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Mitchell Falls in Flood

July 11th, 2011
Mitchell Falls in flood, as viewed from the air

Mitchell Falls from the chopper

I just dropped into Kununurra for a couple of days of repairs and restocking after about 3 weeks on the Gibb River Rd and the Kulumbaru Rd in the middle of the Kimberley.  I’ve got so much new stuff to show that i barely know where to start, and i’ve run out of time now, so i’ll have to just put a couple of favourites and leave the rest til the next internet zone…

The Mitchell Falls opened this year only a day ahead of me on the Gibb, so i was able to get up there after thinking i would have to skip it this year.  The road was so badly damaged it took the road crews months to make it passable again after the biggest wet season on record… ever! Read the rest of this entry »

Roebuck Bay Aerials

June 8th, 2011
Pindan Cliffs of Gantheaume Point in Broome

Pindan Cliffs of Gantheaume Point

While i was staying with Nigel Gaunt after the 7day Bungle Bungles photographic adventure tour in Broome Dave Bettini dropped in for a few days on his way through to many points East and North.  The 3 of us spent a few days Philosophising together about photography over a couple of Matso’s Ginger Beers, taking pictures around Gantheaume Point and hassling David about his latest purchase, a 60 megapixel Phase One… of which Nigel and I are extremely jealous! Read the rest of this entry »

Kimberley Photographic Tour 2011

June 3rd, 2011
Full Moon rising behind Boab Trees, Jarlmadangah community, West Kimberley
Full Moon and Boabs, Jarlmadangah

Photography Tour 2011

Back in lovely Broome after a long drive of 1000km from Kununurra after the completeion of the 7day photographic tour of the Bungle Bungles I have just completed.  Time now to take stock, do the washing, download some pictures and write a blog entry or two.  Firstly a quick recap of the 7 day photographic tour of the Kimberley which concluded in Kununurra a little over a week ago.

Initially we intended to go across the Gibb River Rd from Broome to Kununurra on this 7 day photo tour, camping in many of the scenic locations along the way to photograph and swim in tropical waterholes.  That was plan A.  But, the record biggest ever wet, which has filled all the waterholes to overflowing, has also destroyed all the dirt roads making many of them still impassable.  Even Windjana Gorge, one of the most popular scenic spots in the west Kimberley, was inaccessible and shut until only a few days ago.

Saddleback Ridge at El Questro Station, East Kimberley
Twilight view from Saddleback Ridge, El Quetro Station

Fortunately we had a plan B (and indeed even a plan C), and as it turned out plan B proved to be an amazing experience that was unique and vastly differant to what most people would ever experience in the Kimberley, one i’m sure we will all remember.

Photographing the Cockburn Ranges, Kimberley Region
Photographing the Cockburn Ranges

Since the Gibb River Rd was not an option we headed South East out of Broome and straight to Jarlmadangah Aboriginal community.  Where TJ and Sarnold from the community acted as our guides for the time spent there.   They showed us many beautiful locations on their country and shared some of the stories and cultural significance with us all teaching us some of the importance that country has for Aboriginal people, perhaps planting the seed for better understanding between us. (Pictures from the previous blog entry are from Jarlmadangah)

Photographing the Cockburn Ranges, Kimberley Region
Photographing the Cockburn Ranges

After  2 nights at Jarlmadangah we took off on the main road and drove all the way round to the other end of the Gibb River Rd, which was open for a part of the way, to El Questro Station, one of my all time favourite locations in the Kimberley.  We remained camped at El Questro for  3 days, and i think we could really have stayed longer.  El Questro has an enormous number of beautiful locations and is a photographers paradise.

To read a full review of this Kimberley 7 day Photographic tour written (much better than i can) by one of the participants click Here.

All these images were shot on the Canon 5D Mk II, and there are many more to come…

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Mornington Station in the Kimberley

May 6th, 2011

I’ve spent the last 2 weeks weeks running around madly getting organised for the upcoming trip to the Kimberley, for the 7 day Kimberley photographic adventure tour and the 7day Bungle Bungles photographic adventure tour that i’m running later this month.

It’s amazing how much needs to be put in place to tear myself away from the gallery and all the business aspects that entails, let alone coping with a mad bathroom renovation in the middle of it!

As a result of all this my blog postings have suffered substantially over the last month or so, as you can clearly see…  I’ll have lots of new images to share from the Kimberley soon though, so i hope that will make up for it.  I did come across this image the other day while i was organising some folders, i think i had put it away for further consideration, then promptly forgot about it!

Sir John Gorge at sunset, Mornington Station in the Kimberley

Stunning Sunset on the Fitzroy River, Mornington Station

This place is called Sir John Gorge…  I think its a silly name for a magical place, who is Sir John anyway?  why is this place name d after him and why does he deserve it?  I think it requires a majestic name that conveys the grandeur and the majesty… Majestic Gorge, or Red Rock Canyon… something like that.

Anyway, this is Sir John Gorge on Mornington Station, which i find to be one of the most beautiful parts of the Kimberley.  I plan to spend some time there shortly.

