Kolmanskop

In 1908, a labourer shovelling sand off the railway tracks from Luderitz discovered some interesting looking stones in the sand. Turns out they were diamonds, and pretty soon mining claims were established, and the town of Kolmanskop was born. By 1912, the area was producing over 10 per cent of the world’s total diamonds, and […]

All The Himba Ladies

After a few days in the dunes, we travelled to Sesfontein for a couple of days visiting and photographing in two Himba villages in the area. Himba are pastoralists with the men primarily taking care of the livestock while the women remain behind and undertake the bulk of the work in their small villages, including […]

Quiver Trees

You may have guessed, but posts have been a little out of order. The Quiver Tree Forest near Keetmanshoop was our first real stop after a long drive from Windhoek. First, we arrived in the afternoon and spent an hour or two in the forest as the sun set. There were no clouds in the […]

Namibia Dunes

A rare sight as we left Luderitz, with clouds and rain over the dunes. The way the light and shadow was falling on the sand resulted in the first “Quick! Stop!” of the trip. And then onto Sossusvlei for the real dunes. The tallest, and highest in the world. We spent a a couple of pre-sunrise […]

Etosha Wildlife

I went to a travel expo when I was around 15, and came home with nothing but brochures about African safari tours. Twenty-odd years later, and I finally had the opportunity to go, assisting Martin Bailey to lead his Complete Namibia Tour and Workshop over the last three weeks. The trip ended with three days […]

Chris Cornell

This may be a little self-indulgent, but I’m sad and don’t really care. I first saw Soundgarden in Newcastle in January 1997. If I’m honest, that wasn’t a great show – it was just a couple of months before they broke up, and in hindsight, you could tell they just weren’t into it. Fast forward […]

Hobart Dawn

I recently spent a weekend in Hobart. I didn’t take many photographs because, well, it wasn’t that kind of trip. I did get up early one morning and drove to the summit of Mount Wellington, where it was 2.7 degrees, with crazy winds making it feel like -8.2 degrees. The drive back down was much […]

Coolum

Hi. Remember me? It’s been a while, and a lot has happened since I last posted. For one, I’ve gone back to a job in my other profession – environmental consulting – which means I’m back to being an “amateur” photographer. Whatever that means. But what it has meant, from a practical perspective, is that […]

Sleeklens Lightroom Workflow

I’ve been meaning to get out and shoot some landscapes for the last couple of weeks, after the folks at Sleeklens sent me a copy of their “Through The Woods” Lightroom Workflow for Landscapes. I finally managed to get out the door early this morning and head out to Oxley Creek Common, an area of grazing […]