A classic Barossa scene on the eastern side of the valley at sunset, looking over the vineyards of Bethany to the hills beyond.

Barossa Valley

NEW RELEASE  |  A classic Barossa Valley scene on the eastern side of the valley at sunset, looking over the vineyards of Bethany to the hills beyond.

This is a scene that will never be repeated…well, without a cherry picker or perhaps a drone. Since creating this photograph, with permission, from the elevated side of a dam, the dam has since been removed and it isn’t possible to look over the vines from this place anymore. It’s kind of nice thinking that this moment is gone, but it will never be forgotten. How did I celebrate this image? With a glass of wine, of course!

The Barossa Valley in South Australia is one of Australia’s largest, oldest and most well known wine regions. It is particularly known for producing red wines, especially shiraz. I can tell you that there are many, many other fine varieties that come out of the valley…for instance Bethany, featured in the photograph, makes a damn fine white port.

A breathless, clear evening looking down on Nugget Point, with the unusually still Southern Ocean stretching south towards Antarctica. Otago, South Island, New Zealand.

Nugget Point – Otago NZ

LIMITED EDITION RE-RELEASE   |   A breathless, clear evening looking down on Nugget Point, with the unusually still Southern Ocean stretching south towards Antarctica. Otago, South Island, New Zealand.

After unsuccessfully trying to scale the cliff to get a higher view than from the main pathway to the lighthouse, I thought better of it and decided instead to jump the gate leading up the path towards some kind of meteorological weather station, and simply knock on the door and ask if I could set up on the cliff edge nearby. Multiple signs warning people like me to ‘keep out’ made me nervous, but there was nobody there. I could also swear there was a sensor on the main path that I triggered, but I figured the closest town was 20 mins away and I’d have at least that long to try and get a photograph or two.

I spent an afternoon and evening sitting, watching and taking it all in, until this moment just before sunset when the nuggets themselves were illuminated with a beautiful apricot-coloured glow. It was one of the most memorable days of my career, and thankfully no angry meteorologists arrived to spoil the moment.

As an aside, that evening I bought some fried rice from the local Chinese takeaway store, and I don’t know if it was the endorphins running through my body from the gorgeous day, but it was the best damn fried rice I have ever tasted!…and the south coast of NZ is a LONG way from China. in fact I scarcely think there would be a Chinese person in that part of New Zealand. It’s funny the things that the mind chooses to remember…

This small, perfectly still kettle lake reflects the wide glacial valley at Franz Josef, in Westland National Park, South Island, New Zealand.

Peter’s Pool – Westland NZ

NEW RELEASE   |   This small, perfectly still kettle lake reflects the wide glacial valley at Franz Josef Glacier, in Westland NZ, on the South Island.

On a crisp, cold morning, I woke early to walk up through the valley and see if there were any interesting atmospheric conditions over the Franz Josef Glacier. I soon arrived at Peter’s Pool and was greeted by this sight….albeit the day before this photograph was created. As I hurried to set up my tripod, load film and ready my camera, I became aware of the slightest breeze on my frosty cheeks. When I looked up from what I was doing with my equipment, I realised to my dismay that the small puff of breeze was enough to turn the glassy reflection into small ripples…and the shot was gone.

The weather in the area had been very stable, and the forecast was for more of the same. I surmised that if I returned the next day, setting my alarm for 10 minutes earlier, I might get another chance. Sure enough, it was like groundhog day, but in the best possible way. The weather and conditions were identical, and I was able to create this image…before the faint puff of breeze came drifting down the valley at the same precise time as the day before, and the scene was gone for another day.

A lone palm sways gently in the warm ocean breeze on a breakwater at Jumeirah Vittaveli on the island of Bolifushi, South Male Atoll.

Breakwater – Jumeirah Vittaveli

NEW RELEASE   |   A lone palm sways gently in the warm ocean breeze on a breakwater off the island of Bolifushi, South Male Atoll.

I can’t say there were too many hardships during my stay at Jumeirah. When our gracious hosts greeted us with a bottle of Moet & Chandon and a complimentary massage, the tone was set for a relaxing shoot. This is reflected in the photographs I created on the island….warm, lazy, tropical days in the gentle breeze.

Jumeirah Vittaveli is a gorgeous place, and the food in particular was also a standout. So too the quality of the reef and variety of marine life directly in front of our over-water villa.  Simply incredible.

The iridescent blue of a frozen waterfall, suspended in this haunting canyon in the cold depth of winter. Jasper National Park.

Maligne Canyon

NEW RELEASE  |  The iridescent blue of a frozen waterfall, suspended in the haunting Maligne Canyon in the cold depth of winter in Jasper National Park.

During the warmer months, the canyon comes alive with water of the liquid variety, flowing down into the Athabasca River and helping to sustain the huge amount of wildlife that resides in the area. Very little was stirring on this day, however, as the temperature hit a maximum of minus 10 degrees celsius. The day before was minus 26! Eh?

