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Friday, December 5, 2008

The Skillion by Ilya Genkin

Here's a glorious guide for a special place. I remember growing up we used to holiday every Xmas at the Terrigal. The Skillion was a very strange and beautiful place that we used to run up and roll down as kids. The nice thing about the Skillion is that although Terrigal has changed a lot, the Skillion has remained the same. This guide features some gorgeous photographs from freelance photographer Ilya Genkin.

Come and check out Ilya's guide to The Skillion.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

La Perouse and Ship Wreck

This guide is written by David Haworth and is about one of my favorite locations to photograph. The Eastern tip of La Perouse. It is so remote and deserted that you feel like you are hours from Sydney. It is a wonderfully quiet place to wonder around and photograph. From gorgeous rocks to a rusted old shipwreck, there is plenty to photograph here.

Click here to go to David's guide to La Perouse

Sunday, November 30, 2008

First Video tour - Forrester Rocks

I was pretty impressed by Jonathan's first embedded video in one of the photographic guides and thought I'd give it a go on my outing last weekend. I went to Forrester Rocks and took my little Panasonic Lumix LX3 and shot a few simple videos of the area. See what you think.

I welcome any feedback

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Coogee Pools - Ross Jones Memorial & McIver Baths

Hey Folks

Here's a guide for two gorgeous pools in Coogee, Ross Jones Memorial Pool and McIver Baths.

They are both very different pools but both equally beautiful to photograph.

Click here to visit the guide.



Monday, November 24, 2008

Cape St. George Lighthouse Ruins (Jervis Bay)

This is a very interesting place... in fact a place I would very much like to photograph. My old man actually took some shots there earlier this year, and I have this location in mind for some light painting in the New Year.

So it was with interest that I read Richard Cordell's guide to St. George Lighthouse Ruins just South of Jervis Bay.


Saturday, November 22, 2008

Sylvania Waters Jetty

I must admit when I saw this guide I was surprised that such jettys existed in Sydney.

Check out this very quaint little jetty in Sydney's Sylvania Waters. This guide is courtesy of David Haworth.

Click here to see the guide to Syvania Waters Jetty.


Thursday, November 20, 2008

Stockton Beach by Brent Pearson

Here's a guide by "yours truly". Last weekend I had the pleasure of camping out at Stockton Beach with my old man and a few other photographic buddies. Also bought my young son along who had a blast.

Anyway, Stockton Beach is a great location for a photographic adventure. Less than 2 hours from Sydney, it combines, shipwrecks, sand dunes, 4WDing, lakes, Mad-Max scenery.

Click here to check out my guide to Stockton Beach... Enjoy


Saturday, November 15, 2008

Sydney Harbour Bridge & Opera House

Well someone had to do it... and David did it ;-)

Probably one of Sydney's two most photographed icons, the Coathanger and the Sydney Opera House. This guide points out a few different locations for shooting these two icons of Sydney.

Click here to view the guide to the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Opera House by David Iori.


A Guide to Border Ranges National Park

For the bush enthusiast, you will love this guide to the Border Ranges National Park by Ross and Cheryl Brighouse. I haven't been to this part of NSW, but the views from the mountains look spectacular. Click here to view the photographic guide to the Border Ranges National Park.

Thanks Ross & Cheryl, great to get more content on regional NSW areas.


Another Lovely Blue Mtn Guide by David Iori

Hi Folks

I'm happy to publish another Blue Mtn guide by David Iori... The Guide to Evans Lookout in Blackheath.

David's Mountain Panoramas as lovely.

Thanks David

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Grose Valley / Govetts Lookout Blue Mtns By David Iori

It's great to be getting more guides that outside the Sydney CBD.

Here's a lovely guide by David Iori to a gorgeous location in the Blue Mtns. Click here to visit David's Guide to the Grose Valley and Govetts Lookout in the Blue Mountains.

Thanks David


Saturday, November 8, 2008

Newport Tidal Pool

Photo by Oat Vaiyaboon

This is a lovely little tidal pool that is photogenic during the day and night (no nasty sodium vapour lights). Click here to view the photo guide for Newport Beach by yours truly.


Ruined Castle in the Blue Mountains by Darren Pearce

This is Darren's second guide (thank Darren).

It is really nice to start building up a few more guides that are outside the Sydney metro area.

This guide is for a walk in the Blue Mountains called "Ruined Castle".... looks like a lovely walk. I look forward to giving this a try the next time I am up in the Blue Mtns

Click here to view the Ruined Castle Photo Guide

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Mahon Pool - Close up

If you are interested to check out Mahon Pool, please take a look at this wonderful guide from Kajo.

I've had the pleasure of shooting with Kajo on many occasions... he's got a wonderful eye and produces some stunning compositions.

You may also want to check out the guide to Maroubra Beach by Matt Lauder.



