The Rock Pools of Sydney’s Northern Beaches

I have just added another gallery to the Australian Series of Galleries on my main site.  It features a selection of images taken of the Rock Pools around Manly.

High Tide Breaking into Freshwater Pool

The pools are characteristic of the beaches on Sydney’s northern coastline and each had a character of its own.  Many had lane markings and were used frequently by organised groups and indivduals in regular training.  Others were more like lidos.

As we spent our time around the local beaches I tried to capture the variety and characters of the pools and I have a comprehensive series of images as a result.  I plan to bring them together in a series of large composites.  The gallery has a selection of the images which give you the overall impression of the work.

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Capwell Post Office

Walking along Douglas St today I noticed that the rennovations to the old Capwell Post Office and surrounding buildings are nearing completion.  While the facade of the old building remains, its character is quite different to how it stood a year or so ago:

The Old Capwell Post Office (extended Infrared)

The slightly spooky look of this image is due to the use of a film with extended sensitivity to Infrared (Kodak HIE).  I like the dramatic look this creates and its uniquely suited so some aspects of the Irish landscape (in this example, the urban landscape).

Look out for a gallery of this work from 2007 coming soon.

I still have some HIE in the freezer and want to do more of this stuff again when the weather improves (I’m always seeking potential locations).  There is also a way to do this digitally but that’s another project…

February Snow

It came at dusk and was already fading fast by dawn: our first real snowfall of the year.

Driving home from Bishopstown late in the afternoon it suddenly started to get dark, the sky went grey and a flurry of snow blew in, the snow clouds momentarily blocking out the sun.  Real big snowflakes this time, not just the thin powdery sleet we’d had earlier on.

Another bit at dusk and there was enough for the kids to muster a tiny snowball or two.

Then overnight enough to blot out the grass in places.

By school run the car had been scraped for snowballs by the kids off the bus, still just enough around though for our our girls to throw a few at their mother.  By ten o’clock it was gone from the ground.

But now its snowing again!  Maybe we might even get a small snowman later!