Behind The Lens at Goðafoss – Waterfall of the Gods

Sneak Peak of Goðafoss - Waterfall of the Gods

I had a fantastic day of shooting at Goðafoss here in Northern Iceland today, and also visited some areas where the TV Series ‘Game of Thrones’ was filmed. The area around the Mývatn district is covered in a blanket of fresh snow, and everything else  aside… the scenery is spectacular to say the least.

Meanwhile, my gear has held up to everything it has had thrown at it including rain, snow, and now ice. I am always so careful with my gear, and don’t mind spending a little more for quality. This trip has tested it all. You know it is cold when your camera has ice on it… That isn’t water, trust me – it’s ice!

Just Horsing Around In Iceland

Icelandic HorsesI have so many photos to go through, but instead I spent the afternoon hanging out with these guys having a laugh. Such cheeky characters & so very beautiful.

Aurora Borealis… Get In Me!

My First Meeting With Aurora BorealisSo, I have many other images to share here from Iceland, but I am way too excited not to share this. My first sighting of the northern lights after a last minute decision and the clouds finally lifting. Five minutes before this it was snowing, and I was just about to pack up.

This is what I came to Iceland to see… but now I want more! Fingers crossed the weather stays good.

Inside Mýrdalsjökull

Inside Mýrdalsjökull

While I was tripping around Mýrdalsjökull glacier here in Iceland, I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to shoot an ice cave. The brief period I was there I was in awe. The textures, curves and colours blew me away and was unlike anything I have ever seen, while the play on light coming though the ice and reflecting from the entrance left me wanting to discover every ice cave and photograph them all…. wow! This place just gets better and better every day.

Welcome to Iceland

Seljalandsfoss From Behind

Well, I made it here… Welcome to Iceland. After only a couple of months of full on planning I am here for almost 3 weeks in total, and am just getting into the swing of things. The place is unbelievably beautiful, but the weather has not been playing so nice.

There are waterfalls around every corner, and the 2 large ones I have visited so far are Seljalandsfoss – which you can walk behind, and the famed Skógafoss, which is a very impressive sight to behold.

SeljalandsfossSkógafoss

Then was on to check out Mýrdalsjökull Glacier. The only way to get here is by Super Jeep. These things are massive and have a monster truck like stance with 46″ tyres. They are unstoppable in the snow and ice, and now I really really want one. :-D

Super Jeeping in Iceland

Mýrdalsjökull is easily one of the most awe inspiring spots I have ever seen.  I am leaving most of my processing of images until I return home to make the most of my holiday… but trust me, the place is incredible.

On The GlacierMýrdalsjökull Glacier

I will be posting updates of my travels, so keep your eyes open for more from Iceland.

A Weekend of Packing

Pre Trip Gear Shot

Spending this weekend packing for my trip… and starting to get just a little bit excited. I just hope that I don’t run out of room for all my gear, and that these last few hectic months of planning don’t go to waste.

Quietly looking forward to trying out some new acquisitions to my kit. Along with a new Canon 16-35mm lens and a Gopro Hero 3+, there are a few new filters that I have not really had a chance to play with. This hobby has been expensive lately…

Merry Xmas… Time To Get Serious Again

Merry Christmas everyone. I hope everyone has been enjoying some time off & spending plenty of time with loved ones.

It is time for me to start getting serious and spending some more time on my photographic endeavors.

I have been extremely busy with my day job, but have still managed to fit in some time to capture some images. This included shooting the World Rally Championship Australian Rally here in Coffs Harbour for Destination New South Wales

… and some local beach/waterfall shots in the area.

I also had the opportunity for my first taste of food photography for the new Element Bar at Coffs Harbour Jetty

And throw in some product photography for local woodworkers Neil Scobie and Renato Spagnolo just for good measure

My main focus over the last few months when I have had a chance, has been on preparing for what will hopefully be an epic trip, starting in 3 weeks… so make sure you keep an eye out for new posts.

A Stroll Through Sawtell On Sunset

Vittorio ‘Vic’ Spagnolo

A Sunrise For Pop

Vittorio Spagnolo, son of Domenico Spagnolo and Vittoria Slaviero, was born on the 4th of November 1930 in Rotzo/Albaredo, Italy. He was slightly younger than his twin brother Primo, and had two older sisters – Mattea (24/11/1926) and Maria (20/9/1928). Later two brothers joined the family – Matteo (21/10/1932) and Riccardo (5/12/1934)

In 1949 he boarded the ‘Napoli’ and set sail for Australia. He arrived in Fremantle, Western Australia on his 19th birthday (4/11/1949). He then took the boat to Sydney, New South Wales, and then the train to Coffs Harbour.

He married Silvia Richardson on July 17th 1954, and had 4 sons and 2 daughters. Renato Domenico Spagnolo (17/1/1955), Anthony Vittorio Spagnolo (24/12/1956), Julie Margaret Spagnolo (14/8/1958), Sandra Vitoria Spagnolo (15/11/1959), David John Spagnolo (24/5/1961), and Michael Albino Spagnolo (16/9/1963). He also has 13 loving grandchilden – Nicholas, Mark, Ian (myself), Luke, Tim, Lauren, Courtney, Georgina, Gabrielle, Dannielle, James, Tomas and Cassie.

Vittorio passed away on 23/9/2013 and leaves behind a much-loved family that already miss him dearly. Today we all say goodbye to the man affectionately known to all as Pop.

The Spagnolo/Richardson family would like to thank the entire staff at the Coffs Harbour Health Campus, and especially the intensive care unit for the care and compassion showed to Vittorio and the visiting family and friends.

Miss you Pop. Lots of love.

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Path to Happiness

Path to Happiness

Trying to see things a little differently as I contemplate which direction to take next, and at times it seems next to impossible to create something that I am happy with… always aiming for everything to be just right.

There is beauty in imperfection as well!

Ripples In The Sand

Ripples In The Sand

Another stitched panorama from sunrise at Urunga, but this time I went for a widescreen 16:9 ratio.

54 exposures to make this one.

Blood Bath

Blood BathA  shot from a few days ago at Sawtell Rockpool on sunset. There were some fires to the west that I thought would make some nice colours on sunset, but I really liked how the red reflection seemed to be contained within the pool.

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