Sandsculpture Art

Whilst up at Cervantes with Neal Pritchard (aka Mr. Spool) recently we had a ball exploring the sand dunes south of the Pinnacles for a couple of hours and during that time Neal stumbled across this very unusual and striking sand sculpture.

He has already posted a version of this sculpture but his was taken with a 50m. This is my version shot with the 17mm tilt shift.

Pinnacles Tones





Another pano from the trip up to the Pinnacles with Neal Pritchard from Spool.

Once we had set up here a couple of German Tourists promptly stopped and stated ‘oh this looks like a good spot and you guys look like you know what you’re doing…mind if we take a shot…elbow elbow….could you move over a bit’!

I used to be amazed at such ignorance, but these days I have come to expect it somewhat!

Mr. Bo Jangles was sitting next to me as we worked this up and we rate it…hope you guys like it!

Some more Pinnacles and Sand Dune shots

Here are a few more images from our recent trip up to Cervantes which have worked out OK. I was encouraged to look at a black and white after seeing Christian’s Esperance effort, which I rate as sensational.

Not in the same league as Christian’s but I rate it all the same.

Thanks to everyone who came on True North yesterday. The day was another huge success with everyone leaving eager to work up images with their new found skills and knowledge.

Thanks also to our speakers, Christian, Tony, Mike and Nick and also to our sponsors, Team digital and Rodney Thomas with his Rip Stop bags.

Thanks also to the awesome True North crew who turned it on as they always do.

As mentioned to a few of you on board, we still have a few cabins left on Kimberley trip one if you would like to join me and later in the year I will be doing a Rowleys trip and probably one of the new PNG itineraries.

I will post details about those later trips shortly once the PNG itinerary has been locked in.


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Pinnacles Sunset





On our recent trip to the Pinnacles with Neal (Spool) Pritchard, we got to the Pinnacles with ample time to scope the area and did a full circuit of the area. The light was getting lower and lower and we were needing to make the final decision about where to go for that final shot and we both decided to go just around the corner from here.

Then guess what…2 girls had also settled on this spot with their point and shoots and their favorite toy duck! Yep that’s right, they were putting this duck in and on the Pinnacles everywhere and pace as much as I liked, they simply carried on with their mission.

Neal set himself up on a bit of a rise and had a good perspective for the 50mm. I, on the other hand was running out of options, so i decided to walk over the hill and back to these Pinnacles which were some of the larger and more interesting ones we had scoped for the night shoot.

I started off with the 17mm tilt shift but quickly changed to the 50mm prime for the pano that started to present itself in front of me.

The final result is pretty cool I think and the colours in the sky very much compliment the Pinnacles colours.

The whole exercise shows just how much luck plays a big part in where you end up on any shoot and how you have to keep looking around!

Pinnacles trip with Mr. Spool!











Yesterday Neal Pritchard (aka Mr. Spool) and I went up to Cervantes and the Pinnacles area to see what we could find to shoot and we found gold!

I had already scoped this area before Xmas when on a commercial shoot, so I new if given the right conditions, we could get something pretty special.

It was windy which meant that we ended up with sand in just about every orifice at these sand dunes, but it was certainly worth it. A few funny moments as well. Neal called me over to show me these really cool sand sculptures…and waycool the indeed were and whilst we were waiting for the sun to come out from behind the clouds my hat blew off, right down where the sand sculpture was.

After a bit of debate we decided the best course of action was for me to slide down the hill feet first with Neal hanging onto my feet. After grabbing the hat there was quite a comedy with Neal trying to pull me back out and the sand sliding as you can well imagine. We needed a third person to get the shot!

After this shoot we shot the Pinnacles at sunset and into the night with the full moon and am pretty happy with the RAW files I have looked at so stay tuned!