The last post before I leave for the Sydney Boat Show. If anyone would like to meet me from Sydney, North Star Cruises has a stand at the Sydney Boat Show and my partner Craig and I will be on the stand from Thursday. Come in and say hey and learn some more about the mighty True North!
We will also be showing Mike Fletcher’s latest cut of the Kimberley DVD he took on trip 4a on the stand, which is a cracker. Mike has only just finished it and the final product is exceptional!
I thought I might post these shots of a fantastic sunset at the Basin at Rottnest that I took during a full moon in March I think this year. Certainly one of the best sunsets I have seen over there ever….and I have been going there very regularly for many years now!
This was the sunset that the Louisiades sent us away with after a glorious 10 days there on True North in October last year.
Once again a hand held stitch, but this time off the bow of True North as we were weighing anchor.
Here are 2 more of my favorites from the Louisiades.
The Sunrise was not far out from Alotau in PNG and was a hand held stitch from the True North Heli deck with about 7 photos from memory.
The other shot is of the Palm City village….my nickname so don’t kill me for the name :)!!
At the start of each season on or around the 1st of March, True North cruises from Fremantle to Dampier. We spend a few days at the Abrolhos Islands, then across to Steep Point, the Western most tip of WA, then up to Coral Bay and Ningaloo and then finally a few days at the Montes. The West Coast of WA is seriously under rated in my opinion as there is so much to see and do. The Abrolhos rates every bit as good as the Barrier Reef for diving and snorkeling.
The land based shots I tool with my Canon 1Ds Mk iii and the underwater images I took with a Canon G10 with the perspect housing you can buy for them. I was really impressed with this camera and the quality of the images for a non SLR camera.
Here are a few of the shots I took whilst on the True North last year in the Louisiades. The Lousiades is East of PNG. This is probably one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen. The people there lead a very peaceful subsistence lifestyle and are very proud of their lot. The village is kept very clean and the views are to die for!
The snorkeling and diving are also as good as you will see anywhere. We even saw a Killer Whale last year!
The huts over the water are community huts and the school.
True North travels there every year around November. See:
www.northstarcruises.com.au for sailing schedules and prices.
As promised, here are a few of the shots I took whilst with Christian’s brother Mike on our trip 4a. Christian and I should be able to post some shots along the way when we get back on True North on the 29th of August….so that will be cool!
These are some shots I took on a recent trip to Hong Kong. I was the Owner’s rep for a large ferry contract for the new Casino up there and the Purple Ferries being unloaded off the ship were the last of a 14 vessel order.
It is the largest ferry order ever!! These boats travel at 42 knots with 411 passengers and get to Macau from Hong Kong in 1 hour.
The night shot is of the lazer show that happens every night. Taken from Kowloon side looking to Hong Kong. Some unusually clear skies whilst I was there.
The other shot was taken from the Peak and once again, very clear by normal standards.
Christian and I went for a ride today to Bunkers Point and along the way we saw the carnage left by the recent fire at Bunker’s Point. I decided to come back later to see what I could capture and here they are!
Last year some good friends of mine, Brett and Kirsty were at Rotto during a big storm and their
story prompted me to promise myself that this year, when the
opportunity came around, that I should make the effort and see if I
could capture this awesome event.
On Monday night this week, the forecast predicted an 8m swell and 40 knot winds and
they were on the money. I woke up at 0700 and sure enough the swell
was cranking and off I went on my Rotto adventure!
I met the ferry at 0930 and the crossing was on the rough side, I
guess it would be fair to say! About half the passengers were using
the beaut little bags that were handed out but fortunately I was not
one of those lucky few!
On landing at the island I retrieved my bike off the crew and set off
for the West end of Rotto.
I was rugged up in my skiing gear with a Driazabone and ski pants and
my trusty orange Crocks and off I went, peddling into a 40 knot gail
with rain storms and hail.
It was slow going for a while as there were far more up hills than
down and the driving rain made it hard to see for a while, but I
finally got there before midday and set up for some shots.
Brett was right, it was wild and spectacular and I am glad I had
followed through with the adventure. There is nothing like Mother
nature to remind you who is boss every now and again!
The trip home was a walk in the park by comparison to the trip out. A
30 knot SW breeze up my butt and more down hills than up which was
lucky because I reckon my total weight would have been over 100kg
with all the camera gear and wet weather gear. I was fast running
out of steam before I found a trusty Mrs Macs pie at the Jordie
General Store and a Mars bar!
The trip home on the ferry was very sedate by comparison to the trip
out. The swell had settled to only 5m and the wind had dropped to a
nice 15-20 knot sw.
Hope you like the shots troops!
This waterfall was photographed in Springbrook National Park. I actually got to walk under the falls and give the 1Ds a wash, try that with your 5D2 Christian.