Buddhist painting, the Thangka. I was fortunate enough to speak with a 14th generation grand master of this ancient art form and his apprentice on how it has changed in his lifetime and the importance of its preservation.

Karma Coffee – Kathmandu Nepal

If you love your coffee, and are passionate about supporting local communities, then Karma Coffee is a place you must visit the next time you travel to Nepal…..

Mt Cook New Zealand

A trip earlier this year with my partner to New Zealand was our first opportunity to have a holiday together. Even though I am away so much for work, often overseas and interstate, it is rare we are able to spend so much time together relaxing and travelling. It was fantastic to say the least.

Local farms near Mt Cook, shrowded in mist as the sun rises

Local farms near Mt Cook, shrowded in mist as the sun rises

With our first 6 days on the North Island, I must admit I was looking forward to the South and heading into the real mountains, New Zealand’s famous Southern Alps.

Lower ridges of Mt Cook under heavy rain.

Lower ridges of Mt Cook under heavy rain.

Of course spending 3 days around Mt Cook was one of many highlights with varied weather from perfect with no clouds to wind rain and all good things the Southern Island of NZ can offer. As is usually the case, bad weather often allows for good images. I have seen many times people pack up there bags and call it a day when things are less than perfect. This part of the trip though was a healthy reminder of persisting just that little bit more and waiting to see what would eventuate. A lesson I had learnt well in the Blue Mountains, New South Wales a few years earlier while covering a climbing festival.

Mt Cook under heavy cloud and high winds.

Mt Cook under heavy cloud and high winds.

While many of us flock to the commonly well known ‘tourist’ areas, myself included, it is always worth having a camera being handy as weather can play a significant role in obtaining images that no-one else has.

Rare clear skies and star trails over Mt Cook in the Southern Alps, New Zealand

Rare clear skies and star trails over Mt Cook in the Southern Alps, New Zealand

So the healthy lesson/reminder for this trip was when the weather is less than perfect, keep shooting, as long as you come home with a camera that is still operational!!

Heavy weather over the Southern Alps

Heavy weather over the Southern Alps

Sun streams through a light rain shower over the Southern Alps New Zealand

Sun streams through a light rain shower over the Southern Alps New Zealand

 

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