"What Floats Ya Boat"

There were some great night time shots in Circular Quay last night with the big cruise ship docked.

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“A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words”

It is hard to explain what you go through emotionally climbing a high altitude and extremely cold mountain like Denali in Alaska, but this about sums it up in pictures. These photos of Shane were taken moving from base camp at 14,000ft to 17,000ft. We would have been carrying loads of around 30-35kg, and we needed to ascend a near vertical 1,000ft vertical ice headwall before making our way higher to advanced base camp at 17,000ft. The move to advanced base camp took almost 12 hours.oving from base camp at 14,000ft to 17,000ft. We would have been carrying loads of around 30-35kg, and we needed to ascend a near vertical 1,000ft vertical ice headwall before making our way higher to advanced base camp at 17,000ft. The move to advanced base camp took almost 12 hours.

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“Walking into Unknown”

Sometimes it doesn’t feel right, sometimes it feels frightening, but what is actually more frightening, is not trying and having to live with it.

Photo was taken on the descent of Mt McKinley (Denali) in Alaska July 2011.

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"Just Keep Walking"

“Sometimes you don’t quite know where you are walking to, but it you just keep walking, you will finally get there”. Walking out from our Mt Aconcagua (Argentina) expedition in March 2010. Mt Aconcagua is the highest mountain in the Western Hemisphere at a hight of just under 23,000 feet.

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"Cutting Through Life’s Waves"

This photo is from my recent visit to Darling Harbour. I just love the way the bow of HMAS Vampire is designed, purposely built for pure speed and efficiency to cut through the ocean’s waves with ease to get it to its destination. I guess it is not called a destroyer for no reason. Wouldn’t it be nice if our attitude to life always had the same consistent and permanent design to cut through the negative waves in life? Me included; I am sure many of us go from being the bow of this destroyer, to being the bow of a blow up raft. I believe the key word is consistency, if we just try to have an attitude like a destroyer more times than a blow up raft, we will cover much more distance by cutting efficiently through life’s waves to reach our ultimate destination.

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Photo was taken on Mt Elbrus looking out towards the Caucus Ranges towards Georgia. Mt Elbrus is in Southern Russia and we were at an altitude of 12,795 feet.

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“An Old Work Horse” – SS South Styene

This ended up being a nice photo taken of the Pyrmont Bridge and the SS South Steyne ferry with the west side of the city of Sydney in the background. The South Steyne is now a floating restaurant in Darling Harbour. I actually think it is a little ironic having the old boat and the old bridge next to each other with both having been built in the early 1900’s.  The South Steyne has been an icon of Sydney since 1938. As the famous Manly ferry, it crossed between Circular Quay and Manly over 100,000 times over its 36 years, carrying well in excess of 92 million passengers.

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As a beginner photographer, I was wondering are there any tips you could give me? (I rather enjoy your work. Its brilliant!)

I would have to say is just keep practicing and reading as much as you can. What do you like to take photos of? Landscape, cityscape, portrait? I do a lot of my photos in HDR which is sort of a specialist type if photography which required special software and a camera that is capable if taking bracketed photos. I find HDR just gives better tones and aspects to the scene when taking the photo. Cheers Darren

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“Between a Rock and a Hard Place”

Shane is blending in nicely on the rock in this photo with the beautiful south face of Mt Aconcagua which is in Argentina in the background. We were pretty tired at this point after battled the aftermath of the Chile earth quakes just days before to even get to this point in the expedition…..but that is another story. For us, this was just the beginning of our adventure in trying to reach the summit of this great mountain, which stands almost 23,000 feet high and is the highest mountain outside of the Himalayas.

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