Shot on the Fuji GX617 with the Fujinon 90mm f5.6 lens

Mitchell Falls

April 25th, 2011

More aerial images from the Kimberley, this one also from last year.  This is what Mitchell falls, up on the Mitchell Plateau usually looks like in the dry season.  Its a spectacular waterfall that cascades over 4 tiers before dumping into the Mitchell River and flowing out to sea on the North Kimberley coast.

Mitchell Falls seen from the air in the dry season, Kimberley region Western Australia

The Mitchell Falls in the dry season after a "normal" wet season.

Mitchell Falls in the Kimberley region of Western Australia

Detail of Mitchell Falls

In this shot above and at left you can see the tiers of each shelf as the water flows over the edge.  Compare that to this shot by Dave Bettini, shot from a helicopter recently, after one of the biggest wet seasons ever to hit the Kimberley… It’s the same location, but there is so much water you can’t see the tiers on the falls at all, i can only imagine the noise it must be making!

I’ll be heading up to Mitchell falls straight after the Bungles Tour concludes at the end of May, i can only hope there is still so much water.

Closer to the Kimberley Photographic tour 2011

April 22nd, 2011

It’s been a while between blog posts here, i’ve been really busy preparing for the upcoming Kimberley trip (for the 7 day photographic tour of the Kimberley and the 7day photographic tour of the Bungle Bungles) and renovating the house, and getting married…
you get the idea.

I got a little time this week to sit and play with some images, and since i’m leaving for the Kimberley in less than 2 weeks i thought i’d put up a new Kimberley image… new because i’ve never showed it before, but i actually shot it last time i was up in the Kimberley,  last year.

River system on the Far North Kimberley Coast, Western Australia

Tidal River and mud flats

I shot this image out of the window of a plane on the way back from the Mitchell Plateau headed to Broome.  I don’t know the name of the river, but i figure thats not important anyway.  I have many images from that trip last year that have never been seen.  I hope to remedy that in the near future, plus there will be all the new images from this next trip.  I can’t wait!

This was shot on the lovely Fuji GX617 (thats for sale by the way) with the Fujinon 90mm f5.6 lens, on Fuji Velvia 100 of course.  The 90mm lens is the 35mm equivalent to about a 24mm lens.

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Camera Swapmeet in Leederville

February 19th, 2011

A bit of  last minute notice here for the Camera Swapmeet on at the Leederville Town Hall tomorrow morning from 8.30am (Sunday 20th February).  Its a great social event and if you’ve never been to one its also a bit of a photographic cultural event too, with all sorts of gear being traded from digital to large format studio cameras, slide projectors and enlargers.  You can get a cup of tea and a home made cake Read the rest of this entry »

Kimberley Photographic Tour Extras

January 29th, 2011
View from Brancos Lookout at El Questro Station, East Kimberley Western Australia
The spectacular view from Brancos lookout at El Questro Station, Kimberley WA

More news for the Kimberley Photographic Tour for May 2011, I have been talking to Ben from Team Digital about these fantastic F-Stop camera bag they are now stocking.  I love the bag so much (and i paid for mine!), that i think everyone who loves hiking and photography should have one.

I’m also talking to Team Digital about borrowing a medium format digital for the duration of the tours for participants to try out, probably a Phase One camera or the new Pentax.  We already have a Gigapan to play with, a medium format digital would be a great addition.  I’ll tell you more about this in the next few days too, stay tuned.

Photographic Tour of the Kimberley

January 26th, 2011

Kimberley Photographic Tour

Speaking of the Kimberley, my 7 day Photographic tour of the Kimberley and the 7 day  photographic tour of the  Bungle Bungles, are rapidly approaching, May the 16th and then May 24th.  Both of these tours are currently more than half full, so there are only a few places left.  To help us get all our booking done early we have decided to offer a discount of $250 for each tour for everyone who books and pays in full by Feb 28th.

Both these tours are a great opportunity to see the real Kimberley with 2 experienced professional photographers who love the Kimberley and have been there many times.  You can read more about the 7 day Kimberley adventure tour  here, and you can read more about the 7 day Bungles adventure tour here. Or you can download the information and booking pdf.

Windjana Gorge at dawn, Kimberley Region, Western Australia
Windjana Gorge at dawn, one of the iconic locations along the Gibb River Rd

On May the 16th we will be leaving Broome and headed out onto the Gibb River Rd for 7 days of awesome photography, hands on masterclasses, hanging out in magical wild places, swimming in beautiful waterholes and watching the sunset in the Kimberley sky.  Then on May the 24th, we will leave Kununurra for the beginning of the second Kimberley Photographic adventure tour, 7 days camping in Purnululu National Park of exploring and photographing the Bungle Bungles.

Manning Waterhole twilight, Mt Barnett Station, Kimberley Region Western Australia
Twilight at Manning Waterhole, the campsite at Mt Barnett Station

Both of these photographic tours have a maximum of 8 participants with 2 professional Landscape Photographers.  We are travelling in Air-conditioned comfort in serious 4WD vehicles.  All meals provided and cooked for you, all camping gear is provided.  We will be at the most beautiful locations, at the best time of day.  The helicopter flight over El Questro station is included in the Kimberley tour, no extra cost.  The helicopter flight over the Bungles is included in the Bungle Bungles tour, no extra cost.

If you would like to see more shots from the Kimberley Region, click here. For all the latest Photographic Tours and Photographic workshops with Adam Monk click HERE>

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