It doesn’t get any better than this….Sydney Opera House

Hi everyone,

It’s been quite a while since I’ve written a post. Life has been so, so busy. My husband and I have had a sea change! We’ve moved out of Sydney down to the Illawarra and are living right by the sea!! It is quite simply, the best thing we’ve ever done 🙂

On Tuesday I was up in Sydney conducting a night photography tour and took this black and white photo of the Opera House and city from Kirribilli on the northern side of the Harbour.

I stood and stared at this scene before I took the shot. The Opera House gets me every time – especially at night – it is just such an architectural masterpiece:)

For those of you who are photographers – this shot was taken on my new Canon 5d Mark IV and the 24-105mm L series lens. The settings were ISO 400, F18, 25 sec.

What do you think of the shot in black and white? I’d love to hear your comments below:)

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Until next time,

Chris 🙂


Photo of the day….Varenna – La Perla di Lago

I photographed so many amazing places on my recent trip to Italy.

There were so many beautiful villages on Lake Como..

Varenna is on the east side of the lake and has a population of just under 1000.

I could look at this photo all day.

The colours of the houses, the mountains behind and the beautiful colour of the lake in the foreground.

Imagine what it would be like to live somewhere like this? A slow paced life with beauty all around you….

Have a great weekend everyone 🙂

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Planes, trains, automobiles and…..ferries

To get around (or across) Lake Como there were two options – Driving. Hmmm. Or catching the Ferry.

On Lake Como I found the batelli the easiest way to get from one side of the lake to the other.

The local ferries are a quick and efficient way to travel between the villages and towns dotted around the lake.

I loved being out on the water and was able to admire some of the smaller villages, whilst relaxing and gazing in awe at the spectacular mountains all around me!

Residents going to and from work, cyclists and tourists all line up at the many ferry wharfs around the lake to board the ferries every day.

There are slow ferries, rapido ferries and ferries that look like they are from days gone by 🙂

You can even use the traghetti (car ferry) to transport your car between one side of the lake and the other!

We never had to wait too long for a ferry, although none of the services we caught coordinated with the timetable 🙂

They were definitely running on Italian time……

Have you been to Lake Como?

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A magical place….early morning on Lake Como, Italy

Hi everyone,

Im finally back at my desk. For those of you that don’t know I’ve just spent 5 weeks away in Italy, France and the UK. 🙂

It was fantastic. All my senses were filled with beautiful views, food that was to die for, warm friendly people and the wonderful sound of the Italian and French languages spoken all around me.

My camera was also in overload…I took LOTS of photos. I seriously mean LOTS. 🙂

I wanted to show you a view of Lake Como taken from my balcony on our first morning just as the Lake was starting to come to life.

What a truly magical place…

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Aah Venice…..

I am the luckiest girl on the planet. 🙂

In less than two weeks I leave on a 5 week trip of Italy, France and the UK. Yay!!

So today I thought I’d show you one of my favourite photos of Venice – a place I’ve visited twice before that truly took my breath away.

This beautiful city in Northern Italy is made up of 118 small islands linked by bridges. It was a major maritime force during the middle ages and also a trading centre for spice, silk and grain from the 13th century up till the end of the 17th century.

Also well renowned for its art and beauty, this ‘city of canals’ is also called the most romantic city in the world….

To me it was.

The first time I visited I drank it all in – got lost, saw all the sights, rode in a gondola, enjoyed the people and the FANTASTIC architecture. My favourite place of all was St Mark’s Square and the beautiful winged lion (the symbol of The Republic of Venice)

St Mark’s Basilica and the Doge’s Palace were magnificent and it was right there in the square that I fell in love with the city. I imagined all the Venetians of long ago and wondered who else had fallen in love here? Who had met here? 

The second time I visited I was with a small tour group and we walked into the middle of the square holding hands with our eyes closed (I told them it would be a great way to get your first glimpse of the square)

When we opened our eyes, they gazed in awe at the beautiful church and the surrounding architecture of the square.

I was reduced to tears…So much beauty…

It was as if the city wrapped me up in itself. I’ll never forget how I felt there….

Im looking forward to having that feeling again….

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Photo of the day…beautiful Central Park

Its such a beautiful sunny day here in Sydney I thought I’d put up a photo with a beautiful blue sky. 🙂

Central Park is a fabulous space within New York City.

It is just over 4kms long and nearly a km wide, and runs north to south from 110th street to 59th street and east to west from 5th Avenue to Central Park West.

This crowded metropolis has a population of over 8 million people, yet in Central Park you can always find a spot to reflect and spend some time alone.

I’d love to be sitting on that lawn today, watching the world go by………

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Photo of the Day…Decorated doorways & stoops

When I’m out and about with my camera, I ‘see’ photos everywhere. 🙂

These two pics were taken in the United States during the festive season.

The photo on the left was shot in SoHo, a neighborhood in Lower Manhattan, New York City, famous for its art galleries and trendy boutiques. The doorway, simple wreath and the ivy immediately caught my eye.

The photo on the right was taken in San Francisco. The symmetry within this shot immediately attracted me. Everything is balanced. I love the bright coloured poinsettias, the elaborate wreath and the cracks above the doorway.

Which shot is your favourite? Do you like to photograph doorways and entrances?

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Photo of the day….The ride of my life

“You can sit centre front” said the pilot.

I couldn’t get into the chopper quick enough and I tried not to smile too much.

It was my first helicopter flight and I was just a little bit excited 🙂

Due to weight distribution in the cabin, this photographer had to sit in the best seat in the house 🙂

We were flying from Las Vegas, Nevada to the Grand Canyon, Arizona taking in Lake Mead, the Hoover Dam and finally landing in the magnificent Grand Canyon.

I loved every moment of that flight but NOTHING prepared me for the view. The feeling of being high above the world and taking in some of the most magnificent scenery I’ve ever laid eyes on was truly memorable.

At maximum water capacity, Lake Mead is the largest reservoir in the United States. It is situated on the Colorado River and crosses the states of Nevada and Arizona. Formed by the Hoover Dam, it boasts an impressive 410 square kms of surface area, and measures approx 152 meters at its greatest depth.

Drought has caused the capacity of Lake Mead to drop significantly over the past decade.

I love this photo. Look at the colour of that water!! It was so beautiful…

I love the browns and ochre colour of the landscape and the obvious mark left by the receding shore line..

Have you flown in a helicopter? I’d love to hear your story and what you saw on your adventure.

Thanks to Mat from Maverick Helicopters

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Photo of the day…Is that T Rex I see?

You could be forgiven for thinking this photograph was taken on location of ‘Jurassic Park.’ Or the series ‘Lost’ for that matter.

Its neither.

Its the interior of ‘Raratonga’ – the largest and most populated island of the ‘Cook Islands’ group.

It was so green and so humid up there. We were just below Mt Te Rua Manga, the highest peak on the island. (658 m above sea level)

The jungle was so lush and the green really was as vivid as shown in this photo…. 🙂

Just breathtaking…..

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Photo of the day…The Bellarine Peninsula – Premium wines & stunning scenery…

Set amongst rolling paddock and vines, the Bellarine peninsula is home to some of Australia’s best boutique wineries.

This growing tourist region is located south west of Melbourne, Australia.

The wine is good. Really good.

But the scenery is spectacular. 🙂

I love this photograph.

It has many layers – the posts and dormant vines in the foreground, and the rain on the mountains across Phillip Bay in the background.

What are your thoughts on this pic?

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