Saturday, November 1, 2008

The Diggings Thredbo

Here's a contribution from a new contributor, Darren Pearce. It's nice to see that we are starting to get contributions from places other than on the coast. This river looks gorgeous.... the next time I'm in the Mountains I will definitely seek this spot out. Click here to view the guide to The Diggings in Thredbo


Homebush Bay Shipwrecks

Yes, even many Sydney siders do not know about these shipwrecks in Homebush. This guide will tell you what you need to know to photograph the wrecks.
Click here to view this guide.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Fingal Head - Northern NSW

I shot this location last year with a fellow Flickr-ite called Garry. It was a fantastic place.... You have to really look at some of the photos of the rocks at this location to believe them.

If you are stuck into holidaying with the family in Surfers Paradise, I highly recommend this little diversion for the avid landscape photographer

Click here to view the guide for Fingal Head.


Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Maroubra Beach By Matt Lauder

Well Matt Lauder has sure been writing some lovely guides. This guide is for Maroubra Beach. You can view the guide by clicking here.

Matt has taken some lovely images of both the beach and the pool. I've seen some lovely photos of Mahon Pool but never managed to get there myself. I think I'll have to plan a trip there pretty soon.

Thanks Matt



Coogee Beach Guide By Matt Lauder

This is a lovely guide written for Coogee Beach by Pro photographer Matt Lauder. Matt specialises in panoramic photography and has some lovely shots of Coogee Beach. Click here to visit his guide.


Friday, September 19, 2008

Middle Head Fort Added

Hi Folks

I have just written a guide to the Fort at Middle Head. If you haven't been to this location, I recommend it. Old ruins, tunnels, textures... lots of fun. So if you like photographing old places... This is a must see.

Click here to visit the photo guide for Middle Head Fort

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Two more great photo guides published

Recently I went shooting with a photographer from the Central Coast called Matt Lauder. Matt is a pro photographer who really does some incredible work. I would encourage you to check out his site at http://www.mattlauder.com.au/

Matt has contributed a wonderful guide to Merewether Baths in Newcastle

Here is Matt's guide to Sheathers Wharf in the Central Coast

Enjoy his stunning images.

Monday, September 1, 2008

New Photo Guide by Peter Eastway

It is my pleasure to announce the latest photo guide has been written by one of Australia's better known photographers, Mr Peter Eastway. Peter has been consulting with me on this project and offering some great advice and feedback.

I'm hoping we can tie aspects of this project in with the Better Photography website.

Click here to see Peter Eastway's guide to Tilba Tilba on the NSW South Coast

Sunday, August 31, 2008

Bangalley Headland Site Now Added

It is my pleasure to announce a new photo guide for Bangalley Headland. What excites me about this photo guide is that it is the first one that is written by somebody else. They managed to work out how to use my documentation and create their own guide.

I have had the pleasure of shooting with Tim Donnelly on a number of occasions, you can check out his Flickr site here. Tim is a real devotee of the dawn seascapes. He recently took me on an outing to this remote location that he discovered and I had a most enjoyable morning shooting on this remote rock ledge. I would urge readers to pay heed to Tim's warnings though, I saw him walking along the rock ledge in pre-dawn light and he stepped into a hole that submerged him up to his waist!!!

So check out the Photo Guide to Bangalley Headland, near North Narrabeen on Sydney's Northern Beaches.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Ivo Rowe Pool in Coogee Now Added

I just wrote up a guide for a much more obscure coastal location. It's probably the lesser known of Coogee's 4 pools. The Ivo Rowe Pool in South Coogee.

Great for those interested in more minimalist seascape photography or night photography.

Check out the guide to Ivo Rowe Pool.


Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Forresters Beach Added

I have written a guide to without a doubt the best seaside landscape location anywhere around Sydney or the Central Coast.... Forresters Beach.

Take a few minutes to check out the amazing scenery at Forresters Beach... you will be amazed at what you can find in this little known location

Click here to visit the Photographers Guide to Forresters Beach by Brent Pearson


3 Northern Beaches Guides Released

Here are the first three guides that I have produced. Probably 3 of my favorite local beach locations;
  1. Turimetta - A photography Mecca with incredible rock formations
  2. North Narrabeen Tidal Pool - A gorgeous pool with a unique walkway
  3. Mona Vale Pool - Another really uniqe pool that turns into an island at high tide
Please visit these guides, leave your comments and tell me what you think. I have tried to incorporate every bit of information that I think a photographer would ever need to know about a new location.


Created Network Structure

I have established the three tier hierarchy for this project now.

At the lowest level you have the individual postings themselves. At this point in time I have written 4 (Turimetta, Mona Vale, North Narrabeen pool & Forresters Beach)

These role up through a State Level site (in this case it's this site... Australia-NSW).

The states role up to a Country Level site (here's the link to the Australian site)

And the Australian site allows you to navigate up the global site http://freephotoguides.blogspot.com

I have started spreading word of this project in a limited manner to see if I can get some other photographers to start writing guides for it. I would like to hammer out all the kinks before taking the project out to the wider world.