There are many things that stand out in Canada….it is big and everything in it is big, it’s eye-wateringly beautiful, it’s people are friendly, and it is cold! There are also a lot of animals that could eat you…at least that’s what Canadians will tell you, and you never can tell if they are joking. Regardless, it is undoubtedly a spiritual place for beautiful landscape photography, and one of the highlights of my travels.

The beautiful main jetty at Gili Lankanfushi, one of the best resorts in The Maldives, reaches over the blue lagoon between sea and sky. Maldives Luxury.

Gili Lankanfushi Maldives

NEW RELEASE  |  The beautiful main jetty at Gili Lankanfushi, one of the best Maldives Luxury Resorts, reaches over the blue lagoon between sea and sky.

The dwellings out in the lagoon are the Robinson Crusoe Villas, and are only accessible by boat. Gili Lankanfushi also boasts the largest over water villa in the world, called ‘The Private Reserve’. 500 metres from shore, The Private Reserve covers 1,400 sqm and includes 5 connected buildings. I’m not sure if it’s the inner child in me, but the thing that excited me most about the Reserve was the water slide into the ocean….I suppose I’d also be happy with the bathtub built over coral gardens or the made-to-order wine cellar.

I am excited and more than a bit lucky to be part of the ‘Gili’ family. Gili Lankanfushi is the epitome of Maldives Luxury Resorts…I will return as often as is humanly possible.

The soft afterglow of a desert twilight casts a warm, gentle veil over the Joshua Tree landscape. Images of America.

Joshua Tree National Park

NEW RELEASE  |  Joshua Tree National Park is rather an alien kind of place, but is underrated as a photographic location. The contrasting forms of the trees against the thousands of granite outcrops makes for so many interesting composition and lighting choices….such unique images of America.

The park also seems to attract a diverse range of visitors….when searching for a location this particular evening, thinking I was well off the beaten track, I ran into a middle-aged man sitting atop a rocky outcrop, meditating…..naked. Probably the strangest thing was that he looked at me, and didn’t say a word. Finding my way back to the campsite in the dark was equally bizarre. I stumbled on a cave decorated with hundreds of coloured fairy lights, complete with rugs on the floor. There was nobody in the cave but I had a strong feeling that I was being watched, and hightailed it out of there as quickly as I could.

That night I was almost disappointed not to be abducted by aliens.

Our gracious host was Island Hideaway Resort, almost as far North as you can venture in the Maldives. Beautiful Landscape Photography - Panoramic Prints.

Solitude – Far Northern Maldives

NEW RELEASE  |  Our gracious host was Island Hideaway Resort on the island of Dhonakulhi, almost as far North as you can venture in the Maldives.

It was a beautiful, quiet island and slightly more ‘wild’ than many resort islands, in that the villas are all hidden from view, and from each other, in the jungle.

We had casually asked the staff after dinner one evening if they knew of a place that was like a sand island surrounded only by water. Such was the seclusion of the Northern Maldives, we had a feeling that such a request wasn’t too far fetched.  Receiving only small nods and a few smiles from the manager, we were simply asked to meet them at the jetty the next day.

They would not disappoint, and took us to an idyllic sand island in the middle of the ocean not 20 minutes from the resort. There is much to write about in subsequent posts about what happened on that unbelievable day, but in the meantime here is a simple image of a white umbrella on that very special island.

Beyond the umbrella lies India and Sri Lanka, with nothing but the warm, azure Laccadive Sea between.

The Maldives is the essence of paradise, and this stunning resort, Gili Lankanfushi, has been voted the best resort in the Maldives several times over

New Release; ‘Island Refuge’, Maldives

This is the first in a series of tropical images from the Maldives. Woe is me.

The Maldives is the essence of paradise, and this stunning resort, Gili Lankanfushi, has been voted the best resort in the Maldives several times over (and there are over 100 resorts in the country!).

We were greeted warmly and asked to remove our shoes and place them in a bag, under their ‘no shoes, no news’ policy, to be returned at the end of our stay.

I would describe what transpired as blissful utopia, without exaggeration. The service from our ‘man friday’ (or in our case, ‘girl friday’ Momoko), the exotic, fresh food, the glowing water teeming with fish, and of course the photographic opportunities will stay with me for the rest of my life.

The huts you can see out in the water are the ‘Robinson Crusoe’ villas, and can only be accessed by boat.

The resort has an underground wine cellar adjacent to an underground chocolate room. Yes, you read correctly.

I did, however, burn the soles of my feet without my shoes…which only served to remind me I had not died and gone to heaven.

If you ever get the chance…go! I will be back.

‘Island Refuge’ is available as stretched canvas prints, rolled prints and ice mount prints.